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October is the month that Texans live for: The patios. The sweaters. The outdoor activities galore. And speaking of outdoor activities, shopping seems to be a favorite one among Dallasites due, in large part, to fun stores like the ones featured this month. From openings to anniversaries and everything in between, the must-shop list this month is as sweet as a piping hot pumpkin spice latte.

Bell’Invito
Designed and manufactured in Florence, Italy, the latest collection by stationery queen Heather Wise is driven by her passion for “responsible luxury” and features leather accessories like laptop cases, journal covers, luggage tags, totes, and more. And while you're shopping, don’t forget to make an appointment to visit the Dallas Design District-based store to get your Christmas cards in order. Prices range from $115 to $950.

CAMP x Disney
Take the entire family to this Mickey and Friends adventure experience involving Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and more at Dallas' CAMP outpost. Guests will climb, slide, bounce, and dance their way through a unique themed environment with the help of camp “counselors.” This event is happening through February 2023 and tickets are $28. Purchase tickets here.

CAMP x Disney World Visit Disney without leaving Dallas.Photo courtesy of CAMP

Galleria Dallas' Alley Market
Galleria Dallas’ biannual Alley Market comes back for one weekend only, 11 am-4 pm October 21-22. The popular outdoor market, which takes place next to The Blue Fish, celebrates and supports small businesses. More than 15 local vendors that sell everything from artisanal clothing to handmade jewelry to doggie couture will be featured, along with purveyors of sweet and savory foods. Vendors will donate 10 percent of weekend sales to Bonton Farms.

Galleria Dallas Alley Market Galleria Dallas holds its Alley Market for one weekend only.Photo courtesy of Galleria Dallas

La Vie Style House x The Woods
These two iconic fashion brands are collaborating to offer Dallas shoppers Aspen-based The Woods Fine Jewelry inside La Vie Style House’s Highland Park Village boutique. The 30-piece collection incorporates stones and precious gems while mixing metals and textures. Prices range from $770 to $20,000.

La Vie Style House It's a 30-piece collection.Photo by Shelby Webster

Lacrosse Unlimited
The world’s largest lacrosse equipment supplier has opened its 47th store - but first in DFW - in the Preston Village Shopper Center in Plano. This store, headquarters in Edgewood, New York and founded by avid lacrosse players, is a leading global retailer of men’s and women’s lacrosse equipment, apparel, and footwear. They also have locations in Austin and Houston.

Lacrosse Unlimited Gear up for lacrosse season.Photo courtesy of Lacrosse Unlimited

Lively
Committed to meeting the customers where they are, this premier bra boutique is opening a new shop in Dallas’ West Village. Dallas is one of the top five cities for Lively in terms of both online sessions and conversions, and 41 percent of the brand’s ambassadors are in Texas. While known for its bras, the brand also includes undies, swimwear, and cozy clothing.

Lively bras Lively is a new lingerie boutique in West Village.Photo courtesy of Lively

Peacock Alley
The iconic bedding brand’s new Dallas outlet is holding a tent sale October 13-16, offering large retail discounts on fine quality overstock bedding, bath, furniture, and accessories. Products included are one-of-a kind samples, floor samples, and scratch/dent items. The new outlet is located at 1333 Inwood Rd. The sale is running from 9 am-5 pm October 13-15 and October 16 from 10 am-3 pm.

New Balance
A major milestone in the world of commercial real estate, sneaker shop New Balance is celebrating 20 years in The Plaza at Preston Center. The store opened on October 1, 2002 in the same location they are in today. Stop in for a celebratory shoe fitting from one of the fit specialists and finally find that perfect sneaker for your lifestyle.

Shinola x Carolina Pet Company
Everyone’s favorite Detroit-based brand is on the quest to become man’s best friend’s best friend, too, with the recent collaboration with South Carolina-based pet experts. The partnership now yields a complete collection of dog needs from playtime to naptime and everything in between. The logo sweater? The nylon collar? Swoon.

Skin Spirit
Preston-Royal Is having a total renaissance in its shopping experience lately, and nothing more quintessentially speaks to that than the opening of this 2,895-square-foot clinic at Preston Royal Village. In addition to offering a variety of skin care services, it is also your one-stop-shop for Alastin Skincare, IS Clinical, SkinMedica, Nutrafol, and more. Join them for a grand opening event on October 27 from 5-8 pm to receive 20 percent off any “new to you” treatments.

Skin Spirit The team is ready to serve all your beauty needs.Photo courtesy of Skin Spirit.

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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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Where to shop in Dallas right now: 7 must-hit stores for August

Where to Shop Now

The August weather got hot, and back-to-school shopping got even hotter. Whether you want outfit staples or accessories, don't miss an opportunity to pop into these shops to get set for every school occasion this semester.

Allie + Bess
Just in time for football season, these Dallas-based besties recently dropped the Game Day Collection featuring bracelets and necklaces for cheering on your favorite team in style. Styles range from completely customizable to pre-stacked bracelets based on some of the most popular teams (think SMU, Texas, Oklahoma State, and event UNC-Chapel Hill). Allie + Bess’ flat, uniform, ethically-sourced signature beads are crafted by Ghanaian artisans. Each piece is individually designed and handmade in Dallas.

Fashion Cited
Help the Legal Hospice of Texas welcome back its signature event for the first time since the pandemic by attending Fashion Cited on Saturday, August 27 at the Empire Room. This annual, locally produced charity fashion show features up-and-coming Dallas clothiers and designers and is the perfect place to get inspired for a new season. Proceeds from the event benefit Legal Hospice of Texas’ mission to provide legal services to low-income individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness or HIV. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased here.

JoJo Mommy
Nothing says back-to-school for the babies like a trip with mom or grandma to this darling Dallas boutique. This sophisticated and strategically stacked store makes shopping a breeze for the entire clam of kiddos thanks to color-coordinated outfits for boys and girls. In addition to outfit staples and stand-out pieces perfect for picture day, the flagship store (at 7801 Inwood Rd.) also is full of great gifts like books, games, classic toys, and stuffed animals.

Maria Tash
This is not your average store opening in NorthPark Center. Located on level on between Neiman Marcus and Dillard's, this custom piercing experience combines the best of science and art. Head in to the 3,000-square-foot space to learn more about the brand's Curated Ear technique that Maria herself developed, in which clients combine studs and rings in unique stylings that reflect their personal aesthetics. Pieces for the boutique were selected by Maria, and customers can expect a lot of diamonds.

Rag & Bone
Fresh off of store refresh that includes new fixtures, furniture and rugs, the Rag & Bone in Highland Park Village is ready to welcome shoppers to celebrate the ICONS Collection. These pieces, which will be live in store for the remainder of the year, feature pieces rooted in the brand's most iconic pieces. Think blazers, bombers, denim, and leather. The fall looks are also in store with a theme of patchwork Americana, heritage fabrics, and military detail.

Trina Turk
Men, it is your lucky day. Head to the Highland Park Village boutique to shop the Mr Turk collection, now here to stay after a smashing success at an earlier pop-up. Mr Turk is designed for men who want to make a statement with their wardrobe, featuring simple silhouettes in unique patterns, textures, and colors. The looks are inspired by California’s cocktail culture and outdoor-indoor lifestyle.

Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga
Following a launch of the new digital game concept and the first physical retail experience at the GAP Times Square Store, Yeezy Gap and Balenciaga are now bringing their shared vision of physical retail to select GAP stores across the United States. And the lucky stores in Dallas? The GAP at 13250 Dallas Pkwy. at The Galleria and the GAP at 5350 W Lovers Ln. in Inwood Village. The collection includes hoodies, T-shirts, jogging pants, outerwear, caps, and more with utilitarian design in mind.

Trina Turk in Highland Park Village now features Mr Turk for men.

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Trina Turk in Highland Park Village now features Mr Turk for men.
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Where to shop in Dallas right now: 7 must-hit stores for July

Where to Shop Now

Though this month's shopping roundup be small, it is mighty. It's the month for a famous annual sale, a few blink-or-you'll-miss-them pop-up events, and a new designer collection for well-dressed pets.

Axel Arigato
Those in need of a footwear upgrade should check out this traveling pop-up that will be at Neiman Marcus NorthPark from July 28 to August 18. Axel Arigato’s pop-up will showcase the brand’s latest footwear, including several exclusive styles for those that visit this event.

Gucci
Pets need designer, too. The House recently rolled out a wide-ranging selection of items designed for dogs and cats that combines high-quality materials and craftsmanship with innovation. Think collars, harnesses, leashes, made-to-order miniature couches for lounging, and more. The collection is available to shop locally at the Gucci boutique at Galleria Dallas and online.

Kimbell Art Museum
Here's an extra incentive to trek to Fort Worth for a museum day: The Kimbell Art Museum's annual Summer Shop Sale runs July 5-24 and features jewelry, books, and handcrafted objects from around the world, up to 75 percent off. Examples include telephone-wire cuff bracelets made in South Africa ($30), banana-fiber note cards made in Kenya ($8), mudcloth and leather wallets made in Mali ($30-$40), and soapstone dishes and décor made in Kenya ($8-$28).

Nordstrom
Unless you have been living under a shopping rock, you've heard of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This year, the sale runs from July 15 through July 31 in stores and online, with prices going back up on August 1. Nordstrom cardmembers get to shop early during Early Access, beginning July 9 or earlier depending on their Nordy Club Cardmember status. 

Tory Burch
The effortlessly chic Summer Capsule Collection is available online and at select Tory Burch boutiques, including NorthPark Center, beginning July 15. The capsule is a limited-edition collection of signature pieces, reissued in exclusive color-block and graphic prints. From bold contrast of primary colors to basket-weave prints, nostalgic abounds in the very best way and serves as the perfect pulse to give your midsummer wardrobe some added energy.

Wildlike
This chic piercing studio is celebrating its first birthday on Saturday, July 9 from 1-4 pm, with beats by Edolena, free piercings, boozie slushies, ice cream, and more. Wildlike is encouraging guests to a bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to event beneficiary The Birthday Party Project. In keeping with the nonprofit organization's purpose, the Wildlike team will then host a birthday party for children with birthdays in July at a local shelter.

ZSpoke
The brand with over two decades of experience outfitting dapper gentlemen will host an exclusive made-to-measure trunk show in Victory Park's PNC Plaza, July 15 and July 16, 10 am-6 pm. The event will showcase the variety of choice in fabrics, patterns, and fit. All attendees will receive 15 percent off all made-to-measure purchases. To schedule a one-on-one appointment with Z, email z@zspoke.co or call or text 214-632-6843.

The Tory Burch Summer Capsule Collection available July 15 online and at the brand's NorthPark location.

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The Tory Burch Summer Capsule Collection available July 15 online and at the brand's NorthPark location.
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Where to shop in Dallas right now: 7 must-hit stores for June

Where to Shop Now

Summer officially hits in June, and we want your wardrobe to be ready and your house to be in tip-top shape for hosting parties. Here are the shops to swing by this month, where you'll find special pop-ups, a coveted sample sale, new collections, and much more.

Tootsies
Jewelry line Deepa Gurnani is popping up at Preston Center's most stylish store for two days only: Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17. The designer will also be on site to meet and discuss the brand and its pieces, which preserve and refine the storied craft of Indian hand embroidery. Tootsies is open 11 am to 6 pm.

Juneteenth Fashion Show and Experience at Legacy West
The Box Garden at Legacy Hall in Plano is hosting a celebration of Black excellence, culture, and freedom on June 19. Emceed by award-winning fashion designer Venny Etienne from Project Runway Season 17, the vibrant celebration will honor both local and nationally recognized Black designers, creatives, and entertainers. Look for featured designs the famed House of Dasha Boutique, celebrity label Don Morphy, celebrity evening wear and bridal designer Ese Azenabor, and more. Doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 6:30 pm, with an after-party to follow. General admission and reserved table tickets can be purchased here.

Rent the Runway Dallas Sample Sale
Through June 26, head to the Rent the Runway store in West Village to shop hundreds of pre-loved designer clothing pieces, handbags, and accessories for up to 90 percent off retail. Designers in the sale include Annie Bing, Rag & Bone, Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Minkoff, and more.

Mi Golondrina
The Fourth of July collection is here and it is so good. Red, white, and blue styles galore to outfit you and your little in an adorable get-up that will take you from the parade to the barbecue and even to the pool without an outfit change. Want a different color combo? A full selection of summer staples are available in a variety of styles and silhouettes. These precious pieces, hand sewn in Mexico, are basically a Dallas wardrobe staple wardrobe at this point.

Fenwick Fields
Hosting this summer? Of course you are! This beautiful brand offers a collection of artist illustrated prints and linens hand-sewn right here in Dallas. They are currently having a 50 percent off sale, which is the perfect excuse to snag some favorite styles. The square scalloped placemats in Birds of Paradise Pink? Yes please!

Panerai
Treat the dad in your life to a Father's Day gift from this luxury Italian watch maker, which is celebrating its recent opening in Highland Park Village. This is Dallas' only location, and the store features a large wall clock showcasing distinctive characteristics of the brand's timepieces. Stop in on your next walk through Highland Park Village and leave inspired by the blend of Italian design and Swiss technology that comes together to showcase an obvious passion from the sea.

Gucci X Adidas
Visitors to the Gucci store in NorthPark Center are in for a treat as the Adidas x Gucci Collection has officially dropped in Dallas. Silhouettes are inspired by nostalgic color palettes and reimagined sports clubs’ uniforms. Featuring both brands' iconic logos, the collection is sure to inspire even the most fabulous fashionista to get in move-and-groove mode.

The Adidas x Gucci Collection has officially dropped at NorthPark Center.

Photo courtesy of Gucci
The Adidas x Gucci Collection has officially dropped at NorthPark Center.
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Where to shop in Dallas right now: 11 must-hit stores for Mother's Day and beyond in May

Where to Shop now

With Mother's Day circled on the calendar Sunday, May 8, we're in serious last-minute shopping territory here. Fortunately, Dallas-area stores are coming to the rescue with special shopping events to help find perfect gifts for moms, grandmas, wives, aunts, daughters, pet mammas, plant mammas, or any mother figures who deserved to be honored. (Don't they all?) But the shopping fun extends well beyond Mother's Day, with plenty of other new stores and product launches to check out around town this month.

Allie + Bess
In time for M-Day gifting, the Dallas-based, women-owned jewelry brand has launched a new Birthstone Collection. The collection features the brand’s signature bracelets, incorporating the unique birthstones for each month into the pieces. They say they envision bracelets not only for Mom, but for grandbabies’ birth months, friends who share the same birth month, siblings, and more; each "Birthstone Dottie" bracelet is $42. Shop the collection here.

Boho Market at The Hill
The Hill shopping center in Lake Highlands welcomes back the Boho Market for a special Mother's Day pop-up one day only, 9 am-2 pm Saturday, May 7. Snag Mom a last-minute gift from a local vendor, including seasonal clothing, timeless accessories, handmade home goods, woodworks, sweet treats, pet products, and more. The event will include live music and spring floral decor. Find it on the courtyard lawn outside of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, and CAMP.

City Boots
Touted as "Texas-based handmade, top-shelf boots made for the modern cowgirl, the city slicker, and everyone in between," City Boots has expanded into a new location inside the FleaStyle flagship store in Deep Ellum. Founder Lizzy Chesnut Bentley, an SMU alum, opened her first showroom in Fort Worth in 2019, and since its inception, the brand has attracted customers of all walks of life and lifestyles. Find it at 3009 Commerce St., Dallas. Hours are Monday by appointment only; Wednesday-Saturday 11 am-5 pm; closed Sunday. For appointments and more information, contact showroom@cityboots.com or 817-688-9691.

Dr. Barbara Sturm
Dr. Barbara Sturm is launching a new collection for a new clientele: Teens. The Microbiotic Collection, specifically formulated for Gen Z with acne-prone skin, will hit retail shelves at the Highland Park Village store on Thursday, May 5. The collection focuses specifically on balancing more youthful skin by providing teenagers with an accessible regimen of cleansing, moisturizing, and treatment. The line includes a Microbiotic Cleansing Balm, Microbiotic Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Microbiotic Face Cream, and The Ultimate Stinky Pimple Treatment, with prices ranging from $35-$190; find out more here.

Finley Shirts x Neiman Marcus at NorthPark Center
Want to get Mom something super personalized? Ahead of Mother's Day, Finley Shirts at Neiman Marcus NorthPark will offer complimentary monogramming from The Monogram Club with a Finley Shirts purchase. It's a very limited event, taking place just 1-4 pm Saturday, May 7. Hosted by mother-daughter duo Cathy Williamson and Beverly Terrell, the special event will also include light bites. It'll take place on level two of Neiman Marcus, and RSVP is not required.

Kendra Scott pop-up at Galleria Dallas
The beloved Texas jeweler will host a special pop-up May 6-8 to capture some of that Mother's Day magic. The company, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, specializes in jewelry featuring natural gemstones. The designer will offer gifts for moms and more — including their popular women’s jewelry, candles, just-launched watches, and their new men’s line. The pop-up shop will be located in front of Sephora on level one. Read about more new stores opening at the Galleria here.

LDT for Dillard's
LDT, founded by Michael and Alex Toccin as a womenswear brand that mixes youthful joy with easy-to-wear and sophisticated styles, has teamed up with department store Dillard's on a collection of exclusive handbags, small leather goods, and eyewear for spring. The accessories, they say, were designed to enhance any outfit and can be worn day-to-night so wearers are always “Styled to a T.” Leather goods range from $128-$348, and sunglasses retail about $80. The line got its official launch in Dallas, but all products are being sold in 85 Dillard’s stores nationwide and online at Dillards.com

Leatherology pop-up at The Conservatory
Children can make their moms a high-quality, personalized gift at a special Leatherology pop-up May 4-7 at The Conservatory Bijoux at Highland Park Village. They'll have the opportunity to make a personalized drawing that can then be stamped into an item of their choice, using the Deboss monogram system. Store hours are 10 am-6 pm.

Macy's Backstage
Grapevine is in for some shopping: A Macy's Backstage store is opening at Grapevine Mills mall, featuring trendy clothes at a discount price. It's opening May 14 as an off-price, on-trend concept that sells quality brands for fashion-loving customers with constantly changing merchandise. It'll sell not only apparel for women, men, and children, but toys, housewares, beauty products, designer handbags, activewear, gifts, and pet supplies. Read more about it in this story.

MorningSave
Bargain shoppers will rejoice that online trailblazer MorningSave, the top-selling flash sale website, has opened its first-ever brick-and-mortar store right here in Plano. Like its online counterpart, they say, the physical store highlights new products and offers deeply discounted savings on an ever-changing assortment of items including home, kitchen, beauty, tech, accessories, and more. Find it at 1701 Preston Road, Plano. Hours are 10 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm Sunday.

UpWest
Just opened at NorthPark Center on level two between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, UpWest offers apparel, sleep, wellness, and home goods. Making their Texas debut in Dallas, UpWest was founded in 2019 as a purpose-driven lifestyle brand that strives to bring comfort to customers' daily lives through content, commerce, and community, they say. They aim to positively impact people and the planet by giving back to those in need and emphasizing sustainability efforts. Read about more new stores coming to NorthPark here.

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Teresa Gubbins contributed to this story.

A handbag that's part of the new LDT accessories collection with Dillard's.

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Gala led by Dallas' most VIP couple scores top spot in this week's 5 hottest 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. Dallas' most VIP couple leads all-star gala for Perot Museum 10th anniversary. The 10th anniversary of a Dallas landmark deserves a star-studded party and a few fireworks, too — and that's exactly what the Perot Museum of Nature and Science did to celebrate its milestone birthday. Dallas' most VIP couple led the festivities. Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki co-chaired the 10th anniversary Night at the Museum Gala on Saturday, November 12.

2. Dallas hires Martine Elyse Philippe as new director of arts and culture. The city of Dallas has a new Arts boss: Martine Elyse Philippe, who has worked in arts administration and the nonprofit world, has been appointed Director of the Office of Arts & Culture, a division of the City Manager's Office that fosters partnerships and support with arts and cultural organizations.

3. Record store in Dallas' Oak Cliff to spin off hip new restaurant-lounge. There's a hip new lounge bar restaurant opening in Dallas' Bishop Arts: Called Ladylove, it's going into the favorably located space previously occupied by Dallas Grilled Cheese Co., and is forecast to open in early 2023. Ladylove, whose subhead is "Lounge & Sound," is from David Grover and Kate Siamro, the same amazing team who own Spinster Records, the vinyl record store in Bishop Arts.

4. New Uptown Dallas movie theater sets opening date in time for the holidays. A little over a year after it was first announced, Violet Crown Cinema will open its first Dallas theater in West Village in early December. The theater is located in the former Magnolia Theater, which closed when the pandemic hit in March 2020 and never reopened.

5. Dallas university among best in U.S. for entrepreneurship programs, says Princeton Review. Dallas entrepreneurs, take note. The University of Texas at Dallas is near the top of its class among the country's best entrepreneurship programs. UTD's Naveen Jindal School of Management appears at No. 12 for best graduate entrepreneurship program and No. 25 for best undergraduate entrepreneurship program on new lists from The Princeton Review.

Longtime Mexican restaurant in Deep Ellum closes, breastaurant on the way

Deep Ellum News

A longtime Mexican restaurant in Deep Ellum is closing: Maracas Cocina Mexicana, which has been in business at 2914 Main St. in one form or another since 1992, will close this weekend, to be replaced with another concept whose identity is still to be (officially) announced.

The restaurant is going out with a goodbye party on November 25, at 5 pm, with a DJ and its signature cheap drinks.

They've already started clearing out equipment and this will be their final weekend. A staffer speaking for the restaurant said that current owner, who asked not to be named but also owns a number of Mexican sandwich shops around DFW, is doing a rebranding.

"It's re-opening as a breastaurant, and the menu will be more focused on Mexican seafood," the staffer said.

The working title for the new concept is La Toxica Mariscos Y Micheladas.

Maracas' long history began in 1992 when it was was founded as Monica's Aca Y Alla, named for founder and veteran restaurateur Monica Greene, who opened it on what was then the eastern, rather sleepy edge of Deep Ellum. (Actually, it was originally Eduardo's Aca Y Alla, founded prior to Monica's transgender transformation in 1993.)

By 2012, Greene became restless after 20 years with what she perceived as sluggish development in Deep Ellum — a sad irony since the neighborhood started to blow up just a couple of years later.

She handed over the reins to managers Jose Sanchez and Angel Borjas, who kept much of what it had been — cheap and affordable Tex-Mex, a laid-back party atmosphere — and rebranded it as Maracas. The current owner came on board in 2014.

At 30 years, the restaurant is easily one of the longest running in Deep Ellum. When it opened, restaurants were somewhat of a minority in a neighborhood dominated by live music clubs. Now restaurants are the majority, and clubs have become the minority instead.

Some of Maracas' employees have worked there for decades, and are reportedly being given the option to work at the owner's other establishments.

The Friday night party will be $15 at the door, which gets you appetizers. Otherwise, patrons can order off the menu. House margaritas will be $4.50 and beers will be $5.

The restaurant will be be open as Maracas for the remainder of the weekend, including brunch: from 11 am-11 pm Saturday and 11 am-9 pm on Sunday.

"It's been a watering hole for many of us for so many years!" says Kendell Liptrap, a regular.

Where to eat on Christmas 2022 at Dallas restaurants

Holiday News

It seems impossible to fathom but we've reached that point where we are starting to think about Christmas, and restaurants are already cooking up options, whether you're looking to dine out or grab something to take home.

This list has a little bit of everything: places that are open on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, or places doing take-out only. As the holiday draws nearer, the list will surely grow, so check back for updates, which we'll make as they come in.

Here's our list of Christmas dining options:

Dive Coastal Cuisine. To-go items include mini potato latkes, bruschetta ciabatta crostinis, charcuterie, chicken, beef tenderloin, whipped or whole sweet potatoes, holiday everything salad, and whole key lime pie. Order by December 21. 214-891-1700. Closed Christmas Day.

Dolce Riviera. Special edition Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. $85. December 19–December 24. 469-458-6623. Closed Christmas Day.

Mercat Bistro. Christmas Day brunch with festive 3-course menu. $68. Make reservations to sit in the restaurant’s famous Polar Bear section. 10 am–3 pm. 214-953-0917.

Magnolias Sous Le Pont. Open Christmas Day morning with winter themed beverages including Toffee Crunch Affogato, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and frozen peppermint mocha. 469-249-9222.

Postino WineCafe. Family-size to-go menu feeds up to 15, including two starters, bruschetta platter, and salad. Add-ons are available for an additional cost. $285, Order by December 23. 972-210-2102. Closed Christmas Day.

Tacodeli. Chile En Nogada and Spiked Horchata, available for dine-in or to-go.Available through December 23. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. West Dallas – 214-760-1930; The Hill – 214-206-8980; Park & Preston (Plano) – 972-200-5101; Parkwood (Plano) – 214-997-6047.

TJ’s Seafood Market. Holiday to-go menu includes holiday platters, shrimp, smoked salmon, oysters, and gumbo. Order by December 23 for pickup December 24. Preston Royal – 214-691-2369; Oak Lawn – 214-219-3474.

SusieCakes. Christmas desserts include chocolate candy cane cake, holiday cupcakes, cupcakes, frosted sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and decorating kits. Order by December 24. Preston Center – 214-983-2253; Hillside – 945-245-2253. Closed Christmas Day.

Ten50 BBQ. To-go smoked meats, sides, and desserts. Order by December 21. 1-855-QUE-1050 or email catering@ten50bbq.com. Closed Christmas Day.

City Hall Bistro. Restaurant at the Adolphus has a three-course menu featuring squash & kale salad, honey baked ham, cornbread dressing, candied yams, pumpkin pie, and Texas praline crunch brownie. Additional items are available for an extra cost including prime rib and salmon. 12–8 pm. $70. 214-651-3686.