The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Shopping the SMU Neighborhood

The SMU neighborhood sits smack-dab in the center of some of Dallas' best shopping areas, but not many are as charming as Snider Plaza, a three-block shopping strip that has been serving area locals for nearly a century.

Here is where you'll find a slew of upscale boutiques peddling designer duds and fashion finds for prices not as high as you would think. In fact, you may be surprised at some of the shopping deals the area offers.  

Studio Sebastion is not only one of the best places in town for high-end apparel, accessories and shoes, it's also the place to score big time when there's a sale. At Luxury Garage Sale you will find both new and gently used designer threads, many priced at 50% or more off retail. An impressive array of moderately priced fashions can also be found at Cotton Island.    

The Gemma Collection houses an eye-catching collection of contemporary jewelry, most of which can be had for under $200. And if you're looking for one-of-a-kind apparel and jewelry, be sure to check out Allie-Coosh.

For mini fashionistas, there's BabyBliss, a one-stop-shop for the latest and greatest in kids apparel, baby gifts and mommy must-haves.

If you feel like refueling with a sweet treat or want to pick up a gift for your favorite foodie, make a beeline to Creme de la Cookie. If after refueling you feel the urge to get in some extra exercise, head over to Bicycles Plus where you'll find a fleet of cool bikes for rent and for sale.

The options in this neighborhood are endless for retail fun, so be sure to put these 10Best stops are on your shopping itinerary.

Luke's Locker
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For over thirty-five years Luke's Locker has been an essential stop for both hardened fitness fanatics and anyone looking to go the distance with the right workout gear. The shop offers a full range of clothing, accessories and footwear-- from...  Read More



When locals want a treat, they head to this sweet boutique to scoop up Toni Rivard's OMG chocolate chip cookies (Forbes Traveler declared them one of the nation's best). And not only will you find a wide selection of cookies, Rivard also whips...  Read More

Bicycles Plus
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With a stockist of high-end road, mountain and cyclocross bikes from manufacturers such as Trek, Cannondale and BMC, Bicycles Plus is a dream shop for the serious cyclist. But the store isn't only for die-hard cycling enthusiasts, it offers...  Read More

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Looking for the latest-and-greatest baby gifts and mommy must-haves? That would be found at BabyBliss, which caters to chic moms and their trendy little ones who want nothing less than the best. Owner Carrie Barnard has an instinct for what...  Read More

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For over twenty years, this welcoming boutique has been catering to style conscious women in search of sophisticated, flattering fashion. With an emphasis on timeless elegance, the store showcases proprietor and designer Paulette Martsolf's own...  Read More

Gemma Collection
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Lovers of costume jewelry will find an eye-popping collection of delightfully inexpensive trinkets and baubles at this gem of a boutique. Owner Adriane Sack has a magpie's eye for good design, which makes for wonderful browsing through the...  Read More

Blues Jean Bar
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Not only does this pub-style jean emporium serve up men's and women's designer denim in a variety of washes and treatments, but it also employs a crew of dedicated denim specialists 'jeantenders' to help identify your size and style preferences....  Read More

Luxury Garage Sale
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When it comes to finding designer duds for a deal, Dallas' fashion-savvy ladies hit Luxury Garage Sale, a Chicago-based consignment boutique filled with a treasure trove of new, gently used and vintage clothing and accessories. The bountiful...  Read More

Cotton Island
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For over three decades this womenswear boutique has been furnishing stylish locals and SMU coeds with flattering threads at purse-friendly prices. Head here for trendy items like colorful tees, linen tunics, faux shearling vests, flare jeans and...  Read More

Studio Sebastian
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Studio Sebastian has long been a favorite of style-conscious locals when it comes to getting the ultimate fashion fix of apparel, accessories and shoes. The swank 3,000 square foot boutique stays well-stocked with a glittering collective of new...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

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