Annual Meeting 2023
HI QCI Members!
Have you booked your flight to Dallas?
If so, get out your calendars and mark, Friday, May 19 as a Big Day in Big D!
Before visiting the Harlan Crow Library, we will spend some time window shopping and enjoying lunch in the historic and beautiful Highland Park Village!
"Highland Park Village is America’s first shopping center and the prototype for shopping centers all over the country. This unique Mediterranean Spanish-style development was constructed in 1931. According to the Urban Land Institute, Highland Park Village was the first planned shopping center in the United States with a unified architectural style and stores facing in toward an interior parking area, all built and managed under a single ownership.
The story of the development of the Village began in 1906 when entrepreneur John S. Armstrong purchased 1,326 acres of land bisected by an Old Indian trace later used as a cattle trail, now called Preston Road. Mr. Armstrong envisioned a new, exclusive planned community just north of the bustling young city of Dallas.
With great foresight, Mr. Armstrong and his two sons-in-law, Hugh Prather, and Edgar Flippen hired noted architect Wilbur David Cook, the designer of Beverly Hills, to lay out the new Town, which opened in 1907. They set aside 20% of the land for parks, planning a high-class community with fine homes surrounded by abundant green space. The new community would be named Highland Park. After all, it was 130 feet higher than Dallas, and it certainly had plenty of parks.
In 1912, Mr. Flippen and Mr. Prather lured a country club to Highland Park as a drawing card to attract wealthy citizens of Dallas to their new development. This club, Dallas Country Club, is the oldest country club in Texas. (seen across the street from HP Village)
Over the years, Highland Park, a separate town now located within the boundaries of the city of Dallas, has become one of the most beautiful communities in the nation, rivaling even Beverly Hills. Because of a good original master plan and strict deed restrictions, it is today an enclave of gracious homes, fine schools, and beautiful parks.
More than eight decades after its opening, Highland Park Village has evolved into Dallas’ premier open-air shopping and dining destination. Offering a mix of the best-known fashion brands in the world including Alexander McQueen, Brunello Cucinelli, Cartier, Celine, CHANEL, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Fendi, Goyard, Harry Winston, Hermès, Tom Ford, Valentino and more. The Village is also home to several contemporary favorites and local Dallas brands and designers. Visitors can enjoy incredible dining experiences at one of the 11 restaurants."
Perhaps a personal favorite gift shop in the Village is St. Michaels Woman's Exchange! Dating back to 1939, the Exchange was originally a consignment store, then purchased and run by the Dallas Junior League. "On the surface, St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange may look like other chic gift shops. But it isn’t. Proceeds generated from sales in our store are given away, benefiting those in need. And its been this way since 1958. Our store is run by volunteers, 130 of them! The buyers, display artists, salespeople, cashiers, gift wrappers, department chairs, governing board, and accounting and advertising team...all volunteers. Each year, the proceeds from the store are distributed via grants in our own community and beyond."
You could pick up some great gifts for the Holidays and even get them gift-wrapped at St. Michael's!
Now, are you ready to book that flight???
February 18, 2023 Hi Q Members!
Three months and counting (May 19-21) until the Dallas QCI Get-Together! There's plenty of time to get that discounted airfare on Southwest Airlines to Love Field, so get out your calendar and cell phone and get busy! (Airline, airport & hotel suggestions were emailed earlier. If you would like that email again, please feel free to email me.)
We would love to see long-time Q members again, but it would be EXTRA SPECIAL to meet some newer members who've never attended a QCI Meeting!
Members and meetings are SO MUCH FUN! With a common interest, a newcomer will instantly feel at home with this friendly group!
In May, at least three Q members are opening their homes for attendees to see their faience collections. One collection has a focus on Desvres. Another member loves Ivoire Corbeille and Fouillen and a third collector, besides Quimper, collects Malicorne, F Caen, and CA! There could be other homes on the tour, as well! We hope to have a guest speaker, as well!
Home tours, fantastic shopping, art museums, the Arboretum, new and long-time friends, enjoying a souffle, and a faience sale... What's not to like?!?! The Dallas QCI members are awaiting your visit!