Dallas: Bishop Arts District

I was skeptical, but came with high hopes when I was sent to Dallas for WorkDay training with One Source Virtual.

My hopes drowned on the first day. Lesson learned: don’t fly in on Monday expecting to explore; nothing is open and if it is, they close early. Upon landing and checking into my hotel, I drove the half hour to Bishop Arts District (around 3 PM) only to find that half the stores were closed. Still, I grabbed lunch at a lovely and well-decorated Mexican restaurant called Veracruz Cafe. A little tidbit of random knowledge. Veracruz is a port city in the Gulf of Mexico and is Mexico’s most populous city. it was founded by Spanish explorer, Hernan Cortes. The menu at Veracruz Cafe can tell yo more of the history, or visit the Wikipedia page for Veracruz. I explored several of the remaining opened boutique stores but left with my tail between my legs at the lack of happenings here.

Interior decor in Veracruz Cafe

Still, I needed to give this gem of an area a second chance. Armed with a fellow trainee buddy I’ve met, we proceeded back to Bishop Arts District on Wednesday evening after training and ran amock amongst the stores. We parked in the fairly sized parking lot next to Oddfellows bar and our first stop was Fete-ish, a store of miscellaneous random items for your browsing. If you stand across the street from Fete-ish, you will see the well-recognized Bishop Arts District sign spanning several stores along the street.

One of my favorite store is the Bishop Street Market on the corner of 7th and Bishop. At first glance, you would think this is a gallery of artisan crafts that cost more than your first born child, but the prices were surprisingly reasonable and the quality of the inventory was very good.

 

If you’d really like to get hipster and fancy, stop on over to Dirt and Society. Dirt is a floral design studio with creative succulent arrangements and a Frenchie old barn style decor. I loved their dining table area with stringed light bulbs hanging above. Society is a candle store owned by designer, Jackson Vaughn, that will leave you with all kind of fuzzy feelings from wonderful smells of honeysuckle and all other plants you could think of.

Interior decor to Dirt

Of course, food is always in the mix when it comes to exploring. We had a “snack” at a cozy Italian restaurant adorned with my grandmother’s name, Lucia. The sourdough bread appetizer and warm olives is to die for. The gnocchi, was okay. I must also note that on their appetizer menu is a foie gras stuffed date for $1. The alcohol = exquisite and most wines are sold by the bottle only. Next door to Lucia is Dude, Sweet Chocolate. This artisan chocolate store uses only dark chocolate and gets quite creative with their products. Try the chocolate granola!

The real dessert, however, is at Emporium Pies. Look for the cozy house with a front porch and a fence with large music notes painted on it; most likely, there will be a bunch of people outside forming a line or sitting in the outdoor seating area. Dr. Love a la mode is my suggestion, a soft and rich red velvet pie. Note: I’m not a sweets person but dear lord this has made me so.

To wash down those pies, head on over to the local cidery, Bishop Cider Company. They have 4 types of hard apple cider for tasting and the batches are small (you can see the fermentation tanks right behind the counter). For $10, you can get a tasting of all the types of cider available.

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If you’re a hunter of the olden days and history, visit M’Antiques. Never have I ever been into an antique shop with the most extravagant collection of randomness. You can spend hours exploring and digging through the place.

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Old cameras found in M’Antiques
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Old projector found in M’Antiques

I can spend more pages on describing the local treasures of this district, but for the sake of time and to inspire your own exploration habits, here’s a full list of shops/services available in the Bishop Arts District.

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