Situated uptown is an unlikely but much-appreciated specialty supply store serving the artists, designers and architects of Dallas. Asel Art Supply has a wide variety of professional art supplies, blowing away competition from craft store giants Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Founded in 1951 by Kenny Asel and his brother Herb, the store is now employee-owned and family-operated. From canvas rolls to Sumi calligraphy ink, this store caries more hard-to-find artist supplies than any in the area. The staff is friendly and helpful, often chatting up customers about what they are working on. And for working artists in Dallas proper, the location can't be beat.