Thriving Dallas is always reinventing itself into a newer and shinier gem. Here our girl-on-the-scene Cynthia Smoot of leads us to the coolest happenings there this winter.


For the past 36 years, Cirque du Soleil has created shows that incorporate circus styles from around the world, each with its own central theme and storyline. Shows employ continuous live music, with performers rather than stagehands changing the props. Attending a Cirque du Soleil is an experience unlike any other so don’t miss your opportunity to escape reality when the troop brings its most acclaimed touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie this February. You’ll surely be entranced and dazzled by their tale when time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. For more information visit


Driven by her son’s passion for sweets and her own taste for entrepreneurship, Yasmeen Tadia ditched her cushy corporate job and set out to create a candy empire. The self-funded Tadia has transformed standard-issue, carnival cotton candy and popcorn into gourmet indulgences that are gluten-free and vegan with her signature line of sweet sensations, including Fluffpop® Artisanal Mini Cotton Candy, Hotpoppin® Handcrafted Gourmet Popcorn, Sugaire® Organic Gourmet Cotton Candy, and her recent creation ModChocolate™. While Neiman Marcus, the Dallas Cowboys, Facebook, USA Today, Benefit Cosmetics, and New Balance are fans of her products, you don’t have to be a corporate conglomerate to purchase her sweet treats. Tadia believes in making the world a better place through “random acts of sweetness” and a portion of proceeds goes of her Random Acts of Sweetness Foundation which gives back to impoverished communities through charitable services within the United States and abroad. For more information visit 


Honor Bar recently claimed the most coveted location at historic Highland Park Village, opening in the old Patrizio’s venue. This Hillstone dining concept claims to be “small in size, but big in spirit” and the features a large outdoor patio set under a sweeping oak tree. On the menu? Scrumptious sharable snacks, salads and premium sandwiches like the now-famous Ding’s Crispy Chicken sandwich with homemade kale slaw. Pair your meal with their specialty spirits and craft cocktails. Look for this to quickly become the new watering hole for Parkies and visiting celebrities alike. At 47 Highland Park Village. For more information, visit