Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 15

Best Apartment Community The Village You’ve probably noticed that a new “luxury” apartment community is under construction in Dallas on just about every corner. They all promise the same overpriced granite coun-tertops, a pool with swanky-looking fountains and the chance to live in the next cool neigh-borhood. Of course, you can’t afford it. Nei-ther can we. And it’s not conveniently located near a highway. Plus, that dog friendly one-bedroom unit isn’t available anymore. But it is available at The Village, one of the city’s larg-est apartment communities. There are multi-ple swimming pools, running trails and duck ponds, not to mention numerous apartments cheap enough that you can pay your rent on time and furnish your living room. With con-venient access to Greenville Avenue and Cen-tral Expressway, your getting to work on time will be a breeze. 8310 Southwestern Blvd., 214-772-9300, they’re filing our toesies. If you’re looking for something more soothing, give the almost un-settlingly quiet Inwood Village Nailery a visit. The decor is minimal (no fancy massaging re-cliners, just regular chairs). It’s clean, too, and the technicians concentrate on the little de-tails. Nothing nicer than some peace and quiet with the polish. 5470 W. Lovers Lane, 214-357-5327 Best Bike Shop Transit Bicycle Co. Bike culture is really taking off in Dallas, which is a great thing. (Now only if there were dedi-cated bike lanes to ride them in.) But with the rise in bike life comes snobbery and pretension at certain shops. Not at Transit Bicycle Co. on Greenville Avenue, where the staff are as eager to help with your beat-up cruiser as they are with a fancy new Italian road bike. Whether you need a tune-up, accessories, apparel or simply have a biking-related question, the peo-ple at Transit are geared up to be your friends. 1915 Greenville Ave., 214-219-2453, a $15 handmade wooden box or a DVD of the latest Frederick Wiseman documentary. Splurge, if you must, on a leather tote from Marlow Goods (still under a thou). Variety is this boutique’s gift to shoppers. The Joule Hotel, 1511 Commerce St., 214-261-4540, Readers’ Pick: Pink Toes Nail Bar & Spa Readers’ Pick: The Gypsy Wagon 111 S. Field St., 214-242-8042, 2928 N. Henderson Ave., 214-370-8010, SHOPPING/SERVICES | CULTURE/PEOPLE | FOOD/DRINK | NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | SPORTS/RECREATION | Contents | the thread | Unfair Park | sChUtze | featUre | night+day | CUltUre | Movies | stage | dish | MUsiC | Classified | Best Hair Salon Avalon Salon When drifting from hair stylist to hair stylist, you enter each new cut with hope tinged with dread about your locks. Will the new cut be too short? Will the color be brassy? Sure, hair grows and dye jobs fade, but no one wants to look like a doofus, even temporarily. When you book an appointment at any of Avalon Salon’s three locations, you can rest easy that your stylist will be well trained and eager to create the most flattering cut and color possible, even if you don’t give direction or have a particular look in mind. They’re solid pros with scissors and brushes. We wouldn’t tease you about that. 3699 McKinney Ave., No. 142, and other locations, Best Eyewear Selection Glass Optical Online eyeglass retailers such as Warby Parker have become popular because they offer styl-ish frames at an affordable price point. But when optometrist Stephen Wilkes and his son Paul opened Glass Optical on Davis Street in Oak Cliff last year, we realized what we were missing. Get an eye exam from a doctor with 30 years of experience and then shop from his curated selection of handmade eyewear that outdoes the online outfits and those chain eyewear shops. There are lots of trendy frame styles and cute sunglasses here, whether you require a prescription or not. And take your time. Glasses are art for your face. 833 W. Davis St., 214-484-4675, Readers’ Pick: Richardson Bike Mart 1451 W. Campbell Road, 972-231-3993, Best Gift Shop TenOverSix So you need to buy a prezzie but have no idea where to start. TenOverSix, a sleek, Los An-geles-based boutique with a second outpost in The Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas, is gift heaven. Owners Joe and Kristen Cole and Brady Cunningham have sharp eyes for good design and a tendency to stock the unex-pected. Clothes and accessories from design-ers Chris Benz, Pamela Love, Maison Kitsune and Phillip Lim are in the mix, which is con-stantly rotated and updated. Price points start low for dainty bangles and organic lip balms, Readers’ Pick: South Side on Lamar 1409 S. Lamar St., 214-428-4848 Best Nail Salon Inwood Village Nailery Nail treatments are a luxury, but that doesn’t mean all nail salons are relaxing or spa-like. We eschew the salons where apathetic nail techs blab on cellphones or to each other as Readers’ Pick: Vertigo 12 211 N. Ervay St., 12th floor, 214-699-7824, Readers’ Pick: Warby Parker 2008 N. Henderson Ave., 972-426-7272, Interested in a welding career? Enroll in our welding classes which open up employment opportunities within several industries. Industries such as manufacturing, plumbing and pipe welding, auto manufacturing and repair, metal sculpture and even underwater welding! Bill J. Priest campus offers Welding Training in: • Welding Fundamentals • Fabrication Welding • Combination Welding • Art Metals (Metal Sculpture) • Pipe Welding For more information call 214-860-5900. 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