Last month PegasusAblon’s Ablon at Frisco Bridges multifamily project was awarded a Legacy of Design Award for excellence in interior design.
Stacy Sawyer of SJL Design Group, who was commissioned by PegasusAblon to provide interior design services at the Ablon at Frisco Bridges, received a first place award in the Commercial: Singular Space category for her design of the community’s modern clubhouse space.
The Legacy of Design Awards are presented at an annual event hosted by the Texas Chapter of ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers, and recognize the finest interior design achievements in the state.
Stacy on the design aesthetic, “The space was designed to exude high style and drama, while still being elegant and modern. We used bold finishes, fabrics and furnishings to give it the up-to-date feel we were after.”
Those of us who are invested in the Dallas Design District and the little chunk of real estate it occupies just west of I-35 have been witnessing a transformation over the last several years.
From the addition of everything from bowling alleys and breweries to the continued resurgence of the modern design industry, the Design District has truly become an integral piece of the Dallas city fabric, cultivating an established culture and ethos that is uniquely its own. We think of the growth of the last few years as an organic evolution, as opposed to a distinct change. The pieces were set in place but it it is the business owners and residents who have moved in by the hundreds, that have provided the impetus to drive the addition of vital services such as fitness studios, restaurants and salons, which are now making the Design District a true neighborhood.
The life and community that is fast taking hold is something many of us have been working hard to create, and watching the eclectic area come into its own ensures this piece of the city will last long enough for at least another generation to enjoy.
When PegasusAblon began leasing and managing a large number of properties in the Design District, principal Mike Ablon established one rule at the outset as far as leasing was concerned; no nationals.
That meant the Design District would have no Bank of America, no Starbucks and no Chili’s. A concerted effort was made to ensure the Design District had unique things to offer to not only the neighborhood’s historic, designer clientele, but also an entirely new generation of Dallasites who would come to the neighborhood for more than just interior design needs.
It may come as no surprise then, that in a city driven by the current craze to support local food and chefs, three locally owned, Dallas-based chef-driven restaurants in the Design District were all a part of the top 30 in D Magazine’s top 100 restaurants in Dallas list.
Chef Jason Maddy’s creative and international menu at Oak garnered the restaurant fourth place in critic Nancy Nichols’ rankings while Matt McCallister’s much lauded FT33 followed close behind in fifth. A little further down in the rankings but confidently in the top 30 is Shannon Wynne’s mecca of beer and impeccable cuisine, the Meddlesome Moth, which Nichols ranked at 29th.
In a city that once claimed to have more restaurants per capita than New York City and a city home to more than ten vibrant dining and entertainment neighborhoods, the Design District’s restaurants have garnered an impressive number of accolades in just a few short years. D Magazine’s implicit recognition of the neighborhood and its developer’s commitment to locally owned, chef-driven restaurants is just another bragging right for an already justifiably proud neighborhood.
This fall, PegasusAblon was named #51 on Southern Methodist University’s list of North Texas’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies. PegasusAblon was one of 66 companies that are new to the list and one of two real estate companies.
The list was compiled by the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at SMU and published by the Dallas Business Journal.
For a full list of the Unbridled 100, visit the Dallas Business Journal website.
The Lionstone Group has named PegasusAblon as its local operating partner for leasing for Lincoln Plaza. The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Business Journal both covered the news in recent articles:
- Downtown Dallas’ Lincoln Plaza tower gets new operators and expansion with an adjoining building, Dallas Morning New (Download as PDF)
- Lincoln Plaza in downtown Dallas gets new investment manager, Dallas Business Journal
Learn more about Lincoln Plaza by visiting TheLincolnPlaza.com.
Once again, the Dallas Business Journal has recognized PegasusAblon as a winner in their annual Best Places to Work competition. PegasusAblon took sixth place in the small business category.
“Our team is built on principles of self-management, self-motivation and personal authorship/ownership,” says Principal Michael Ablon. “Managers support their team with leadership, direction, training and support, and strongly encourage independent thinking and action.”
The Dallas Design District has been much buzzed about in the local press. Now people around the nation are taking notice. In its Sunday edition, the New York times named the Dallas Design District as Dallas’ new “it” district. PegasusAblon principal Mike Ablon is quoted in the article, which appears on both NYTimes.com as well as Texas Monthly’s website. Read the full articles by clicking the links below:
PegasusAblon was recently featured in the Dallas Business Journal and Dallas Morning News, announcing The Ablon at Frisco Bridges, a new multifamily development in Frisco, Texas.
Read more by accessing the articles online or viewing The Ablon at Frisco Bridges project page.
- Hunt, PegasusAblon partner on Frisco apartment project, Dallas Business Journal
- Two developers plan Frisco apartments, Dallas Morning News (Download as PDF)
Mike Ablon’s latest guest post on D Magazine’s Real Points blog playfully ponders The Existence, Relevance, and Excellence of Social Media in Real Estate.
See what PegasusAblon has been doing in the social media realm by visiting our blog about life in the Dallas Design District, LowerOakLawn.com.
For the second year in a row, the Dallas Business Journal has recognized PegasusAblon as a top tier winner in their annual Best Places to Work competition. This year, PegasusAblon took second place in the small business category, achieving the award based on the results of a survey which polled all employees on topics such as work environment, people practices, innovations/new ideas, leadership in the organization and employee recognition.
“People want to be respected, trusted, appreciated and have stability and a sense of both individual and collective destiny. Top talent doesn’t just want this; true top talent demands it both for themselves and for those on their team,” PegasusAblon principal Mike Ablon says. “I believe that if you get this right, everything else generally works.”