As the name implies, Art is Art is all about providing a platform for independent, local artists to showcase their work, which covers everything from mixed media paintings to ceramics, handcrafted jewelry and stained glass installations. But there's much more than art on exhibition here. This two-story consignment emporium also offers a cornucopia of goodies for mid-century modern and vintage shoppers. Expect to find a terrific selection of furnishings such as chairs, cabinets, lamps and mosaic tables. The shop also carries a nice collection of decorative items; think crystal vases, vintage dinnerware, pillows and even candles. Even more spectacular are the ridiculously low prices which start off as low as $8.
Recommended for Knox-Henderson's Best Shopping because: Art is Art is one of the best places in Dallas to find an abundance of artisan goods for ultra-reasonable prices.
Ilene's expert tip: Be sure to check the website and Facebook for mark-downs and sidewalk sales.
Whether you're a kid or an adult, it's hard to walk into this whimsical little toy shop and not be dazzled by its seemingly limitless array of playthings. From robots, dinosaurs and puppets to kites, games, trucks and even toy drones, every inch of its 3,700 sq. ft. space is packed with eye-catching goodies at every turn. As well, Froggie's is a veritable treasure trove of playthings from the past. There are tin toys, action figures, old-fashioned lunchboxes, Slinkys, yo-yos and even retro candy. You'll also find a stockpile of gag gifts: farting calendars anyone? And it's the best stocking stuffer destination in the city.
Recommended for Knox-Henderson's Best Shopping because: Froggie's is without a doubt the best toy shop in Dallas.
Ilene's expert tip: Froggie's often runs sales and offers coupons on its Facebook page as well as on Groupon and Living Social.
This cheery Henderson Avenue stalwart is your first port-of-call when it comes to all things Mexican, and for that matter--just about anything you can think of that hails from Central and South America. You'll find a terrific selection of apparel-- such as embroidered dresses and blouses, gauze skirts, and colorful ponchos, as well as a nice stash of belts, scarves, headbands and jewelry too. But there's much more than wearable items on offer. La Mariposa stocks everything from hand woven Guatemalan textiles to fiesta decorations, Talavera pottery and a full range of Day of the Dead products.
Recommended for Knox-Henderson's Best Shopping because: La Mariposa offers one of the largest selections of Mexican imports in the country.
Ilene's expert tip: Sign up on the website to receive emails about exclusive sales.
This Austin based men's lifestyle emporium is the ideal place to cultivate that casual, not-trying-too-hard look with a well edited selection of classic apparel and accessories that never go out of style. The store is constantly reworked and stocked up with gem after gem from brands including Ralph Lauren RRL, Save Khaki, Oliver Peoples, Seavees and Billykirk. From raw and washed denim to leather jackets to oxford shirts to lace-up work boots, you'll find it all and much more. Fashioning itself as a modern day general store for every man, Stag also peddles everything from grooming essentials to vintage furniture pieces, art, books, classic vinyl albums and even taxidermy, making it a one-stop destination for all that is masculine and cool.
Recommended for Knox-Henderson's Best Shopping because: Stag is a one-stop-shopping destination for timeless men's sportswear and unique gifts.
Ilene's expert tip: Follow Stag's Facebook page to get in on sales and store events.
Whether it's straight from someone's private collection or right off the runway, there are enough designer and vintage goodies in this shop to send any discerning fashionista into sensory overload. Picture everything from Victorian corsets and 1950s petal dresses to gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories by the likes of Pucci, Chanel and Dior. Planning a wedding? The store houses an impressive collection of hand-picked vintage wedding dresses. There's also choice retro garb for the guys as well, including suits, formal wear and accessories. And if you're on the search for rare vintage apparel, owners Ken Weber and Greg Kelly are the guys you'll want to see-- they've provided historically accurate clothing for exhibits, movies and TV, including AMC's hit show Mad Men.
Recommended for Knox-Henderson's Best Shopping because: Vintage Martini offers the largest collection of designer and vintage apparel in the Southwest.
Ilene's expert tip: Vintage Martini's items are already heavily discounted, however, you can score even better deals when you shop the store's graveyard section.
Think it's impossible to put together a trendy wardrobe without maxing out your credit cards? Then you'll be in for a surprise once you step into this delightful boutique. Founder and buyer Brittany York has filled her cozy shop with all of the cool essentials to complete an entire outfit-- from show-stopping dresses to blouses, pants, outerwear and statement accessories. And best of all, most everything in the shop is priced under $100. Recent hits include animal print rompers for $46, plaid jackets for $88 and faux leather vests for $52. And be sure to check out the sale shrine in the back of the store where even more budget-friendly gems await.
Recommended for Knox-Henderson's Best Shopping because: Milk and Honey is the best place to find edgy fashions at purse-friendly prices.
Ilene's expert tip: Bargain seekers should follow Milk and Honey's website and on Instagram for special sales and new arrivals.
With its dazzling collection of Boho-style apparel, hand-crafted jewelry and offbeat home accessories, it's almost impossible to stop into the Gypsy Wagon and walk out empty handed. Spark up your wardrobe with items like fringe vests by Tart, indie feather tops from Johnny Was, sequin jackets by Greylin, and wedge boots by Matisse. Speaking of boots, here's where you'll find those embroidered cowboy boots you've probably been dreaming about-- and just about everything else that screams western chic. You can also liven up your digs with artsy glassware, crocheted pillows, kilim rugs, and even a retro surfboard. Looking for a gift? Then this is definitely the place to go. Not only does the shop carry everything from candles to T-shirts to stationery and quirky knick-knacks, many items can be had without burning a hole in your wallet.
Recommended for Knox-Henderson's Best Shopping because: The Gypsy Wagon has something from everyone, including a terrific selection of boho-chic apparel and unique gifts.
Ilene's expert tip: The Gypsy Wagon has frequent sales on its goodies. Stay in-the-know by following the store on social media.
One of Dallas' favorite retail haunts, Nest is the ultimate browsing ground for cool interiors, unusual decorative pieces and terrific gift finds. Within its handsome 3,000 square foot digs, home decorating hunters can find virtually everything needed to take their "nest" from drab to fab. Think Kartell's ghost chairs by Philippe Starck, Missoni pillows, African tribal masks, Tibetan lamb's wool poufs and Murano chandeliers. A beautifully curated selection of jewelry, candles, bath accessories, cocktail table books and designer stationery are further draws. Whether you're shopping for yourself or on the hunt for a perfect gift-- you're almost certain to find something here to satisfy your style and budget.
Recommended for Knox-Henderson's Best Shopping because: Nest is the best place to find unique gifts and inspiring accent pieces for the home.
Ilene's expert tip: Join the Member's Lounge on Nest's website to receive discounts and other exciting perks.
When only the best will do-- hit Grange Hall, an eccentric florist shop and boutique boasting a show-stopping interior stocked with extraordinary treasures, many of which border on the bizarre. The shop, which its owners describe as Tim Burton goes to Versailles-- boasts men's and women's accessories, jewelry, apothecary items and home décor. Expect to find exquisitely obscure oddities that range from diamond-encrusted snake bracelets to antler tables, crystal embellished skulls and headless Aztec warrior statues. Of course, all this opulence doesn't come cheaply. But even if you can't afford to buy anything, window shopping doesn't get much more fun than this, so don't let that put you off a visit. Equally enticing is an adjacent café where you can settle in with a caviar topped sandwich and a cup of Mariage Fréres tea.
Recommended for Knox-Henderson's Best Shopping because: Grange Hall is the best place for eccentric finds and unique gifts.
Ilene's expert tip: Follow Grange Hall on Instagram for new arrivals and occasional store-wide sales.
Retail therapy doesn't get much better than at this stunning 8,000 square foot luxury boutique--where you'll find posh threads for men and women from the likes of Stella McCartney, Proenza, Mark Jacobs and Thom Browne. The store also carries a phenomenal collection of handbags, shoes and jewelry, as well as unique decorative items for the home. Everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Oprah and Laura Bush shop here-- so as you might expect, prices tend to run on the steeper side. Though, even if your budget can't stretch far enough to squeeze in a little Victoria Beckham number, you can still walk away with a one-of-a-kind trinket or a few candles without breaking the bank. And if all else fails, head to the back of the store where you can enjoy a tasty and reasonably affordable lunch in the uber chic T Room café.
Recommended for Knox-Henderson's Best Shopping because: Fort Five Ten has garnered an international reputation as being one of the top luxury boutiques in the country.
Ilene's expert tip: Forty Five Ten on Twitter to find out about secret sales and new arrivals.