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Dallas boasts more retail space per person than any other place in the country. Don’t forget to gas up the car.

CITY SECRET BULKING UP Almost as important as carrying a new Texas driver’s license is a Sam’s card. This will allow you to buy groceries in bulk and save lots of money, too. For specialty items, shop Whole Foods, which stocks plenty of health foods, fresh meats, veggies and hard-to-find items like bulk sun-dried tomatoes.

CITY SECRET IF I HAD A HAMMER For home fix-it or improvement items, head over to Elliot’s Hardware on Maple Ave.. Dallas’ biggest hardware store. Here, the friendly sales staff greets you at the door, and there’s always someone around to help you. Home Depot stores, scattered throughout the city, are another good source for anything from picture hooks to pipes.


Shopping is sometimes called the pastime of Dallas. Perhaps it’s because the malls are one of the coolest places to spend a summer afternoon.

Sic Town Mall, Mesquite …327-4541

Collin Creek Mall, Piano…422-1070

Gaiieria, 13350 Dallas Parkway at LBJ Freeway…702-7100

Irving Mall, Irving…255-0571

NorthPark Center, Northwest Highway at Central Expwy…363-7441

Prestonwood Town Center Addison …980-4275

Red Bird Mall, Oak Cliff/Duncanville area…296-1491

Richardson Square Mall, Richardson…783-0117

Town East Mall, Mesquite…270-4431

Valley View Center, Far North Dallas …661-2424

CITY SECRET THE MATING GAME Singles like to hang out in the early a.m. at one of the La Madeleine restaurants. All kinds of business people stop in for a coffee and croissant, and if you’re lucky, you’ll have to share a table with someone. It’s good to have a paper tucked underneath your arm to look less obvious.

For specialty stores, check out the following shopping areas. No two are the same.

Highland Park village, Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road. The boutique-iest place in Dallas. Here, you”ve got Ralph, Calvin, Chanel and Hermes. And for those of us on a budget, there’s Express and The Gap.

The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh Street, 871-0878. Home of some of the city’s hippest restaurants. plus clothing stores and galleries.

Snider Plaza, Hillcrest between Lovers Laneand Daniels. Grab a sandwich at Kuby’s, an authentic German deli, or peep into one of the 100-plus shop windows.

Old Town, Lovers Lane at Greenville Ave., 934-3603. TGIFriday’s is always hoppin’, and the beignets at French Quarter Cafe will make you think you’re in the Big Easy. Lots of shops, too.

Olla Podrida. 12215 Coil Road between Forest Lane and LBJ Frwy. You’ll find plenty of arts and crafts stores in this enclosed center.

Preston Center, Preston Road at Northwest Hwy., 890-7777. You can find the perfect cravat at Tie-Coon, try on just the right eyeglasses at Santa Fe Optical or check out the great deals at Tuesday Morning. These and other specialty shops surround Foley’s.

TheCrescent, 2200 Cedar Springs, 871-8500. Specialty stores, a tea shop, clothing boutiques and great places to eat (and be seen). Anchored by Stanley Korshak.

Miracle Mlie, the strip of Lovers Lane between Douglas and Inwood Road. filled with specialty retail shops and restaurants. Also includes In-wood Village and its an-film theater.

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