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This recently restored and renovated modern boutique hotel offers the best of several different worlds: It's situated on the cusp of Deep Ellum and downtown, making both neighborhoods an easy walk or ride. Enjoy dinner and drinks at any number of places, then hop over for a show in Deep Ellum. Or ax throwing. Plus the hotel is a historical gem; the building was designed in 1916 as a temple for the Knights of Pythias by architect William Sidney Pittman, Texas' first African-American architect, a civil rights advocate and son-in-law of Booker T. Washington. We also love the swank restaurant and bar, Elm and Good, which hosts small jazz bands and local singers. Plus the pool offers $50 day passes. 

VaporScape has been family-owned and operated since 2012 and is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year in Oak Cliff. It has a classic but modern aesthetic that differs from your typical vape store, with countless vape juices that wrap around the walls on the inside of the store. What makes VaporScape unique compared with most vape stores is a vape bar where the customer can come in and sit down while the staff mixes fresh juices and oils to give you the exact taste you are looking for.

Patrick Williams

According to the shop's website, City Boots founder Lizzy Chesnut grew up in Amarillo (where cowboy boots are as common as sneakers) before heading to SMU. Then, she took a job as a financial analyst, where she saw plenty of men wearing boots, but few women. She has worked to correct the inequity by creating her own brand of high-end boots. Hand-made by craftsmen, these fashionable boots are butter soft and decorated with intricate stitching and cut-out designs. They share about as much in common with workday Ropers as a ballet slipper does with a steel-toed work boot. At least, we've never seen a cowpoke wearing a pair of high-heeled pink boots decorated with hearts or lightning bolts, but then it's been a long time since we've been to Amarillo. City Boots are perfect for women who want high fashion but also like to show a little Texas spirit. City Boots lets customers choose from a variety of lettering and decorative gewgaws to create a personalized set of boot straps.

"The Bling Queen" is back. Many will remember Seema Patel from her days at Garland's Sam's Fine Jewelry where shoppers turned into family. It was there DFW proclaimed Patel "The Bling Queen." After a move to Austin, where she dazzled shoppers at M Robinson Jewelers, the queen did what DFW had been waiting years for: She opened up her own shop. Lucky for Dallasites, that meant a return home. The ribbon was cut for Frisco's Seema Jewelry & Co in May. With her exquisite style and eye for quality, Patel is able to create timeless classics that will become heirlooms. Patel also stays ahead of trends. From a double halo diamond ring to Marked by Seema permanent bracelets, Patel will assure your next jewelry investment is a showstopper.

Christ Wolfgang

Lakewood Medallion is the neighborhood liquor store that every neighborhood needs. Sure, Lakewood Medallion has plenty of the standby beers, wines and spirits. But stopping in never fails to turn up a gem. There's a bountiful selection of domestic and imported brews chilled and ready to go, as well as the perfect bottle of red, white, rosé or bubbly to impress at your next dinner. Drinkers in the know turn to Lakewood Medallion for store-selected and hard to find spirits.

Wyatt Purp, based out of Bedford, has been making some top-dollar delta-9 THC gummies on the cheap since 2020. Wyatt Larew and Dustin Ragon, two guys with 25 years of experience in the hemp industry, came together that year to form the company and start selling state and federally legal THC. They haven't slowed since. Their gummies come in a variety of fruit flavors, among them blueberry lemonade, fruit punch, watermelon and others. Sold in packs of 10, each gummy has 11 milligrams of delta-9 and 15 milligrams of CBD, providing a nice entourage effect and a stellar high overall. The potency is low enough to give beginners a smooth ride, but take enough, and these little guys can send you to the moon and back.

The term "A-1" has been sullied by an inferior, oily and completely unnecessary steak sauce. A-1 Locksmith Security & Safes is taking back the name with its superior, prompt and efficient service. Pretty much all of the A-1 locations across DFW get at least a four-star average rating on all of the usual anonymous business judgment websites, but the Addison/Carrollton location on Midway Road seems to get higher marks. The locksmiths can do everything from a simple car lock to high-tech safes and security systems. The shop has a knowledgeable and friendly staff of lock breakers and safe installers to help you in your time of need, and they show up on time.

When Alexandria Fairbairn named her business Sacred Oasis Massage, she meant it. A massage from Fairbairn is unparalleled. The time clients spend on her table is sacred. Her suite is curated to drift clients away from the world's worries. It is a realm centered on self-preservation. During a massage, Fairbairn guides the body through the release of tension, stress and pain. With your comfort in consideration, she chips away at pressure points and knots your body has held on to. The relief is euphoric. She pairs her massages with Farmhouse Fresh products. The combination soothes all your senses, leaving you serene.

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No matter how many creams and potions celebrities try to sell us, the only cosmetic products we know for sure to work are those that show immediate results, are doctor-approved and usually hurt like hell. The long-standing Bloom Spa, which for years preserved the bodies of the Dallas elite, is now Modern Medical Spa. In a new stand-alone Dallas location, the spa is run by a professional staff including nurse practitioners, who help patients get the tweaks they want without using a scalpel. Maybe you can't buy love, but self-love can absolutely be bought, so ask Modern about upcoming specials.

Kathy Tran

Inflation is rampant, grocery and gas prices are high, abortion is no longer legal everywhere, right-wingers are attacking LGBT people and our national politics are a pie-fight. Congratulations, nostalgia fans, that '70s era you longed for is back, so you might as well dress the part. Nylo Wool, a small shop on the east side of Deep Ellum, can get you kitted out. Most of the vintage clothing here for both men and women was made in the '90s or earlier — much earlier in the case of one pair of men's Lee jeans from the '30s, which even today are in better shape than a pair of modern Levi's after a few trips through the wash. Don't confuse Nylo with a thrift or consignment shop. It doesn't have that faint mildew odor for one, and the owner curates the selection, buying American-made clothing from estate sales and other collectors. The quality is high, but the prices aren't, so you could walk out with a vintage wool sports coat, a 30-year-old Brooks Bros. button-down, leather lace-up boots and a sturdy pair of well-worn jeans and still have money left over for a tank of gas. Best of all, those clothes likely were made by union labor. Unlike today's disposable fast fashion, the goods will probably still be servicable a decade from now.

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