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Texas is big business in relocation


DFW Metroplex a Hot Bed of Relocation

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A local Dallas area company DAS has direct relationships with human resources departments both locally in North Texas and throughout the U.S.  So what is the business service that DAS brings to major Fortune 500 companies? When people relocate to a new city or region they move their furniture and they also have personal vehicles that might need to be transported to the city to which their relocating.

That’s where DAS comes in.  When companies move employees they use a third-party relocation provider and DAS ships about 4,000 cars a year into Texas currently.  Texas is one of their best relo states as residents move out of the North and Rust Belt region plus many companies from the Golden State of California are moving to Texas as the cost of doing business is much lower in Texas compared to California . Overall DAS is one of the bigger relo car transporters as they will transport more than 102,000 cars this year.

TAKEAWAY:  Texas with its business friendly environment of lower taxes and employee’s cost of living is a hot bed for new companies moving their corporate headquarters to the Lone Star state, especially the DFW Metroplex

Slalom Consulting a national business and consulting firm lands spot #9 for Best Place to Work by DBJ


Slalom Consulting jumps from #18 to #9 best place to work in DFW

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The Dallas Business Journal yearly publishes a list of small, medium and large business firms recognizing them as a Best Place to Work company.

The #9 slot for a medium sized company went to Slalom Consulting a national business and technology consulting firm.

Slalom ranked #18 on the 2012 list so they’ve jumped up a total of 9 slots to #9 in 2013.  This honor is bestowed on a firm via a survey of a companies employees that asks questions about the organization.

Slalom came into the Dallas market in 2007 and currently has 150 employees in their Dallas office.  Slalom is known for their innovative work in technology solutions for healthcare, financial services and retail.

Needless to say all three are good fields to be involved in but healthcare is (my opinion) is probably their toughest category with the implementation of Affordable Healthcare (aka Obamacare).

Slalom Consulting, founded in 2001 and based in Seattle has since grown to over 2,200 consultants nationwide.  The company is no slouch when it comes to being ranked in various business categories as Consulting Magazine has ranked them as a Top 10 Best Firms to Work For.

Congrats to the Dallas office of Slalom Consulting on their continued accomplishments and growth.  Look forward to seeing what slot # they’ll be in 2014 on the Dallas Business Journal  list of small, medium and large business firms recognized as a Best Place to Work company.

Construction Photos of Uptown and West Plano


Construction in North Texas

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This photo is the Shops at Legacy’s new addition – more great townhomes, shops, dining, apartments all in walking distance of each other. Located at Dallas tollway and Legacy on the east side.

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Taken directly across from the new Ritz Carlton that opened last month in Uptown at McKinney and Pearl. Buildings are going to be office, apartments and retail shopping which is badly needed in this area. Some views at 1999 McKinney will be blocked from this.

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Side view of the Ritz, understated elegance, art deco influence, in the back is the Crescent. Ritz Rooms go for $500. a night, a steal compared to the W at $700.

Photos Klyde Warner Park – Uptown – Dallas TX


Pics of Klyde Warren Park – Uptown Dallas, TX, 75021

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I remember when they started blowing up Woodall Rogers for this Park, I actually watched the event from 1999 McKinney.  It’s probably the most efficient thing I’ve seen the City of Dallas do.  Above is a pic of the Museum Tower you hear so much about burning you if you dare take a glimpse, It was very bright and did make you look down from the blinding midday sun.  My question is:  this isn’t the first mirrored building in Dallas with sun issues, so why can’t they figure it out.  Just saying….The building is beautiful nonetheless.
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Being from Plano we have our fair share of excellent city and neighborhood parks, glad there was good planning that considered the residents.  If you haven’t been you need to go see this place.  Definitely an upscale venture with food trucks too…construction was still going on last week on the restrooms (they have portables).  The kids area is awesome.
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The pavilion is for entertainment, still under construction too.  Lots of positive energy here but I did think the park would be bigger than it is.

Klyde Warren Park Water Bricks


Water Bricks at Klyde Warren Park – Uptown – Dallas, TX

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The bricks are layered in a small pond of water – Believe me when I say the kids and dogs love it.

Only 20 minutes away from Plano – Dallas Center for the Performing Arts


Dallas Performing Arts Video

If you haven’t been down to see the progress put it on the list! Opening Fall 2009.

Map of Dallas Arts District


Being an Arts Patron I get lots of emails and advertising for projects that are happening in Dallas.

This photo is courtesy of the Dallas Center of the Performing Arts.  They are responsible for building a world class arts district that will debut in 2009.  Below is a map and location of each building that Dallas has to look forward to.

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Photo courtesy of the Dallas Center of Performing Arts

  1. Winspear Opera House
  2. Annette Strauss Square
  3. Performance Park
  4. Wyly Theatre
  5. City Performance Hall
  6. Meyerson Symphony Center
  7. Cathedral Guadalupe
  8. Belo Mansion
  9. Crow Collection of Asian Art
  10. Dallas Museum of Art
  11. Nasher Sculpture Center
  12. Museum Tower
  13. Woodall Rodgers Park
  14. Booker T Washington Arts Magnet
  15. St. Paul United Methodist Church
  16. Fellowship Church
  17. One Arts Plaza
  18. Dallas Black Dance Theater

One Arts Plaza is a fabulous new high rise condo project – It’s contemporary luxury at its very finest.  I have been on a few hard hat tours and this building is truly amazing! Your view is the ARTS DISTRICT.

A Dallas Icon, the flying red horse


A Dallas Icon- “the flying red horse”

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Did you know that Dallas has a real mascot?

No, its not JR Ewing and it has nothing to do with football or the cowboys.

It is Pegasus, our red neon sign that proudly spins on top of the Magnolia luxury hotel. This Dallas skyscraper was the headquarters of the Magnolia Petroleum Company, before Mobil.

When it first opened it was considered to be the “Tallest Building in Texas”.  The architectural style is Beaux-Art design an ornamented on all four sides. In 1934, Magnolia Petroleum Company erected an oil derrick on the roof that’s so Texas) that supported two 30 x 50 foot red neon signs in the image of Pegasus, the flying red horse and the logo for Magnolia. Exxon Mobil still uses it today.

The two horses were placed 14 ft of each other and revolved on top of the building till 1974 when they quit. They sure don’t make things like use to. During this long period the flying red horse had become a Dallas Icon. In 1977, Mobil moved its headquarters and gave the building and sign to the City of  Dallas.  Over time the building became damaged and outdated and the sign was officially turned off in 1997.

That same year Denver developers bought and converted the building to a 330 room luxury hotel for executive travelers keeping what they could restore, even the elevator doors are original with the Pegasus logo.  This was one of the first downtown buildings to be lovingly restored as part of the renaissance happening in downtown. As part of the Dallas millennium our flying red horse was brought back to life in 2000.

They tried to restore the original but it was too damaged to repair, a new Pegasus was made for $600,000 and now proudly revolves once again.  The original sign is on display at the Dallas Farmers Market. The Magnolia is conveniently located by the Adolphus Hotel and Neiman Marcus …oh,did I mention shopping?

So if you live, relocate or visit Dallas you will have an idea of what the flying red horse means, it is also a logo for the city of Dallas on downtown and west end street signs.  When you live here a while and see Pegasus he will become your pet too. The Magnolia is an upscale hotel that  you should check out and see some of Dallas history, gloriously restored, with an urban edge.