DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – No longer just a dining destination in west Dallas, retail shops are coming to Trinity Groves too.
The first boutique shop near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opened on Tuesday, marking the next step for developers helping to nurture North Texas entrepreneurs.READ MORE: For Sale: Dallas Mansion With No Bedrooms For Nearly $1 Million
The Trinity Groves neighborhood is known for its restaurants, soon to be completed mixed-use apartment complex, and shops.
The first shop, Kate Weiser Chocolate, is officially open. The business joins a group of establishments that give people a new reason to visit, come back, and maybe one-day call Trinity Groves home.
Chocolate lovers were busy snapping up tiny works of art that looked almost too beautiful to eat.
Speaking of her delicacies Kate Weiser said, “Everything is handmade. We really don’t have that many machines. You see the people back here,” she said pointing, “they’re hand painting each chocolate.”
Weiser said making the treats is the fun part. “It’s the stuff dreams are made of. It’s surreal. Today, opening day, was completely a dream come true.”
Her namesake luxury chocolate boutique is her first venture into business ownership. Kate Weiser Chocolate is also the first retail addition for Trinity Groves.
Weiser said she couldn’t have accomplished what she has without the team of investors helping entrepreneurs break ground in the neighborhood since 2012.
“It’s just been a wonderful process,” she said.READ MORE: Dallas Officer On Administrative Leave During Investigation Into Possible Excessive Use Of Force
Developers working in Trinity Groves incubate ideas pitched by young entrepreneurs, and in return get a stake in the business.
There are 10 restaurants established, another two on the way, and a second boutique coming in early September.
Trinity groves leasing agent Erin Murphy is excited about the possibilities. “If they’re successful, [we’ll then] build them out into other locations throughout North Texas, Texas and then throughout the nation.”
Murphy says the long-term goal is to make Trinity Groves a place not just to dine, but also to live.
“With all the amenities here of food and fun, and things to do, and nightlife and entertainment, as well as retail, people are going to be interested in wanting to live here as well,” she said.
With satisfied customers on day one, Weiser is already looking years into her future. “I’m excited for it to take me where it wants to go. I’m going to let it flow naturally. We’ll see.”
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