Part-time personal chef Steven Bailey was growing tired of bland, industrially processed food. As detailed by D Magazine, Steven was determined to do something about his frustration, so he hit the road one weekend in his Volkswagen Rabbit and began scouring Texas farms and markets for fresher ingredients. The more organic, locally grown food he brought back, the more friends and neighbors started requesting some for themselves. The growing demand led Steven to start Urban Acres, where customers can track down organic produce, dairy, and grass-fed meats from local farmers and artisans who never use pesticides, hormones, artificial flavoring, or shoddy magnetic force fields.
As a customer of Urban Acres, customers pick large, medium, or small shares of organic fruits and veggies, as well as meat, coffee, and granola shares if desired. Urban Acres sells locally grown grub at its Oak Cliff Farmstead, which D Magazine says "brings a bit of country to the big city." There, visitors can find shelves and counters fashioned from reclaimed wood, a bee colony on the roof, and produce snuggled in boxes of hay. Urban Acres also offers hands-on educational opportunities to learn about small-scale urban farming.
Taking its very name from an old industry term for crafting clothing exactly to clients' specifications, C Bespoke conjures handsome custom suits, shirts, blouses, and skirts sewn to fit each buyer’s unique measurements. At each of its eight locations, skilled tailors with decades of collective experience help clients personalize each step of their new wardrobe, from the selection of the cloth to the stitching of old nicknames from summer camp onto the lapel. C Bespoke cultivates strong relationships with companies throughout England, Italy, South America, and the United States, drawing in luxurious fabrics from around the world from brands such as Ermenegildo Zagna, Loro Piana, and Thomas Fisher. Stylish gents fill out custom-made suits that compose dapper silhouettes, whereas women don pantsuits, skirts, and blouses that flatter frames. In addition to creating brand-new wearables from fine materials, the talented tailors alter coats, slacks, shirts, and overcoats from a range of top labels.
Since 1986, Floral Concepts has perked up occasions from weddings to graduations with their thoughtful arrangements of fresh blossoms. Colorful and familiar flowers—such as roses, carnations, and tulips—bloom from glass vases and wicker baskets alongside more exotic beauties, such as red ti leaves, green orchids, and seltzer-squirting boutonnieres. The floral artists create elegant arrangements for Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, and add extra surprises, such as chocolates or stuffed animals, to any arrangement for an additional fee. Aside from flowers, Floral Concepts also vends a thriving range of domestic and exotic green plants.
Anime Pop’s diverse inventory of Japanese-themed merchandise equips animation fans and collectors with products from manga and anime series, including a wide selection of apparel, action figures, and accessories. Upon escaping their boxed confines, Bandai’s Neon Genesis Evangelion trading figures ($12) reveal a holiday surprise with one of five characters outfitted in seasonal colors and armed with weapons molded from candy canes. A fiercely adorable Pokémon guards pint-size belongings inside a children’s backpack ($15), and puzzles ($45+) challenge jigsaw architects to assemble vibrantly detailed tabletop portraits. Alternatively, customers can adorn empty spaces with the epic scenes of a Final Fantasy 14 poster set ($30), which contains two posters large enough to cover walls or conceal portals to alternate dimensions.
The professional staff at Dallas Flooring Supply polishes domestic floorboards to a pulchritudinous shine. After sanding surfaces down to an even keel, specialists lovingly slather each strip of lumber with glimmering swipes of stain. Once the floor's thirst for rich tones and tinted solvent has been fully sated, technicians complete the refinishing process with skilled hands and sylvan hearts. Customers can view samples of past work online. Specialists advise floor owners or legal guardians to remove furniture from the treatment area before the time of service, or they may incur an additional charge of up to $150.