Say your kid is a bit hyperactive. Or maybe he or she is just perpetually distracted. Getting a kid's teeth cleaned might seem like a potential nightmare, and it can be if you choose the wrong dentist. Dr. Lara Kirstin Holly of Children's Dentistry of North Dallas is the right dentist. Not only will she effectively clean and examine your child's teeth, she also has the uncanny ability to entertain her young patients in the process and keep them from whining or wriggling out of the chair. Everybody leaves smiling.

In a perfect world, no one would travel to Houston from Dallas. Ever. But now and then, Dallasites must descend into the murky depths of Harris County and, conversely, Houston residents, sad creatures from said murky depths that they are, must visit here. Right now you can drive or fly. But soon(ish), given that the projected launch date is 2021, Texas Central Railway could offer a new option. The company's proposed Dallas-to-Houston bullet train will whisk passengers from one city to the other in a mere 90 minutes. Barely enough time to gird yourself for Houston's brain-frazzling humidity. But at least it will be a quick trip back.

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In the Solomonic tradition, Dallas and Fort Worth split their differences and built their massive international air hub in the no-man's-land between the two cities. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is equally close to each of the region's two economic hubs, but so far away from each that it's a pain to get there. Getting to DFW Airport is still a chore, but, thanks to DART's extension of its Orange Line, it's a little easier and now much cheaper. For a $2.50 one-way ticket, you can ride from Plano's Parker Road station to DFW by light rail train. Stops in between include Arapaho, Park Lane, Mockingbird Station and the Arts District. OK, it takes 92 minutes. But you don't have to sit in traffic. Take something to read.

You can't hail a cab on the street in Dallas, which has always made going car-free a little taxing. Also the lack of competition among cab companies (plus the city's byzantine taxi regulations) wasn't good for the consumer. That changed with the advent of the Uber app. Anyone with a smartphone can now book a ride and be certain that a car will arrive in short order and that the driver will be courteous and competent (or should be). In December 2014, city officials bowed to the clamor of their Uber-riding constituents and legalized the service and other ride-sharing apps. We app-reciate that.

Lego

Some kids like all types of toys. Others are so thoroughly consumed by a certain brand of interlocking plastic brick systems that they eschew other playthings and would probably do the same to food, water and sleep if not occasionally forced to put down the LEGOs. For the second type of kid, heaven is the LEGO Store at NorthPark. It's packed floor-to-ceiling with LEGO sets of every variety, from Star Wars to Ninjago to Chima, and with parents and kids, locked into the fun of picking out toys together.

Getting naked in public is generally frowned upon, but at Spa Castle, it's just part of the experience. Once you get past the awkwardness of shucking your clothes in front of complete strangers of all stripes, you'll easily melt into the relaxing experience that is Dallas' biggest Korean spa. Once you've soaked (totally naked) in the tension-soothing hot tubs and showered, you can put your clothes back on and head out into the spa's large outdoor water park. Or, you know, you can just stay in the gender-segregated nude areas and enjoy a day relaxing in your birthday suit. At this place, no one is going to judge you for wanting to stay in the buff.

Lula B's Antique Mall

All the furniture at Lula B's has been owned by someone else at one point, but you can bet that they were cooler than you — this ain't your grandma's antique mall. Each of the booths curated by different vendors from all over Dallas-Fort Worth is full of treasures of all kinds, from kitschy decor to mid-century masterpieces. The best part of shopping at Lula B's is digging for all the good (cheap) finds that linger on dusty bookshelves. On any given visit, you could walk out with a vintage designer chair or an orange 1970s sofa the size of a Buick. Whatever your aesthetic, there's something for your apartment at Lula B's.

Technically, Puff n Stuff is selling "tobacco accessories," but we all know the deal. Should you find yourself in need of a brand new water pipe or just a pack of rolling papers, Puff n Stuff is an obvious and convenient stop. If you're interested in more intricate, hand-blown works of art that just happen to be engineered for smoking, you'll find plenty of those too, most of which are hand-crafted by Texas artisans. You'll also find plenty of head shop staples — incense, snarky T-shirts, and best of all — BEER. We're not telling you what to smoke in your pipe, just that you should definitely buy that pipe from Puff n Stuff.

The line between "thrift" and "vintage" stores has become impossibly blurred, but Thrift World is the best kind of old-school thrift shop. It's not a tiny, quaint shop, more like the Wal-Mart of used clothing and home decor, but you'll always walk out of there with some bizarre or unique find that costs less than $6. You'll probably never wear that mustard-and-fuchsia oversized Yves Saint Laurent sweater from the 1980s, but it's Yves Saint Laurent and you need it! You'll want to block out a few hours to really peruse the racks and check out the sales, but once you've memorized the sort-of-complicated tagging system, it's smooth sailing and plenty of good deals on funky, once-expensive stuff.

Plus-size boutiques aren't exactly easy to find in Dallas, so it's fortunate that the Marlie Madison Boutique stocks plenty of styles that won't make women over size 12 look like their grandmothers. Marlie Madison has physical locations in Roanoke and Plano, but you can also shop online when you're a little drunk and feeling reckless with the credit card. Comfy-yet-chic maxi dresses are Marlie Madison's signature offering, but you'll also find plenty of casual, dressy and trendy clothes to round out your wardrobe. Plus, you're helping support a small local business, and that's something everyone can get behind.

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