I'm sooooo happy that Hotel ZaZa is here. I was invited to a party at the Dragon Fly, and was able to peruse the hotel while we were there.
Dallas needed a young, trendy hotel with style and sass, and Hotel ZaZa has filled that need. Whatever the new martini of the moment is, Hotel ZaZa has it.
They have the absolute best desserts. After my husband and I went to a museum in the art district, we stopped by DragonFly for coffee and dessert. The ambiance and food were fabulous!
I had not been to Gent-ly Owned for 3 years. They moved from Carrollton to the Dallas Parkway. The new shop is a lot nicer, and I was happy to see that the service is still the same. I go shopping with my brother to help him prepare for big events and important dates. You can take $100 to Gent-ly Owned and come out feeling like you spent $300. We were able to get slacks and a dress shirt for my brother for just under $100, and the sales staff is willing to help put looks together, like a personal shopper. It is always fun to go to Gent-ly Owned.
This is the best thrift shop that I've ever seen, because their layout is like a regular store. Sizes are separated by racks and displays. There aren't so many clothes on the racks that you don't have space to move them around. The racks have enough space between them for more than one person to fit. They have 5 or 6 of the 6' bookcases full of hardback and paperback books with the best prices. Their toys are organized and the barbies and assorted dolls are shrink-wrapped. I love this store. They also have the occasional television for around $40 (great for a bedroom TV)
I like to think of Buffalo Exchange as a Vintage Store. They don't have the stinky, dusty, stained items that you find in most thrift stores. The clothes at Buffalo Exchange are like new! The items are very trendy, and a little expensive. You aren't going to find any $3 jeans here, but on a good day you can get designer jeans for about half of retail. To me, that is a bargain. You get the look for half the price, and with their quality, who's gonna know that you bought it at a resale shop.
They are very finicky with items that they purchase. I've put together a bag of things to sell, and on a good day got offered $25 bucks. On a bad day? They offered me $15 dollars for Gucci Glasses with the case. I declined.
PROS: Selection and price.
CONS: Selling clothes there isn't worth it...to me.
You never know what you might find at CCA.
They have a HUGE selection of everything from housewares, to adult and children's clothing, books, furniture, videos, etc...
Every monday they change the "color of the week", and any items with the chosen color are $1 each. You cannot return any of these items and they don't have fitting rooms, but if you're good with brands and sizes you're in luck.
The "color of the week" also applies to items that will be half off and 25% off based on colors as well.
I do not like that they don't have a fitting room.
I do like that you can return items with receipt within 7 days (except for $1 items).
PROS: Color of the week items.
CONS: Sometimes clothes are stained and smelly.
Montfort Cigars is my favorite cigar shop to visit with my husband. They have a walk-in humidor in back for him to visit while I'm perusing perfumes. They have prices that are sometimes 1/4 retail pricing. I especially like to purchase the sample bottles because they have more oil, less alcohol, and the scents last longer. You don't get any of the fancy packaging when you purchase the samples, but the nice scents stay with you longer than the perfumes that have a bigger alcohol base.
Their cigar prices are SUPER reasonable, and they have the best gift boxes that have 6 - 8 cigars. Anytime we give these out as gifts, we get the best responses.
PROS: SUPER reasonable cigars and perfumes.
My husband likes Sir Elliotts at Preston and Frankford. The place is small and quaint, and though it's a little more pricey than some of his other favorite shops, he likes the fact that they are unique by having coffee and cigars.
They are far away, but when he's going to read a book, he will go to Sir Elliotts. Sir Elliots is to my husband what Starbucks is to me. You buy a drink (and a cigar), hang out for hours, and no one will bother you.
PROS: Coffee and Cigars and Comfortable Setting
CONS: A bit pricey.
My husband and I have been Up In Smoke Customers for just over a year. I like the fact that they are so proximal to Vista Ridge Mall. Anytime I shop, I like to stop and get a treat for my husband from Up In Smoke.
The interior is very comfortable, and the room in back has a huge TV for watching sports and smoking. My husband enters a lot of little contests that they have and attends events where you get to sample new cigars for free or at a fraction of the cost.
Once they know your likes and dislikes, they are good at recommending other cigars to try.
PROS: Nice location. Nice people. Nice Selection.
I had my eyebrows waxed at Trade Secret based on a recommendation. Unfortunately the stylist was with someone else and I did not have time to wait. I let another person wax my eyebrows and it was the WORS BROW WAXING EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD.
She put on so much wax that those strings of wax got onto my eyelashes (which I had to pull my eyes apart with my fingers). After she put the wax on my brows, she didn't cut the strips properly and ended up ripping a chunk of my eyebrow out.
In her attempt to not repeat the pattern on the other side, she peeled the wax strip off very, very, very slowly. Anyone who has ever had a wax knows that you have to peel the strip off very quickly.
I had to purchase a brow pencil to fill in the gap, and did not pay for the service, and do not recommend going for the brow service unless you get the person that you were recommended to.
CONS: Inexperienced eyebrow waxer.
I took my 6 year old daughter to Seventeen for a manicure and pedicure. I did not have an appointment, because we were just passing by after seeing a movie across the street. They took us immediately, and my daughter (and I) just fell in love. The interior is sassy and fun. I ended up having a manicure and pedicure with my daughter, and she has not ever been happier with her manicure and pedicure! When I asked what her favorite part was, it was EVERYTHING, and then it was the colors of polish. They had a lot more colors that were exciting for kids, and even did decorations on her big toes. We will definitely go back again...and again...and again.
PROS: Fun place for teens and/or mother daughter time.
CONS: Too far from Lewisville.