Scott Whittall steps down as ED of Cedar Springs Merchant Association

Scott Whittall

Cedar Springs Merchant Association Executive Director Scott Whittall announced his resignation Thursday effective Jan. 1.

Whittall sent out an email to the association highlighting its many accomplishments since its creation in 2006.

“My dedication and allegiance to our neighborhood and community will remain strong and I will continue to support this amazing organization and group of merchants who I sincerely regard as dear friends and colleagues,” he wrote.

Whittall, who has served as the executive director form the beginning, tells Instant Tea he planned to leave last year when he sold his business on the strip, Buli. But the board convinced him to stay on in his role for another year.

“Not really being a merchant, it seemed odd to be the executive director of a merchant association,” he said.

Time is also a factor in why he is leaving. Having purchased an imports business in July, in addition to a cattle business he and his partner oversee, he said he’s out of the country a lot and doesn’t have time to dedicate to the association anymore. However, he’ll still be involved in a supporting role in the community, he said.

CSMA board Chairman David Richarson will be in charge until the board decides whether or not to select another executive director, Whittall said.

Read Whittall’s full email announcing his resignation below.

—  Dallasvoice

Here’s your chance to design the new logo for ‘The Strip on Cedar Springs’

A logo currently in use by the Cedar Springs Merchants Association.

The Cedar Springs Merchant Association has announced plans for a bold new marketing campaign, which includes a new look and new logo for “The Strip on Cedar Springs.”

Logo submissions will be accepted by the CSMA through March 15. The winner and new logo will be unveiled at the 2012 CSMA Easter in the Park Celebration on April 8.

“We are seeking a logo that encompasses the diversity, colorful history and welcoming spirit of the best entertainment district in Texas, The Strip on Cedar Springs,” said CSMA Executive Director Scott Whittall.

The Merchants Association would like to market the area with one clear identity. Since Crossroads Market closed several years ago, Whitall said more people call the area The Strip rather than The Crossroads.

He said that all logos should include “The Strip on Cedar Springs” within the design.

More info below:

—  David Taffet

CSMA raises money with dinner and cabaret

Linda Petty

Cedar Springs Merchants Association presents the Holiday Dinner and Cabaret in Friday, Dec. 2 at The Rose Room. Money raised benefits Oak Lawn beautification projects funded by CSMA.

Victoria Weston will emcee the event. Sax player Rusty Johnson is the dinner entertainment and Linda Petty performs in the after dinner cabaret.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the cabaret beings at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $75, which includes a buffet dinner, wine and the show. Tables of 4 and 6 are available.

Contact Chris Bengston to purchase tickets at 214-528-3316.

The Cedar Springs merchants will also hold their next sidewalk sale on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to savings in the stores, they plan sale tents, food booths, an artist pavillion and activities along the street.

—  David Taffet

One thing Dallas did right last week … or two if you count the gay block Super Bowl block party

Cowboys Stadium

It’s not easy to find things Dallas did right in preparing for the Super Bowl.

An ESPN commentator said he didn’t think it was possible to find a worse host city than Jacksonville, but they did.

And the Australian press wrote scathing commentary about Dallas asking, “How’s a married man on a ‘business trip’ to the Super Bowl supposed to flaunt his trophy girlfriend — be she rented or otherwise — when she’s being forced to wear so many clothes?”

Today we learn that Jerry Jones sold 3,500 tickets for nonexistent seats, not the 1,200 as reported earlier. The NFL said they’re offering these fans tickets to next year’s game, although not the airfare to get there or cost of extra hotel nights.

Stupid things were planned like a series of outdoor concerts in February, including one that pandered to the lowest stereotypes and was marketed unsuccessfully to the LGBT community. Seriously. Has anyone ever gone to an outdoor concert in Dallas in February?

—  David Taffet