Crosland Group make huge donation of gay-themed books to Oak Lawn Library

booksDallas developer Luke Crosland, whose company The Crosland Group is responsible for ilume and ilume Park, has marked a gift of more than 6,000 volumes of LGBT books to the Dallas Public Library. The collection will be stored at the Oak Lawn branch in the heart of the gayborhood.

The donation was originally housed at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Florida.

There will be a presentation of the books during Pride Weekend. Due to space limitations, not all volumes will be on display, but will be available to be checked out.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Sushi coming to the Cedar Springs strip, as ilume announces another retail tenant

The Crosland Group, developer of ilume, has formally announced a fourth retail tenant at the new mixed-used complex on Cedar Springs Road.

Fin Sushi, a Japanese fusion restaurant, will occupy 4,000 square feet on the southeast corner of ilume, according to a press release we just received. (The Voice first reported that Fin Sushi was coming to ilume in February.)

Fin Sushi, expected to open in September, will join Red Mango, Beyond the Box and Dish, all three of which have already opened. The press release states that Fin Sushi, offering a menu of sushi and sashimi, is a new concept from the owners of Sushi Axiom, which has three locations in North Texas. Existing Sushi Axiom restaurants are in Fort Worth, Burleson, and on Henderson Avenue in East Dallas.

“We’re pleased to welcome such a well established restaurant operator as the newest commercial tenant to ilume,” said Luke Crosland, chairman and CEO of The Crosland Group. “Fin Sushi is another step in our commitment to bringing the finest that Dallas has to offer to the heart of the Oak Lawn community.”

—  John Wright