In the past year, Oak Cliff neighbor Opal Salas lost her job and one of her best friends. But she and her husband Carlos are giving back to the Oak Cliff literary scene with a new bookstore, Cliff Notes Prolonged Media, which is expected to open the first week of October.

"I believe in me. Do you believe in me?" Those are the now-famous first lines of a speech that Oak Cliff 6th-grader Dalton Sherman gave last year. The speech is so popular on youtube that Sherman has appeared on "Oprah" and "Ellen" to talk about it. Last week, the "Today Show" did a story about him.

We all know them:
Those neighbors who go above and beyond to make our neighborhood a better place. They’re the people who regularly pickup trash at the park, just because it’s the right thing to do—and the people who still volunteer at the nearby school, even though their kids are already grown. If you know an unsung hero in our neighborhood, send us an email telling us who fits the bill, and why. 


Whether you’re in search of a nearby pet sitter or a neighborhood church, you can find it here on our new Storefront. It’s just another way Advocate keeps you covered with all of our neighborhood’s news, happenings, deals and finds. So feel free to browse our listings — or add your own listing there for others to see.