As Global Threads continues to travel the world and become entrenched in so many cities in all parts of the world, we wanted to pause for a moment to begin our highlight series on our home: Dallas, Texas. Why Dallas, you ask? According to the Dallas City Hall website: “Entrepreneurship is part of the Dallas spirit.” So for us, settling here was a no brainer. Dallas is a major international hub, and a great place to start and grow a small business.
Dallas sports are certainly diverse when it comes to college and professional athletics. There is support for both local and state universities including Southern Methodist University (SMU), which is close to downtown Dallas, University of Texas, about 3 hours away in Austin, and Texas A&M, about 3 hours south of the city. While living here I have seen so many different universities represented. Additionally, Dallas has become a hotspot for recent college graduates from all over the US making fandom for locals just as easy to spot as fandom for other colleges located outside of Texas. (Fair warning: if you ever move to Dallas, be wary of the Texas A&M Aggies as they are all apart of a secret society and they think their football team is really good. However, they usually start off 6-0 and end 2-5.)
In terms of professional sports, the Mavericks (NBA) and the Stars (NHL) play at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas. Speaking from experience, games at the AA Arena are exciting events. The Stars have had a good run recently, and Dallas is a great city for hockey. I am looking forward to this season as they have just signed Alexander Radulov, making our forward line terrifying for all opposing teams. Mavs games are always crazy with fans going wild not only for the players, but also for their Billionaire owner Mark Cuban as he gets as close as he can to the hoop to scream at the referees all night. So if you don’t love basketball, you can just watch Cuban for the night’s entertainment (as a personal hero of mine in the game of entrepreneurship, I look for any excuse to watch him in action). I can’t forget about both the Texas Rangers (MLB), and of course the world famous Dallas Cowboys (NFL) are also a major attractions. AT&T Stadium, Also known as Jerry’s World, is certainly a sight to see. It looks like a giant spaceship and you can see it from several miles away. Just be wary, the stadium itself is not actually in Dallas. It’s not the worst drive but for visitors, but getting to Arlington is not the cheapest Uber or Lyft ride. However, there are shuttles from Fort Worth & if you have a big enough group, hiring the “Bowl Bus” is always a fun time. Finally the Texas Rangers are the reigning American League West Champions and voters in Arlington approved funding for a new stadium that will have a retractable roof and, most importantly, air conditioning. Indoor baseball will take adjustment but on hot summer days it will be welcome. The new stadium opens just south of the existing Globe Life Park in 2020. There will also be a new entertainment district called Texas Live with restaurants, hotels and other fun activities scheduled to open in 2018.
Global Threads home office in Dallas, TX
Global Threads has a special place in our hearts for Dallas. Growing the company in this city from a small college hobby has been an unbelievable ride. The city has allowed us to explore our limits (so far, we have none haha), and take our business to the next level over and over again. The Global Threads company has products in the iconic Wild Bills western store in the west end of downtown Dallas, and has an expansive client this in the DFW area.
Over the past year and a half there were some things it took time to get used to after moving from Seattle. But Dallas is a fantastic city for small businesses or up and coming entrepreneurs, with the main attraction being lower cost of living than other popular startup destinations. For example, San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C. have such high costs of living that it would be much more difficult to get a small business off the ground without major investors. Choosing Dallas allowed Global Threads to exist without the influence of major corporate investors, allowing us to truly follow our dream. It was a major risk to go full time into Global Threads for me, and it was certainly a feat I couldn’t have done if I was home in Seattle. Dallas has a great talent pool where I have found incredible candidates who are wiling and able to handle tough job responsibilities to help the company grow. Because of Dallas I was able to find a talented team to really make Global Threads into a company instead of simply an idea. Since moving to Dallas, Global Threads has added a talented lead graphic designer, a hardworking sales team, and a creative website development team.
Seahawks vs Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
We wanted to thank the City of Dallas for all it has done to help grow my dream and make it into a reality for the Global Threads team.
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