Whether it’s the place you call home or your Saturday night destination, Dallas’ trendy West Village is the place to be. The neighborhood is easily accessible by public transportation and is the perfect place to get lost exploring on a Saturday afternoon. The up and coming neighborhood’s collection of eclectic restaurants, bars and boutiques makes it easy to shop small and support the local economy. If you’re renting in West Village, Dallas, you don’t want to miss out on these local businesses.
Where to Shop
Finding places to shop in West Village is far from difficult. Some you can find at your any standard shopping mall (think Gap, Banana Republic and J. Crew); others are indigenous local businesses in West Village that are unique to the area, like Y&i Clothing Boutique. Founded by two best friends, this West Village hidden gem sells wearable, budget-friendly pieces you can wear to work, on the weekend or on a night out with friends. Similarly, the Nicole Kwon Concept Store is a men’s and women’s boutique stocked with pieces from cutting edge, progressive designers from around the world, mirroring the neighborhood’s eclectic vibe. The store also carries owner Nicole Kwon’s line, NKWON, which launched in 2010. For home decor, check out Dulce Interior Consignment Showplace. It’s part consignment showplace, part art gallery, and sells one of a kind furniture, rugs, lighting and other accessories, like pillows, vases and artwork, in an unpretentious environment.
Where to Eat
Why not break out of your comfort zone and try something new? Public School 214 is a chef-driven gastropub with a schoolroom theme that aims to “educate” customers in the art of food and beer. The menu changes seasonally and features fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Try the Colorado lamb burger, their famous bacon cheddar tots or the crispy ahi tuna tacos. They also have Recess (their version of Happy Hour) Monday through Friday. For something totally different, try Malai Kitchen, a new Thai and Vietnamese restaurant committed to using high-quality ingredients and making dishes from scratch, like spring rolls, curry and drunken noodles. Their bar and cocktail menu is equally unique and the perfect complement to your authentic, delicious meal.
Where to Go
For drinks, head to Cork Wine Bar, the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine or craft beer with good company. They also offer different cheeses, dips and desserts that pair with your drink of choice. Their knowledgeable staff can provide samples, offer recommendations and answer any questions you might have. The wine bar offers 48 different wine options that change monthly and their retail area sells more than 350 different types of wine.
The Magnolia Bar & Theatre marries film with cocktails and snacks: a cinephile’s heaven. The five-screen, upscale theatre shows anything from the latest Oscar winning films, to indie flicks, to classics like “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The Magnolia regularly features screenings from local filmmakers and hosts events and panel discussions with members of the local Dallas film community and other movers and shakers within the world of film.
Challenge yourself to go local. Spend an afternoon wandering around the West Village and discover new, unique shops and restaurants while supporting small businesses and the local economy.