Urban. Historic. Hip

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Downtown Plano has become such an upbeat and hip place for locals & tourists to visit. Not only is there urban living but there are many restaurants, art galleries, unique shopping and event venues. It has such a cool vibe with all the historic buildings and brick roads, yet the DART is just a step away. If you haven’t ever visited, just head towards 15th Street and 75 North. You can’t miss it!

One of the most known and popular places to visit in Downtown Plano is Urban Crust. The pizza is amazing!! Urban Crust has the largest hand-crafted wood burning oven to prepare the best pizza, steaks and seafood in town! There is also a 30-foot long, frozen rooftop bar overlooking downtown Plano, called “32 Degrees.”  It is called that due to the constant temperature the draft beers are poured at. The liquor taps pour at -5 degrees. The strip of ice that runs the length of bar is so guests can keep their drinks cold! Just take a few steps up when you are done eating at Urban Crust to enjoy 32 Degrees.

Or, for different twist on pizza, try Za*Lat on the corner of 15th St. and K Ave. This no frills pizza joint serves variations like the Loaded Notato (tastes like a loaded baked potato) or the Pho-Zhizzle (taste like Pho and served with Sriracha and Hoisin). Crazy good. Yes they have traditional flavors, too. It all looks delicious. I tried the Buffalo Chicken pie and it was really good. Za*Lat is open seven days a week until 4AM. They deliver until 3:30AM.

Just down the street from Urban Crust is The Fillmore Pub. This neighborhood-style bar features homemade food, large whiskey selections and has craft beer. What I personally love about The Fillmore Pub is their late night menu which starts at 11:00 p.m. and ends at 1:00 a.m.  Fish and chips anyone?

The shopping is very unique in the area. You can find anything from handcrafted art pieces, pottery, jewelry, women’s fashion, children’s clothes, furniture, home accessories, antiques, cigars and you can even get a tattoo or body piercing. Just saying…I stopped in Murphy Mom-owned Southern Vintage Glam. I met some fellow Murphy-ites and picked up this great holiday t-shirt.wpid-20151110_143027.jpg

Shinola Detroit across from Za*Lat drew my attention. Why a store from Detroit in the middle of downtown Plano? I ventured in to learn that it is a Fossil company know for upscale bikes, watches, journals, dogs and leather. Willy’s Detroit, Shinola’s bruh, is located next door. Definitely for the Hip.

There is a new apartment complex called Junction 15.  It has the “luxuries of high-end finishes, but also appreciates the century-old district.”  It is very cute and adds to the charm of the area. DART also has a stop in downtown Plano. It is on the corner of 15th Street and Avenue J. Definitely walking distance from everything.

Do you know the history of the area? It was initially settled in 1840.  It became a trading center of the farming community of southwest Collin County when the Houston and Central Railroad opened. There was a fire in 1896 and they had to re-build many of the buildings, but many of those are what are still standing today.

This year I will be attending, for the first time, Dickensfest. It is a free event on Saturday, December 4th starting at 6:00 p.m.  There will be carolers, various stages with music and Santa. Some of the entertainers will be hand bell choirs, local choirs, dance groups, and more. The entertainment plus food and shopping sounds like a good time to me!  Maybe I will see you there…

And as always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help with ANY of your Real Estate needs!

-Dawn Redmond

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MY TOP 10 FAVE PHOTO LOCATIONS FOR YOUR FAMILY – WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?

Dragon Park
3520 Cedar Springs Rd.
Dallas, TX 75219
There are angels, dragons, fairies and gargoyles all in one garden! Very small park, so not enough space to play, but enough space to take some magical pictures! It is a hidden gem. Dragon Park is for the eccentric family.

White Rock Lake
Lakewood
Dallas, TX 75334
White Rock Lake is a given! There is plenty of trees, wildlife, bridges and piers. As long as you are avoiding the cyclist you should be fine.  This place is definitely for the nature lover!

Lakeside Park
Lakeside Dr. & Armstrong Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
Highland Park
Lakeside Park runs along Turtle Creek. There are beautiful lily pads and sculptures. It is very well maintained with benches located throughout. There are large teddy bear sculptures that will definitely be for the playful family!

Continental Ave. Pedestrian Bridge
101-115 Continental Ave.
Dallas, TX 75207
Design District
Are you the artsy type? Not only is this spot a great view of downtown, you can see the arches of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the full span of its cables. Being the creative type, you shouldn’t have a problem taking some really cool and interesting pictures here.

Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
Lakewood
Everyone knows about the Dallas Arboretum. It has amazing flowers, coves, benches, statues, artwork, plants and trees for picture options. The list here goes on and on!  This would be for the garden lovers!

Heritage Farmstead Museum
1900 W. 15th St.
Plano, TX 75075
In the heart of downtown Plano, the Heritage Farmstead Museum is the premiere living history site interpreting the Texas black-land prairie region in North Texas.  It is 4.5 acres of history! Find interesting places and re-enact what life could have been like. This is for the History buffs!

The Harbor at Rockwall
2074 Summer Lee Drive
Rockwall, TX 75087
Bridges, sidewalks, fountains, piers and even a lighthouse make this spot great for photos.  It is beautifully landscaped as well. So if you are a family that loves to hang out at the lake, this spot is for you. All your pictures can have a beautiful lake in the background.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad
705 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
Main Street in Grapevine, TX is very charming. There are historical buildings and of course the old railroad depot. This is a great spot to get creative and artistic, but please make sure to check the train schedule before starting!

Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
6475 Page Street
Frisco, TX 75034
It has to be the Babe’s in Frisco! Have you ever walked around there? There are old buildings and cute signs. So put on your cowboy boots…this is for the true Texans!

Deep Ellum
Intersection of I-30 & US 75
There is so much art painted on the brick walls and garage doors in Deep Ellum that it would take hours to use every location. The hard part is picking what background you want to use. There are so many colors and options….makes for a really fun time! This is so unique to Dallas, you won’t find a spot like this in any other town!

I hope everyone takes advantage of this beautiful Fall weather that is starting this weekend. Take your family out for some photos and send them to me! I will post them on my blog! If you found another great spot let me know as well. And as always, I am always here to help you out with any of your Real Estate needs! Have a blessed day.

-Dawn Redmond

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Happy Days Are Here Again

“Do something nice for someone every day.”

“Get up, suit up, show up.”

Favorite quotes from Ms. Ebby Halliday that will forever be etched in my mind!

When I began my career as a real estate agent in 2006, I had no idea who Ebby Halliday was. I only remember seeing her maroon and white signs all around town. It wasn’t until I met another agent in one of my classes who told me about Ebby Halliday and her company that I decided I wanted to work there. I then met Ms. Ebby, signed my name on the dotted line and it has become one of the best decisions I have ever made!

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The first time I met Ms. Ebby, she was playing a ukulele while singing “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Who was this 95-year-old CEO who still came to work everyday suited up like she was ready for a listing appointment? Well, I soon learned that she was a lady with a golden heart and an unbelievable work ethic. As busy as she was, she maintained an opened door policy and any of her 1500 agents could stop in and visit with her at any time. She was the first person I knew who stood while working at her desk…even at 95. She drove herself to work daily; until she said people stopped riding with her…she was 98 or 99 at that time:)

When she was 100 years old, she was still very much involved in the decision making at the office. She even fired one of secretaries. After her 100th birthday party, I was helping out with reception at the corporate office. In walked Mr. Ross Perot to see Ms. Ebby. In his hand was a special sword encased in a beautiful frame. Mr. Perot personally stopped by the office to make sure it was hung correctly. I watched as he and Ebby finally found the right location in the foyer for the gift.

It wasn’t until her memorial service that I realized that she was a woman of God. I knew she attended church, many people do, but Ms. Ebby studied the word of God. The pastor of Highland Park Baptist church read the comments about God’s word she scribed in the books that sat by her bedside. She has a building named after her on the campus of Dallas Baptist University and at 101 years of age she made a 3-year monetary commitment to the university, which she fulfilled earlier this year.

In true Ebby fashion, Ms. Halliday planned her own memorial service for her agents, family and friends that was filled with plenty of commentary about her professional and personal achievement. At the conclusion of the service, a video played of her with her ukulele singing “Happy Days Are Here Again.” How fitting this song was at this time. Ebby was happy to meet her maker and to see her friends and family again.

Rest in Peace Ms. Ebby.

-Dawn Redmond

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Who’s ready to get their high heels on? Join my sorority sisters and I at our 3rd Annual Stiletto Walk benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. We will be walking ½ mile in our Stilettos and will do fun and healthy activities afterwards. Our goal is to raise $1000. Come help us!

***New this year, we are inviting the men to strut their stuff and prove that they are “Men with Sole!” So bring your husband, brother or friend along!

The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. on September 19, 2015 at Fairview Town Hall in Fairview, TX.

Registration is $35 and includes a t-shirt. Registering by September 1st will guarantee your preferred size. To register click here.

Can’t come out to support or stilettos aren’t your thing? You can donate $30 to “Wearing Flats and Sneakers” and this gives you a chance to donate to the cause!

(Festivities begin at 8 a.m., but a variety of health-centered activities, including a Health Expo, will occur throughout the morning.)

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As always, I am here to help you with any of your Real Estate needs. Don’t hesitate to contact me!

-Dawn Redmond

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New Listing in Lewisville!

Check out my new listing at 1169 Courtney Lane in Lewisville…

Lots of windows and views in this move-in ready home featuring an open floor plan with split bedrooms, hardwoods throughout living areas and bedrooms. Custom options include updated kitchen and bathrooms with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, recently installed seamless glass shower, an extended side patio and Pergola swing in the back yard. Nicely landscaped backyard with fruit trees. Near school, freeway and shopping.

Don’t miss out! Contact me for a showing at 972-689-8424 or visit my website at www.dawnredmond.ebby.com.

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Tomorrow is National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!

I bet you didn’t know that that August 8th is National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Is it a truly legit holiday? Well…it is listed on the National Day Calendar along with some other awesome (and not so awesome) holidays. But I say…let’s celebrate!

Did you know Zucchini, or Courgette, is a fruit? It is treated as a vegetable but it comes from the zucchini flower. Zucchini is one of the easiest plants to grow and most gardeners end up with tons on their hands come August…hence, the holiday.

So why not share? If you are one of these gardeners out there and you are looking for a way to get rid of excess, leave some secretly on your neighbor’s porch. Don’t forget to send me your pictures and stories!

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One of my favorite and easy recipes is Zucchini Fritters.

You will need:

1 ½ pounds zucchini, grated

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 large egg, beaten

2 cloves garlic, minced

Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mix zucchini and salt together in a colander then place in sink to drain for 10 minutes.
  2. Use some cheesecloth to get excess moisture out of zucchini, or just squeeze excess water out with your hands. Don’t miss this step – otherwise they get soggy.
  3. Mix flour, cheese, egg, garlic, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  4. Heat the olive oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  5. Mix the flour mixture with the zucchini.
  6. Scoop about a Tablespoon of batter in the skillet, gently flatten with the top of your spatula, and fry about 3 minutes per side. Add oil as needed.
  7. When they are golden brown they are done. Enjoy!

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As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance with your home selling or buying needs!

-Dawn Redmond

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AKA: an organization of lifelong service and sisterhood

For some, the sorority and fraternity life ends after college graduation. For me, the real benefits of sorority life began after graduation. I was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) 26 years ago and I cherish my sorority membership today more than ever before. Most people think that my involvement is social and are surprised to learn how much community service is involved along with leadership and professional development. As the president of the Plano chapter, I am responsible for implementing the sorority’s program goals which include five program target areas: (1) Education Enrichment (2) Health Promotion (3) Family Strengthening (4) Environmental Ownership and (5) Global Impact.

On any given weekend you can see the members of the Plano chapter (also known as the Chi Zeta Omega Chapter or CZO) beautifying the playgrounds of Memorial Elementary School in East Plano or donating, along with 60,000 other AKAs, 1 million backpacks to students over the next four years. CZO offers mentoring ans scholarship opportunities for high school girls and boys through its A.S.C.E.N.D. program and Pearl&Ivy programs for girls. We also do various events to raise awareness of health issues along with our community partners National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), American Heart Association (AHA) and the Alzheimer’s Association. Further, we donate clothing and food to those in need locally and in Africa.

Additionally, the chapter works to raise awareness and funds for historically black colleges and universities, HBCU’s. Our beloved sorority was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University, a HBCU, so this a way giving back to institutions that afforded African Americans so much.

In between all of community service, we attend annual conferences that focus on leadership development and offer recognition for the hard work we do. We also have a little fun supporting the events of other civic and service organizations.

When you see me and my sorority sisters wearing pink and green, I hope that you now have an idea of why we are so proud to wear the letters AKA. Many of us have found life-long friendships through our membership. A line from our national hymn describes our sisterhood best – “We help each for we know there is no other like our sisterhood.”

To learn more about the activities of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ®, Chi Zeta Omega chapter, visit our website http://www.akaczo.org.

Winnipeg, Canada – Two World Cup Games & One Friendly Tournament

Congratulations to the US Women’s Soccer team on winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup! This rematch of the 2011 championship game was much different as the US women dominated most of the game. More fans were glued to their TV’s than any other sporting event since the 2004 World Series. What’s more, I am among the fortunate who can say that I went to the World Cup in 2015 and watched the first two US games live!

My daughter’s soccer coaches from Mutiny FC decided about two years ago that the girls should go to the World Cup. The parents chuckled and moved on to the next topic, thinking that would never really happen. But, the coaches didn’t let it go. Thanks to family and friends from all over the Wylie, Sachse, Murphy, Allen, Rockwall, McKinney, and Allen area, our girls raised over $10,000 in different fundraisers! On June 7th, we were off to Winnipeg, Canada for one week to witness the top ladies of US soccer beat Australia 3-1 and tie Sweden 0-0. What an experience for the 20 young players and for the parents, too!

In addition, the girls played in an International Friendly Tournament. My definition of a “Friendly” Tournament is where you play hard, hopefully beat the other team and then you take pictures together with your new long distance friends/rivals. The girls definitely were inspired from watching the US Women’s team because they tied two older Minnesota teams and beat two older teams from the Winnipeg Club. We sent a clear message…Don’t Mess With Texas Soccer!

Our team held two game watching parties for the Semi-Finals and the Finals. One was at Buffalo Wild Wings in Garland and the other was at Two Rows in Allen. Thank you to those restaurants for tolerating the screaming! It was an amazing experience to cheer on our US team to victory. No one wanted the experience to end but what AMAZING memories we have made this summer! Now planning begins for the San Diego Surf Cup in July 2016:)

For more information about Mutiny FC Soccer Club, visit http://www.mutinyfctx.com.

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New Listing in Maxwell Creek!

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Stunning 5 bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 3-car-garage home for sale in the wonderful community of Maxwell Creek in Murphy. The total square footage is 3,888. This home has upgrades and beautiful features throughout! The dark brown hand-scraped hardwood floors add such an elegant touch. Get ready to fall in love with the master bedroom suite complete with a sitting area, picture window, spa-like bathroom and custom closet. There is tons of storage throughout the home. The second bedroom and full bath downstairs could also be an office. The kitchen is open with plenty of counter space, double ovens, island and a large pantry. New roof as of June 2015, You’ll definitely love this home! Most furnishings are also for sale.

Maxwell Creek is a neighborhood you would want to live in! It’s proximity to many different shopping centers, restaurants and recreational activities make it a perfect spot for the active lifestyle. Children attend the award-winning Wylie ISD School District.

Call me for more details at 972-689-8424!

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Sounds at Sundown

If you haven’t ever been to the City of Murphy’s Sounds at Sundown, then you won’t want to miss it this summer!

Three very popular bands from the area will be highlighted. You will hear Petty Theft on June 12th, Northern National on June 19th and Emerald City on June 26th.

Petty Theft is a Tom Petty tribute band led by radio personality Mike Rhyner of KTCK, The Ticket. Northern National plays pop, folk and rock music in the general style of the Dave Matthews Band. And of course, Emerald City, a local favorite, has a show filled with glitz and glamour!

Besides the great company and music, many different food vendors will be available. PDQ will offer chicken tenders with all the fixings, South Fork Texas will have brisket tacos, SU Amazing Foods will have hamburgers and hot dogs, Mell’s Grill will have BBQ and Kona Ice will have flavored shaved ice.

You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets or stadium seats. Also, since we had all that rain, bug spray is a must! “The concerts are a great way to join with family and friends for a great dinner and entertainment experience at very little cost,” says Kayla MCFarland.

So join us at Murphy’s Central Park amphitheater on June 12th, June 19th and June 26th. Pre-concert activities start at 7:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 8:00 p.m. for the June 12th and 26th show and both start at 6:00 p.m. for the June 19th show.

Below are videos from You Tube to give you a taste of what is to come!

PETTY THEFT (June 12th):

NORTHERN NATIONAL (June 19th):

EMERALD CITY (June 26th):

Hope to see you there!