plaza_health_foods Plaza Health Foods was far ahead of its time in 1949.

Plaza Health Foods

In 1949, when plaza health foods opened, the whole idea of “health food” was a tad on the wacky side. Originally a bakery owned by Paul Fuqua, a corner of the store was commandeered by his wife, Ester, a registered nurse frustrated by the medical profession’s emphasis on illness instead of wellness. She sold vitamins and herbs, and, before long, the whole store was reconceived as Plaza Health Foods, an idea far ahead of its time. Now run by Paul and Ester’s grandson Max, the store has stayed ahead of its time. It offers biometric testing like cholesterol screening and allergy testing, massage therapy, and exercise classes, along with good old-fashioned advice. 6717 Snider Plaza. 214-363-2661.

snider_plaza_hair_styling Just ’Do It: Snider Plaza Hair Styling doesn’t need Yelp. It has word of mouth.

Snider Plaza Hair Styling

When did hair care become so complicated? Walk into Snider Plaza Hair Styling and be soothed by the hum of hair dryers and the sight of women in rollers half-drowsing under the old-fashioned beehive helmets. Welcome to back-in-the-day, when the well-kept woman’s weekly visit to the “beauty shop” gave her a ’do that lasted seven days and a man’s proper haircut called for “whitewalls.” Don’t look for reviews on Yelp or Google. This is not that kind of trendy shop. Recommendations come by word of mouth, and are traded between neighbors and handed down from parent to child. 6709 Snider Plaza. 214-361-0857.

studio_sebastian Fashion Forward: Studio Sebastian has been showcasing hard-to-find European lines for 16 years.

Studio Sebastian

If you don’t want to see your dress on someone else at the next charity gala, shop at Studio Sebastian. As much a gallery as a fashion store, Studio Sebastian carries the fashion other Dallas boutiques don’t dare to—edgy, forward-looking, unconventional but very elegant. For 16 years, owners Kobie and Sebastian Ahmadi have sought out hard-to-find European lines like Chinti and Parker, Paul & Joe, and Matthew Williamson to show alongside more familiar designer names like Missoni, Maria Cornejo, and Jill Stuart. Add to that a curated collection of killer shoes and accessories, and you’ll have a look that’s inimitable.