Best of 2021: Texas Triffid Ranch, Promenade Clocks and more business features from Richardson

Carnivorous plants.
The Texas Triffid Ranch carries a variety of carnivorous plants. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Texas Triffid Ranch carries a variety of carnivorous plants. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is a roundup of business features that appeared in the Richardson edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2021.

January

Music SO Simple offers instrument instruction in Richardson

After starting with just one other teacher in 2016, Music SO Simple now has 11 instructors. The business offers lessons in piano, flute, guitar, voice and violin out of the studio Orwig opened in Richardson’s Arapaho Station development on Plano Road in 2018.

February


Richardson institution Hooks Vacuums offers vacuum sales, repairs

In addition to selling and repairing vacuums, Hooks Vacuums also works on commercial machines, offers carpet cleaning and sells supplies and chemicals.

March

Painting with a Twist in Richardson offers variety of classes, opportunities to give back to the community

Classes and events are BYOB, but the business provides customers with all other supplies, owner Kim Garrison said, from paints and canvases to glasses and corkscrews.

April

Promenade Clocks has offered sales, repair services in Richardson for nearly 50 years

Like an antique timepiece, Promenade Clocks has changed hands a few times since it opened in Richardson’s Promenade Shopping Center in 1972. Owner Fred Bartholomew purchased the business from his aunt and uncle in 2009 after working for them for nearly a decade. He now operates the sales and repair shop with his brother, Mark, and his daughter, Anna.

May

Saint Anita Studio owner says building relationships is his favorite part of business in Richardson

Owner Henry Jerome Mendoza has 15 years of experience in the hair industry. He has managed salons, is licensed as a cosmetologist and is cross trained as a barber. He opened Saint Anita Studio in September 2019 in the Richardson Lockwood District. Before that, Mendoza had a salon in Highland Park.

June

Family-owned Cake Carousel brings baking supplies, classes to Richardson

When Jeri Kopecky first bought Richardson-based baking supply store Cake Carousel in 1998, she had one employee and the help of her husband, Richard. Today, Cake Carousel has expanded to a larger Richardson location, opened a second store in Arlington and has multiple employees.

July

TL Remodeling in Richardson leads clients through custom home renovation projects

When Peter Garcia first opened his business nearly 20 years ago, it offered only tile sales and installation. But as the company’s reputation and client base grew, so did its services. For 17 years, his company was called Tile Land, but in early 2020, the company rebranded and became TL Remodeling.

August

Richardson business Action Video Service specializes in transfers of film, audio recordings

For more than 20 years, Action Video Service has been helping customers “rescue their memories” from old recordings, as owner Lance Gray likes to describe it. The business, which has been located in the Arapaho Village development for the last decade, specializes in digitizing media from film and video tapes, audio recordings, slides, photos and more.

September

Carnivorous plant gallery Texas Triffid Ranch offers rare selection in Richardson

Tucked away in a shaded corner of a south Richardson business park, Paul Riddell runs a viewing gallery without any typical art installations. Instead, the Texas Triffid Ranch offers visitors the chance to view 45 different species of carnivorous plants and hybrids. Carnivorous plants attract, capture and digest small creatures.

October

Artist Uprising Studios strives to bring creatives together in Richardson

Networking and a collaborative workspace are critical to an artist’s success, according to David and Merrick Porcheddu. The couple, who own Artist Uprising and Artist Uprising Studios in Richardson, said their two-pronged business works to accomplish both.

November

Family-run Repertory Company Theatre brings 35 years of performances to Richardson

For more than three decades, Repertory Company Theatre has brought musicals and theater education to the city of Richardson. The troupe-driven, nonprofit operation hosts annual productions ranging from classics to new Broadway hits.

December

Ascot+Hart brings funky fashion, home goods, more to Richardson

A vintage Willie Nelson T-shirt hangs on the wall at Ascot+Hart—just behind a table of colorful greeting cards and Palo Santo incense sticks and to the right of shelves lined with trucker hats. Checker print, neon signs and smiley faces galore add to the fun and funky atmosphere owners Jen Coleman and Laura Wiertzema said they were excited to bring to Richardson with their boutique.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.