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Like any good fabric shop, Golden d'Or is a riot of color and texture. Walk in the front door, and you'll see a space the size of a factory floor spreading out in front of you with different types of fabric going in every direction. The store has a huge selection of fabrics for fashion, quilting and furniture, as well as specialty fabrics like tulle and vinyl. When you've found something you like, you can take it to any of several cutting tables set up in convenient spots around the store, meaning you don't need to drag everything to a single location.

Sometime soon enough, you'll probably find yourself making a pot of chili. And, sure, you can use that bottle of supermarket chili powder that's hanging out in your spice cabinet. Or, if you respect yourself and want to make a pot of chili that's as good as it can possibly be, you could go to Pendery's. Walk into either the original location in Fort Worth or their new outpost in the Design District, and you'll find more kinds of whole dried chiles and housemade chili powder blends than you knew existed. They also stock all the dried herbs and spices you'll need.

If you're looking for a way to drop even more money than usual at a Whole Foods, this one has a bar. The Whole Foods Taproom has a rotating list of 24 craft beers on tap, mostly made up of local offerings. They also have bottle beers, wine by the glass or bottle and coffee on tap. Like any respectable bar, they have a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday night pint nights where they highlight a brewery from the region. They also offer growler fills of select tap beers, and if you're looking for something bigger, they can special-order kegs of craft beer for you.

The Deep Ellum destination just announced that it'll be moving locations, citing that the staff often have to clean up samples of bodily functions left on the store's sidewalk and walls by rowdy drunks. If that last sentence has you browsing for specific bodily functions through PornHub, then this shop is your personal heaven. Leather Masters caters to every type of fetish, be it dog muzzles or sex swings, and their garment leatherwork is elegant — something you could wear to an event, if you're a bold Angelina type. While other sex stores cater to bachelorette party planners or softcore 50 Shades enthusiasts, the shop is more focused on customers who can't get by without true kink.

Best Place to Buy a Vegan Purse and Tattoos

Koneko Studio

Nobody knows exactly when vegan, punk rock, all-natural tattoo parlors/stores became a thing, but one can be sure the world has fully embraced them when a new one comes to Dallas, of all places. And for good reason! The word has gotten out that tattoo ink often contains toxic metals, as well as animal-derived dyes and byproducts. Koneko seeks to provide not only natural but cruelty-free alternatives for those who are looking to make a difference in the environment and their all-around well-being. Located on industrial Main Street, the bright, curated shop is full of plants, comfy couches and all-natural products, including faux leather purses. Brands that specialize in leather-free, eco-friendly bags are a strong investment to make if you're looking for an animal-friendly alternative to hide. Further, the team, led by founder Linda Bishop, tests each and every product in store, so customers can rest assured of their quality. Each of their team members specializes in tattoos then some, offering lots of other cruelty-free cosmetic procedures such as waxing, eyelash extensions and piercings. When the weather's nice, Koneko has been known to host pop-ups with local, eco-friendly businesses that specialize in food, jewelry and refurbished vintage bits and bobs. On top of it all, it also smells really good in there!

Kathy Tran
British Emporium

The British Emporium doesn't stock royal cottages or tabloid paparazzi, but everything else you need to feel like a Windsor can be found at this small grocery store-slash-gift shop that's packed with biscuits, teas, chocolates and quintessential British provisions like meat pies and Irn-Bru, some of which you can't get even in your supermarket's international aisle. Somehow there's still room for an array of mugs and teapots and piles of memorabilia (Doctor Who knickknacks, Downton Abbey coffee table books). Sign up for the email newsletter to find out about the store's occasional events catering to Who fans, expats and, of course, royal watchers.

This is the kind of shop that might be called (fondly, we promise) a hole in the wall, but while Nature's Gallery is short on square footage, it's got glitz aplenty in the form of rocks and minerals from around the world: polished and rough-cut stones, crystals, geodes and fossils fit for a collector's shelf or your Lucite end table. Everything's carefully labeled, and the owner, Donald, will happily advise newbies or talk shop — and trade specimens — with seasoned hobbyists. He does custom gem-cutting work too. Bring the kids; they'll love rummaging for treasure in the basket of free rocks by the door.

A comic book store this is not — and that's exactly what makes it accessible to the more mainstream nerd or TV junkie. If you love Stranger Things or F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or Harry Potter or Disney or anime or insert-your-fandom-here, BoxLunch can help you express your love via clever themed gifts — 0x000Amany of them exclusive — from graphic tees to dinnerware to a picture frame that looks just like the one surrounding the peephole in Monica's apartment. The goods aren't cheap, but for every $10 you spend, the local brick-and-mortars donate a meal to the North Texas Food Bank.

Nothing says boujie like nonchalantly declaring to your landlord: "I just acquired a smashing new fragrance with pleasant notes of rosemary and bubble gum for my very own enjoyment in the coming autumn months." If you can picture yourself saying that, then you should extract yourself from the iron clutches of the monstrous corporate fashion houses that rule our souls and enter instead the warm embrace of the niche fragrance world. No place is more suitable for the acquisition of such fragrances than The Scent Room. We confidently make such a claim because The Scent Room happens to be the only store of its kind in the Dallas area. The establishment, though open for only a few months, will impress even the most discerning of wrist-sniffers with its selection of fragrances from some of the world's less mainstream perfumeries, such as the Dutch Abel or the Italian Eau d'Italie; the quality of the advice from those who work there; and the whimsical busts of noses that riddle the room. A must-visit for any fragrance freak.

Kathy Tran

This thrift benefits Genesis Women's Shelter and Support, a safe haven for female victims of domestic violence. Don't be surprised if the Lamborghini ahead of you in the parking lot of the little shop off Lemmon Avenue pulls up to the drop-off area to unload a piece of antique furniture, a framed art print or a pile of designer clothes. There's a steady daily turnover of items for sale, ranging from jewelry to high-quality, gently worn clothes and accessories from affluent owners.

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