In Texas, we have learned to expect the unexpected, especially when it comes to the weather. We get thunderstorms, ice storms, flooding, high winds, lightning, and the list goes on. One of the most extreme and destructive events are tornadoes. The most recent tornado destroyed one of our older established neighborhoods. Some of those business that were affected decided to put down roots in other locations, And, others decided to rebuild. But, none of those businesses were down for long Dallas has made Dallas, we’re making a comeback and we’ll be a stronger community than ever. One of the most recent milestones was reported in the Dallas Morning News, in the form of a shopping spree and celebration of renewal in the Preston-Royal Shopping Center.
Back open after tornado, Preston-Royal stores and restaurants host holiday shopping spree Dec. 19
Shop owners want customers to know they’re back open.
Amid tornado recovery efforts at Preston Road and Royal Lane in Dallas since late October, shoppers largely stayed away. But now that many of the restaurants and shops at Preston Royal Village have reopened, reps at the shopping center are issuing a message: Come on back.
To encourage shoppers to spend their holiday dollars at the businesses in this area, Preston Royal Village is hosting a “sip and shop” event Dec. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. (This is the second event of its kind; the first was Dec. 12.)
Attendees will find live music and holiday festivities at the northeast and northwest corners of Preston and Royal.
The theme is “better together.”
Most of the restaurants at the northeast and northwest corners of Preston and Royal are fully functioning, including Eatzi’s, TJ’s Seafood Market, Cantina Laredo, Royal China, Flower Child and more. So, too, are shops, such as Sephora, Ballard Designs, Sur la Table, Dougherty’s Pharmacy, Spec’s and more.
Many of the businesses on the southern side of Royal Lane remain closed. They have months of rebuilding ahead.
The tornado hit the southeast corner of Preston-Royal the hardest — so hard that the co-founder of Fish City Grill said the morning after the storms, “it looks like bombs went off.” Our retail reporter Maria Halkias has since learned that much of that corner will be demolished, leaving some of those shops without customers for as long as 18 months.
Central Market at the southeast corner will be renovated, Halkias reported.
Some decided not to wait, including Interabang Books, which relocated to Lovers Lane.
The storm ripped a war path through parts of northwest Dallas, Preston Hollow, North Dallas, far northeast Dallas and Richardson. (See a map here.) In all, the National Weather Service says the severe storm comprised 10 tornadoes. Some of the businesses in northwest Dallas may never recover, News city columnist Robert Wilonsky reported this week.
For the complete story, including photographs, visit the Dallas Morning News.
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