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Dallas Retail Roundup: Magic Hour Closes, Farrow & Ball Opens a Showroom, and More

The North Texas store openings and closings, pop-up shops, and sales you need to know this week.

Magic Hour Will Soon Shut Its Doors in Bishop Arts

Molly Mathias

We at D Magazine are longtime fans of Magic Hour, a curated boutique filled with apothecary products, home goods, and accessories from around the world. In its three years of business, the shop has made myriad appearances in our holiday gift guides. Its success also led to a spin-off concept shop, Go Easy, which stocks women’s wellness finds like CDB tinctures and small-batch skincare products. Regardless, like most small business owners, Molly Mathias struggled to keep her stores afloat during the pandemic. At the end of August, Mathias will close the doors of Magic Hour’s flagship location. Luckily for fans of the eclectic shop, Magic Hour isn’t shuttering forever, just transitioning to an online-only model. “We are thankful for our time in Oak Cliff and the community that has supported us and the artists we have brought to Dallas,” says Mathias. “Living in a global pandemic has been hard for us, like so many other small businesses. We made this decision so we can focus on our personal lives and have more time [to spend on] Go Easy. This isn’t a goodbye forever, just a goodbye for now!” Stop into Magic Hour at 250 North Bishop Avenue while you still can–the official closing date in August is yet to be announced.

Lele Sadoughi Launches a Collaboration with Barbie

On Thursday, accessories maven Lele Sadoughi will launch a capsule collection designed in collaboration with a timeless toy brand. Malibu Barbie, one of Barbie‘s most iconic iterations, turns 50 this year. Her coastal aesthetic is infused in Sadoughi’s designs, from aquamarine velvet to blue crystals. The 12-piece collection includes knotted headbands, earrings, bucket hats, and sunglasses, available in both adult and kids sizing. To shop the launch in person at a kid-friendly event, head to the Lele Sadoughi storefront in Highland Park Village this Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Market by Macy’s Is Closing Its Southlake Location

In early 2020, retail giant Macy’s was struggling to stay afloat and was forced to close dozens of its storefronts. In an effort to reinvent itself, the brand pivoted from traditional retail and conceptualized a more hyperlocal and high-end shopping experience. Market by Macy’s was the first iteration of this concept; the original store opened in Southlake just before the pandemic hit. In addition to its ever-changing sales floor that favored Texas brands and makers, the Southlake storefront was home to a plant bar, a café, and an event space for programmings like fitness classes and book signings. The concept had the makings of a success, but social distancing took hold before the shop could find its footing as a gathering place for locals. In mid-July, the store closed to the public and Macy’s announced that the concept would be given a refresh and would reopen in the fall. The Dallas Morning News reported that the renovations are intended to “create a brighter and more open shopping environment… to showcase the best of Macy’s fashion.” Stay tuned for more details.

Farrow & Ball Opens a Showroom in the Design District

Farrow & Ball, an upscale paint company with a passionate fanbase (so passionate, in fact, that it was once parodied on SNL), has opened its first showroom in North Texas. PaperCity reports that the retail space on Oak Lawn is nearly 6,000 square feet and brimming with colorful options, like 132 deeply saturated paint shades and an extensive wallpaper selection. The 75-year-old British brand is known for its eco-friendly approach–the wallpaper, for example, is sourced sustainably and is fully recyclable–as well as its unconventional color names, like Mole’s Breath and Arsenic. For now, the showroom is open to members of the design community. Come September, the public can browse, too. Visit farrow-ball.com to learn more.

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