Event: Victory Park Blood Drive – partnering with Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Carter Bloodcare

Date: Friday, May 22nd 10am – 3pm

Location: Valet parking area on Victory Park Ln. and Museum Way

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Over the past three months, people around the country have been uniting to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Food banks and pantries are working around the clock, Manufacturers have pivoted production to help supply life-saving materials, volunteers have assembled tents and cots outside of hospitals to accommodate patient overflow, and the National Guard units have been activated to help gather and deliver supplies. Now it’s your turn! You can play your part in helping those in need on May 22nd as the Carter BloodCare Bus accepts blood donations  at Victory Park. 

Why you should give:

Donating blood is a simple, quick, and relatively painless act that can make a positive difference in our world. However, less than 10% of eligible donors give. Donations are essential for trauma patients and people undergoing a variety of situations, including surgeries, transplants, chronic illnesses, blood disorders, and cancer, among many more. Your blood donation could be essential in supporting recovery. A single donation can give one to three patients a better chance for survival.

Donating blood takes on average one hour, with approximately 10 minutes being the physical blood draw. New donors will need to undergo a screening process that takes into account their hemoglobin levels, while repeat donors may be subject to an abbreviated screening process.

Giving blood is an impactful act that can be done more than once. By donating, you have the power to save lives. The reward of a blood donation is that you can share something so easily that makes such a significant difference in someone else’s life.

After you give:

After your donation is made, you should avoid doing any physical activity for a minimum of 5 hours. This is to allow your arm time to rest and rebuild strength so that you don’t become sore later on.

In addition to allowing yourself time to rest, you should focus on intaking foods high in iron to help rebuild red blood cells. Foods high in iron include fortified cereals and grains, spinach, green lentils, beans, red meats, and nuts. Orange juice, milk, and yogurt are all good post-donation snacks; additionally they contain folic acid and riboflavin, B-9 and B-2 vitamins, which help to restore red blood cell counts.

You don’t have to look far to find some good post-donation snacks in Victory Park. We suggest Buda Juice, Feed Me Pronto, Freshii, or one of the many other eating establishments just a short distance away (click here for a map and directory of Victory Park). 

A note from Carterblood Care:

Public safety is of our utmost priority. All necessary precautions will be taken to ensure everyone involved is safe. We have increased sanitation and sterilization processes, along with social distancing, to comply with the recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. No more than four donors will be allowed on the bus at a time to ensure we keep social distancing – two will be giving blood while two will be in the resting area.

Directional signs will be placed on the outskirts of the neighborhood in order to help direct traffic and indicate the blood drive’s exact location.

For more information on giving blood, visit the Carter Bloodcare webpage.

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Parents do so much for their kids which can make finding the right present on Mother’s Day a struggle. This year, throw in the added challenge of extended store closures along with delivery challenges of social distancing and you might find yourself between a rock and a hard place. That’s where we come in! We’ve rounded up all of the best-selling gifts that mom is hoping to get from you this year.

 

Soft and Sweet 

There’s no gift quite as timeless as the gift of flowers. Shop Simply Elegant, voted D Magazine’s number 1 flower shop, for a bouquet that mom is sure to love. Even better, purchase a Flowers of the Month Club membership so that her gift never wilts. Each month’s delivery will be a fresh reminder of your love and appreciation for all that she does. Call the store or check online for their current Mother’s Day Specials going on – bouquets starting at $75. Email izzy@simplyelegantdallas.com to place your order right now! 

 

Simple and Timeless

The best gift-givers know that presents need to match the recipient’s love language. If the mother that you’re shopping for speaks in words of affirmation, then the perfect gift lies at Read Between The Lines. Shop the best-selling collection of unique cards, stationery, prints, and more that will accurately express your love for her in a way that she can cherish and read over and over again. However, opening gifts is fun no matter your love language, so pair that perfect card with one of Read Between The Lines’ many other great gifts perfectly curated for moms. They’ll also gift wrap your perfect present so you leave 100% ready to win the best gift this year! 

 

Classic and Chic

Was it not our mothers who taught us that when we look good, we feel good? Help your mom feel good every day with a few new closet staples, so she can still look her best at home! V.O.D. Boutique is a unique fashion boutique featuring curated pieces from independent designers with clothing for the chic mom of any age – better yet, they offer free shipping anywhere and curbside pick up in Dallas. Find anything from a stunning alligator wallet to the cutest parasol to a new belt that could tie any outfit together.

 

Sugars and Smarties

Go-tos wouldn’t exist if they didn’t work, right? When in doubt, go for the sweets. Every mom has a sweet tooth for a cookie, cupcake, candy, or maybe even ice cream. Whatever your mom’s guilty pleasure is, Victory Park has the candy makers and bakers to satisfy her sweet tooth. If candy is what your mom reaches for, look no further than It’Sugar. For handcrafted soft serve, Aqua S has you covered. And for all the baked goods that your heart could desire, turn to the bakers at Sift + Pour. They are currently offering Mother May I cookie kits and a MOM-umental flower bouquets with a Lowe Co. “Isn’t she lovely” or “You are loved” card – order on their website at www.siftandpour.com! You can pick up your order, have it delivered, or shipped nationwide! ⁣  

 

Relaxing and Rewarding

If your mom usually spends the morning of Mother’s Day at brunch, she will be thrilled when you purchase the Mimosas for Mom package from Sweet Tooth Hotel. If you haven’t already, you will want to act fast on this offer as there’s an extremely limited, 30 to be exact, number of packages. For only $50, your package will include one bottle of G.H. Mumm Champagne with your choice of either orange juice or pink lemonade, two tickets to the Intangible installation, a Korean face mask, a Sweet Tooth Hotel keychain, as well as a fun “I Love You and Cake” greeting card from Read Between the Lines all delivered, contactless of course, to your door for free (must live within ten miles of 75219 to qualify for free delivery).

 

Delicious and Unique 

Looking for a wonderful way to end Mother’s Day? Say it with food! Billy Can Can’s selection of fine saloon fare is available for pick-up and to-go with their special Mother’s Day menu! Three courses of early summer deliciousness for $50 or a dessert + wine care package for $25. All that PLUS cocktails to-go, à la carte fare, local beer and fine wines- now that’s a wonderful way to celebrate mom, and you get to enjoy it too! Call them to place your order now 214.296.2610 or check out their menu here.

So there you have it, Victory Park has everything you need to succeed this Mother’s Day. Just a reminder, it is Sunday May 10th, but you already knew that! 

P.S. To all the dads out there: a reminder that there won’t be any cute DIY crafts for mom coming from school this year, it’s on you to help make that macaroni necklace (and pair it with a little something special)

Right now, just about everyone is experiencing an increase in free time both those working from home and those just working on keeping their sanity while at home. As we undergo yet another week of quarantine and social distancing, many are starting to grow anxious and are having trouble finding activities to occupy their time. Some people have found that this season has been the perfect time to focus on introspection, perfect a hobby, or learn something new, and no we’re not talking about learning another TikTok dance.

One activity that you could pick up, or maybe re-spark, is perfecting your green thumb. After all, Spring is the season of new life so why not try cultivating some in your own home. Plants can brighten your day just by looking at them. Maybe you can start an herb garden in a backyard or patio and be able to save some green down the road. Pick up a copy of How To Raise A Plant And Make It Love You Back today and get growing.

You could also pass the time by planning your post-quarantine celebration. Will you get dressed up and go out to a club? Make a reservation for you and all of your friends at a popular restaurant? Maybe you’ll finally be able to take that vacation that had to be rescheduled/canceled. Has COVID-19 ignited a fire in you to see the world with your own eyes? If so, maybe your celebration will be a trip overseas. If that’s the case, take the time now to do some planning and reading on where to go/how to spend your time there.

Our dream vacation? We’re heading to Paris and stocking up on all the tips and tricks. Sundays in Paris is an excellent source that offers a comprehensive city guide featuring the best places to eat, drink, and explore in the City of Lights for any day of the week.

Another healthy way of spending your time is to focus on introspection and mental health. From a candlelight ritual for renewal to a soothing ritual for unwinding to a tea ceremony for fostering connection and gratitude, the world is filled with empowering spiritual practices that help cultivate well-being. The Rituals, a book by Natalie MacNeil, is filled with details on the history and meaning behind a wide range of sacred rituals for love, awareness, joy, along with so much more. The enriching, powerful practices found in this book have the power to transform your quarantine experience and extend into your normal routines.

Lastly, another great practice to fill your time with is the art of the written word. With so many outlets and ways to practice, anyone is sure to find some way to express yourself. Hand lettering is a beautiful art form that has the potential to grow into a side hustle. Journaling is one of the most cost-effective forms of therapy. Creating a physical list of daily gratitudes can dramatically increase your mood, leading to better relationships. Dream journals can reveal shocking details about your life and lead to epiphanies. While prayer/blessing journals are another way to stay positive and focus on your meditation. The point is, journaling is a creative outlet that can improve your mental state. To get started, find a journal that you want to write in and the rest will come naturally.

Share with us how you’re filling your time.

Each of the featured products in this post (and many more) are available online at readbetweenthelines.com (free shipping on U.S. orders $35+), via curbside pickup at their Victory Park location at 2412 Victory Park Lane (simply place your order online and specify in-store pickup), as well as home and office delivery in the Victory Park area!

Many businesses in Victory Park are doing their part to make sure we are all staying healthy by putting together an initiative in the neighborhood. The participating restaurants will be delivering orders to customers who are being cautious and staying at home.

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING IN VICTORY PARK: 

Everybody Eats: Hero, Mot Hai Ba, DIBS on Victory, Feed Me Pronto, and Sift + Pour have created family style meals and menus as well as household necessity packages for delivery! Orders can be placed by calling 877-832-8723. Visit the website below to view delivery and takeout menus and for more information!
https://www.dfweats.com
(All orders are subject to a $5 delivery fee)

Serving Those Who Serve: Hero by HG launched a “In the meantime… Family Meal” at Hero. Each day the restaurant will be providing meals for service industry employees who are unable to work.

Biagio Spirits: Biagio Spirits will deliver wine (minimum purchase of $20) in a 7 mile radius (for a $5 fee) through their Biagio App, through Drizly, or by phone.

Billy Can Can: Secure your order for their take-out meals! Follow them on social to keep up with their new meals. Email reservation@billycancan.com or call 214.296.2610.

Burgundy Swine: Burgundy Swine Wine Bar is offering wine delivery. Email hello@burgundyswine.com to place your wine order and receive free delivery.

Cafe Victoria:  Free delivery to the Victory Park area from 7am-3pm! You can still takeout during these hours as well. Customers can call in their order and pay with a card over the phone or by card or cash upon delivery. They are also offering individuals and organizations the chance to donate breakfast to the Police and Healthcare teams on the Victory Park testing site. If you or your company would like to do this, please email them at info@cafevictoriadallas.com, or DM them! They can send coffee and food, and it will be at the site while they set up or before it opens at 8am. With every order, Cafe Victoria will also buy a beautiful Read Between the Lines Thank You card and will include a note on your behalf.

Feed Me Pronto: Feed Me Pronto is offering local delivery, curbside pickup, family style meals with organic wine/local beer, snack bags, bags of food for the week and accept credit cards, PayPal and Venmo. They have high-quality, organic and non-GMO versions of typical convenience store fare.

Freshii: Freshii is offering takeout, front door pick up/ordering, curbside delivery, ordering through their app or online through a third-party delivery service like Grubhub or Uber Eats.

Jinya: Get your favorite ramen to-go at Jinya Ramen Bar! They’re doing take-out and delivery, as well as having the option to purchase a gift card so you and your favorite people can take a ramen date once the quarantine is lifted.

Mesero: See a bucket, send a bucket! The Original Mesero Margarita Pack is available for free delivery and curbside pickup! They’re also having 1/2 price beer and wine.

Orange Theory Fitness: OrangeTheory Fitness Daily At-Home Workouts Available on Youtube. Simply search Orangetheory Fitness on Youtube and select that days workout. You can also follow Orangetheory Fitness Victory Park on Facebook – we post the Workout of the Day each morning.

Sift + Pour: Get your Social Distancing Survival Kit from Sift + Pour! $25 for a regular kit and an extra $5 if you want gluten-free. They ship nationwide and deliver in the DFW area!

Simply ElegantOur local flower shop is still available for deliveries! Enjoy gorgeous flowers while at home in your pajamas or send to someone special and make their day! Place call 214-46808855 or order online at simplyelegantdallas.com

Kent Rathbun BBQ – Kent Rathbun with IMOTO is offering Family Style BBQ! Text the word CHEF to 888111 and fill out the form. Sign up for their text messaging updates to always be informed about your orders and be the first to find out about special events!

Aqua S – NOW OPEN! A premium soft serve ice cream shop  in Victory Park (next to mesero). Offering a curbside pick up and free deliveries of our mini ice cream tubs starting next week.  Gluten free and dairy free options as well.

Sweet Tooth Hotel: In an effort to help support Dallas artists, Sweet Tooth Hotel is offering a free gift card for every gift card purchased. 100% of the proceeds will go towards paying their artists and $1 from each ticket is being donated to Warm Up America!

Parking: South Victory Garage parking will be free for two hours without validation to anyone who orders take out from the restaurants in the neighborhood until further notice.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and many of us still don’t have plans. Even if she said she’s fine with not doing anything, chances are she’s still expecting some kind of special dinner or activity. Because we all can’t be hopeless romantics who shine every Valentine’s Day, we created an inspirational date cheatsheet.

Use this guide to help plan the perfect night!     

 

For The Sporty Couple:

From basketball to lacrosse, you guys are always down to cheer on the home team. Valentine’s Day is no exception. Even when you are out to eat, you both seem to navigate towards what’s showing on TV. The good news is that you both enjoy bonding over the game. So this year for the big date, start with 2 tickets to a Stars or Mavericks game and finish the night with dinner and drinks at Hero or Dibs.

           

 

 

 

For The Historians:

Your Netflix and Chill sessions usually revolve around the news documentary or historical fiction drama.

 You’re a master storyteller and love learning new facts. A perfect Valentine’s Day for you includes strolling through the wonders that make up the Perot Museum of Nature and Science followed by coffee at Cafe Victoria to discuss your new knowledge.

 

 

 

 

For The Inspirational Couple:

Ted Talks are your jam! You’re the couple others look to for advice about their own relationship and career. It’s likely that your instagram feed regularly features an inspirational message. This February, beat the crowds and have lunch at Brewed + Pressed before heading over to see Oprah at the American Airlines Center.

 

For The Foodies:

Dinner is never just an activity for you and your significant other. Dinner is the event. Your favorite book is a menu and there’s no such thing as a “quick bite”. 

Food is an art form that is made to be enjoyed in every sense of the term. Indulge a little more this holiday and grab dinner and drinks at Imoto, Jinya, or Billy Can Can – or all three if you’re up for it. Then, design your own perfect dessert in a cookie decorating class at Sift + Pour.

 

 

 

For The Adventurous Couple:

You guys are always on the go exploring something new. Adventure cabins – been there. Spontaneous hiking trips – done it. This year, explore something new right in your backyard.

Challenge yourself and see if you and your S.O. really do make a good team at Escapology before a nice dinner at Mesero.

 

 

For The Fit Couple:

They say couples who work out together, stay together. Keep doing your thing and crushing goals! You both know the importance of staying on a strict schedule with no days off. Instead, celebrate in a way that is uniquely you. Get a good sweat sesh in with a workout at Orange Theory Fitness or Classic Pilates. You can then refuel at lunch at Freshii or Feed Me Pronto.

 

 

 

 

For The Movie Lovers:

You’re the couple that has likely already watched every Netflix original out there and are subscribed to all major streaming services. In fact, you even bonded over your favorite movie on a first date. This year, embrace your love of movies as well as your love. Stock up on your favorite snacks at IT’SUGAR on your way to a reliable movie night at CINEPOLIS

 

For The Posh Couple:

You’re the couple that bonds over all things luxury. When planning a trip, it’s no question, you both believe in go big or go home. Treat yourselves this Valentine’s Day! Start with rejuvenating facials and spa treatments at Joanna Czech and end the day by relaxing with a bottle of wine or champaign at Burgundy Swine.

 

 

 

 

 

For The Music Lovers:

For you, making a burned CD, or a Spotify playlist, is still the best way to tell someone you love them. Music has a way of telling stories and expressing emotions in a way that words alone cannot. Tell your partner just how much they rock with a concert at The House of Blues. Then, catch an encore over dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.

 

For The Instagram Couple: 

You might have thousands of followers but there’s only one person you want to be with this Valentine’s Day. You both know that a picture is worth a thousand words and rejoice in documenting the moment. Surprise your love with flowers from Simply Elegant followed by a blow out from Lost Hairdresser. If there’s time, stroll through Victory Park and enjoy window shopping, make sure to swing by V.O.D. for a new dress though. Valentine’s Day tip: offer to take as many photos as it takes to get the perfect ‘candid’ shot.

Dallasites 101
Written by: Kristin Smart

For current Victory Park residents or for those who frequent the American Airlines Center, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a number of changes to the area. Restaurants, bars and retail have started booming in this neighborhood, and there is still much more to come! It’s hard to believe that just 8 years ago, Victory Park was considered a total flop. But it has totally reinvented itself and we’re here to tell you the 15 reasons why it’s time to make the area your new hangout!

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Texas Monthly
Written by: Lauren Smith Ford

Celebs like Kim Kardashian and Anna Wintour seek out the magic she works with facial massage, high-tech tools, and custom treatments. But you won’t find Botox or lasers in her studio.

You know she’s done facials for Kim Kardashian, right?” “Have you heard she was Cate Blanchett’s go-to girl when she lived in New York?” All of the questions my friends asked me after finding out that I had a highly coveted appointment with Joanna Czech swirled in my head as I entered the aesthetician’s eponymous 1,700-square-foot studio in Dallas’s Victory Park. The receptionist whisked me into one of two treatment rooms, where Czech, a petite blonde whose blue eyes were set off by one of her many pairs of large designer glasses, was waiting with her assistant. Behind Czech, dozens of bottles of creams, cleansers, serums, and…

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USA Today
Written by: Ilene Jacobs

The weather in the Dallas area may be cooling off, but the food scene seems to be getting hotter– with new restaurants opening practically every week.

One of the most exciting developments has been occurring in Victory Park, where a slate of new dining spots are setting up shop, including Billy Can Can, a modern, steak-slinging saloon– and Imoto, an upscale Pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail lounge.

Things are popping in Bishops Arts too. New arrivals include Macellaio, an industrial-chic restaurant devoted to salumi and charcuterie–and Taco Y Vino, an intimate wine bar and taqueria set up in a 1920’s Craftsman bungalow.

Adding to the lineup of stellar restaurants in Deep Ellum is Izkina, a cozy tapas and cocktail joint tucked inside of a hip, new hostel. And then there’s Ruins, an indoor-outdoor eatery featuring Oaxacan and South American fare along with a phenomenal selection of mezcal.

That’s just a sampling of what’s on the plate this season. Read on to find out which new eating establishments you should be trying this fall.

4) Imoto

New to Victory Park is Imoto, a spacious, two-story stunner spotlighting Pan-Asian fare. The restaurant is the latest venture from Dallas culinary

couple, Kent and Tracy Rathbun and features a menu packed with shareables as well as a traditional sushi bar headed up by Nobu alum, Jimmy Duke. Expect to find dishes ranging from honey-soy glazed Korean fried chicken and grilled lamb curry claypots to tempura lobster shooters with kaffir red curry–a fan favorite from Chef Rathbun’s former restaurant, Abacus. Pair everything up with a contemporary cocktail or a selection from the global wine list. Also keep an eye out for weekend DJs and daily specials.

1) Billy Can Can

Cementing Victory Park as Dallas’ coolest new dining destination is Billy Can Can, a handsome, wood and taxidermy adorned eatery modeled after a late-19th-century saloon. The restaurant comes by way of Tristan Simon (the same guy who transformed Henderson Avenue into a dining hotspot) and offers a menu highlighting modern Texas cuisine. We’re talking everything from Texas venison tartare and fried redfish po’boys to red brick chicken mole, skate wing schnitzel and steaks galore. Drink-wise, there’s a stellar lineup of handcrafted cocktails as well as wine, beer and house-made sarsaparilla. Not to be missed are the churros with warm chocolate mole and lime curd.

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Globe Street
Written by: Lisa Brown

DALLAS—Victory Park, the 75-acre mixed-use development in downtown, is in the midst of a district redevelopment led by retail partner Trademark Property Co. and owner Estein USA. Victory is undergoing a full remerchandising, adding 85,000 square feet of new retail space and making key enhancements to evolve into a more walkable urban neighborhood.

Victory Park surrounds the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and Stars. The park currently features more than 220,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space; 621,000 square feet of class-A office space, the 252-room W Dallas–Victory Hotel, more than 3,300 residential units and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Victory Station provides access to DART Light Rail and the Trinity Railway Express. The 3.5-mile jogging and bicycle path, The Katy Trail, is also directly accessible.

This year, Victory Park is opening more than 10 food and beverage concepts and has welcomed Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas-Victory Park and WeWork, along with new public art. Orangetheory Fitness Victory Park is also a new tenant, located at 625 High Market St.

“The investments we’ve made to revitalize the district are attracting some of the best-in-class tenants and we look forward to continuing the momentum,” Laura Hale, marketing director at Victory Park, tells GlobeSt.com. “We are excited to welcome Orangetheory Fitness to Victory Park.”

Victory Park’s tenant list continues to expand with the addition of Jinya Ramen Bar, known for its ramen and Japanese-inspired cuisine, new bakery concept Sift + Pour and Biagio Wine & Spirts, all of which are new to the Dallas market.

Victory Park is…

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Dallas Morning News
Written by: Karen Robinson-Jacobs

The menu offerings at the rebounding Victory Park will expand over the next few months with ramen, sweets and booze.

Jinya Ramen Bar will serve more than 10 signature ramen recipes with 20-plus toppings. The menu also will include rice and curry bowls and a variety of Japanese-inspired small plates.

Jinya Ramen Bar’s 3,000-square-foot location, a first for the brand in North Texas, will debut this winter at 625 High Market Road. Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The brand’s website lists eight locations in Texas,  including four in Houston.

Sift + Pour Bakery will feature mini cupcakes, cake pops, brownies, macarons, and made-to-order sweet or savory crepes. The concept also has a full espresso and tea bar and serves wine and beer. Sift + Pour will open its debut location late this year at 2401 Victory Park Lane.

Biagio Wine & Spirits will offer wine and liquor beginning this fall. Its 2,600-square-foot location at 2404 Victory Lane will operate Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Victory Park, adjacent to the American Airlines Center in Uptown, is seeing a rebirth with the opening of restaurants and entertainment options designed to boost traffic in the urban entertainment district that took a hit during and after the recession.

More concepts opening this year include the flagship location for the Mesero brand, wine bar Burgundy Swine and a restaurant by This & That Concepts (the team behind High Fives and The Standard Pour).

Also on tap is a bar by Brooke Humphries (also known for Barcadia, Beauty Bar, and Pints & Quarts); frozen treats from Popbar; a 24,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment concept in Victory Plaza by Humphries and Elias Pope’s 8020 Hospitality (the team behind HG Sply Co.); and a creative workspace with a day-focused café by Rebees.

Last month, the development saw the opening of its first…

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