Great Outdoors

New shop packs upscale outdoorsy gear and activities in Bishop Arts

New shop packs upscale outdoorsy gear and activities in Bishop Arts

AJ Vagabonds
At last, a place to get a wood-clad flask. Photo courtesy of AJ Vagabonds

An outdoorsy-themed store is opening in Oak Cliff from two neighborhood veterans.

Called AJ Vagabonds, it's in the Bishop Arts District, at 336 West 8th St., right at the corner of Bishop Avenue. The store is quaintly named after its two founders: Go Oak Cliff founders Amy Cowan and Jason Roberts, who also own Oddfellows restaurant.

According to a release, AJ Vagabonds celebrates and spotlights the area's unique outdoor activities and travel lifestyle such as Texas' Blackland Prairie, Great Trinity Forest, Dogwood Canyon, bike and trail systems, and waterways.

Merchandise that's been teased so far looks nicely upscale, such as a Swiss knife clad in wood, a drinking flask clad in wood, Munson Brothers mosquito repellent — "mindfully made in Mississippi" — and an Eagle Nest Outfitters Double Nest hammock.

The store also plans to be the launch spot for "all sorts of adventures — from bike rides to canoe trips to nature walks to cultural excursions — leaving from our front porch in the Bishop Arts District. Whether your idea of adventure is backyard birdwatching, kayaking down the Trinity River, or strolling through the streets of great cities around the world, we just want you to go outside, y'all!"

The store will host an opening celebration on June 28 at 6 pm. There'll be tamales and appearances by the Trinity River Audubon Center, North Texas Master Naturalists and Charlie Angell, Big Bend Guide, and President of the Friends of Big Bend Ranch State Park.