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GAMES 2 U

Games2U is transforming the video gaming and party industry. Founded in 2007 by brothers David and Stuart Pikoff, Games2U offers an interactive, state-of-the-art entertainment alternative for birthday, corporate and community gatherings. With parties starting at $199, the franchise is quickly becoming one of the hottest attractions at outdoor events and community and corporate gatherings. For more information, go to

ARTHUR PORTER

Dallas craftsman Arthur Porter has a passion for the creative arts that he wants to share with others. Housed in the artists' quarter of South Side on Lamar, Porter has come a long way from his days as a self-taught craftsman working in his home perfecting his technique of selecting leather, designing templates and creating chaps, belts and bags.

Today, he has realized his dream of launching his own shop, Red Horse Chaps, and has created a nonprofit organization, Designing Dreams, to accomplish his mission of helping others develop their talents. The South Side shop has become a hub for aspiring artists who share Arthur's passion for creating one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items.

"The excitement of taking a garment or product from a dream to a finished product is what motivated me to hone my skills in sewing and embellishing leather," said Porter. "I've discovered there are many others in Dallas who are equally as motivated to tap into their creative talents." In his own leather accessory work, Porter combines artistry and high fashion design to create leather belts, chaps, bags, guitar straps and home accessories. The pieces are hand-stitched and adorned with crystals, studs, beads, fringes, and overlays.

Porter's leather chaps have won him back-to-back blue ribbons in the State Fair of Texas' Creative Arts Craftsman competition. In making his products, Porter says he strives for elegance and originality in each creation. "My ideal customer is one who is not afraid to turn heads by wearing accessories created to attract attention and create buzz," he says.

His leatherwork extends to home accessories such as table runners, napkins and placemats as featured in Dallas Home Design magazine. His belts have been featured in D Magazine.

Word of his skill at creating bags, belts, chaps and other products has spread and with every passing week, more aspiring artisans are taking advantage of his one-on-one classes.

For over two years, Porter has worked diligently toward becoming a self-supporting artist. What really excites him is the nonprofit organization he has launched to extend his dream to the next generation of aspiring artists. He formed Designing Dreams to share with others his philosophy that dreams really can come true. Through the nonprofit, he has involved other artisans in a Second Saturday artists' market, worked with young designers in Dallas ISD and formed partnerships with the El Centro College fashion design program.

He is most proud of the growing cadre of young fashionistas who are learning his craft and catching his passion for making and marketing handmade leather accessories. Launched in 2006, the Young Entrepreneurs program features hands-on Saturday classes that challenge the students to design, create and market their own products.

"These young people as young as 10 never fail to amaze me with their fearlessness and bold dreams of success. I began this venture thinking I would inspire the next generation, but I have found myself more inspired by them," he said.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Porter is continuing to dream about the future. His plans call for a full-service artists' studio with workshop space, a showroom and retail space featuring regular " how-to" sessions for the community and classes in marketing and entrepreneurship for those who want to make their artistic ventures self-supporting.

Those interested in more information about Red Horse Chaps products or Designing Dreams' schedule of classes can contact Porter at (214) 421-9900, email him at , or drop by Red Horse Chaps at 1409 South Lamar, Suite 102.

His products and those of other artists and the Young Entrepreneurs are on display at the Web site, designingdreams.ifp3.com.

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FEDORA RESTAURANT

Owned by Gina Campisi of the famed Campisi restaurant family, Fedora is one of the city's hot, sexy new restaurants located in the happening One Arts Plaza. In the low key black and white visual style of Hollywood's classic film noir period, Fedora borrows a liberal slice from this genre's hardboiled school of crime fiction, in both attitude and interior. It showcases a menu of classic interpretations of Italian pastas, pizzas, and other traditional dishes inspired by passion and panache of all things Italian.

Fedora is open for lunch and dinner. Hours are Sunday - Wednesday 11am-11pm, and Thursday - Saturday 11am - 2am. Happy hour menu served 2:30 - 5:30pm (pizza and drinks only).

Fedora Restaurant & Lounge

1722 Routh St. Suite 126 Dallas, TX 75201 (P) 214-999-0009

WILLOW BEND DENTAL

Willow Bend Dental

Dr. Ritchie Beougher, DDS

3001 N. Dallas Parkway

Plano, TX 75093

The Willow Bend Dental practice of Ritchie D. Beougher, DDS, PA provides three practices in one - general family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and children's dentistry serving patients from all over the North Texas and DFW metroplex as well as from other cities across the United States and many international patients.

Innovative aesthetic, preventative general maintenance and reconstructive dentistry are Willow Bend Dental's specialties. Dr. Beougher and his team cherish the opportunity to care for you, your friends, and family in their TX dental practice. They are committed to providing five-star dental services in a tranquil and soothing environment for each patient.

Since the start of his dental practice in 1986, Dr. Beougher's patients have benefited from the increased confidence that comes with aligned teeth and a bright smile. With increased self-assurance and potential, many of his patients have experienced professional advancement and personal satisfaction. Dr. Beougher was the first in Texas to utilize laser bleaching and fiberoptic cameras and continues to incorporate leading edge dental technology into his world renowned, state of the art facility.

Dr. Beougher and his team actively participate in continuing education programs and are able to utilize the latest techniques and innovative solutions to make your experience enjoyable and easy. His staff of dental hygienists will help you maintain your beautiful smile with regular instructions on oral hygiene and periodontal care.

The staff at Willow Bend Dental in Plano are known for their compassion, energy and commitment to providing the highest level of care possible, and they will work with you to create the brilliant smile that you deserve in as little as two visits.

PAM GARCY

The current economic crisis is taking its toll not only financially on millions of Americans, but also physically and mentally. A father of 5 took the life of himself and his family in Los Angeles after he and his wife were laid off for several months. There has been several stories similar to this one due to financial problems. In a recent survey

Money and the economy topped the list of stressors for at least 80% of those surveyed by the American Psychological Association

Finances now overshadow the more typical daily stressors of work and relationships

Calls to suicide hotlines have increased with callers citing financial/economic issues at the root of their problems

Author and psychologist, Pam Garcy, sheds light on this growing problem and shares some simple tips people can use to keep themselves grounded in these tough times. Author of best selling book, The Power of Inner Guidance, Dr. Garcy reveals how to weather the storm.

VICTORIA SNEE

MIX 102.9 co-host and Beauty Expert

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Revlon Fabulash Mascara--$7--Halle Berry (new mom to daughter Nahla) loves this product.

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss in Dulce de Leche--$9--Christina Aguilera (new mom to son Max) wears this universally flattering color

Olay's Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream ($25) is loved by Marcia Cross (new mom to twins)

MoniMay Hair Shadz ($40) provides root blending, acts as a dry shampoo for those who don't even have time to wash their hair and it contains an SPF 15 which will help protect from sun damage.

Tori Spelling (mom of 2) loves Smart Mom Jewelry. The teething pendant necklaces ($19) are a huge hit because they are cute but also non-toxic, latex free and food safe.

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