The lowdown on what’s up with neighborhood businesses

Two new women’s fashion boutiques in Bishop Arts


Strut opened in the former Soda Gallery.

Laughing Willow, a new women’s clothing store, is now open in the retail space next door to Eno’s in the Bishop Arts District. Owner Melody Ginn also owns Emma’s Bridal in Red Oak. Emma’s Bridal has been open for three years, and Ginn decided it was time to branch out into trendy women’s clothes. The shop opened temporarily for Bastille on Bishop before its official opening. Strut, an Austin-based women’s clothing store, also recently opened in Bishop Arts, in the former Soda Gallery space, which closed in May. Strut will be open weekends only at first, says manager Mercedes Perez. There are three Strut shops in Austin, one in San Marcos and one on Lovers near the Dallas North Tollway. Perez says the company chose Bishop Arts for expansion because it is similar in atmosphere to its locations in Austin, which include South Congress, South Lamar and Guadalupe.

Laughing Willow
405 N. Bishop, 972.515.8800



Longtime Bishop Arts taco stand to close

El Padrino, the 20-year-old taco stand in the Bishop Arts District, will close in November to make way for a new restaurant from Sarah Lombardi. Juan Contreras, managing partner of El Padrino, says he hopes to find a new location in Bishop Arts. “We’ve been there for so long that we would like to stay there, obviously, and hopefully we’ll find something,” he says. Sarah Lombardi, daughter of restaurateur Alberto Lombardi, is opening a new restaurant in the Oak Cliff Mercantile building. The El Padrino building will anchor a beer garden for that restaurant. Contreras’s father opened El Padrino on Jefferson 22 years ago and expanded with the Bishop Arts taco stand a couple of years later. The original El Padrino enjoys a loyal following of generational customers, Contreras says.

El Padrino, 408 W. Jefferson


Asian restaurant and yoga studio announced for Sylvan Thirty

Chef Teiichi “Teach” Sakurai will open a fish market at the planned Sylvan Thirty development on Fort Worth Avenue. Sakurai owns Tei An in the Dallas Arts District, Tei Tei Robata Bar on North Henderson and Teppo on Lower Greenville. The fish market, which hasn’t been named yet, will share a “direct connection to the building with organic grocer Cox Farms Market and Matador Meat & Wine.” Sync Yoga has leased a 2,000-square-foot space in a two-story building at the planned development. Husband-and-wife owners Jennifer Lawson and Charles Gaby, whose current studio is in the Bishop Arts District, also are planning a roof deck for sunrise and sunset yoga classes, with views of Downtown.

Sync Yoga


More business bits

Repotted, the gardening store on West Davis at Van Buren, has closed. Lake Highlands-based Brumley Gardens is moving in next month.

Brumley Gardens

Four Corners Brewing Co., a brewery planned for Singleton Boulevard, near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, is set to open Monday, Sept. 3. The venture, from Greg Leftwich, Steve Porcari, George Esquivel and brewmaster John M. Sims, was announced in January.

Four Corners Brewing Co. 423 Singleton

Zen Sushi recently celebrated its five-year anniversary.

Zen Sushi, 380 W. 7th, 214.946.9699

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