If shopping is your favorite recreational sport, then move to Dallas! They revoked our Amateur Shopper Status years ago. Dallas in on the Pro Circuit of Shopping.
Do you like Mall Shopping? There are at least 21 malls in the metroplex with more than 250,000 leasable square footage of space. We do things b-i-g in Texas! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shopping_malls_in_the_Dallas%E2%80%93Fort_Worth_Metroplex
Highland Park Village was the 2nd shopping center in the world built with the automobile in mind. The shopping center continues to be a glittering jewlbox of high-end design and glamour. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_Park_Village
Northpark Mall, opened in 1961 by Ray Nasher, on land bought from the Caruth family, was the original "modern" mall. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NorthPark_Center The Nashers had a taste for contemporary sculpture. It is possible to see the work of some of the best contemporary artist in the world as one walks through the public areas of Northpark. The Nashers continued to buy art, filling up their commercial properties, their home and adjacent lots. That art eventually became the core collection for the incredible Nasher Museum, a gift from the Nasher family to the people of Dallas. http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/
My main use for Northpark is that I walk there. If you include the little hallways that lead the parking areas, once around the downstairs is 9/10ths of a mile. And, you can do that in air conditioned splendor, year in, year out.....
Do you like discount high-end retail? You will find what you want at Nordstroms' Rack, or Neimans Last Call or Sak's Off 5th.
In terms of specialty shopping, it certainly is available. Dallas has some of the best designer resale shops in the country. Clothes Circuit on Sherry Lane and Clothes Horse Anonymous at Preston and Forest have been the mainstays of many wardrobes for the last quarter of a century. http://www.consignmentdallas.com/
Want to buy fabulous accessories for tiny bits of money? Sam Moon is the answer. http://www.sammoon.com/web3/main_detail.asp
Then there is the Design District. http://www.dallas-design-district.com/ Dallas has been a retail regional center for 50+ years. It used to be that the only people who could gain entry to these wholesale locations were shop owners. That isn't as strictly enforced as it used to be. http://www.dallas-design-district.com/
Bottom line? If you are in pursuit of any t-h-i-n-g, you can almost certainly find it somewhere in Dallas!
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