The Bishop Arts District: A Shopper's Paradise for One-of-a-Kind Treasures

When it comes to getting a little retail therapy, the Bishop Arts District delivers a gratifying and enjoyable shopping experience. Here you'll find an eclectic mix of boutiques, galleries and shops, alongside a myriad of cafes and eateries.

Thinking about decking out your man cave?  Then you'll want to check out DFW M'Antiques, a one-stop shopping spot for antiques and collectibles specifically geared for guys.

Want to take your wardrobe to the next level? Swing over to the House of MacGregor– where you'll find Cassie MacGregor crafting one-of-a-kind head toppers. Speaking of wardrobes, Indigo 1745 is the go-to destination for men and women's upscale fashions.

Looking for a unique gift? You can't go wrong with handcrafted candles from Society.  Or, for quirkier finds, be sure to check out Fete-ish.
When you're ready for a break, head over to The Wild Detectives and enjoy coffee or a glass of wine while you search through the curated collection of books and vinyl records for sale.

And finally, no visit to Bishop Arts is complete without a tasty stop at Dude, Sweet Chocolate for Katherine Clapner's phenomenal chocolate confections. 


The Wild Detectives
Photo courtesy of Kathy Tran

The Wild Detectives, named after an award-winning novel by Chilean author Roberto Bolano--is a place that's as much about being a community gathering spot as it is about books. Housed in a charming 1940's bungalow, the shop functions as a bookstore, a coffee shop and a bar all in one. Here, you will find vinyl records displayed on columns in the center and walls lined with a well-curated selection of titles by local and international writers. The atmosphere is so inviting that chances are you'll pop in for a quick browse and end up for a long stay. Along with hosting everything from literary events to film screenings and concerts, the shop is a perfect place to relax with a drink and chat with other passionate bookworms.

We Are 1976 - Bishop Ave
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Don't let the name throw you off, We Are 1976 isn't a shop filled with vintage 70's kitsch. It's actually Dallas' go-to source for affordable hip gifts, art and assorted design-inspired goods. Owners Vynsie, Jully and Derek Law have cleverly filled their shop with a cornucopia of goodies--ranging from graphic design prints, stationary and art objects to home decor,jewelry and collectible toys. The inventory is always changing, but expect to find items like eyewear frames by Masunaga, FunFam bamboo dining sets, Kaweco writing instruments and a variety of screen prints by local artist Brent Ozaeta. And if you want to perfect your craft skills, the shop offers workshops on everything from block printing to calligraphy.

Red Pegasus Comics
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Dallas is pretty well served for comic book stores, but Red Pegasus Comics has really raised the bar. Owners Gabriel Mendez and Kenneth Denson initially opened the shop as a pop-up in 2014– with the aim of making a friendly space for comic book geeks and newbies alike. Since then, it has become the go-to store for all the latest comic book titles from the likes of Marvel, DC Comics, Image, Boom, AfterShock, IDW and the like. Plus, they carry graphic novels, super hero figures, toys, trinkets and collectibles as well as host book clubs, artist meet-ups and writer signings. Oh, did we mention the monthly comic shop happy hours with free booze?

Indigo 1745
Photo courtesy of Nathan Paul Photography

Fashion savvy shoppers know this is the place to score great fitting designer jeans. But Indigo also boasts an outstanding selection of clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories-- many of which can be had for a steal. Owners Denise Manoy and her husband Keith have an impeccable eye for fashion and it shows in the store's evolving inventory of fabulous under-the-radar labels. Here, dapper gents can load up on items like Jet Lag shorts, Kasil jeans and George Roth shirts. While trendy ladies can snag everything from sexy cocktail numbers, maxis and tunics to baubles, bags and trinkets. Need help putting together an outfit? Not a problem. Denise and her style conscious helpers will put together a look especially tailored to fit your form and budget.

Photo courtesy of Pamela Jackson & Jeremi Headrick

Looking for a perfect gift for someone special? Check out the enticing array of candles at Pamela Jackson and Jeremi V. Headrick's chic pocket-sized boutique. Here you'll find high quality soy candles in memorable scents like campfire, laundry day and cut grass. Along with artisan brands like Jeremiah Jo, Kobo and Pommes Frites, the shop makes its own signature line in six earthy blends, including an especially heavenly one with notes of patchouli, cocoa bean and flowers. Society also sells room scents from Antica Farmacista, as well as the vintage items that make up the charming decor. Even if you're not looking for candles, you should have no problem finding something wonderful to suit your fancy.

House of MacGregor
Photo courtesy of Elliott Munoz

Dallas' mad hatter, Cassie MacGregor, prides herself on creating one-of-a-kind head toppers out of her atelier in a renovated 1950's automobile garage. Her customized head pieces have even been featured in the pages of W, Vogue Italia and other regional magazines. MacGregor's customized collection of his & her chapeaus, range from vintage cloches and newsboys to Kentucky Derby fascinators and cocktail fedoras. You can purchase any hat in the shop and have it sized to fit, or you can have MacGregor create a headpiece to suit your own personal style.

Photo courtesy of Fete-ish

This emporium of all things weird and wonderful is jam packed with most anything you could think of for gifting and decorating. From candles, ceramics and paintings to kids toys, gadgets and barware, it's all here. And so are plenty of random trinkets you desperately want but probably don't need. How about a nifty barbecue grill inside of a briefcase? Or maybe a flask tie for those who want to indulge on the go? When it comes to holidays, Fete-ish goes all out, stocking the shop with everything imaginable to create a celebratory vibe. Speaking of celebrating, time your visit for a Friday night and you'll be treated to a tantalizing adult concoction.

Bishop Street Market
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There's a reason why this Bishop Arts District store has been the go-to gift-buying destination for over two decades. It stocks an eclectic range of everything from one-of-a-kind greeting cards to bath products, candles, handmade jewelry, local art and private label clothing. Even if you're just window shopping, it's worthwhile to step in and take a browse. Though, you're likely not to leave empty handed. If you can't find what you're after here, then wander over to sibling stores; Home on Bishop and Bishop Ranch, for more on-trend fashions and jewelry as well as Hill Country chic home décor.

DFW M'Antiques
Photo courtesy of DFW M'Antiques Facebook

Forget about fine china and granny cast-offs, the owners of this grown-up boys' paradise peddle a manly miscellany of antiques and collectibles specifically geared for guys. A veritable a one-stop shopping for your man cave (think: American Pickers), the store offers a mishmash of items that range from furniture to action figures to pinball machines, pin-up art, taxidermy and even vintage duds. There's just about everything here that any discerning dude would want and probably more that he doesn't really need. How about how about a knight in shining armor? Or maybe a table retrofitted with a vintage oxygen tank from a military bomber? Speaking of military paraphernalia, there's a room full of it�fatigues, hats, WWII flank jackets, soldier uniforms�and more. Bonus: They offer free beer while you shop.

Dude, Sweet Chocolate
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Dude, Sweet Chocolate's founder and chocolatier, Katherine Clapner, has an extraordinary knack for fusing sweet and savory ingredients into her one-of-a-kind chocolate confections. Some of the shop's most intriguing and delicious treats include items like buttery toffee with porcini mushroom powder and creamy dark chocolate fudge with dehydrated blue cheese. Other goodies range from flower scented truffles and chocolate covered candied nuts to cocoa dusted marshmallows, cocoa infused olive oil and boozy chocolate potions. Sample some of the choices over a cup of hot cocoa or get a little of everything in an exquisitely boxed-up gift pack.


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As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene