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Best Fully Clothed Rubdown

The southeast corner of Central Expressway and Royal Lane is known to most as "oh, yeah right, that's where the Chicken Express is." But behind those fried tenders are strong, knowing hands with the power to relax even the most fried Dallasite. Knowledge of pressure points or reflexology isn't required; leave that to the practitioners at Foot Therapy. Also, the name could not be more of an undersell, in the most amazing way: For a freakishly low rate per hour, customers receive foot reflexology (as one would expect), as well as a full body rub that manages to both relax and invigorate. From scalp to toe, virtually every body part is either massaged, thumped, pounded or stretched, depending on the intensity requested by each client, and the problem areas pointed out by the client or simply sussed out by the therapist. And wow, can they suss. Aside from shoes and socks, clothes stay on, so the massage area is communal, but very calm — save the thumping sounds — and the cushy chair-pallets are so comfortable that under the face-covering towel, the outside world is quickly forgotten.

10910 N. Central Expressway, No. 250, Dallas,
Best Hair Salon
Dear Clark

Your friend with the good hair gets it done at Dear Clark. This friendly, full service salon has a variety of stylists, all of whom are willing to help you find a new look, whether it's ombre, balayage or neon pink. Plus, they'll serve you a mimosa while they tame your mane. Whether you know what shade of red you want or you just broke up with your boyfriend, they'll leave you looking good. The only downside is the valet parking, but hey, this is Dallas, and at least it's free.

Readers' Pick:

Avalon Salon

3317 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 75204
Best Place to Blow Your Paycheck

Forget a savings account. Treat yo' self. This Los Angeles transplant in the Joule Hotel offers nothing but the best. You deserve that $75 shirt. It's made from bamboo and the ultra chic shop girl says it never smells bad. Oh, and toss in that $65 candle. Sure, they're the cheapest things in the shop, but you'll feel so luxurious when you walk through downtown Dallas after spoiling yourself. If you're really looking to break the bank, put together a full outfit from brands like Cheap Monday, Deer Dana and Creatures of Comfort, but maybe get advice from the shop girl before you pull the trigger on those culottes.

Best Accessories With a Past

In March 2014, Lake Highlands got a kick in its vintage game. Where a weary Dollar General once stood, excitement was building with every bronze figurine, Lucite lamp or Eames-era chair positioned in the booths of Top Drawer Antiques and Mid Mod Shop. What was once a 7,500-square-foot store offering rows and rows — or hours and hours — of treasure hunting has in the past year expanded in the neighboring space for what's now about 13,000 square feet of accessory heaven. (There's 7,000 square feet more to come as the store expands again after the start of 2017.) Western art, bar sets, vintage ashtrays, light fixtures, Pyrex, classic toys. Top Drawer's larger pieces (full Danish modern dining sets, pristine couches, dressers) are exquisite, but there's just so much fun to be had poking around for the lamps, the art and the small items that are, like the name says, top drawer. The best part, however, is the staff, who clearly adore what they do and what they sell. Reed Sutton, owner and matriarch, runs the place with daughter Corey Sutton on the daily, and if it's busy, their husbands are there too. It's a labor of love to manage approximately 70 vendor booths at any given time, but there's a lot of laughter behind that counter. With stock constantly turning but wonderfully curated, the Suttons have given Dallas a great way to shop down memory lane.

10622 Northwest Highway, Dallas, 75238
Best Eyewear Selection
Warby Parker

Warby Parker has every style of glasses and sunglasses you could imagine. That isn't the best part. They'll let you try out up to five sets of frames at home for no charge. That also isn't the best part. The best part of Warby Parker is the price. Their stylish, durable frames are all available for a flat $95, single vision lenses included. For anyone who's suffered through paying $300 or more for "discount" glasses, Warby Parker and its try-before-you-buy Dallas showroom is a godsend.

Readers' Pick:

Warby Parker

2008 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 75206
Best Decorative Accessories for the Garden
Curious Garden

Owner Jason Cohen, a partner in Curiosities antique store, takes his eccentric eye out into in the garden for this new store and finds predictably unpredictable treasures — an antique wheelbarrow right out of Peter Rabbit, tin chicken fountains that spit, a twig rocker, a bell jar in which a perfectly bleached bird skeleton flutters above a mossy nest and a variety of quirky wind-driven ornaments and gewgaws. A visit here may change your whole vision of what a garden can be.

8920 Garland Rd., Dallas, 75218

Best Fully Clothed Rubdown: Foot Therapy Dallas


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