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16 A MESSAGE FROM OUR HEART A s we push through these trying times with the COVID-19 pandemic and the terrible, unwarranted deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and a multitude of others, we are listening to impassioned speeches by leaders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement with the hope that as we move through this era in history, we will forge a new trail. As fall approaches, we're preparing for the possibility of new forms of charitable events. Whether it's masks and social distancing at live events, Zoom talks, or printed materials, we will be there to support. Texas Design Week Dallas (September 21 – 25) will go proudly forward with all safety precautions in place, as will the PaperCity Design Awards with Dallas Design District and Dunhill Partners on Monday, September 21, at the new Virgin Hotels Dallas. Check for the most up-to-date information. The show house of all show houses, Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas, opens Thursday, September 24, during Texas Design Week Dallas, and is open through October 25. With about 22 designers from NYC, L.A., and across Texas chosen to design rooms, this is a design coup for our state. We hope everyone will join together to support our local community in whatever ways make you most comfortable. Whether it's dining out at restaurants, ordering curbside pick-up, shopping locally in boutiques or from the comfort and safety of your home, or visiting museums virtually or in person, every bit helps our local and national retailers and restaurants recover from financial hardship. As a company, PaperCity is proud to support our community through our digital and print platforms, providing readers with new content throughout the day and allowing people to feel connected, even when we cannot all be together. We're happy to see that our contribution to the community is working, as the traffic on our site has increased to more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month — showing us that has been an important resource for Dallas and Houston during this difficult time. In print, we are focusing on art and design, photographing home interiors and stunning new collections in lighting, rugs, linens, and tableware. We're interviewing people who are turning on a dime to make art, retail, and restaurants reflect our times. In the throes of COVID-19, Brian Bolke has opened The Conservatory on Two, a stunning repository of Considered Luxury (Bolke's mantra), with mindful pricing. PaperCity editor Billy Fong calls Bolke "the retail whisperer." And the Kimpton Pittman Hotel has opened in Deep Ellum in a building with a story for our times. Built in 1916, it was the first commercial building built by and for African-Americans; the hotel is named after its African-American architect, William S. Pittman, the brother-in-law of Booker T. Washington. Have a wonderful summer. And, stay safe! Jim Kastleman President Chad Miller President UPI Digital Monica Bickers Group Publisher Brooke Dowdy Dallas Publisher Holly Moore Editor in Chief Billy Fong Culture/Style Editor Rebecca Sherman Home Design Editor & the PaperCity family

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