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PaperCity Dallas September 2023

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W e love to frequent the legendary watering h o l e s t u c k e d i n s i d e b e l o v e d retail destinations — t h i n k B G Restaurant on the seventh floor of Bergdorf Goodman and L'Avenue tucked inside Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship. Now Dallas' storied retailer Stanley Korshak has unveiled its own cocktail spot — or, rather, three. Owner Crawford Brock and director of visual and store planning, Jim Pedersen, popped up a trio OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. M id-centuryphiles, rejoice. You know who you are — those who worship at the altar of all things Mad Men. You've watched A Single Man, Tom Ford's seminal film with its laser-focused details from that era too many times to count. And you're always on the lookout for a new Saarinen chair to lounge in while listening to Rosemany Clooney's "Mambo Italiano" vintage vinyl on your record player. You finally have a place to score a reservation. The new Dallas-based lodging company Mod Motels — the brainchild of luxury motel developers and siblings Lisa Lennox, Cathy Bonner, and Kirk Bonner — is revitalizing motels from that era, and their first property debuts in summer 2024: Interstate Inn in Stephenville, 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Mod Motels is transforming the former Caravan Inn into a boutique property with 33 rooms and a Rat Pack-era vibe, assembling an all Dallas-based design crew for the project including lead architects Shelton Architecture, Neal Stewart Designs for the interiors, and The Guest Group designing the in-house restaurant, The Seeker. The property will retain its original mid-century architecture, including the lobby roof that resembles an interstate highway sign, and incorporate elements from the era such as cinder-block partition walls for more privacy. Each of the 33 rooms will be a unique experience, with no two rooms alike, with bold pattern and color, contrasting materials, and unique artwork. Meanwhile, The Seeker, a Stephan Pyles restaurant concept, will introduce Stephenville to one of Texas' true culinary pioneers. Pyles, the recipient of AAA Five Diamond Awards as well as two James Beard Awards (and another 12 nominations), has created 23 restaurants in seven cities over and THEN There's MOD I'll have a Bourbon Neat with that Brunello the past three decades. Stephenville is only the first stop for Mod Motels' Texas road trip. In the works is The Mimi on Main (named after founder Lisa Lennox's mother) in Fredericksburg, perfectly situated for guests to explore the downtown area's restaurants, bars, and shops. Iron Springs Lodge in Whitney promises a more rustic feel, with bunkhouses and luxury suites, as well as access to more than 200 acres with expansive riding trails. We're planning our road trips now — martinis and conga lines included. Courtney Dabney of cozy spots where customers can seek refreshment while shopping. The North Terrace bar offers a chic landing spot mid- browse, while the Cucinelli bar, designed by the Italian fashion house's creative team, anchors the Cucinelli expansive shop-in- shop on the first floor — we hear Mr. Brock and his favorite clients sometimes hold court here well after closing hour. And B 2 , known as the bourbon bar, is a focal point of Korshak's menswear department. The cocktail team will whip up whatever your heart desires, from an Arnold Palmer to a spicy margarita or a glass of bubbly. A host of events planned for the fall and next spring will bring these spots to life: Watch for Lee Trevino, who will be in-store for his son's merchandise drop, and a James Bond happy hour with the new Aston Martins holding court. We predict that Korshak will quickly become the happiest happy hour, with the most sartorial crew of cocktailers in town. Stanley Korshak, 500 Crescent Court, Christina Geyer A rendering of Interstate Inn, opening summer 2024 The bar at Stanley Korshak 48

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