Living Local: Supporting North Texas Small Businesses

Living Local: Supporting Small Business


Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a major shift in how we approach our daily lives.


With Shelter-in-Place orders in effect in North Texas, we’re limited to essential trips only and social distancing is a must. That’s left many of us wondering how we can rally together to support the locally owned businesses we love, while abiding by CDC guidelines and Shelter-in-Place orders.


Below are a few ways you can show support while protecting the health and safety of yourself and others:


Say Something Nice

How great is it that we live in a digital age that makes it so easy to spread a little positivity? Leaving a positive review can go a long way for a business at times like this, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.


Spread Word of Mouth (digitally, of course)

If you’ve picked up a takeout order or just placed an online order, take a moment to share it on social media. Not only does this let others in our community know a business has pivoted their services at this time, but studies have also shown the impact word of mouth continues to have on a business’ success.


Don’t Cancel, Reschedule

Rescheduling an appointment can do wonders for boosting morale. This shows that no matter how long it takes for this situation to clear up, you’re a loyal customer who’s excited to see them later.


Purchase Gift Cards

If a business offers digital gift cards, consider buying one for a friend (and, maybe one for you while you’re at it). It’s a great way to practice social distancing while supporting businesses you love.



Take a break from the leftovers and order takeout. Most bars and restaurants are still open for orders to-go, many with curbside service.


And there you have it – five easy ways to show locally owned North Texas businesses some love.


Please remember to practice social distancing, only make trips out for the essentials and stay home if you’re not feeling well. We’re in this together.


For additional information regarding COVID-19 and food safety, please refer to the CDC and FDA.

Shelter-In-Place Notice to Our Valued Clients

Shelter-in-Place Notice to Our Valued Clients


The safety and well-being of our clients, employees and agents are always our top priority. Per the Shelter-In-Place Amended Order issued by Judge Jenkins that covers the period of March 23 through April 3 for Dallas County, our agents and employees will be required to work remotely. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients while doing our part to take proactive measures to help keep all of you safe.


We plan to be fully operational through a remote-work plan designed to ensure that our sales team and clients are supported. We will also continue to monitor and adhere to the guidelines set forth by our health agencies, real estate associations, and local authorities, including all applicable “Shelter-In-Place” orders.


Can the Ebby Halliday Companies perform their services remotely?


* Yes, we have been preparing for this for the past several weeks and our company has executed its remote-work plan. All accounting, human resources, marketing and other critical functions will continue. We ask for your patience as some processes may take a bit more time due to the logistics of working remotely.


* In addition, our Core Services partners Prosperity Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, HSTX Title and Home Team Insurance remain fully operational. These companies are classified as Essential Businesses within the Financial Sector and therefore may continue to operate as normal through the period the Order is in effect.


What does this mean for my current listing?

* Your listings will continue to display 24/7 across all our websites ( Prospective buyers can still view all information about your property and connect with your listing agent directly through the website and over the phone to request additional information.


* Together, with our Core Services departments, we have streamlined the process for you, allowing:

– All contracts to be executed electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval processes;

– Online Insurance review and coverage; and

– Enhanced closing process between our mortgage and title partners, allow more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.


* During the term of the Shelter-In-Place Order, it is unlikely that your listing can be physically shown or have an open house. Your agent will continue to promote your home through our websites, social media channels and via video. Recent information released by Google indicated home searching inquiries were at an all-time high, therefore it may be favorable to continue the online exposure of your listing until such time as physical showings are again permitted. If you determine it is in your best interests to temporarily withdraw your listing, your listing agent can work the details with you.


What does this mean for my current home search?

* All listings across North Texas will continue to appear on the websites of the Ebby Halliday Companies, and through our websites, you can connect directly with an agent to learn more about a listing, a neighborhood or community. At a time when physically viewing properties may be limited, this is an excellent way to continue to monitor the market.


* Agents may also be able to cooperate with one another to obtain additional video information regarding a property, if the property does not already have an existing video tour.


* In the event you choose to write an offer on a property, you can:

– Sign all contracts and forms electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval processes;

– Complete your Insurance review and obtain coverage; and

– Shorten the closing process by partnering with our mortgage and title partners, allowing more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.


What if I have a pending contract?

* Our Core Services partners remain open and operating. Your lending, title and insurance needs will be fully met and your agent can continue to guide you through the process.


* Mobile Closings offer you the opportunity to sign necessary documents from your home or other convenient location. In addition, you will still be able to close in our title offices.


* Our title companies are working with the County Recorder offices to ensure that the recording of your transaction can still take place during the period of the Shelter-In-Place order.


* We are working to clarify with the County if moving companies and other ancillary services connected to closing a real estate transaction are exempted from the Amended Order. As soon as we have additional information we will immediately notify your agent.


* In the event a party cannot close due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis or the Amended Order, your agents have access to the appropriate forms to extend the closing if agreed to by all parties.


What about the delivery of my earnest money or option fees?

* Your agent has instructions on the available alternatives for handling both the earnest money and option fee in an electronic manner.


What else do I need to be aware of?

* Do not click on any suspicious links or messages purporting to help you in this crisis from sources that you do not know. Hackers are already attempting to exploit this crisis to take advantage of the public.


Stay healthy and be well!

Service to Community: How You Can Help

Smiling young girl helps at food bank


As COVID-19 continues to make an impact across North Texas, many families are left wondering where their next meal might come from. In the spirit of one of our founding principles, we’ve gathered a list of places where you can volunteer, spread the word and support the community.


North Texas Food Bank

In the wake of job losses from the coronavirus pandemic, NTFB is partnering with Shiftsmart, providing job opportunities to employees in the hospitality industry. NTFB plans to create 60,000 family meal boxes a week and collaborate with the City of Dallas and local school districts.


Minnie’s Food Pantry

Minnie’s Food Pantry is seeing a 20% increase in clientele due to the effects of the coronavirus. On average, the nonprofit feeds 5,000 individuals a month. To donate to Minnie’s Food Pantry, click here.


Dallas Independent School District

Dallas ISD announced it will be passing out three days worth of meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays at 50 campuses beginning Monday, March 23. Other school districts may have limited pickup locations. Please see those district websites for specific details.


Cedar Hill Food Pantry

Food distribution will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. t0 noon. To volunteer or donate, click here.


Pleasant Grove Food Pantry

Volunteers are needed to help prepare for food distribution on Mondays and Tuesdays. To volunteer or donate, click here.


This information is accurate as of noon, March 20. Please check direct links for updates, as details and needs may change.

Santa Claus Visits Ebby Offices

Santa Comes to Town


With Christmas rapidly approaching, we’re making it easy to update your family photos with Santa Claus.

Over the next three weeks, Santa will make appearances at six Ebby offices across North Texas. So, bring the kids – yes, big kids are welcome, too – and catch up with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his big night.


Santa Claus


Sunday, December 1 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Ebby Allen | Fairview | Lucas, 955 State Highway 121, Suite 130, Allen


Saturday, December 7 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ebby Preston Plano Parkway, 5013 West Plano Parkway, Plano


Saturday, December 7 – 1 to 4 p.m.

Ebby Lakewood | Lake Highlands, 6441 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas


Monday, December 9 – 4 to 6 p.m.

Ebby Prosper | Celina, 1170 N. Preston Road, Suite 160, Prosper


Wednesday, December 11 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ebby Flower Mound | Lewisville, 6000 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound


Saturday, December 14 – 4 to 6 p.m.

Ebby Rockwall | Heath | Lake Ray Hubbard â€“ 2604 Ridge Road, Rockwall


Ebby Halliday Realtors, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is one of the most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country, offering brokerage and leasing, as well as mortgage, insurance and title services – creating a one-stop-shop experience for clients. To learn more, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly

DSO on the GO: Classical Concerts Close to Home

DSO on the GO: Classical Concerts Close to Home


November offers two opportunities to enjoy one of the world’s foremost orchestras right in your “backyard.”


The first Dallas Symphony Orchestra DSO on the GO performance in November takes place on the 16th at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster. The DSO will perform selections from Mozart, Piazzolla, Ravel, Strauss and Grieg.


The second opportunity takes place on the 17th at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco. The program includes selections from Strauss, Debussy, Grieg, Mozart, Piazzolla, Ravel, Bizet and Saint-Saens.


General admission tickets are $19 and student tickets are $5 with Promo Code STUDENTGO. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 214.TIX.4DSO.


Enjoy the shows!

Welcome to the Neighborhood

In tune with the changing seasons, fresh retail spaces and entertainment destinations are joining some of our favorite parts of town. Here’s the scoop on new stores and hotspots opening around North Texas.



Goyard Graces Dallas

The French fashion house brings its first-ever Texas store to popular Park Cities shopping experience Highland Park Village.


mule alley

Mule Alley Transforms FW Stockyards

Picture it: 180,000 square feet of restored barns turned mixed-use community, bustling with retail and dining galore.


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More Fresh Debuts

– Treat your face with Tom Ford Research in Highland Park Village.

– Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James charms Southlake Town Square.

– Fort Worth welcomes Dickies Arena.


Read the full story in our fall/winter issue of Grand Vie.

North Texas Halloween Roundup 2019

dog ghost for halloween


Make your Halloween memorable this year with one of these thrilling events.


Day of the Dead Festival

Attend Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, a free multicultural community event celebrating Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. On Saturday, Oct. 26, enjoy coffin races, a twilight lantern parade, pumpkin patch, Cirque du horror musical and a costume contest.


Halloweekend at the Dallas Zoo

Get “wild” at Dallas Zoo’s Halloweekend event on Oct. 26 and 27. Dress in costume for trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, rides around Picnic Ridge and other family fun from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult guests can enjoy a craft brew in our beer garden.


Halloween Skate

Allen Community Ice Rink is hosting Halloween Skate on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. There will be candy, raffles and more activities. Come in wearing your costume and receive a free skate rental. Entry is $5.


Catrina the Event

A celebration dedicated to Las Catrinas and it’s rich culture, this hair-raising, adults-only event will feature: a contest, themed art exhibit, live music, vendors and more. The Event will take place in Fort Worth from 7 p.m. Oct. 25 to 1 a.m. Oct. 27.


Six Flags Fright Fest

During the fall season, Six Flags transforms into a spooky sight. Surround yourself with zombies and ghosts through Nov. 3. And if you’re brave enough, check out Six Flags’ haunted attractions, shows and rides. Tickets range from $50 to $66.99.


Halloween Week at the Dallas Arboretum

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 26 to 31, the Children’s Adventure Garden will host all types of Halloween-themed events. Enjoy scavenger hunts, stick-er-treating and explore creepy corners throughout the garden all week long.


Pumpkin Nights

Celebrate the spirit of pumpkins at Howell Farms in Arlington from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. through Nov. 3. Spooky evening fun for all ages, Pumpkin Nights offers entertainment, tasty treats and pumpkin-themed lands for you to explore. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 on weeknights.

Ebby Companies Hosts Fall Home Tour

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The newly constructed, three-bedroom modern home at 3352 Walchard will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

In celebration of the arrival of the season, Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, members of the Ebby Halliday Companies, are hosting a fall home tour Sunday, October 27.


“Autumn is in the air and we’re thrilled to highlight many of the most exciting homes currently available for purchase in North Texas,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “From urban to suburban, modern to historic, townhomes to estates, our agents have just the right home for you.


“With attractive interest rates and spectacular homes in a variety of price points across North Texas, the fall season offers the ideal time to make a move,” Graham said. “We invite you to join us for a fun day celebrating exceptional homes, vibrant neighborhoods and rich history across North Texas on the 2019 Ebby Halliday Companies Fall Home Tour.”


For a full list of homes on the tour, visit or

Don’t Miss Dior at the DMA


The façade of 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris, about 1947. Photograph by Willy Maywald. © Association Willy Maywald ADAGP, Paris 2018.


Extended through the end of October, don’t miss the final weeks to swoon over the glamorous Dior: From Paris to the World exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art.


Christian Dior

Left: Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior. Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018. “Dior Red” ball gown in tiered tulle fans, after the design Francis Poulenc. Right: Christian Dior draping fabric over model Sylvie, 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior.


Surveying more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s legacy, the exhibit features a dynamic selection of haute couture dresses, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and other archival gems.


Portrait of Gianfranco Ferre, about 1990

Portrait of Gianfranco Ferré (artistic director 1989-1996), about 1990.


The exhibition profiles both the designer himself, as well as the subsequent artistic directors who helped carry Dior’s vision into the 21st century.


If you have not yet purchased tickets to view the legendary couturier’s collections, it should be the hottest item atop your fall to-do list!


Photos courtesy of the DMA.

10 State Fair Headliners You Don’t Want to Miss



The State Fair of Texas is finally here — one of our state’s most beloved events of the year. While there is notable debate over the best part of the fair, there’s no doubt the free concert series draws a large crowd every time. Here’s a list of who you can (and should) see live on the Chevrolet Main Stage this year.


Friday, October 4

Hotel California â€“ A Salute to The Eagles – 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 5

Daughtry – 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, October 6

Tye Tribbett – 6 p.m.


Friday, October 11

Bob Schneider – 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 12

Big & Rich with special guest Cowboy Troy – 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, October 13

Billy Ray Cyrus – 8:30 p.m.


Friday, October 18

Shining Star â€“ A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire – 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 19

98 Degrees – 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, October 20

Gary P. Nunn – 3 p.m.


In addition to the headlining acts performing each weekend of the fair, regional bands and musicians will play during weekdays. View the full concert schedule for more details.