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Car collectors, start your engines. A new automobile auction is heading to town: Maple Brothers Auctions will host its inaugural Dallas auction November 18-19 at Dallas Market Hall, with reserve and non-reserve vehicles available.

Bidders and car-loving spectators can expect a range of collectible cars and memorabilia to be on view at the two-day event.

After holding auctions in Oklahoma City and Kansas City earlier in 2022, the company is geared up to bring a collectors event to Dallas for the first time.

"Our team has diligently worked for several months to consign a variety of collector and classic cars that will have a broad appeal to any car enthusiast," says Maple Brothers Auctions marketing director Jennifer Tetley. "You can expect to see customs and hot rods, sports and muscle cars, pickups, classics, and more."

The vehicles range from a 1928 Packard Model 526 to a 2023 Corvette Stingray, with makes and models from every decade in between.

"This is the perfect event to see automotive history under one roof," Tetley says.

Named for its managing partner's grandchildren, Maple Brothers Auctions also prides itself on hosting family-oriented events.

"Not only do we have vehicles to auction, we have a nice variety of memorabilia that consists of clocks, neons, car signage – anything that would fit into the perfect man cave," Tetley says.

For decades, Leake Auction Company was the name Dallas car fanatics recognized for their auction events at Market Hall. The company closed its operations in 2020. Ty Young, former consignment specialist of the shuttered company, formed Maple Brothers Auctions with Bill Hanks and his daughter and son-in law, Ryan and Richard Maple. Tetley, Leake's former marketing director, has also joined the Tulsa company's leadership team.

"We are thrilled to bring a live, collector car event back to Dallas Market Hall," Tetley says, noting that it's been several years since the last one in Dallas.

For those ready to part with their own collector cars, consignments will be accepted up until the event day. Consignors can check in their vehicles between 10 am and 5 pm Wednesday, November 16 and from 9 am to 5 pm Thursday, November 17.

Auction doors will open at 9 am on Friday and Saturday, with the memorabilia auction beginning at 10 am and the car auction at 10:45 am. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, and the event is free for military, first responders, and children under 12.

Bidders can pre-register for in-person or phone bidding. A $100 bidder fee includes two guest passes, reserved seating, and complimentary drink tickets.

For more information, visit the Maple Brothers Auctions website, call 918-236-9556 or email office@MapleBrothersAuction.

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Black Sheep Coffee from the U.K. comes to U.S. with debut in Dallas

Coffee News

A coffee shop from the U.K. with celebrity ties is opening its first U.S. location in Dallas. Called Black Sheep Coffee, it's a growing chain based in London with a renegade stance: to champion the robusta coffee bean, one overlooked by most coffee snobs.

Black Sheep was founded in London in 2013 by friends Gabriel Shohet and Eirik Holth, who loved coffee and wanted to start their own business. They've built it into a chain with 60-plus locations including cafés and take-out shops across England, Scotland, Wales, France, and the Philippines.

The Dallas shop will open at 6240 E. Mockingbird Ln., in a shopping center in the Lakewood neighborhood. Shohet says it'll open in late spring.

Dallas came onto their radar after they formed a partnership for the U.S. expansion with Kristaps Porzingis, a professional basketball player who was playing for the Dallas Mavericks. He's since been traded to the Washington Wizards, but Shohet says Dallas still seemed like the perfect place to launch.

"I love Texas, it's a great state and a lot of people are moving there," Shohet says. "There's so much growth and Dallas has a good vibe. Kristaps became a good friend and ended up investing. He moved to Washington but we'd gotten this great location on Mockingbird and we're building a local team."

They'll make Dallas their headquarters, with a plan to open another half dozen locations, plus franchise opportunities as well (email franchising@leavetheherdbehind.com).

black sheep coffee One of the non-coffee drinks at Black Sheep Coffee is a peanut-butter hot chocolate.Black Sheep Coffee

Shohet and Holth built the company brick by brick, starting out doing pop-ups before moving into brick-and-mortar locations. Their goal is to break the wall between specialty coffee and the mass market.

"We've always been about the coffee," he says. "We source the beans from plantations in southern India, Papua New Guinea, Brazil. We get the best beans in the world: specialty-grade, shade-grown, and hand-picked."

"But our premise was also, How can we bring great quality coffee to the mass market, by providing the best coffee but not making people feel like they're disturbing the coffee sacks?" he says. "Our baristas know their coffee, but if you just want to get your drink quickly and want caramel syrup, then go for it. We make it inclusive."

Their most radical act is their use exclusively of the robusta bean, whose stronger, less delicate flavor profile has seen it relegated to uses such as instant coffee and pre-ground cans, while arabica has been the bean favored by the discerning coffee crowd. But some roasters have begun to reject the narrative that robusta is inferior to arabica.

"We're the only coffee company in the world to focus 100 percent on specialty robusta," he says. "Everybody is always touting arabica, but if you can find a great robusta that’s not commercial grade, you have a cool product."

Robusta has twice the amount of caffeine, and he says the growers they work with are more enviro-friendly, requiring less water with more cherries per bush.

"Robusta is thicker and richer, and has an amazing crema when you brew it as espresso," he says. "It's also less acidic, so it's easier to digest on an empty stomach and has more body. It might have less flavor notes than arabica, but that extra body punches through the milk. Robusta is a great bean for drinks made with milk. It's unfair that it has a bad reputation."

Their championing of a bean that others forsake goes with their entire ethos. They also eschew plastic.

"When everybody’s doing something, we do something different," he says. "That’s what our slogan is about: 'Leave the herd behind.'"

In addition to coffee, their shops have exotic lattes, smoothies, and a signature peanut-butter hot chocolate. They do a small selection of food including bagels, "toasties," and Norwegian waffles, a signature.

"But we don't want to be a restaurant — we'll offer the pastries and items that go with coffee, but we just want to focus on making the best coffee."

The 7 essential parties of spring 2023 for philanthropic Dallas young professionals

Philanthropy is fun

Dallas' big-hearted, young movers and shakers work hard and play hard. Spring 2023 finally brings back a full slate of fantastic parties, power lunches, and galas for good causes. From a disco-themed Masquerade to a Derby-style Day at the Races, these are the seven top social events for every Dallas young professional's calendar.

CASAblanca, February 4
The Dallas CASA Young Professionals kick off YP social season with this fabulous casino party, filled with games, cocktails, appetizers, silent auctions, prizes, and dancing at The Hall on Dragon. After trying their luck at the blackjack and roulette tables, guests can get crazy on the dance floor to the sounds of The Special Edition band. The event is under the guidance of co-chairs Anuka Dhakal, Brooke Donelson, and Melissa Wong, and all proceeds benefit the children served by Dallas CASA. Note: Tickets are officially sold out, but the silent auction is open to the public here, and more information on how to help is here.

Masquerade, February 17
The Genesis Young Leaders are back with their spring fundraising bash after a two-year pandemic pause. Themed "A Night Out at the Disco," the event promises a sparkling evening of beats by DJ Blake Ward, an open bar with signature cocktails, casino games, a silent auction, roller skate entertainment, and more - all at The Empire Room. Dress code is semiformal - sequins encouraged - and co-chairs are Michael Anorue, Brooke Roshell, and David Green. All proceeds will benefit the many women and children whom Genesis Women's Shelter serves. Tickets are available here.

Junior League Milestones Luncheon with Rob Lowe, April 14
Known for snagging big-name Hollywood speakers, this year's event doesn't disappoint. Award-winning actor, activist, and author Rob Lowe is the keynote speaker for the annual Junior League of Dallas luncheon. Pam Busbee will be honored as Sustainer of the Year at the event, taking place at Omni Dallas Hotel and chaired by Heather McNamara. The luncheon benefits Junior League's many civic causes throughout greater Dallas. Tickets and more information are here.

Under the Moonlight and Into the Garden Gala, April 14
Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has an active "Young Friends" auxiliary organization who will no doubt be out in force at RMHD's Under the Moonlight and Into the Garden Gala. Taking place at the Northwood Club, the cocktail-attire affair is chaired by Laura Petka and Lauren Pond. The annual gala has, since 2006, raised more than $2 million for the families living at RMHD and has furthered their mission of supporting the health and well-being of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment by providing them and their families a home-away-from-home. Watch for more information and tickets here.

Yellow Rose Gala, April 15
The Yellow Rose Gala comes back big at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel as the "Everything is Bigger in Texas Masquerade." Christie Eckler, David Moore, and Tamiko Ryan (three individuals who each live with multiple sclerosis) are the inspiring event co-chairs who'll help the organization raise money for a cure for MS. The night will also honor Patrick and Kristy Sands, and the Dee Wynne Courage award will be presented to the Walker Bateman IV family. The high-energy evening will also include live music by legendary Motown singer and performer GC Cameron. Tickets are available here.

CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, May 4
Save the date for the most scrumptious culinary event of the season (not that we're biased) and get ready to raise a glass to Dallas' restaurant and bar stars. The annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards returns this spring — and tickets will be on sale soon. Join us May 4 at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) for an evening honoring the very best of Dallas' culinary scene, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting our nonprofit partner, Harvest Project Food Rescue. More details will be coming soon.

Day at the Races, May 6
Those who can't make it to Churchill Downs have the next best option in this festive Kentucky Derby-themed party. Guests should show up to Turtle Creek Park dressed in their Derby best for Southern food, mint juleps, a silent auction, table games, "wagering," music, dancing, a best-dressed and best-hat competition, and of course, Kentucky Derby viewing. The event - now it its 15th year - is chaired by Katherine and Austin Wyker with honorary chairs Olivia and Charles Hasty - and benefits the work of Turtle Creek Conservancy. More information and tickets here.

Photo by Amy E. Frost

Members of Genesis Young Leaders at the annual Masquerade.

Fall Out Boy reaches for the stars with new tour with stop in Dallas

Rock Concert

Rock band Fall Out Boy will bring their 2023 headlining tour, "So Much For (Tour) Dust," to Dallas with a stop at Dos Equis Pavilion on Wednesday, June 28.

The tour will travel to 29 cities across North America over the course of 46 days, starting with a big show on June 21 at Wrigley Field in their hometown of Chicago, one of several stadium shows on the tour.

In addition to the Dallas date, they will also play at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands outside of Houston on June 27.

The tour is in support of the band’s forthcoming new album, So Much (For) Stardust, set for release on March 24. They'll be joined by Bring Me The Horizon at both Texas shows.

So Much (For) Stardust is Fall Out Boy's eighth studio album since making their debut with 2003's Take This to Your Grave. The band broke out with their sophomore album, From Under the Cork Tree, and have since gone on to have four No. 1 albums, including their three previous releases.

Fall Out Boy last played in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as part of the Hella Mega Tour with Green Day and Weezer, which came to Globe Life Field in Arlington in July 2021.

Ticket pre-sales for the tour go on sale Thursday, February 2 beginning at 10 am. General tickets will be available for purchase beginning Friday, February 3 at 10 am. For all dates and details, go to falloutboy.com/tour.

Fall Out Boy – So Much For (Tour) Dust | 2023 North American Dates

  • Wednesday, June 21 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
  • Friday, June 23 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • Saturday, June 24 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater
  • Tuesday, June 27 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • Wednesday, June 28 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
  • Friday, June 30 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
  • Saturday, July 1 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Sunday, July 2 Los Angeles, CA BMO Stadium
  • Wednesday, July 5 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • Friday, July 7 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
  • Sunday, July 9≠ Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
  • Tuesday, July 11 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP
  • Thursday, July 13 Somerset, WI Somerset Amphitheater
  • Saturday, July 15 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
  • Sunday, July 16 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Music Center
  • Tuesday, July 18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
  • Wednesday, July 19 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
  • Friday, July 21 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
  • Saturday, July 22 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
  • Monday, July 24 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
  • Tuesday, July 25 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Wednesday, July 26 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheater
  • Saturday, July 29 Clarkston, MI Pine Knob Music Theatre
  • Sunday, July 30 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
  • Tuesday, August 1 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium
  • Wednesday, August 2 Boston, MA Fenway Park
  • Friday, August 4 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
  • Saturday, August 5 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • Sunday, August 6 Camden, NJ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion