This weekend Bear and I finally had a few days with nothing scheduled so we took advantage of the long weekend and did some perusing around the neighborhood in Bishop Arts District. I knew there were a few new shops that had opened recently, so I was excited to see what they would have. I couldn’t have been more pleased with what I found!
Since nobody should have to wait for dessert, we decided to make our first stop the (very) newly opened Emporium Pies. We really didn’t plan on actually eating, just wanted to see what it was all about, but one look at their pie case and we couldn’t help ourselves. We got a slice of the Mellow Yellow, a light lemon chiffon pie, and a couple of iced teas and kids, I was in heaven. And looking at everything else they had, I can’t imagine there is a bad pie among them. You must go check this place out. Who doesn’t love pie!
Next we wandered across the street to We Are 1976’s new Bishop Arts store front. The store’s original location is still open and bustling on Henderson, but I am so excited for this new location. There are plenty of prints (we bought that awesome Texas print for the house!) and paper goods and lovely jewelry by local artists, but this new space also comes complete with several printing presses and space for workshops. Talking with one of the owners, he said they plan on eventually letting people who have taken the workshops possibly renting out time on some of the smaller presses! My mind immediately started filling with possibilities. I can’t wait to check out their workshop schedule when they get it set.
As we wandered on down the block, I was surprised to realize that what I thought was a children’s shop (it did indeed used to be a children’s shop) had now morphed into a furniture/design/arts and curiosities shop called Neighborhood. It is filled with everything I would want my home to be. I mean, there wasn’t one single thing in there that I wouldn’t put in my house. And the most amazing thing is it is all at an attainable price point. Talking with John Paul Hossley, who owns the shop with his wife, and Shannon Dwyer, resident interior designer, their vision is to offer great, stylish furnishings for people like you and me, that we can actually afford. Bear has been on the hunt for a new sofa and I can definitely see us coming back here to find one. They also have some great art from local artists. We picked up this awesome “Aim for my Heart” piece by artist Pinky Diablo and I can’t wait to find the perfect spot for it.
I just have to say that every time I am down around Bishop Arts District I am so inspired by the people who are doing such wonderful work. It is a little pocket of Dallas that truly fosters creativity and community. There’s no better place in the city…and we’ve got a lot of great places.Shop photos of We Are 1976 and Neighborhood from their websites.