Merchants say they didn’t get ample notice about Cedar Springs construction, fear impact on Pride

Scott Whittall

Atmos Energy will tear up Cedar Springs Road from Throckmorton Street to Oak Lawn Avenue to install new gas lines beginning Monday, Aug. 22.

Two lanes of traffic will be closed. All parking on the street will be blocked. Construction should last two weeks.

Cedar Springs Merchants Association President Scott Whittall said five days notice was not enough time to notify customers about the construction.

He contacted City Councilwomen Angela Hunt and Pauline Medrano to ask that the construction be delayed until after Pride, which is Sept. 18. He said his fear is that the work will drag on for a month or more.

He also said that with more notice, the merchants on Cedar Springs would have had time to remind weekday customers who are used to parking in front that there is parking behind the stores and bars. And with more notice, merchants could plan events and specials that would encourage customers to continue shopping on the street during construction.

“The last time we had major construction on the street, they closed the bridge over the tollway for 13 months and four businesses went out of business,” Whittall said.

He wants to be more prepared this time — even if the closure is only for a couple of weeks.

The construction will pass in front of the firehouse and could affect response times if it takes more time to maneuver equipment out of the station and around the construction.

—  David Taffet

Razzle Dazzle Dallas distributes $60,500

In June, Razzle Dazzle Dallas was revived as a five-day event centered on Cedar Springs Road. With so much of the event underwritten, organizers were able to return $60,500 to a number of community organizations.

Proceeds from the Metro Ball that took place at S4 on Friday night of Razzle Dazzle week went to the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. Money collected at the Main Event on Saturday night, as well as from other Razzle-related parties, was divided among eight other beneficiaries.

Money was distributed to beneficiaries at Sue Ellen’s on June 27. Here’s the breakdown of funds: Resource Center Dallas — $5,900; AIDS Arms — $5,400; AIDS Interfaith Network — $5,400; Cedar Springs Merchants Association Beautification Fund — $5,400; Legacy Counseling/Founders Cottage — $5,400; Legal Hospice of Texas — $2,834; Lone Star Ride — $2,833; Youth First Texas — $2,833; Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund — $24,500.

Next year’s Razzle Dazzle Dallas Main Event will be on Saturday, June 9. A full press release from the organizers of Razzle Dazzle Dallas is below.

—  David Taffet

Dallas Classic Chassis Car Club

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—  John Wright

DVtv: DPD Chief David Brown at Sue Ellens

New Dallas Police Chief David Brown appeared Thursday afternoon at a forum put together by the Cedar Springs Merchants Association, the Dallas Tavern Guild, and the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce. About 50 people attended the forum on the second floor of lesbian bar Sue Ellens, where Brown pledged his support for and desire to work more closely with the LGBT community. Among other things, Brown committed to appearing in the annual gay Pride parade. Have a look.

—  John Wright

Tip it at tonight's First Wednesday

If you’re heading out to tonight’s First Wednesday, plan on having a liquid dinner. Tonight, along with the sidewalk sales, the Cedar Springs Merchants Association hosts a Wine Walk. All you have to do is purchase a Cedar Springs wine glass for five bucks and then hit up the participating stores for some free vino.

And I dare you to yell, “Tip it!” to each vendor along the way. Just be careful about turning that Wine Walk into a Wine Stumble.


—  Rich Lopez

Scenes from the Cedar Springs Art Festival

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Thousands attended Saturday’s 2nd annual Cedar Springs Art Festival, which featured more than 60 vendors. Cedar Springs Road was blocked off between Throckmorton and Reagan streets from to 10 a..m. to 7 p.m., and the weather was nearly perfect. These were shot by myself and Rich Lopez. More after the jump.

—  John Wright

Subway opening scheduled

Chet Whisenant
Chet Whisenant, owner of new Subway

Gaying up the place just right sometimes takes an extra week or two.

Chet Whisenant, owner of the new Subway on Cedar Springs Road, called with a new tentative opening date. He plans to open on April 14.

See related story in last week’s Dallas Voice.

—  David Taffet

The Mining Company screens 'Broken Hearts Club' on the patio for free tonight

The Cedar Springs Merchant Association continues their Summer Movie Nights tonight with “The Broken Hearts Club” starring Dean Cain and a pre-”Scrubs” Zach Braff. A group of guys come to grips with individual issues through friendship and softball.  Hard to believe this movie is just shy of a decade old. This is the second film in their new series that plays through September 30.

It shouldn’t be too bad out there. The movie screens at 8:45 p.m. and Weather.com forecasts temperature at that time to hover in the low 80s. But I’m no Pete Delkus, of course.

—  Rich Lopez