Even the biggest fans of online shopping can agree that some gifts are better shopped for in person. In time for the hectic holiday gift-buying season, here are some favorite new stores and shopping events that are worth a visit this month. From precious jewels to local artisan finds, there is something here for everyone on your "nice" list this holiday season.
Holiday Night Local Market at Highland Park Village
Mix and mingle at one of the most beautiful shopping centers in Dallas from 5-9 pm December 12. Shop food and gift vendors, take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy a live performance by traditional carolers. There will also be face painters, a Ferris wheel, and balloon artists for the kiddos.
This posh perfume shop has opened a new store next to The Juice Bar in Highland Park Village. Known as a brand with soul, this company is all about making perfume personal. Pop into the shop and speak to one of the experienced staff who can help lead you to a scent that seems made for you, whether you are a spicy, sweet, or a little of both.
It's engagement season, and whether you're in a committed relationship or just window shopping, the new Matthew Trent boutique in The Plaza is where to find a quality, forever piece. There also are a variety of special holiday baubles created for this festive season. The large Burnt Edge dangles would look beautiful under any Christmas tree. (Hint, hint.)
This brilliant new spot in Plano's Legacy West shopping center has been all the rage since it opened last month. It is essentially a middle man for brands that have a predominantly digital footprint and are looking to do a little face time with shoppers, as well. For example, check out Benincasa Milano from December 14-16 to get fitted for a fabulous pair of bespoke Italian shoes. And while this particular pop-up is short, brands can lease space from as few as 45 days and as long as a year.
The favorite activewear brand is saying goodbye to its Knox-Henderson pop-up and opening a permanent store at NorthPark Center on level one between Dillard's and Macy's. Fans can expect the same array of their beloved workout gear, in addition to lockers so that you can store your belongings while #doingthings.
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Amsterdam is invading NorthPark Center with this bold shop for men, women, and children. The brand has over 190 stores and can be found in more than 8,000 stores; however, Dallasites can now shop it directly at NorthPark Center on level one in between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. During this chilly December, it's almost impossible not to obsess ober all of their super cozy, chic jackets and blazers.
Visit the popular holiday pop-up shop through December 22, at 1508 Commerce in downtown Dallas. It's open from 11 am to 7 pm Tuesday through Saturday. This four-week pop-up features rotating shops for everyone on your wishlists. Unbranded was founded in 2014 by Bryan DeLuca and Matt Alexander in an effort to uncover the very best of Dallas' creative community through small pop-up exhibitions and event spaces.
Visiting a crowded shopping mall during the holiday season is not many people's idea of fun. But Galleria Dallas entices with a lineup of special events throughout December that makes it one of the most festive places in town. First, there's that skating rink Christmas tree — still, the country's tallest one indoors, they say. Santa gets a brand new winter wonderland for photo opps this year. And each Saturday, the back-flipping Santa skates in to pyrotechnic pizzazz to welcome world-class figure skaters to the ice. The lineup of remaining skaters is: Jeremy Abbott, December 8; Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, December 15; and Patrick Chan and Keagan Messing, December 22. Check the Galleria's website for complete schedules and special programming.