Texas Christkindl Market

Inspired by the cherished German tradition, the Texas Christkindl Market is a family­-friendly market featuring shopping for holiday gifts, decorations, and unique one-­of-­a-­kind finds. Guests can shop for traditional handcrafted gifts and collectibles straight from Germany, including exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village. Guests can also indulge in German treats and eats while enjoying festive music and shopping local vendors throughout the Market.

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Where to find the best game-day fashion in Dallas

Show Your Colors

When your favorite sport's season rolls around, you're likely ready to whip out the blue and silver, the burnt orange, the maroon, and more. But if you're still sporting T-shirts from the supermarket or gear from the college bookstore ... well, it's time to update your game-day wardrobe.

In the spirit of CultureMap's newest signature event, The Tailgate, we're celebrating a season of sports with insider intel on all the ways you can enjoy it. (P.S. Tickets are on sale now).

Consider this a style how-to for cheering on your favorite team. Some of these suggestions are local, some are happy to ship to Dallas, but all place top priority on outfitting you properly for the big game.

Impeccable Pig
If you want to show your support without a literal logo, head here for tons of clothes in team colors. The Game Day collection has everything from cheeky shorts sets and flouncy dresses to headbands, earrings, beaded purses, and booties. There are four locations in the DFW area.

Spirit Snob collegiate wraps
From Red Raiders to Bears to Horned Frogs, this line of scarves proudly declares your love for your alma mater (or the Lone Star State as a whole). The Otomi-inspired designs are created by hand by local Fort Worth artist Allison Castillo. Not only is the product versatile — wear them as a scarf, sarong, head wrap, or even a halter top — but the company also donates a portion of every wrap sold to a women's college scholarship.

Wrangler Collegiate Collection
From tailgating to the stands, tried-and-true brand Wrangler is reimagining the standard jersey with shirts, sweatshirts, hats, jackets, and even embroidered twill Western snap shirts for UT and A&M, plus eight other non-Texas schools. Of course, you can finish off your look with some classic denim.

y&i clothing boutique
Clear bags are a must at stadiums now, and y&i is where you'll find them. You'll also find a wide range of cute dresses, tops, and bottoms in pro and collegiate team colors, plus accessories to top it all off. There are two locations in Dallas: West Village and The Shops at Legacy.

Kendra Scott
Of course Austin's favorite jewelry maven has a game day collection. Her ubiquitous designs come in a range of sporty team colors, and are the perfect addition to your fandom (if you're bold) or in-the-know accent to a cute ensemble (if you're subtle).

Zilker Belts
Take your pick from belts named Horned Frog, Raider, and Reveille, after the First Lady of Aggieland. World-class Argentine leather is combined with nylon thread that's artfully hand-stitched in Buenos Aires. Wondering what size to get? A good rule of thumb is ordering two inches larger than your pants size.

Rally House
You weren't expecting us to leave off this game-day staple, were you? It's the go-to place for officially licensed jerseys and other merch that fits everyone on your team, even down to the littles. The other good news is that there are several locations across Dallas-Fort Worth, plus it's a low threshold for free shipping online.

Now that you're all decked out, check out these top sports bars in Dallas. Then mark your calendar for October 13, when The Tailgate is happening at The Empire Room.

Head here to buy Early Bird tickets while they last.

Mashup Market

Best vegan grocer in Denton relocates to market-deli space

Vegan News


An acclaimed market in Denton specializing in all things vegan is making a move: Mashup Market, the plant-based specialty grocer that debuted at 316 Oak St. in 2020, is closing that original location and making its new headquarters at 1302 W. Hickory St., its second location that opened in 2021.

Owner Cherie Reed says that the new location offers a better platform and resources for the kinds of expansion she wants to undertake.

"We are moving all our products and resources to 1302 W. Hickory to focus on continued product additions and a new deli we have in the works," she says. "We've loved developing a following with our original location at 316 E. Oak but that will be closed after Sunday September 25."

She anticipates that all of the products currently carried at Oak Street will be available at the Hickory location by Wednesday September 28.

Reed opened Mashup Market as a place to stock vegan provisions from local, Texas, and small U.S. businesses, including jerky by It's Jerky Y'all, Spread Happiness Nut Butters by UNT grad Yesika Horton, and delectable vegan meats by vendors such as ribs by Dallas-based The Boneless Butcher and a vegan stuffed turkey by acclaimed The Herbivorous Butcher based in Minneapolis.

She's one of two DFW vendors, along with Lucky Mouth Grocery in Oak Cliff, who's stocking the wildly popular vegan cheeses by Rebel Cheese, an artisanal maker in Austin. Her vegan cheese selection is broad, with vendors from across the U.S.

The store sells dry goods, snacks, cooking kits, dressings, vegan caramel sauce, great wines, and a big selection of gluten-free goods.

It's also become a destination for vegan pop-ups such as Vuture Foods, and exciting product introductions such as the recent demo of vegan bacon by Thrilling Foods. When the store started serving deli sandwiches last year, they saw a robust response.

The new location is close to Pepita's, the family-owned vegan Mexican restaurant at 1115 W. Hickory St. that opened in 2021 — with the proximity creating yet more vegan synergy.

In fact, Pepitas is allowing Mashup customers to park in their lot, behind the restaurant.

"Great opportunity to grab something from Pepitas and shop!," Reed says.

Meanwhile, there are sales: Mashup will be selling many items at the Oak Street location at 25 percent off — "so we don't have to move them," she says.

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Huffhines Harvest Fest

Huffhines Harvest Fest featuring Pawtoberfest, formerly known as Huffhines Art Trails, is a two-day festival that has become one of the best arts and crafts shows in North Texas. On Saturday the festival will feature Pawtoberfest, a unique opportunity for attendees and furry friends to enjoy the festival together with pet-friendly activities.

In addition to shopping, the festival includes live performances from local talent, as well as concessionaires offering favorite treats. New this year, Huffhines will feature a variety of family activities, including pumpkin decorating, corn maze, scarecrow village, petting zoo, and more.

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Where to shop in Dallas right now: 9 must-hit stores for September

Where to Shop Now

Dallas is back in business after a hot hiatus of a summer. The stores are bustling and the people are out shopping. Here are nine shops that you need to stop by — in person or virtually — sometime this month to escape the lingering warm temps while simultaneously stepping up your fall wardrobe.

Clover
Mary Voss has opened the latest and greatest women's boutique that is the perfect mix of contemporary and elegant. This highly selective shop features brands such as Acacia, AGolde, American Vintage, Koch, Place Nationale, and S/W/F. If you aren't able to pop in to the store, call or text them to purchase something that caught your eye from the store's very active Instagram account.

Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio
Want to pick up some seriously swoon-worthy items from your home that are already approved by some of the hottest designers in town? Shop the charitable Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio now through September 24. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am-5 pm, in the Dallas Design District, 1506 Market Center Blvd. This year's line up of designers includes Javier Burkle, The Loveliest Home, Todd Fiscus, and more, and inventory gets replenished regularly. Read more about the Thrift Studio's mission here.

Jack Mason
Dallas' West Village recently welcomed a new watch boutique that features a full-size watch bar where the owners will walk you through the entire collection and provide a personalized watch-fitting experience. Regardless of your budget or your preference in style, this brand has something that will get you telling time in sophisticated style.

Luxury Lab Pop-Up at Galleria Dallas
Join one of Dallas' favorite North Dallas shopping destinations for a pop-up featuring more than a dozen of Mexico's top designers and artisans. The event is set for September 22-25 on level one across from Gucci. LuxuryLab Global, which is thought by many to be one of the most important travel summits in Latin America, is popping up in time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and will be marked by a special VIP event on Thursday. Meet the designers and shop Friday-Sunday from 12-6 pm.

SABAL
Highland Park native and TCU grad Hartley Lynn launched SABAL, a new brand of swimwear for women with smaller chests, on August 22. Designed for AA to C cups, SABAL swimsuits are specially designed to retain their shape and feel in and out of the water. The line currently includes two bikini top styles and two bottom piece styles, plus one style of one-pieces. Read more about the designer and brand here.

Sarah Flint
After serious success at a Dallas pop-up last year, this fashionable shoe brand opened a permanent boutique on level two of NorthPark Center, between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The Dallas location marks Sarah Flint's second permanent storefront opening behind its store in Nashville. This brand is booming in Dallas because it doesn't make women choose between style and comfort. The best of both worlds? Yes, we'll take two.

Sette
Dallas-born designer (and Highland Park High School grad) Monica Millington created a new loungewear brand that, she hopes, will provide an ethical alternative to fast fashion while playing on millennial nostalgia. It's a line of sustainable, unisex loungewear that officially launched online August 27. Millington was inspired by the wildly popular Juicy Couture sweatpants and track suits of the early 2000s, which have been making a comeback. Read more about the designer and brand here.

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Sette Collective
It's finally time to shop the Dallas-based activewear destination offering a refreshing selection of sporty sets. Co-founders Jodi Pratt and Melissa Pastora believe that the clothing people wear impacts the way they feel. They saw a need for a space that offered fashionable, flattering, and functional styles that instantly boost confidence. Shop the collection here and hit their West Village pop-up store at 4438 McKinney St. #200, from September 15-25.

St. John
This brand built on the art of executing simple, elegant, and versatile knit dresses has opened a beautiful new boutique on level one of NorthPark Center between Neiman Marcus and Dillard's. The boutique features dresses, suiting, separates, evening and even accessories. This is the only location of St. John in North Texas.

The charitable Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio runs through September 24.

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The charitable Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio runs through September 24.
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Be MVP of your watch party with delicious help from Whole Foods Market

Game-Day Ready

Football is here (and fall isn't far behind). If you're just here for the snacks, then Whole Foods Market is ready to make all your chip, dip, food, and drink fantasies come true.

From full-on catering to grab-and-go goodies, here are some winning game day grub ideas:

Catering
Serve as few as four people or an entire team for everyday entertaining and special occasions with catering that's freshly prepared in stores. Whole Foods Market requires each item they prepare to meet their quality standards, which ban more than 230 colors, flavors, preservatives, and other ingredients, and ensures meat used must be from animals raised with no antibiotics ever.

Level up your next game day spread with these winning appetizers, party platters, snacks, drinks, and treats.

Appetizers: Everything you need for a classic tailgate setup that’s ready to heat and serve. Choose from quesadilla platters (with guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo), three flavors of chicken wings (with carrots, celery, and blue cheese dip), cocktail meatballs (with marinara or barbecue sauce), chicken tenders with honey mustard, and more.

Party Pinwheel Platter: A crowd favorite and mess-free option that includes roast beef and cheddar, pesto chicken, and grilled vegetable pinwheels.

Snacks: Give everyone something to nibble on with a cubed meat and cheese platter, smoked fish dip platter, spinach artichoke puffs, Chick’n taquitos, and vegetable crudités with hummus (the last three are vegetarian-friendly).

Sweets: Finish each game on a high note with vegan brownies and chocolate chip cookies or a fresh fruit platter.

Shop the catering lineup and pre-order for easy in-store pickup here.

365 by Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market offers their 365 brand to make shopping for affordable and high-quality products easy for customers, with more than 3,500 products that must meet their quality standards. Find everything you need to be the MVP:

Beverages: Shop a selection of canned drinks for the ice chest including 365 brand cola and sparkling waters, with flavors like black cherry, ginger, grapefruit, and lime. Bottled beverages make a great base for cocktails and mocktails. Try Whole Foods Market’s line of organic Italian sodas with fun flavors like orange hibiscus and wild berry.

Snacks: Be as unexpected as that new player on the field with 365 brand garbanzo and lentil chips or new ancient grains and flaxseed pita crackers, both great options to pair with your favorite dips.

Bring on the flavor with 365 brand Texas BBQ kettle cooked potato chips, spicy cheese curls, and organic chili cheese corn chips.

Add some color to your spread with 365 brand organic blue corn tortilla chips, paired with made-in-house guacamole, pico de gallo, and salsas.

And 365 brand animal cookies — frosted, honey cinnamon, chocolate chip, or vanilla — ensure a sweet final score.

Explore more Whole Foods Market game day offerings and recipes here.

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CultureMap is celebrating this fall season of sports with The Tailgate, an all-out party devoted to a favorite Texas pastime. Whole Foods Market will be there with their favorite catering bites and 365 brand snacks. Get tickets now.

Order catering and have everything prepared for you.

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CultureMap Emails are Awesome

Top-ranked high schools make the grade in 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 list here.

1. 2 distinguished Dallas high schools sit at head of the class as Texas' best in 2022. Two campuses in Dallas have earned extra credit as the best high schools in Texas. In the latest rankings from education review website Niche, Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented & Gifted tops the list of the state’s best public high schools, and St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas leads the list of the state’s best private high schools.

2. NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's ranch north of Dallas listed for $22.5 million. An Oklahoma ranch around 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s owned by NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw is back on the market for $22.5 million. The 744-acre ranch was relisted after a deal with a would-be buyer fell through.

3. Dallas grilled cheese restaurant abruptly closes location in Oak Cliff. A Bishop Arts restaurant dedicated to making grilled cheese sandwiches has closed: The aptly named Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. closed its original location at 310 W. 7th St., after nearly eight years. According to co-owner Diana Ezzell, the closure was prompted by problems with the location.

4. Best vegan grocer in Denton relocates to market-deli space. An acclaimed market in Denton specializing in all things vegan is making a move: Mashup Market, the plant-based specialty grocer that debuted at 316 Oak St. in 2020, is closing that original location and making its new headquarters at 1302 W. Hickory St., its second location that opened in 2021.

5. Dallas man allegedly scammed $26M from Chinese real estate investors. A Dallas-area man has been charged for allegedly scamming Chinese investors out of more than $26 million in a real estate scheme. Timothy Lynch Barton, the 59-year-old president of real estate development firm JMJ and CEO of real estate investment firm Carnegie Development, has been indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of securities fraud.

Beto to visit Dallas college campuses following debate on TV with Abbott

Campaign News

On November 8, Texas will vote for its next governor — choosing from either incumbent Republican Greg Abbott or Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

In anticipation, the two will participate in a debate on September 30, which takes place at 7 pm at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. It's hosted by KXAN news anchor Britt Moreno and will feature questions from a panel of journalists.

The debate will air on Nexstar television stations which in Dallas is KDAF Channel 33; the Texas Tribune will also livestream.

It's their only scheduled debate and according to the Associated Press, Abbott conditioned his participation on the debate taking place without an audience.

"Sources tell me Abbott would only agree to face Beto with no audience in the room," said journalist Scott Braddock, in a tweet which is right here:

This will be first time Abbott and O'Rourke meet since the May 25 press conference where O’Rourke confronted Abbott after the shooting in Uvalde.

O'Rourke, who previously undertook a summer tour across Texas, holding 70 public events in more than 65 counties, is now launching a College Tour focused on young voters. It includes visits to two Dallas-area campuses, with only one open to the public, as follows:

  • Monday October 3, 10 am: Town Hall at University of North Texas, at the University of North Texas - Gateway Center Ballroom, 801 N. Texas Blvd., Denton. Open to UNT students only.
  • Monday October 3, 12:30 pm: College Tour Town Hall at Dallas College El Centro Campus, 801 Main St., Dallas. Open to the public.

During the College Tour, he'll hold more than a dozen public events at colleges and universities around the state, affording an opportunity not only for him to share his platform — reproductive freedom, reducing gun violence, raising minimum wage, legalizing marijuana — but also an opportunity to get students and young people registered before the October 11 deadline.

'Wide-awake' Dallas neighbor is 2nd best U.S city for families, says Fortune

No place like home

Fortune advises readers to not let Wylie’s “picturesque, historic downtown fool you.” And for good reason. The magazine hails the North Texas city as “a fast-growing, modern community that doesn’t skimp on the amenities.”

Thanks in large part to those amenities, Fortune puts Wylie at No. 2 on its list of the 25 best places in the U.S. for families to live. Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes the top spot.

In recognizing Wylie, the magazine cites the city’s well-above-average public schools, numerous facilities for older residents, and events such as the Bluegrass on Ballard festival and Wylie 500 Pedal Car Race.

"With its start as a stop on the Santa Fe Railway in the 1880s, Wylie has always been a gathering place," the magazine writes. "In fact, because shops stayed open late to accommodate the railway visitors and business, one of the town’s nicknames became 'Wide-Awake Wylie.' The historic downtown continues that tradition of community today..."

Fortune lists the median home price in Wylie as $399,838 and the median household income as $96,845. The booming suburb is home to nearly 60,000 residents. It now stretches across Dallas, Collin, and Rockwall counties.

To come up with its ranking, Fortune combed through mounds of data for almost 2,000 communities in the U.S.

The only other Texas city in the top 25 is the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, ranked 17th.

“Residents have a sweet spot for this Houston suburb that brings the community together through its lively downtown hub, local events, and even a ball game or two,” Fortune says.

Among other highlights, Fortune notes Sugar Land’s “outstanding schools,” the Sugar Land Space Cowboys minor-league baseball team, Sugar Land Town Square, and high-quality health care at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

In Sugar Land, the median home price is $399,250 and the median household income is $121,665, according to Fortune. The suburb is home to around 110,000 people.