Dallasites will have the most fun ever shopping for gifts at the inaugural CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop, which takes place on Sunday, December 7, noon-6 pm, at Sixty Five Hundred. Here are five reasons why you don’t want to miss it:

1. You can find a gift for absolutely everyone on your list
Technically you could go to a mall and find a greater assortment. But do you really want that traffic and parking headache? Besides, we know you like to shop local, and our event is the only chance you will have to shop these particular brands in one place. The goods range from clothes for men, women and children to jewelry and other accessories, home decor and floral, pet essentials, paper goods, and edibles. More on the edibles in a minute.

2. You can drink while you shop.
The $10 cost of admission includes complimentary Cointreau cocktails — you can create your own concoction or have the pros make it for you — mimosas (until 2 pm), and wine and champagne. Shopping is way more fun this way.

3. You will not go hungry.
Foodie-friendly pop-up vendors
Sucre Sucre by Lucia, Scardello Artisan Cheese, The Gem and Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery are handing out samples. For something a little heartier, Bread Winners is selling sandwiches, soups, salads and hot chocolate; The Gem is offering healthy eats such as quinoa and chopped veggie salad. If you are going to power shop, then you need to keep your energy up.

4. You will be entertained.
Get in the holiday spirit with carolers from Booker T. Washington High School and pop-up holiday music performances from D and Chi and the Sound Foundation. In addition, you can make holiday cards and gift tags at the crafting station and capture the day’s best moments at the requisite party photo booth courtesy of Lexus.

5. You will be supporting two good causes.
You didn’t think we would throw a party without showing the community some love, did you? A portion of the day’s proceeds benefits our charity partners the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and Family Place.


The CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop runs from noon-6 pm at Sixty Five Hundred. Buy your tickets online now for $10 or for $12 at the door. Kids 12 and under get in free. Parking is valet only for $5.

Get all of your holiday shopping done in one place at the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop on December 7 at Sixty Five Hundred.

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Get all of your holiday shopping done in one place at the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop on December 7 at Sixty Five Hundred.
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Find all the comforts of home at CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop

Homey Holiday Shopping

CultureMap is hosting its first Holiday Pop-up Shop on December 7 at Sixty Five Hundred, where Dallasites can knock out all of their gift purchases in one stop. In addition to options for women, men and foodies, shoppers can find an array of paper goods, art-inspired treasures, plants, home decor, and supplies for pets and their owners from the following local retailers:

DMA Museum Store
The DMA Museum Store carries merchandise as artful as the works in the galleries. One-of-kind items from around the world are available at a variety of price points, from handmade felt animals made in Nepal to hand-painted, whimsical book ends made in the USA, as well as products celebrating the DMA’s collection and Bouquets exhibition.

Dirt, which occupies a storefront in the Bishop Arts District, is known for hip, earthy and edgy floral design. Shop for sculptural succulents in adorable cans, boxes or sliced logs. The shop also ships nationwide, so even if your special someone does not live in Dallas, he or she can still receive the gift of Dirt.

Ellis Hill
This Highland Park Village stationery shop specializes in beautiful paper goods and gifts. The store offers everything from invitations to place cards to envelopes in techniques such as embossing, thermography and letterpress, as well as a selection of monogrammed linens and trays. Ellis Hill also does custom paper work, so talk to them about creating something one-of-a-kind.

Life of Riley
Billy Milner and Jerod Dame opened this lifestyle shop in Deep Ellum in summer 2014 offering “polished industrial” tables, upholstered pieces such as fabulous sofas made from a patchwork of vintage fabrics, decorative pillows and other home accents, and works from local artists and vintage European maps. For our pop-up shop, they are bringing an assortment of candles in signature Life of Riley scents.

Lucky Dog Barkery
Lucky Dog Barkery is where pet owners go to spoil their dogs with all kinds of natural treats. Although grammy’s pot pie, wing-a-lings and peanut butter biscuits sound tasty enough for human consumption, these goodies are for pets only. Lucky Dog Barkery also carries a large variety of dog toys, leashes, stylish clothes and cute collars.

The Bishop Arts District store owned by Erin and John Hossley offers a mix of home decor, furniture, art and gift-worthy objects. Products range from locally made designs to custom-made pieces, so a gift from Neighborhood is sure to delight and surprise.


Buy tickets now for the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop. Cost is $10, and a portion of proceeds benefits our charity partners, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and Family Place. In addition to access to more than 25 shops-within-a-shop, admission grants visitors access to Cointreau cocktails, holiday entertainment and complimentary gift-wrapping.


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No respectable foodie would miss CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop

Edible Gifts

If good food makes you giddy — and it’s what you like to give as gifts — then we have great news: There will be plenty of edibles at the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop, taking places December 7, noon-6 pm, at Sixty Five Hundred.

And these are no ordinary vendors. We selected quality producers who offer some of the best-tasting stuff around, from cheese and chocolate to fresh-pressed juices and pastries. So whether you need to refuel with a sandwich or salad, or you want to gift your favorite foodie with an assortment of macarons, you can do that at our inaugural holiday shopping market.

Here’s a taste of what’s in store:

Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery
In a town obsessed with brunch, Bread Winners may be the most famous. But the restaurant — which now how locations in Uptown, Inwood Village, Plano and NorthPark Center — is worth a visit any time of day, because nothing complements comfort food better than dessert, and the cakes, pies and assorted pastries are a cut above. In addition to sampling, Bread Winners is selling sandwiches, soups and salads during our shopping event so you can keep up your energy to spend.

Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Katherine Clapner creates extreme chocolate confections, from chocolate almond salumi and Tub of Love hazelnut chocolate spread to truffles, bars and sauces. Come see what holiday surprises she has in store for the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop. Whatever they are, they are bound to delight the most diehard chocoholic in your life. In addition to her original shop in Bishop Arts District, Clapner has locations in Preston Center and Fort Worth.

The Gem
Owners Mary Kathryn Bass and Leslie Needleman, CHHC, toiled in the kitchen to come up with the perfect recipes that would be as delicious as they are nutritionally sound. The Gem serves organic handmade juices and smoothies, as well as snacks such as kale, hummus, quinoa and a soup of the day. During our big event, in addition to offering samples, The Gem team is selling hummus, quinoa and chopped veggie salad; gift cards; and granola holiday packs.

Scardello Artisan Cheese
Although Scardello does sell some side items and a trinket or two, and you can take a class or buy a sandwich, it’s really all about the cheese. Scardello brings in small-production, hard-to-get-cheeses, and more than half of those in the case are domestic — many from Texas. For the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up shop, Scardello is offering samples and the opportunity to buy gift baskets sure to please even the most persnickety foodie on your list.

Sucre Sucré by Lucía
Puerto Rico native Lucia Merino always knew she wanted to become a cook. She traveled all over the world honing her craft and landed in Dallas in October 2013 to become head pastry chef at Oak, where making macarons became her favorite thing to do. A finalist for best pastry chef in the 2014 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, Merino sells her macarons via her new online store, Sucre Sucré by Lucía. But you can taste and buy her treats in person on December 7.


Buy tickets now for the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop. Cost is $10, and a portion of proceeds benefits our charity partners, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and Family Place. In addition to access to more than 25 shops-within-a-shop, admission grants visitors access to Cointreau cocktails, holiday entertainment and complimentary gift-wrapping.

Sucre Sucre by Lucia

Macarons by Lucia Merino
Photo courtesy of Sucre Sucre by Lucia
Sucre Sucre by Lucia
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Why Dallas men have to visit CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop

Holiday Shopping

On December 7, CultureMap will host its first Holiday Pop-up Shop at Sixty Five Hundred, featuring more than 25 of your favorite local brands and retailers under one roof. Although most men claim they hate to shop, we promise they won’t want to miss this.

One obvious reason: They’ll have their pick of gifts for the ladies in their lives. But we know they’ll also want to shop these Dallas menswear favorites — to inspire ideas for their own wish lists or to gift their fellow well-dressed gents of all ages.

Baby Bow Tie
The first on this list is for the littlest boys. Kat Armstrong founded Baby Bow Tie in 2013 after her son Caleb was born. Inspired by her growing little gentleman, Armstrong set out to create affordable, high-quality accessories for baby boys, and now her bow tie line includes dog accessories too.

Foot Cardigan
For $9 a month, Dallas startup Foot Cardigan delivers a new pair of delightfully random socks directly to your doorstep. The unique service for men (and, yes, women) has been such a big hit that they’ve since launched Whippersnappers, a kid’s sock subscription service. This is one of the rare chances to shop the goods in person.

Owners Janet and Jay Finegold opened this fashion-forward children’s boutique more than 20 years ago for moms and their kids — boys and girls — to shop for new wardrobe essentials. For fashionable toddlers and young men, KidBiz carries Polo Ralph Lauren, Quicksilver, Puma, Lacoste and Charlie Rocket.

Mizzen + Main
SMU grad Kevin Lavelle launched menswear brand Mizzen+Main in July 2012 with the goal of innovating classic menswear. Mission accomplished: Mizzen+Main’s washable, moisture-wicking, wrinkle-free dress shirts earned Lavelle a mention in Men’s Fitness as a 2014 game changer. The line now includes casual henleys, denim and blazers.

In just one year, Matt Alexander’s ecommerce shop has become a go-to destination for stylish guys (and it caught the attention of New York Fashion Week’s Men’s Day). The site specializes in hard-to-find-online, high-quality menswear that suits the seasons. But Need has more than apparel. Look for coffee, literature, furniture, film, artwork and more in the monthly collection.

Q Clothier and Rye 51
When Q Custom Clothier moved into bigger digs in West Village, it added a sibling called Rye 51 with more casual sportswear from Rag & Bone, Todd Snyder, Steven Alan and laid-back custom threads. The man-friendly concept also includes a pool table, TVs and ultra-luxe leather chairs for lounging, as well as complimentary whiskey while you shop.


Buy tickets now for the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop. Cost is $10, and a portion of proceeds benefits our charity partners, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and Family Place. In addition to access to more than 25 shops-within-a-shop, admission grants visitors access to Cointreau cocktails, holiday entertainment and complimentary gift-wrapping.


Photo by Daniel Musomba
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CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop helps you get lucky with the ladies

Pop-up Shop Preview

At the first CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop, we are bringing together more than 25 of our favorite local retailers and brands for a day-long shop-a-thon, complete with cocktails and entertainment, to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Speaking of holiday spirit, a portion of the proceeds from the event benefits Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and Family Place.

The event, which takes place December 7, noon-6 pm, at Sixty Five Hundred, will be your one-stop shop for holiday gifts: clothing, jewelry, home accents, edibles, paper goods and pet essentials. Here is a preview of the options for the ladies in your life:

Affordability is all the rage at Lucy Huang’s shop in Mockingbird Station. Find the latest tops, dresses, handbags and accessories — at a fraction of department-store prices, proving that it’s possible to be on trend and on a budget. Once a style sells out, it’s gone for good, so you won’t have to worry about seeing yourself around town.

Amanda Sterett
Amanda Sterett’s jewelry company was born nearly a decade ago when she started designing the pieces that she wanted to wear. Her designs have been featured in stores such as Anthropologie, Kate Spade, Neiman Marcus CUSP and Calypso, among others, and her jewelry is made by women who have traveled to the U.S. in search of a new life. They make each piece to order in Sterett’s Uptown Dallas studio.

What began as a friendship with a common love for art and fashion culminates today in jewelry line B.Stellar. Nancy Koen and Misty Incontrera founded the company in 2013, and their jewelry is a striking blend of natural and modern. Every piece is handmade in Dallas and beautifully unique. You can find their designs in local boutiques such as Sussie’s, Lou Lou, Nasher Sculpture Center Store and Stanley Korshak.

Gypsy Wagon
The Gypsy Wagon carries an eclectic selection that includes handmade jewelry, gifts made from recycled materials, worldly home decor, country-chic clothing and vintage cowboy boots. Think embroidered pillows, recycled glass tumblers, feminine printed blouses, silver cuffs and leather bracelets, and monster tees for the tots.

Nicole Kwon
“There are lots of shopping options for women in Dallas, but not many for the girl who isn’t into glamour,” says fashion designer Nicole Kwon. “If you want the young, hip, European style with bohemian and contemporary flair, it’s a bit more difficult to find at an accessible price point.” So Kwon set about to change that at her West Village shop.

Young Texas stylemaker John Piermarini had a vision to bring affordable yet edgy designs to Dallas. At his Snider Plaza shop, he offers men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, but he orders only one size of each piece and doesn’t reorder, so if you see something you like, you’d better buy it before it’s gone. He has also launched a line of beauty products.

Owner Rory Boyd does more than just operate this women’s boutique in Frisco. She serves as personal shopper, friend and, sometimes, therapist to her fiercely loyal clients, who turn to her to lift their wardrobe and their spirits. Boyd carries lines such as Rebecca Taylor, Trina Turk, Milly, Joie and Vince, as well as jewelry from local designers such as B.Stellar.

Tootsies has all the conveniences of a department store but the personal attention of a luxury boutique, thanks to savvy in-house stylists. Shop for contemporary styles by Theory, Parker and Elizabeth & James, as well as cocktail and formal gowns from the likes of Marchesa Notte, Sue Wong and Theia. The shoe and handbag salon is stocked with Chloe, Guiseppe Zanotti and Tory Burch.

Proprietor Nasrin Hormozi has years of experience helping women look their best — starting with the all-important, well-fitting bra. Her lingerie selection — bras, panties, pajamas, loungewear, gowns and body shapers — ranges from practical to sinful and everything in between. Brands include Chantelle, Simone Perele, La Perla, Myla, Gilda Pearl, Fred and Ginger, Wolford, Parah, and many more.


Tickets for the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop are $10, and a portion of the proceeds benefits our charity partners.


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How to have the most fun ever shopping for holiday gifts in Dallas

Haute Holiday Shopping

When the holiday season begins, our thoughts turn to two things: parties and presents. So imagine if there was a celebratory event that also served as the ultimate gift-buying excursion.

For the first-ever CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop on December 7, we are bringing together 25 local retailers — clothing for men and women, jewelry and accessories, pet essentials, home decor, and edibles — under one fabulously styled roof. Not only can you buy all of your gifts in one stop, but you also get to shop local and meet the brains behind these brands.

For one day only, you can shop all of the following:

  • Accents
  • Amanda Sterett
  • B.Stellar
  • Baby Bow Tie
  • Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery
  • DMA Museum Store
  • Dirt
  • Dude, Sweet Chocolate
  • Ellis Hill
  • Foot Cardigan
  • The Gem
  • Gypsy Wagon
  • KidBiz
  • Life of Riley
  • Lucky Dog Barkery
  • Mizzen+Main
  • Need
  • Neighborhood
  • Nicole Kwon
  • Piermarini
  • Q. Clothier and Rye 51
  • Scardello Artisan Cheese
  • Sussie’s
  • Tootsies
  • Trousseau of Dallas

This list is reason enough to buy tickets — and these brands have never been together in one place before — but of course there is so much more. Enjoy crafting stations, a cocktail garden courtesy of Cointreau, a holiday-themed photo booth courtesy of Lexus, complimentary gift-wrapping services, beats from DJ Remy Ryan and a Bread Winners mini-cafe.

Excited yet? If yes, then get your tickets now. The cost of admission is a mere $10, and here is the best news of all: A portion of the proceeds benefits our charity partners, the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and Family Place.

The CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop is open December 7, noon-6 pm, at Sixty Five Hundred. See you there.

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New H-E-B stores in DFW top this week's 5 hottest Dallas headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that listhere.

1. H-E-B continues Dallas expansion with 3 new supermarkets in the suburbs. Texas supermarket chain H-E-B continues its Dallas-Fort Worth expansion, with three new stores in the works. The retailer is opening stores in Melissa, Prosper, and Rockwall. This comes just as the chain opens a new store in Allen.

2. Country's largest hot springs pool complex coming to Grandscape in The Colony. The newest attraction headed to Grandscape in The Colony is a wellness spa-amusement park: WorldSprings, a nine-acre outdoor mineral springs experience, will debut in spring 2024.

3. Award-winning Mexican restaurant hits the jackpot at new location in Denton. A DFW restaurant that's earned national acclaim has opened in Denton: El Rincón del Maiz, previously of Garland, is now located at 1431 E. McKinney St. in Denton where it's winning over locals with its Tex-Mex classics and vegan dishes.

4. New burger joint in McKinney with chef toppers and full bar is a sizzler. McKinney has a new burger joint that is already lighting up the Collin County foodie scene. Called Loyo Burger, it's part of the Local Yocal empire, and is newly opened in downtown McKinney at 216 W. Virginia St. #102.

5. Pickleball-restaurant with chef-level food paddles into Farmers Branch. A new pickleball concept is paddling into Farmers Branch: Called At Fault, it's a pickleball-restaurant facility, opening its first DFW location at 2330 Jett St., in spring 2024.

Where to drink in Dallas right now: 5 best new happy hours

Where to Drink

Maybe because it's fall or maybe because we're just lucky, but it's an especially rich time right now for happy hour offerings, with five spots that have either just debuted new happy hours (or are about to debut). There's a chef take at a restaurant-bar on Greenville Avenue; a fun music bar in Bishop Arts; a chance to sneak into a upscale steakhouse in a Dallas high-rise; and a restaurant-bar overlooking a tranquil golf course in Frisco.

Here's five hot new happy hours for our latest installment of Where to Drink:

Quarter Acre
Greenville Avenue restaurant has a new “Garden Hour” happy hour program Tuesday-Friday from 5-6:30 pm on the patio or at the bar, featuring snacks, three for $11, such as the Watermelon Bite, Crispy Pork Belly with avocado whip and sour lime, Half Shell Oyster with kiwi bubbles and rosé mignonette, and Mushroom Croquette with goat cheese. Select cocktails are $8 including the Front Deck Spritz with Aperol, passionfruit, and bubbles; and Bumble Bee’s Knees with Ford’s Gin, honey, and lemon. Three bottles of wine are $40: Pierre Sparr “Brut” Cremant d’Alsace, Mahua Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2022, or Black Cottage Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2021.

Revelers Hall
New Orleans-style bar in Bishop Arts has a new summer happy hour Monday-Friday from 4-7 pm, with good deals: half-price food, $6 wines, $5 well drinks, and $4 beers. They also have live music daily, featuring a variety of genres including jazz, bebop, Cumbia, and Latin jazz. Plus indoor and outdoor seating, and now is the time of year for that.

Ryder Cup Grille
Restaurant-bar at the Omni PGA Frisco Resort — one of 13 restaurants and bars at the resort — has a new happy hour with postcard-worthy views overlooking the Fields Ranch golf courses. It's an early one, running Monday-Friday from 2-5 pm and includes some domestic beers for $6, house wines for $10, and Ranch Water for $13. Food specials include Parmesan fries ($7), a guacamole and salsa flight ($9), chicken tenders with Buffalo sauce, Deep Ellum blue cheese dressing, and ranch ($11), nachos with brisket and refried beans ($12), and Cobb salad ($12).

SER Steak & Spirits
Steakhouse on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole has a Social Hour Tuesday-Thursday from 5-6:30 pm with $10 cocktails, $10 wines by the glass. A new bar menu features oysters, beef tartare, and gochujang chicken, priced from $9 to $23. They also have two new cocktails: Fall Berry Bush with tequila, Chambord, lime, rosemary, and sage; and a boozy lemonade with vodka, lavender, dill, lemon juice, and soda water.

Whiskey Cake
A new $7 Social Hour begins September 26, and runs Monday-Friday 3-6 pm with cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Margarita, Daiquiri, and a CYOM (create your own martini) with vodka or gin, clean or dirty, wet or dry, shaken or stirred, with a twist of lemon or olives, all for $7. House wines are also $7 and beers are $5. A menu of bar bites includes Wagyu corn dogs, BBQ spiced pork rinds, and blue cheese kettle chips.

Famous doner kebab restaurant makes Dallas debut with location in Frisco

Kebab News

A big name in doner kebabs is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth: German Doner Kebab, famous for pioneering gourmet doner kebabs in the UK and worldwide, will open its first location in Frisco, at 12025 E. University Dr. #100.

According to a release, it'll open on September 25, with seating for 77, making it the brand’s largest North American restaurant in terms of capacity.

Doner kebabs are a street food, centered on meat cooked on a rotating vertical spit. The name comes from two Turkish words: 'Doner' meaning rotate, and 'Kebap' meaning grilled meat. It's similar to a gyro, but döner meat is made from lamb or pork, while gyros are lamb or chicken.

German Doner Kebab, abbreviated GDK, is known for its distinctive waffle bread, in which the pita-like bread is imprinted with a waffle pattern. The company opened its first restaurant in Berlin in 1989 and is headquartered in Scotland. There are now 100-plus locations across UK, Europe, and the Middle East.

They made their U.S. debut in 2021 and have locations in New Jersey, Astoria, Queens, New York, and Sugar Land, Texas, outside Houston, which opened in 2022.

Their menu features doner kebabs made with toasted waffle bread, halal meat, vegetables, and signature sauces. GDK locations have an open kitchen so you can see the food being prepared to order.

In addition to the waffle bread, you can get the doner as a wrap, a panini, or in quesadilla form. Other items include a burger topped with Doritos and cheese sauce - like chips & salsa on top of doner meat, but all inside a bun; a black bean veggie burger; spring rolls; jalapeno poppers; and fries in a quartet of options including cheese fries, flaming fries, and curry fries.

“Many Americans are familiar with gyro, shawarma, and shish kebabs, however our ‘doner kebabs’ will be a new experience in both taste and format to most," says GDK North America managing director Nigel Belton in a statement.