Local Business Spotlight: Communion Neighborhood Cooperative

Communion Neighborhood Cooperative is located at 514 Lockwood Dr #5609 (behind QuikTrip).

Communion Neighborhood Cooperative is located at 514 Lockwood Dr #5609 (behind QuikTrip).

Editor’s note: The following is part of our series featuring local businesses. We believe everyone has a story to tell. If you know a business or neighbor who should be featured, email contact@heightspark.com.

The Heights Park Neighborhood Association is excited to introduce you to our new neighbor Tim Kahle. Tim is the owner and founder of Communion Neighborhood Cooperative.

Tim, tell us about you and your family.

I’ve been married to my wife, Amy, for 10 years this year. Our kids are Samuel (5 1/2), Ruthie (4), and twins Judah & Abby (2 1/2) and a dog. We live here in Richardson and have loved being part of this community.

When did Communion open?

We soft launched in November of 2017, but we had our Grand Opening in January 2018.

What is a highlight about Communion that makes it different from other venues?

The first, and sometimes confusing, thing about Communion is that we are three different venues under one brand.

Our cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a delicious three roaster coffee rotation program and one of the most robust whiskey selections in the area.

Our co-working space allows for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses to grow & connect with people they would’ve never otherwise connected with.

Our space also operates as an event venue on Thursday and Friday nights and on the weekends. So if you need a space for a birthday or graduation party or if you want to host an opera or wedding rehearsal, we’ve got you covered.

We’re really becoming something of Richardson’s living room. Much like the old sitcom “Cheers,” we hope that when you come here, you’ll never feel alone, never feel lost, but will always feel at home.

Why did you choose this location? Why did you open this type of business? What are your hopes for the neighborhood and surrounding area?

It’s a fantastic location right off of 75 and Belt Line. And the old car shop that we took over was a prime spot to develop the industrial modern feel that we wanted. But it all started by trying to figure out, “What is that community watering hole for Richardson?” Richardson didn’t really have one, so we started dreaming about a bar/cafe/restaurant as the gathering spot. But we couldn’t stop there. What if the community gathering spot was also the spot that help business thrive? That was when the co-working and event sides started.

As far as our hopes go … we want to be a force for good for Richardson. As we said before, we hope for deep meaningful connection. Hopefully those connections will help businesses grow and help us impact our individual neighborhoods.

We also hope to help Richardson not just be a map point between Downtown Dallas and McKinney. Rather, we strive to see Richardson’s robust, multi-cultural, artistic, entrepreneurial, and community-oriented ethos shine in the metroplex.

Explain the difference between Communion Restaurant and Communion working co op.

Many people we have run into believe they have to pay to be a member to even eat at the restaurant. I agree, that’s a common misconception. The cafe and the front patio are open to the public just like any other restaurant. You’re welcome to grab a bite, sit anywhere you’d like and use our free wifi. We’d love for everyone to have our homemade biscuit sandwich in the morning, the new short rib sandwich for lunch, my favorite Old Fashioned for happy hour. Everyone should share our family-style dinners with good friends (the steak & frites is a crowd favorite!)

But if you’re a business that needs access to meeting rooms, free coffee, mail services, and opportunities to network, learn and grow in a beautifully crafted space, then you’ll want to join our monthly membership. Did we mention a private back patio with a putting green, ping pong, and a fire pit?

Does your business have a stated mission statement, the reason it exists?

We do! Our mission is to grow a community of creative entrepreneurs within Richardson centered on cultured co-working and craft coffee and eats.



Former HPNA President Janet DePuy Celebrated as ‘Real Hero’ at Ceremony

Family surrounds Janet DePuy (in black), former HPNA president, at a ceremony recognizing the contributions of the newest Richardson Real Heroes honorees. 

The Richardson Real Heroes program seeks to recognize the silent generosity of people who give of themselves to benefit Richardson.

On April 4, in a beautiful ceremony at Richardson City Hall, with family and friends and community present, Richardson recognized a real hero, Janet DePuy. She was chosen from many nominations for her decades of service as a founding member of the Heights Park Neighborhood Association and president for the last 10 years.

Through Janet’s dedication and leadership, Heights Park has become one of the most active and productive neighborhood associations in Richardson, making significant contributions to the City of Richardson’s economic growth and development. A few of the many accomplishments include the revitalized Heights Shopping Center, the addition of QuikTrip, two creek bridge enhancements, an active Crime Watch program, a Yard of the Month program, street parties, and street sign toppers. Janet also serves on the City of Richardson Plan Commission, is on the board of Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR), and is in Leadership Richardson Class XXXIII.

If you aren’t familiar with all that Janet accomplished during her tenure with the neighborhood association and all that she will no doubt contiue to contribute to our neighborhood and city through her active volunteer efforts, just walk through the neighborhood. Much of what you see has been touched or influenced by her passion for the people and the community in which she lives. And if you haven’t thanked her for her silent efforts over many, many years and for the positive impact she has directly had on where you live and play every day, when you take that walk, stop by on Parkview and shake her hand, or drop her a note, or send her a text.

Want to hear directly from Janet about what volunteering means to her? Visit: http://www.richardsonrealheroes.com/hall-of-honor/2018-richardson-real-heroes/



Thanks to Our Members, New Sign Toppers Are on Their Way

Sign toppers will be added to 12 intersections in Heights Park this spring.

Be on the lookout for more pride toppers shining through-out the neighborhood. Did you know Heights Park was the first to install sign toppers identifying the boundaries of our neighborhood? (Another initiative credited to Janet DePuy!)

Okay, time to play who’s getting them next. Cover up the below and see if you can guess before revealing the list.

  • Ridgedale & Custer
  • Ridgedale & Inglewood
  • Lindale & Newberry
  • Lindale & Stardust
  • Twilight & Floyd
  • Parkview & Thompson
  • Greenleaf & Thompson
  • Ridgedale & Thompson
  • Westwood & Thompson
  • Lockwood & Thompson
  • Lockwood & Gentle
  • Weatherred & Westwood

The city should have them installed by the end of May and may we say Thank You to all the Heights Park Neighborhood Association members. This is made possible by your membership dollars.



Celebrate Neighbors, Summer and Fun at The Heights of Summer

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The Third Annual The Heights of Summer will be from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, June 2 on the 600 block of Greenleaf Drive.

Back by popular demand for the third year in a row, the Heights Park Neighborhood Association is excited to present The Heights of Summer at 2-5 p.m., Saturday, June 2 on the 600 block of Greenleaf Drive!

We introduced a dunking booth last year, which made quite the splash. It’s back, along with a new feature, an adult scavenger hunt. Don’t worry, the kids will have theirs as well. Winners will receive prizes.

Speaking of prizes, there will be a drawing for some cool gifts for neighborhood association members and those who sign up as members that day.

This year the event is being co-chaired by the friendly Greenleaf Gang. They’re a fun bunch that knows how to throw a party. Come to see neighbor bonding at its best!

Fling a rubber chicken to challenge last year’s Flick’n Chicken winner. Keep cool with a free snow cone. Toss a bag in a rousting game of Corn Hole. Toss a “friend” into the dunking booth. Yep, we deliver snacks, sun, music, and fun. The only thing missing from our pitch is you!

Wanna get fired up for it? Check out a video of last year’s bash.

Video courtesy of Jeff Davis Photography. Thanks, Jeff!



May 2018 Yard of the Month: 100 Thompson Drive

May 2018 Yard of the Month: 100 Thompson Drive

May 2018 Yard of the Month: 100 Thompson Drive

The May 2018 Yard of the Month belongs to Monk and Haley Kreder at 100 Thompson Drive. Here is what they had to say about their yard:

We are so honored to be chosen by the Heights Park Neighborhood Association as the Yard of the Month for May.

My husband and I bought this home in November 2017 and immediately began an extensive remodel of the interior, exterior and an addition.

Many people don’t know how very special the street Thompson is to me and my family. My grandparents Milton and Bertie Newsom lived at 111 Thompson, where they raised my father, his sister and two brothers and where they continued to raise 20-plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Although my grandmother has passed, she was my greatest inspiration in my design for our front yard. I wanted a place where I could sit out on the front porch and think of her and all of the fun we would have running up and down the street. She had the most amazing blue Spode China collection that was an inspiration for the interior and exterior of my home.

I love the Southern feel of plush blue hydrangeas and the way they draw out the blue tones in our front door and the Spode vases on our porch. The pink drift roses were the bright pop of color that the white exterior needed to bring cheer.

After trimming back and cutting down a dead tree to bring more sun, we were able to lay all new sod and create more beds in the front with fresh flowers for spring. We are loving the new, fresh look that the yard has and all of the grass space for our 2 year-old to run around.

Andy Littlejohn from Mainstream Irrigation and Landscaping instantly understood my vision and brought it to life. Design by @krederinteriors

Monk and Haley Kreder
100 Thompson Drive



Summer Water Conservation Plan in Effect Through October

Lawn irrigation is prohibited from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or during periods of rain.

The city of Richardson is under its summer water conservation plan through the end of October.

Environmental Resources Newsletter

Each month the City of Richardson publishes the Environmental Resources Newsletter designed to keep Richardson residents informed of environmental-oriented events, news and activities. Read the May edition here. For future editions, subscribe here.

The strategy allows for lawn irrigation at even-numbered addresses on Tuesdays and Saturdays and at odd-numbered addresses on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Watering is not permitted between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the allowed days from April 1-Oct. 31. Watering is permitted at anytime on the allowed days from Nov. 1-March 31.

This water conservation strategy is in place year-round unless the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) asks for more severe restrictions due to drought conditions.

The NTMWD is Richardson’s water supplier and continuously monitors its water supply to determine if there is a need for additional restrictions. Please water only as needed, based on moisture content of the soil.

For more information, visit cor.net/waterconservation or call the Public Services Department at 972-744-4220.



Local Business Spotlight: Archie’s Guitars

The team at Archie's Guitars cuts up in front of the shop's van. Jason Underwood (right) is the owner of the store and a longtime Heights resident.

The team at Archie’s Guitars cuts up in front of the shop’s van. Jason Underwood (right) is the owner of the store and a longtime Heights resident.

Editor’s note: The following is part of our series featuring local businesses. We believe everyone has a story to tell. If you know a business or neighbor who should be featured, email contact@heightspark.com.

Admit it: you’ve played air guitar in front of a mirror at least once in your life. Probably way more than once. Well, you are in good company. For those of us who have considered taking our rock star dreams to the next level, Archie’s Guitars in the Richardson Heights Shopping Center is here to help. Jason Underwood, a longtime Heights resident and passionate musician, opened the all-things-guitar store about two years ago.

Named for the Underwood’s family dog, Archie’s is a welcoming, family friendly shop that emphasizes customer service. Jason recently took time away from stringing guitars and sifting through spreadsheets to answer some questions about the Heights neighborhood and the store.

You’ve lived in the Richardson Heights area for quite a while, right? What do you love about this part of the city?

I grew up in this area — specifically a Brentfield Elementary/Parkhill Junior High/Pearce High School kid.  When my wife, Claudine, and I moved into to the Heights neighborhood in 2003, we were drawn to the older homes, large lots and trees. More than that, we immediately clicked with all the folks in the neighborhood. We moved in as the “young” couple as many of the neighbors were original builders from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Since then, our daughter, who graduated from Richardson High School, is now a sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder, and our son is currently a sophomore at RHS. Now we are the “old” folks!

When did you start playing guitar (other instruments)? What do you love about playing music?

I started playing guitar around fourth grade. I was completely hooked on music from as early as I can remember. The first album I bought was in first grade — a 45 of David Bowie’s “Fame.” Music listening and album buying haven’t slowed down 45 years later.

When you were growing up, where did you get your gear? Was there a store like Archie’s that inspired you to open your shop?

I started taking my first guitar lessons around 1979 at a local independent shop called the Music Haus, which as it happens was located across the street from where Archie’s is now. I really loved that “local” shop feel even then. I also spent many days riding my bike up to Prestonwood Mall and going to the Melody Shop.

I meet lots of folks my age now that come into Archie’s with their own Melody Shop stories. It was a great chain. But as the ‘90s hit, many of the great independent shops as well as the Melody Shops of our area all went away. It was an ambition of mine starting around that time to open an independent music/guitar shop like the ones I enjoyed so much.

What sets Archie’s apart from the competition?

Archie’s was put together on the emphasis of customer service first. That goes back to the early ambition I had to one day open a local, independent shop like those I loved so much from the ‘70s and ‘80s that are now mostly gone in our area.

At Archie’s I’ve brought in a select group of guys who not only have the right experience but the right attitude that seems to be lacking these days especially in “those” guitar shops. Not only in terms of sales but that attitude also carries over to our service and lessons. Our repair technicians have a great reputation and treat each guitar regardless of value as if it is their own.

What recommendations do you have for someone who is interested in learning an instrument — guitar, bass, ukulele, etc.?

Take a chance and try! Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never even picked one up before — you will be surprised at how much you can pick up with the right teacher. At Archie’s, we have a select group of instructors who I brought in not just because they are great players, but because they are great teachers and communicators.   They all do a great job of identifying the individual student’s likes and leanings and build a plan from there — not just a one-method approach. We offer lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, keyboards and even banjo.

What are the three most-popular items you sell?

In terms of volume, we move a lot of brand new Yamaha acoustic guitars at $199.99, Blackstar starter amps at $99.99 and Jackson electric guitars starting at $149.99. In terms of popularity, our line of Chase Bliss pedals are true high-end effects pedals, along with EVH (Eddie Van Halen) Wolfgang guitars and Orange Amplifiers are sought-after items.

In addition to teaching lessons, making repairs, and selling gear, y’all occasionally host concerts, right?

Now that the weather is warmer, we will continue to feature live acoustic music in front of the store, usually on Saturdays. We are planning our big two-year anniversary blowout for the end of the summer as well.

What else should people know about Archie’s?

More than anything, Archie’s is about the experience and the relationship with anyone that comes in. We operate Archie’s to be not only a shop for you to stop in and pick up a guitar and try out new gear but also to be able to be on a first-name basis with any and all of the guys here — a place you can trust no matter what level of player you are or want to be.



Neighbors Clean Up Heights Park During Trash Bash

Warm clothes and rain boots were invaluable at the cold, wet Trash Bash on April 7 at Heights Park

Warm clothes and boots were invaluable at the cold, wet Trash Bash on April 7 at Heights Park.

An empty bottle in the grass. A sandwich wrapper near — but not inside — a trashcan. We’ve all seen these “Don’t Mess With Texas” fails. Last weekend, Huibrie Pretorius led a group of hardy Heights Park residents in cleaning up garbage at our neighborhood park.

Huibrie, a native South African who moved to Richardson with her husband and two sons about two and a half years ago, teaches Tinkergarten, a learning-through-play class for young children at Heights Park. Cleaning up is part of her routine.

“I have classes once or twice a week in the park. I do my best to clean up trash from the areas we’ll play in that day,” she said.

Huibrie sought to make a bigger impact on the park’s appearance during Richardson’s annual Trash Bash. She created an event on the Heights Park Neighborhood Facebook group, and residents quickly responded that they’d attend.

On the morning of the cleanup, temperatures dipped into the 30s, and lingering rain made for less-than-ideal conditions. However, five families including children ages 2 to 7 braved the weather to fill six bags with trash. Volunteers picked up many remnants from the previous weekend’s Easter celebrations — egg shells, confetti and even some treasure.

“My 4-year-old son picked up a plastic Easter egg with some coins still inside,” Huibrie said. “It certainly helped him feel a bit better about being out in the cold!”

Huibrie said she would consider organizing another cleanup event, perhaps another Saturday in the fall. She said she is pleased with neighbors’ enthusiasm and participation.

“Thanks everyone who came and persisted in the cold and also all of you who even considered it!” Huibrie said. “I know the sudden cold weather might have deterred some willing volunteers and that is totally understandable. I hope to see you all again soon!”