Bishop Arts Dallas is one of my favorite destinations for interesting and unique shopping. With several great choices for dining, it’s a must-visit “shop local gem” for anyone visiting Dallas!
Bishop Arts Dallas: A Brief History
Self-proclaimed as Dallas’ most Independent Neighborhood, this North Oak Cliff area is a neighborhood dating back to the 1930’s. It was once the site of Dallas’ busiest trolly stop. Sadly, the trolly no longer rumbles through the streets. But the over 60 independently owned shop and restaurant owners are committed to maintaining the original charm of this neighborhood, which for Dallas, is becoming harder and harder to do! Truly, Bishop Arts Dallas is a “shop local gem”!
Called the “Bishop Arts District” due to the concentration of artists in the 1970’s who established studios and work shops in the area, today the neighborhood welcomes visitors from all over the world. There’s hosted events in the area every month. You can check out activities ranging from concerts to wine walks by clicking here.
Shopping…Something for Everyone!
For those of you who like to shop, there’s equal opportunity for men and women along Bishop St., including Indigo 1745, Epiphany Men’s and Women’s, and several other fun and funky vintage shops along 7th St. On a recent visit, I was amazing by the development of apartments and condos going on in the area. This means that more retailers will be locating to the area, hopefully with more “shop local gem” opportunities.
Also, there’s a number of gift shops and “antique” shops for your shopping pleasure in the central Bishop Arts Dallas district, including Dirt, a flower and plant shop, Society, a scent and candle shop, and Opportunity Market, offering goods from around the world. Many other “shop local gem” opportunities can be found between 7th St. and Polk St. I love that many of the shops stay open late, so that you can shop either before or after dinner.
Bishop Arts Restaurants
If all that shopping makes you hungry, there’s many wonderful options! My personal favorites include Eno’s for pizza, Bolsa for creative farm-to-table dishes, and Lucia for mouth watering Italian. With all the redevelopment going on in the area, I predict more new restaurants popping up. There’s so many great places to eat, making it possible to come back to the Bishop Arts District and enjoy different dining experiences every time!
And, it’s impossible to visit this fun neighborhood without stopping by The Pie Emporium. Offering a mouth-watering selection of home made pies, the flavors are always in season, and on point! It’s rare that I don’t bring home a whole pie to share (or not) with my family.
In a city that is full of national retailers, it’s fun to find a place where almost every single shop and restaurant is locally owned! I always try to eat and shop local when I can, even if that means driving a little farther, or looking a little harder. Locally owned shops and restaurants give a neighborhood, and a city, character, in my opinion. And if we don’t support the local folks, they won’t make it. And then how is one city any different from another? Worth considering, don’t you think?
Bishop Arts Dallas: Art Scene
Last but not least, for those of you looking to partake in the arts scene, there are a number of galleries to enjoy, showcasing local, and even nationally recognized, artists. Many galleries rotate the artists they showcase, and I always enjoy seeing what local and contemporary artists are creating.
Whether you live in Dallas, or are simply visiting, The Bishop Arts District is a “shop local gem” worth visiting frequently! Call me when you plan to go…and I’ll split a piece of pie with you!
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