A Whole World to Explore

family exiting streetcar

                                               Photo by Kevin Hann

A trip to the Bishop Arts District is the perfect way to pass an evening or weekend afternoon – and it just got a lot more convenient with the opening of the Dallas Streetcar extension on Aug. 29.

The area has become popular for good reason: it’s one of the best collections of unique boutiques, bistros and shops in Texas. It’s not exactly a secret, as the bustling sidewalks (and parking hassles) attest. Not only does the streetcar provide the most convenient access to Bishop Arts, it’s also a fitting addition to the urban environment. After all, the neighborhood originally sprung up around the streetcar lines of the early 20th century.

Grab a good meal and spend a few hours sampling offerings at the many shops. Here’s a handy guide to the bohemian neighborhood’s offerings. Remember, these DARTable Gems are only a few suggestions. Hop on the streetcar and spend a day exploring.

Artisans Collective. This collection of accessible, affordable fine art and jewelry exclusively stocks the work of local artists – about 150 of them. Eclecticism and an inviting, warm environment are this gallery’s hallmarks.

DFW M’Antiques: The city’s biggest man cave – or maybe garage sale – can be found at this trove of vintage antiques and kitschy collectibles. No two items are exactly alike.
Emporium Pies: End your excursion on a sweet note at this bakery inside a quaint 1930s Victorian bungalow. The pies contain no preservatives, dyes or corn syrup. They do contain fresh and delicious hand-crafted fillings that make for some memorable creations: Cloud Nine, Cherry Bomb, Smooth Operator and Drunken Nut, to name a few.

The Wild Detectives: This funky bookstore-in-a-bungalow does more than sell books: it’s a coffeehouse, beer hall and mecca for literary-minded folks. The small selection of titles ranges from bestsellers to poetry; it’s the perfect place to curl up with a good read and a cup of coffee or a local brew.

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