The lowdown on what’s up with neighborhood businesses

A hidden clothing gem

Owner Celeste Drydale opened her men’s and women’s everyday-wear clothing boutique, George and Lucy Clothier, on Lovers Lane six months ago, but says people don’t know she exists due to her “hidden” location. The store, named after her bulldogs, is also connected to her mom’s bakery, Cretia’s. Drydale will host her first trunk show 6–9 p.m. May 9, where she’ll feature the brand Lola and Sophie and serve hors d’oeuvres and wine.
George & Lucy Clothier, 5627 W. Lovers, 214.358.6050

Large new building planned for the Shops at Park Lane

The Shops at Park Lane is expected to grow with the addition of a 190,000-square-foot building, which investors from New York are developing. The five-story development — which will occupy the vacant area on the southeast side of North Central Expressway and Park Lane — is expected to comprise 120,000 square feet of office space and 70,000 square feet of retail space — and, presumably, more parking space should be underway in July and be complete during fall 2014.
Shops at Park Lane, 8070 Park Lane, Suite 128, 214.365.0222

J. Ray Weir

J. Ray Weir

J. Ray Weir dies at 102, leaves behind 65-year furniture legacy

J. Ray Weir, founder of Weir’s Furniture Village in Preston Hollow, died at 102-years-old mid-March. Weir died in his home one day shy of his home furnishing company’s 65th anniversary. He served as president and chief operating officer until 1972, when he let his son, Dan Weir, take over. He remained on the board until 2009 and stayed involved in the family business. Outside of work, Weir enjoyed piloting small airplanes, playing the organ, photography and his model railroad. He also was an avid art collector and accomplished painter.
Weir’s Furniture Village, 3219 Knox , 214.528.0321

A vision for Dallas Midtown

Attendees view architect Omniplan’s renderings

Attendees view architect Omniplan’s renderings

More than 400 attendees packed the Westin Galleria’s ballroom to hear stakeholders’ vision for the future of Valley View. During an April 4 public meeting, the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dallas and architect firm Omniplan discussed their vision for the 450-460 acres extending from the Dallas North Tollway to Preston and from Southern Blvd. to LBJ. The area has come to be known as Dallas Midtown. The plan was presented to the City Plan Commission mid-April and will go to City Council for approval May 22. Organizers also created the website for the community to follow progress.

Dallas at Midtown

More business bits

Developers of Preston Hollow Village plan to add office development along with the 14,000-square-foot Trader Joe’s. The new office space will be located near Trader Joe’s, and retail, apartments and townhouses are also planned for the 42-acre mixed-use development that is within one mile of NorthPark Center. Provident Realty plans to start construction sometime in June.
Preston Hollow Village


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