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It was 1974. Jim Atkinson and Wick Allison had recently graduated from the University of Texas and were inspired to communicate with Dallas via an independent city magazine. They worked late into the evening as Allison attended graduate school, developing story ideas and reaching out to local businesspeople for financial backing. After they connected with Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus fame, the retailer recommended D magazine to his 200,000 cardholders. Demand shot up instantly, and they hadn't even printed the first issue. As the candid editorial content and assertive tone of D magazine gained attention, it also attracted heavy criticism. Atkinson and Allison relied on honest journalistic methods to inspire and provoke their readers. And though the editorial team's commitment to addressing controversial issues soon drove away less-than-stalwart sponsors, the magazine continued to gain support from its readers. After relocating to New York and founding Art & Antiques—the world's largest circulated art and antiques magazine thanks to its subscriber base and the 72-point font text used in every article—Allison returned to D Magazine in 1995 to continue delving into the rich culture of Dallas and Fort Worth.

750 N Saint Paul St
Dallas,
TX
US

We are located in the heart of Dallas doing business for the past 9 years. Ours is a small family owned business. We carry a wide range of Kids Ride on Toys and Cars with remote control, Atv's, Dirt Bikes, Go-Kart & Street Legal Scooters/Mopeds.

11058 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas,
TX
US

Master stylist, educator, and platform artist Nina Grossman traveled the country before settling in Texas. Over the course of 16 years, she honed her skills from Alaska to New York, landing in Austin in 2007 to open Luxe A Boutique Salon. Throughout her career, Grossman has mentored up-and-coming beauty pros on the art of hair design as well as the importance of listening to clients' needs and reinterpretations of show-tune classics. She's gathered a team of master stylists and color specialists, makeup artists, and aestheticians to perform services that range from haircuts and highlights to peels and threading.

Her salon's exposed-brick walls and leather chairs lend it sophistication, and damask-like patterns juxtaposed with animal prints nod to both vintage and contemporary sensibilities. In a private, chocolate-toned skincare room, associates perform fragrant facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products, soothing complexions in the way the floral artwork soothes the mind. Afterward, women can shop for apparel and accessories in the boutique area or head to the outdoor patio to relax before reemerging into the world.

6601 Snider Plz
Dallas,
TX
US

CityCraft

CityCraft’s enthusiasm for burgeoning trends shatters preconceived notions about sewing. Instead of bland, monotone fabrics, the shop plays host to an array of modern textiles in trendy colors, patterns, and textures. Robot prints, blinding neons, vintage bicycles, myriad moustaches on an eggshell backdrop—these are just some of the whimsical designs a visitor might find on its shelves on any given trip. And because no sewer likes style without substance, many prints appear on 100% cotton, organic cloth, imported Japanese fabrics, or other contemporary materials. For those who need help talking pin to pattern, diverse sewing classes teach students how to start stitching or further their existing skills. In addition to learning their way around the sewing machine, each student also leaves with a new accessory made in-class, whether it be a mini messenger bag, a pair of pajama pants, or a merely decorative parachute.

5460 W Lovers Ln
Dallas,
TX
US

While most air-and-space museums house aircraft retired after extensive service, the centerpiece of the collection at the Frontiers of Flight Museum has a flight record that’s hard to match: 163 consecutive orbits around Earth. Between October 11 and 22, 1968, the Apollo 7 command module rocketed around the globe at 17,280 miles per hour, chalking up a healthy number of orbits before splashing into the Atlantic and, eventually, coming to its current residence on the museum floor. Displayed with its hatch open for visitors to peep inside at its instrument-covered panels, the module sits alongside thousands of artifacts from the various golden ages of aeronautic exploration, including salvage from the infamous Hindenburg airship and more than 30 vintage aircraft. The family-friendly museum welcomes younger visitors with the Children’s Discovery Area and a "living history" series featuring aviation icons such as Amelia Earhart and Orville Wright.

6911 Lemmon Avenue
Dallas,
TX
US

After more than 35 years, the walls at Paperbacks Plus in Mesquite couldn't cope with all the books. So the owners expanded into the city proper, setting up two new shops under the name Lucky Dog Books. Shelf after shelf of volumes greets the eye at each location; alongside the paperbacks and hardbacks sit myriad other forms of media, from used CDs and DVDs to LPs, magazines, and comic books young and old. Chairs dot the landscape at all three bookstores, inviting customers to flop down and flip through the pages of a novel or pretend to read a comic book that conceals a history textbook. In addition to selling its wares, Lucky Dog Books also offers cash or store credit for used items and takes its services on the road with a Books at Home program.

633 W Davis St
Dallas,
TX
US