We love a list and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, a very charitable Dallasite dishes on her obsession for theater, Thai food and outdoor recreation.
Barbara Johnson is the president of Hope Supply Co., a Dallas-based nonprofit that meets the critical needs of homeless children. From collecting diapers, school supplies, toys and more, Hope Supply Co. is the only organization in town that helps meet the needs of the 1,100-plus homeless children in North Texas. Barbara joined the organization in 2015 and has initiated new, exciting projects to make a difference in the community. She’s the one to go to when it comes to programming, staffing, board development and fundraising. One of the newest events is Party for Hope, an engaging and entertaining discussion of modern politics with James Carville and Mary Matalin. Party for Hope will take place on January 26 at the Bush Institute. Read on for her Best In Dallas picks!
“I am a dog lover and spend a lot of my free time exercising with my four wonderful furry friends in beautiful East Dallas where I live near White Rock Lake,” Barbara told us. “White Rock Lake is a gem for Dallas. Thankfully, it is well protected by citizens who care about Dallas having nature outlets. Its beauty surprises me every time I am there to walk, jog or bike.” The Dog Park is one of her favorite places at the park, along with the recently expanded bike trails. Barbara’s top pick, however, is a day trip from the lake to Deep Ellum with lunch on the way.
“I tend to frequent any and all Thai restaurants because they are usually BYOB,” she told us. The Asian-raised philanthropist is a huge fan of Asian food, naturally. She loves Thai food the most, especially in the lower Greenville area. Thai Thai is a great low-key spot with hearty traditional Thai dishes such as Pad Thai.
I Heart Dallas: East Dallas
After living in Preston Hollow for 25 years, Barbara has fallen in love with her new home: East Dallas. “I love that Dallas has so many different areas with different types of people,” she exclaimed. “I feel like I have discovered a new city within the city of Dallas. I am partial to the natural beauty in East Dallas and the progressive nature of the people here.” This neighborhood gem is perfect for a laid back gal who loves big-city attractions.
It’s safe to say that Barbara is a fan of the arts. A season ticket holder at Dallas Theater Center, she frequents classic and contemporary productions at the unique Flora Street space. “Each season, there is a wide variety of shows with something for everyone,” she said. “They are great quality and very affordable compared to other theater tickets in town. Also, you can’t find a bad seat at the Wyly.”
Image 1 courtesy of Barbara Johnson. Image 2 courtesy of Clay Stapp. Image 3 courtesy of Significant Homes. Image 4 courtesy of Babble. Image 5 courtesy of Dave Perry Miller.