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Looking for Local Shops to Support on Small Business Saturday? Here are Four Alumni-Owned Entities

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From a hearty meal to locally crafted beverages and special gifts, you can support UT Dallas alumni this holiday season by shopping (and dining and drinking) small.

Bishop Cider
’Tis the season for celebrating, and thanks to Bishop Cider Co., you can toast your loved ones this year with a cold, gluten-free and vegan-friendly hard cider created by Joel Malone BS'08, MS'11, MBA'11 and his wife, Laura. Unimpressed by the local cider selection, the duo started making their own concoctions from home, which eventually led to a storefront in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District and has since expanded into a production facility in the Design District. The Malones also opened Cidercade, an arcade with more than 150 games and 24 ciders on draft. Their ciders, which can be purchased directly online, are also available at local gas stations, restaurants and bars.

Cupidstone Accessories
After leaving her job at a venture capital firm, Giselle Lin MBA’15 created a company based on her true passion — jewelry. Lin founded Cupidstone Accessories from her home in October 2015 and recently launched the fashion jewelry company online at Pieces including rings, earrings and bracelets are designed and selected by the brand’s design team. Lin’s mythology-based jewelry line was also created with affordability in mind, with prices ranging from $28 to $195.

Peticolas Brewing Company
The Grin & Tonic, the Velvet Hammer and the Golden Opportunity — these are just a few of the cleverly named beer options available at Peticolas Brewing Co., owned by Michael Peticolas BA’95. A fifth-generation Texas trial attorney, Peticolas is not your average brewer, but he is a dedicated one. He turned his passion for craft beer into a career with the Dallas-based brewing company, which launched in 2011. Since then, Peticolas has made a name for itself, winning numerous local and national awards and earning a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in its first year of business. Peticolas beers are brewed in the Design District and can be found at a wide range of restaurants and bars in Dallas and at several Richardson establishments, such as Northside Drafthouse and Eatery, Alamo Drafthouse, Ten50 BBQ and Snuffer’s.

Urban Crust
Downtown Plano’s Urban Crust has become a dining destination for wood-fired pizza fans. Owner Bonnie Shea BS’84 bought the restaurant’s building in 2007 with her husband, Nathan, and opened their authentic Italian eatery in 2009. On Small Business Saturday, you can support the locally owned business by indulging in its fresh salads, a signature 12-inch Margherita Pizza or a specialty pizza like Shea’s Eastside, which features fire-roasted chicken, caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes. In 2011, the Sheas expanded their business to include catering, using two mobile, wood-fired ovens to serve fresh pizzas at wedding venues and event spaces.

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