Dallas' open-air Plaza at Preston Center freshens up shopping + dining
For many Dallasites, a visit to The Plaza at Preston Center is an all-day affair. The open-air shopping center has long been a fixture for fashionistas and foodies, providing high-end brands, carefully curated boutiques, and some of the most beloved restaurants in the area.
In the time of coronavirus, the fresh air is especially enticing for those looking to practice social distancing while they browse. Instead of fighting your way through a crowded mall, you can pull right up to your favorite store (and discover a few new favorites as you walk around).
One of the luxe offerings includes uncovering sparkly jewels at Ylang 23, Kendra Scott, Castle Gap, Bachendorf's, and Matthew Trent. Breathe in the sweet scents of blossoming flowers at Apples to Zinnias, and cradle a candle or two on the way home from Society or the perfect gift from Swoozie's.
Your furry friends also get a treat with Lucky Dog Barkery, which stocks only the highest quality of food and snacks, leashes and collars, dog beds, and toys.
Pick out a new ensemble or two at Betty Reiter, Mal Malouf, Tootsies, Sofie Grey, Double R, Mel Crews, Ruti, Carla Martinengo Boutique, or J. McLaughlin. For a glamorous look, Nardos has evening dresses, cocktail attire, and even couture bridal gowns.
To complete the look, get your makeup touched up at Benefit Cosmetics, your hair styled at Eighty Three O Eight Salon, or find your new favorite shade as Cos Bar.
Men aren't left out either, with Pockets and Jos. A Bank providing sharp suits and suave date-night looks. For the weekends, Orvis can outfit every hiker, camper, or adventurer, and New Balance is ready to keep runners going.
Speaking of adventure, one day we'll all be jet-setting again and you'll appreciate having new luggage from Bag'n Baggage. When you return home, sink into a Tempur-Pedic bed that you previously tried out in the store.
Convenience reigns at The Plaza at Preston Center, with Bibbentuckers dry cleaning, E*Trade Financial, Fidelity Investments, Occhiali Modern Optics, and Tom Thumb taking care of life's necessities.
When you're feeling hungry or ready to cap off a day of shopping with a cocktail or two, an array of restaurant patios await.
From the innovative cuisine of R+D Kitchen to the sophistication of Hillstone, the health-focused True Food Kitchen and Nekter Juice Bar to the romance of Il Bracco, and the comfort of Corner Bakery Cafe to the spice of Muchacho, your options are seemingly endless. For dessert, don't bypass Sprinkles for cupcakes and ice cream, and grab a bottle or two of vino to-go at Trova Wine + Market.
It's all in one place, with the added bonus of sunny skies and gentle breezes while you shop and dine. It doesn't get much better than that.