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Anna of Texas is on its way to becoming a booming city after a sudden increase in population over the last few years according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,

“Anna, which started as a small town along a railroad stop, finds itself in the center of two North Texas growth stories. 

Developers and city officials in Anna have already seen a flood of new residents over the last few years with the rapid growth of Dallas-Fort Worth, especially since the pandemic brought in more residents from out of state and allowed people to work remotely. 

Now they’re expecting even more to come when Texas Instruments and GlobiTech open multibillion-dollar semiconductor projects that are set to bring thousands of jobs to Sherman, about 20 miles north.”

The news on Anna is also affecting the real estate market and officials are expecting new residents according to a Local Profile article. They say.

“The newly acquired attention is affecting the real estate market as well. Anna was known for being one of the more affordable housing markets in Collin County, but that is quickly changing. Pike said they are seeing houses being sold for half-million dollars and some estate-style developments have been popping up.”

City officials are preparing the town for the upcoming residents. Recently, construction on a new city hall was completed and plans to build a new library are on their way.”

Recently, a brand new city hall as well as a library finished construction as part of Anna’s downtown master plan.  

StreetLights Residential breaks ground on the fourth phase of a luxury community in Austin and it is offering its future tenants a variety of floorplans contemplated with grand common areas according to a Rejournals article which reports, 

“Residents can choose from several floorplans ranging size from 517 to 1,684 square feet, with studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans available. Each apartment home will feature beautiful, thoughtfully designed interiors with granite countertops in the kitchen and bathroom, designer tile finishes, GE grade gas appliances, under-cabinet lighting, and an under-cabinet beverage fridge. Select units will also offer a smart integrated Fabita cooktop, kitchen island hoods, screened-in porches, and private fireplace patios. 

The Maris’s interior common area spaces are designed to foster an inviting, comfortable environment for residents to gather, with access to a variety of amenities including a large coworking space, two private coworking offices, a custom coffee bar with a Starbucks coffee machine, a billiards room with a custom pool table a prep kitchen with adjacent private dining, dog washing stations and bike storage. The fitness center includes a separate weights area, flex fitness space designed for yoga and Pilates with an Echelon Reflect mirror and TV, and a fitness patio just off the flex space. Outside, residents have access to a large pool lounge with lounge seating and dining tables. The community’s location offers easy access for residents with a metro rail and bus station in walking distance, along with over two million square feet of retail and restaurant space.”

Knox Street will be seeing high-rise developments in January 2023 according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,

“Construction is set to start early next year on one of the biggest real estate developments on the way in Dallas. 

The 4-acre mixed-use project is planned west of the U.S. Highway 75 on Travis Street south of Knox and will include luxury residential units, a boutique hotel, retail, offices and a small park.

The development by Dallas-developer Trammell Crow Co. — working in partnership with Austin billionaire Michael Dell’s family investment firm — will bring three new buildings along the popular Katy Trail. Dell’s MSD Capital LP, Crow Co.’s High Street Residential, Dallas’ The Retail Connection and the managers of the Highland Park Village have been working for more than a year on the project.”

The development in Knox Street is the largest of the several planned developments in the neighborhood.

Harry W. Bass Jr.’s rare collection of US gold coins brought $20 million to Dallas nonprofits according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,

“The initial sale of a collection of rare U.S. gold coins and die patterns assembled by late Dallas oilman and philanthropist Harry W. Bass Jr. brought in $20.5 million for dozens of Dallas-based nonprofits. 

One coin alone — an 1821 capped head left half eagle — accounted for $4.62 million of the total in what Heritage Auctions described as “furiously competitive bidding.” It drew 70 bids in Thursday’s auction in Long Beach, Calif.”

Meanwhile, $2.5 million were also brought in during an auction for another rare collection that is Mary Ann Sammons Cree’s jewelries including a 176-karat yellow diamond according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,

“The jewelry collection of Mary Ann Sammons Cree, the late daughter of a Dallas billionaire business magnate, sold at auction for more than $1.9 million for the Communities Foundation of Texas, including nearly $600,000 for a whopping 17.6-carat yellow diamond ring. 

The 125-piece collection was auctioned off piece by piece through Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which finished bidding Thursday. The collection exceeded estimates that it would sell for $1.5 million.”

Proceeds from the auction of Harry W. Bass Jr. ‘s coin collection and Mary Ann Sammons Cree’s jewelry collection will be benefited by the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation and the Communities Foundation of Texas respectively.

H-E-B fans flock to Frisco as the grocery chain opens its first branch in the DFW Metroplex according to a KSAT article. They say, 

“H-E-B fans flocked to Frisco on Wednesday morning as the beloved Texas grocery chain opened its first store in the DFW metroplex. 

Hundreds of people lined up for the grand opening as a high school marching band performed in front of piles of pumpkins at the store’s entrance. 

Frisco is located about 25 minutes north of Dallas and shoppers have been anticipating the store opening for more than a year.

It’s H-E-B’s first flagship store in the area, though six Central Market stores have been serving DFW-area shoppers for more than two decades.:

The newly opened branch is more than just a store according to a MYSA article. They say,

“The Frisco opening was no different. Aside from the long lines for H-E-B’s launch, Frisco’s True Texas BBQ sold a record amount of brisket. Like, a LOT of brisket. The restaurant chain shared the total on Instagram on Thursday, September 22, saying, “Whewee Frisco y’all sure know how to eat!  Yesterday was a huge day as we opened our very first @heb in the DFW metroplex! Frisco showed out and ordered up more than 1,000 pounds of brisket!”

Kristin Irvin, H-E-B’s director of restaurants, confirmed the stat, saying, “On opening day in Frisco, we sold 1K pounds of brisket, which took all night to smoke in two large smokers.” 

The store will be open Monday to Sunday from 6am to 11pm. It is located at 4800 Main Street.

Frisco-based Dude Perfect has announced that they are leaving their current headquarters according to a Local Profile article. They say,

“Frisco-based YouTube group Dude Perfect announced plans for a new ten-acre sports and entertainment destination and headquarters. At the centerpiece of the complex is a 330-foot “impossible shot” tower, where fans can try to make, well, an impossible basketball shot in the splash pool below. 

The “impossible shot” tower is a reference to the stunt that the group did in 2009 while students at Texas A&M.”

Dude Perfect, in collaboration with Overland, conceptualized the exhilarating 330-foot tower according to a WFAA article. They say,

“Dude Perfect began working with Overland on conceptual designs for the project over a year ago. The venue’s boldest planned feature is the 330-foot tower, which projects from the site as a vertical expression of the brand known for its improbable trick shots. The space will give fans the chance to attempt an improbable trick shot of their own. “When you can create a physical representation of what makes a brand so iconic, that’s enormously powerful,” Trubey said. “It was absolutely the right move for us, in terms of basing the physical destination around that.”

Inside the venue, the design concept includes three stories of attractions, including a Dude Perfect Museum that will chronicle the group’s origin story. Restaurants, merchandise, water features and outdoor attractions will round out the visitor experience on the multi-acre site.

“Our vision has always been to create a destination where families could just have an absolute blast in a very unique way,” Cotton said.”

The Dude Perfect is currently looking for municipalities across the United States as possible locations for its new headquarters.

La La Land Kind Cafe opens its first branch with a drive-thru in Richardson according to a Dallas Innovates article which reports, 

“La La Land Kind Cafe—the coffee shop chain that’s been “normalizing kindness” since it opened its first cafe in 2017 on Lower Greenville in Dallas—will debut its first drive-thru location in Richardson Saturday at 242 W. Campbell Road. Offering an array of organic craft drinks and light bites, it will be a permanent home for the brand’s Drive By Kindness initiative, which you can see play out on its TikTok videos.”

Founder Francois Reihani says the new drive-thru branch is not about coffee but about “normalizing kindness” according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,

“Reihani, now 26, says this new drive-through is not about coffee. It’s about “normalizing kindness,” a company buzzphrase.

“We planted over 400 yellow flowers for you to drive through,” Reihani says. The former Great Outdoors sandwich shop was reinvented as a coffee shop that looks like a house, not a business.

Reihani tosses out rhetorical questions to prove the mission of his Kind Cafe. “How can we touch someone?” he says in a Dallas Morning News interview. “Why is humanity so disconnected? Why aren’t all humans friends?” The staff at La La Land aim to shower customers with kindness.”

There are plans to expand internationally someday. For now, Reihani wants to expand to the stateside quickly to get to more cities outside of Dallas.

Sfereco Opens In Plano

September 28, 2022

Italian-American restaurant Sfereco will be opening a branch in Plano and the target opening is mid-September according to a CultureMap Dallas article. They say, 


“The people of Plano will soon get pizza and meatballs galore with the opening of Sfereco, a new Italian-American restaurant opening at 1941 Preston Rd. #1004, at the intersection of Park Boulevard, in a space previously home to a Palio Pizza Cafe, which closed in 2021. According to a release, the restaurant will open in mid-September. 


This will be Sfereco’s fourth location after downtown Dallas, Lewisville, and the River Walk in Flower Mound. Sfereco is part of the Refined Hospitality Concepts (RHC) family, which also includes restaurants such as Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge, Scout, and Overeasy.”


Customers at Sfereco can customize their orders to their liking with the way the menu is presented, and there are also specials offered weekly according to a Plano Magazine article. They say, 


“The menu encourages diners to customize all of their meals.  Popular items include multiple styles of meatballs and customized pizzas. There are also vegan and gluten-free options, including an “Impossible Meatball” and a cauliflower-crust option for pizzas. 


Sfereco offers weekly specials as well. Kids under 12 eat free on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entrée. Game Day specials are available during the streaming of major league games and include deals such as a 16-inch specialty pizza and 12 wings for $26.99.”


The 3200-square-foot restaurant will have a patio that can accommodate 50 diners and a private event space. The theme of the interior will be Spaghetti Western.


The summer drought has uncovered dinosaur tracks on the bed of Paluxy River in North Texas according to a NBCDFW article. They say,


“The summer drought has led to something good for North Texas history buffs. Newly uncovered dinosaur tracks have emerged from the bed of the Paluxy River which snakes through Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose. 


The river is known worldwide for the spectacularly preserved tracks left by sauropods and theropods that roamed the area more than 100 million years ago.”


The tracks belonged to a bipedal dinosaur named Acrocathosaurus but the tracks are said to expire soon according to a CNET article. They say,


“Most of the tracks that appeared in the river belong to a bipedal theropod called Acrocanthosaurus, which would have stood around 15 feet (4.6 meters) tall and weighed up to seven tons.


The visibility of the tracks won’t last. The park closed trails on Monday due to rain, but reopened them on Wednesday, saying the tracks were still visible. The park encourages reservations since it often reaches visitor capacity.”


The tracks will be preserved for the future, however, due to the sediments protecting them from weathering and erosion.


Dallas Zoo Welcomes Baby Gibbon

September 21, 2022

A baby gibbon was born in Dallas Zoo but he will not be available for public viewing yet according to The Dallas Morning News article. In it they say,


“A tiny, yet-to-be-named gibbon is one of the Dallas Zoo’s newest arrivals. 


On Wednesday, the zoo shared a photo of the baby ape, staring wide-eyed at the camera, his tiny feet perched on a human’s forearm. 


Zoo guests will not see the white-cheeked baby playing at Primate Place just yet, but they might hear him making noise or notice zoologists moving him behind the habitat.”


Its parents have shown no interest or even the instinct to raise the baby so it is currently being taken care of by the zookeepers according to a FOX 4 KDFW article which reports,


“Apparently, his parents have shown no instinct or interest in raising him.


The zoo said it’s common for first-time primate mothers to need a little time.


“We know maternal care is learned, and it is common for mothers to need time to acclimate to their new role, especially for first time moms like Tualang. So, the primate team was able to step in from day one and care for the baby round the clock to try to give mom time to get her bearings. They are feeding him formula every two hours, weighing him, checking his temperature, and delivering consistent and responsive care for this little one to make sure he is healthy,” the Dallas Zoo said on its Facebook page.”


The zoo staff hope that the mother will warm up to the little one and raise him. If she doesn’t, the staff will raise him.


Several Brooklyn Dumpling Shop branches will be opening in Texas after a franchise deal has been made and this will be the franchise’s first appearance in the region according to a Fast Casual article. They say, 


“Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, a dumpling chain based on the historic Automat concept, has signed a multi-unit franchise deal to make the brand’s first appearance in the southern region of the U.S., according to a press release. 


Franchisee Sam Cole closed on a deal to bring at least five units to the Dallas area, introducing the first Brooklyn Dumpling Shop to the Lone Star State.”


There will be little to no interactions on the customer’s part in the restaurant as the processes are automated according to a Dallas Morning News article which reports, 


“The restaurant — which requires little to no human interaction on the part of the customer — is “absolutely speaking to the TikTok generation,” Morfogen says.


Morfogen says embracing technology — and removing humans from jobs that can be done by computers and smartphones — could save the entire restaurant industry.”


Morfogen plans on opening 10 to 15 branches in Dallas-Fort Worth and 50 to 100 nationwide within seven years.


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