Casa Linda resident Jim Waskow and his partner Stan Nauman are living the post-recession American dream. After years in the corporate world, Waskow at Sherwin Williams and Nauman at General Electric, they hung up their suits to pursue their real passion: beer.
Friends since they were students at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, the pair has been interested in beer their whole lives, so they decided to make it their profession. Last year, they opened Craft Beer Cellar, the first Texas franchise for the East Coast chain, and have been serving up the suds ever since.
“We’re just a couple of corporate guys looking to do something fun,” Waskow smiles. “On our worst day, at least we’re working with beer.”
The business model is part specialty beer shop, part taproom. On the shop side, customers have hundreds of styles of beer to peruse and can mix-and-match their own six-pack. Craft Beer Cellar specializes in rare and European brews, but if you don’t see the one you want, just ask. They’re happy to order it for you. On the tap side, there are 16 beers on draught, which are switched with a new brew every time a keg runs dry.
“We do have one tap dedicated to German beers and another for Belgium beers,” Nauman says.
The partners consider themselves a bottle shop first and say 70 percent of the business is retail shoppers, versus customers who belly up to the bar. They also offer growlers for those who want to take fresh beer home.
The shop regularly offers beer education events, inviting in brewers from all over the world to talk suds and offer samples. On April 7, attend the free beer-and-cheese pairing with Real Ale Brewing Company, or come down April 14 when Founder’s Brewing releases its cult-followed KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout for those not in the beer-know).
While getting the business off the ground took longer than either Waskow or Nauman imagined, now that it’s up and running, they’re thrilled with the first six months. “It’s a chance to enjoy coming to work for the first time,” Waskow says. “That’s a welcome change.”
Did you know: Stan Nauman collected beer cans as a child, which he tucked away at his parents’ home for decades. When he opened Craft Beer Cellar, he fished them out to decorate the shop.
The Advocate - Emily Cherrier - 12 April 2017
Liz Simmons is the undisputed queen of the holidays in her Hollywood/Santa Monica neighborhood. From her over-the-top Christmas displays to her spooky Halloween haunts, she does not shy away from showing the full spirit of the season, albeit in her own way.
Take the annual Newellian Easter Parade, with its taxidermy animal floats, zombie bunnies, Elvis impersonators and so many other whimsical and weird wonders. “It has always been a dream of mine to have a parade of snakes, especially a 20-foot Burmese being carried by four or five people in bunny or chicken suits. I don’t know why, it just makes me happy,” Simmons told us in 2015, when we profiled the unusual event.
Country music legend Kinky Friedman has served as grand marshal of the affair, showing the magnetic power of this unusual event. Simmons says they are still looking for floats to join this Sunday’s parade, which steps off at 3 p.m., traveling down Newell Avenue from Lindsley to Santa Fe. Everyone is invited to come down as a spectator or participant, and enjoy the weird.
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This is our kind of history lesson.
D Magazine - Gabrielle Asadoor - 10 April 2017
This isn’t our first walk around the Hollywood Home Tour block, so we feel safe saying these lovely abodes are sure to impress. The 26th Annual Home Tour will feature five historic homes, commencing Friday, April 28th with a candlelight tour and Dallas Arboretum action party overlooking White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline.
The weekend wraps up Sunday, April 30th with home tours and the 6th Annual Hollywood Art In The Park, an outdoor marketplace featuring local and regional artists, an array of children’s activities, live music, and some crave-worthy Dallas food trucks. Tickets and information can be found here and proceeds benefit local schools.
With 25 years of charming homes under the Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association’s belt, this year will be no exception. But don’t take our word for it, check out our sneak peek of what this historic affair has to offer.
See more on the story at D Magazine
Native Plants and Prairies Day
May 6, 2017
Join us for a FREE fun day at White Rock Lake!
The North Texas Master Naturalists will host the fifth annual Native Plants and Prairies Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 AM to 3 PM, at the Bath House Cultural Center grounds at White Rock Lake.
Highlights for the day include 15 thirty-minute wildflower and prairie walks guided by local experts, a lecture series by naturalist experts, and 30 demonstrations/information/outreach booths, raptors, and snakes. For the first time we will have local artists displaying their nature-inspired creations for purchase.
Come help us construct our own Climate Ribbon tree during the event. The Climate Ribbon project is an opportunity for us to share what each of us stands to lose to climate change and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it.
Other offerings include a raffle with terrific gifts provided by event sponsors, children’s activities, and food trucks.
This FREE family event has been enthusiastically received by the local community for its focus on Texas plants and animals and the benefits of using native plants in home landscapes as disease and drought-resistant alternatives to non-native species. Our native birds, animals, and insects all depend on these native plants for survival.
Major sponsors for the event include: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Dallas Zoo, Pariveda Solutions, Texas Discovery Gardens, Whole Earth Provision Co., Wild Birds Unlimited, Arborilogical Services, Inc., Rohde’s Nursery and Nature Store, Earth Day Texas, and the Dallas Sierra Club.
For more information, updates on the latest event developments, and the detailed descriptions of the speakers, walk guides, artists, and exhibitors, go to ntmn.org
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WE NEED EGGS
For Our Easter Hunts
After the most awesome Newellian Easter Parade known this side of the Santa Fe Trail, which is held on April 16th at 3pm, we have our Easter Egg Hunts. In order for us to hold these Easter Egg Hunts, we need Easter Eggs. So please run to the store of your choice and pick up some plastic Easter Eggs and fill them with non-melting candy (No Chocolate) and drop them off at Sharon's house at 1025 Valencia.
If you are going to be hosting a float in the parade, 2 Dozen Eggs is the price of admission.
Thank you for your support.
The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 03 April 2017
It was 21 years ago this week that For Love of the Lake launched its most ambitious volunteer effort to date: The Second Saturday Shore Spruce Up.
“That’s 252 continuous months of cleaning up the lake,” beams FLOTL board president Max Davis.
Rain or shine, on the second Saturday of every month, volunteers collect their cleaning supplies and head out to the lake to keep it free of litter. In its 21 years, the group has pulled hundreds of pounds of trash from the shoreline and lake, including a sunken sailboat that created a boating hazard in the lake.
“We’re looking for more volunteers for our kayak clean-up crew,” Davis says.
The next spruce up is set for this Saturday, April 8. As per usual, volunteers will meet between 8-9 a.m. at the FLOTL’s office at Casa Linda Plaza, where a continental breakfast is served and clean up supplies are available for pick up. New volunteers are asked to come by for a quick training on how to handle trash and recyclable material. Then you can grab some gloves and a trash bag and head out to clean up the lake until noon.
A clip from the Dallas Morning News article linked below.
A hallmark of spring is home tours, which bloom like flowers throughout Dallas. Doors soon will be opened to privately owned homes around the city. Area tours offer a rare chance to see inside distinctive residences in Dallas' older neighborhoods. Houses large and small span architectural styles from Colonial and Greek Revival to midcentury modern and urban contemporary.
This year's White Rock Home tour highlights six midcentury and new-build modern homes in East Dallas. High ceilings, walls of glass and distinctive art define each residence. Tourgoers will experience high-tech systems and energy-efficient features. Hungry visitors can grab a tasty meal at the Hexter Café in Victor H. Hexter Elementary School.
Noon to 5 p.m. April 22 and April 23. $15 in advance, $20 at the door of each home and at Hexter Elementary School. Tickets for sale at whiterockhometour.org.
Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
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