McKenny lists 11 homes for Gingerbread Stroll


“Decorate” your holiday social schedule with the 5th Annual Gingerbread Stroll, to be held Friday, November 18 through Thursday, December 1, at Highland Park Village. Attendees stroll among 11 Highland Park Village merchants where they can admire and silently bid on ornately decorated gingerbread houses, crafted by 11 of Dallas’ premiere pastry chefs. All proceeds from the Gingerbread Stroll will benefit Community Partners of Dallas – an organization that provides support for abused and neglected children by providing direct resources to caseworkers.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children's charities.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children’s charities.

Dallas residential real estate agent Christine McKenny founded the Gingerbread Stroll in 2011, with the hopes of bringing the community together to raise funds for local children’s charities. Each year, a different charity is selected as the beneficiary of 100 percent of the proceeds, and in 2014, the Stroll raised more than $16,000 for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Community Leader, Lynn McBee, serves as the event advisor for the Gingerbread Stroll. The Gingerbread Stroll has raised over $40,000 for area children in need, since its inception.

“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” said McKenny. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always exciting to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children's charities.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children’s charities.

This year’s Gingerbread Stroll attendees can enter to win giveaway prizes, including a holiday carriage ride for six by Threejays Carriages. Attendees also have an opportunity to purchase gingerbread cookies from Royal Blue Grocery and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Partners of Dallas.

Some of Dallas’ finest chefs who will be producing these festive masterpieces include:

  • A Sweet Life
  • Architecture Demarest
  • Artist, Evelyn J. Fallgren
  • Charlie’s
  • Pastry Chef Winter Lockwood-Frank
  • Chocolate Secrets
  • Hilton Anatole
  • Hotel Crescent Court
  • Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion
  • Omni Dallas Hotel
  • Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children's charities.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Christine McKenny started the annual Gingerbread Stroll to raise funds for area children’s charities.

Merchants showcasing the gingerbread houses include, Beretta Gallery; Bistro 31; Kiehl’s Since 1851; Leggiadro; MARKET Highland Park; Robert Talbott Carmel; Roberta Roller Rabbit; Royal Blue Grocery; STELLA McCARTNEY; Trina Turk and Village Barber Shop.

Sponsors of the event include, Amy Koellner, Providence Lane Window Coverings; Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate; Digital 3 Printing; Ebby Halliday Realtors; Ed Francis, Legacy Texas; Highland Park Village; HUB International Personal Insurance; Lambert’s; Republic Title, Park Cities; Candy’s Dirt; MODERN LUXURY DALLAS; PEOPLE NEWSPAPERS; Christine McKENNY of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate; Woolery Associates, Interior Design; and Bread Winners.

Highland Park Village’s Grocery Gap Will be Filled by Austin’s Royal Blue


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There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth last year when Tom Thumb announced it would be leaving Highland Park Village. Consequently, many people who own homes in Highland Park were overjoyed when they learned that Royal Blue Grocery’s first Dallas location is scheduled to open in July.

The Royal Blue website describes the Austin-based chain as a “compact urban market,” with “compact” being the key word. The Highland Park Village store, which will face Preston Road just south of Anthropologie, is supposed to be 5,500 square feet. That’s less than a third of the size of the Village’s Tom Thumb.

Royal Blue’s site also says “each store is different from the next, tailored to the neighborhood it serves and the people who frequent it every day.” That should be good news for Village patrons such as Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Jane Gordon, who has already told investors which groceries she hopes to see in the store.

“Those of us Highland Park residents who used the Tom Thumb are still in withdrawal,” Gordon said, “and we’re anxiously awaiting the opening of Royal Blue.”

Christine McKenny’s Gingerbread Stroll Benefits Scottish Rite Hospital For Kids


Gingerbread Stroll

Decorate your holiday social schedule with the fourth annual Gingerbread Stroll, today through November 30 at Highland Park Village. Attendees will stroll between more than a dozen stores and restaurants, where they can admire and silently bid on ornately decorated gingerbread houses. All proceeds will benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Our own Christine McKenny founded the Gingerbread Stroll in 2011, with the hopes of bringing the community together to raise funds for local children’s charities. Each year, a different charity is selected as the beneficiary of 100 percent of the proceeds; in 2013, the Stroll raised more than $13,000 for Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.

Gingerbread Stroll logoThis week, Livability.com named the Gingerbread Stroll one of the nation’s top gingerbread-house contests.

“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” McKenny said. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always fun to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”

Some of Dallas’ finest chefs produced these festive masterpieces, including Winter Lockwood-Frank of Charlie’s and Joy Lynn of Fine Arts Concepts.

This year’s Gingerbread Stroll attendees can enter to win prizes that include a holiday carriage ride for six by Threejays Carriages and overnight stays at the Four Seasons Resort and Club, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and the Ritz-Carlton.

Sponsors of the event include Amy Koellner, Providence Lane Window Coverings; Dave Perry-Miller & Associates; Ed Francis, Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking; HUB International Personal Insurance; Lambert’s; Republic Title; Sleepy Hollow Homes by Robby Skinner; Digital 3 Printing; Haynsworth Photography; Kristi Bare, Purple Logic PR; Modern Luxury Dallas; People Newspapers; Tom Thumb; Christine McKenny of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates; Woolery & Associates; and Highland Park Village.

Highland Park Village Would be Your Neighbor if You Bought One of These


With a lineup of tony stores and critically lauded restaurants, Highland Park Village has long been a popular retail and dining destination. Hermés, Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, and Tory Burch all have storefront presences, and if you’re shopping for fine baubles, you can’t get any more upscale than Harry Winston or William Noble. Highland Park Village also features bridal couture, décor, and children’s attire.

The area is also home to several businesses that have set up shop in the center’s prime office space. This mix of retail, dining, and business makes Highland Park Village a coveted work-play destination, and homes near the center are also in demand. Dave Perry-Miller & Associates presents four of our favorite estates within a half-mile of Highland Park Village.

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The home at 5800 Armstrong Parkway is a custom home with upscale finishes throughout. A few of the notable features include a gourmet kitchen with soap-stone counters, black granite island, and top-of-line appliances; formal library with imported antique doors; master suite with coffee bar and exercise room; three bedrooms with en-suite baths; elevator; motor court; art gallery; and more.

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4520 Potomac Avenue features an open floor plan with front and back stairways. The gourmet kitchen has everything a chef could want including Calcutta marble, two Dacor ovens, and slab granite countertops. The smart home system controls audio, video, and lighting. The third-floor guest room with private access is a bonus.

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The home at 3825 Stratford Avenue is a Roman villa with an open floor plan that overlooks landscaped verandas. The outdoor area features a cooking area, pool, spa, and two-sided fireplace. Other must-see elements include chef’s kitchen, home office, exercise room, and elevator.

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3824 Shenandoah Street is a 1926 Tudor that has been updated but still features the original stained-glass windows. The living room has an antique marble mantle, while the dining room has Morning Glory crown molding and custom raised-panel walls. The gourmet kitchen has custom egg-and-dart cabinetry, granite countertops, and state-of-the-art appliances. The study features a private courtyard and antique fountain. In the master suite, you’ll find a Chapman brass chandelier, while the master bath has statuary marble. The backyard features a pool and cabana.

A version of this article also appears on Culture Map Dallas.

Check Out Dave Perry-Miller’s Favorite Patios


Some of Dallas’ best restaurants have found a way to lasso the beauty of summertime al fresco dining without subjecting guests to smoldering heat. From relaxing dinners to cocktail hour, Dave Perry-Miller presents his favorite restaurant patios.

 

BarBelmont, via Facebook
BarBelmont, via Facebook

Oak Cliff
Tucked inside the historic Belmont Hotel is BarBelmont, a hilltop terrace that affords views of the Dallas skyline. BarBelmont is a hot spot for artists, art lovers and the avant-garde. This is the perfect spot to visit for a signature cocktail such as an icy martini, or indulge in fare from onsite restaurant Smoke.

 

The Rustic, via Facebook
The Rustic, via Facebook

Uptown
You know you’re visiting a Texas-sized patio when the restaurant owners actually call it a backyard. The oversized patio at The Rustic features picnic tables, mature oak trees and live music. The Southern menu features locally sourced steak and seafood, and the patio is open year-round.

 

Patrizio, via Facebook
Patrizio, via Facebook

Highland Park
The patio at Patrizio in Highland Park Village is filled with flowers and greenery, creating a relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy the restaurant’s delicious Italian dishes. The patio offers plenty of shade with oversized table umbrellas, and guests beat the heat with strategically placed power fans.

 

Cafe Madrid, via Facebook
Cafe Madrid, via Facebook

Knox-Henderson
Located on Travis Street, the patio at Cafe Madrid is the place to be if you’re longing for an intimate setting similar to the cozy cafes found throughout Spain. Cafe Madrid serves Spanish tapas and wine, and the restaurant offers live music, including classical guitar and flamenco.

 

Mi Cocina, via Facebook
Mi Cocina, via Facebook

Lakewood
Satisfy your craving for Tex-Mex with Mi Cocina’s Lakewood location. The salsa is hot, but the guests are cool thanks to the patio’s umbrellas and shading. Mi Cocina in Lakewood features a mural of the birds and butterflies of White Rock Lake, painted by artist Luis Sottil.

 

What’s your favorite patio in Dallas? We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments below.