This quarter a segment of the Bishop Arts District was done by Good Morning Texas. Jim and Amanda Lake met with interviewer Hannah Davis at one of the oldest restaurants in the Bishop Arts District, El Jordan Cafe. El Jordan Cafe opened 26 years ago by Lorena and Jose Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez passed away in 2019 and Mrs. Gonzalez continues the charm and character of the unique Mexican restaurant. Mrs. Gonzalez says in the interview that she thanks God that she has been able to stay open and continue Mr. Gonzalez’s dream. You can definitely taste the love in every meal.

Jim and Amanda Lake have seen the Bishop Arts District grow tremendously over the years. They continue to strive to lease to tenants that are unique and add to Bishop Arts District charm. As Mr. Lake stated in the interview “the owners are here” meaning these owners of the small business really work hard towards the success of their businesses.

We would like to thank Good Morning Texas for taking the time to interview Jim and Amanda Lake and especially highlighting Mrs. Gonzlez and El Jordan Cafe.

Thank you, D Magazine, for awarding and featuring Amanda Moreno Lake in the 2022 edition of the Dallas 500. The Dallas 500 is a special edition that profiles the most influential leaders in North Texas, across a wide spectrum of industries. For the past three years, Amanda is the only Latina woman to be featured in the Commercial Real Estate section. Amanda hopes to see more women of color break through the glass ceiling in Commercial Real Estate and Redevelopment industries. Congratulations Amanda! 



On Saturday, July 10, 2021, the Blue Guardian Foundation hosted its annual gala on the 15th floor of the Oak Cliff Tower. The 2021 Gala’s chairperson, Elvie De La Fuente, Jr., has a son who is a Senior Corporal with the Dallas Police Department and it was important for her to serve those in law enforcement who serve us every day. Jim Lake Companies’ own Amanda Moreno-Lake and Rene’ Lopez served as the Co-Chairs for the 2021 Gala and several staff members from JLC were also part of the committee. The guests enjoyed a 1920’s themed gala along with a 3-course meal, music, dancing and a speakeasy area. The speakeasy included live music, specialty cocktails, and a cigar roller. The Guests of Honor for the evening were Randy Travis and his wife, Mary. The emcee for the event was none other than Chris Arnold, the only journalist ever inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame. The Gold level Sponsors for the event included: Advanced Dallas Hospital and Clinics, the Dallas Mavericks, Encore Bank, GAF Roofing and Jim Lake Companies. District Attorney John Creuzot, several City Council members, and law enforcement officers from Dallas, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi were also in in attendance. The Keynote Speaker for the evening was Chief Albert Martinez and the Blue Guardian Foundation received a Declaration of Proclamation from State Representative Victoria Neave. All proceeds from the Gala directly benefited the Blue Guardian Foundation, which helps provide financial assistance to law enforcement officers and their families who have suffered catastrophic injuries or the loss of life or income due to a serious injury or life-threatening illness. We would like to thank everyone who attended, all those who donated in various ways, and of course the Blue Guardian Foundation Gala Committee for making this event possible. We will see you next year for the 2022 Gala!