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Shamsy Roomiani
Shamsy Jewelry

Shamsy Roomiani is known primarily for her lush and whimsical work with plants; she's a multimedia artist who inherited all the best maternal genes from Mother Nature herself. Shamsy's jewelry is perfectly in line with the artist's fanciful signature and includes monumental rings and pendants that center around her star product — original, lit-up "Shamstones," as multicolored and cheerful as the rest of her offerings, such as "zen dust" and "unicorn" herbal bundles. Also, we're pretty sure they have magical properties. The artist's work is available at various boutiques around Dallas or at

Hollywood Feed's Lemmon Avenue at Knight Street location has everything even the most finicky pup needs: a wide variety of dog food for dogs at all stages of life, great natural treats and a floor-to-ceiling wall of toys. The best thing isn't the merchandise, though, it's the staff. Tell them a little about your dog, and they'll point you in the perfect direction.

Vape 'em while you got 'em, because vaping has become the cause du jour among the state nannies ever ready to protect us from our pleasures. Not that we're bitter, but some folks at the Observer have actually stopped smoking with the help of vapes, so we get a little testy at the notion that saving an adult from lung cancer is less important than keep a 17-year-old from sucking on a Juul ... but we're ranting. We're here to praise Je Vape while we still can. As pro-vaping as we are, we admit that among the 30 million or so vape shops that have sprung up across DFW, some are a little sketchy. OK, very sketchy when it comes to knowing what we're sucking into our lungs. There's nothing sketchy about Je Vape, a clean, bright, well-stocked shop with a huge variety of batteries, coils and vaping units. They also have the usual fancy glass smoking devices — please don't call them bongs, even if they look like bongs — alongside equipment from reputable manufacturers, plus their juices are legit products, not something cooked up in a back room from Chinese chemicals and candle scents. Best of all, the friendly staff is extremely patient and knowledgeable, ready to take the time to help ADULTS (ahem) find the right device and juice from countless options, without getting into discussions of milliamps, watts, etc., unless you want to.

The female characters on the popular TV shows we watched growing up fed us the illusion that we'd one day blossom into adulthood as designer-dressed, stiletto-strutting women while on a freelance writer or waitress salary. Thanks '90s, for your lies. But our faith in the fashion gods has been restored thanks to Clotheshorse Anonymous, a high-end consignment boutique that makes the Coco-est of Chanel dreams come true. While some items are on the (rightfully) pricey side, it's easy to find hardly worn designer-crafted dresses for $100 — which admittedly is far cheaper than the piece of crap dress you bought on a whim and wore to one wedding, just to watch it grow uglier every year in your closet. The North Dallas store's inventory is updated frequently and the selection stays consistently sophisticated, so even if you're more rogue than Vogue, you can trust that you'll walk out looking like the true fashionista you assumed you'd be by now.

Ken Weber and Greg Kelly opened Vintage Martini in 2007, bringing quality vintage clothing to Carrollton. Lucky for us in Dallas, a few years later they decided to move to the Knox-Henderson area, where we can find clothing from various eras. There's the expected men's and women's wear by decade, all in impressive condition. Prices reflect that, but they're not unreasonable considering the quality. We especially love the roped-off section of the really classic stuff (a recent visit had a small dress from 1890). Plus, there are occasional events at Martini themed around different styles: It's a good time to shop and people-watch.

Kathy Tran
The Joule

As far as hotels go, it doesn't get any sexier than The Joule. Headington Companies', well, crowning jewel, the neo-Gothic beauty serves up eye candy in every inch. Its world-class art collection boasts more than 70 mosaics by California artist Millard Sheets, a Roger Hiorns crystal-covered engine and mid-century mosaics that greet you at the Main Street entrance. Rooms are as luxurious as you would imagine. Completing the experience, there's an 11,500-square-foot subterranean spa and ample food and drink options, including Midnight Rambler, a stylish basement bar serving up creative craft cocktails prepared with house-made infusions.

Camp Bow Wow is perfect for anyone who treats their dogs like furry children. It offers private suites with 24/7 cameras for pups staying overnight, separate play areas for large and small dogs and an attentive staff capable of caring for dogs with a wide range of grooming and health needs. The Grapevine location is convenient to the airport, has tons of play space and has a grooming service if Fido needs a spa day. It's a dog owner's best friend.

Tucked away in the hotel lobby, the Barber Shop was revealed as part of The Adolphus Hotel's recent renovation. Brass Tacks staffs the shop, providing hotel guests and Dallas cool kids with the same straight-razor shaves and classic cuts that made their Oak Cliff barber shop popular. The vibe could be described as speakeasy-esque with a curated selection of vinyl spinning all day long and cold beer at the ready. Appointments can be made online and a variety of grooming products are available for purchase, including Brass Tacks' signature Easy Rider Beard Oil.

Maybe you scoff at those ubiquitous Sewell ads because other dealerships have made you skeptical of the whole car-buying enterprise. Sewell really is different, though. Most car dealerships treat you like a king when you're shopping, and the customer-first sales process at Sewell is no exception. But the family-owned company keeps up the royal treatment even after you drive off the lot. Among other perks, owners can take their cars to any Sewell dealership sans reservation for a free car wash, and when it's time for an oil change, there's no nicer place to wait than the Sewell service lounge, where you'll find complimentary Wi-Fi, refreshments (cookies!) and gracious, knowledgeable staff.

Kathy Tran
Bicycles Plus

If you're looking for a new bike, Bicycles Plus in Snider Plaza carries well-known brands like Trek and Cannondale, as well as some harder-to-find models, with free lifetime adjustments on any bike they sell. And if you're hoping to salvage an old bicycle that's been sitting in a garage for a decade or more, their mechanics can get it up and running without charging you a fortune. The shop hosts 20- to 30-mile group rides at White Rock Lake on Monday evenings during daylight saving time and shorter warm-up and recovery rides on Wednesday evenings.

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