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Authentic: au·then·tic – adj – not false or copied; genuine; real; true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character


Authentic Dallas was started by Brandon Hancock as a way to promote the people, places, events and businesses that make Dallas unique.  The goal of Authentic Dallas is to arm you with the information you need to help Dallas create, sustain and improve the varied authentic experiences the City and surrounding areas have to offer.

What is Authentic, and who Decides?

What is Authentic Anyway?

For the purpose of this blog, we will define authentic as something that is unique to Dallas and not replicated elsewhere.  What does that mean?  For example, we will not be extolling the virtues of the new chain restaurant in McKinney or Super Store in Duncanville.  However, we will definitely be talking about great neighborhoods such as Oak Cliff, East Dallas, State Thomas, Deep Ellum and Henderson Avenue, as well as local music venues, festivals, museums, burger joints, art galleries, sporting events, pubs, websites and whatever else makes up the local fabric of Dallas.  Our goal is to be the authority for locals looking for something unique to do in Dallas, as well as visitors looking for exposure to a little authentic local flair.

Who is the decider?

Ultimately it is the readers of this blog who will decide what is authentic.  The authors of this blog will draw on their experiences living Dallas to provide content, but we will rely on the citizens of this city to provide us with new ideas, information and nominations of their favorite events, people, places and establishments.  If you know of something authentic, let us know by emailing us or by finding the link at the top right corner that says “Are You Authentic?”

All posts on this blog are unpaid and are sourced either though the author’s own experience or through suggestions from our readers.  We reserve the right to change this model in the future and accept payment for placements or advertising.  If payments are accepted in the future, we will make mention of the policy change on the blog and post the necessary disclaimers.  Rest assured, if we do make changes down the road we will never sacrifice the true intent  of this blog (bringing unique experiences to the masses) for monetary gain.

About Brandon Hancock

Brandon Hancock is a native Texan who was born in Houston, TX, but moved to California as a young child.  He spent his childhood in various parts of Southern California, but always felt an attachment to his birth State and moved back to Texas to attend SMU.  He graduate from SMU in 2004 with a BS in Economics and Finance and began his career in commercial real estate development and acquisition.  He briefly moved back to California for a few years to attend the University of San Diego where he earned a Master of Science in Real Estate in 2007.

Brandon returned to Texas in 2008 with a new perspective on how to experience cities and a newfound interest in exploring and discovering the unique experiences cities have to offer.  He became more interested in living in neighborhoods that had an authentic feel and were walkable and sustainable.  In 2009 he launched his own real estate development, acquisition and consulting firm called GreenShoots Real Estate.  With GreenShoots Real Estate and through this blog, he aims to create connected, sustainable communities that contribute to our quality of life and foster unique experiences in Dallas.


2 Responses to “About”

  1. kael November 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM #

    Cool blog, Brandon. I just found it. I had a similar idea for a Dallas blog after I moved here, but you got here first. Good for you! Thanks for posting a link to my DMN piece. Hope to follow with more on the hood soon. Kael

    • J. Brandon Hancock March 5, 2011 at 12:54 PM #

      Thanks for the kind words and apologies for the beyond belated response. Let me know if you’d ever like to guest blog, I’m flying by the seat of my pants with this thing and always appreciate new perspectives.

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