Best of Big D

The 2021 Best of Big D: Home & Garden Edition

Small business owners put in untold hours and surmount countless hurdles to keep their doors open. To be recognized as a standout takes that much more grit and determination. And that’s in normal circumstances. Of course, these aren’t ordinary times to run a business. In the blink of an eye, entrepreneurs were forced to become their own delivery drivers, creative consultants, and I.T. pros. So this year, as we honor the best our city has to offer in culture, services, shopping, and food, we’re also telling the stories of some of the mainstays who’ve withstood the test of time to find out what got them here, why they do what they do, and what they’ve learned along the way. 

Best Museum for Kids

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

This interactive and educational gem doesn’t leave out the littles, with a special area designated for the under-5 set. Adults can also get in touch with their inner nerd on Thursday nights, when the place is restricted to an over-21 crowd, with live music, drink, food trucks, and unlimited virtual T. Rex races.

2201 N. Field St. 214-428-5555.

Best Performing Arts Venue

Annette Strauss Square

Once we knew that congregating outdoors was relatively safe, Dallas rediscovered the joys of outdoor performance spaces like Annette Strauss Square. In addition to staging socially distanced concerts framed by the magnificent architecture of the Winspear Opera House, the venue also allowed local organizations to use the space to fundraise emergency support or simply get back out in front of an audience.

2403 Flora St. 214-880-0202.

Best Gallery

Sweet Pass Sculpture Park

The pandemic forced experimentation, but few COVID-inspired art gambits got it as right as Sweet Pass. The smart and sometimes quirky West Dallas sculpture park satisfied our need for inspiration, dialogue, and connection through site-responsive installations and performances.

402 Fabrication St.

Best Botanical Garden

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The past year and a half pushed us outside for safe activities, and there is no better place for that in North Texas than Texas’ oldest major botanic garden. Founded in 1934, it has awed generations with over 2,500 different plant species in its collections. Take a walk through the Pollinator Pathway or the Tinsley Rock Springs Garden and enjoy the serenity of nature.

3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Fort Worth. 817-463-4160.

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Elizabeth Lavin
Best Suburban Sculpture Garden

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Painter Donald Vogel bought the multi-acre wooded plot back in 1953, when Spring Valley was still prairie. Now, the original building is Dallas’ oldest modern art gallery and the woods are filled with works by contemporary artists. Unlike the Nasher, there’s no admission fee.

6616 Spring Valley Rd. 972-239-2441.

Best Interactive Garden for Kids

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Nestled within the Dallas Arboretum and featuring age-specific galleries focused on life and earth science, the garden attracts learners of all ages. From the Walne Family Discovery Lab’s hands-on experience to the Glade Puppet Show’s daily performance for younger visitors, this garden will play a part in forging an environmentally conscious generation.

8525 Garland Rd. 214-515-6615.

Best Caterer

Fat Rabbit Provisions

Manned by a former bartender from Twilite Lounge (so you know the bar service for events is stellar) and a professional cook who counts former Dallas Cowboys among her clientele, Fat Rabbit Provisions has only expanded and sharpened its operations since demand boomed during the pandemic.

469-223-9189.

Best Custom Cupcakes

The Cupcake Experience

Chef Ginger Taylor excels in iced floral designs of all flavors, which can be picked up or delivered in stylishly clear or monogram-shaped boxes. Personally, we can’t resist the ones that resemble cactuses and succulents, the verdant green frosting set against terra cotta-colored cakes.

1955 Market Center Blvd. 214-287-9021.

Best Birthday Cake

Loft22 Cakes

Le Cordon Bleu-educated Tareka L. Lofton is the creative genius behind Loft22’s vibrant designs. Her signature cakes, with their smooth sides and roughly swirled tops, come in flavors as adventurous as their color palettes, like Pink Animal Cracker, Orange Sherbet, and the electric blue Kookie Monster (packed with chocolate chip and Oreo crumbs).

106 E. Dagget Ave., Fort Worth. 682-841-1771.

Hotel St.Germaine
Elizabeth Lavin
Best Inspiration Staycation

Hotel St. Germain

When we’re feeling uninspired, a trip across the pond is our usual antidote. But with traveling abroad a bit more complicated than in the past, the next best thing is a staycation at this European-style getaway in the heart of Uptown. Stay in one of seven luxurious suites in the converted century-old home (each of which is decorated in 19th-century French antiques), dine on top-notch French cuisine, and leave feeling refreshed and reinvigorated to tackle your next project.

2516 Maple Ave. 214-871-2516.

Best Floral Concept

Twelve Thirty Four

Patricio Rivera grew up in Honduras, studied fashion in California, and worked as a busser in a restaurant in Dallas before launching his floral concept in Bishop Arts. His designs are as artful and soulful as he is, and they can be delivered in custom ceramics crafted by local artists.

420 W. Davis St. 469-531-6723.

Best Paper Towel Replacement

AltLinen

They set out to give restaurateurs the perfect napkin. It turns out this local start-up’s absorbent, alabaster, hand-loomed cotton linens make for eco-friendly home napkins and kitchen towels. Buy, use, and launder, and you’ll receive replacements for a lifetime. (You only pay shipping.)

Best Stationer

Ellis Hill

The ladies at Ellis Hill have made monograms an artform and brought staid stationery suites to new heights. Their designs will tickle even the most traditional types, but their fresh approach to color and personality broaden the appeal of their custom paper designs to a younger, more fashionable generation, too. It’s Emily Post with panache.

5001 W. Lovers Ln. 214-520-6108.

Best Entertaining Hack

Fount Board & Table

Impress guests with an artful, edible board from this Uptown cafe. Select your artisanal ingredients (this isn’t your run-of-the-mill cheddar) and size (boards serve anywhere from one to 20, with by-the-meter grazing tables for larger gatherings) and let them work their magic. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available.

2414 Routh St. 214-699-7455.

Best Laundry Service

Laundry on Demand

Download the app, schedule a pickup, and a big bag (equal to three 13-gallon trash bags) of clothes will be collected, laundered, folded, and returned. All for $45. Same-day service is available before noon, and many special preferences—particular detergents, clothes hung on hangers—can be accommodated.

Best Pet Boarder for Small Dogs

Fireplug Inn

Located close to DFW Airport, it’s an easy drop-off when we’re flying out of town. We love how they specialize in dogs under 25 pounds, meaning our senior Chihuahuas aren’t getting crushed by an over-eager Great Dane. Bob and Bella Sparkles deserve a relaxing boutique hotel getaway, too.

2251 E. Continental Blvd., Southlake. 817-329-8835.

Best Framer

Debra Stevens

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: when it comes to having your art pieces framed, there’s no one quite like Debra Stevens. Her custom work is impeccable, trusted by high end collectors and gallery owners alike, and her service and suggestions are always top-notch.

4104 Calculus Dr. 972-620-1365.

Best instagram garden inspiration

From the Ground Up

We’ve been admiring the objectively charming Instagram account (and abundant IRL projects) of this landscape design and garden maintenance company, whose projects utilize the power of a well-placed arbor, swinging side gate, and lush courtyard. (We’re not the only ones; they were selected to be part of the 2021 Kips Bay Dallas Showhouse.) Give them a follow and let your ideas blossom. 

Best Art Curator

Collector House

Buying art can be intimidating. Jennifer Klos knows that. Through her art consultancy firm, the former museum curator will assess your needs, likes, and budget; accompany you to galleries; and advise on making the best purchases to suit your space. She’ll even facilitate the purchase and installation of your new masterpieces. 

Best Car Service

Alto Concierge

If you think ridesharing isn’t in your wheelhouse, it’s time you give Alto a try. A $99 annual membership grants you access to the Dallas-based company’s fleet of safe, spotless, branded SUVs whenever you need them, with rides available on-demand or pre-scheduled. Drivers are background checked, cars are deep-cleaned daily and disinfected between trips, and you can even pick your own music—or choose Do Not Disturb for a quiet commute.

Best Event Rentals

Loot Rentals

With showrooms in Fort Worth and Austin, this rentals and home-staging outfit goes beyond the basic tables, chairs, and dinnerware to offer everything you need to throw a stylish soiree, from serving staples like trays and bar carts to decorative accessories, both new and vintage. Does your shindig need a tumbleweed or a perfectly patinaed American flag? They’ve got you covered.

3221 Lawnwood St., Fort Worth. 877.493.5668.

Best Metaphysical Shop

The Labyrinth

Park your broom, walk in, and explore your spiritual side at “Dallas’ Oldest Witches Shop.” The purple house on Bell Avenue off Lower Greenville celebrated 24 years in Dallas in March and maintains its tradition of guiding its customers through spiritual books, powders, herbs, and other apothecary items.

5618 Bell Ave. 214-823-1963.

Gretchen Hinkle of Dolly Python & Benny Hinkle of Benny Jack Antiques
Elizabeth Lavin
Best Treasure-Hunting Duo

Gretchen Hinkle of Dolly Python & Benny Hinkle of Benny Jack Antiques

Husband-and-wife duo Gretchen and Benny Hinkle frequently spend date nights at pawn shops and estate sales to curate their collections of tidbits and thingamabobs for hers-and-his vintage institutions Dolly Python and Benny Jack Antiques. The stores have garnered much acclaim over the years, attracting the attention of famous fans like Leon Bridges, Kacey Musgraves, and Jean Paul Gaultier.

1916 N. Haskell Ave. 214-887-3434.; 1920 N. Haskell Ave. 214-238-3740.

Best Game Shop

Common Ground Games

Jamison Sacks’ store, smartly located next to the excellent Zeus Comics, offers hundreds of games: card games, board games, trading card games, role-playing games, and puzzles. You can pick up extra dice and snacks, too, while you’re there.

1328 Inwood Rd. 214-631-4263.

Best Self-Care Shop

Go Easy

Molly Mathias opened her new self-care shop in Bishop Arts in November. You’ll find everything from bath salts and CBD balms to sexual wellness products. Mathias’ mantra for better mental health? A little more conversation and community support, a little less judgment, please.

250 N. Bishop Ave., Ste 150.

Best Candle Shop

The Conservatory on Two

Brian Bolke’s curated retail wonderland, located above Chanel in Highland Park Village, carries a range of home and fashion treasures designed to titillate your sense of style. And with fragrance guru Shasa Mitcham on staff, it should come as no surprise that their offerings will appeal to your sense of smell, as well. Candles from lines like DS & Durga, Lumira, Byredo, and more are sure to keep your home smelling divine.

100 Highland Park Village, Ste. 205. 972-863-8590.

Best Contemporary Furniture Store

Scott + Cooner

Cookie-cutter furniture won’t do? Get thee to Scott + Cooner, the Design District staple that carries hard-to-find and exceptionally innovative lines from around the world. Their large, open-to-the-public showroom boasts a wide, ever-changing selection of home furniture and accessories that aren’t just perfunctory, but true works of art.

1617 Hi Line Dr., Ste. 100. 214-748-9838. 

Best Prickly Plant Purveyor

The Cactus Queen

A photographer by trade, Payge Stevens became enamored with cactuses on a wedding shoot in San Miguel de Allende. When her business struggled during the pandemic, she invested her savings in a plant shop at South Side on Lamar. The storefront stocks hundreds of spiky options, from tabletop sizes to 10-foot varieties.

1409 Botham Jean Blvd., Ste. 326. 469-569-3619.

Ettiene Market owner, Coryanne Ettiene
Elizabeth Lavin
Best Kitchen Accessories Store

Ettiene Market

Coryanne Ettiene launched her eponymous market after years of global travel, and Ettiene Market is a love letter to the cuisines she enjoyed along the way. You’ll find a selection of kitchen and bar must-haves like cast iron pans and linen towels, in-house creations like candles and cocktail mixers, and imported treats from around the world.

402 W. 8th St. 214-892-3846; 115 W. Louisiana St., McKinney. 214-799-5195.

Best Hardware Store

Rooster Home & Hardware

Sharon “Boots” Anderson, the CEO of Half Price Books, bought a Lake Highlands hardware store in 2016 and named it after a prize-winning Buff Orpington bird that a customer dropped off. There’s a great gift selection and all the hardware you need, plus once a month you can buy your own pullet from Urban Chicken’s John Ramos.

10233 Northwest Hwy., Ste. 409. 214-343-1971.

Best Outdoor Furniture and Accessories

Jacksons Home & Garden

On weekends, this nursery near Love Field is chock-a-block with home gardeners stocking up on annuals and perennials. Inside the sizable showroom, you’ll find high-end grills, Adirondack chairs, and one-of-a-kind Domiziani dining tables. Pick out a water feature and a set of Baccarat crystal tumblers to complete the look.

6950 Lemmon Ave. 214-350-9200.

Best Suburban Farmers Market

Coppell Farmers Market

Coppell’s charming town square may be a creation of the new Main Street development, but the city’s farmers market is truly authentic. Focused on local farmers and makers, it is stocked on Saturday mornings with seasonal organic produce, free-range meats, dairy, breads and pastries, pickles and jams, and fresh flowers.

768 W. Main St., Coppell.

Best Baby Registry

BabyBliss

Carrie Barnard helps new moms stock their nursery in style. In addition to clothes, toys, and feeding essentials for little ones, you’ll find the chicest cribs, comfiest nursing chairs, and changing tables so pretty, you’ll look forward to getting diaper duty (or at least, you’ll mind it a little less). If you don’t know what you need, she’s created pre-built registries on the website based on gender and age. Just put your feet up and click.

6721 Snider Plaza. 469-232-9420.

Best Record Store

Josey Records

Josey was already a crate-digger’s paradise—and then it brought in the inventory (and iconic sign) from Bill’s Records, after the passing of Dallas record-store icon Bill Wisener. Block off an afternoon if you plan on stopping by.

2821 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 100, Farmers Branch. 972-243-2039.

Best Stationery Store

Talking Out Of Turn

Talking Out Of Turn is as fun and irreverent as its acronym, TOOT. The pastel paradise in Bishop Arts is filled with candy-colored planners, stationery, stickers, self-care products, and home goods, most of which are emblazoned with cheeky phrases and playful patterns.

841 W. Davis St. 833-252-8668.

Best Place to Buy Cookbooks

Interabang Books

You know that friend who whips up Persian feasts like it’s nothing, reads essays by writers from M.F.K. Fisher to Anthony Bourdain, and is always questing for something to up her batch cocktail game? This is where you outfit her bookshelf.

5600 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 142. 214-484-4289.

Best Affordable Gallery

Neighborhood

Erin and John Hossley may have changed locations (saying bye-bye to Bishop Arts in favor of the Design District) but their mission remains unchanged: to showcase some of the most interesting area artists, with works to fit your price range whether you’re looking to spend a couple thousand bucks or a couple dozen.

2532 Converse St. 214-943-5650.

Sputnik Modern
Elizabeth Lavin
Best Vintage Furniture Store

Sputnik Modern

If you’re going for that glamorous 1950s Upper West Side vibe, look no further. From a pair of matching Marge Carson slipper sofas in mohair to a curvaceous Samuel Marx chest of drawers, you’ll be able to set your own Marvelous Mrs. Maisel scene.

1329 Slocum St. 214-887-6221.

Best Bridal Registry

Blue Print

Comprised of more than 50 top lines from around the world, Blue Print’s recently launched tabletop collection makes a perfect foundation for aspiring entertainers who are feathering their nests. From fine china and crystal to everyday serving pieces, you’ll find it all—with an on-staff registry expert to assist.

2707 Fairmount St. 214-954-9511.

Best Homegrown Furniture Line

Scout Design Studio

If you only know this Design District shop for their vintage finds, it’s time to refamiliarize yourself. In recent years, the showroom has stepped up their in-house Scout Label line of furniture, offering well-crafted, on-trend furnishings from chairs and stools to casegoods. They do custom work, too.

155 Howell St. 214-741-2414.

Best Designer Hardware

Pierce Fine Decorative Hardware and Plumbing

From doors knobs and cabinets pulls to faucets and fixtures, Pierce offers a vast selection of hardware to suit every taste and budget. They’re the exclusive stockist of some of our favorite lines—Rocky Mountain Hardware and Ashley Norton among them—and, unlike many designer showrooms, are accessible to the public.

2615 W. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 101. 214-368-2851.

Best Home Accessories Store

Laura Lee Clark

Scratch your instant gratification itch at this sophisticated showroom, which stocks a large supply of grab-and-go housewares—both of the attainable and show-stopping varieties. Best of all, the diverse mix of vintage and production pieces ensures you could outfit your entire home in one fell swoop and no one would be the wiser.

1515 Slocum St. 214-265-7272.

Best Toy Store

CAMP

An ordinary toy shop gives way—via (shh!) a secret bookshelf passage—to a wonderland of interactive, carefree play for kids of all ages. Cheerful employees (aka “counselors”) lead classes, encourage fun, and can make recommendations from their out-of-the-ordinary selection, ranging from sporting goods and board games to action figures and art supplies.

9830 N. Ctrl. Expy. 214-612-0451.

Best Traditional Furniture

The CEH

What started in 2013 with a husband-and-wife furniture-refinishing duo hawking their services on Facebook yard sale groups has evolved into an upscale line of locally produced, heirloom-quality furniture for which interior designers clamor. Though bespoke pieces require a design professional to purchase, their quick-ship pieces are available to the public.

11410 Plano Rd. 214-272-9233.

Best Leather Goods

Odin Leather Goods

Odin Clack is the hands and heart behind Odin Leather Goods, the Coppell-based craft manufacturer of classic leather wares. From wallets and belts to totes and messenger bags, all of Clack’s pieces are made from the highest-quality materials and intended to last—getting more beautiful with age and wear.

5768 Grandscape Blvd., Ste. 115, The Colony. 972-410-0532.

Best Garden Shop

North Haven Gardens

Founded in 1951, the family-owned nursery is trustworthy and knowledgeable, focused on educating its clients through its Garden Coach Program and a plethora of gardening tips. Whether you are a connoisseur or a beginner, they’ll meet you where you’re at and guide you to the home garden of your dreams. For the ladies who lunch crowd, their new restaurant and shop, Ralph & Rose will welcome diners for the first time since the October 2019 tornado that decimated the property.

7700 Northaven Rd. 214-363-5316.

Best Pet Supply Store

The Upper Paw

Kathleen Evett owns and operates this furry-friends-focused spot in Deep Ellum, and she does so with unmatched customer service. Leashes, high-quality pet food, toys, and treats of all sorts are so thoughtfully packed into The Upper Paw you’ll want to give it a high-paw.

2809 Commerce St., 214-760-9991.

Best Ceramics

Matthew Gilley Ceramics

While we love a good clay vessel or bowl (and ceramicist Matthew Gilley does those, too), it’s his ceramic chains that caught our eye. With versions small enough to set on a table or large enough to drape on a wall, his intricately linked creations are as beautiful as they are mind-boggling.

Best Wallpaper

Ever Atelier

Friends, neighbors, and creatives Sarah English and Ashley Leftwich launched their Dallas-based bespoke wallpaper studio in September 2019. In the two years since, their locally designed and printed wallcoverings—which put a cheeky and daring spin on traditional patterns—have made them a design industry darling.

972-626-8861.

Best Custom Light Fixtures

Uncommon Lighting

Located within the 44,000-square-foot warehouse that also houses Uncommon Market, sister store Uncommon Lighting carries, restores, and rewires antique lighting fixtures, lanterns, sconces, and more. But best of all, their team of on-site craftsmen build lighting solutions from scratch. Whatever your project requires, if you can dream it, they can create it.

100 Riveredge Dr. 214-871-3334.

Best Doughnuts

Detour Doughnuts and Coffee

We eagerly await creative genius Jinny Cho’s rotating monthly flavor drop like an album release: whipped cream swirls, dreamy fillings, and other tricks give you rose and Champagne with gold leaf, matcha and red bean, or an Arnold Palmer or Ferrero Rocher doppelganger.

8161 FM 423, Ste. 250, Frisco. 469-535-3585.

Best Coffeehouse

Xamán Cafe

Equally great for a caffeine-fueled laptop session as it is for a nice brunch with a friend, Xamán is undoubtedly a community cafe where you can get espresso-spiked horchata and expertly brewed single-origin coffee, which is sourced from smaller family-owned farms in Mexico.

334 W. Jefferson Blvd. 469-687-0005.

Rush Patisserie owner, Samantha Rush
Elizabeth Lavin
Best Party Pastries

Rush Patisserie

For 14 years, owner Samantha Rush has churned out fresh-daily, entertaining-friendly desserts and pastries in perfect French technique, thanks to her training at Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu. But since a car crashed through her Oak Cliff storefront in May, she’s continued to churn out her delicacies, albeit on a by-order basis while she decides where to reestablish her roots. Until then, orders can be placed by phone or email.

214-749-4040.

Best Bagels

Lenore’s

Tight-crumbed and blitzed with poppy seeds (our order), these hand-shaped concentric circles took the city by storm. Jessica and Seth Brammer’s bagels, made with Barton Springs Mill heirloom flour, are perfect on their own, but you might want to give them a schmear. Choose from an assortment of cream cheeses like fresh strawberry or scallion and hard-cooked egg. lenoresbagels.com

Best Bakery

Haute Sweets Patisserie

Tida Pichakron turns out a spunky, creative, and polished lineup, from macarons and key lime tarts to pistachio-raspberry cakes. Her gluten-free and paleo options have earned a devoted following, as have monthly beignet pop-ups that have you showering the sidewalk with powdered sugar.

10230 E. Northwest Hwy. 214-856-0166.

Best Bakery for Bread

Bresnan Bread and Pastry

Matt Bresnan’s orange-cardamom morning buns and vanilla cream danishes with Cara Cara orange and pistachio are unparalleled. But even more, we love his loaves. Hand-mixed, long-fermented, burnished domes include country sour, multigrain, golden raisin-fennel, and walnut-olive. Praise be, they’re opening a brick-and-mortar in McKinney.

bresnanbreadandpastry.com

Best Cheese Shop

Scardello

When you want a triple-crème, a goat’s milk Gouda, or a funky bleu, the team here can help you out. Classes teach curd nerds to pair fromage with wine, charcuterie, and bubbles.

3511 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-219-1300; 920 S. Harwood St.. 214-219-1300.

Best Ice Cream

Botolino

We see you, Jeni’s, but we’re suckers for this essential gelato shop, where flavors—mascarpone fig, Piedmont hazelnut, or coconut stracciatella—are perfectly mastered. Carlo Gattini works Willy Wonka wonders with frozen gelato cakes that layer semifreddo with gelato and liquor-soaked sponge cakes in flavors like pistachio-rose.

2116 Greenville Ave. 469-776-9077; 5959 Royal Ln., Ste. 622. 214-964-0073.

Best Frosty Margs

José

Crystalline and slushy, tangy and filled with top-notch tequila, the frozen margarita at José—dubbed The Squozen— is extraordinary. It’s bright with lime juice and a hint of agave, and worthy of the city that invented it. Pick up a few to-go kits (each one serves four) for your next gathering.

931 W. Lovers Ln. 214-891-5673. 

Mother-and-daughter duo Andrea and Cindy Pedraza of CocoAndré Chocolatier and Horchateria
Elizabeth Lavin
Best Chocolatier

CocoAndré Chocolatier and Horchateria

Mother-and-daughter duo Andrea and Cindy Pedraza fill their adorable cottage in Bishop Arts with handmade molded chocolates, truffles, and bars like the roseberry (milk chocolate with raspberry and with dehydrated rose petals). As our only female- (and Latina-) owned bean-to-bar chocolatiers, they source cacao in part from a woman-helmed cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico.

508 W. 7th S. 214-941-3030.

Best Order-Ahead Bakery

La Casita Bakeshop

This labor of love of Maricsa Trejo and Alex Henderson is a wonderland of sweets (and some savory, too). Place Saturday orders while hungry—how to choose between the dulce de leche cruffins and ham and Gruyère croissants?—then systematically devour in your car in a shower of crumbs.

580 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 230, Richardson. 440-462-2078.

Best Custom Vegan Baked goods

Moon Child Vegan Cakes

Growing up with a cake decorator mother, Amaris Riddle uses vegan ingredients to make spectacular cakes, raspberry jam- or cream-filled doughnuts, nostalgia-tinged pop tarts, seasonal scones, and luster-dusted cupcakes with fillings (like vegan butterscotch) so sultry you really wouldn’t know the difference.

Best Place to Buy Booze

Pogo’s Wine & Spirits

That bottle of reserve chardonnay from Mexico’s oldest vineyard that you had on the Riviera Maya? Check. Your favorite Japanese gin and whiskey? Double check. Dom Perignon rosé, Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam, and Swiss truffles? Triple check. Doorstep delivery with optional gift wrap? Hallelujah.

5360 W. Lovers Ln. 214-350-8989.

Jimmy’s Food Store
Elizabeth Lavin
Best Italian Market

Jimmy’s Food Store

For 55 years, Jimmy’s Food Store has kept Dallasites well-fed. Stocking all the provisions needed for an authentic Italian feast, from pasta and pizza dough to Italian wines and the housemade sausage that’s a favorite of local chefs, the shop’s deli counter also churns out some of the best sandwiches in the city.

4901 Bryan St. 214-823-6180.

Best Butcher Shop

Deep Cuts Dallas

Snout-to-tail butcher Nathan Abeyta and his team continue to innovate and grow. In June, their small North Dallas shop expanded into the space next door, allowing them to dry age more Texas beef, cure more heritage Red Wattle pork guanciale, brine more Black Angus beef pastrami, and smoke more Cajun boudin.

7989 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 146. 469-906-6420.

Best Gourmet Grocery Delivery

Profound Foods

Farmer Jeff Bednar had us at fresh herbs, microgreens, and edible flowers from his hydroponic farm in Lucas. Working with local growers, he added to his roster heirloom veggies, grass-fed meats, farm-fresh eggs, whole grains—even handmade pasta, bagels, and tamales. The inside of our fridge has never been so lovely.

Best German Market

Henk’s European Deli & Black Forest Bakery

Tucked behind Half Price Books, Henk’s is an easy-to-miss neighborhood gem that has been serving no-nonsense German fare for more than 20 years. Don’t leave without a warm apple strudel or German chocolate cake from the bakery, or hit the grocery section for a selection of imported coffees, cookies, condiments, and more.

5811 Blackwell St. 214-987-9090.

2020 Best Architects

Laura Juarez Baggett, Laura Juarez Baggett Studio

Adam Baldwin, Marek Architecture

Bruce Bernbaum, Bernbaum/Magadini Architects

Christy Blumenfeld, Blume Architecture

Larry Boerder, Larry E. Boerder Architects

William Briggs, William S. Briggs Architect

Russell Buchanan, Buchanan Architecture

Stephen B. Chambers, Stephen B. Chambers Architects, Inc.

Will Clinton, Clinton + Company Architects

Gary Cunningham, Cunningham Architects

Richard Davis, Richard Drummond Davis Architect

Mark Dilworth, MDW Studio

Mark Domiteaux, Domiteaux Garza Architects

Ralph Duesing, Ralph Duesing Architect LLC

Dan  Eckelkamp, Eckxstudio for Modern Architecture

Rizwan Faruqui, Far + Dang

Patrick Ford, Rogers-Ford, LC

Svend Fruit, Bodron/Fruit

Wilson Fuqua, Fuqua Architects

Robbie Fusch, Fusch Architects

Maurie Gray, M-Gray Architecture

Tom Hanahan, Tom Hanahan, Architect

James Haynes, Clinton + Company Architects

Mark Hoesterey, SHM Architects

Ross Ikemire, Ikemire Architects LLC

Jenna Janson, Janson Luter Architects

Eric LaPointe, Studio EL73

Amy Leveno, Official Design

Max Levy, Max Levy Architect

Lloyd Lumpkins, L. Lumpkins Architects, Inc.

Christi Luter, Janson Luter Architects

Michael Lyons, Michael Lyons Architect

Eddie Maestri, Maestri Studio

Patricia Magadini, Bernbaum/Magadini Architects

Tom Manganiello, Max Levy Architect

Scott Marek, Marek Architecture

Marc McCollom, Marc McCollom Architect

Enrique Montenegro, SHM Architects

Clay Nelson, C.A. Nelson Architecture Group LLC

Joshua Nimmo, Nimmo Architecture

Sharon Odum, Sharon Odum Architects

Clint Pearson, Symmetry Architects

Allen Powell, Architecture Unlimited

Thad Reeves, A. Gruppo Architects

Scott Roberts, Creative Architects

Dan Shipley, Shipley Architects

Cole Smith, Smith, Ekblad and Associates, Inc.

Jason Smith, smitharc architects

David Stocker, SHM Architects

Bentley Tibbs, Bentley Tibbs Architect

Weldon Turner, Turner|Boaz Architects

Paul Turney, Turney & Associates, Inc.

Craig Vaughn, Vaughn Architecture

David Viosca, Viosca Architects

Cliff Welch, Welch|Hall Architects

Braxton Werner, Wernerfield Architecture + Design

Ron Wommack, Ron Wommack Architect

2021 Best Designers

A Well Dressed Home

Adcock-Smith Design

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