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Author: Martha Jackson & Nellie Sciutto

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A weekly podcast for women living in University Park or Highland Park Texas. Funny commentary and insights on what to see and do in the neighborhood.
100 Episodes
New episode is live!  To listen visit, is our first Parental Advisory, please wait to listen until your children are not with you as we cover more mature content than we normally do!  Today we talk with Dr. Simal Patel, MD, CEO and Founder of Strut Health, about the effects of stress from the pandemic and how it is affecting our physical appearance and sexual health.  In this funny yet informative interview, Dr. Patel shares his advice on how to keep your mind, body and (you know what!) drive active.Strut Health is a newly launched telemedicine clinic is now available to help tackle life’s common, yet embarrassing problems. Strut aims to provide a high-quality digital experience with pharmaceutical treatments and customizable prescription solutions to sex, skin and hair conditions for both women and men. Dr. Patel is offering Bubble Lounge listeners 40% off of their telemedicine visit. And trust us, when you hear about the products and remedies they have to offer, you’re going to want to book an appointment!  For more information visit
We had the pleasure of recording live at one of our favorite neighborhood boutiques, Tootsies.  We talked with Store Director, Nerissa von Helpenstill and Sales Director, Dustin Holcomb who share how they have made some quick changes in the personal service they offer their clients as well as what they are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy in their store during COVID.  They also tell a few stories of in-store mishaps and visits from the Real Housewives of Dallas, so be sure to listen! PS They are having an amazing sale right now with 70% off full-price and sale styles and it ends this Saturday, August 22, so be sure to stop by!  For more information about Tootsies, visit
Park Cities' mom, Emily Wickard, left the corporate world to open a clothing boutique from home. The boutique quickly became known as almost a speakeasy for shoppers because it was usually by word of mouth that news traveled about her pop-ups held in her home each week. When COVID-19 hit, Shop Avara pivoted to selling exclusively online. While e-commerce sales grew exponentially during the shutdown, Emily missed the in-person feedback and personal connections she developed with her “Avaraistas”. And so was born “The Shop”, set up in a charming bungalow on W. Lovers Lane.Shop Avara offers women affordable fashion that is chic, unique and won’t break the bank, with in-store pop-ups from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the new location at 4239 W. Lovers Lane.For more information about Shop Avara, go to SHOPAVARA.COM or visit Shop Avara on Instagram @shop_avara
It's easy to dismiss TikTok as something for the kids. But did you know Dallas has its own TikTok doctor and she's joining us on The Bubble Lounge!Dr. Tiffany Moon is an accomplished doctor, professor, mother of two sets of twins, a hard-core fashionista, a wannabe comedian (her words!), and a famous TikTok star that has gone viral multiple times.Basically, she is an amazing woman!We’re going to talk about what it’s like working on the front lines during the pandemic, raising four kids, her tips on time management, and how her family immigrated to the US.You’re going to love this episode, Dr. Moon will have you laughing and will teach you how to be a good role model while also having a great time!And one more thing...if her last name sounds familiar, well that's not a surprise. Her husband's family owns Sam Moon - an iconic retail store that we are sure you have visited a time or two.To learn more about Dr. Moon visit and Twitter @tiffanymoonmd
There is so much uncertainty this fall with school, sports and events getting postponed or canceled.  To help us navigate this unpredictable time, we brought in Park Cities father of four, Chris Yates and Amber Fletcher of Fletcher’s Corny Dogs. We’re going to talk about what sports will look like, what happens now that the State Fair of Texas is canceled and the fate of the Red River Rivalry. For more information on Chris Yates visit  www.huddleproductions.comand @chrisyates11 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook For booking information on Fletcher’s Corny Dogs visit and @fletcherscornydogs on Instagram and Facebook
Kathy Fielder is a remarkable Park Cities mom. She does it all from lifestyle blogger, style maven, business owner and mother of two. But like so many, Kathy's businesses were hit by the pandemic and she had to make a tough decision to keep her businesses running and her employees working. Join us today as we talk to Kathy and learn how she took a bad situation and turned it into an opportunity to help frontline workers and  famlies in the Park Cities. 
Joining us today is Ron Corning, host of the popular podcast, Morning After, who also holds the title of the longest-running Bubble Lounge guest with four appearances and first-time guest, Mitch West, Regional Director of Sales at Next Star Media.This powerful duo shares what it’s like to work in the news business during a pandemic and how it’s affecting their jobs.  From the loss of sales revenue to what local politician needs to up their Zoom game, they share it all.  They also offer the perfect solution for shutting out all of the noise and clutter on the airways that are causing so many of us stress and anxiety.  A new broadcast is coming September 1st that will present accurate, honest, and middle of the road information that isn’t left or right and will include actual stories with real people and not just talking heads! To listen to Ron Corning on Morning After visit, be sure to check out CW33 at and to learn more about News Nation visit
July 4th is one of the most anticipated events in the Park Cities.  Each year thousands of families line the streets to see decorated vehicles and floats in honor of showing love to our country.  You see everything from government officials, to sports teams to neighborhood blocks participate in the parade.  Just about everyone has fond memories of watching the parade and gathering in Goar Park afterward for snacks and visiting with friends.  Unfortunately, as with so many things in 2020 the COVID virus has caused this annual festivity to be canceled.  However, the Rotary Club of Park Cities has come up with a plan to make sure our community gets its celebration on!  We invited the Rotary Club of Park Cities Parade Chair, Sarah Oliai to join us today. Sarah shares the history of the parade and all the details of their plans this year.Visit our Facebook page to watch the video and to listen visit more information on the Rotary Club of Park Cities please visit and for contest details visit
In honor of Father’s Day, we invited Park Cities dads, Ryan Scripps and Scott Mallonee to join us. They share special memories of being a dad, how to have “the talk” with your kids and what dads really want for Father’s Day.
Jetmir "Mimi" Ahmedi and Heather Street join us in The Bubble Lounge to discuss the partnership between Mimi's Pizzeria and The Family Place. While many are experiencing a glimmer of hope with the shelter-in-place order expiring and businesses beginning to open back up, for victims of family violence their COVID-19 pandemic experience has been worse than most. Local family-owned pizzeria, Mimi’s Pizzeria, off of Northwest Highway is doing their part to help. Mimi’s Pizzeria is offering a heart-shaped “Community Pie” to support the Dallas community and victims of family violence during these trying times. The local pizzeria will be donating 10% of the proceeds from each Community Pie to The Family Place. Tune in to hear how you can give back to the Dallas community and enjoy hot, fresh, New York-style pizza at the same time. To watch visit and to listen visit more information about Mimi’s Pizzeria and for The Family Place and @thefamilyplace on Instagram
There has been so much going on this year and over the past week history is being made with protests across the world. Today we talk about the importance of this time, how you can talk to your kids about it and what we can all learn.
Highland Park High School PTA President, Melissa Rieman, and Sr. Activities Co-chair, Kandi Tanner, join us on this episode. They share how a group of parents have worked together to create a very memorable end of high school experience for the Class of 2020. They have changed directions on their plans multiple times and you won’t believe everything they have accomplished, proving that anything is possible when you work together as a team.  Congratulations to the Class of 2020! 
Big news was announced this week in Texas by Governor Abbott. Starting May 22, restaurants will be able to go from 25% to 50% occupancy and bars can now open with 25% occupancy.  But what does that mean for you and your family?  To help answer our questions, we invited Kersten Rettig, Principal of Pret Marketing, and a restaurant expert who shares her insights on how restaurants are handling the changes, including those that are doing exceptionally well entertaining their guest during this challenging time. For more information on Kersten visit her blog and follow her on Instagram @kickshawpapers
The topic of face masks in the Park Cities has been so big this week that it’s made national news not once, but twice.  Between Hillstone Restaurant Group forbidding their employees to wear masks to work to the man who made verbal threats to employees of our local Whole Foods on social media.  In this episode, we discuss this week's headlines, the pros and cons of quarantine, and how we’re feeling about Dallas slowly opening businesses.
Mother’s Day is a special day to show your mother appreciation for all that she does for you. As with all special occasions, the coronavirus is having an effect on Mother’s Day and we are all figuring out ways to make the day special while also keeping a distance.With some creativity and preparation, you can give your mom a day she deserves during quarantine. This episode is full of recommendations from local merchants for gifts and treats to make the day special. Be sure to listen to receive Bubble Lounge discounts from select merchants.  Watch our stories this week for more Mother’s Day recommendations. Featured local merchants: Marcia Zimmermann - masks Kathy Fielder - masks Alto - gifts and food delivered to your front door Fox Trot Market – gifts, wine and food delivered in less than an hour to your door 
Every one of us is learning how to survive quarantine and adapt to new norms and adjust to not having the freedoms we are used to. In this episode, we talk to the ultimate survivor, Missy Payne, CBS reality show Survivor, Season 29 Blood vs. Water finalist, and Park Cities mom.   She gives us the skills to survive this crazy time and teaches us about gratitude, giving back, and how you can integrate the challenges from her book, The Invisible 7 into your family and your daily life to help you survive.  For more information visit or email Missy at
In this episode, we talk to Christine McKenny of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, who will tell you everything you need to know about buying and selling a home during the pandemic. She’s going to talk to us about the ever-changing real estate market during COVID-19, what realtors are doing to make sure buyers are protected while looking at homes and how summer 2020 will be the new spring when it comes to real estate. Christine has many real estate awards including TOP Residential Real Estate Agent in DALLAS/Preston Hollow/Park Cities; AMERICA’S BEST AGENTS, TOP 10 Agents in TX; DBest 2011-19 and was just recognized as MODERN LUXURY Magazine’s Real Estate Award 2020 in the April issue. For more information visit Christine’s websites and be sure to follow her on Instagram @christine_mckenney_dallas_agent and Facebook @christine.mckenney
In this interview we talk to Brenda Schoenfeld of Brenda Schoenfeld Now and Eric Sigmund, COO of Reddy Vineyards.Brenda will show us how to make our table beautiful and make this unusual time at home with our family special. While Eric will introduce us to Reddy Vineyards and will teach us what makes Texas wines so unique. If you would like to watch this episode, visit our Facebook page. For more information visit and
Today we’re talking about staying socially connected while we’re social distancing with Dr. Melanie Ross Mills. Dr. Mills shares so many positive stories and insights that will make you laugh while helping you stay centered.
Joining us from beautiful snow-covered Minnesota are Andy and Kristen Gura Fickman who between the two of them have done it all in Hollywood including producing, directing, acting and writing. We talk about what it was like for Andy to be in the middle of producing a Netflix show when the project was put on pause due to COVID-19 and much more.We know everyone is looking for ways to keep their family entertained at home and this power couple has us covered. Check out the links below for countless movies and television shows that are perfect for the family.Andy Fickman Gura FIckman & Kristin Fickman join the Bubble Lounge
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