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Name: Mindy Green

City: Dallas

Neighborhood: Lakewood

Company/Title: Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Associate

When did you move here? From where?
November 2016, from Houston, Texas

Where else have you lived?
Houston, Texas, and San Marcos, Texas 

What made you Say Yes to Dallas?
I moved to Dallas for a job opportunity at a top public relations firm

How has your opinion of the Dallas Region changed since moving here?
Because I’m from Houston, I bought into the rivalry between the two cities. Now, after moving to Dallas, I’ve realized I didn’t know how much the city has to offer. I like that it has its own culture and that each neighborhood is so different from the next. Also, I attended my first NHL game which was a cool experience.

Tell us about your city/neighborhood. What do you like best? What makes it different?
I live in Lakewood, and my first impression is that it is family-friendly, just like the neighborhood in which I grew up. It’s in close proximity to the mall, movie theaters, bookstores and a variety of restaurants. I love the trails by The Village Apartments and the fact that I live just a mile from the We Yogis studio where I practice yoga. Lastly, the nearby flagship Half Price Books was where I got to meet one of my favorite healthy lifestyle inspirations, Kayla Itsines, at a book signing.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to move here?
I would tell someone, especially my Houston friends, to visit Dallas for a weekend to explore and experience the different districts. I would also recommend visiting local businesses because they are unique to Dallas. For example, I prefer the local indoor-cycling studio Zyn22 to larger corporate studios.

What is your passion, and how does Dallas help fulfill it?
I recently joined a national professional organization, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), to help me with my career, and I was very impressed with the people I met in the Dallas chapter. By moving to Dallas, I can now expand my professional network and make lifelong connections and relationships.

Where do you go and what do you do on the weekends or days off?
On weekends, I sometimes venture to Uptown to window shop or meet friends for brunch in Deep Ellum. I’ve also attended organized activities like yoga in Klyde Warren Park and The Morning After, A Dallas Observer Brunch Event.

Where do you like to shop? Why?
I love The Shops at Park Lane because it offers quality brands at affordable prices.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I noticed a lot of people I work with and have met are transplants, which I think contributes to the diverse culture here.

Q+A has been edited for clarity and brevity.

Photo Credit: Michael Samples