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The Scout Guide: Texas Strong

The Scout Guide Texas

The Scout Guide is now home to five cities in the Lone Star State. The Scout Guide Dallas is honored to be a part of The Scout Guide Texas family, which has expanded to include the beautifully crafted city guides of Austin, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Each city guide aims to showcase the homegrown and independently owned Texas businesses through a stunning print publication, carefully curated city blogs, and regularly updated social media pages.  Here is a glimpse of each Texas city and the faces behind them.

The Scout Guide Dallas

The Scout Guide Dallas – Co-editors Brittany Gaskill and Martha Griffin

TSG Fort Worth The Scout Guide Fort Worth – Editor Kate Huey

The Scout Guide Austin The Scout Guide Austin - Editor Kelsay Bentley

The Scout Guide San Antonio The Scout Guide San Antonio -  Editor Francie Mannix

The Scout Guide Houston The Scout Guide Houston – Whitney Crenshaw

TSG Texas

Don’t miss out on the best local businesses, artisans and entrepreneurs Texas has to offer. You can order a Scout Guide from all of your favorite Texas cities on the Scout Guide online store HERE!


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TSG Dallas: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the Season and we’ve been busy Scouting around town to bring you our 2014 TSG Dallas Holiday Gift Guide! You won’t want to miss giving some of our favorite items from many of our TSG Dallas Volume 3 featured businesses. Don’t forget that by supporting LOCAL businesses first, you make an impact on all of us in our community.

Dallas Holiday Gift Guide


1. Moore & Giles Pamplona Weekend Bag, Limited Edition from POCKETS MENSWEAR2. Armand Diradourian cashmere travel blankets with hand-stitched leather band that doubles as a wrap bracelet from CANARY  3. 8CT pave diamond dazzler in 18K rose gold from NINE-EIGHTEEN 4.  Custom linen guest towels with a hand finished monogram. Stitched in a metallic thread with a metallic twill inset trim from ELLIS-HILL  5. Globo Boxes from BLUEPRINT. Comes in three sizes. 6. Vintage holiday ornaments from AVANT GARDEN 7. Brenda Houston Onyx bowl from LAURA LEE CLARK .

Join us in helping small businesses thrive, especially during the holiday shopping season in Dallas and across the country. You can see The Scout Guide National Gift Guide HERE.

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Seasonal Sips from Dean’s Wine List

When hosting a holiday get-together, nothing can spice up your celebratory soiree like the perfect beverage. Dean’s Wine List has a party-perfect drink for all of your holiday gatherings this season.

Christmas Dinner

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Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse: Comprised of 100% Chardonnay from southern Burgundy, this gem is full bodied and creamy in nature.  The 100% stainless steel preparation makes it a perfect pairing to please any dinner guest. This Chardonnay is also known for pairing well with a multitude of dishes.

Deerfield ‘Merlot Cuvee’:  Do not let the fact that this wine is Merlot based fool you, it is a Cabernet lover’s Merlot.  Blended from seven vineyards and combined with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this seasonal favorite is full bodied with subtle yet complex and integrated tannins. It will stand up to the heartiest of dishes without being overpowering.


Holiday Party


Rotta ‘White Blend’: A delectable blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay that is sure to be a true crowd pleaser. This blend appeals to most white wine lovers due to its subtle combination of body and crispness.  This white blend is perfect as an aperitif and also pairs effortlessly with most hors d’oeuvres.

Planet Oregon Pinot Noir: A perfect red wine for mixing and mingling.  This is a medium bodied wine that is ideally enjoyed as a solo affair. The presence of cherry and bright fruit flavors makes this wine perfect for a holiday party. It also accompanies hors d’oeuvres beautifully.


New Year’s Eve


Let’s face it; it’s all about bubbles.  Here are two bubbling beverages that are great for ringing in the New Year.

Gerard Bertrand ‘Thomas Jefferson Cuvee’: This sparkler has an overall elegance and balance highlighted by notes of buttered toast and hazelnut. A beautiful floral quality, brought together with charactersitcs of minerality, can be detected on the finish.

Simmonet Febvre Crement de Bougogne Rose: This sparkling wine is fresh and vivacious in style, displaying powerful aromas of red fruit (raspberry and red currant). It is ideally served for an aperitif, but it will also match perfectly with desserts crafted with red fruits and chocolate.


Thank you to the Dean’s Wine List for helping us check a box off of our holiday to-do list. We can’t wait to sip on these holiday selections! All the wines listed and so many more are available through the Dean’s List Website.  They  even deliver complimentary straight to your door within Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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SCOUTED: Local Food and Drink

In honor of Small Business Saturday, we have put together a list of our favorite food and drink companies  in Dallas. We can’t wait to shop Saturday to celebrate to support these and other  local businesses and all they do for our community.

Mölli Mexican Sauces and Marinades

Tired of laboring in the kitchen for hours in hopes of crafting flavorful authentic Mexican food? The creators of Mölli Mexican Sauces and Marinades have you covered. Mölli allows customers to savor the true flavors of Mexico without spending hours in the kitchen. Whether you are looking to capture the “fire and spice” of Mexico City or the sweet and smoky flavors found in Southern Mexico, Mölli has a sauce or marinade for everyone. Mölli cooking sauces and marinades are created using real ingredients and traditional recipes found in the interior regions of Mexico. Mölli will celebrate its second birthday in January! If you are a Mexican food enthusiast like us go to their website  and get your hands on some of the best sauces and marinades around.

TSG FAVORITE: Veracruz Cooking Sauce and Oaxaca Marinade

Molli Sauces

Kuby’s Sausage House

Kuby’s Sausage House has been a distinguished Dallas institution for more than five decades. The family-owned German specialty store offers high-quality food products including a large selection of homemade sausages, cold cuts, gourmet cheeses and European salads. Other specialty services include hand crafted European gift baskets, wild game processing and catering. Did we mention they also serve breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch and dinner? Visit Kuby’s Sausage House and enjoy the outstanding traditions and recipes that have been handed down from father to son for more than 14 generations.

TSG FAVORITES: Meat Rubs, Chicken Salad and Pork Chops



Want an easy way to make your life a little bit sweeter? Fluffpop Gourmet Cotton Candy will be your new favorite sweet treat. Fluffpop, a flavorful, low-calorie, gluten-free and vegan treat, brings spun sugar to a new level. Their fancy cotton candy can be shipped as a gift or customized to your liking through ‘The Mini Mason.’ If you prefer to have your sweet treat spun on-site at an event, a Fluffpop DJ is the way to go. Fluffpop DJ’s create stylish sweets that can be passed as sweet hors d’oeuvres, served in a signature cocktail or even spun on a lit glow stick. The delicious, fluffy treats range in flavors from lychee to strawberry. Good luck picking your favorite!



Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters

Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters is our go to micro-roaster for fabulous, fresh coffee. The people at Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters not only strive to bring the best coffee possible to the DFW area, they also aim to create a better quality of life for the farmers across the globe that provide their exceptional products. This makes us love them even more! After starting in a garage, Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters has grown to supply fresh coffee for coffeehouses and restaurants stretching from McKinney to Midlothian. Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters products can be found at Whole Foods and Central Market stores across North Texas, or you can visit their coffeehouse located in Oak Cliff. Don’t forget to bring a mug when you stop by, the eco-friendly store is paperless. In addition, adorable tumblers are available for purchase in-store if you prefer a souvenir with your fabulous fresh coffee!

TSG FAVORITE: Rosemont Crest

Oak Cliff Roasters

Hey Sweetie Bakery

“Hey Sweetie! What are you baking?” is a question Nancy Scripps has heard a time or two. Upon returning home from a long day, Scripps’ husband was always curious what delectable treat his talented wife was crafting in the kitchen. After years of dedicated baking, Scripps decided to take a chance in the bakery business and opened Hey Sweetie Bakery. We are sure glad she did! Hey Sweetie Bakery offers everything from classic brownies to toasted coconut sweet bread. Thank you, Hey Sweetie Bakery for satisfying our serious sweet tooth.

TSG FAVORITE: Chocolate Chip Cookie


Deep Ellum Brewery

What is not to love about a local hot spot whose mission is to bring good beer to the people? , situated in the arts and entertainment neighborhood of Deep Ellum, has been dedicated to crafting extraordinary beers for 4 years. After consistently being disappointed with the status quo of the beer world, Deep Ellum Brewery’s founding fathers united in hopes of bringing better beer to Dallas. And they are doing just that. Whether you are a Mexican-style lager lover or pale ale aficionado, Deep Ellum Brewery has got you covered. Visit the Deep Ellum Taproom, open Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 10 pm and Saturday 12 pm to 10 pm., to find your favorite year-round and seasonal brew.

TSG FAVORITE: Dallas Blonde


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The Nardos Imam Cocktail Collection

Couture designer, Nardos Imam, consistently amazes us with her custom wedding gowns and bridal collections. Imam’s latest endeavor, The Nardos Imam Cocktail Collection, is nothing short of fabulous. After countless request from clients, Imam put her artistry to work and created a stunning collection of classy, elegant and made-to-measure garments.

IMG_0429 (2) (1024x768) The luxurious collection is constructed of all natural fibers. Each gown undergoes a unique and special process, which results in an immaculately constructed piece that allows Imam’s clients to feel beautiful. Imam distinguishes herself from other designers by her ability to capture women’s femininity in a way that is both timeless and classic.

“The client should not fit the dress, the dress should fit the client,” Imam said.

Imam was kind enough to style us for our Scout is Out Soiree. Here is a behind the scenes look at our one-on-one styling session!

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Stylist, DeLayna Navarro, helps Martha put the finishing touches on her elegant cocktail dress.

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Brittany models a sleek black pencil skirt paired with a delicate Chantilly lace top. The Chantilly lace top can be worn to a cocktail party or even paired with a crisp white blouse for the office or a luncheon. The two pieces are extremely versatile and a must have in any wardrobe.

Martha and Brittany Nardo The final product! Brittany and Martha stun at the Scout is Out Soiree in their flawless Nardos Imam designs.

Nardos Team Mackenzie Brittingham Sumrall, DeLayna Navarro and Nardos Imam celebrate with Martha and Brittany at the Scout is Out Soiree.

Be sure to stop by Nardos Imam to check out her latest cocktail dress line and Tell Them SCOUT Sent You!


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Blue Print Art Show: Meet Their Local Artists

At The Scout Guide Dallas we love LOCAL and we love beautiful ART! What better way to spend an evening,  than at Blue Print meeting four of their favorite Dallas-Fort Worth artists.  Spoiler Alert: Fort Worth artist Joey Lancaster will make her Scout Guide debut  next week when The Scout Guide Fort Worth launches.


Art Show

See  what inspires each artist, snapshots of their studios or a sampling of their creative genius on the Blue Print blog: Meet Some Our Local Artists.

Stop by Blue Print on November 13th from 5 pm to 7 pm and Tell Them SCOUT Sent You!