In this episode, we’re talking all about cross-country moves and smooth transitions, how start breaking out of your social bubble and exploring your city, and how to make friends along the way!

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Exploring your City and Making Friends with Dallasites101 Kara Shannon and Lily Kramlich-Taylor
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Today’s Guests

Kara Shannon & Lily Kramlich-Taylor

Kara and Lily both made a cross-country move to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for work. As two Texas transplants, they began to explore everything the city had to offer. They even encouraged fellow Dallasites to go beyond their comfort zones by sharing their adventures on Instagram. And now, after 4 years of hard work, Dallasites101 has become their full-time business!


About Lily
After growing up in Northern California and graduating from Colby College with a B.A. in Economics and Business, Lily launched her career in global communications with Hill + Knowlton Strategies. From 2015 until the end of 2018, she was a critical part of the AT&T account team, guiding corporate communications and compiling competitive intelligence presented to top executives. Lily has served on the Slipper Club of Dallas board for three years, as well as the EarthX board in 2015.

About Kara
With a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Hamilton College, where she is the acting co-chair for her class, Kara is a driven entrepreneur passionate about building community and culture. She started her career at Teach For America for five years, where she led marketing, communications and events work and was dedicated to leadership and diversity training. She is a member of the Junior Associates of DMA and the Assistant Chair of Public Relations for the Junior League of Dallas.

How to start Exploring your City & Making Friends

If you’ve recently moved to a new city and you’re trying to make new friends, or you just want to break out of your routine this summer, check out this episode with the ladies behind @Dallasites101!

  • Making a smooth transition when moving to a new city

  • How Dallasites101 grew from Instagram to a full-time business
  • How Lily & Kara help people in the community find local businesses, restaurants, and events
  • How group events can help you make friends as an adult

  • Finding new ways to explore your city, even if you have lived there your entire life

  • If you live outside of Dallas, Kara and Lily share ways to find activities in your area


Places in Dallas mentioned on the show

  • Klyde Warren food trucks
  • Bishop Arts District
  • Kara’s Favorite: Hudson House
  • Lily’s Favorite: El Come Taco (Fitzhugh Ave)
  • Las Palmas (Uptown)

Instagrammable Spots in Dallas

  • Magnolia’s (Harwood)
  • George Provisions (DFW Airport)
  • San Martin (Uptown)
  • Deep Ellum murals
  • Design District murals