Preston Royal Village Hosts Sip and See Event

While it will be much longer before some shops at the intersection of Preston and Royal are open after the Oct. 20 tornado, the stores and restaurants at Preston Royal Village are almost all up and running — and they’re celebrating with a “Holiday Sip & Shop” event on Thursday, Dec. 12.

The shopping center, which occupies the two north corners of the intersection, saw a few extended closures as stores and shops recovered from the tornado and waited for power to be restored. However, those closures happened right as most tenants were gearing up for the holiday shopping season.

“This is a great moment for you and your community to connect with old friends, create new memories, and discover gifts for the people in your life,” said Claire Wei, spokesperson for shopping center owner Edens. “Each retailer will have light bites and drinks; there will be live music by local band Tu-Tones.”

Nearly every shop and restaurant in Preston Royal Village has reopened, with the exceptions of Toy Maven – which moved to temporary digs at Preston and Forest – and Cantina Laredo, who said Tuesday evening that while they didn’t have a definite date for reopening yet, “We are working diligently to re-open as soon as possible.”

For more information about the Thursday event, click here. To get updates on your favorite shops and restaurants in the Preston Royal area, see our January print issue, which will be in newsstands and homes by Dec. 22.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at

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