Owner Henderson Poleon handcrafts more than 24 flavors of frozen-custard ice cream at K's Frozen Island, garnishing them with toppings and mix-ins such as pineapple, Butterfinger, and caramel fudge. Italian ice, shaved ice, and a smattering of shakes and floats round out the creamery's dairy dishes. Gourmet grilled hoagies come straight off the kitchen's iron waffle-cone maker to remedy clinical cases of brain freeze. Build-your-own sandwiches sandwich the shop's selection of breads, proteins, cheeses, and veggies.
Pirate Coffee Company roasts specialized coffee blends in house and serves them alongside delectable café treats. Every day, caffeinated captains roast beans the classic way, sending flavorful nodules through a gas-heated drum roaster while moving in a counter-clockwise rain dance. Start with a 16-ounce cup of the house blend coffee ($1.75), and use subsequently perked-up senses to peruse the firmer food modules. Banish hunger with The Jolly Roger, a potato-bread sandwich of turkey, bacon, and avocado known to strike hunger into sailors when flown aloft from a ship's mast ($4.75). Alternately, quiet a power-tripping tooth’s sucrose song with a blueberry muffin, cinnamon roll, or cookie fresh from the bakery.
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.
Through the co-op, members pick up 15 or 30 pounds of organic fruits and veggies every other week at one of Urban Acre's 12 locations around Dallas-Fort Worth. Steven also sells locally grown grub to members and nonmembers alike at his Oak Cliff store, 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.
Since 1954, Ray's Pharmacy has provided customers with prescription medicine, vaccinations, and trademark service at each location. Their team of expert pharmacists specializes in compounding, which is the practice of formulating customized medicines based on each client’s unique physiology. The full-service pharmacy not only fills prescriptions, but also provides free health information, a variety of immunizations, and home delivery for all medications.
Depending on the location, customers can stop by the gift store to pick up items such as scented candles, greeting cards, and Western–style apparel. An appointment-only gun department also outfits gun racks with high-quality shooters from makers such as Glock, Colt, and Smith & Wesson. Additionally, the Mansfield location houses a Suzy Q’s Soda Fountain & Grill, hearkening back to the days when customers could enjoy delicious soda and banana splits at their local drugstore and quarters still had Chester A. Arthur’s face on them.
Fitness retreats have come a long way since they days when they were the exclusive territory of high-powered celebrities and the old-guard elite. Now, thanks to the help of gurus like Don Miguel, these wellness-oriented escapes welcome a wider audience while retaining their air of exclusive luxury. Don Miguel whips visiting travelers and native Dallasites alike into shape with intimate boutique-style fitness retreats that focus on weight loss and full-body conditioning. Each day, Don Miguel's Fitness spices up group workouts with Zumba or belly-dancing classes, as well as morning and evening yoga sessions. Don also leads guided hikes through the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, a patch of densely forested land a few miles outside of downtown. When he’s not leading these treks or demonstrating an exercise, Don’s hard at work as the CEO of the Fit-for-Me Foundation, an organization that advocates youth fitness and wellness programs.
Participants jump-start weight-loss goals by following a four-day juice cleanse, which involves drinking plenty of fresh-pressed juices before and after each activity. In the evenings, they’ll retire to deluxe suites with a queen bed, free WiFi, and views of the city at the Belmont Hotel, where they can relax or work up a night sweat during optional dream workouts. On the day of your choice, a licensed massage therapist will be on hand to help improve circulation and alleviate muscle fatigue with a 30-minute massage.