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Char'd Fort Worth will offer free customizable bowls to the first 100 guests during its grand opening event on Thursday, September 19.

Char’d, a Southeast Asian Kitchen, will be giving away free customizable bowls to celebrate the grand opening of the restaurant’s Fort Worth location. The celebration will take place on Thursday, September 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 8901 Tehama Ridge Parkway, Suite 137 in the Presidio Towne Crossing shopping center in Fort Worth.

In addition to free customizable bowls for the first 100 people that attend the grand opening celebration, Char’d will be offering all guests coupons for ten percent off their next visit to the restaurant. 

“We are very excited to open our third location and introduce Char’d to the Fort Worth community during our grand opening event,” said Martin Doan, majority owner, Char’d: Southeast Asian Kitchen. “We recently opened a location in Richardson, and we have plans to continue expanding and offering Southeast Asian cuisine to guests all over the United States.” 

Char’d gives guests the freedom to mix and match different Asian flavors, including Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean flavors, with customizable bowls. Guests build their own bowls by choosing a base, protein, veggies, sauce and toppings or choose from a pre-designed bowls such as Vietnamese Grilled Pork or Thai Red Curry Chicken. Giving diners the option to pick and choose their own bowls makes Char’d a great option for picky eaters, gluten-free guests or those on keto or paleo diets. 

In addition to customizable bowls, the menu at Char’d offers steamed buns, spring rolls, poke, homemade ice cream, local craft beer and a large selection of wine among many other delicious options. All menu items are made in-house using fresh ingredients. 

Starting with just a few sets of clothing and $30 in their pockets, Martin Doan’s parents were the first in their family to immigrate to the United States from Vietnam. The Doan family’s passion for foods, flavors and influences from different Asian cultures sparked the inspiration for Char’d. Char’d: Southeast Asian Kitchen is family-owned and operated by siblings Martin, Dominic, Joseph, Paul and Mary Doan. 

Char’d has two other restaurants located in Mansfield and Richardson. For more information, please visit www.chardkitchen.com.

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The Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids luncheon will honor Maurine Dickey on Friday, September 20, 2019. The luncheon will benefit six Dallas-area dropout recovery and prevention high schools.

Texans Can Academies will honor longtime philanthropist Maurine Dickey at the annual Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Luncheon on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Belo Mansion. The Cares for Kids luncheon is open to the public and annually recognizes individuals who exemplify family and community leadership while benefiting the students who attend the six Dallas-area campuses.

Maurine Dickey will be recognized for her generosity to Texans Can Academies and dedication to helping children overcome obstacles. For more than six years, she served as Chairman of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, an agency that is devoted to the protection of children. In addition, she was chair of the Dallas County Child Welfare Board and served on the County Juvenile Board.

As a former Dallas County Commissioner, Maurine Dickey served two four-year terms from 2005 to 2013 with a focus on regional issues such as transportation and high speed rail. She was the only County Commissioner to have ever served on the Parkland Hospital Board of Managers. While a Commissioner, she chaired initiatives such as the County’s Clean Air Task Force and the non-profit Prostitute Diversion Initiative, and was Vice President of the Texas High Speed Rail Corporation.

Maurine Dickey and her husband, Roland Dickey, own Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, a franchised chain of 500 restaurants across the country. Dickey’s was originally established by Roland’s father in 1941, and the original store is on Knox Street and North Central Expressway in the Knox/Henderson district of North Dallas.

The Dickey family and its family of restaurants takes pride in serving those who serve local communities through its foundation, Barbecue, Boots & Badges. Through the national campaign led by Maurine Dickey, local support benefits law enforcement and firefighters who put their lives on the line every day by serving the public. Barbecue, Boots & Badges creates partnerships between local law enforcement and communities that are crucial in orchestrating crime reduction programs and initiatives. Additionally, the foundation provides educational programs to the public that will enhance safety, build career awareness, encourage volunteer opportunities and provide funds to enhance these services.

As this year’s Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Luncheon honoree, Maurine Dickey recently visited the Texans Can Academies - Dallas Oak Cliff campus to speak with the students about education and to provide them with helpful life lessons. She also treated a select group of students to lunch at the original Dickey’s Barbecue location.

Tickets and sponsorships for the 2019 Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Luncheon are now available. Individual tickets are $150 and a VIP table is $1,000. Sponsorship levels include: Valedictorian Sponsor - $25,000; Graduate Sponsor - $15,000; Senior Sponsor - $10,000; Junior Sponsor - $5,000; Sophomore Sponsor - $3,000; and Freshman Sponsor - $1,500.

Valedictorian Sponsors will receive three VIP tables for the luncheon, pre-event recognition in media materials and on social media, on-site recognition in the form of program, event signage and presentation advertising, and post-event recognition with a feature in the 2020 Sponsorship Kit, among other great perks.

Proceeds from the 2019 Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Luncheon will benefit the students of Dallas Can Academies who seek a second chance and renewed hope of brighter futures through a high school education. Texans Can Academies believes a high quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a non-traditional high school setting, is the key to ensuring economic independence and success.

The luncheon’s Honorary Chairs are Lucy Billingsley and Florence Shapiro. Co-Chairs include Milla Jones, Jim Pitts and Mabrie Jackson.

What: 2019 Texans Can Academies - Dallas Cares for Kids Luncheon

When: Friday, September 20, 2019

   11:00 a.m.

Where: The Belo Mansion

     2101 Ross Avenue

     Dallas, Texas 75201

Cost: Sponsorships and tickets are available

  Individual tickets cost $150; VIP tables cost $1,000

  Sponsorships begin at $1,500

Tickets and sponsorships are available by contacting Felicia Gummi, Dallas Development Director, at 2144-882-7949 or fgummi@texanscan.org. For more information about the 2019 Dallas Cares For Kids Luncheon, please visit www.TexansCan.org/Event/DallasLuncheon2019.

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Every year Texans Can Academies strives to fulfill the needs of each one of our students. Since 95 percent of the student population is economically disadvantaged, most students cannot afford daily necessities. Texans Can Academies exists to remove those obstacles in students’ lives so they can focus more fully on their education in order to move onto brighter futures. 

Because of our supporters, we were able to help hundreds of students last year by providing glasses, immunizations, uniforms and more. As new students enroll, a variety of basic survival needs arise. 

Texans Can Academies needs your help on North Texas Giving Day to continue serving the underserved population in North Texas by providing students with a high quality education, access to resources, and the skills they need to achieve their own economic independence through a pathway of success, which is all made possible from the help of our supporters. 

Texans Can Academies is committed to helping the whole student. We rely on our community here in North Texas to support the students at our eight campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth. Donations are used toward providing students with eyeglasses, clothes, vaccinations, food and access to dental and mental health resources along with whatever else our students might need to succeed. 

Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 dropout prevention and recovery schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting.

For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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Every year Texans Can Academies strives to fulfill the needs of each one of our students. Since 95 percent of the student population is economically disadvantaged, most students cannot afford daily necessities. Texans Can Academies exists to remove those obstacles in students’ lives so they can focus more fully on their education in order to move onto brighter futures. 

Because of our supporters, we were able to help hundreds of students last year by providing glasses, immunizations, uniforms and more. As new students enroll, a variety of basic survival needs arise. 

Texans Can Academies provides students with a high quality education, access to resources, and the skills they need, so they can achieve their own economic independence through a pathway of success, which is all made possible from the help of our supporters. 

Texans Can Academies is committed to helping the whole student. We rely on our community here in North Texas to support the students at our eight campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth. Donations are used toward providing students with eyeglasses, clothes, vaccinations, food and access to dental and mental health resources along with whatever else our students might need to succeed. 

Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 dropout prevention and recovery schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting.

For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visitwww.texanscan.org.

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Prism Health North Texas Prism Health North Texas has been providing "hope, compassion and care" to patients with HIV/AIDS for over 33 years. The nonprofit is able to tackle health inequities and meet each patient where they are in large thanks to the community's support through donations, advocating for affordable healthcare and dismantling the stigma against HIV/AIDS.

With the mission of advancing the health of North Texas through education, research, prevention and personalized integrated HIV care, Prism Health North Texas has been at the forefront of HIV treatment in Dallas since 1986. The nonprofit is able to tackle health inequities and meet each patient where they are in large thanks to the community's support through donations, advocating for affordable healthcare and dismantling the stigma against HIV/AIDS. 

Formerly AIDS Arms, Prism Health North Texas formed to provide "hope, compassion and care" to patients with HIV/AIDS. Prism Health North Texas partners with North Texans to illuminate a broad array of futures and health available to them. The organization commits to staying on top of and involved with medical research in order to continually provide patients with personalized expert care for their sexual health needs. Services provided include comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, STD testing and treatment, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) services, transgender care and infectious diseases diagnosis and treatment. The organization provides these services and more at three health centers in Dallas: Oak Cliff Health Center, Oak Lawn Center and South Dallas Health Center. 

In May 2019, Prism Health North Texas proudly opened the doors to Oak Lawn Center, a state-of-the-art facility specially designed to provide fast, convenient access to sexual wellness services. The center, located at 2801 Lemmon Ave in Dallas, offers PrEP services as well as sexual health needs from STI treatments to behavioral health counseling to educational resources. Appointments are not needed at this location, where patients can quickly and easily receive testing and treatment for STIs. Oak Lawn Center is designed with patient privacy in mind, with enclosed nook spaces for patients to await their appointments and check-ins managed via text message. The clinic also offers financial assistance and dedicated case managers to help patients receive care, especially those with low or no income. 

Additionally, Prism Health North Texas offers HIV/AIDS education resources and organizes events throughout the year for the North Texas community. The organization offers free HIV testing multiple times a month at local health centers and engages in community outreach to spread awareness of getting tested to help stop the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases. Prism Health North Texas also sponsors the LifeWalk event, an annual 5k that helps raise vital funds to support those who are living with HIV/AIDS.

For 29 years, Prism Health North Texas has helped organize the largest fundraising and awareness walk in Texas. Participants of the LifeWalk event support Prism Health North Texas and other community partners in ending the HIV epidemic in North Texas. The event provides participants with free HIV testing and enables individuals to connect to the broad array of services provided by the nonprofit. A celebration of unity, health and care, the 29th Annual LifeWalk event will be held at Turtle Creek Park on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

All donations to Prism Health North Texas for North Texas Giving Day on September 19 will support our vision of building equitable healthcare access for all Texans. Donations will go to initiatives like community outreach and awareness, keeping sexual wellness care as affordable as possible, HIV/AIDS research and more. To make a donation to Prism Health North Texas for North Texas Giving Day, please visit https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/prism-health-north-texas

For more information about Prism Health North Texas, please visit www.phntx.org or www.dallasprep.comIf you are interested in participating in this year's LifeWalk event, please visit www.lifewalk.org

 

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Texans Can Academy - Dallas North students register for their first day of classes at the new high school.

Texans Can Academy - Dallas North opened its doors this week to high school students in the Lake Highlands community of Dallas. Texans Can Academies’ newest dropout prevention and recovery school offers services and resources to at-risk students beyond the classroom.

Located near the intersection of Forest Lane and Skillman Street, the new campus is made up of three buildings and has the capacity to serve up to 350 total students. Building A, the largest of the three buildings, opened its doors to 205 eager students on its first day, offering 15 different classes dedicated to student success and graduating thinkers.

The school offers two half-day programs every weekday for their enrolled students. Students are able to attend school either four hours in the morning or in the afternoon to allow them time to work if needed. In addition, classroom sizes are kept small to help students receive the undivided attention they need, with a student-to-teacher ratio average of 17:1.

Texans Can Academy - Dallas North will provide opportunities like dual credit courses for students that want to continue with college. The school plans to focus on helping interested students achieve Microsoft Certifications and offer other resources that will help them in their future careers. Additional services provided include 24/7 counseling, Care Vans that provide immunizations and flu shots, complimentary eye exams and eyeglasses, college and career resources and transportation.

Located at 9704 Skillman Street in Dallas, Texans Can Academy - Dallas North is still enrolling students for the fall semester. Texans Can Academies serves students who have struggled in a traditional high school environment and offers students the chance to achieve a high school diploma instead of a GED.

For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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Students attend an orientation for YearUpDFW, a program designed to empower urban young adults to reach their potential.

Texans Can Academy - Garland students are opening their minds to career possibilities with YearUpDFW, a program designed to empower urban young adults to reach their potential. YearUpDFW is partnering with the school to help students interested in business and information technology careers by teaching them lifelong skills that will open doors to future career opportunities.

Four students were accepted into the ongoing program, which begins this semester. They recently attended an orientation where YearUpDFW representatives explained the program and how it helps students pursuing business careers. During the year-long program, students will have the opportunity to intern at different organizations, get hands-on experience in their prospective field of study, prepare for and conduct mock interviews with business professionals and receive guidance from mentors with similar backgrounds.

“YearUpDFW is a great program for our students to learn valuable skills and training before they enter the job market,” said Texans Can Academy - Garland Principal Daniel Johnson. “The program has a lot of value for our students interested in business careers. All of the students in the program are one hundred percent invested, which shows their dedication in taking steps to reach their education and career goals.”

Students in the program will attend core business and information technology classes at El Centro College. They will earn college credit while training for internships with Fortune 500 companies and learning the skills needed for future careers in their field. After completing the program, students will be close to attaining their Associate Degree and will be able to transfer their credits toward a Bachelor’s Degree and continue their education at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

YearUp was founded in 2000 with the mission to close the opportunity divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education. The program is offered for students and young adults at least 18 years of age with locations across the United States. Texans Can Academies offers students, aged 14 to 21, a second chance at earning their high school diploma instead of a General Education Development (GED).

For more information about YearUp, please visit www.yearup.org. For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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The public is invited to a grand opening celebration at The Crab Station's newest location in Deep Ellum on Saturday, August 24 at 11 a.m.

The Crab Station, a Viet-Cajun inspired seafood restaurant, is holding a grand opening celebration at its Deep Ellum location on Saturday, August 24, 2019 starting at 11:00 a.m. To celebrate, the first 100 tables to dine-in will have the chance to spin a prize wheel and get a free appetizer, free dessert or raffle ticket for a 55” 4K television. The restaurant is located at 2813 Commerce Street, Dallas, 75226. 

As a family-owned and operated restaurant, The Crab Station makes everything from scratch and buys live seafood when available for the freshest flavor. Menu items include boiled seafood tossed in butter, garlic and cajun seasoning, gulf coast oysters served six different ways, fried seafood platters, jambalaya, lobster rolls, a gumbo bar and more. Non-seafood eaters can enjoy items like wagyu burgers and chicken or sausage po boys. 

In addition to the grand opening festivities, The Crab Station - Deep Ellum will be offering several different giveaways leading up to the grand opening and after the event including: 

  • A $200 gift card giveaway on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Entrants must like the giveaway post, like the page, and can share the post and tag friends for additional entries. The winner will be announced on the Crab Station's Facebook page on August 23, 2019.
  • A 10% discount for all dine-in guests from August 24 to September 24, 2019. The discount can be applied to the entire bill excluding alcohol.
  • A 55” 4K television giveaway once a week for eight weeks beginning on August 24, 2019. Dine-in guests will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win the TV and winners will be announced on Facebook Live every week. 

One of the newest additions to the lively Deep Ellum scene, The Crab Station joins a great mix of restaurants, breweries, bars, shops, music venues and more. There are several pay-to-park lots and metered parking in the area and the DART Deep Ellum Station is a short walk away. 

The Crab Station - Deep Ellum marks the eighth location to open for the restaurant and the first location in close proximity of downtown Dallas. Other locations include Arlington, Carrollton, Fort Worth, Houston, North Dallas, Preston and The Colony. The Crab Station plans to open three more locations this year in El Paso, Midland and Southlake.

A link to the Facebook event can be found here

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On Saturday, August 17, two iconic fixtures of Dallas converge for one spectacular dinner. The Dallas Chocolate Festival and The Fairmont Hotel Dallas present a special 10th Anniversary Dinner to commemorate DallasChocolate.org’s premier event 10 years ago. The celebratory dinner will be held in the newly renovated Venetian Ballroom at The Fairmont. The Fairmont itself recently celebrated a milestone fiftieth anniversary. 

The Dallas Chocolate Festival’s 10th Anniversary Dinner will feature a five-course dinner created by Fairmont Dallas Executive Chef Jared Harms and Pastry Chef Cristal Gonzalez, with each dish incorporating fine artisanal chocolate. Cocktails from Balcones Distilling, wines from California-based O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, and ports from Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca will also be enjoyed.

Incorporating the Festival’s 2019 theme, “The Story of Chocolate,” DallasChocolate.org has invited five stars of the American chocolate movement – Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolate, Greg D’Alesandre of Dandelion Chocolate, Jael Rattigan of French Broad Chocolate, and Shannon Neffendorf and Jessica Young of Five Mile Chocolate – to attend and share their stories of chocolate. The exquisite $150 dinner, limited to 100 people, will be presented at long tables, elegantly decorated, to accent the opulence and grandeur of the historic Venetian Room. 

Dallas Chocolate Festival’s 10th Anniversary Dinner Menu

 

First Course

Jeff’s Summer Salad | Local Summer Greens and Herbs | Pickled Gooseberry | English Peas | White Chocolate & Elderflower Vinaigrette

 

Second Course

Slow Roasted Cartermere Chicken | Grilled Corn | Black Bean Mousse | 5 Mile Chocolate & Foie Gras Mole

 

Third Course

Cocoa Crusted Axis Venison | Dandelion Greens | Fennel Cream | Black Currant and Esmeralda’s Dark Chocolate Jus

 

Fourth Course - Cheese Course

Local Chèvre & Dark Chocolate Ganache | Apricot

 

Fifth Course – Desserts

70% Amano Chocolate Bourbon Brulee Tart | Chocolate Shortbread Crust | Cocoa Nib Tulie

65% Dandelion Dark Chocolate Ganache Bar | Passion Fruit Curd | Hibiscus Meringue

50% Guittard Flourless Chocolate Cake | Cherry Compote | Pistachio Mousse | Dark Chocolate Mirror Glaze

44% French Broad Malted Milk Mousse Dome | Banana Jam | Banana Cake

5 Mile Chocolate Shortbread Sandwich | 5 Mile Ganache | Salted Caramel

 

The Dallas Chocolate Festival began ten years ago when founder Sander Wolf hosted a dinner that featured two bean-to-bar chocolate makers. Since then, the event has grown each year and changed to encompass more people, chocolate makers, and experiences. Partnering with Emily Mantooth in 2014, the Festival has continued to grow and innovate, ensuring the best experience possible for exhibitors, attendees, sponsors, and everyone in between. Today, the Dallas Chocolate Festival is globally renowned and attended by thousands of chocolate lovers over the course of several days. 

The Festival’s partnership with the Fairmont Hotel Dallas also celebrates the hotel’s 50th anniversary. For a half-century, The Fairmont Hotel Dallas has been the backdrop of countless memories from its grand opening where a parade of elephants led the presentation of the dessert course to its list of prominent hotel guests. The legendary Venetian Room, the “gem” of the hotel, was once Dallas’ best known cabaret club hosting beloved celebrities from around the world including Marlene Dietrich, Sonny and Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, Ike & Tina Turner, and Jerry Lewis, just to name a few. 

For dinner or Festival guests who would like to extend the special experiences to a weekend getaway, the hotel is offering the Fairmont Gold experience room package, in honor of the its 50th anniversary. The Fairmont Gold experience allows access to the exclusive Gold Lounge on the 18th floor and special privileges such as a healthy continental breakfast, honor bar, complimentary cocktail canapés, and much more. To learn more visit www.fairmont.com

The Dallas Chocolate Festival’s 10th Anniversary Dinner will be held on Saturday, August 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Venetian Ballroom at The Fairmont Hotel (1717 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201). Tickets are $150 per person (21+ only). Tax and gratuity included. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-anniversary-dinner-dallas-chocolate-festival-tickets-64893539323?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete.

 

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TheFairmont Dallas Hotel offers guests the perfect escape to enjoy the summer in the heart of downtown Dallas. The hotel features leisure packages, summer activities, refreshing cocktails, and resort day passes for nearby residents allowing all to enjoy the luxurious hotel during this season.

For those who live nearby and want to spend the day at the hotel’s rooftop pool, the Fairmont Dallas has a resort day pass available for purchase providing the opportunity to spend the day relaxing in one of the comfortable lounge chairs by the junior Olympic-sized rooftop pool, bring children to play in the kiddie pool, grab a bite to eat served poolside, or exercise in the fitness center. To help cool off while at the pool, adults are invited to sip on specialty cocktails such as a signature margarita with a chile salt rim, $5 frozé specials on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and alcoholic and non-alcoholic popsicles. Austin-based  Infinite Monkey Theorem canned wines and local beers including Texas Ale Project IPA and Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde are also available. 

An array of summer activities are offered for both adults and children. Each Saturday between 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., a DJ plays music at the rooftop pool. The pool is open for sitting and sipping with gorgeous views of the city from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily with food, beverage and bar service offered Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Resort day passes are available for purchase here for $30/adult and $10/children aged 12 and younger. 

For those that prefer to spend time indoors during the summer, the Pyramid Restaurant & Bar inside the hotel’s lobby offers a happy hour every Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In celebration of the Fairmont Dallas’ 50th anniversary this year, the Lobby Bar invites all guests to join them and try one of the cocktails dedicated to each decade the hotel has been open, featuring:

  • 1969-70s: Vodka Martini

  • 1980s: Pina Colada

  • 1990s: Cosmopolitan

  • Present: Pyramid Smoked Old Fashioned

Further marking this momentous milestone, the hotel is offering a Gold Anniversary room package. The leisure package allows guests to book two nights in a room or suite and receive a third night free. Room rates begin at $289, and the leisure package can be booked here. Enjoy a stay at the 545-room hotel that features the Pyramid Restaurant & Bar, fitness center, rooftop pool, 75,000 square-feet of meeting and event space, and a lobby-level Starbucks. 

The Fairmont Dallas is located in the center of the downtown Dallas Arts District, surrounded by an array of main attractions including The Dallas Museum of Art, Meyerson Symphony Hall, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas World Aquarium, West End Historic District, Nasher Sculpture Center, Six Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks teams. Fine dining and shopping also surround the hotel, along with the central business district, Deep Ellum’s thriving nightlife scene and live music venues. The historic Katy Trail and the city’s complimentary trolley service to the vibrant Uptown area are both easily accessible.