Village on the Parkway
Hot shops for cool stuff at this revamped shopping center.
|Discover vintage denim with a twist at Rich Hippie.
Formerly known as Sakowitz Village, this on-again, off-again shopping center at the tollway and Belt Line Road is hot again. Dunhill Partners "has breathed a lot of life into this North Dallas shopping center," one tenant says. You probably know the Village’s reliable anchor store, Bed Bath & Beyond
, but the chain pales in comparison to the stylish boutiques we uncovered.
Sebastian’s Closet, known for catering to the upscale male customer, has ventured into women’s apparel. Some of our favorite finds were leather and suede collections by Gimos and Jose Luis. Stroll across the street to Rich Hippie, where owner Eric Kimmel sells fresh denim designs, skirts made from vintage scarves, capris made from fatigues, and many more unusual pieces. Around the corner, Desert Design Knitz offers fine hand-knitting yarns. The store is expanding, thanks to knitting’s comeback craze. In the next block you’ll find Kristi’s, a one-stop shop for European clothing lines, gifts, tabletop, and bar ware. Beyond Kristi’s is Liz Morgan, where you can get everything from basic Seven jeans to the perfect outfit for Cattle Barron’s Ball. Pop in next door and pick up a convincing imitation diamond from Diamontrigue or visit Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass for the latest in blown- and stained-glass designs. Tucked away on the other side is Mille Fleurs, a European floral shop that claims to have the best garden baskets in town. And don’t miss Mallasadi’s, which specializes in quality, Italian fashions, such as Brioni and Belvest, and custom tailoring.
|Drool over crushed velvet at Kristi’s.
Coming soon is Pickles & Ice Cream, a hip maternity store for fashion-conscious moms-to-be. For great stationery, gifts, and more, PaperGirl (formerly Papertree) is relocating from the Galleria. There’s also a rumor that Esmaili Rugs & Antiques is moving in, too. —S.Q.
Photos by Abel Sanchez
Check out the creations of these creative cowgirls.
Beads and Bags
Handbag and home accents designer Jen Cline got her start at the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in architecture. Her appreciation of color, texture, composition, and unconventional beauty is what inspires her creations. We love her kitschy cigar-box purses and luxurious bed linens and throws made of rare silks and brocades. www.jenclineaustin.com.
T-shirt with a Twist
Arts Institute of Dallas grad Casey Western designs fabulous on-the-go pieces made of a modern t-shirt knit. These threads (think edgy
t-shirt dresses and flattering, asymmetrical skirts) not only fit great, but you can also throw them on for any occasion. www.rubithreads.com.
That’s a Wrap
It took only one day with her newborn for Henley Sims to realize she needed some helping hands. After relentless hours at her sewing machine, the Simple Swaddle was born. This stylish and easy-to-use baby wrap comes in a variety of colors and patterns for discerning mommies and discriminating gift-givers. www.simpleswaddle.com.