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Those looking for their monthly dose of superheroes saving the world would be hard pressed to find a better spot than Madness Games & Comics. It's one of the largest comic book stores in DFW, and it needs to be to stock all the different objects of geek affection. On one aisle you'll find the action figure that defined your youth next to an aisle stuffed with glassware and home decor items, all surrounded by a wall of every comic book the industry dared to publish. You'll come to grab the latest Batman issue, but stay to look at the endless shelves of board games.

If you're inclined to drop $400 on a hotel room, there's no better place to do it than the Ritz. It's luxury in the heart of Uptown, and your friends will be jealous. Why? Because your tales of the tres elegante rooms with their flat-screen TVs, minifridges, coffeemakers and Wi-Fi are just that powerful? Well yes, but also your room wasn't ready upon check-in, so they upgraded you to Club Level, where you ate heavy hors d'oeuvres and drank wine on tap for the price of a single room. They felt bad for you, so they gave you a voucher for a free massage at the renowned spa. It was the best weekend ever. Also, it was just a dream.

With the ubiquity of high-quality cellphone cameras, selfie sticks and instant sharing on social media, you might think that old school photo booths would go the way of the dodo or daily newspapers. Wrong! First, Premiere Photo Booth offers a variety of non-old school booth styles for lease for your special event. They have green screens, animated GIFs, open booths, light-weight booths, traditional ones and possibly the coolest — a large mirror format that lets you pose carefully without being jammed shoulder to shoulder. Second, being jammed shoulder to shoulder in a photo booth and getting an instant strip of physical photos on paper is just freakin' fun. Be honest: How often has a sober person ever happily stood for a selfie? Plus, Premiere offers customized prints with info about your event that serve as wonderful mementos — perfect for capturing happy memories or witnesses in case your wedding didn't turn out exactly as you'd hoped.

Bestow Fifi the teacup poodle with peace and solace, and do it at Deep Ellum's Upper Paw. The local spot is rife with dozens of artisan treats for your fur baby and has an extensive selection of harnesses and high-end toys to keep him or her as satiated as any dog could hope to be. Frisbees? Costumes? Wine bottle chew toys? Yes on all accounts. Just don't eat the refrigerated dog food. It's for them, not you.

You have to leave town, and you can't take the dog(s) with you. Marinate in guilt for as long as you need to, and then call Paw Lofts. Conveniently located in the heart of the Medical District, this boutique pet boarding resort will soothe your residual guilt by hooking fur bae up with top-of-the-line food, plush digs and recreational activities out the wazoo. Think of it as a mix of summer camp and the Ritz-Carlton. See? You feel better already.

Ensuring your baby has all the right clothes and toys and tools to become the best human being on the planet is essential in the game of parenthood. It's not enough to just buy an outfit to clothe your baby; it has to be the best outfit at Mother's Day Out. And it's not enough just to have a baby monitor; you need a baby monitor with Alexa voice control built in. All of this and more can be found at Buy Buy Baby. Whether you're shopping for another's baby and want to surprise them with a personalized chair with their name on it or you really want that for your own baby in case you forget their name, there's nothing you can't find at Buy Buy Baby. Your baby will thank you one day.

When you've spent the past nine months obsessing over the wellness of your soon-to-be bundle of joy, it's nice to have a team of experts obsessing over your happiness when it's go-time for labor. All any mom-to-be wants to know when arriving at the hospital — other than how fast the pain meds kick in — is that her labor and delivery is a priority among hospital staff. After all, it can feel like you are the first human ever to carry and deliver life from her body, so, duh, it makes sense that everyone should stop and marvel at your strength. Medical City Lewisville specializes in high-quality care for both mom and baby, with amenities that include childbirth classes, luxurious suites, a full menu of food and the first state-designated Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Denton County.

Even as luxury hotels go, The Adolphus is a cut above the rest and has been for 106 years. Steeped in Dallas history, the oldest operating hotel in Dallas is a one-stop shop for discerning travelers and staycationers alike. The dining experience at the French Room is mandatory; non-guests can sneak up to the seventh-floor pool deck and enjoy Friday pool parties during summer through Labor Day. A recent massive renovation reduced the 422 rooms to 407, and they're painstakingly gorgeous.

Hannah Ridings
Dear Clark
Backed by a powerhouse rotation of hair painters, stylists and braid aficionados, co-owners Holly Dear and Kaycee Clark have carved their way into Uptown coiffure royalty. But one need not be high society to enjoy the star treatment. Us regular folk can also enjoy free valet parking and all the booze that’s fit to drink whilst draped in a black robe soon to be covered in your old split ends.
Hannah Ridings
Culwell and Son
You know that feeling when you realize your Dad/brother/boyfriend’s clothing rotation hasn’t been updated since the Bush Administration? Yeah, that one. Here’s what you do: Grab the beau/first-degree relative and head to University Park. Bask in the glow of tuxedos, shirt and shoe packages and Culwell’s crowning jewel: the Grooming Room. What’s the grooming room? It’s like a day spa for dudes. Your man can get a shave, a haircut and a shoeshine, because this is 1950, apparently. A slap or two of cologne and he’s golden.

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