BrewFest 2019

Keep Calm and BrewFest on With Smart City and Dallasites101

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Dallas Observer’s BrewFest is back on Saturday, September 7th at the Dallas Farmers Market and if beer makes you hoppy, you will not want to miss this! This year marks the 9th annual BrewFest, and the third year in a row that Smart City Locating is involved as a sponsor–look out for the official BrewFest x Smart City koozie! They will also be present at a booth talking apartments and giving away free swag; definitely stop by and say hi. Be sure to come thirsty, for beer! You can sample over 500 local, international and craft beers. And we recommend bringing your own beer fest pretzel necklace to snack on. While there will be food for purchase, including corny dogs, pizza and tacos, you’ll probably want to spend your time (and calories) sampling beers! Discounted Tickets: Still need tickets for Brewfest? Purchase the “Beer Me Pack,” a 4-pack of General Admission tickets and save $40 (limited availability) OR use discount code “SMARTCITY19” to purchase single General Admission tickets for $35 each until September 1st! By the way, Brewfest got us thinking about how Dallas is becoming a beer-lover’s paradise! Read on as we share  more beer-focused activities to do in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Dallas Observer Brewfest Blow your own Pint Glass Dallas Glass Art in the Design District is hosting “Hot Glass & Cold Beer classes” through the end of September! Choose between a stemless wine glass or beer glass, and then blow the glass yourself! When your glass…

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We’re One of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies

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This morning, Inc. Magazine released its annual list of America’s most successful companies – Inc. 5000. Of the 5000 companies nominated, we’re proud to announce that Smart City ranked in at number 670 and 24th in our industry! Since 2015, we’ve seen a growth rate of more than 650 percent; which is significantly above average according to Inc. magazine’s list. We’re honored to be recognized as one of America’s most successful, privately owned companies and excited to continue growing like crazy–this is just the beginning! Photo courtesy of Inc. Magazine How’d we get here? Smart City was founded on the fact that it is possible to have both autonomy and top-tier service when it comes to business. It goes to show that belief in what you do, living in possibility and surrounding yourself with overachievers can be the perfect equation for reaching success. In an interview with Voyage Dallas, Smart City Founder, CEO and fearless leader, Cassie Brown, said that success comes from setting hard goals and destroying them. “It’s continuously learning, being open to new ideas and staying curious,” she explained in the interview. “Success is the fulfillment of the people around me, and most importantly, it’s the idea that I woke up this morning and didn’t have to go to work, but I did anyway because I wanted to.” Our growth is greatly due to the fact that we each play a part in maintaining the belief that our clients aren’t just an email, and we’re not just…

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The Dallasites101 Guide to Apartment Pools In Dallas

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We’re big fans of Dallas and the summertime is no exception, but some days we need a break from this heat! So, who has a pool that we can come jump in?! Seriously though — we did our homework and discovered the best apartment pools in Dallas. Check out the list and then hit up your friends (and their friends) to figure out who lives somewhere with an awesome pool! And don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun! Follain on Knox is our favorite for natural clean beauty products including sun care. We personally lather up in the tinted facial moisturizer by Raw Elements. The Hudson Photo courtesy of @thehudsonaptstx The Hudson Dallas Apartments, new luxury living in Knox, has caught our attention! We’re sort of feeling jealous that we aren’t in the market for a new apartment because The Hudson is very tempting! The amenities are a big selling point, with the elevated pool set on a deck that features a covered outdoor entertaining kitchen, fire pits, and grills. The other major amenity? A sky lounge with a kitchen and wine room, as well as outdoor patio.  Visit the pool at this hot new property sporting the hottest swimwear, from Chubbies on Henderson Avenue.    Ascent  Photo courtesy of Ascent Victory Park The Ascent Victory Park’s pool is special because you can go for a swim while surrounded by high-rises and truly, smack-dab in the middle of Dallas. Right across the street is the American Airlines Center,…

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The Reveal – Smart City x Dwell With Dignity Home Renovation For Local Family

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In April, we embarked on a quarter-long journey with Dwell With Dignity, a non-profit who’s work so closely compliments our mission to connect people with the space to be themselves! Focused on designing and furnishing safe, functional homes for families recently removed from homelessness, Dwell With Dignity’s cause seemed almost a direct extension of our own. Completed living room renovations What we accomplished together During the second quarter of the year, Smart City made a pledge to donate $2.50 for every apartment home we helped our clients lease. So, if you worked with a Smart City agent and leased in April, May or June, the final product you see in this blog is because of YOU! We saw great momentum as pledges started rolling in so early in the project. So much so that we aimed to surpass our original goal and try to raise enough money to fund two home renovations, which costs around $10,000. We set our sights high and, though we didn’t make two renovations happen this quarter, we contributed to the gifting of a healthy space for a domestic abuse survivor and her son to call home. The additional funds we raised in an attempt to furnish two apartments, were given directly to the sponsored family to further support them in their transition! A week prior to the final donation hand-off and new home reveal, we shut down our Dallas office and took time off to volunteer at the Dwell With Dignity warehouse putting things together, sorting…

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Pro Decorating Tips To Make A Studio Apartment Feel More Spacious

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According to recent data, “studio” was the second most popular term used in apartment searches on Google last year, and we definitely get it! Renting a studio apartment boasts some great benefits: less furniture needed to fill the space, more opportunity to live in your fav neighborhood while staying in budget, a reason to apply that Marie Kondo method, your bed is also your couch )and dining room table) – the list goes on and on.  With as many benefits as studios bring, let’s be real: making that “efficient” amount of space feel more spacious is at the forefront of decorating efforts! Well, we asked Texas-based certified interior decorator and party stylist, Chári Herndon for her best tips and tricks to make a studio feel more spacious, and she gave some super easy decorating advice. In a hurry? Just skim the bolded bits so you can get to decorating! Top five tips, as told by the pro herself: “Utilize vertical space as much as possible. Incorporate a bookshelf or mounted wall shelves to take up less space.” “Larger heavier furniture will make a small room look cramped and take up way too much space. Instead, add pieces with exposed legs. When you can see the floor in a space, it tricks the eye and gives the space a more open look.” “Don’t be afraid to use pops of color. Adding a bit of color will liven up the room. Adding a colorful area rug, throw pillows, or artwork can bring…

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Master Guide to Baby-Proofing Your Apartment

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Congratulations on becoming a parent (to more than a fur baby)! Let’s be honest, kids are some of the sneakiest humans out there – they’ll touch, pull, open, smash, climb, _______ (insert verb) anything. Here’s a room-by-room guide to child-proof your apartment so those small humans stay safe while they’re doing all their “exploring.” First things first: the bedroom (yours and theirs) The main key to safety-proofing a bedroom is securing furniture and electronics. Use a few anchors or brackets to connect things like your dresser, night stand, bookshelf, photos or television so they don’t topple over for any reason. If you have a baby crib in the apartment, anchor it to a wall and double-check that the slats along the bottom are only six centimeters apart so that your small human doesn’t get their little head stuck anywhere it’s not supposed to be. Experts also suggest keeping the crib free of small toys, stuffed animals and blankets so that nothing causes hazards to their ability to breath. Windows Make sure your windows have screens on the outside and only open about three inches. Those little schemers are master contortionists and can fit in the smallest spaces. If that’s not an option, window guards are a great way to make sure the windows aren’t easily budged when they are open. When it comes to blinds that have loose cords, keep the hanging tassels as short as possible so there’s way less risk of those getting caught on a child’s neck…

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5 Brand New Dallas Apartments Opening In Time For Summer 2019

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Temperatures are heating up and the Dallas apartment market with it! As summer approaches, everyone is on the hunt for the newest property to move into. We got the inside scoop on what’s popping up around town, so you can be the very first to dance around to Lizzo in the living room. The Hudson Pet friendly and in one of Dallas’ most desirable locations, Knox/Henderson, this stunning new property comes complete with spacious floor plans and 8′ ceilings. Hang out with your friends at the outdoor sky lounge complete with wine room (yes, a whole room!) and an outdoor patio, then walk to all the lively, hot spots down the street. The Hudson has studios, one, two, and three bedrooms available to lease this month with the cheapest units starting at $1975. photo source Alexan Lower Greenville Right in the heart of Lowest Greenville, this luxurious property boasts some awesome amenities such as a golf simulator, rideshare lounge for you to wait for your Uber/Lyft, two-story fitness center complete with yoga studio, and more. This modern property offers studio, one and two bedroom apartments (equipped with luxury finishes, like REAL WOOD FLOORS!) as well as split-level townhome style units! Alexan Lower Greenville is currently open for move-ins with rates beginning at $1500. photo source Amelia at the Farmers Market Opening early June, Amelia at the Farmers Market puts you steps away from all the shops, restaurants, and entertainment in the Dallas Farmers Market. Take a dip in the rooftop, infinity edge pool…

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Prep For The Dallas PRIDE Parade With Dallasites101

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It’s almost Pride weekend, and we’re gearing up for the LGBTQ events by curating a list of must-do’s leading up to the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade! So, how should you prep for PRIDE? FIRST, THE DETAILS This year marks the 36th Annual Dallas PRIDE Parade, taking place on Sunday, June 2nd at Fair Park (for the first time ever)! The theme is Stonewall Strong, Dallas Proud in honor of the New York City Stonewall riots and it is sure to be another inclusive, colorful commemoration! Photo courtesy of Dallas Pride GET THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO DALLAS PRIDE There is a fabulous and very extensive “Pride Guide” produced by Dallas Pride and The Dallas Voice, available for free digital download here. In 80 pages, it covers the logistics for the parade and festival, plus A LOT more about the LGBTQ community in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Dallasites101 HAVE A PREGAME FIESTA AT LA VENTANA IN OAK LAWN The La Ventana location in Oak Lawn, popularly known as Dallas’ “Gayborhood,” has one of the most vibrant, yet relaxed patios in the city! What better way to make plans for the Pride events, than over tacos and margs with your LGBT+ friends and allies?! Photo courtesy of Out Of the Closet SHOP FOR RAINBOW SWAG There are a few stops you can make to shop for your parade outfit! Out of the Closet Thrift Store in Oak Lawn actively supports and markets towards the LGBT+ community. Beyond being able to find bomb-dot-com…

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Q&A with Smart City Founder and CEO, Cassie Brown

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If you’ve ever come to a Smart City function, chances are you’ve seen our fearless leader, Cassie Brown, climb onto a table and give a speech so encouraging and genuine that you left with goosebumps and feeling more inspired than you thought possible; after all, she is the ultimate hype-(wo)man! But if you haven’t seen it in person, we thought you still deserved to get a glimpse of Cassie’s passion and what makes her a small business champion/real estate disrupter. So, we pulled her into a room and asked her all kinds of questions. Grab a snack and check out how the conversation went! Just going to jump right in–what gets you out of bed in the morning? The people I work with and the purpose of the company! I get excited that I don’t have to wake up and be somebody else or put a suit and tie on and be anything but me. I get to come to work as myself, hang out with people that I really like hanging out with and solve really cool business problems–my brain gets to work all day. So your eyes open in the morning and you think, “Yes! Problem solving”? Most days, yeah! I love going to work. Honestly, any job will have bad days. There are some days where I think I’m not suited for this. But it was a transition. I didn’t just wake up one day and become the CEO of a 20 million dollar company. It’s been…

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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Moving can be stressful, especially if you’re heading across the country to pursue a new job opportunity. Dallas is one city that has always been known for its ability to attract and generate wealth — which is making it a popular destination for many people. If you’re heading to the Lone Star State, here is a quick and comprehensive moving guide for moving to Dallas, so you don’t forget anything important. Find an Apartment The first thing you need to do for your moving to Dallas checklist is find an apartment. Do some research on the city’s median rental rates. As of October 2018, the median rent in Dallas was $1,157 per month, but that can change dramatically depending on how many rooms you need and how much square footage there is. Plan on paying no more than 30 percent of your household income on housing costs. If you’re moving for a job, talk to your new employer. You might be able to negotiate a decent relocation package to help you cover some or all of the costs of moving to a new city. Make sure you research the neighborhood you’ll be moving into to make sure it’s got everything you’re looking for, whether that means you want to be within walking distance of good restaurants or you want to have access to good public transportation. It’s not hard to find everything you want in a neighborhood, but it does require some research. The Logistics Now for the complicated part…

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