In Dallas things are happening fast for the city that swirls in activity, fun, and a higher consciousness. Here our gal-on-the-town Cynthia Smoot shares the new and noteworthy


The Theodore is NorthPark Center’s hottest new dining destination led by James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Byres, Christopher Jeffers and Christopher Zielke (the team behind SMOKE, Chicken Scratch, The Foundry, Bar Belmont, Bolsa and Bolsa Mercado). The Theodore honors the dynamic spark that followed Teddy Roosevelt over the course of his lifetime. The restaurant is filled with hidden rooms, vintage furniture, hand painted murals, and whimsical curiosities and offers diners stylized quirkiness with of a hint nostalgia and charm. The menu primarily consists of sandwiches, pizzas and salads with daily specials. Guests can dine in the Hasty Pudding Club, sit at the bar in the Badlands or outside in the Cottonwoods and have a specialty cocktail crafted by bar manager Kyle Hilla. His signature cocktails, named after national parks – a nod to Roosevelt’s conservation endeavors – are uncomplicated and approachable. The Theodore is located on the first floor of NorthPark Center, between Macy’s and Nordstrom.For more information visit TheTheodore.com


To relieve the stress of her busy life as an in-demand Realtor for Dave Perry-Miller – and a mother to two school-aged children – Melissa Rountree has always turned to exercise as an outlet for balance and better mental and physical health. She became a devotee of the Bar Method philosophy almost 5 years ago and even became a certified instructor. Tired of the uninspiring workout attire offered in the Dallas area, Rountree decided to combine her love of fashion and exercise and bring to the Dallas market what she couldn’t find in stores. Level3Active launched this past year and offers shoppers an online store featuring curated collections, many exclusive to Dallas, with graphic printed leggings and fashion tops at a general price point of $150 and under. For more information, visit Level3Active.com ‪


Dr. Melanie Ross Mills is the creator of the Life Bond Book series (The Friendship Bond, The Couples Bond, and The Identity Bond) and the well-received Life Bond workshops. Yet, she is not your typical therapist. She starts each session with a big bear hug and a prayer. She’s also likely to be the first to cry during your time together because she cares so much about helping you discover your life’s passion and purpose. You can also find her on as a frequent radio contributor talking about relationship issues. She says her gift is “to help people see what it takes to lift the veil that keeps us from knowing our authentic selves and/or hindering your ability to cultivate healthy relationships.” And, because we think, bear hugs are the best. For more information, visit MelanieRossMills.com

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