Wine walk on Cedar Springs kicks off Pride

The September Cedar Springs Wine Walk takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The theme is Pride.

“We’re expecting a large crowd to kick off Pride at this week’s First Wednesday Wine Walk,” said Scott Whittall, president of the Cedar Springs Merchants Association.

Purchase a wine glass for $10 and then visit any of the participating stores and businesses from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Glasses can be purchased by Buli Cafe and Hunky’s.

Many of the stores are running specials. Everything is 30 percent off all day at Skivvies. At Nuvo, all purchases over $20 are 20 percent off. OutLines is offering 25 percent off all shorts, tank tops and swimwear. Union Jack is awarding double UJ points all day and sales in various store departments.

Restaurants and bars are also offering drink and food specials, including half-price appetizers at Black Eyed Pea.

Have your wine card stamped at any six participating locations and become eligible for a Scavenger Hunt special. Prizes have been donated by many of the street’s merchants.

TABC rules do not allow anyone to carry wine between locations. Remember to finish your glass before going back out on the sidewalk.

Whittall said to check the Cedar Springs Facebook page throughout the day as more merchants add specials.

—  David Taffet

Deaths • 07.23.10

Richie Rudkin, 27, died suddenly on July 20 of an unexpected illness.

Born Jan. 27, 1983, Rudkin graduated from Lewisville High School in 2001 and received a degree in journalism from the University of Texas in Arlington in 2005. He worked as the manager at Buli Café.

Rudkin’s infectious smile and huge heart touched every single person he met throughout his brief but amazing life. For the past four years, he was a shining light on Cedar Springs, greeting everyone with his spectacular smile and charm while serving his loyal friends and customers as manager at Buli Café.

Rudkin cared deeply for his family and many friends and they for him. They all flocked to visit him for their daily dose of his overwhelming generosity, compassion and razor sharp humor.

In a farewell message to him, Rudkin’s family and friends said, “Today we have lost a true angel. Our Richie has left us for a better place. The world will never be the same without your gentle kind and wonderful spirit. Richie, you were adored more than you ever knew.

Rest peacefully, sweet boy. We will love you and miss you forever.”

Rudkin  is survived by his mom, Penny Picker Rudkin; his father, Richard Rudkin; his step-father, Ed Mathews; his sister, Molly Elizabeth  Rudkin; his brother, Mathew Rudkin; his grandmother, Jennilind Rudkin; several cousins, aunts and uncles; and hundreds of loving friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 25, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Restland Coppell Chapel, 400 S. Freeport Pkwy. in Coppell. A burial mass will take place 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, at St. Ann Catholic Church , 180 Samuel Blvd. in Coppell.

A memorial service celebrating Rudkin’s life will be announced. Call 214-528-5410 for more in.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 23, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Subway coming to Cedar Springs

Subway will occupy the space between Hunky's and TapeLenders.
Subway will occupy the storefront that’s currently covered in white plywood, between the new Hunky’s and TapeLenders.

A representative from Subway restaurants confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the sandwich shop chain has signed a lease to open a store on the Cedar Springs strip, at the site of the old Crossroads Market. The Subway store will occupy the space between Hunky’s, which is moving across Throckmorton Street to the corner of the newly renovated building, and TapeLenders. Hunky’s will be in the portion of the Crossroads building that was devoted to the coffee shop, while Subway will be in the area that was devoted to the bookstore. Monica Infante, a manager in Subway’s Northeast Texas development office, said the new store likely will open in the next 90 days.

Scott Whittall, co-owner of Buli Cafe and president of the Cedar Springs Merchants Association, said Subway wasn’t exactly on his wish list of new retailers for the strip.

“It’s not really a competition thing, it’s more of a chain thing,” Whittall said. “Cedar Springs has had boutique- type, single-owner, gay-owned stores on it for years and years and years, but I guess it’s just a fact we have to deal with. Chains are out there, and I guess it was just inevitable that we would get one of two. We can’t control what comes in and out of the street. We can only hope they add to the neighborhood and add to the traffic.”

Infante said Subway has been looking to open a store on Cedar Springs for about 10 years, because it’s a heavily populated area that is underserved by the chain.

“Knowing the history behind Cedar Springs, I think it will be something positive,” Infante said. “Hopefully once it does open people will be as excited as we are about it.”

—  John Wright