147 Pittsburg St., Design District
In Italian, Bell’Invito means “beautiful invitation.” The novelty of this company is that you can send out custom paper invites, but go through the entire process online (unless you opt for the couture line, which needs to be ordered in-person). Former fashion art director Heather Wiese spent a lot of time in Italy and fell in love with the artisanal quality of the stationery there. With Bell’Invito, she marries traditional craftsmanship with the demands of modern life. After customers fill out a detailed digital form that dictates the design, the stationery is made on a printing press dating back to the 1800s; the result is shipped within ten days of proof approval. Given that a three-month window is normally required for stationery of this caliber, the speedy turnaround is a lifesaver for time-starved planners.
Rossi + King
136 Glass St., Design District
Come to this relaxed, cozy salon founded by Joshua Rossignol and Sarah King Lynch for a transformative haircut, color, or extensions.
The Center Court
1617 Hi Line Dr., The Design District
Whether you choose a burger from Wheelhouse, house-made carbonara with a fried egg from Sassetta, or a smoked salmon bagel and espresso at GoGo, bring it out to the (dog-friendly) patio at this Design District spot.
161 Glass St., Design District
This non-collecting museum has been pushing the boundaries of the Dallas art scene for thirty years. Mary Katrantzou and Richard Phillips are just a few of the artists who have shown work here, and entry to the museum is always free. Members get access to the show-opening parties, which are absolutely worth it.
Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ
1950 Market Center Blvd., Design District
Amazing smoked ribs, jalapeño hot links, queso topped with brisket, tons of local beer on tap, plus the Gentleman’s Handshake (a Lone Star with a shot of whiskey) are absolutely reasons to come here. But the huge backyard is the real draw. Among the picnic tables and twinkling lights, a fifty-foot-tall, fully functioning Ferris wheel runs every evening. It’s the perfect place to go on a warm evening, especially if you have kids.
The Goss-Michael Foundation
1305 Wycliff Ave., Design District
Founded by the late George Michael and curator Kenny Goss, the Goss-Michael Foundation focuses on edgy British contemporary art. The permanent collection is amazing, with more than 500 works by artists like Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, and Sir Michael Craig-Martin, but it’s the exhibitions that combine the works of up-and-coming British artists with local artists that are unique and particularly interesting.
Frosted Art Bakery
1546 Edison St., Design District
Bronwin Weber's award-winning confections are unapologetically over the top (she's a regular on The Food Network's Cake Challenge). She's masterful at intricate sugar art and fondant sculpting, which results in such awe-inducing, multi-tiered celebration cakes you'll feel kind of bad slicing into them. It's also worth noting that the bakery is Kosher.
Balancing Energy Health & Yoga Center
1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 319, Design District
Lisa Breitenwischer opened her yoga studio in 2012. There, she teaches highly individualized classes and runs a program of personalized holistic treatments and nutritional counseling. Among the treatments available at her intimate studio is a new IR sauna, which is gratifying before or after a yoga class. (It's also relatively affordable here.)
2410 Victory Park Ln., Design District
Dallas friends swear they’ve experienced the best facials of their lives at the hands of Joanna Czech, who incorporates LED therapy into her treatments. After studying biology in Poland, she made a name for herself in NYC before setting up shop in Dallas in 2012. Instead of selecting a treatment from a menu, your aesthetician analyzes your skin, discusses goals with you (which could be anything from treating sun damage to glowier skin for an event that evening), and then gets to work. Every facial focuses on treating and supporting the lipid (top) layer of skin, and you can add on microcurrent, hyaluronic acid patches, oxygen infusion, microneedling, and more as you need. Some of our favorite clean lines are used in many of the facials, including Dr. Barbara Sturm, Grown Alchemist, and Vintner’s Daughter.