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Dallas' Men of the Moment

Kristie Ramirez and Nadia Dabbakeh | March 17, 2017 | Feature Features

What do you get when you bring together a Texas songwriter, the Dallas Mavericks' hottest commodity and three buzzworthy entrepreneurs? Only our most elegant men's-only moment with the city's trailblazers—in the historic, gorgeously renovated Adolphus Hotel, no less.

Over the last few years, Bowen House has become a gathering place for a particularly pretty crowd of Dallasites. We can all thank its sharp-dressed ringmaster.

“I’ve always been in the restaurant business because of my family. My dad owns St. Martin’s on Greenville Avenue and Arthur’s in Addison. Arthur’s has been open since 1948; it’s the oldest operating restaurant in Dallas. I’ve always worked for my family, and this opportunity came up with Bowen House a few years ago. Since I have a fine dining background, the basic idea was: Why not do a fine dining bar without the restaurant? I didn’t want a full dining room but wanted people to be able to come in and have good cocktails, and delicious food like beef tartare and fried brie instead of greasy bar food. I’m fortunate enough to have a neighbor as great as SD Oyster Bar, which has been open for 40 years. I hope Bowen House can be something like that. I love history, and Bowen is the oldest house in Dallas County that remains in its original place, and the first house in uptown.”

The founder, creator and “Chief Vibe Officer” of Dallas-based Which Wich takes over the world, one sandwich at a time.

“I’m an entrepreneur from Detroit, where I grew up in the bar and restaurant industry. I’ve done everything from barback to parking lot cleanup. After graduate school, I decided to lay down roots in Dallas, where I started Genghis Grill in the ’90s—I’ve always been attracted to customization and alliterative names. I started Which Wich in our first location on Main Street. I really just wanted to “do it better,” meaning, build sandwiches with a heavy hand and always err on the side of my guests. I’m so proud that my second decade with the brand has allowed me to create business ownership opportunities for hundreds of partners and created tens of thousands of jobs around the world. Which Wich sits at nearly 500 restaurants, but we never forget we were homegrown in Dallas. We started expanding internationally three years ago and currently have locations in 11 countries in Latin America and the Middle East. We recently signed a deal with fantastic partners who want to bring the brand to the U.K. We’ll be opening the first London store by the end of this year and plan to open 10 in central London over the next five years. Plus, I’ve been working on a coffee concept over the last year [Supernova] that combines my passion for energy and coffee.” @jeffsinelli

Forty Five Ten made its head-turning move to Main Street last fall. Its proprietor has never been happier.

“I’ve always been into clothes, but absolutely because of the fantasy of them and the image they convey. I was a very lonely child, and clothes were a way to express who I wanted to be, even if that wasn’t really who I was. Fashion can be amazingly transformative. My position with Forty Five Ten has evolved, but I still touch everything while letting my amazing team do what they do best, which in itself takes a lot of self-control. I like to try to take the customer’s view in everything we do. I ask a lot of questions like, ‘Where is someone wearing that?’ and ‘How does the customer know that is what we are trying to say,’ or, simply, ‘Does this look/taste/sound/smell/feel good?’ The downtown store itself is a completely blank canvas to tap into the zeitgeist of the moment, but it feels new and also like its been there forever. It also may never really be finished, which I love. Shelly [Musselman] would be over the moon about this, and she would feel like it has a soul. That is what she always cared most about. I never want to feel that it’s actually done. That is what I love about retail. Constant reinvention. I have never been bored in 17 years.” @brianrbolke

Styled by Gray Gorcherding

This baller is an NBA Championship winner, Team USA gold medalist and now a Dallas Maverick small forward with big dreams.

“This summer was pretty hectic. I changed teams, from the Golden State Warriors to the Dallas Mavericks; I got engaged; I played in the Rio Olympics... so, it was a lot of things going on and in a very short couple [of] months, especially after the finals last year. It’s been a big shift, but it’s been great being here in Dallas, where the community and fan support has been phenomenal. I was kind of in a lesser role for my first four years [on the] Golden State [team], so coming to Dallas was totally different—it’s been a change of pace, being a number one option on the team and taking on that responsibility, and... [trying to] get better every single night, but also trying to be a leader. It’s been a great year of growth for me personally, to be able to play for Mark Cuban, learn from coach Carlisle and play with Dirk [Nowitzki] for at least one year, and hopefully another. Cuban was a little disappointed that I wasn’t dunking more, so he started a project where every dunk I do, he’ll make a contribution to the charity of my choice, which is the Boys and Girls Club of South Dallas. I was on the board of directors there when I was in the Bay area, and want to do the same in Dallas.” @hbarnes

Styled by Stephanie Quadri and Havilah Bender

This Texas singer-songwriter made it big with Columbia Records in Nashville, Tenn., but wanted to do things his way and came home. This month, he releases his 10th album.

“I stated playing guitar when I was 6, and I came from a church family. My parents played and they were incredible. I made a life out of it. Overall, it’s been great to make a life out of it. My new album, Long Hard Ride, will be out April 21. This album is a greatest hits of my songs from the past 20 years. It’s about the whole experience of making music, going to Nashville and then coming back home to Texas. It’s been a great ride, but it’s had its ups and downs. I’m very proud of this album. I’ve got 14 others artists, like Roger Creager and Bonnie Bishop, singing with me on this record. This is my 10th album, and the reason I’m releasing it in April is because of the Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival in Stephenville April 24 to 29. There will be 50,000 people there over the week. The hard times I went through were me learning how to keep having fun doing this for a living. Now it’s all fun. I feel like I was put here on this earth to play music. Music is the way I make people smile. I just want to connect. That’s all I care about. It’s been a gift.” @deryldodd


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