DIRT DESIGN STUDIO opened in the Bishop Arts District, 417 Bishop, in the former Decorazon gallery. The eco-friendly flower shop creates custom arrangements and reduces waste by recycling aluminum cans and using them as plant containers. To learn more, visit

AVIATION CINEMAS, owned by Dallas filmmaker Barak Epstein, has taken over management of the Texas Theatre, which is undergoing renovations. Weekly screenings will start back up Sept. 30.

MAKE SHOP AND STUDIO’S URBAN STREET BAZAAR is evolving from a twice-a-year outdoor weekend event to a six-days-a-week indoor market. Make owner Julie McCullough Kim is leasing a 5,000-square-foot building at 216 W. 7th, and turning it into IndieGenius, which she calls a “micro-boutique marketplace” showcasing 50-80 Etsy crafters, fashion and furniture designers, and more. IndieGenius should open for business in October. For details visit

JAMIE LAWS AND ELIZABETH CUMMINGS have leased the former Oak Cliff Mercantile building at Davis and Van Buren for a gardening store. The store, Repotted, was expected to open at the end of September with a focus on organic and locally grown plants.

THE SHOP, a skateboard shop, is expected to open in the Bishop Arts District in October. Owners P.J. Thebeau and Clay Keys leased the space on Davis at Bishop that once housed street-wear store 10 Footwear. Thebeau is part owner of California-based Hype Skateboards, and he owned Superior Skate Shop in Duncanville for almost six years.


THE OAK CLIFF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will present an Insider Tips Workshop, “Contracting Tips for Non Attorneys”, noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the chamber conference room, 400 S. Zang Suite 110. For details, call 214.943.4567.


DAVID PEREZ, a fifth-grader at Santa Clara Catholic Academy in Oak Cliff, was among eight Hispanic students who received a scholarship from the Jethsuby Scholarship Fund of the Catholic Foundation. The fund supports Hispanic students with financial obstacles.


VICKI FITZGERALD, a volunteer with the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League and Turner House who is battling throat cancer, was honored at a benefit at the Kessler Theater in August. Neighbors raised more than $6,000 to help pay for her medical bills. For details about how to contribute, visit