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Last Night's Real Estate Stars

Dallas-Ft. Worth

Bisnow's Dallas Power Networking at Proof + Pantry drew 225 of the industry's shining stars to mingle, nosh on pickled cauliflower and salmon appetizers, and sip cocktails.  

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Just the right amount of elbow room to seal a deal with a handshake. Operated by Misery Loves Company, the 1,900 SF restaurant and bar is under the guidance of the celebrated Sal Jafar II, co-founder of Driftwood in Bishop Arts, and Michael Martensen, formerly of The Cedars Social and Smyth. Designed by Breckinridge Taylor and Café Build, Proof + Pantry draws influence from an industrial rustic pantry, lined with shelving, rusted metals, distressed wood accents, and tile. It's also got a killer view of downtown.

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Event sponsor (and host for the night) Billingsley Co’s Skip Simpson, Lucy BurnsMarijke Lantz, Connie Clark, and Steven Grant in front of One Arts Plaza, where Proof + Pantry is located (1722 Routh St). Lucy tells us there’s almost 4,700 SF of first-floor retail space available now, and 260k SF of office space opens there in January 2016

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The Proof + Pantry staff hard at work. Among the menu items: salmon, a variety of cheeses, and still warm-from-the-oven chocolate and peanut butter chip cookies

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CCS’ Sidd Neekhra and McKinney EDC’s Chad Walker. Chad tells us McKinney has a lot of new office development, including a 55-acre master-planned project in the works at Hwy 121 and US 75 with developer Lincoln Property Co.

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Transwestern’s Will Sale and Willow Bend Commercial Capital’s Phyllis Kramer. Phyllis is going to be “Dancing for the Cure” on Oct. 25 when the Angels of Dance (non-profit foundation) hosts an event to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Dallas affiliate. Phyllis says the ticket sales will go toward supporting local women in need.

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We found this group of ladies (and a waiter, realizing the talent he was among, who joined the photo) on the front patio enjoying the breeze. Here’s Hartman Income REIT’s Lynna Smith, Time Warner Cable Business Class’ Diana Ellis and Christina Cutshell, and Hudson Peters’ Kimberly Lay Martin, who recently married.

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Event sponsor KPOST Company's Teri Hamilton, Scott Bredehoeft, and Susan Nash. Scott tells us one of their projects has been making international news: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Thankfully, KPost’s work—replacing more than 50 roofs after the big hailstorm—wasn’t why the hospital has been newsworthy. But those roofs looked great as a backdrop to all the reporters covering the Ebola news.

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We found event sponsor WLS Lighting Systems' David Neal and SBLM Architects’ Richard Ireland on the patio. David tells us WLS has been manufacturing site lighting products since 1969 (we think the company may be older than David, but we didn’t ask). He said WLS provides free lighting design/budgets direct to owners, designers, consultants, and contractors. Over the years, the firm has retrofitted or upgraded lighting in more than 6,000 shopping center parking lots. A big plus for clients: WLS can improve its lighting and save energy doing it, he tells us.

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One of the four signature drinks at our event was the French 75, which featured gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and champagne. (We really liked the tiny clothespin and would like to see the tiny clothes it holds on the drying line.) Also on the menu were the Brooklynite, the Old Fashioned, and the Paloma. 

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The Yea Networks’ Greg Gibbins really wasn’t drinking all three drinks, he tells us. But, he didn’t seem to mind making a bar run for his table. Come back Monday for more coverage of Bisnow’s Dallas Power Networking. (Feel free to stop by Proof + Pantry between now and then and tell ‘em we said hi.)