Shopping, Dining & Lodging
SHOPPING in Mesquite affords the luxury of having nearly every major retail store within a short driving distance. Along a four-mile stretch of I-635, Mesquite’s Rows of Texas (roads with many restaurants or retail) offer patrons an incredible assortment of shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment opportunities.
Companies considering a new locale for future business ventures find Mesquite extremely lucrative when they consider that each of the Rows benefit from the other Rows and that combined, they employ nearly 10,000 workers and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue every year.
Retail Row provides first-rate stores that are sure to satisfy a serious shopper. Composed of Town East Mall and several shopping centers along Town East Boulevard and Towne Centre Drive, Retail Row contains an array of shops that generate over $2 billion in retail sales annually. Retail Row offers favorite famous-name stores for trend-setting housewares and fashions, sporting goods, hobbies and crafts, books, home improvement, electronics and more.
Town East Mall is consistently ranked as one of the highest earning malls in the area and serves as the anchor for Retail Row. From fashion-forward specialty retailers, to department stores brimming with the latest fashions and furnishings, Town East Mall brings everything you need under one roof.
Downtown Mesquite offers shoppers a warm friendly atmosphere while browsing at numerous independent businesses and shops located around the square and downtown area.
Finding GOOD FOOD in Mesquite is a cinch with Restaurant Row. Located on either side of I-635 from Oates Drive on the north to Scyene Road on the south, Restaurant Row boasts over 175 dining choices. There are plenty of options to satisfy your appetite, from finer family establishments to popular casual restaurants to fast-food chains. Whether those taste buds crave Mexican, Italian, Cajun or Tex-Mex, Restaurant Row is sure to fit the bill.
LODGING: Mesquite City owns the Convention Center adjacent to the Hampton Inn. The city has three Marriott hotels, as well as many other chain and boutique hotels with family friendly pricing. Area hotels have easy freeway access to Highway 80 or Interstate 635. Individuals can book a hotel or meeting room at VisitMesquiteTX.com
While many factors can play a role in a family’s or company’s decision to relocate, one always seems to top the list – the availability of high-quality education. A strong education system ensures parents and patrons that schools are a priority and helps provide a future workforce ready to meet the growing demands of a global economy.
MESQUITE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (MISD)
“Excellence Always,” Mesquite ISD’s vision statement, leads the district staff, students and campuses to optimum achievement while ensuring the best educational experience for every student. It’s a philosophy that is rooted in the district’s culture and values. MISD’S goal is to prepare all students for continued success beyond graduation and careers that follow their passion. Each school day, 41,000 students on nearly 50 quality campuses are exposed to caring, highly qualified teachers and
the most current technological learning innovations.
MISD believes that by challenging students with high expectations and offering abundant opportunities, students will excel. With community support, MISD is singularly focused on providing students with skills, attitudes and knowledge they need to be self-determinant adults, successful lifelong learners, and contributing members of the workforce and community.
A Focus on early literacy
Learning doesn’t begin when students start school. A child’s learning begins the moment he or she enters the world. For that reason, Mesquite ISD and the community are committed to creating bookworms from birth through an early reading initiative, ReadPlayTalk. Families are encouraged to read and talk with their children every single day. By 2021, every student in Mesquite ISD will be reading on grade level by the third grade. Partnerships with local businesses, organizations and city services are helping to spread the message of ReadPlayTalk and making this simple model a part of the community’s culture.
A great place to work
MISD boasts a lower-than-average turnover rate, and in the most recent workforce survey, 92 percent of employees said they would recommend the district to others as a good place to work. Mesquite ISD’s board of trustees strives to keep salaries and benefits competitive so that the district can attract and retain the best educators and other staff members.
The district also values our teachers who are called to make a difference. In 2016, Mesquite ISD launched a groundbreaking program that allows teachers to grow professionally and financially – all while staying in the classroom. Under the Excellence in Teaching Incentive Program, Mesquite ISD teachers can add up to $12,000 to their annual salary in just six years by completing advanced training and other requirements. No other district in the country is making this type of investment in its staff.
School safety is a top priority for families and Mesquite ISD. Campuses warmly welcome visitors while maintaining strict security standards throughout the schools. And School Resource Officers are trusted role models and staff members at middle and high schools, building relationships that keep students on the right track and making good choices. When asked, 96 percent of high school students said they feel safe at school.
Rich academic offerings
A focus on college and career readiness is a hallmark of the district’s academic programs. Last year, students earned more than 6,500 dual credit hours, and the number of students passing AP exams increased by 14 percent. The district is also launching an elementary honors program designed to encourage elementary students to take higher-level classes; at the middle school level, the goal is to have 80 percent of eighth-graders taking at least one pre-AP or honors class.
Soon, the district plans to open a choice career high school where students can streamline and focus their education toward their chosen careers in high-demand, high-paying fields. In addition, the district will offer four-year academies at each of its traditional high schools, giving students the opportunity to attend a high school outside their attendance zone if they choose to enroll in an academy offered at a specific campus.
Career and Technology Education (CTE) in MISD provides a kaleidoscope of opportunities for students to explore and plan for future success. CTE courses offer opportunities for students to learn skills they may use in high school, in a career after graduation, or as a financial means to help pursue higher education. High school students enjoy options to earn 15 professional certifications and advanced training in even more industries.
The needs of nontraditional students are met through MISD’s Alternative Education Campus of Choice, the Mesquite Academy. Through its innovative class scheduling and individually paced instruction, students seeking an alternative to the traditional school schedule and environment can achieve educational success.
Approximately 24 percent of Mesquite ISD students are limited in their English proficiency. These students are served by MISD’s elementary 50/50 enrichment bilingual program – with instruction in both English and Spanish – as well as English as a Second Language programs at elementary and secondary levels.
The MISD Gifted and Talented Program serves students in all grade levels. Gifted students have different needs, and their needs must be met through a differentiated curriculum. Each of these programs is taught by teachers who have completed additional specialized training, enabling them to lead these classes in exciting, motivating ways.
Broad extra-curricular options
Because students who are involved at school tend to stay in school, one of the district’s objectives is to ensure that every student takes part in a school organization or extra-curricular program.
MISD’s numerous extra-curricular programs give students opportunities to develop relationships with peers through a team environment, an awareness of health and fitness, and the ability to sharpen leadership skills while working with others. Extracurricular programs include athletics, academic competitions, fine arts and a variety of clubs and organizations.
Studying the fine arts is a great way to get involved in a lifelong activity. Classes such as band, choir, orchestra, art and theater provide students the ability to realize their talents and the opportunity for individual and team recognition. On the elementary campuses, general music classes and fine arts field trips are part of the curriculum and expose students to a variety of cultural experiences. For its outstanding commitment to music education, MISD is one of only four percent of school districts across the entire nation to be recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants as one of the Best Communities for Music Education. MISD has been honored this way six consecutive times.
Eastfield College serves students and communities through shared learning experiences, job preparation, economic and workforce development, service learning and community spirit. Eastfield serves people of all ages, from all walks of life, who want to succeed both personally and professionally. Since 1970, Eastfield has welcomed high school students and adults whose common goal is to earn a degree or a certificate and to use that knowledge to better them and their communities. In fall 2011, Eastfield had record enrollment serving over 14,000 credit students.
Dallas County Community College District helps students succeed and communities prosper through education, access, workforce and economic development and lifelong learning.
More than 60 percent of the students who attend Eastfield are enrolled in hundreds of freshman and sophomore academic courses that will transfer to four-year universities across the state, guaranteed. Eastfield offers more than 15 technical training/certificate programs that give students the skills they need to succeed in today’s job market. That’s guaranteed, too! Additionally, students are enrolled in adult education programs that include workforce development, continuing education, and literacy and other basic skills programs.
Diversity is reflected in the faces of students who attend Eastfield College. While the average age is approximately 27, students who enroll range in age from 16 to 90. They can begin taking dual credit enrollment classes in high school, and older lifelong learners are enthusiastic participants in several emeritus programs. The student population is diverse – 33 percent white; 27 percent African American; 34 percent Hispanic; four percent Asian/Pacific Islander; 1 percent American Indian; and one percent non-resident alien/foreign national.
DCCCD is taking a pro-active approach to making learning opportunities accessible to everyone, focusing on how the district can best serve residents of Dallas County and planning for the future by preparing to welcome an estimated 20,000 additional students. As part of that response, the district proposed a $450 million bond package, which voters passed in 2004. This long-range plan enabled the district to provide education, economic development, workforce training, and lifelong learning to residents of the communities it serves, now and for years to come.
As businesses and industries need an increasingly larger number of well-educated workers and as more students enroll in college to pursue successful careers, those demands drive the need for additional facilities that promote student learning. In response, Eastfield’s expansive capital building program included the construction of four major education/learning facilities on its main campus – the Learning Center; the Center for Child and Family Studies; the Workforce and Criminal Justice Training Center; and the Career Technology Center expansion.
Students are DCCCD’s top priority, and the district continues to provide educational opportunities for a diverse population. DCCCD’s tuition – among the lowest of any community college system in Texas – puts a college education within reach. Access to higher education is the key to success, and the district seeks to eliminate financial barriers for students by offering scholarships, grants, loans and other programs.
One of the big contributors to Mesquite’s thriving business climate are Senior Living facilities. These include a wide-variety of housing choices designed specifically for seniors; from the still very active to facilities for those needing increased care.
The variety and costs span the gamut, as well; from economy to lavish. Support services for home care are also plentifully abundant in Mesquite. Mesquites’ parks and recreation department offers a variety of recreational activities for seniors, too.