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Enjoy the Texas Fall but Be Safe

10/23/2023 (Permalink)

House with Halloween Decorations House with Halloween Decorations

Fall is a beautiful season, but it can also be a dangerous one. With the leaves changing colors and the weather getting cooler, it’s important to take some precautions to keep your home safe. Here are some tips to help you stay safe this fall:

  1. Check Your Smoke Detectors: Fall is a great time to check your smoke detectors and replace the batteries if necessary. Smoke detectors can save lives, so make sure they are working properly.

  2. Clean Your Gutters: Falling leaves can clog your gutters and cause water damage to your home. Make sure to clean your gutters regularly to prevent this from happening.

  3. Inspect Your Roof: Check your roof for any damage or leaks before the winter months arrive. Repairing any damage now can save you from costly repairs later.

  4. Seal Windows and Doors: Seal any gaps around windows and doors to prevent cold air from entering your home. This will help keep your home warm and save you money on heating bills.

  5. Check Your Heating System: Have your heating system inspected by a professional before the cold weather arrives. This will ensure that it is working properly and efficiently.

  6. Prepare for Power Outages: Fall storms can cause power outages, so it’s important to be prepared. Have a backup generator or alternative heat source ready in case of an emergency.

  7. Be Careful with Fireplaces: If you have a fireplace, make sure it is clean and free of debris before using it. Always use a screen to prevent sparks from flying out of the fireplace.

  8. Be Prepared for Emergencies: Make sure you have an emergency kit ready in case of an emergency. This should include items such as flashlights, batteries, blankets, and non-perishable food.

  9. Be Careful with Candles: Candles are a popular fall decoration, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. Always keep candles away from flammable materials and never leave them unattended.

  10. Be Careful with Space Heaters: Space heaters are a great way to stay warm during the fall months, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. Keep them away from flammable materials and never leave them unattended, it is never fun to have to call a fire damage restoration company.

    By following these tips, you can help keep your home safe this fall season!

To Kill A Mockingbird at Fair Park's Music Hall

5/11/2023 (Permalink)

Picture of Music Hall at Fair Park Music Hall at Fair Park

Come see the classic play To Kill A Mockingbird being shown at one of the best venues in the DFW area, the Music Hall at Fair Park. The play takes place in Alabama in the 1930s touching on very important issues during that time and now.   

Music Hall was born as Fair Park Auditorium in 1925.  It has had many remodels & expansions over it's almost 100 year history.  Previously, it was the home of the Dallas Opera.  It now plays host to the annual Dallas Summer Musicals series. Located at 909 1rst Avenue, it is very centrally located.

Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is playing all month long with mostly evening 7:30pm start times with a handful of afternoon matinee times on the weekends at 1:30pm. Prices currently start at $79 but are going fast! 

Best Pizza in South Dallas?

3/13/2023 (Permalink)

Blackjack Pizza Front Counter Blackjack Pizza Front Counter

March Madness is about to begin which means it's time to sit on the couch with friends and family to watch some basketball! 

In South Dallas, one of the best around is Blackjack Pizza.  It is located off of MLK, south of 30 and just east of 45.  It is one of the old school institutions that only takes cash.  The customer service is wonderful as can be expected from a tenured local restaurant that has lots of consistent, regular customers.

It is a rarity to have an establishment that can do more than 1 thing great, but these folks haven't just perfected pizza but burgers and tea too.  You will also want to try the onion rings as well! Not to mention their lemon cake....mmm. 

The Best Hamburger in Cedar Crest?

12/9/2022 (Permalink)

The front of Wingfield’s Breakfast & Burger in Cedar Crest Wingfield’s Could be the Best Hamburger in Cedar Crest

Wingfield’s Breakfast & Burger has been a staple in the Dallas area since the 1986 founding by Richard Wingfield.  It is located just off of I-35 S and Illinois.

You are underwhelmed when you pull into the small parking lot and walk into a small, pre-fabricated shack known as a Valentine Diner but when you look around during the lunch time you will see a madhouse with cars overflowing into the street trying to find anywhere to park and wait.  Not only are the burgers seasoned to perfection with juices overflowing but the portion sizes are humungous. The burgers may seem a little pricey but the massive size is well worth it.  They have a triple patty burger, I doubt you can finish it! With over 1700 reviews, you can’t go wrong.

A Brief Overview of The Cedars - Dallas Texas

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

Map of the Cedars Dallas The Cedars in Dallas is a fun up and coming area in Dallas.

The Cedars is around a 3 square mile area just south of Downtown Dallas, across interstate 30.  It’s close  to downtown and major thoroughfares and adds a uniquely different hip, vibe that make it one of the best up and coming areas around.  With the population in Dallas exploding, and the suburbs becoming further and further away, the Cedars is on the verge of a breakout.   It is probably most known for the great concerts at places like Southside Ballroom and quirky bars like Lee Harvey’s and as well as some great barbeque from Off the Bone. It is also home to the Dallas Police Headquarters. The Cedars is one of the oldest areas of Dallas, tracing it’s roots back to the 1870’s.  In fact, the history of Dallas and North Texas can be explored at the 20-acre Dallas Heritage Village in the Cedars.

Today, you will find revitalization underway. Numerous townhouse complexes and cool lofts have been built. Four Corners Brewing has been a big addition bringing a craft brewery with a fun large open air patio. One of the biggest and some might say the best projects was taking the old Sears Roebuck & Co building and transforming it into the Southside on Lamar residential lofts, retail shops and office spaces.

What lies ahead?  The Cedars will be the site of the Texas Bullet Train Terminal.  This massive project will take Texas back and forth from DFW to Houston leaving every 30 minutes.  A one-way trip will take around 90 minutes with 1 stop about halfway.  Additionally, the revamping of the area continues as buildings off of Ervay & Akard are underway maintaining the historic feel but adding a cool, fresh twist.

Come visit the Cedars today!

Emergency Readiness Plan for Your Business

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Water on the floor of a large warehouse A sprinkler head accidentally was knocked off during routine maintenance causing water to flow into the floor or a large warehouse.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has an ever growing population currently standing at around 7.8 million people as of mid 2021.  A lot of those people have followed as their companies moved to the region especially during the last 2 years.  All types of businesses have moved from standard commercial office buildings to strip centers to warehouses.  While remote work has become an option for a lot of businesses there is still a brick and mortar location for almost every company. 

Whether a building is big or tall, emergencies like pipes bursting, fire damage and sewage backups will occur.  During an event like this, chaos can reign allowing unnecessary damage to occur whether through degradation of the structure or ongoing business stoppage.

One of the best ways to alleviate the pain of an unexpected emergency is to have a plan together ahead of time.  Make sure management and maintenance teams have escape plans in place, also know where water shut-offs are as well as circuit breakers.  This additionally includes knowing where first aid kits and PPE are located. It is also a good idea to have at least one onsite employee to be certified in CPR. A list of important contacts is another essential item to have as part of the plan.  These would include a plumbing company, electric company, HVAC company and mitigation company as a start.  Depending on the type of business, other contacts may be needed. 

SERVPRO of Dallas Central is the emergency readiness plan mitigation contact for many companies.  We would love to be part of your plan....214-664-9522!