Best Of :: Shopping & Services
Someday maybe all shopping will be done online. Home 3-D imaging sensors will let consumers try clothes before they buy and busy little drones will drop off packages at the click of a button. The department store will go the way of the dodo, dinosaurs and network news broadcasts. The world will be a much sadder place if it ever loses Nordstrom, a store that understands that clothes shopping is not simply a utilitarian chore, but a delight, a hobby and a quest (and in extreme cases, a religion). Whether high-end designer wear, everyday business attire or athleisure clothing, Nordstrom's spacious, well-ordered racks and frequent sales offer loads of hidden treasures and surprise values. Its salespeople are classy and helpful, without a hint of snootiness. And it's return policy is so liberal and hassle free that we wonder why the store even bothers to have dressing rooms. Take it home. Try it on. You can always come back for a little more fun. Our only quibble? We really miss the piano player.
Nordstrom at NorthPark Center
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.