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Best Liquor Store
Beverage Depot
Photo by Brandon Garber

Beverage Depot is the size of a grocery store, but the food groups here are "vodka," "whiskey" and "Scotch." Checkout lines are long and aisles crowded on Friday nights as customers load up on bargain booze from the well organized selection of wines, beers and spirits. Imported wines at low prices are a specialty. Looking for a fine Australian vintage? They have more than 25. We'll drink to that, mate.

2810 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, 75223
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214-823-4011
Best Men's Clothing Store

Occupying prime retail space in Deep Ellum, Epocha boutique and art gallery specializes in men's hard-to-find sneakers. Rare editions of Pumas and Asics are there, along with lesser-known brands. Steps from the colorful shoe rack hang a large selection of men's vintage coats. Shop here for unique streetwear and hip-hop looks and quality goods from the recent past. Epocha sometimes hosts events, serving drinks to Dallas' most fashionably offbeat folk. If you can't afford the footwear, you can at least enjoy the free people-watching.

2540 Elm St. | Dallas, Texas 75201 | 972-863-9260, Dallas, 75201
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972-863-9260
Best Tattoo Artist
Oliver Peck
Photo by Maddox Price

Oliver Peck is the local ink star who founded the Friday the 13th tattoo marathons. On those nights on the calendar, Peck and his coworkers at Elm Street Tattoo put on a show. With lines snaking out the door, people wait to get a tattoo for just $13 — on the condition that it must have the number "13" somewhere in the design. (The store also asks for a $7 tip, so it's a $20 deal). The bargain night has become a rite of passage for body art enthusiasts. Peck's the top talent but his assistants are masters, too. You're lucky to get ink from any of them.

2811 Elm St, Dallas, 75226-1508
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214-653-1392
Best Place to Vaccinate Your Pup

One Saturday a month, the back room of the independently owned Pet Supplies Plus on Lower Greenville offers discount vaccines, drawing lots of dog owners and yapping, furry friends who sense that something's up. Be assured that the vets here work with sensitivity, patience and care. This store is open every day of the week and often holds adoption events.

1704 Greenville Ave., Dallas,
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469-249-8210
Best Cycling Caps

Jewel Ybarra is a Dallas cyclist who taught herself to sew. She is the creator of Ellum Bag Works, selling handmade, locally sourced gear and apparel to local bike shops and from her Etsy page. Her specialty is cycling caps — light, breezy caps that absorb the sweat under a helmet. No corporate logos on these, just Ybarra's unique fabrics (batiks, tweeds, moleskins) and designs that appeal to all sorts of riders. Good stuff for getting your head straight and keeping it dry for a long ride.

Transit Bicycle Co., 1915 Greenville Ave., 214-219-2453 (and other dealers), ellumbagworks.com
1915 Greenville Ave., Dallas / Fort Worth, 75243
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214-219-2453
Best Hotel
The Belmont

The restored 1946 Belmont Hotel was essential to the revitalization of its West Dallas neighborhood. It has a great, mid-century cool bar and spectacular views of downtown. It's a terrific venue for weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations, and Barefoot at the Belmont, Dallas' best outdoor concert series, happens there. Check it out. Or just check in.

901 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, 75208
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214-393-2300
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