Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Plan A Dallas Galleria Valentine

Unique Dallas Valentine's Day Ideas 2013

By , Guide
Hey lovers. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and love is in the air. Here are some unique Valentine's Day suggestions--because not everyone wants a dozen red roses or candy from the grocery store.
Happy Valentine's Day DFW. Smooch!

1. Dallas by Chocolate

Angela Patterson
Attention chocolate lovers. This is a don't-miss activity if you are as enamored with chocolate as I am. Tour four chocolate-related venues (about 3-3 ½ hour trip) on a very nice bus. Wine is also served while traveling between venues. Enjoy samples of chocolates, pastries, ice cream and other delicious treats. Learn some fun facts about chocolate, how it is made and play chocolate trivia for prizes.
Locations throughout the Metroplex including Dude, Sweet Chocolate; CocoAndré Chocolatier; and Sublime Chocolate.
Cost: $30-$40 per person (plus tax and tip)
Details: Call Jeanine Stevens at 972-442-6963 or 972-814-5997 or email

2. Take a Romantic Hot Air Balloon Flight

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We've all seen beautiful hot air balloons in flight over the Metroplex -- and maybe even gone to the annual hot air balloon festivals. But have you ever thought of taking a romantic ride in one? That would be an incredible Valentine's Day adventure.
Rohr Balloons specializes in sunrise or sunset balloon rides complete with champagne. Want to pop the question? They can help you out with something extraordinary. It's safe (each balloon comes with an FAA commercial licensed pilot) and it's thrilling.
The cost is $225 (per person) for a group flight (2-10) in a larger balloon or $700 for a private flight (with the pilot) and it includes champagne after the flight. Photos of your flight are included in the price.
Balloons depart from McKinney. For more information or to schedule a balloon flight, contact Brian Rohr at 214-733-9915.

3. Blood, Chainsaws and Valentines

What: A wicked kind of love will be introduced at Moxley Manor’s Valentine’s Day Massacre Haunted House in Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas. The haunted attraction will be open for three nights of fright for those of you looking for an alternate way to celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday.
When: Open February 14-16, 2013. Hours haven't yet bee set.
Where: Moxley Manor, 510 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021.
Cost: $15 per person.

4. Keith & Margo's St. Valentine's Day Massacre

There's a series of murders at a romantic Valentine’s Party. It's up to you to weigh the evidence, interrogate the suspects, match wits with the detective and solve the dastardly crimes. This fun evening includes hors d'oeuvres and a three-course gourmet meal, along with the show, plus the opportunity to shake that groove thing to the hits.
The evening brings together the elements of an Improvisational Comedy Show, an intriguing Murder Mystery, a dining venue and bar, and a dance nightblub complete with disc jockey... giving the audience the unique ability to celebrate Valentine’s in a memorable and enjoyable fashion.A very realistic, live action, interactive murder mystery unlike any you've seen before.
When: Saturday, February 15, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Locations: Omni Dallas Park West Hotel, 1590 LBJ Freeway @ Luna Road, Dallas, TX 75234.

5. "Catch Me if You Can" - Dallas Summer Musicals

"Catch Me If You Can" - the Musical" February 12-24, 2013.
Dallas Summer Musicals, Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas, Texas.

6. Guys: Check Out a Special Gift from Dry Bar

Dry Bar
Here's a suggestion for the guys to look into for their girls. Blow her away with this gift from Dry Bar.
The Shops of Highland Park, 4222 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219, 214-989-6136. Shops at Legacy North, 7300 Lonestar Dr. Ste. C126, Plano, TX 75024, 214-989-6136.

7. Dallas Museum of Art

Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art
Why celebrate Valentine’s Day only on the 14th? The Dallas Museum of Art offers a week of sweet ways to celebrate with your sweetheart.  Whether it be your date or your family, share the experience of two DMA organized exhibitions, appearances by authors, family fun activities, Late Night, and more.   You can even shop for something special in the DMA Gift Shop.
Don't forget that February 12, 2012 is the Closing Day for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.
Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201. 214-922-1200.

8. Do Something Philantropic: Dallas Foundation's Giving for Good Card

Give the gift that really does keep on giving this Valentine's Day. The Dallas Foundation’s Giving for Good card program is the first of its kind in North Texas. Much like a retail gift card, a Giving for Good card can be redeemed to benefit any 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States, including schools, churches and synagogues. You can order a Giving for Good card and give the card to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, holiday or a job well done. No more searching for the perfect gift, and you get the tax deduction! More than 1,000 cards have already been purchased by generous gift-givers. Learn more here.

9. Best Places for Chocolate in DFW

Photo credit: Dave Carlin
Here you can find everything from chocolate handcuffs to chocolate cigars. Seriously.

10. Dallas Zoo

If you're looking for an opportunity to snuggle up with your sweetie, then take a trip to the Dallas Zoo. The temperature has dropped and so has the price of admission to only $5 for the entire month of February. So make like a penguin and enjoy the cooler temps.
The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis). The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Enriching Lives - The Mary Kay Museum

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Mary Kay Museum - A History of Enriching Lives

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The Mary Kay Museum is part history lesson, part tribute and part recognition hall devoted to the life of one of America's most famous businesswomen, Mary Kay Ash. 

It's located inside the soaring glass lobby of the Mary Kay World Headquarters in Dallas.

When in Dallas,  visit the Mary Kay Museum to take a walk through this history. It's the opportunity to experience the dream that began more than four decades ago and has been enriching lives ever since. The museum showcases the many accomplishments and innovative business ideas of Mary Kay Ash. 
The museum also includes a theater where you can experience motivational speeches by Mary Kay Ash. It culminates with the Keepers of the Dream Independent National Sales Director Hall of Honor, an impressive tribute to the top achievers in the independent sales force who carry the dream of Mary Kay Ash into the future and around the world.

Mary Kay Milestones
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Visiting the Museum
To help you enjoy your visit and have a great experience, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Mary Kay Museum.

The Mary Kay Museum is located inside the lobby of the Mary Kay World Headquarters at 16251 Dallas Parkway, Addison, Texas, – a suburb North of Dallas.
You can visit the Mary Kay Museum from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on major holidays. Museum hours are subject to change during company events. You do not need an appointment to visit the museum.
You can take a look at the rich history of Mary Kay with a self-guided tour of the Mary Kay Museum. To enhance your visit to the Mary Kay Museum, please stop by the security desk for a museum brochure. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
A: There is no fee to visit the Mary Kay Museum:
When planning your visit to the museum, you can also plan to enjoy The Mary Kay Restaurant located on the first floor of the Mary Kay Building. From grilled sandwiches to fresh salad or a choice of entrees, the restaurant offers a variety of delicious food, including a sumptuous selection of gourmet desserts. Stop by The Mary Kay Restaurant for lunch anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. or drop in to enjoy coffee, latte, or other refreshments and dessert until 3:30 p.m.

A: Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria is only 5 minutes from Mary Kay Museum.  All guests enjoy:
  • Free cooked to order breakfast
  • Evening Reception with complimentary drinks and snacks
  • Two Room Suite
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle in three mile radius of the hotel
  • Packages available that include internet and area shopping discounts.

To choose your own Mary Kay Museum Hotel Special click here

    Taka a You Tube tour of the Mary Kay Ash Legacy:

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Challenger of Dallas 2013

The Challenger of Dallas

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The Challenger of Dallas is the largest pro men’s tennis event in North Texas hosted indoors at TBarM Club and is rated one of the top circuit stops by the USTA. Come out and watch top world ranked players. Past players such as Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, the Bryan bros, Robby Ginepri, Ryan Sweeting, James Blake and many more.

This one-of-a-kind indoor event in Dallas attracts some of the finest tennis players in the world; drawing local, national and international attention.

For a Schedule of Events Click Here

Where They Play:
T Bar M Racquet Club

6060 Dilbeck Ln.   Dallas, TX 75240

Where To Stay:

Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria 

14021 Noel Road
Dallas, TX

 Reserve Your Special Challenger of Dallas Group Room  Here

All Guests of Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria enjoy:

  • Two Room Suite
  • Free cooked to order breakfast
  • Evening Reception with complimentary drinks and snacks
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pool

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