Everything’s coming up roses for Shane Walker and Flower Reign. The florist — almost as well known for his Cher obsession as for his flamboyant floral creations, including bonnets that can be seen from satellites — was the favorite flower designer of our readers. But there’s more to a great floral shop than gathering rosebuds while ye may; Flower Reign has the aura of a full-on boutique, with elaborate tablescapes, soaps and lotions, tchotchkes, candles and, on the right day, I think even a partridge in a pear tree. Don’t put anything by these folks — they know how to make a room pop.
3904 Cedar Springs Road
Mondays–Fridays, 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
BEST ADULT NOVELTIES
1720 W. Mockingbird Lane (and additional locations).
BEST IMPORT AUTO DEALERSHIP
Toyota of Irving
1999 W. Airport Freeway, Irving.
Sales open Mondays–Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.; Service center open
Mondays–Fridays at 7 a.m., Saturdays at 7:30 a.m.
BEST DOMESTIC AUTO DEALERSHIP
Love Field Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram
2800 W. Mockingbird Lane.
Sales open Mondays–Saturdays, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Service center open
Mondays–Fridays, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. (Saturdays until 3 p.m.)
BEST FURNITURE (TIE)
Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams
4519 McKinney Ave. (and additional locations).
Jones Walker Home
1531 Dragon St.
As any Dallas gay knows, fashion doesn’t stop at the neck. Your face — and especially your eyes — are probably the first thing people see when they meet you, and what you adorn your mug with can make a strong impression. That’s something Morgan Gianni at Fashion Optical understands, and why he offers a stellar selection of designer brands — among them, his own M.Gianni Collection of shades that give you style even when you’re lounging poolside with little else on. It’s one reason why Fashion Optical’s motto is “The Art of Eye Wear.”
3430 Oak Lawn Ave.
Open Mondays–Fridays at 9 a.m., Saturdays at
10 a.m., Sundays at noon.
BEST GARDEN SUPPLY/NURSERY
5060 W. Lovers Lane.
BEST LIQUOR AND WINE SELECTION
Goody Goody Liquor
3316 Oak Lawn Ave. (and additional locations).
Mondays–Saturdays at 10 a.m.
BEST GROCERY STORE
4142 Cedar Springs Road (and additional locations).
Open daily at 6 a.m.
Lula B’s Antique Mall
1010 N Riverfront Blvd..
214-749-1929. Find them on Facebook.
BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING/THRIFT STORE
Out of the Closet
3920 Cedar Springs Road.
BEST GAY APPAREL
4001 Cedar Springs Road, Ste. C.
Open daily at 10 a.m. (noon Sunday).
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 11, 2016.