An Essential Guide To Shopping In Bishop Arts

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There is so much great shopping in Dallas, that much is undeniable. From the massive outlet mall in Allen to ritzy NorthPark, there's something for just about everyone. Sometimes, though, you don't want to buy a new dress or piece of art that everyone else in the city is going to have. Shopping isn't just about buying the things you need, it's also about buying shit that makes you look cooler than all the people around you.

And to shop for the things that will make all your friends think you're cultured, you should probably head to Bishop Arts. This anti-chain neighborhood is full of great boutiques and shops of all kinds, from organic pet stores to vintage furs. Check out the shops on this list, and try to have a little restraint when you're on this comprehensive shopping tour of the Bishop Arts District.


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7 Best Dog Parks in Dallas, Including Ones with Booze

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Deep Ellum Bark Park
Located under that stretch of I-345 off of Commerce Street, this dog park is a respite from the harsh sun in the summertime that's filled with dogs of all sizes. It's a fun place to meet new, young dog owners, although there aren't very many dog-friendly patios in Deep Ellum to retreat with your new friends and their pooches afterward.

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Best Date Nights in Dallas

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Carl Sullivan

Listen up Dallas; I have a bone to pick with you. You don't know a single dang thing about dating! Why would you with your Tinder meet-ups and Groupster hangs (is Groupster still a thing?) and frankly, I really can't blame you. We live in an age where dating is harder than ever (check out Aziz Ansari to get caught up on the issue). Heaven forbid that we go to dinner with someone before we are certain that we are going to be together forever, or talk face-to-face rather than go through mindless games via SMS (that is text messaging for all you old timers out there).

Even when we do land a date, do we know how to do anything other than drinks and dinner, and then more drinks? Amazon can deliver a package in an hour, but we can't figure out something fun and different to do in one of the greatest cities in America for an evening (If only they could deliver you some game. #AmIRight?). What happened to the days of our grandparents when a date was nothing more than having a fantastically creative night out with someone you had only seen or met a few times? The funny thing is that I bet everyone out there would love it if things went back to how the old days were, when there wasn't so much pressure in defining a night out with a significant other (Defining an evening out before defining the relationship is a real issue people).

With all that said, we've found a whole heap of things that would be fun for you and someone special to get out and go do. No, it doesn't involve a steak dinner or a pricey bar you probably can't afford, but I guarantee it will be a better time out with someone than you have had in a while. So use your words (not your thumbs) and go try something different for a change. Follow my advice and who knows- maybe next time your mom calls, she won't have to remind you that she had to lie about your relationship status to all her friends again today.

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Best Running Trails in Dallas to Hit This Spring

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Lauren Smart
That is not me. Or you.

I'm a lifelong runner. Which is to say that I ran track in high school and have always owned a pair of running shoes. I typically pull them out only when I'm leaving the dumpy phase and headed into the frumpy phase. Or when I've eaten one too many delivery pizzas by myself. My current roommate is workout crazed, which has made it increasingly difficult to ignore my bright pink Mizunos. This list is as much for me as it is for you.


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Eight Best Spas in Dallas, Because You Really Need To Relax

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King Spa Waterpark

In this hectic world full of traffic, student loans, and boring jobs, relaxation is an absolute must. Most of us don't budget enough time or cash to bliss out from time to time, which will probably mean that we'll all end up dead from all the stress of our fast-paced lives by the time we're 50. If you're interested in avoiding that early, overly-caffeinated death, going to the spa is an excellent way to recharge your batteries if vacation just isn't in the cards.

And sure, going to the spa is expensive, but so is the therapist that you're inevitably going to need after that nervous breakdown. You don't have to mortgage your townhouse to indulge in some of Dallas' best spa services, but you should occasionally save up your extra pennies to spring for a full she-bang spa day at one of these eight excellent places to get your zen on.


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Most Popular Mixmaster Posts of 2014

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Catherine Downes

Glimpse into Matt Tolentino's Jazz Age Life at the Sunday Social March 30
Meet your friendly neighborhood hep cats, Matt Tolentino and his wife Danielle Bennignus. This lovely couple lives their life steeped in history and they brought some of it to the general public this year by launching an annual Sunday Social lawn party. Keep an eye out for next year's shindig.


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10 Best Art Exhibitions of 2014

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Jeremy Couillard's "The Vicious Valley"

This year the Dallas art scene felt rebellious. While one museum exhibition paid homage to a wonderful Dallas-based painter, another had me wanting to commit acts of destruction. At galleries and other exhibitions, the work dripped with anarchy and frustration with the system -- a sentiment felt across the country, and one necessary for art to survive and thrive in a place. There were also a few compelling new media exhibitions (although still too few) in Dallas, and a gallery emerged dedicated to that contemporary art form. The energy of the underground art scene may seem patchy, with the slow collapse of Oliver Francis Galley, and the end of Deep Ellum Windows, and Ware:Wolf:Haus, but all in all it's easy to look back and see a pretty impressive year in review.


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Our Favorite Dallas Observer Covers of 2014

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Editor's Note: Throughout the year, Art Director Tracie Louck is hard at work creating the face of the paper. Her covers greet you at nearly every coffee shop, bar, restaurant or art space in town. They're all pretty damn good. But even she has favorites, so at the end of the year we ask her to round them up and tell us why she picked them.


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8 Things To Do In Dallas Now That Summer Finally Ended, And Winter Arrives

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Dallas Arboretum

This year, the oppressive Texas summer decided to stick around well into November. The temperatures have been high, but this week, we've skipped right from summer to winter. During the six preceding months, it hasn't exactly been easy for Dallasites to do outdoorsy things without worrying about losing half of their enitre body weight in sweat.

But now, finally (and mercifully) fall...errr, freezing temps... have arrived. Turn off the Netflix reruns of Gilmore Girls that you've been immersed in and get out and explore these eight non-summer activities.


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10 Best Places in Dallas To Check Out Art For Free

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If you didn't grow up frequenting museums or galleries, navigating the art world can be extremely intimidating. Thanks to the state of arts education, most of us have a very limited knowledge of art outside of recognizing the "Mona Lisa" or that Van Gogh painting of sunflowers that hung in your mom's kitchen. Plus, there's this long-held idea that viewing and learning about art is extremely expensive.

But that isn't really true, at least not in Dallas. Sure, there are special exhibitions and traveling pieces that require you to plunk down a little coin to view, but much of the city's art is accessible entirely for free, meaning that you have no excuse to continue ignoring Dallas' flourishing arts scene. Take an afternoon to check out these eight free art exhibitions, most of which look nothing like the boring old classics you remember from your college art appreciation class. Go forth with this new knowledge, and argue with those who (wrongly) claim that Dallas is devoid of culture.

Dallas Museum of Art
Last year, the Dallas Museum of Art made general admission to their permanent collection free. The DMA's permanent collection exceeds 22,000 items, and includes an impressive selection of works by recognizable figures like Salvador Dali and Piet Mondrian. There's plenty of historical art from cultures all over the world, and an assortment of oddities to keep things interesting, like a bunch of late 1800s silver from Tiffany and Co.

The African American Museum
Contrary to much of our education, not all art is created by crazy, old white dudes. The African American Museum in Fair Park has a self-described "small but rich" collection of art created both in Africa and the United States. The museum's collection of African masks and textiles is particularly notable, along with a collection of African-American folk art with works from greats like Clementine Hunter. The museum's program of special exhibitions is particularly varied, including a current exhibition on quilting as an art form.


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