19 One-of-a-Kind Shops

The saying goes, “I’m not from Texas, but I got here as soon as I could,” and that definitely goes for a bevy of the city’s most successful boutique owners. Hailing from across the country and around the globe, metropolitan, continental style is never hard to find in "Big D." Not to be upstaged by those glossy out-of-towners, hometown fashion geniuses have used their keen eyes and Southern hospitality to create one-of-a-kind shopping experiences and garner dedicated followings.

Clothing & Accessories
ANIMAL CRACKERS
Stop here for the most up on-trend fashion for kids and juniors. The rotating selection of designers features statement-making looks from Miss Me, Tarina Tarantino and Flowers by Zoe to name a few.
We Love: The bold colors, animal prints and bling that dominate the spring/summer collections. 1900 Preston Rd., Ste. 260. 972-867-4802. www.animalcrackers.com

YLANG23
An international clientele flocks to this Dallas store, which features many exclusives in designer jewelry including Cathy Waterman, Alexis Bittar and Jennifer Meyer. The outcome is a unique hybrid of hip and trendy fine jewelry.
We Love: The Ylang23 private collection of vintage baubles. 13350 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 1300. 972-980-0819. www.ylang23.com

ELEMENTS
A veteran amongst the hip couture boutiques, Elements boasts luxury labels and some edgier fashions. Designs from M Missoni, Catherine Malandrino and Nanette Lepore lead the pack, and the denim selection includes Hudson and Notify.
We Love: The beckoning, wraparound window displays that dare you to come inside for a closer look. 4400 Lovers Ln. 214-987-0837. www.elementsclothing.com

HEMLINE
Every item at this cozy Miracle Mile boutique is chic without being too fussy or overdone. It makes looking stylish almost effortless. Since shoes, jewelry, handbags, hosiery and intimates round out the dresses, jeans and tops, you could easily outfit yourself from head to toe.
We Love: The $20 sunglasses rack. 4439 Lovers Ln., 214-559-3600. www.shophemline.com

EPIC
Shop Epic for fashion straight from the pages of the gossip mags: True Religion and Citizens of Humanity denim, frocks from Moschino Jeans and T-Bags, oversized cocktail rings, and chic Big Buddha handbags.
We Love: The sale rack is always filled with things you’d actually want to wear. 3699 McKinney Ave. 214-522-3745. www.shopepic.com

VINTAGE MARTINI
This boutique gives shoppers the most comprehensive offering of vintage—Victorian to 1980s—attire in town. Vintage Martini has everything from ladies clothing and hats to vintage bar ware and photographs.
We Love: The elegant designer and couture collection, which highlights Chanel. 106 W. Main St., Carrollton, 972-466-4400. www.vintagemartini.com

PEEPER’S
Nestled in Highland Park Village, this boutique caters to those who want their glasses to be as stylish as they are. With more than 1,000 designer frames to choose from—Chanel, Prada, Fendi and Oliver Peoples—it’s difficult not to be overwhelmed.
We Love: The personal, intimate atmosphere and the impeccable customer service. 64 Highland Park Village. 214-522-0352. www.peepersdallas.com

FORTY FIVE TEN
Forty Five Ten has it all: killer couture by Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Stella McCartney, shoes and accessories by Derek Lam and Tom Ford, posh house wares, decor and bedding, art books, Elizabeth Showers jewelry and a café to boot.
We Love: Being doted upon by tirelessly attentive sales associates. 4510 McKinney Ave., 214-559-4510. www.fortyfiveten.com

INDIGO 1745
The vibe here is part rocker and part rodeo, and the combination results in a look that is stylish, without being too complicated. Indigo 1745 specializes in premium denim, luxury sportswear and distinctive jewelry and accessories to speak to your inner cowboy or cowgirl.
We Love: The collections of books, candles and scented bath goods. 70 W. 7th St., 214-948-1745. www.indigo1745.com

ALLIE-COOSH
Though it’s not fashionably acceptable to wear one's pajamas outside of the home, wouldn’t it be wonderful if clothes were that comfortable? Allie-Coosh owner Paulette Martsolf, who got her start designing pajamas, transformed her craft into super-luxurious, flowing women’s wear composed from machine-washable fabrics.
We Love: The earthy, organic necklaces in the jewelry room. 6726 Snider Plaza, 214-363-8616. www. allie-coosh.com

BODACIOUS BOUTIQUE
“Size should never dictate style” is the mantra of Paula Guthrie, founder of Bodacious Boutique. This haven of fashion for full-figured ladies carries sportswear, wedding attire and everything in between.
We Love: The personal shopping service and rotating stock of new labels. 12835 Preston Rd., Ste. 320, 972-763-0779. www.bodaciousboutique.com

THE GYPSY WAGON
This delightful boutique is brimming with one-of-a-kind finds for any occasion. Owner Carley Seale is always willing to offer suggestions and tell the back-stories of the antiques and knick-knacks in the shop.
We Love: Carley’s Boston Terrier pooch who minds the shop. 2928 Henderson Ave., 214-370-8010. www.the-gypsy-wagon.com

COWBOY COOL
A fave among celebrities who stop through town, Cowboy Cool is the go-to spot for rock-inspired cowboy couture. This West Village boutique carries jeans, shirts and accessories for both men and women.
We Love: The skull-patterned Liberty "Live to Rock" boots. 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 407, 214-521-4500. www.cowboycool.com

CLOTHES CIRCUIT
For nearly 30 years, Clothes Circuit has been outfitting Dallas women in designer brands for only a fraction of the original price. This upscale resale boutique is constantly changing its inventory.
We Love: Looking chic without breaking the bank. 6105 Sherry Ln., 214-696-8634. www.clothescircuit.com

KID BIZ
At this children's store, you’ll find everything you need to dress your little ones, infant to size 16. You'll love the classic boy’s wear from Ralph Lauren and Lacoste. They also offer contemporary women’s fashions like skinny jeans and dresses.
We Love: Cartoon tees from Junkfood. 8404 Preston Center Plaza, 214-692-5437. www.kidbizusa.com

Gifts
NOEL CHRISTMAS STORE
This family-owned and -operated store opened its doors in the mid-’80s and took its Christmas-centric fare year-round in 1991. Noel sells everything you need to create your own picture-perfect, Norman-Rockwell, yuletide memories.
We Love: Collectible and charming, mini, snow-capped towns. 19009 Preston Rd., Ste. 215, 972-991-8481. www.noelchristmasstore.com

SILVER STAR MERCANTILE & CO.
At Silver Star Mercantile, it’s hard to say “no.” The laid-back vibe and the warm and welcoming owners make you feel at home. With a selection of yummy Circle E candles, vintage tablecloths, recipe books and precious baby accessories, it’s tough to leave empty-handed.
We Love: The Texas-themed home decor. 1102 W. Main St., Carrollton, 972-242-4490. www.olddowntowncarrollton. com

CARLYN GALERIE
Opened in 1989 by mother and daughter Cindi Ray and Wendy Dunham, Carlyn Galerie is the perfect boutique to visit for artistic gifts. It offers American art glass, pottery, wearable fiber art, metals and jewelry. The artists range from well-known to up-and-coming.
We Love: Buying a gift that truly is one of a kind. 6137 Luther Ln., 214-368-2828. www. carlyngalerie.com

KITTRELL/RIFFKIND ART GLASS
This boutique features an ever-changing selection of innovative work by more than 300 contemporary North American glass artists. You’ll find goblets, jewelry, perfume bottles, wall pieces, sculpture and hundreds of other treasures, large and small.
We Love: The stained glass and bead-making classes held in the studio. 5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 820, 972-239-7957. www.kittrellriffkind.com