It's odd. For a city that perennially ranks low in bike friendliness, Dallas and its environs has a surprising number of great bike shops. Richardson Bike Mart is the big daddy, Performance and REI have the low-cost chain end of things covered, out in Grapevine Mad Duck Cyclery justly bills itself a "concierge" shop offering custom builds and service and there are many more great shops serving on- and off-road. Our fave though is Dallas Bike Works, the shop that hits the sweet spot in supporting the local cycling community and offering a range of prices and brands, among them our beloved Jamis, a steel-framed beauty that takes all that Dallas' unfriendly streets can dish out, soaks up bumps like a sofa and is still nimble as a colt. The pleasant staff doesn't try to up-sell customers and offers the same level of friendly, knowledgeable service to noobs and experienced riders alike. Better still, their shops are located in bike-centric Oak Cliff and right off White Rock trail, making them the perfect spots to wheel in for fast, affordable repairs or meet up for group rides.

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Richardson Bike Mart

Some of our friends have good reasons never to go back to Las Vegas. Some have had moments in Vegas they just can't remember. (The two groups often overlap.) Elite Casino Events, one of the area's better known casino party companies, has expanded its services for those who want memories of Vegas without the threat of an arrest warrant. The company already has a Vegas-class staff — dealers, bartenders, waitresses, showgirls alike — so deciding to launch their own photo booth service wasn't a big gamble. It was just another extension of the VIP experience they provide. Elite has a Las Vegas Strip photo booth that "puts your guests right on the Vegas strip" as their in-house photographer snaps hundreds of red-carpet pictures, available as prints and online. It turns out that what happens in fake Vegas doesn't have to stay in fake Vegas.

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Premiere Photo Booth

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