2011 Readers Voice Awards: Shop

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BEST DOMESTIC AUTO DEALERSHIP
Sewell Buick GMC

7474 Lemmon Ave. (and additional locations)
Open Monday–Saturday at 8 a.m.
888-572-5577
Sewell.com


BEST IMPORT AUTO DEALERSHIP
Park Place Motorcars

6113 Lemmon Ave. (and additional locations)
Sales open Monday–Friday at 8:30 a.m.,
Saturday at 9 a.m.; service center open Monday–Friday
at 7 a.m., Saturday at 9 a.m.
888-873-4597
Park.MercedesCenter.com

There’s no denying that Dallas is a car city, especially when it comes to luxury autos. A game of “Punch Buggy” on the Tollway might leave you with nary a bruise, but a game of “Punch Lexus” (“Punch Lexi?”) may result in a trip to the emergency room. So while preferences range from tricked-out domestic numbers to swanky imports, there are a couple of fave haunts for finding your own personal greased lightning. These dealerships are more than just asphalt lots filled with sticker shock and bad toupees — they’ve become social gathering hot spots known for their grand parties, over-the-top concierge services, exceptional service and, of course, pricey (but well-worth-it) rides. Besides, where else can you throw around phrases like stick, shaft, and 20-in. rim to a man you just met without running the risk of getting arrested for solicitation?

— Jef Tingley

 

BEST GIFT BOUTIQUE
Nuvo

3900 Cedar Springs Road
Open Monday–Saturday at 10 a.m., Sunday at noon.
214-522-6886
NuvoDallas.com

Nuvo has long been the store on Cedar Springs Road that straight people would drive to Oak Lawn to shop. Of course, they pull up to the side parking, run in wearing dark glasses and make their quick escape. But it’s been the best gift store in Dallas for years. While most feature gimmicky T-shirts, Nuvo offers an impressive array of jewelry, hand-etched barware, decorative accessories, books, handbags and cards crafted by local artisans. If you haven’t been to the store in a week or two, something new and interesting is sure to be on display.

— David Taffet

 

BEST RETRO SHOPPING GETAWAYS

Cliff Notes!

1222 W. Davis St.
Open Tuesday–Saturday
214-862-3108

Good Records

1808 Greenville Ave.
Open daily
214-752-4663
Good Records.com

With all of our smart phones, tablets, Twitters, Facebooks and mp3 players controlling our lives, sometimes we just need to get away from it all and unplug. Our recommendation: Take an hour and head to either of these stores for some casual shopping and retro finds. Oak Cliff’s bookstore Cliff Notes!, pictured, is a post-Kindle rarity nowadays: The brick-and-mortar bookstore. The tiny haven for used books (many of gay interest) and record albums recalls bookmobiles from a simpler time. And the random hatpins they have for sale are gorgeous. For less reading, more listening, Lower Greenville’s Good Records isn’t your grandma’s music depot. For an alternative music shop, the selection ranges from popular music to local releases. Their vinyl selection of both new and old is to die for. Plus, with in-store concerts (where they serve beer) and movie nights, Good Records isn’t just good — it’s great.

— Rich Lopez

 

BEST GARDENING/NURSERY
North Haven Gardens

7700 Northaven Road
Open Monday-Saturday at 9 a.m.,
Sunday at 10 a.m.
214-363-5316
NHG.com

North Haven Gardens is much more than a nursery — it’s like heaven on earth. Can’t afford admission and parking to the Arboretum? Shoot, just head here. NHG is an oasis of greenery that is not only displayed lushly and comfortably, but just try not to find what you need for your beds and pots and gardens.  Any flowers, plants and vegetables you need are likely covered, but they also drop knowledge on need-to-know topics like vegetable planting, landscape design and keeping backyard chickens.  Just don’t bring a picnic lunch. It is a store, after all.

— Rich Lopez

 

BEST LEATHER AND FETISH GEAR
LeatherMasters

3000 Main St.
Open Tuesday–Saturday at noon.
214-528-3865
LeatherMasters.com

Having fielded an International Mr. Leather winner and a top-three finalist in the past two years, Dallas’ leather reputation is growing by bounds. Nothing against the skills of the winners themselves, but we gotta wonder: How much does having Leather Masters nearby play in those victories? As the premier source of fetish paraphernalia in the area — everything from leather jock straps to whips to paddles — it’s certainly one-stop shopping for the daddy (or boy) in need of perfecting his look. A knowledgeable staff of leather aficionados makes a consult easy for both the experienced leatherman or the newcomer. And despite the toughness of the material, it’s a non-intimidating atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to pop in some time. It could turn your fashion sense (and your comfort level with sexual adventure) upside down.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

 

BEST FLORIST
All Occasions Florist

3428 Oak Lawn Ave.
Open Monday–Friday at 8 a.m., Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
214-431-3303
AllOccasionsDallas.com

 

BEST SMARTPHONE SHOPPING APP
Red Laser

Barcode scanner app available for iPhone and Android.
RedLaser.com

 

BEST GROCERY STORE
Kroger

4142 Cedar Springs Road (and additional locations)
Open daily at 6 a.m.
214-599-9859
Kroger.com

 

BEST LIQUOR/WINE STORE
Goody Goody

3316 Oak Lawn Ave. (and additional locations)
Open Monday–Saturday at 10 a.m.
214-765-6878
GoodyGoody.com

 

BEST HEALTH AND NUTRITION STORE
Whole Foods

4100 Lomo Alto Drive (and additional locations)
Open daily at 8 a.m.
214-520-7993
WholeFoodsMarket.com

 

BEST DIVA APPAREL
Nicolas Custom Apparel

Call for appointment.
214-655-6820
NicolasDesigns.com


BEST BRIEFS AND BOXERS
Skivvies

4001 Cedar Springs Road, Suite C
Open Monday–Saturday at 10 a.m., Sunday at noon.
214-559-4955
SkivviesMensUnderwear.com

 

BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE
Turtle Creek Consignments

3738 Haggar Way, Suite 101
Open Monday–Saturday at 10 a.m.
214-443-9360
TurtleCreekConsignment.com


BEST ANTIQUES
Lula B’s (and an additional location)

2639 Main St.
Open Monday–Saturday at 11 a.m., Sunday at noon.
214-824-2185
Lula-Bs.com

 

CHEAP-ASS FURNITURE
IKEA

7171 IKEA Drive, Frisco
Open daily at 10 a.m.
972-712-4532


BEST SWANKY FURNITURE
Cantoni

4800 Alpha Road, Addison
Open Monday–Saturday at 10 a.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.
972-934-9191
Cantoni.com

 

BEST EYEWEAR/OPTICAL
Fashion Optical

3430 Oak Lawn Ave.
Open Monday–Wednesday, Friday at 9 a.m.,
Saturday at 10 a.m.
214-526-6006
FashionOpticalDallas.net

 

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 18, 2011.

—  John Wright

Local briefs • 08.20.10

WRCC hosts ‘Sunday Show’

The White Rock Community Church Choir and Drama Ministry will present “The Sunday Show,” an old-fashioned radio show featuring interviews with “widows” from the Bible embellished with original songs, on Sunday. Aug. 29, at the church’s regular 10:45 a.m. service.

The program used catchy rhythms and talk show-style dialog to give the audience a new understanding of remarkable women from biblical times.

White Rock Community Church is located at 9353 Garland Road in Dallas. For more information call 214-320-0043 or go online to WhiteRockChurch.org.

Yoga of the Breath begins Aug. 27

The next Yoga of the Breath course for People Living with HIV begins Friday Aug, 27 and is open to everyone living with HIV, which includes caregivers, partners and other family members of people with HIV.

The program is free of charge, and will be held at Pride Pharmacy, 2929 Carlisle St. in Dallas. Meals and transportation are provided.
For more information call 469-212-3797.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 20, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens