Dallas is pretty serious about shopping; we are home to the flagship Neiman Marcus, after all. It's revered the world over by fashionistas seeking designer duds and gorgeous gifts, not to mention the pop-up flower shop by Posh Floral Designs that magically appears on Fridays and Saturdays.
But venture beyond the famous department store on Main Street, and you will discover independent boutiques stocked with one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, home goods, and even greeting cards.
Sometimes it takes going underground to find these treasures. Kettledrum Allie is hidden beneath the Chase bank at Akard and Main streets, a subterranean surprise that rewards with elegantly boho women's fashions and delicate, statement-making jewelry. And it's all at an affordable price point, making the discovery even more fun.
To cultivate a rock-and-roll sense of style, rifle through the racks at Guns & Roses on Commerce Street. The edgy boutique dresses men and women with hip-hop flair, concentrating on body-con dresses for her and bold patterns for him.
Also on the cutting edge is Traffic Los Angeles. The California import inside The Joule hotel has fashion-forward pieces for both men and women, from ready-to-wear to cocktail chic. On your way out, stop by The Spa at The Joule for a few luscious-smelling candles from local fragrance master Niven Morgan.
Also at The Joule is TenOverSix, a curated collection of goodies that's showcased with the same care as though they were displayed in a gallery. White walls allow the colorful clothing and gifts to pop, with the funky accessories showing especially well. Its sister store TenOverSix Presents has a more unisex focus, and has become the go-to gift shop for many Dallasites who stockpile the cool greeting cards and fun decor.
Right across the street from The Joule is the new Forty Five Ten flagship, set to open in November 2016. It will be 37,000 square feet of fabulous, showcasing men's and women's clothing, accessories, jewelry, apothecary, and home decor over multiple floors, all under the watchful eye of co-founder and Dallas trendsetter Brian Bolke.
You can also show your Dallas pride through furniture from Urban Rustic Design Company. Owned by a downtown resident, the store brings back authentic craftsmanship by making much of its pieces in-house.
Topping that new coffee table should be a couple of tomes from the Taschen Library, the art book store inside The Joule. From living in Bali to the complete works of Hieronymus Bosch, it's easy to get lost in the pages of these gorgeous books.
December will see the return of Unbranded, the pop-up shop that gives local and independent artisans and entrepreneurs more exposure. It will run in downtown Dallas for the first three weekends in December — perfectly timed for holiday shopping.