New Retail: Chelsmati’s Wine Shop, torn clothing, Granny’s General Store

A shopping center on West Davis at Clinton has three new retail tenants that neighbor Urban Acres market. Chelsmati’s Wine Shop opened July 16, offering mostly imported wine, beer, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, along with gifts, wine openers, glasses and gadgets. Owner Tina Acosta has lived in Oak Cliff for 14 years, and she also makes gift baskets containing beer or wine and other treats. Torn clothing store opened in May, offering trendy fashions for men and women. Owners Jose and Jessica Duran sell street-wear brands such as Ecko, and they offer sizes for men and women from small-3X. Long-time antuiquer Shirley Coleman of Wynnewood North opened Granny’s General Store on July 1. The store offers vintage glassware, clothing, books, furniture and more. Coleman retired from the Dallas Public Library in January, and she decided to do something with all the treasures from her years of dogging estate sales. “I had a garage full of stuff, so I figured it was time to do something with it,” she says. “This is my first love. A job is a job, but now I’m doing what I love.”

Chelsmati’s Wine Shop, 1307½ W. Davis, 214.923.9814
Torn, 1307 W. Davis, 214.943.1437
Granny’s General Store, 1305 W. Davis


“There are few landlords as well positioned to be long-term partners with our retailers.”

—Michael Carroll, CEO of Centro Properties Group US, after Blackstone Real Estate Partners’ affiliate BRE Retail Holdings purchased Centro. The group owns Wynnewood Village on Illinois, Stevens Park Village on Fort Worth Avenue and Jeff Davis on Jefferson, and Carroll says that with Blackstone as its new partner, “we are now capitalized to aggressively lease and reposition space and to support our retailers’ growth strategies.”

Oak Cliff businesswoman receives top accolades

La Calle Doce and El Ranchito owner Laura Sanchez recently was honored by Latina Style Inc. as “Entrepreneur of the Year”. Sanchez was selected “based on her lifetime achievements and her visibility as a true role model for our young women,” according to Robert Bard, president and CEO of Latina Style Inc. The company provides support and encouragement to Latina business owners and professional working women through its publication, Latina Style, its business lecture series, The National Latina Symposium of Latina leaders and The Latina Style 50 Report, a comprehensive study of the best companies for Latinas in the United States.

La Calle Doce, 415 W. 12th, 214.941.4304
El Ranchito, 610 Jefferson, 214.946.4238

Jack’s Backyard closes, scouts new location

We were disappointed to learn that Kathy Jack and Susie Buck’s Jack’s Backyard on Pittman and Commerce has closed. The official statement from Kathy Jack on Facebook states, “With four days’ notice from the property owner, Jack’s Backyard closed for business on Sunday, June 26. I want to tell my friends, family, Jack’s customers and investors that I am truly sorry that this has happened. … Jack’s was a BIG place and we opened in a tough economy. … I have spent 34 years in the service industry and I have been raised in this community. It means a lot to me that people believe in and trust me. … Jack’s was built to be a backyard big enough to hang out with all of your friends. That mission continues.” Jack says she will continue Jack’s Backyard, and temporarily is hosting live music at Dallas Woody’s in Oak Lawn as she scouts locations for a new home.

Oddfellows expands with cocktail menu, patio

On a happier note, Oddfellows is still going strong since its opening in December. Manager Bonnie Rodela says the restaurant now has beer, wine, Bloody Marys and mimosas. This month, Oddfellows is launching a specialty cocktail menu, and a new dinner menu also is in the works, one that will also offer lighter fare for the health-conscious crowd. The addition of a patio is still in the works; permits have been gathered and now the focus has shifted to gathering capital for the tables and chairs.

Oddfellows, 316 W. 7th, 214.944.5958

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