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The Plaza at Preston Center signs major tenants
The Plaza at Preston Center landed two more top-notch tenants to the five-story mixed-use development, which is under construction, with the signing of Cambridge Holdings, Inc. and Morgan Stanley. Cambridge leased about 19,000 square feet of office space comprising the entire top floor of the building and half of the third floor, which the company will occupy upon the building’s spring 2013 completion. The building will be known as The Cambridge Building, named for the national developer, owner and manager of healthcare facilities. “The vibrancy of the neighborhood and the walkable surroundings of the plaza are complementary with our business activities,” Cambridge CEO Jean-Claude Saada says via a press release. Morgan Stanley leased 14,317 square feet of office space, the entire fourth floor of the building, and is scheduled to move in late summer 2013. Retail tenants including True Food Kitchen and Matthew Trent will occupy the ground floor, and the second floor will be home to the University Park public library.
The Plaza at Preston Center, 8311 Preston Center Plaza, 469.232.0000, theplazaatprestoncenter.com
True Food Kitchen, foxrc.com
Matthew Trent, 8300 Preston, suite 400, 214.871.9170, matthewtrent.com
Preston Hollow resident opens golf boutique in Oak Cliff
Golf pro and Preston Hollow resident Nick Griffin decided to open golf store Pebble and Pine because he had a hard time finding golf supplies not made in China. Pebble and Pine, which opened in the Bishop Arts District in October, specializes in made-in-the-U.S.A. items, including shirts from Austin-based Criquet, pants from New York City-based Grown & Sewn, balls from Titleist, Scotty Cameron putters and toiletries from Baxter of California. “There are a lot of good golf courses down here, but no golf stores,” Griffin says. Griffin and his wife, Jennifer, live near Preston and Royal, but they chose to open their shop in Bishop Arts because it’s a place they like to spend their leisure time, they say. The store will have a putting green and TVs, and Griffin says he hopes Pebble and Pine becomes a social space where golf fans can watch tournaments on TV and hang out. The shop will have free beer for customers every day.
Pebble and Pine, 408 N. Bishop, 214.942.4653, pebbleandpine.com
More business bits
The popular food truck Gandolfo’s added a second truck to reach a broader community and participated in a Monday Night Foodball event with food trucks and football. Gandolfo’s is famous for its New York pastrami sandwiches and recently revamped its menu.
Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen Dallas, 972.800.7972, gandolfosdeli.com
Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse celebrated its 30th anniversary in November with concerts by its favorite local and touring artists. The acoustic listening room, named after Protestant reformer John Calvin, started as a smoke- and booze-free space where people could catch some original and favorite tunes in folk, bluegrass, world and more. Previous performers have included David Wilcox, Janis Ian and the Dixie Chicks. The not-for-profit, volunteer-run coffeehouse operates out of Northpark Presbyterian Church every Friday night.
Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, 9555 N. Central, 214.363.0044, unclecalvins.org
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