1. Fancy This
Ellis Hill devotees now have more to love from the Highland Park Village stationers. This spring, Margretta Wikert and Kerri Davis moved their monogram-ready goods from their second floor suite to the space formerly occupied by Celebrity Bakery—doubling their square footage. In addition to all things paper, keep an eye out for new lines, including giftable glassware and leather goods.
2. Laying Stakes
[inline_image id=”1″ align=”” crop=”full”]With his Midway Hollow home-cum-studio nearing capacity, furniture maker and former Etsy entrepreneur Tyler Wayne knew it was time to open up shop. Debuting in the Design District this summer, the first brick-and-mortar showroom for his mixed-media home furnishings company, Wayne Works, offers shoppers a firsthand look at his angular sensations. 2525 Farrington St. wayneworkstexas.com
3. Same Shop, New Spot
After 35 years on Knox Street and witnessing dive bars give way to Pottery Barns, the neighborhood pioneers behind Iota were ready for a change of scenery. Daniel Dean and Mickey Miller’s collection of contemporary art, gift cards, and handmade jewelry found a new, larger home in Oak Cliff’s mixed-use development Sylvan Thirty. “The store has an entirely different feel, but the product is still the same,” says co-owner Dean. “We’re still just like a museum store without the museum.”
4. Cliff Notes
Though Lula B’s Deep Ellum storefront has closed its doors, fans of the beloved antique mall and its trove of midcentury finds have good reason to smile. This June, owner Mary Ann Kaylor opened the newest and largest Lula B’s branch in an old Safeway building on Oak Cliff’s Fort Worth Avenue. At 20,000 square feet, the space offers Kaylor and her local dealers a chance—and the room—to showcase even more vintage furniture, retro lighting, and knickknacks. “People can expect a lot more and a lot better than what they’ve seen from us before,” Kaylor says.
[inline_image id=”2″ align=”” crop=”full”]Stop in to discover everything from $5 newspapers from the ’50s and vintage movie posters to cat figurines and princess phones all organized into booths by buyer, along with the vintage clothing and cowboy boots. “The location is primo and Oak Cliff residents have been so positive,” Kaylor adds. “I’m excited about the future.”
The retail anchor of the Bishop Arts District for the last 20 years has changed hands. Oak Cliff’s Bishop Street Market, now operated by Ken Valencia and Cody Ellison, the proprietors of neighborhood favorites Home on Bishop, Dwell on Davis, and Bishop Ranch, have stocked the gift shop with chic wares and whimsical miscellany: $2 Parisian greeting cards, a scratch-off world map, a projector that masquerades as an iPhone cover, as well as custom jewelry, organic candles, serving pieces, and custom shirts that are both handsome and affordable. “To have a shop that was the original, pinnacle store that started Bishop Arts,” Ellison adds, “that was something we couldn’t pass up.”
[inline_image id=”3″ align=”r” crop=”tall”]The duo has combined their collective expertise (Valencia worked for fashion houses Donna Karan and Roberto Cavalli, and Ellison’s background is in textiles), scouting across Europe, LA, and Vegas street markets to find their eclectic merch. “We really search for things that you can’t find anywhere else in Dallas,” Ellison says. Stop in to snag a seat on the sofa, relax with a cold beer or a glass of Champagne, and pick up a new treasure.
5. Pop-Up Stars
Since April, several happening home decor brands have taken turns headlining a pop-up series at McKinney Avenue shop Nest. On the roster this summer: Shop Fatboy’s vibrant beanbags, lighting, and outdoor serving pieces through July, with a pop-up party on July 9; Brit brand Mineheart’s artful and quirky table lamps, rugs, and cabinets adorned with 17th-century images are up for grabs from August 15 to September 24.