Courtesy of Five 54.

When Allison and Anna Williams graduated from University of Mississippi in 2021, they didn't picture themselves owning a boutique on Lower Greenville in Dallas. But the twin sisters are the fourth generation of their family to run a retail store, and they're now having a ball immersing themselves in the fashion business in the big city.

The Williamses' new women's clothing boutique, Five 54, opened this spring at 1906 Greenville Ave., next to Clark's Barbershop, in the buzziest neighborhood in Dallas. The shop is filled with on-trend styles in perky prints, comfy knits, and breezy fabrics appropriate for hot summers. (As seen on their cute Instagram page.)

They stock about 40 different contemporary brands, including sundresses, skirts, and tops by Reset by Jane; denim from Hidden; and separates and dresses from Fate and Olivaceous. And they prioritize affordability: most pieces are under $75.

The shop's name, "Five 54," comes from their grandmother's street address.

From small-town Mississippi to Big D
While the Greenville store is the sisters' first Dallas venture, it's actually the second location of Five 54.

The summer after they graduated college, the Williamses opened their first store in the small Mississippi town where they grew up. With a population of about 3,500 people, Hazelhurst was the perfect testing ground for their concept, they say. The family owned the space they opened in, so they were able to operate rent-free. Renovating the space in Mississippi took a couple of months and cost about $40 for permit applications.

While neither sister studied fashion retailing - Allison majored in Hospitality Management while Anna's degree is in Integrated Marketing - they both have a love for fashion, and for shopping. Their family's furniture business meant they'd grown up attending Furniture Markets in High Point, North Carolina, so the transition to buying apparel wasn't a difficult one.

The sisters love their hometown and appreciate the experience they gained with their first boutique, but they both wanted to expand not only their business, but their life experience.

"We’ve always wanted to venture off from Mississippi," Anna Williams says. "We had college friends and we would always visit (Dallas). We just love the big city and all the people and all the action."

A weekend trip to Dallas in August 2022 took them on a commercial real estate tour, as well as a tour of the city.

"We had so much fun," Allison Williams says.

Things started moving quickly after that. By September, they'd signed the lease for the shop. They enlisted their mom's experience as an interior designer as they mapped out their vision of the store.

Still getting started
Renovations started in October, and they soon learned that permits and renovations in Dallas were significantly more stressful than in Mississippi. Renovations in Dallas took more than six months.

Though the shop has been open for a few months, it still doesn't have a sign - they're waiting on a permit.

Having a store in Dallas, though, has allowed the sisters to create a different kind of shopping experience, they say.

"For the most part, we’ve been able to pick up a few brands that are unique to Dallas - more unique pieces that we wouldn’t be able to sell in Mississippi," Allison says.

The vibe in the store is as fun as their life in Dallas; they love living in the neighborhood and walking to work, they say.

While they've put down new roots in Dallas, the sisters still travel to Mississippi every six to eight weeks to visit family and check on their Hazelhurst store. A manager handles that location full time now, and Zoom and FaceTime help keep them in touch.

Dallas is as far as they plan to venture for now, and any future expansion will be focused on e-commerce from the Five 54 website, they say.

Their Greenville store hours are 11 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday and 11 am-5 pm Sunday.

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3 buzzy Dallas restaurants and wine shop are relocating to new quarters

Relo News

When restaurants are leaving their locations, it's usually bad news, but this roundup has a more upbeat theme: relocation.

Relocation is suddently a new hot trend in the Dallas food & beverage world, with three epic names all leaving their current quarters for new digs. (It takes three to make a trend, or at least it takes three to make a trend story.)

One is a popular dive bar. One is an iconic longtime date-night restaurant. One is a cool one-of-a-kind wine shop.

Here's who they are and where they're going:

Bar and Garden
After six-plus years at 3314 Ross Ave., this truly unique wine and spirits store is relocating to 1900 N. Haskell Ave., across from Loro and E-Bar, and on the same side of the street as Dolly Python.

Co-owner Julie Buckner Lane says they're going to restore the building to its original glory with retail on the bottom floor and offices on top, with ample parking in back for both. They'll be doing construction this summer and hope to re-open in the next few months.

It's easy to take what they do for granted: specializing in organic and natural wines, featuring winemakers who embrace biodiversity, rely on minimal-intervention winemaking, and showcase the truest expression of the grapes and the land on which they are grown.

Natural wines use only native yeasts, and often avoid filtering, fining, or additives. What this means to the wine drinker: no headaches, no aftermath.

B&G were originally planning to leave their Ross location on June 30, when the lease is up, but Lane decided it made more sense to close down in May and allocate their resources to the new space.

They'll close up shop on Wednesday, May 31, but will be open one last weekend, including on Monday, Memorial Day from 12-6 pm. And definitely stop in on Saturday May 27 as they open a random selection of items left in their inventory.

"Our spirits are moving quickly, though we still have a lot of the basics in stock, and we still have a lot of wine to move through," she says.

St. Martin’s Wine Bistro
Longtime French restaurant at 3020 Greenville Ave., known for signature dishes such as champagne Brie soup and chocolate souffle, closed on May 20, after reaching the end of its current lease.

The restaurant had been in business for 46 years, which seems like a rather peculiar lease. In any case, they served as a gateway for many aging Dallasites who had their first fancy-dining outing and first exposure to French food at St. Martin's.

They've found a new location in Old East Dallas, at 4223 Bryan St. at the intersection of Peak Street. It's an extremely foodie corner, with restaurants on all sides including Bangkok City and Vietnam, plus Ciao! By Civello's pasta, Bryan Street Tavern, Ober Here Filipino Rice Bowls, I mean there is no shortage of eateries in this area.

They're taking over the former L&B Antiques space, which will require extensive renovations to get it restaurant-ready, according to a representative from the landlord, with a projected completion date in September.

The Grapevine Bar
One of Dallas' favorite dive bars which has been serving low-key drinks since 1996 is leaving its current address on 3902 Maple Ave., where the lease is expiring.

Owners Michelle and Ronny Honea have found a new location: The bar is moving to 2213 Butler St., previously home to Redfield's Tavern, which closed in December 2022.

The Grapevine is beloved for its laid-back atmosphere and diverse clientele, "from prom queens to drag queens." Their other trademark is their quirky decor with a motley assortment of vintage light fixtures and other items accumulated over the years, in a layer-by-layer evolution. They also feature a rooftop deck, basketball court, patio, and happy-hour specials on drinks.

The couple vows to recreate that patina and will definitely have a basketball court on site.

The move will take place sometime this summer, exact date still TBA.

Truck Yard

Truck Yard reopens on Dallas' Greenville Ave with famed frogs on the roof

Greenville Ave News

An outdoor hangout on Dallas' Greenville Avenue has reopened with a new nostalgic feature: Truck Yard, which helped usher in the backyard trend that is now de rigeur in the food & beverage world, reopened at 5624 Sears St., AKA across from Trader Joe's, with $2 million in renovations that include an installation of the famed Tango Frogs sculptures.

The venue closed quietly in November, and in fact, when it closed would not answer questions about the closure. Now the truth can be told: It was temporary. They reopened March 10, in time for the St. Patrick's Day block party.

According to a release, Truck Yard owner Jason Boso felt it was time for a refresh.

"We know we’ve been the biggest tease, but it sure is nice to be desired," says Boso. "While no one loves to shell out money to then shell up, we felt a renovation was necessary to meet the demand of our Dallas location. The first of its kind, we’ve learned a lot in the past decade and have since built out other locations to support the type of business we want to consistently offer guests. We knew Dallas needed new digs and we feel this is great step into a new decade of business."

Known for its rotating food trucks, cheesesteaks & nachos, and outdoor drinking, Truck Yard is also celebrating a decade in business, having first opened in 2013.

The renovation included functional improvements such as:

  • making the concept more year-round weather-friendly
  • covered patios and four fire pits
  • A larger bar and back of house kitchen for high volume days
  • paved driveway for food truck ease
  • new bathrooms

They've adopted tableside technology so that customers can order drinks direct from their phone to be delivered. There's also more truck bed seating, new furniture, a covered private event space, and new cocktails.

Oh, and the frogs.

Created by artist Bob "Daddy-O" Wade, the six Tango Frogs were originally a fixture on top of an '80s nightclub called Tango's, located at 1827 Greenville Ave., now home to a Starbucks but previously a Taco Cabana.

Three of the frogs ended up at a truck stop along I-35 in Hillsboro, from which they were recovered in 2014 by Taco Cabana executives Tim Taft and Todd Coerver, who reinstalled them atop the restaurant with great fanfare. (The other three are at a Chuy's in Nashville.) When Taco Cabana closed its the Greenville Avenue location in 2020, it put the status of the frogs in peril.

Boso stepped in, stating at the time that they would position the Tango Frogs so they could be an Instagram-worthy staple, and to continue to show the appreciation of the artwork.

They posted updates of the frogs being re-painted on their Facebook page as well as video of the renovation.

Photo by Julie Soefer

Restaurant vets open wine shop and wine club on Greenville Ave Dallas

Greenville Avenue News

A new outlet for wine has debuted on Dallas' Greenville Avenue: Called Duro Wine Shop and Wine Club, it's from Dallas-based Duro Hospitality (The Charles, Sister, El Carlos Elegante), and it's open at Café Duro, their market-cafe at 2804 Greenville Ave.

It'll offer a concierge-style wine experience focused on artisanal wines, which they'll promote with tastings, release parties, and a membership wine club.

Café Duro has always been a coffee and wine bar since it opened in 2022, selling wine along with pastries, panini, and coffee.

The difference now, says a spokesperson, is that they’ve built out the wine shop programming to offer a deeper breadth of types and quantity of wines, as well as the addition of the new wine club.

Led by recently appointed Director of Wine & Beverage Nicole Nowlin, the team at Duro Wine Shop and Club will seek out unique wines from around the world, not found at other locations in Dallas.

Wine can be purchased to take home, but can also be sampled in-house at Café Duro via a By the Glass offering, or even a bottle in the shop in the evenings.

Wine Club
Subscribers to the Duro Wine Club receive four new wines every month, selected by the Duro team. They offer a trio of tiers, for wine lovers, enthusiasts, seasoned collectors, and those seeking "fun, crushable" wines.

Each four-bottle box will include tasting notes and information on the relevant grapes, regions, and producers. The link to join is on their website. Pick up is at Café Duro, on the first Sunday of the month. You must order 48 hours in advance.

The three tiers include:

  • Duro Explorer – $145

A monthly selection of “drink now” wines, selected by their team of avid drinkers, with a mix of their personal favorites, new releases, and seasonal staples.

  • Duro Collector – $275

Small-production, highly sought-after wines, including hidden gems and limited-production bottles and wines otherwise hard to find. For both avid collectors and new enthusiasts trying to build a collection.

  • Trust US – $499

For the true wine adventurer. Will include "unicorns," extremely rare wines, small production, and hard-to-find vintages.

It's flexible in that you can modify or cancel your membership at any time by emailing wineclub@durohospitality.com.

Cafe Duro's location has a wine history built-in: In the '90s, it was home to Stoney's Fine Wines & Market, the wine shop from "Stoney" and Diane Savage, one of Dallas' longest-running wine shops, now located at 6038 Oram St.


Dallas' iconic Blue Goose Cantina to close Greenville Avenue location

Greenville Ave News

A Greenville Avenue institution is about to leave its revered address: Blue Goose Cantina, which has been plying margaritas and Tex-Mex at 2905 Greenville Ave. for nearly 40 years, will close in March.

According to a statement, the iconic eatery, which is the chain's original location, will close on March 19.

Peterson Management Group, the parent company of Blue Goose Cantina, will be closing the location following its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration during the Pub Crawl/Block Party on Saturday March 11, with a celebratory blow-out the following weekend.

The family-owned and -operated restaurant is closing because the building was purchased from long-time owners Fred Reisberg Investments Ltd. After negotiations, Peterson Management Group was unable to reach an agreement for lease renewal with the new owner, PegasusAblon.

Greenville Ave denizens should not give up hope: They're seeking a new location in the Greenville Avenue/East Dallas area.

They're also focused on their continued growth which includes a newly opened location in Grand Prairie, its eighth and largest location, joining Fort Worth, Frisco, Grapevine, Highland Village, McKinney, and Plano.

“It has been our pleasure to serve neighbors at our Greenville Avenue location for the past 39 years,” says Nick Peterson, CEO of Peterson Management Group. “There have been countless memories created by neighbors who have visited since my dad, Bob Peterson, and Scott Holyfield opened Blue Goose in 1984. Everything from date nights, family outings and after-work happy hours have been created here. We are appreciative of the Fred Reisberg Family Trust, and the valuable relationships we have made through the decades.”

All employees will be offered positions at other Blue Goose Cantina locations and at Aw Shucks, the sister restaurant chain at Peterson Management Group.

It's fitting that it would close after the St. Patrick's Day Parade. With its Greenville Avenue-facing patio, the restaurant had prized ringside seats, serving as kind of a de facto command central for the boisterous block party.

They promise that the closing will be "a fiesta of great memories."

"We’re equally excited about the possibility of a new Greenville Avenue area location in Dallas," Peterson says. "There’s so much to celebrate!”

Fortune House

Chinese restaurant Fortune House plumps dumplings on Greenville Ave Dallas

Greenville Ave News

An acclaimed Chinese restaurant from Irving has expanded to Dallas: Fortune House, known for its soup dumplings, noodles, and authentic Shanghainese dishes, has opened a second location on Lower Greenville, at 2010 Greenville Ave. #B, next to HG Sply Co.

The restaurant is in soft opening mode, and occupies a space with Asian food history: It was briefly home to a Chinese restaurant called Gung Ho, which closed in mid-2020.

Fortune House is perhaps most famous for its pan-fried pork buns — plump round dumplings with a soft dough on top and a delectably crunchy brown crust on the bottom.

Those alone warrant a trip for fans, but there are many other delicacies on their menu, ranging from vegetarian dishes to fried rice, to noodle dishes, to soups and soup dumplings, filled with choice of pork, pork & crab, or pork & black truffle.

That last one — the one with the black truffle — is a new item they've added specifically for the Dallas location, according to manager Karen Rubia.

"We also added a dumpling sampler, and that has been extremely popular," she says.

They have a unique selection of small plates such as Chive Pockets — a pan-fried pocket filled with chives, vermicelli, egg, wood ear mushroom, and dried shrimp; baby ribs in Shanghainese sweet & sour sauce, served the traditional way, chilled; and "phoenix talons" AKA hot pepper-marinated chicken feet.

Seafood includes steamed whole sea bass, honey walnut prawns, and kung pao prawns, stir-fried with peanuts and chilies.

Vegetarian options are varied and inventive, such as lettuce wraps with water chestnuts, peas, & carrots; tofu wrapped with shiitake & enoke mushrooms; braised seitan with mushrooms & peanuts; Crispy Garlic Cucumber with English cucumber and garlic in a sesame oil vinaigrette; sautéed spinach with egg yolk in a supreme broth; and sauteed edamame & tofu in a white sauce.

The cuisine is Shanghai-style Chinese, a legacy from original owner Lucy Yong, who first opened the Irving location in 2015. She brought in chefs trained in Shanghai, China who built the menu of authentic Chinese dishes. She subsequently sold the restaurant to John Kim, who also owns Koryo Kalbi, the highly rated Korean BBQ restaurant on Royal Lane in Dallas' Koreatown district.

For the Dallas location, they've expanded their cocktail selection, incorporating ingredients you'd find in Chinese cuisine, such as tea. They're also offering a Chinese "Gongfu" tea ceremony, which is uncommon in Dallas.

Also, here's a thing: The space came with a pizza oven. "We're excited we inherited that, and we'll play around and do some unusual dishes," Rubia says.

They first signed on to open the Greenville Avenue location in April 2021, a challenging time for a new restaurant on all fronts.

"But opening here was something we definitely wanted to do," Rubia says. "There's a lot of foot traffic, but more than that, it's an up-and-coming area, just like our company. Greenville Avenue has an ever-growing variety of cultures and cuisines, and we wanted to be part of that."

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44 new Dallas debutantes star in this week's most popular stories

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Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. 44 new Dallas debutantes begin Presentation Ball prep with glam parties and glorious gowns. With the start of summer vacation came the beginning of the 2023-2024 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debutante season - even though it seems like just yesterday that the 2023 debs were Texas-dipping into society. The DSOL introduced 44 new debs during Announcement Weekend festivities, May 18-20. Their parties, philanthropy, and training will culminate with the 38th Presentation Ball.

2. 21 North Texas museums offer free admission to military families this summer. Nearly two dozen Dallas-Fort Worth museums are honoring active duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, May 20-September 4, 2023.

3. 11 Dallas icons star in new book of most influential Texans from last 50 years. To commemorate Texas Monthly's 50th anniversary, the publication has collected the stories and photographs of 50 iconic Texans who have shaped the state and the country over the past 50 years for a book called Lone Stars Rising. Eleven Dallas megastars have made the roster.

4. These are the 7 best most intriguing hot dogs in Dallas right now. Hot dogs are the quintessential summer food and an item that nearly everyone loves. They're simple, flavorful, easy to make at home, and affordable if you dine out. Here are the seven most interesting hot dogs you can find in Dallas-Fort Worth.

5. Mississippi sisters debut perky Southern-chic boutique on Dallas' Greenville Avenue. When Allison and Anna Williams graduated from University of Mississippi in 2021, they didn't picture themselves owning a boutique on Lower Greenville in Dallas. But the Williamses' new women's clothing boutique, Five 54, opened this spring at 1906 Greenville Ave., next to Clark's Barbershop, in the buzziest neighborhood in town.

Dallas-Fort Worth arrives at surprising spot among top summer travel destinations


Dallas-Fort Worth recently racked up more than a dozen accolades at the 2023 Texas Travel Awards. But a new survey reveals it's not necessarily such a hot travel destination this summer.

DFW comes in at a middle-of-the-road No. 45 in WalletHub's recent 2023 Best Summer Travel Destinations report.

The report compared 100 of the largest metro areas in America across 41 metrics, including number of attractions.

DFW scored an overall rating of 52.56 out of 100. Broken down by category, the Metroplex ranked 86th in "Travel Costs & Hassles;" 32nd in "Local Costs;" 20th in "Attractions;" 41st in "Weather;" 27th in "Activities;" and 50th in "Safety."

Taking the top spot in Texas was San Antonio, at No. 11, with Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown at No. 14. Behind Austin and San Antonio in the 2023 rankings is El Paso (No. 18), then Houston (No. 38). After 45th ranked DFW came Corpus Christi (No. 62), and McAllen (No. 86).

Dr. Susan Weidmann, assistant professor in the department of recreational management and physical education at Appalachian State University, said in the report that summer 2023 is going to be a “good season for travel” despite recent economic downturns that have many worried about a recession.

“Coming out of Covid, I think many people have taken these last few years to really evaluate what they want out of life, and for those that love travel, I think they have probably put it at the top of their list of things to do,” she said. “As far as economics are concerned, many may have saved their traveling money from the last multiple years, so will have money to spend. That being said, after the airline chaos of last year, many people may be thinking about domestic travel over the long-haul, just to alleviate many of the concerns that airlines, especially in Europe, are still grappling with, such as reduced staffing leading to flight cancellations.”

Weidmann predicts the time period between July and early August will be the most popular season for National Parks, like Texas’ Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains.

Despite none of them being in Texas, the top 10 destinations in WalletHub’s report are all popular cities worth a glance in sun-friendly states like Hawaii, New York, and Florida.

The top 10 best summer destinations are:

  • No. 1 – Atlanta
  • No. 2 – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • No. 3 – Washington, D.C.
  • No. 4 – Wichita, Kansas
  • No. 5 – New York City
  • No. 6 – Chicago
  • No. 7 – Tampa, Florida
  • No. 8 – Orlando, Florida
  • No. 9 – Richmond, Virginia
  • No. 10 – Springfield, Missouri

Score a hole in one at these 10 top public golf courses in Dallas-Fort Worth

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North Texas recently popped the cork for the new $520 million Omni PGA Frisco Resort, which opened in May and features its own entertainment district, full-service spa and salon, four swimming pools, 500 guest rooms and suites, 10 private ranch houses, and 13 unique dining options.

But as the name hints, the resort is very much about the golf. With Father's Day around the corner, we're revisiting Dallas-Fort Worth's best public courses, including the two newest ones found in Frisco and their alternative ways to play.

Load up the clubs and hit the green with this list:

Fields Ranch
Omni PGA Frisco Resort boasts two 18-hole championship golf courses, collectively known as Fields Ranch. Fields Ranch East was designed by Gil Hanse, and Fields Ranch West by Beau Welling.

Registered hotel guests can book tee times 120 days in advance of their stay to play Fields Ranch, which will be home to 26 major championships starting in May and continuing through 2034.

Not ready for the full 18-hole experience? Take a few practice swings at the Fields Ranch Practice Facility, then head to The Swing, a lighted 10-hole, par-3 short course, or The Dance Floor, a two-acre putting course and entertainment area.

This will also be the site of Frisco's first Lounge by Topgolf and PGA of America's new headquarters.

Take advantage of all that expertise at the PGA Coaching Center, which offers a high-tech, data-driven club-fitting and instruction experience.

Cowboys Golf Club
If you're a die-hard fan of both the 'Boys and the links, here's where your passions combine. The par-72, 6,553-yard course is as swanky as you'd expect from Jerry Jones, with years of Cowboys history scattered throughout. Of course, with all this top-of-the-line design comes a rather hefty price tag for the green fees, but you do definitely get your money's worth.

Meadowbrook Golf Course
Fort Worth
The 18-hole regulation facility is considered one of the top in Texas, with a par 71 that covers the most rolling terrain in the city. It's also a popular course, with a golf association of more than 200 members who play regularly.

Stevens Park Golf Course
Oak Cliff
All 18 holes of this par-70 course were completely redesigned in 2011, including new tee boxes, fairways, greens, and bunkers. Even the carts boast newly installed TekGPS units that track yardages to the front, middle, and back of the green (and help keep play moving). Appreciate mature oaks, dramatic elevation changes, and great views of downtown Dallas while you traverse the course, which is also affectionately known as "Little Augusta."

Pecan Valley
Fort Worth
Originally designed by golf course architect Ralph Plummer in 1963, Pecan Valley is actually two 18-hole golf courses separated by the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. The "River" course is considered one of the top municipal courses in Texas, while the "Hills" course is approximately 150 yards shorter. Several hundred trees were semi-recently planted and are just beginning to mature, which only bodes well for playing conditions in the years to come.

Texas Star Golf Course
The accolades come rolling in for this course, which has been recognized for its beauty and serene atmosphere by Golf Digest and Golf Weekly, among others. Unlike most public courses, which back up to private homes or run along busy streets, this par-71, 6,529-yard course is truly secluded, surrounded only by ponds, waterfalls, woodlands, and fairways. Reasonable green fees are a bonus, with residents of Euless receiving a 15 percent discount with proof of residence.

Tierra Verde Golf Club
As the first municipal course in the world to be certified as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary, Tierra Verde offers breathtaking natural scenery to go along with its challenging holes. The par-72 6,085-yard layout boasts some of the most uniquely designed holes in DFW, and was named the top course in DFW in 2012 by Avid Golfer.

The Tribute Golf Club
The Colony
Not had the chance to play Hogan's Alley at Carnoustie, Nos. 1 and 18 from St. Andrews, or the fifth from Royal Troon? Then you can experience the next best thing here in Texas, without having to fly across the pond. This par-72, 7,000-yard course is brilliantly designed while replicating the best links-style courses from the United Kingdom.

Waterchase Golf Club
Fort Worth
Like its name implies, Waterchase does indeed boast a cascading waterfall, found between the ninth and eighteenth greens. From tree-lined doglegs to split fairways, the risk and reward opportunities are abundant for the six sets of tees on the par-72 course. The club even received a nomination to Golf Digest's best new courses and promises to be "a round you'll remember."