Picture Perfect Landscaping (214 N. Hampton Road): When Jason Lackey designs your yard, he isn’t just going to make it look pretty. Because he is passionate about water conservation, an oft-overlooked design element, he will create a water-wise space that is no only visually appealing but also saves valuable water (and, in turn, dollars), a must for drought-ridden Texas.
Bishop Arts Dog Grooming (837 W. Davis St.): A fixture since 2001, this Davis Street pooch salon handles everything from basic haircuts and nail trims to high-end styling for pedigreed shows. In fact, dog shows are a passion — and a source of trophies — for owner Greg Reyna, who helped set the standard trim for the Giant Schnauzer Club of America.
Bishop Arts Yoga (502 N. Bishop Ave.): Whether you’re a yoga guru or just a fledgling, this studio will help you release your inner yogi while also releasing stress. Engage in 60-minute Bikram, vinyasa fl ow, and power yoga classes that will help you improve your balance, strength, and flexibility, while freeing yourmind and detoxifying your body.
Oak Cliff Bicycle Company: This place prides itself on “keepin’ it wheel,” and we’d have to say they do just that. If you need a new ride, or if your current wheels just need some TLC, they’re fully equipped to meet all your biking needs. They also organize fun rides around the community, including their cheeky Sunday Spandex Ride.
Faulkner’s Fine Drycleaning and Laundry (1505 W. Davis St.): Got a delicate item that needs cleaning? A persistent stain that you simply can’t remove? Fourth-generation dry cleaner Jeff Faulkner and his able team will be more than happy to take care of it for you. An Oak Cliff staple since 1961, this family-owned business is the place to bring all of your laundry for affordable and reliable service.
The Rose Garden: This new and gently used mishmash of housewares, décor, clothes, and gifts was born of an artist’s eye and a Samaritan’s heart. Proprietress Kelly Wiley runs a related nonprofit, 2000 Roses, to help hardworking women rebuild their lives after prison; the storefront off sets those operational costs, and provides valuable job training. In other words, it’s win-win, especially when you can snag an artsy vase or a vintage purse.
Indigo 1745: Denise Manoy’s popular Bishop Arts boutique offers plenty of relaxed, carefully selected items for men and women, from hipsters to the fashion-shy. The name is a reference to its specialty: high quality, good-looking denim, and everything that goes along with it.
Ann’s Health Food Center: A third-generation family business, Ann’s has been peddling vitamins, wholesome groceries, and natural health and beauty products since the 1980s. Visit the cafe for a homemade meal or a glass of kombucha — an antioxidant-rich, low-calorie drink made from tea and sugarcane. They’ve even got it on tap.
Tom Thumb (315 S. Hampton Road): Since 1948, Tom Thumb has provided Dallas with fresh food products, aff ordable prices, and excellent customer service. More than 60 years later, the chain continues to serve the community through its varied selection and commitment to supporting local nonprofits.
Green Pet: The folks at this locally owned pet shop understand that only the best will do when it comes to your beloved four-legged friends, which is why they take a holistic approach to pet care. Believing that proper nutrition is paramount to animal’s health, they carry only all-natural products made from the finest ingredients. That means no nasty chemicals, fillers, and preservatives will pollute your pooch — which they believe will lead to differences that you can see.
West Davis Dental: Going to the dentist is never fun, but the staff at West Davis Dental work hard to make visits as comfortable as possible. Offering a full range of hygienic and cosmetic dental services, they’ll have your entire family’s pearly whites shining brightly in no time at all.
Vet Stop Animal Clinic (1221 N. Beckley Ave): One of our reporters (who didn’t vote, mind you) has seen Dr. Vladi Dejong charm a fearful ball of hair and claws right out of a cat carrier and onto an exam table, then deliver a round of shots without prompting so much as a fl inch. Rare stuff . The staff never seems to turn over at this small neighborhood clinic, which has quick appointment scheduling and often little to no waiting — make that whimpering — time in the lobby.
Cody & Sons Plumbing: When Bill Cody started his eponymous plumbing business in 1969, he wanted to create a reliable and professional service that always left a job site cleaner than they found it. More than 40 years later, these foundations are still in place. Dubbed the “plumbing problem solvers,” these plumbers don’t believe there is a plumbing problem they can’t solve.
Ya Ya Foot Spa: Why get another pedicure when you can get a treatment that will actually rejuvenate your feet and detox and relax your entire body? Ya Ya Foot Spa specializes in traditional Chinese reflexology aimed to alleviate aches and pains and restore your balance and energy. All it takes is one treatment to be hooked on the soothing process and swear off regular salons forever.
Salon on Bishop: This charming salon has been beautifying the population since 2008. With a menu full of affordable services and treatments for women and men, it also off ers makeup, waxing, and nail services. The stylists are passionate about helping you look and feel your best.
Sweet 200: When you fi rst step inside this sleek, open studio, it’s hard to tell whether you’re in an art gallery or a hair salon. That’s probably because it doubles as both — the space is run by a group of artists who frequently put down the blow-dryers and host events at their light-filled shop. Matching the artsy vibe, the salon is best known for its edgy cuts .
Zola’s Everyday Vintage: Owners Annette Norman and Diedra Sutton have curated quite the selection of vintage clothing and accessories in their Bishop boutique. Named after their daring grandmother who bobbed her hair, wore pants, and even played semiprofessional basketball in the 1920s, Zola’s is the best place to find high-quality and designer vintage pieces at affordable prices. Grandmother would have been proud.
Indigo 1745: While this casual boutique offers clothing for both sexes, it’s the cowboy-cool options for men that set it apart. With unique options including kicks from Ben Sherman and vibrant shirts from Georg Roth Los Angeles, Indigo 1745 is the perfect place for guys looking to update their wardrobes.
Dirt: Whether you just need a bouquet or are looking to replant your yard, Dirt is the best place to go. The florists are experts in helping you select the perfect plants and creating unique arrangements, and they also sell local, handmade flowerpots and unique floral gifts.
Bishop Street Market: This fun boutique is chock-full of interesting knick-knacks, doo-dads, and unique gift items. From locally designed jewelry to beautiful Italian glassware to luxury bath and fragrance lines, there is something for everyone on your list here. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the wall of hilarious and cheeky cards.
M’Antiques (424 W. Davis St.): Need a vintage revolver? Antique furniture? A creepy E.T. sculpture to grace your bookshelf? Kitschy holiday decor? Or perhaps a lamp made from a cast-iron heater? No matter what it is that you’re looking for, you’re bound to fi nd it — and a lot of other curios you never knew you needed — at this antique store specifically geared towards men. Don’t worry, ladies, there’s plenty for you too.
Half Price Books: Originally opened in a converted laundromat, Half Price Books has provided Dallas with gently loved books for more than 40 years. Its not hard to see why it’s a crowd favorite — with a massive selection of books and media that rivals any full-price bookstore, there’s simply no better place to find the titles you want to read at the best prices.
Ruiz Auto Repair: You won’t find better prices or friendlier service than at the Ruiz family’s auto shop. Opened in 2001 by Manuel Ruiz and his son, it’s quickly become the neighborhood’s preferred garage. Bring your wheels by the next time you’re in need of a tune-up, and they’ll have your car back on the road in no time at all.
Anna’s Electric: Anna has been doing licensed electrical work in a predominantly male field since 1978, and she started her own business in 1995. Since then, she’s worked all over the city, from Love Field to the Dallas Zoo to Oak Cliff ’s historic districts. Whether you need help hanging a light fixture, rewiring your home, or reducing your energy bills and consumption, Anna and her crew will take care of all of your electric needs.
Odds & Ends: Whether you’re in need of simple cleaning services or more elaborate carpentry projects, the guys at Odds and Ends believe that no job is too small for them. For more than 40 years they’ve been cleaning gutters, building custom sheds, and everything in between for homes and businesses around the city.
In the Cliff Photography: When Julie Pomykal moved back to the area several years ago, she was looking for an inspirational place to re-open her photography business. She found what she was looking for — a community of “amazing people” — in Oak Cliff, and in 2008 she re-opened In the Cliff Photography. Shooting everything from families to events to real estate to medical images, the self-pronounced “history buff” loves being able to give people an image of a time that she knows they’ll look back upon fondly.