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Game Plan: How to Spend a Day Shopping in Uptown

Uptown's reputation for being a dining, entertainment, and shopping oasis is no façade; It's one of the crown jewels of Dallas.  Whether you're out exploring for yourself or taking out-of-towners for a tour of Dallas' finest, here is a simple game plan for spending the day shopping in elegant Uptown.

Krimson and Klover
3111 Cole Ave # 101
Dallas, TX 75204-0853
(214) 871-2334
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm / Sat: 11-6pm

SMU sorority girls and the socialite set agree that Uptown shoppers need to make a stop at Krimson and Klover.  Armed with hard to find designers like Wish, Cooper by Courtney Richley and locally produced Rory Ashton jewelry, this Victorian home turned boutique has character, charm, and beautiful separates you won't find on every corner.  Ideal for tracking down a breezy romper (like this one by Wish) or a flirty dress, at Krimson and Klover you'll feel like you're shopping in San Fran instead of on Cole Avenue.

Ahab Bowen
2614 Boll St
Dallas, TX 75204
Neighborhood: Uptown
(214) 720-1874
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am - 6 pm / Sun 1 pm - 5 pm

Just two minutes away, give in to nostalgia at Ahab Bowen, one of the best vintage clothing stores in town. Browse through racks and racks of pieces from every time period, including retro shoes, purses, costume jewelry, and luxurious furs. Whether you're into vintage Jordache or you need a leisure suit for a theme party, Ahab Bowen is where it's at. In fact, one reader declares, "I've traveled across the country going to vintage stores far and wide from San Francisco to LA to New York and this place is up there with the best of 'em." If that isn't incentive to check it out, I don't know what is.

2707 Fairmount
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 954-9511
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away is home base for home décor devotees.  If you're looking for the hottest home accents and one of a kind artwork, Blueprint will woo you from the moment you lay eyes on their striking blue front door.  Shop for the perfect accent chair for your master retreat from their private label furnishings or simply take in the inspirational aesthetic of the enchanting old house.  Either way, you'll feel like you've stepped into the pages of House Beautiful.

Cowboy Cool
3699 McKinney Ave # 407
Dallas, TX 75204-4555
(214) 521-4500
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm

When it's time for lunch, The West Village is a perfect place to recharge with a juicy bite at Village Burger Bar before continuing your trek. While in the cattle frame of mind, check out Cowboy Cool for all things cowboy... except cooler. Once inside, the horseshoe sales counter, crocodile carpet and traditional Western gear with a modern twist will tickle your Texas fancy. Their exclusive boots are a must-have for any true country guy or girl, or spring $50 for a cowboy hat (I like Star Central) if that's more your speed. Though this is a no-brainer to bring the out-of-towners to see, you'll find delicious local flavor for yourself as well.

3636 Mckinney Ave. Ste 170
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 780-0373
Hours: Mon 2 pm - 9 pm / Tue-Wed 2 pm - 10 pm / Thu 2 pm - 11 pm / Fri-Sat 10 am - 12 am / Sun 12 pm - 8 pm

So what's left to do? Give those barking dogs a rest and enjoy a glass of wine or beer at Cork.  Added bonus: Happy Hour is Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features half-price tasting and glasses of wine from tasting station selections.  With this in mind, you don't have to feel guilty spending a few extra bucks from your shopping budget in their retail store.

Hilary Kennedy is a Style and Beauty Blogger, as well as the host of a national sports show and several local programs. She is the author of the book, "Career Diary of a TV Host: 30 Days on the Job" and her hosting credits include Access Hollywood, Hot on Homes, and The Bite Network. She can be found online at

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