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New Fitness Building at Dallas Country Club

New Building to Complement the Main Clubhouse’s Old-World Charm

 

Dee Brown, Inc. (DBI) has been selected to complete all exterior stone and masonry work on the new Fitness Building at the Dallas Country Club in Dallas. 

 

“It’s an honor to be entrusted to work on this significant project,” said Rob Barnes III, DBI president & CEO. “My grandfather, C. Dewitt Brown, Jr., who founded our company, was a Dallas Country Club member. And nearly a decade ago, DBI completed the exterior stone and masonry for the Clubhouse, as well many interior features. We are proud to work with Dallas Country Club in building on its legacy.”

 

Rob Barnes is a third-generation leader in the family-owned business. He began his career in 1986, working on the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, as a non-skilled laborer. He received a Bachelor’s in Business Management from John Brown University in 1992, and his MBA from Southern Methodist University in 2007.



Founded in 1896, Dallas Country Club is located at Mockingbird and Preston Road, just north of downtown Dallas in Highland Park. Turtle Creek meanders through the 117-acre property and is a key focal point throughout the golf course.  

 

Designed by Marsh & Associates, the new Fitness Building will have similar detailing as the main clubhouse.  Relying heavily on natural stone, masonry, and cast stone for its magnificent design, the Fitness Building exudes classic Old-World charm.  A special blend of Leuders limestone is laid up in full bed mortar, trimmed out with cast stone water tables, window surrounds, arches, sills, caps, and copings.  Full-bed brick is utilized in several different patterns. Thin brick veneers, installed in latex mortars, are featured between the stained wood trim elements in the gables, as well as the chimney stack.  

 

The Texas Masonry Council recently awarded DBI the 2021 Golden Trowel Award for Industrial & Commercial Projects for Freedom Place at Old Parkland in DallasDBI also received the 2021 Golden Trowel forRestoration of the Texas Hall of State at Fair Park. 

 

Dee Brown was founded by C. Dewitt Brown, Jr. in 1955 and is a leader in the stone and masonry industry, building and restoring iconic projects, including the American Airlines Center; Nasher Sculpture Center; George W. Bush Presidential Center; Old Red Courthouse; The Getty Center in Los Angeles; Houston Museum of Natural Science; Hunt Oil Headquarters; Trammel Crow Center; AT&T Stadium and many others. More info is available at deebrowncompanies.com

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Park Place Dealerships to Give Away $100,000
Before the End of 2021; Applications Due by November 30

  

With many non-profits struggling going into the holiday season, a new initiative from Park Place Dealerships provides local organizations an opportunity to apply for assistance through the luxury automobile group’s SEASON OF GIVING campaign, which kicks off today. 

 

Under the umbrella of Park Place Cares, the company’s philanthropic arm, Park Place’s SEASON OF GIVING campaign offers local non-profits the chance to apply for a one-time, end of year grant. The company will give away a total of $100,000 before the end of 2021 to deserving non-profits who are serving the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The SEASON OF GIVING campaign coincides with the start of Park Place Dealerships’ 35th year of “Experts in Excellence” serving North Texas. 

 

“Park Place has a long history of giving back to our community,” said Anam Ali Hashambhai, Park Place Dealerships Marketing Director. “Over the past 35 years, we’ve donated millions of dollars to deserving non-profits. We want to expand our benevolence giving this holiday season by reaching out to non-profits and organizations who haven’t received support from Park Place in 2021. We encourage local organizations to apply.”

  

Non-profit organizations must fit the following criteria:

  • Organization must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • The charity must be able to support one of Park Place Cares’ Pillars of Giving which include: Education; Medical Research; Children’s Advocacy; or the Arts.
  • The charity must serve in at least one of the following counties: Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall, Kaufman, Hunt or Johnson.
  • The charity cannot have already received donations or in-kind support from Park Place in 2021.
  • Charities must apply by midnight Nov. 30, 2021. 

 

Charities can apply at ParkPlaceCares.com and the winners will be announced December 6, 2021. 

 

“Giving back is part of our culture,” said Tony Carimi, managing director of Park Place Dealerships. “Our members take great pride in knowing the company they commit so much of their time to is dedicated to making North Texas a better place to live. We have encouraged our members to reach out to organizations they are connected to and invite them to apply for a grant. We want to bless as many non-profits as we can during our SEASON OF GIVING.”

 

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. Park Place BodyWerks Collision Centers in Fort Worth and Dallas, and the Park Place Auto Auction, round out the company’s offerings. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

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L-to-R: Park Place Motorcars Dallas New Car Sales Director Ted Petrocco, Park Place Dealerships Marketing Director Anam Ali Hashambhai, and Park Place Dealerships Managing Director Tony Carimi

A perfect fall evening at Dallas Arboretum was the setting for the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the flagship luxury sedan. Guests admired a spectacular sunset with White Rock Lake as the backdrop while exploring the multitude of new features in the stunning S-Class.

 

“It felt wonderful to enjoy an outdoor event with our clients and showcase the seventh generation S-Class,” said Robert Morris, Park Place Motorcars Dallas general manager. “This is without a doubt the smoothest, most luxurious sedan Mercedes-Benz has ever built. And it’s stacked with amazing new technology and the latest safety features.”

 

Starting at $111,100, the new S-Class comes with a choice of engines and custom features. The S-500 has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six plus a 48-volt mild hybrid system, delivering 429 horsepower. The S-580 pairs the mild hybrid system with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. And the Maybach model offers a twin-turbo V12 that politely pumps out 612 hp.

 

Understandably, the luxury sedan is packed with new technology. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system recognizes the driver by face, voice or index finger and instantly adjusts the driver’s seat and controls to preset personalized settings. Even a wave of the hand or gesture can activate infotainment functions like making or answering a call, adjusting cabin temperature or adjusting side mirrors. Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, active steering and lane assist, blind spot monitoring, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, a 360-degree camera and a self-parking function.

 

What you don’t see, or hear, may be as important as all the luxurious bells and whistles. Shut the soft-closing doors and you’re enveloped in supreme quiet. Mercedes-Benz has filled the chassis and panels with acoustic foam for the quietest riding S-Class yet. 

 

During the evening, guests enjoyed mouthwatering fare, including a farm to market table with baby kale Caesar salad and lemon Caesar dressing and baby heirloom tomato Grilled Cheese sandwiches on Artisan Sour Dough topped with sticky shallots. The beef tenderloin on a crisp potato galette topped with Morel mushrooms was a big hit as well as the smoked jalapeno sausage; horseradish mashed potatoes; spicy vinaigrette coleslaw; adult mac and cheese with Gemelli pasta and smoked brisket; ridged macaroni with fried chicken bites, sweet green peas and Mountain Valley cheddar cheese sauce.

 

Bartenders created specialty cocktails for the evening, including a “Starry Palmer” made with Vodka, lemonade and iced tea.

 

Guests enjoyed high-octane music from the Royal Dukes Band, delivering an energetic mix of pop and country songs with a distinctive flair. Italian menswear designer Canali displayed a collection of stylish fashions on the lawn. 

 

Park Place Motorcars Dallas is located at 6113 Lemmon Avenue, near Love Field Airport. 

 

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987. For the past 34 years, the company has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place Dealerships employs more than 1,400 members and operates two collision centers, an auto auction, and eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Sprinter Vans. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

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City Center Towers
City Center Fort Worth has signed new leases with several companies including BNY Mellon; Brown PC; Daniel, Moore, Evans, Biggs, Decker, and SmidAlston & Bird; and Truist Bank/CRC Group


“Throughout 2020, we actively promoted the premier Class A office space in downtown Fort Worth, which resulted in increased prospect activity,” said Johnny Campbell, President and CEO of City Center Management. “Downtown Fort Worth continues to be a strong market and City Center has the two most iconic towers in the heart of the city. Our world-class buildings, flexible spaces, and amenities make the Wells Fargo and Bank of America Towers prime locations for businesses. We are once again seeing a strengthening interest in Class A office space in downtown Fort Worth which is contributing to a quicker recovery.”

 

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, known as BNY Mellon, is an American investment banking services holding company headquartered in New York City. BNY Mellon was formed from the merger of The Bank of New York and the Mellon Financial Corporation in 2007. They opened a Fort Worth office with 6,270 square feet of space last month in the Wells Fargo Tower.

 

The law office of Brown PC has opened for business in the Wells Fargo Tower last month with 2,650 square feet. The boutique law firm represents clients in complex, tax and white-collar defense litigation.  

 

Daniel, Moore, Evans, Biggs, Decker, and Smid, an association of Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys, has leased more than 4,300 square feet of space in the Bank of America Tower and is expected to move in by the end of November. 

 

Alston & Bird LLP is an international global law firm with more than 800 lawyers in 13 offices throughout the United States, Europe, U.K., and Asia. Alston & Bird’s Fort Worth office in City Center will occupy 5,700 square feet in the Bank of America Tower. They are scheduled to move in to the space in January 2022.  


Truist Bank/CRC Group is the leading wholesale specialty insurance distributor in North America with more than $23.5 billion in annual written premiums, 4,300 employees, offices across the United States and Canada, and more than 90 years of delivering insurance solutions. The Fort Worth office in City Center’s Bank of America Tower will occupy 5,868 square feet. They plan to move into their new space in January 2022. 

 

David Walters of CBRE represented Alston & Bird LLP, as well as the Truist Bank/CRC Group. Jack Huff of Transwestern represented Daniel, Moore, Evans, Biggs, Decker, and Smid. Robert Gamblin of City Center Management represented the Landlord in each of the new leases.


City Center is the premier business address with Class A office space in downtown Fort Worth. Comprised of the Bank of America Tower and the Wells Fargo Tower, the two iconic towers offer stunning views of Fort Worth, connected parking and an on-site private club with fitness center. More info at citycenterfw.com

 

 

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Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie Blizzard and Pecan Pie Blizzard Treats

It’s never too early to celebrate fall in Texas, especially when participating DQ® restaurants are offering two Blizzard® of the Month choices – the return of the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat and the Pecan Pie Blizzard Treat, at participating DQ locations for a limited time only.

Pumpkin lovers know all about the luscious Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat, rich with a sweet combination of real pumpkin pie pieces and creamy vanilla soft serve, crowned with whipped topping and a sprinkle of nutmeg for the ultimate taste of autumn. 

And then there’s the Pecan Pie Blizzard Treat packed with roasted pecans, crispy brown sugar pie crust pieces, and caramel blended with creamy vanilla soft serve. What could be more Texan? 

Which is the ultimate autumn taste experience? Order both and decide for yourself!  

The Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat and the Pecan Pie Blizzard Treat are available, along with the full menu of delightful Dairy Queen® treats and eats, via drive-thru, pick-up and take-out, as well as delivery and online ordering where available. 

There are few brands as iconic as the DQ brand. Innovative DQ treats and eats, along with the unique DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned DQ restaurants in Texas as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. The Texas Dairy Queen Operators' Council is a nonprofit organization made up of DQ franchisees operating in Texas. The Council develops the advertising and marketing program for DQ franchisees in Texas and controls the Texas Country Foods menu along with managing supply/distribution for the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. The DQ restaurants in Texas are franchised by American Dairy Queen Corporation and the DQ franchise system includes approximately 7,000 franchised locations in the United States, Canada, and more than 20 other countries, including the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. 

For more information about the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council, visit dqtexas.com or follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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It’s summer and it’s hot in Texas, which makes a perfect combination to celebrate National Root Beer Float Day on Friday, August 6. DQ® restaurants in Texas will offer their own sweet twist on the cool classic. The root beer float features DQ vanilla soft serve literally “floating” in the frothy goodness of premium root beer. 
 
Historians note that the root beer float, also known as a “Black Cow,” was invented in 1874 in Philadelphia by Robert McCay Green, who ran out of ice at his soda shop one day and hit on the idea of chilling beverages with ice cream.
 
This tasty burst of all-American tradition is available at participating DQ restaurants year round, but is a must on National Root Beer Float Day. 
 
The full menu of delightful DQ treats and eats is available via drive thru, pick up and take out, as well as delivery and online ordering where available. 
 
Want to quench your root beer float craving faster? Just download the free Texas Dairy Queen mobile app for “The Best Treats & Eats in Texas.” 
 
There are few brands as iconic as the DQ brand. Innovative DQ treats and eats, along with the unique DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned DQ restaurants in Texas as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. The Texas Dairy Queen Operators' Council is a nonprofit organization made up of DQ franchisees operating in Texas. The Council develops the advertising and marketing program for DQ franchisees in Texas and controls the Texas Country Foods menu along with managing supply/distribution for the DQ restaurants in Texas. The DQ restaurants in Texas are franchised by American Dairy Queen Corporation and the DQ franchise system includes approximately 7,000 franchised locations in the United States, Canada, and more than 20 other countries, including the nearly 600 DQ restaurants in Texas. 

For more information about the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council, visit dqtexas.com or follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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Park Place Lexus Plano has teamed up with Carter BloodCare for a community blood drive. Anyone interested can sign up to donate blood 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 17 in the Carter BloodCare mobile unit which will be housed at the dealership on the Southwest corner of Spring Creek Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.

“After our last Member (employee) blood drive, we had a client suggest we open it up to the community,” explained Katie Stutts, GM Administrative Assistant at Park Place Lexus Plano. “There is such a critical need right now for blood that we felt this is the right time to host our first community blood drive and we hope people will sign up for the August 17 event.” 

Anyone interested in donating, or wants more information, can contact Katie Stutts at 972-738-8048 or kstutts@parkplace.com.

According to Carter BloodCare, there are not enough blood donations to support the needs of local patients. Factors such as a rapidly growing population, medical treatment advances, the pandemic, and extended surgery schedule for procedures previously canceled due to COVID-19 have strained the blood supply to levels not seen in 30 years.

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987. For the past 34 years, the company has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

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Educator of the Year Lexus Reps with Heather Clay Park Place Plano Lexus members, Chris Brunner and Patrick Jaccar recognized Elementary Teacher of the Year Heather Clay.

Prosper ISD and Park Place Lexus Plano recently recognized Prosper Independent School District Teachers of the Year Heather Clay and Margie Raper. Clay was named Elementary Teacher of the Year at Cockrell Elementary and Raper was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year at Rock Hill High School.  The teachers were offered a summer in a Lexus with the option of a Lexus IS or NX.

“It is an honor to partner with Prosper Independent School District to recognize these amazing teachers,” said Chris Brunner, Park Place Lexus Plano General Manager. “For several years Park Place has proudly supported the Teachers of the Year in Prosper ISD. These talented educators bring out the best in our kids, which benefits our entire community.”

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987. For the past 34 years, the company has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place Dealerships employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

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Park Place Lexus Plano member Katie Stutts and Regina Taylor; Foundation Director and Grant Writer for AISD present key to a Lexus.

Allen ISD and Park Place Lexus Plano recently recognized Allen Independent School District Teachers of the Year Kaley Mancuso and Trey Stolp.  Kaley Mancuso a third grade teacher at  Marion Elementary was named Elementary Teacher of the Year and Trey Stolp an eighth grade teacher at Curtis Middle School was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year.  The teachers were offered a summer in a Lexus, which included the use of a Lexus IS or NX.

“It is an honor to partner with Allen ISD Education Foundation to recognize these amazing teachers,” said Chris Brunner, Park Place Lexus Plano General Manager. “For several years Park Place has proudly supported the Teachers of the Year in the Allen ISD. These talented educators bring out the best in our kids, which benefits our entire community.”

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987. For the past 34 years, the company has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place Dealerships employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

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T1A5301.jpg Park Place Lexus new car sales manager Charles Owen, Carolyn Province, Grapevine-Colleyville Secondary teacher of the year from Grapevine High School, Lynette Hollinger, Grapevine-Colleyville Elementary teacher of the year from Glenhope Elementary and Park Place Lexus GM Robert Hinkle.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Park Place Lexus Grapevine recently recognized Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District Teachers of the Year Lynette Hollinger and Carolyn Province. Lynette Hollinger was named Elementary Teacher of the Year at Glenhope Elementary and Carolyn Province was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year at Grapevine High School.  The teachers were offered a summer in a Lexus, which included the use of a Lexus IS or NX for the summer.

“It is an honor to partner with Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District to recognize these amazing teachers,” said Robert Hinkle, Park Place Lexus Grapevine General Manager. “For several years Park Place has proudly supported the Teachers of the Year in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. These talented educators bring out the best in our kids, which benefits our entire community.”

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987. For the past 34 years, the company has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place Dealerships employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. For more info, visit parkplace.com.