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Consumers love the gift of laughter

T. Hee Greetings throw pillows

T. Hee Greetings and Gifts doesn’t carry a thing anyone needs, but shoppers can’t seem to get enough of the fun products they want. If goofy, sassy or sentimental accoutrements alone fail to fill customers with good cheer, the charismatic store owners, Tony Doles and David Farris, are guaranteed to inspire smiles. Despite opening their original T. Hee boutique in Lake Highlands on the eve, practically, of the economic slump, the duo has managed to thrive. They opened a second store in Lakewood in 2010, and last month opened a third location in Preston Hollow, on Luther Lane in Preston Center.

T. Hee Greetings and Gifts, 6030 Luther Lane, Suite 160, 214.660.5351, t-heegifts.com

Coats to fight off colds

St. Bernard Sports customers donated about 5,000 new and gently used winter coats at the Inwood Village location. Customers received $30 gift cards to the store per coat donation. St. Bernard exceeded its original goal of collecting 3,600 coats, and ultimately gave away $15,000 in store gift cards. The coats were distributed to the homeless via The Stewpot and Crossroads Community Services.

St. Bernard Sports, 5570 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 388, 214.357.9700, stbernardsports.com

The Stewpot, 408 Park Ave., 214.746.2785, thestewpot.org

Crossroads Community Services, 1822 Young Street, 214.560.2511, ccsdallas.org

 

Lifelong Realtor brings back fond childhood memories

Lydia Player, Ebby Halliday and Mary Lunn Swayze

Lydia Player, Ebby Halliday and Mary Lunn Swayze

Realtor Ebby Halliday of Preston Hollow surprised the owners of a home listed for sale with her company, Ebby Halliday Realtors, when she stopped by Mary Lynn and Skipp Swayze’s $1.25 million Preston Hollow home. Halliday learned through the listing Realtor, Lydia Player, that the Swazyes had met the Dallas real estate icon when they were children. Mary Lynn Swayze recalls meeting Halliday at NorthPark Center in the ’60s while Halliday was giving out candy canes to her and other children. “I remember her telling me that she sold homes. That stuck with me because she was a woman working outside the home. My mom worked outside the home, and that was unusual in those days. I was impressed that she was a working woman, too,” she says. Swayze says she’s also impressed that the 101-year-old Halliday is still at it.

Ebby Halliday Realtors, 4455 Sigma, 972.387.8100, ebby.com

 

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Central Market at 10720 Preston has The North Texas Food Bank’s “Farm to Table” 2013 calendars for $20 each. Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Leeson shot the calendar’s photos, and each sale provides 60 meals to North Texans in need.

Central Market, 10720 Preston, 972.860.6500, centralmarket.com

 

Calypso St. Barth Home hosted author Tom Felicia at its Plaza at Preston Center location for his book signing of “American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat,” with a forward by Tina Fey.

Calypso St. Barth Home, 4040 Villanova, 214.750.0261, calypsostbarth.com

 


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