When we spoke with Alicia and Adam Rico recently, Alicia was just a day away from delivering the couple’s first child. But the real topic of conversation was the Ricos’ other baby: Bows and Arrows. The Brooklyn transplants opened the flower, art, and craft store in November in a former tattoo shop on Lower Greenville, and you might say they needed Dallas as much as Dallas needed them.
Because of New York’s pricey rent, the couple decided to birth Bows and Arrows in Dallas. It’s Alicia’s hometown, after all, and no one else in the city was doing what they had in mind. That might be because the Ricos had a lot in mind.
Bows and Arrows is part art gallery, part floral emporium, and part craft bazaar. Each month, the shop presents an exhibition of works by a different artist. Think young, experimental, and affordable. The space is also where Alicia and Adam sell blooms by the stem, teach flower design workshops, and create floral masterpieces for weddings and other events. (Alicia describes their floral aesthetic as “lush, feminine, textural, woodsy, and monochromatic.”) You can also hit up Bows and Arrows for one-of-a-kind gifts and knickknacks. Vintage pieces, such as a collection of antique milk glass, sit alongside handmade jewelry and clothing by independent designers. Local connections include fashions by House of Dang, quirky wooden jewelry by Pamela Michelle, and screenprint tees featuring original designs by Dowdy Studio.
It’s these seemingly disparate elements that keep things exciting at Bows and Arrows. That and an always-fresh-never-frozen philosophy. “The shop is always changing,” Alicia says. “All of our displays are on wheels, and we just move them around. It could be a different shop every time you come in.” How’s that for refreshing?
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