Flower Reign by Shane Walker opens

Shane Walker and Bill Fulmer opened Flower Reign by Shane Walker, their new flower and gift shop on Cedar Springs Road that was more than a year in the making.

The store is much more than flowers. Hats, jewelry, sunglasses, cards, candles and books are among the other gift items available in the store.

“Anyone can come here and find something — gift, accessories,” Walker said.

The couple plans plenty of parties and other events. As they explained, the cashier counter turns into a fabulous bar.

One wall is filled with art and every two months they plan to bring in a new artist and host a reception.

They hoped to open by Valentine’s Day, but zoning, asbestos, plumbing and electrical problems delayed construction. The corner space had never been zoned retail. No one at the city cared decades ago when Nuvo opened on what was still thought of as a derelict street. Seems the city cares now. Problems with the building resulted in all new electrical, plumbing, walls ceiling and fixtures.

There’s plenty to see. Walker loves hats and has a number of interesting one displayed, including one signed by Michael Jackson.

The result is a fabulously photogenic new addition to the Strip.

—  David Taffet

Open carry group will be on Cedar Springs looking for allies

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LGBT liaison police Laura Martin

LGBT police liaison Laura Martin called to give the community a heads up about a group planning to be out on Cedar Springs Road on Sunday afternoon looking for allies.

The folks supporting the right to carry guns in public openly plan to gather at Walgreens at about 2 p.m. and walk the streets in the neighborhood for an hour or two. Martin assures they will be there only to hand out literature, talk to people and educate.

She said 15 to 30 people usually participate in these events, but there may be fewer because they have several planned rallies this weekend. Many carry long guns openly, which is already legal.

She also wanted everyone to understand the group is there to enlist support for their cause. They are looking for allies in the community and assured us there’s nothing hostile intended. Two plain clothes officers will be with them.

They’ve been doing this in other areas of the city including Downtown and Bishop Arts.

—  David Taffet

Gifted opens on Cedar Springs Road

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Gifted3David Richardson and Todd Seaton, who have been behind more stores on Cedar Springs Road over the years than anyone else, have opened a new gift store called Gifted.

“We’ve been thinking of it for awhile,” Seaton said. “The street no longer has a gift store, and we decided to fill that void.

Richardson called it moderately priced with a contemporary look — somewhere between the old Off the Street and An Occasional Piece. The new store even sits in Off the Street’s last location.

“New and innovative gift ideas,” Richardson said.

The store features jewelry, decorative glassware, cards, chocolate and more. Much of the jewelry is for women.

The store just opened this week in time for Christmas, but Richardson doesn’t believe he missed much of the Christmas market.

“Our customers shop in big box stores for family early in the shopping season and then come to us the last week to shop for each other,” Richardson said.

He said he’s planning to add artwork from local artists and potted orchids among the gifts. New items are arriving daily.

 

—  David Taffet

Buli is closing

Buli1Rob Auman and Robert Clawson have announced that Buli will close on Sept. 27. They bought the Cedar Springs cafe from Scott Whittall in Nov. 2011.

Although they had a year left on the lease, their landlord negotiated an early closing to make way for a new retailer. That tenant, who has not yet been announced, was looking at part of the Nuvo space. Instead of dividing that space, the new tenant will move into the Buli location later this fall.

Buli employees were already notified about the closing. Auman said he works full-time as regional VP for a hotel company and Clausen plans to return to school.

Aumen said having the cafe was a lot of fun and thanked everyone who patronized Buli for the past two years.

—  David Taffet

Now that The Bronx has been razed, site to remain vacant for 6 months

The Warwick Melrose Hotel cleared land along Cedar Springs for an upcoming addition to the hotel. The old building was demolished last week and the land cleared by this Wednesday.

In 2011, the hotel purchased the property that was the home of the restaurant The Bronx since 1975 for a planned expansion.

Hotel General Manager Larry McAfee said construction probably won’t begin until June or July. Before then, the hotel has some zoning issues to take care of and will be submitting plans to the Oak Lawn Committee.

He expects approval to come before the City Council in March.

Current plans are to build a pool, spa and ballroom. McAfee said the new building will probably be only two stories. The hotel will also probably add about 100 parking spaces.

The building that was demolished housed some of the earliest gay-owned businesses on Cedar Springs Road including Lobo Bookstore and Under Arrest. When those businesses moved, The Bronx doubled its size and occupied the full building.

Also torn down was the old Spanish Village, a restaurant that was located in a building between The Bronx and Cafe Brazil (which was Steak and Egg Kitchen at the time). The Spanish Village building, which had been vacant for more than 20 years, was distinguished by the house that sat on top of the restaurant.

—  David Taffet

CRIME BLOTTER: Suspect assaults police officer outside Alexandre’s

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A 23-year-old man was arrested early Monday morning for the aggravated assault of a police officer outside of Alexandre’s bar.

Johnny Lummus, shown at right, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. after he fought a police officer who was helping to break up a fight. The officer’s hand turned black and blue and was believed to be broken.

Two police officers were working off duty when they were flagged down to help with a fight at the bar, at 4024 Cedar Springs Road.

The officers observed Lummus swinging at several people in the parking lot of the bar, striking one man before running into the street and trying to fight other people, according to a DPD incident report.

One of the officers tried to arrest Lummus when he “took an aggressive fighting stance and clenched his fights.” The other officer took out his mace and sprayed him, but Lummus swung at the officer and struck him in the left arm and shoulder.

The other officer used his flashlight to hit Lummus in the torso to stop him from hitting the officer. The two officers took him to the ground and arrested him, but Lummus fell on one of the officers’ hand. He resisted arrest, causing a lot of pain to the officer’s hand, which swelled and turned black and blue. Dallas-Fire Rescue advised on scene that his hand was likely broken but he would need X-rays, the report states.

Other incidents near the strip over the weekend included two aggravated robberies.

• A 26-year-old man was walking in a parking lot in the 3600 block of Cedar Springs around 1 a.m. Saturday when two black male suspects approached him with a semiautomatic weapon and demanded his property, according to an incident report. The men got away with $126 in cash, but police did not have a good description of the suspects.

• A 23-year-old was walking with a friend in the 2800 block of Cedar Springs after leaving a bar shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday. The two were looking for their car when a vehicle pulled up and a suspect got out of the passenger side and struck the man’s friend with a hand gun, knocking him to the ground.

The suspect demanded their wallets and phones before getting back in the car and fleeing in an unknown direction, the report states.

The suspect is described as a black male, around 25 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, Sr. Cpl. Gerardo Monreal said. The vehicle is listed in the report as a 1995 PK Ford Ranger.

Monreal said it was unclear whether the robberies are related.

—  Anna Waugh

DPD seeks help in identifying suspects in Cedar Springs ATM kidnapping

 

Dallas police are asking the public for help in identifying two suspects who kidnapped and robbed a 43-year-old man at gunpoint on Monday.

The man was kidnapped while using an ATM in the 3900 Cedar Springs Road, according to a press release from Dallas police. He was bound with duct tape and driven to locations in Dallas and Irving and forced to give his PIN to his captives before he was dumped in Irving.

The two suspects are described as a Hispanic woman wearing a light-colored shirt and a Hispanic man wearing a dark blue shirt with light-colored shorts. He is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. The type of vehicle is unknown.

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects can contact Detective Scoggins of the Crimes Against Persons Robbery Unit at 214-671-3658 or 214-671-3584.

—  Anna Waugh

Man arrested for intoxicated assault on Cedar Springs

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A man was arrested early Sunday for intoxicated assault after striking a pedestrian walking in the 4000 block of Cedar Springs Road.

Enrique Caballero, 39, was arrested around 1 a.m. after he allegedly struck a 44-year-old man walking on the crosswalk, causing serious bodily injury, according to a Dallas police incident report. The man was taken to Parkland Hospital in serious condition, Sr. Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez said.

Parkland spokeswoman Veneta Lusk said the man was in good condition Monday afternoon but is still in the hospital.

Shortly after the incident around 2:20 a.m. Sunday, a 23-year-old man attempted to run over a police officer. Another police officer responded after hearing gun shots at Zini’s Pizzeria at 3001 Cedar Springs Road, according to the incident report.

The officer was working as a security officer in full uniform for the restaurant when the man hit a vehicle and accelerated toward the officer when he tried to speak to the man about the vehicle that was hit, according to the report.

The officer couldn’t get out of the way, so jumped on top of a vehicle and rolled off of it. The man then drove toward him.

He was “in fear of his life and fired his weapon and shot the front passenger side tire.” The man then drove westbound on Throckmorton Street.

The man’s vehicle has red paint on the passenger, front and rear doors from hitting a vehicle in the parking lot.

The man’s vehicle is described as a black, four-door Chrysler 300 with chrome rims.

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Dallas police at 314-671-3001. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 or through the department’s iWatch smartphone app.

—  Anna Waugh

Man robbed on Cedar Springs on July 4

A 25-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint on the Cedar Springs strip early Wednesday morning, according to Dallas police.

The man was walking near his residence in the 3800 block of Cedar Springs around 3 a.m. when the suspect pulled up with a handgun and forced him into a vehicle, according to a police report.

After stealing the man’s wallet, which contained $300 in cash, the suspect dropped off the victim about 15 miles away at the RaceTrac gas station at Trinity Mills and Addison roads, the report states.

Police responded there after the man used his cell phone to call 911. He was not harmed, and police took him back home.

The suspect’s vehicle was a 2011 red or maroon Toyota four-door. A suspect description is not included in the report.

 

 

—  Anna Waugh

Car hits monument but doesn’t cause damage

Legacy of Love monument on Oak Lawn Avenue at Cedar Springs Road

Maybe drivers just can’t see the “Legacy of Love” monument on the corner of Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Ave. Maybe it needs to be a little bigger. Maybe it’s all those flashing lights warning drivers that pedestrians are crossing the street a couple of blocks away.

This morning another motorist crashed into the monument. The vehicle appeared to have ended up between the protective brick pillars and was gone by the time I got back with a camera.

Kudos to AT&T

While I was out I noticed that the new AT&T store next to the Verizon store is almost complete.

New AT&T store on Oak Lawn Ave.

Kudos for a building with an interesting design that nicely compliments Eatzi’s across the street and for having a sense of humor by placing the store directly next door to Verizon. Now T-Mobile needs to come in there and build something more fabulous with the billions it just got from AT&T when their merger failed.

—  David Taffet