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Blissful Bishop Arts District

21 May 2012

You know during wedding season in your mid-twenties, when one reception venue door closes another one opens. I am a bridesmaid again this weekend in what is sure to be the most-pinned Dallas wedding of the season. I wanted to plan a special day of fun for the bride before the big weekend that would be as unique and quirky as her event and naturally thought of Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District!

I met Brittany on Saturday at Hattie's for a late lunch. The sophisticated Southern setting was the perfect way to kick off a girl's day. The service was exemplary as was the food. Brittany enjoyed the pecan crusted catfish over mashed potatoes and I had the soup of the day (an incredible roasted corn and red pepper chowder) before the fork and knife ceasar salad with added grilled shrimp and goat cheese. Since the menu boats incredible meatloafs and fried green tomatoes, I thought it might be difficult to find something that worked with my gluten-free diet but I was very impressed and satisfied!

I loved the decor, a very high brow take on low country without being for a moment campy. I had eyes for the blue and white tapestry that perfectly matches my Spode china that I love to use at home. It's a good thing that the food made me want to be invited back, since I was a little tempted to yank it off the wall and make a run for it. Mother taught me better than to steal the art at fancy lunch.

Brittany and I were definitely too full for any of Hattie's gorgeous desserts but could use something sweet for our palette, so we walked down the district to Dude, Sweet Chocolate. The staff here is very knowledgeable as well as conversational, and there are free samples of any of the unique flavors that strike your fancy. We were so intrigued by the Hill Country and the Carrot Cake that we purchased a sample box and sat on the big chairs by the front door for a spell while we taste tested.

The pinnacle of our day was a massage at Skin and Body Solutions. The Super 60 massages were a good mix of beneficial and relaxing and included a parrafin foot treatment and cucumber eye packs. We each had an hour while the other of us enjoyed her massage to mill around the many shops in the Arts District.

I went straight for my must-visit shop in the Arts District to see the fun and congenial ladies a Zola's Everyday Vintage. This is very much one of the top vintage stories in the Dallas area and I cannot go to Bishop without paying it a visit.

I was so glad I stopped in so I could see the new icons they now sell at Zola's. These stunning pieces are handmade and on wood that has been reclaimed in the Oak Cliff area! I think they will make a great birthday or housewarming gift for some friends soon and I know Jesus would approve, him being a carpenter and all.

Of all the fun areas of Dallas I was so glad that I picked the Bishop Arts District as a special place to treat a sweet friend. The feel of the area is so different from the rest of Dallas that you feel like you're out of town. Everyone we encountered was so hospitable to us and excited for Brittany's big day.

An added plus to Bishop Arts that is never lost on me is besides evening valet, parking is free and without a time limit! I thought as least a few times during the day how nice it was to not think about what time I needed to be back to my car to move or feed the meter. A rarity in Dallas! Another beautiful day well spent down in Oak Cliff. I'm already looking forward to my next visit!

Have you been to Bishop Arts District in Dallas? What is your favorite part of the Oak Cliff area?

What is your favorite way to treat someone special to you?

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