Archive - 2018

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Flea Style Celebrates Store Opening in Dallas’ Deep Ellum
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Community and Great Eats at Red Oak Cafe
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HCC “Luminaries” Fashion Show

Flea Style Celebrates Store Opening in Dallas’ Deep Ellum

The first weekend of June started off with a celebration- the gurus at Flea Style opened their brick n’ mortar headquarters in Dallas’ trendy Deep Ellum neighborhood. The team chose a beautiful historical brick building that featured over 3,000 square feet of retail space, plus 1,000 square feet of flex studio space, where they will host a myriad of workshops and parties. The shop houses around 54 local vendors as well, including: Vida Antigua, Krisen Home, D Heart D, Shell & Pine, Whiski Designs, Urban Fibers, Mod and Jo, Cheeni Clothing and much more!

I drove the three hours from Austin to Dallas for their Grand Opening. The shop was everything I could have imagined, and more! It’s such a huge space, and the girls utilized every inch of that space perfectly. The decor and merchandise included a mix of handmade, upcycled, vintage, and bohemian. Seashells, macrame, rattan, cactus, and ethnic prints dotted the retailscape. A collage of mirrors hung on the wall behind the cash wrap, while another collage of vintage wheels hung in the front window. Also placed throughout the retail area are small biographies of each of the vendors, which I think is a great touch. I don’t know about you guys, but I always like to learn about the maker of my clothing, jewelry, or home goods (if applicable). I also got a peek at their studio space, which was also where calligrapher- Viv Jordan was customizing Flea Style mugs for guests, and Hive Coffee had a mini coffee station set up. I ended up leaving with the coolest vintage hand-painted belt (last photo on this post). I had such a great time, and am excited for Brittany and her wonderful team. Whenever I’m in Dallas, this will definitely be one of my stops.

Flea Style is located at:

3009 Commerce St.

Dallas, TX 75226

HOURS: Mon-Sat~ 10-6pm, Sun~ 12-5pm

You can also shop ONLINE.

Continue scrolling down for a glimpse inside the Flea Style HQ!

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

Flea Style, Dallas, Shopping

 

Community and Great Eats at Red Oak Cafe

“Our God is Awesome!”

“I love these pancakes!”

“You’ve got this…God’s got you!” (Philippians 4:13)

“Be the reason someone smiles!”

These are just few of the hundreds of notes written on sticky notes that are decorated all over the walls inside the ladies restroom at Red Oak Cafe in League City. This…along with the exceptional food and service are what prompted me to tell you guys about this lovely family-owned restaurant.

Kim Oravetz is a longtime resident of Friendswood, and mother of four boys, and three grandchildren. It was about ten years ago when her eldest son- Justin, passed away in a car accident. She began searching for a way to honor his memory, and opening a restaurant sounded like a good idea. “Being a mom, he was probably my biggest eater. So I felt like I knew how to feed people, along with large groups of people, because with four boys, you’re always feeding.” She opened up a tea room in Friendswood. When that closed, she still wanted to open up another restaurant. She found the current location at the border of Friendswood and League City, and thought that it was perfect. She felt that the area needed something like it- a place where the community could gather.

When Justin passed, they planted a red oak tree in their backyard because they felt like it represented the strength that he had. So naming the new restaurant was practically a no-brainer… “Red Oak Cafe” just fit. They officially opened September 2015. The cafe has a Christian-inspired environment, which is full of love, inspiration, family…and amazingly great food. Kim feels that due to her hard work and obedience to God, the restaurant has been incredibly blessed.

All her menu items are either something she’s created herself, or family recipes. The granola was her grandmother’s recipe.. She wrote it for Kim on the back of an old bank envelope, and she still has and cherishes that envelope. “She sat with me probably 30 years ago and we would make chicken salad. So that was just totally inspired by who she was and what she helped me learn in the kitchen. My grandmothers were both of my inspirations for learning how to cook. I became a young bride and had to learn very quickly on how to feed my family.”

The story behind the famous sticky note-covered restroom walls is this… It was about two years ago when Vanessa, a server who has been with the restaurant since day one, brought up the idea of putting sticky notes in the bathroom and seeing what would come from it. So they placed a pad of sticky notes and a pen in the ladies room and it exploded. Every square inch of the room is literally covered with prayers, words of wisdom, shout-outs, praises, and more! The mens room also participates, but is not as covered. When I first saw the walls, I was just in total awe. There are times when I loose faith in humanity, especially after watching the news, as well as just in passing when I’m out-and-about. But these walls help restore some faith that people still feel, connect, and love.

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Let’s chat about some of their menu items… One of the things they are known for is their coffee. They not only brew Katz Coffee, but also have their signature Texas Hill Country Pecan Blend, which is 85% of what they sell.  As for breakfast- they are known for the pancakes. “It’s not a buttermilk pancake. It’s sweeter and denser.” I did get to enjoy the pancakes recently, and they are some of the best I’ve had. They were comforting, and didn’t leave me with a ‘ugh, too full’ feeling. What’s also great is that they offer a menu of mix-ins for the pancakes. You can pretty much get anything you want, but the kitchen sink. Speaking of ‘kitchen sink,’ they offer the Kitchen Sink Quesadilla, which is filled with veggies, eggs, black beans, salsa, cheese, etc. For lunch, the Chicken Salad and Club Sandwiches are popular. The paninis are also recommended, especially the Grilled Cheese, which was inspired by her grandmother. They add in apple slices and bacon (“Because everything is better with bacon, I believe.” -Kim). “One of my favorite snacks as a kid growing up, from my grandmother, was apples and cheese, so we threw that into a panini,” Kim explained. Other must-haves on the menu are the Palo Pinto Power Bowl, Jambalaya, and Chicken Pot Pie. I personally LOVE the Prickly Pear Veggie Sandwich with a side of Chipotle Ranch dressing and a cup of Tomato Soup. Be sure to also try the seasoned saltine crackers!

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

“Our culture is what is so important to us…The servers have that culture as well. Our families, the love, the customer service..just that we provide the southern hospitality…You’re going to get good food when you come, but you’re also going to get loved on, and we really think that that’s the most important part.”

Red Oak Cafe will soon have an Alvin location! Breakfast is now served ALL DAY! Be sure to also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

They are located at:

6011 W. Main St.

League City, TX

HOURS: Open Tuesday- Sunday~ 7am- 3pm

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

Red Oak Cafe, restaurant, League City

 

 

HCC “Luminaries” Fashion Show

Twenty-six aspiring student designers recently showcased their mini collections to a large, standing-room only audience. Each designer drew his or her inspiration from a wide variation of sources, ranging from a dragonfly to the great architect- Frank Lloyd Wright. The collections took a year to complete. Congratulations on another year of great work, HCC Fashion Department!!

Check out the slideshow to see all the looks from the runway! Let me know which collection is your favorite in the ‘comments’ section below!

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