Photo courtesy of The Shelby Residences

When it comes to luxury high-rise living, Dallas residents have sky-high expectations. No one knows this better than interior designer Cheryl Ketner. As the founder of Cheryl Ketner Interiors, she has been wowing Dallas clients for years with her innate sense of color and scale, as well as her uncanny ability to mix traditional with contemporary.

With experience working in both interior design and home staging, Ketner’s sharp attention to detail and command of interior logic made her the perfect partner to help design the interiors of The Shelby Residences.

These beautiful one -and two- bedroom condominium homes are located in the heart of University Crossing and embody the modern style that sophisticated Dallasites have come to expect of Ketner’s designs. Located on the former site of one of automotive legend Carroll Shelby’s garages, the residences reflect the spirit of Shelby’s iconic AC Cobra and Shelby Mustang.

CultureMap: What first attracted you to The Shelby Residences project?

Cheryl Ketner: The urban location of The Shelby Residences was highly appealing to me. It is smack dab in the middle of the University Crossing neighborhood — close to the Katy Trail, the DART transit system, tons of restaurants and beautiful art attractions. There really is something for everybody, from young graduates, parents needing housing for visits to their children attending SMU, someone wanting a “lock and leave” lifestyle, or busy executives traveling regularly to Dallas.

CM: How is Carroll Shelby’s spirit and energy reflected in the interior design?

CK: We have included a few pieces of art to pay homage and respect to his legend, but we are really jazzed about the hip arrival experience that’s been created at The Shelby Residences. A local artist has creatively painted four AC Cobra car hoods that are sure to grab the attention of all who enter the lobby. An extra-large Route 66 scene produced on luminescent metal serves as a nod to the industrial era and is the centerpiece of the Owners’ Lounge.

CM: What special home details can residents expect?

CK: New owners can expect high design and low maintenance from the Puccini porcelain wood-look floor planks installed throughout. Natural 100 percent wool carpeting, which is durable and unique in comfort, has been installed throughout the bedrooms and walk-in closets. Kitchens and bathrooms tout new custom-painted Shaker-style cabinetry with decorative hardware, quartz countertops, new plumbing and light fixtures. Large islands with seating and new stainless appliances enhance the kitchens. These will be homes with character, for sure!

CM: The Shelby Residences has an acute appreciation of urban living. How is that reflected in the design of the community spaces?

CK: The Owners’ Lounge, with four contemporary multiseating areas and two big-screen TVs, is a “fall into” place where residents and guests will want to gather and recharge. Modern appliances and finishes offer convenience for food and beverage prep. And steps away is the 24-hour fitness facility. Residents will enjoy a beautifully redesigned outdoor dining/grilling/relaxing area with views of the downtown skyline.

To view Ketner’s work at The Shelby Residences or for additional information, please call 214-238-9101 or visit us at www.theshelbyresidences.com. We look forward to welcoming you home!

Homes at the The Shelby Residences start in the low $200,000.

Photo courtesy of The Shelby Residences
Homes at the The Shelby Residences start in the low $200,000.
Photo courtesy of The Shelby Residences

Race to get into hot new Dallas residences inspired by famed auto designer

Life in the Fast Lane

Location. Location. Location. You already know it’s one of the most important things when buying a new home, especially in Dallas. And, right now, University Crossing is one of the city’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods.

Located in the heart of University Crossing, The Shelby Residences officially opened its sales office and show suites on Saturday, April 18. The project, developed by the Marquis Group, is one of the most eagerly anticipated additions to the growing neighborhood. The Shelby Residences features one- and two-bedroom condo homes from $180,000, and five of the 10 homes in the first release have already sold.

Adjacent to the SMU campus and the George Bush Presidential Center, University Crossing offers some of Dallas’ best restaurants, shopping and cultural attractions, as well as direct access to the new Katy Trail expansion.

The Shelby Residences is located on the former site of one of Carroll Shelby’s garages. The spirit of Shelby lives on, with interior and exterior design elements paying homage to the legendary Texan auto designer, best known for the iconic AC Cobra and Shelby Mustang.

The Marquis Group has enlisted the help of renowned Dallas interior designer Cheryl Ketner Interiors for the two show suites that opened for viewing this past weekend.

The homes showcase a number of premium features, including quartz countertops, stainless appliances, Puccini porcelain wood-planked floors, wool carpeting and large walk-in closets. Onsite amenities include an outdoor rooftop social space with fire pits, seating areas, dog park, an owners’ lounge with kitchen and media center, secured parking garage, and a fully equipped fitness center.

There are just 55 one- and two-bedroom homes available, and with significant interest already generated, these homes are going to move quickly.

For additional information or to arrange a tour, please call 214-238-9101 or visit us at www.theshelbyresidences.com. We look forward to welcoming you home!

Homes at the The Shelby Residences start in the low $200,000.

Photo courtesy of The Shelby Residences
Homes at the The Shelby Residences start in the low $200,000.
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New play about Uvalde shooting takes the stage at DFW university


A TCU faculty member has written a new play called For the Love of Uvalde: A Play Inspired by the Robb Elementary School, and it's premiering January 28 both in-person on-campus and online via streaming.

Playwright Ayvaunn Penn, who is part of the Theatre TCU faculty, also wrote a play in 2020 inspired by the Botham Jean shooting by police officer Amber Guyger.

The premiere staged reading of For the Love of Uvalde promises a similar evening of art for social change, paired with a panel-led community discussion. This staged reading will feature select songs and monologues from the show.

The original play uses testimonies to explore the aftermath and varying viewpoints of the families, politicians, and medical professionals affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last May. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

Panel members for the discussion include Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, TCU Chief Inclusion Officer; James McQuillen, director of Theatre for Youth at Casa Mañana; Professor Lisa Devine, UNT Theatre for Social Change professor; and Shania Tari, M.S, LMFT-A & EMDR trained.

A collaboration between Theatre TCU, TCU School of Music, and El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, the event is free to attend, though tickets are required and may be reserved here. It begins at 6:30 pm at PepsiCo Recital Hall at the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Center for Performing Arts on the TCU campus.

El Progreso Memorial Library will also stream the event on YouTube so that community members may join and participate in the discussion and reflection.

Indie Dallas coffee shop chain unveils modern new location in Uptown

Coffee News

Beloved indie Dallas coffee shop White Rock Coffee has opened its newest location. The chain founded in 2005 by husband-and-wife Bob and Nancy Baker has softly opened its shop in Uptown Dallas at the Rosewood Court office tower.

Located at 2101 Cedar Springs Rd. #130, between Ocean Prime and Flower Child, the shop will serve coffee, pastries, lunches, and treats to tenants and the surrounding community. It'll mark its official opening on Tuesday January 31.

This is the sixth for the small chain, joining the original in Lake Highlands, plus Lakewood Express/drive-thru, Preston Royal, Preston Center, and University Park.

The company had been looking for a downtown space, and were "picky and patient to find the right fit," says Wesley Ballard, Executive Manager of Coffee Education.

They stayed true to their goal to connect each location to its neighborhood, which for Uptown meant incorporating modern, upscale details such as the walnut honeycomb hex tile bar front, quartz counter, and mid-century seating and light fixtures.

Food & drink
The coffee menu features bestsellers such as the White Rocker, a double espresso with white mocha, caramel, and steamed milk; and the Adam Bomb, a double espresso with vanilla syrup, white mocha, and cinnamon powder with steamed milk.

But exclusive to this location will be the Rosewood Blossom Latte, featuring syrup infused with rose and orange blossom tea.

For food, White Rock Coffee has a central commissary that provides food for all six stores daily. The menu includes pastries, grab-and-go salads & wraps, and breakfast sandwiches and strata with choice of sausage and vegetarian.

Two customer favorites come from Nancy’s family recipes: Texas pecan coffeecake muffin, and chicken salad with rotating flavors such as their current Spring Citrus.

Hours are 6 am-6 pm weekdays, 7 am-3 pm on Saturdays, and closed Sundays.

The Uptown shop opens in a heavily saturated coffee market. Ascension and Starbucks both have locations across the street at Crescent Court, and Magnolias Sous Le Pont in the Harwood District is just a couple of blocks away.

But the White Rock team feels confident that their emphasis on customer service will keep them in good stead.

"Our hiring process is centered on authentic people," Ballard says. "Coffee, we can teach. I’d rather train people that I enjoy being around."

Save the date for these 13 must-attend Dallas galas and luncheons of spring 2023

The gown lowdown

With the busy holiday season behind us, it's time to start looking forward to all the bounties of spring. And in Dallas, that means not just wildflowers and baseball, but all the glitzy galas and lavish luncheons that benefit beloved nonprofits. This season sees a coterie of Hollywood and Broadway stars as event headliners - Nicole Kidman, Rob Lowe, and Patti Lupone among them. Art Ball has become an even more exclusive black-tie gala, and Mad Hatter's has reformatted from a tea party to a luncheon - with the most majestic theme yet. Here are the dates and events to circle in your social calendar.


Bela Cooley (here, with Chase Cooley) is co-chairing DMA's Art Ball this year.

St. Valentine's Day Luncheon, February 13
After postponing to May last year, the season's loveliest luncheon moves back to its traditional Valentine's-week date. Themed "Let Love Shine," the 39th annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefit is chaired by Katy Bock and Sunie Solomon, along with advisory chairs Nancy Gopez, Maggie Kipp, and Melinda Knowles. The event will feature champagne, lunch, inspiring speakers, and a fashion show of looks from Highland Park Village, produced by Jan Strimple. The mega-luncheon will be held at the Meyerson Symphony Center, and funds raised will help fight blood cancers.

Mavs Ball, March 3
Mavs fans won't want to miss the eighth annual Mavs Ball, featuring appearances from favorite players, CEO Cynt Marshall, and Governor Mark Cuban. The star-studded night at the Omni Dallas Hotel includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment. The gala is the premier fundraising event for the Mavs Foundation and celebrates the year's grantees and charitable work of the Dallas Mavericks during this season.

Broadway Dallas Moulin Rouge Gala, April 1
The first of two Broadway-themed galas on the same night, this one will feature a full performance of Moulin Rouge (which is playing at the Music Hall at Fair Park, March 15-April 2). The evening, which also includes dinner and drinks, promises to celebrate the best of Broadway while supporting Broadway Dallas and its nonprofit mission to deliver the spirit of Broadway to North Texas through educational programs and community outreach initiatives.

Turtle Creek Rhapsody with Patti Lupone, April 1
Broadway legend Patti Lupone will headline "Rhapsody," Turtle Creek Chorale’s benefit gala at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The evening will feature opening receptions, seated dinner, open bar, live auction, a private performance by Lupone, and an after-party experience with live band, dancing, and dessert. Funds raised will support the chorale’s mission to entertain, educate, unite, and inspire through its musical, cultural, and educational programs. James Lynn Williams is the honorary chair.

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. The luncheon benefits Junior League's many civic causes throughout greater Dallas.

AWARE Affair, April 14
This gala makes the list on the merits of its location alone: the immersive art venue Lighthouse ArtSpace. Themed "An Artful Evening of Advocacy Fighting Alzheimer's," the event has Rangers Baseball LHP Taylor Hearn and Venise and Larry Stuart serving as honorary chairs, with Lori Bush, Pamela Musgrove, and C'Mone Wingo as co-chairs. The artsy Affair will include a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, seated three course-dinner, and entertainment. Attire is Art Chic Cocktail. Tie optional. Proceeds to go help fight Alzheimer's disease.

Art Ball, April 15
Considered the most glittering gala of spring, this beautiful black-tie ball at the Dallas Museum of Art is now in its 61st year. Leigh Anne Clark and Bela Cooley will chair the ball, which supports the museum's mission to offer free admission to the more than 800,000 annual visitors. Tickets will be coveted, as it will be a more intimate event of just 330 guests this year. (Also, save the date for DMA's Art in Bloom luncheon on March 6. Look for more details to come, here.)

Mad Hatter's Luncheon, April 20
Hats and fascinators will be nothing less than regal with this year's theme: "Commemorating the 35th Annual Majestic Mad Hatter’s Luncheon - A Celebration of English Elegance." The bigger the better for this posh afternoon event at the Dallas Arboretum. The 35th event - reformatted from a tea party to a luncheon - is chaired by Anne Stodghill and Kristina Wrenn, with Kim Hext as honorary chair and Sarah Jo Hardin serving as president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum. The afternoon will once include a champagne reception, luncheon, hat contest, and (instead of a fashion show) a presentation by renowned fashion designer Michael Faircloth on the history, humor, and hope of the hat. Funds raised benefit A Woman’s Garden.

TEX Gala, April 20
This rare Thursday night gala benefits the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, which improves the lives of children, the military, and first responders' families in the community. Attendees will experience a red-carpet arrival, dinner on the playing surface of Globe Life Field, live and silent auctions featuring exclusive Rangers experiences and sports and Hollywood memorabilia, and a live performance from country superstar Kenny Chesney. For information and tickets, visit the website.

Chick Lit Luncheon with Lisa Vanderpump, April 21
TV personality, author, and philanthropist Lisa Vanderpump will headline this favorite Dallas luncheon. Besides featuring a chat with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules star, the afternoon event will include a special tribute to Paige McDaniel, set to retire in May as the president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas. The big-deal luncheon at the Hilton Anatole is chaired by Sally Dutter and Beth Thoele, with Debbie Scripps as honorary chair.

Children's Cancer Fund Gala, April 21
The is the biggie for Cowboys fans. Honorary chairs Troy Aikman and Dak Prescott join event co-chairs Heather Randall and Blake Stephenson in a black-tie ball that helps fight childhood cancer. Besides being an epic evening that includes dinner, auctions, fashion, and after-party, the gala always tugs at the heartstrings because the highlight is seeing seeing children rocking the Hilton Anatole runway, alongside their idols and favorite superheroes, in a fashion show.

Genesis Annual Luncheon with Nicole Kidman, May 12
Consider this take two. After 2020's luncheon starring Nicole Kidman canceled due to COVID and pivoted to a virtual conversation with the Oscar-winning actress, she's agreed to come back to Dallas in person. The 30th annual edition of the beloved luncheon will take place, per usual, at the Hilton Anatole. It raises funds for the organization's continuous effort to provide safety, shelter, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence.

House of DIFFA, May 13
Happening at the Hilton Anatole this year, May's most colorful black-tie gala always features a one-of-a-kind runway show and killer silent auction. The 2023 theme, "The List" will celebrate inclusion and pay tribute to Studio 54, London Punk, and Coachella, to name a few. ("Everyone is on The List," they say.) Haley Clark and Richard Rivas co-chair the gala, which benefits organizations that help raise awareness, advocate for individuals, and fight HIV/AIDS in the Dallas community.