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Bell’Invito
147 Pittsburg St., Dallas
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.
Cebolla Fine Flowers
4415 Lovers Lane, University Park
Cebolla Fine Flowers is owned by couple and business partners Luit and Jamie Huizenga, who have been running the business since shortly after Luit emigrated from Holland in the '80s. Their state-of-the-art warehouse (where they also live with their daughter) is equipped with geothermal heating, which keeps the countless orchid plants healthy year-round. In the summer months, they actually offer monarch butterfly chrysalises, which eventually hatch and fly away. If you can't make it to their shop on Lover's Lane, they deliver to almost every neighborhood in the city.
Commissary
1217 Main St, Downtown
Commissary is a bakery, a butcher, a gelateria, and a market all in one. Impressive, right? These are the people behind all of the Headington Companies restaurants—CBD Provisions at the Joule Hotel, Mirador at Forty Five Ten, and Sassetta and GoGo in the Design District. Everything down to the butchery is done on-site in the bakery and subterranean kitchen. The catering program is extremely popular among locals, and for smaller parties the experienced chefs will come and prepare the menu in your own kitchen.
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