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Hop-on jet service JSX is adding a new, year-round destination for the millions of Texans who work in oil and gas: Midland-Odessa.

Starting January 15, 2024, JSX will fly nonstop from Dallas and Houston to Odessa Airport-Schlemeyer Field (ODT). According to a release, the schedule and fares will be:

FromDallas (DAL)toOdessa (ODT):

  • Regular flight service between Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Odessa Airport-Schlemeyer Field (ODT), Monday through Thursday, two flights per day.
  • Introductory fares start at $279 (one-way) and include at least two checked bags (with weight/size restrictions), onboard cocktails and snacks, and free Starlink Wi-Fi.

FromHouston (HOU)toOdessa (ODT)

  • Regular flight service between Houston Hobby (HOU) and Odessa Airport-Schlemeyer Field (ODT), Monday through Thursday, two flights per day.
  • Introductory fares start at $309 (one-way) and include at least two checked bags (with weight/size restrictions), onboard cocktails and snacks, and free Starlink Wi-Fi.

As with all JSX domestic flights, customers may check in just 20 minutes before departure (hence, the "hop-on" idea) and fly out of crowd-free private terminals. In Dallas, that terminal is at Dallas Love Field (8555 Lemmon Ave.) and in Houston, at Houston Hobby airport (8919 Paul B Koonce St., Houston).

“JSX is proud to support Texas' energy economy by introducing our unique 'hop-on' jet service with daily flights connecting business commuters from Dallas and Houston to Odessa at the start of 2024,” says JSX CEO Alex Wilcox in the release. “Not only is Odessa central to the Permian Basin, but it's also home to companies powering some of the nation's largest wind and solar farms. We take pride in supporting those who supply the energy we all depend on every single day.”

JSX continues to tout its "no crowds, no lines, and no fuss" travel experience that made them especially popular during the pandemic.

Passengers have access to valet parking, touchless check-in, Wi-Fi lounges, and speedy baggage retrieval. The 30-seat planes are now beaming up to SpaceX's Starlink Wifi, and there's a pet-friendly policy that allows small dogs and cats to fly for a small fee.

The air carrier now serves routes across more than two dozen key North American markets. In 2023 and beyond, JSX plans to expand both its domestic and international flight service with new routes and expansion plans underway, they say.

View their full route map here. All flights are available for booking via the JSX website.

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TRE is hosting train rides with Santa to 2023 Dallas holiday parade

Holiday News

The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) is running two trains to the Dallas Christmas parade and they've recruited Santa to make an appearance.

The commuter rail service, which runs between Fort Worth and Dallas, is hosting two special train rides on Saturday, December 2, when both Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on board.

The occasion is the 2023 Dallas Holiday Parade, which takes place in downtown Dallas on December 2, starting at 9 am.

The idea is that you take the train to see the parade, and get to hang out with the Clauses along the way.

The TRE has two routes benchmarked that'll get anyone from Fort Worth or the mid-cities to the starting line in time to see the parade begin.

There are two trips where Santa will be aboard. The schedules are as follows:

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Both routes arrive in time for riders to be in position when the parade begins:

  • Train No. 3904 will be first, departing the T&P Station in downtown Fort Worth at 6:48 am, and arriving one hour later at Union Station in downtown Dallas at 7:50 am.
  • Train No. 3906 will be the second train, departing the T&P Station in downtown Fort Worth at 7:48 am, and arriving at Union Station at 8:50 am, just in time for the parade.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be walking through the train from Fort Worth to Union Station, taking pictures with riders and passing out candy canes. If they were smart, they'd be handing out nips of peppermint schnapps.

The route has stops at 10 stations between Fort Worth and Dallas, so anyone can board and get with the festivities, whether they're coming from North Richland Hills, Irving, or even DFW Airport.

Each train ride will end at Union Station in downtown Dallas, with live musical performances and promotional giveaways, as well as photo opportunities with the Claus Family.

Santa will also be on hand at Union Station from 7:30 am– 9:30 am to give out hot chocolate to riders. Santa will magically be everywhere! (Truthfully, each train will have their own Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as a separate Santa on the platform at Union Station passing out hot chocolate.)

This is the second year for the TRE “Ride with Santa” program.

White Rhino Coffee buzzes into cool Dallas suburb with newest shop

Coffee News

An expanding coffee chain is adding a cool new Dallas-area location to its pack: White Rhino Coffee will open in Garland on Friday, December 1, according to a release.

The new shop, at 5325 N. President George Bush Hwy., Ste. 200, will be the first in Garland and the 11th location for the concept, which was founded in 2007 in Cedar Hill.

White Rhino is known for craft coffee, pastries, and Southern bistro food such as maple-glazed chicken biscuits. Their drink menu includes drip coffee, espresso shots, cold brew, lattes, Americanos, cappuccinos, matcha lattes, chai, and more.

A December debut means a chance to introduce seasonal sips, too. A full holiday-time menu will feature Peppermint Mochas, Holiday Cookie Lattes, and Caramel Apple Ciders, plus snacks like Sticky Toffee Cake and German Chocolate Whoopie Pie, the release says.

Sampling of these treats and more will be offered during a special grand opening at the Garland store on December 1. It'll be a festive event: Santa will even be on hand to take photos and greet guests, from 11 am-3 pm.

The festive cheer won't stop there. To celebrate the new store opening, free holiday cookies will be offered at all White Rhino locations on December 1, while supplies last.

In addition to being known for high-quality coffee (from its own roastery), White Rhino touts its friendly service and welcoming atmosphere; each location is tailored to the neighborhood it serves.

The company also champions its charitable initiatives, which include donating more than $1 million annually to causes supporting children, the homeless, and the hungry in the communities in which it operates, they say.

“When we launched the first White Rhino 16 years ago, we never imagined we’d be welcoming our 11th location, but here we are and we couldn’t be more pleased to share our concept with Garland,” said company founder Chris Parvin in a statement. “Our goal is always to be good neighbors in each community we operate in, and we’re looking forward to providing a hospitable spot for people to eat, drink and gather.”

It's the latest opening in the suddenly cool Dallas suburb, which is attracting buzzy new restaurants, coffee shops, and more to its newly revitalized downtown area and beyond.

The new Garland White Rhino will be open daily, 6 am-7 pm.

Dallas-based Harwood International plots a new high-rise: Harwood No. 15

Harwood News

Dallas-based global real estate firm Harwood International has another high-rise in the works: Called Harwood No. 15, it'll reside in the 19-city block Harwood District, steps from the Katy Trail and Harwood's La Rue Perdue mixed-use project.

According to a release, Harwood No. 15 will be locared at 3008 N. Harwood St. where it will stand 23 floors tall with 340,000+ square feet of rentable Class AA office space, paired with modern spa-like amenities including saunas, steam rooms, and cold plunge, as well as a technology-forward conferencing center, fitness center with locker rooms, 20,000-square-foot rooftop park, and a dynamic restaurant which will be part of Harwood Hospitality Group’s growing portfolio of popular dining destinations.

Harwood International will retain the same development ensemble as its latest endeavor, Harwood No. 14: architects Kengo Kuma & Associates - the fourth project they've done together - plus Corgan and in-house Harwood design and construction management teams.

“Kengo Kuma & Associates, Corgan, and Harwood’s in-house teams have worked incredibly well together to bring our latest development Harwood No. 14 to life,” says Harwood International president Oliver Barbier-Mueller in a statement. “We are keeping the band together to bring the same success to our next project, Harwood No. 15."

The design of the new No. 15 tower is crafted to harmonize with the existing architecture of its surroundings, aligning with the aesthetic vision of the entire Harwood District.

Emphasizing the commitment to enhancing the street-level experience, the tower incorporates ground-level beautification with wide sidewalks and pocket parks, furthering the approach taken by the neighboring buildings within the District.

“The integration of hospitality-driven amenities is key for collaboration, talent attraction, and talent retention,” said Kelly Whaley, director of leasing, Harwood International. “Harwood has designed Harwood No. 15 to deliver an efficient office building with a hospitality twist. We’re taking the design elements and operational efficiencies from our recently delivered Hôtel Swexan and incorporating those features into an office building.”

Harwood No. 14 was delivered in June 2023 and is currently 76 percent leased. Several tenants, including S2 Capital and Haynes Boone, have begun moving in over the summer. O’Melveny & Myers will move into the building in December.

Harwood International’s hospitality division has a portfolio of 16 unique restaurants in the Harwood District and the recently opened luxury hotel, Hôtel Swexan.

The Harwood District is 93 percent leased and achieves among the highest rates in the market.

Founded in 1988, Harwood International has offices and developments in select markets including Dallas, Geneva, and London’s West End. They're best known for the Harwood District, the 19-city-block village on the edge of downtown Dallas and Uptown Dallas, featuring office, residential, and retail on a park-like campus with gardens and art-filled lobbies.