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BEST DALLAS BABY NAME

As in Luka Doncic, the Mavericks guard who is quickly running out of "first" and "youngest" accolades to win. In just his second season, the Slovenian star was named first-team All-NBA, becoming the third Maverick to be named to one of the three All-NBA teams. (Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash are the other two, natch.) At 21, he is the youngest player to start an All-Star Game since LeBron James in 2005, and the youngest player to lead the NBA in triple-doubles, The Dallas Morning News reported. Even grander, he's filled the large Dirk-shaped hole in the hearts of Mavs supporters and has given North Texans a reason to learn where Slovenia is on a map. Despite what you might have read, he is not the son of D Magazine's senior editor and rabid Mavs fan Zac Crain, though at this rate don't be surprised if there are a few baby Luka's bouncing on the knees of season ticket holders in the years to come.

BEST NAKED YOGA

Spayse Studios holds a photo studio and audio room and offers itself as a space for special events, though some are more special than others. Spayse offers naked yoga classes, one class for women, one for men. Now, before you say to yourself "namaste ... home instead," consider there are benefits to doing naked yoga, or so the instructors say. A few years ago, Riverdale actor Charles Melton had to apologize to the world after old fat-shaming tweets of his resurfaced; one famously said, "Fat chicks need to understand that wearing yoga pants is a privilege, not a right." We say drop yoga trou altogether and go for that downward-facing dong.

1499 Regal Row, Dallas, 75247
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BEST BIKE SHOP
Bike Synergy
Kathy Tran

We all know the stereotype that serious cyclists can sometimes appear a little condescending toward non-riders. We figure anyone who goes out in public dressed in that much spandex and risks life and limb on city streets is bound to be extremely self-confident, as they should be. And some cyclists, we're bound to admit, can be a touch snobby about their gear. We're not looking to ride a century, though, and we love Bike Synergy because there are good, non-judgmental humans willing to help anyone out with their bike. Find a new or used bike to purchase or get help with your current ride. They make that easy with turnaround times listed on their website: easily drop off your bike to get a tune-up over a few days.

1300 S. Polk St., No. 178, Dallas,
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469-456-1136
BEST PLACE TO ESCAPE THE CITY
Cedar Ridge Preserve
Kathy Tran

Tucked in the far southwest corner of Dallas County is 300 acres of peaceful trails and a nature preserve that will take you away quicker than a tub full of Calgon. The parking lot can get crowded, but walk a hundred yards along any of the trailheads and you're quickly, sometimes eerily, alone. Make what you want of the outing: an easy walk to the pond or an intense hike. Or better yet, bring a hammock or towel to perch atop the limestone escarpment that overlooks the Blackland Prairie. Inhale the good air, exhale the bad air. Don't freak out about the snake signs unless that's something you're prone to do. Just stick to the trails. Signage is ample, making navigation simple.

7171 Mountain Creek, Dallas, 75249
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972-709-7784
BEST BOWLING ALLEY

The Star in Frisco is home to many a bougie nightlife destination, whether it be locations for Concrete Cowboy, Cane Rosso or even The Omni. Over at the intersection of Winning Drive and Gaylord Parkway lies a swanky bar, restaurant, arcade and bowling alley called Trophy Park. While outward appearances don't hint of any grandiosity, bowlers are immediately greeted by opulent and faux-rustic décor. Apropos to the name is its affinity for hanging taxidermy on the walls, but if marble eyes of dead animals aren't a deterrent for you, perhaps you'll find the back of the room cozy and conducive to some games of bowling or bocce ball.

6770 Winning Drive, No. 900, Frisco,
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469-777-3839
BEST TENNIS COURT

A little-discussed fact about tennis is that it's one of the cheapest and most accessible sports out there. For about a $30 investment, you can buy a brand-new racket, a set of tennis balls and pass unlimited hours on a free, public tennis court. Dallas alone has hundreds. Among your best options are the courts at the Dallas College Eastfield Campus just across the Mesquite border. There are 10 new courts, and even on a rare, cool Saturday morning, they're almost always unoccupied. All the better for first-timers, who can have fun getting a feel for the game free of watching eyes.

3737 Motley Dr., Mesquite, 75150
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972-279-3660
BEST GYM

Train like a rockstar, champion or just come as you are to this rapidly expanding gym, JOURNEYFIT Studio. Owned and operated by lawyer and former semipro volleyball and superstar football player Victoria Thomas, this fitness and sports performance studio takes group workouts, adds meal planning and sprinkles in accountability to help build your next-level lifestyle. It's not all about the fancy equipment, maxed-out reps or locker room selfies for this facility. It's about members' overall change. Take a "journey" to your new body either in-person (limited spots because of COVID-19) or online, as dedicated JOURNEYFIT staff ensure that you strengthen both your mental and physical capabilities. As the only black, female-owned gym owner in Richardson, and opening a location in the Design District this fall, Thomas is committed to seeing Dallas evolve beautifully and healthily from both the inside and out.

3321 E. Renner Rd., Richardson,
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469-267-2383
BEST CYCLE STUDIO

Good music and even greater vibes await at this cycling studio that helps you to "rock your ride." For those who have yet to board the Peloton train, CycleBar has many DFW locations still offering in-person sessions. Mixing spin, strength, endurance, challenges, hills and drills, this all-around, full-body workout is just the boost you need for life in Big D. Power up as the lights go down, beats turn up and your sweat begins to fall. If you've never experienced the CycleBar, get ready — it's about to be the ride of your life.

12005 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, 75033
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2020 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, 75201
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214-733-9473
BEST SOCCER FIELD

Whether you're a soccer enthusiast or you catch the fever every four years, this spacious complex is perfect for a game of futbol. MoneyGram is home to 19 soccer fields (or "pitches," as our brothers and sisters across the pond call them) and conveniently located next to a wide range of trails. There's plenty of lighting, too, meaning you and your friends can kick around a soccer ball long after the sun has gone down. This expansive facility has hosted some major competitions, so it's passed muster with the pros and soon-to-be pros.

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE

Scheels' newest store in Grandscape Texas is impressive for reasons beyond its massive selection of sporting stuff. It's like some kind of consumer funhouse for people who like to do more than sit in one place and stare at an inanimate object for hours at a time. It has helpful staff and an impressive selection even by big-box store standards that runs from aerobics to youth sports. The staff who work the floor and manage the place own part of the company, so you're not dealing with surly teenagers who are just counting the minutes until closing time. The place has a Ferris wheel. Seriously, the place has a frickin' Ferris wheel along with an arcade with a 10-pin bowling alley and places for unique selfies, so the kids will have something to do.

4450 Destination Dr., The Colony,
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469-854-7500
BEST BIKE TRAIL

The Trinity Forest Trail is one of the most beautiful we have in the entire city. It's fine for running, but it feels much safer on a bike. It's flat, much like the rest of Dallas, so don't plan on getting a huge quad workout, but do take a ride to experience the overwhelming beauty that is the Great Trinity Forest. There's no loop, but going back and forth allows you to take in different perspectives of the landscape. Enter at the small entrance near 4608 TX-12 Loop (west of the Audubon) to get as much mileage as possible, connecting to the AT&T Trail, which will show off Dallas' best boondoggles (the golf course and horse park).

BEST HIKING TRAIL
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
Daniel Rockey

This is a wonderful spot because you can get lost for a while in its 121 acres, forgetting you're in Dallas as you wind up and down through both prairie and dense trees. You can spend hours on these trails, and they're actually worthy of putting on higher boots instead of regular sneakers.

2875 Pierce St., Dallas, 75233
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