WINDFALLS

Special Delivery



Christmas ornaments, children’s toys and clothing, hostess gifts of food items like caviar, fruitcakes and honey; monogrammed items like shirts, keychains, serving trays and picture frames; handbags, soaps – almost all are made exclusively for Over the Rainbow, a specialty gift shop in North Dallas. The gifts are unique, but more unusual is the way they’ll be delivered this Christmas: With a minimum purchase of $150, Over the Rainbow will have your gifts wrapped and delivered in Dallas by horse-drawn carriage. Costs vary depending on gift destinations. The carriage is a 19th-century English brougham. And the driver will be dressed in appropriate costume. Over the Rainbow, 5954 Royal Lane, west of Preston. Open Monday-Saturday from 9:30-5.

Special Delivery



Christmas ornaments, children’s toys and clothing, hostess gifts of food items like caviar, fruitcakes and honey; monogrammed items like shirts, keychains, serving trays and picture frames; handbags, soaps – almost all are made exclusively for Over the Rainbow, a specialty gift shop in North Dallas. The gifts are unique, but more unusual is the way they’ll be delivered this Christmas: With a minimum purchase of $150, Over the Rainbow will have your gifts wrapped and delivered in Dallas by horse-drawn carriage. Costs vary depending on gift destinations. The carriage is a 19th-century English brougham. And the driver will be dressed in appropriate costume. Over the Rainbow, 5954 Royal Lane, west of Preston. Open Monday-Saturday from 9:30-5.

Tutu Much

Champagne, caviar, a romantic table for two set for an elegant luncheon … in the display window at Woolf Brothers in NorthPark. That’s what the customer wanted so that’s what Michael Morris, pictured below, and partner Terry Parker gave him. Renta Yenta has come to Dallas. (There are already offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Miami and Denver.) The company promises to arrange anything for its customers – “as long as it’s legal and kind,” cautions Morris. Their “menu” of standard items includes breakfast in bed for two served by a butler, with entertainment by a concert violinist ($175), or dinner for ten, serving beef Wellington or duckling ($200). Renta Yenta also does custom requests. A recent typical week for Morris: locating a new Corvette to rent, and a tutu for a gorilla. A unique way to say Merry Christmas. Renta Yenta, 361-7005.

Tutu Much

Champagne, caviar, a romantic table for two set for an elegant luncheon … in the display window at Woolf Brothers in NorthPark. That’s what the customer wanted so that’s what Michael Morris, pictured below, and partner Terry Parker gave him. Renta Yenta has come to Dallas. (There are already offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Miami and Denver.) The company promises to arrange anything for its customers – “as long as it’s legal and kind,” cautions Morris. Their “menu” of standard items includes breakfast in bed for two served by a butler, with entertainment by a concert violinist ($175), or dinner for ten, serving beef Wellington or duckling ($200). Renta Yenta also does custom requests. A recent typical week for Morris: locating a new Corvette to rent, and a tutu for a gorilla. A unique way to say Merry Christmas. Renta Yenta, 361-7005.

Bach in a Box

Danilo Konvalinka, owner of The Merry Music Box, has brought a bit of the old country to Dallas. His assortment of hundreds of music boxes, most notably rare antique ones and those produced by Reuge of Switzerland, is one of the best collections of its type in the country (in Maine he operates a music box museum). Ignore the customary souvenir items and coax Konvalinka into showing you his antiques or models custom-made to his specifications. The mechanical parts are usually of the highest quality, producing music that’s more like a symphony production than the tinny, raspy sounds of the dimestore models you’re accustomed to hearing. The melodies are as varied as the music box designs – among them, music by Mozart, Chopin, Bach and, appropriately, Christmas tunes. Prices range from $15 to $5,000. Konvalinka also does repairs. The Merry Music Box, European Crossroads. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 to 9.

Bach in a Box

Danilo Konvalinka, owner of The Merry Music Box, has brought a bit of the old country to Dallas. His assortment of hundreds of music boxes, most notably rare antique ones and those produced by Reuge of Switzerland, is one of the best collections of its type in the country (in Maine he operates a music box museum). Ignore the customary souvenir items and coax Konvalinka into showing you his antiques or models custom-made to his specifications. The mechanical parts are usually of the highest quality, producing music that’s more like a symphony production than the tinny, raspy sounds of the dimestore models you’re accustomed to hearing. The melodies are as varied as the music box designs – among them, music by Mozart, Chopin, Bach and, appropriately, Christmas tunes. Prices range from $15 to $5,000. Konvalinka also does repairs. The Merry Music Box, European Crossroads. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 to 9.

Timber!



Somehow the romance of Christmas is somewhat dimmed by the prospect of picking up a pre-cut-and-packaged Christmas tree at the nearest concrete parking lot turned tree sales office. Christmas nostalgia fans in the area will be glad to know there’s now a place where they can go and cut down their own tree, just like the old days The Brockett-Tyree Christmas Tree Farm, 10 miles east of

Timber!



Somehow the romance of Christmas is somewhat dimmed by the prospect of picking up a pre-cut-and-packaged Christmas tree at the nearest concrete parking lot turned tree sales office. Christmas nostalgia fans in the area will be glad to know there’s now a place where they can go and cut down their own tree, just like the old days The Brockett-Tyree Christmas Tree Farm, 10 miles east of

Quitman, Texas, is open to the public this year. Come any time between 10 and 6 on Saturday or Sunday (December.3,4,10, 11,17, or 18), jump Quitman, Texas, is open to the public this year. Come any time between 10 and 6 on Saturday or Sunday (December.3,4,10, 11,17, or 18), jump on the hay wagon, then locate and cut your own tree. The farm’s inventory of 2000 on the hay wagon, then locate and cut your own tree. The farm’s inventory of 2000 trees (Virginia pines) is genetically selected for shape. Trees are trees (Virginia pines) is genetically selected for shape. Trees are $1.50 a foot, and come in sizes from 5 to 12 feet. Free pine boughs will be given each customer. Take $1.50 a foot, and come in sizes from 5 to 12 feet. Free pine boughs will be given each customer. Take Highway #80 to Mineola, go north on #37 to Quitman, then head east on #2008 to East Point Store, where the proprietor will direct you to the farm entrance. Make a day of it and take lunch.

Highway #80 to Mineola, go north on #37 to Quitman, then head east on #2008 to East Point Store, where the proprietor will direct you to the farm entrance. Make a day of it and take lunch.

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