USA Today 10 Best List | March 2015
By Ilene Jacobs
Dallas Local Expert
The Dallas Design District has come from being known as a hub of design showrooms, open only to industry insiders— to a budding urban oasis boasting galleries, restaurants and some seriously fabulous shopping open to all.
Start your shopping pilgrimage along Dragon Street—to visit some of the District's most alluring retail gems.
At Gallerie Noir, modern furnishings and standout art are right at home alongside vintage artifacts. Cowboy chic and Southwestern decor are all the rage at Anteks Home Furnishings.
Be sure to drop in at Ceylon et Cie —where a labyrinth of striking vignettes reveal worldly treasures. More breathtaking discoveries from faraway lands can be found at Art of India.
The Design District also has a stylish side and it all started with the opening of Edo Popken, an upscale boutique selling a stellar line of menswear and accessories. Fashionistas will want to tuck into Chantilly— for trendy lady's apparel at surprisingly low prices. Then head over to Manufacturing Street to check out the jaw-dropping collection of cast pewter jewelry at F is for Frank.
Scott + Cooner, on Hi Line Drive, is the place to go for contemporary furnishings and decorative elements by top-notch European designers. Seminal mid-century and art deco gems can be found over on Riverfront Boulevard at Antiques Modern.
And amazingly priced, exceptional gems of the liquid kind can be had at the Wine Poste.
#3- Gallerie Noir
World-class art and vintage artifacts blend together with contemporary furnishings in this 6,200-square-foot showroom-cum-gallery. Owner and interior designer Melissa Enriquez keeps the space constantly evolving with exceptional gems. Think vintage African tables and masks; mid-century inspired chandeliers;one-of-a-kind Moroccan rugs, and arm chairs covered in zebra hides. As well, you'll find an eclectic selection of art, including large-scale installations, sculpture and paintings. If you have an unlimited budget, you can score a Salvador Dali lithograph for $11,000 and a Didier Legros kinetic sculpture for $220K. But don't fret if your purse strings can't stretch that far, Enriquez offers an array of cool accessories, like Jean-Michel Basquiat's decorated candles and Billy Cotton glassware for less than $100. (214-760-9536)