The Daily Update: Friday, Oct. 1

October 1, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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Catch the latest on the Red River Rivalry and find out who is missing from the Bishop Art’s District. Josh Parr and Stephanie Brown have all this and more on your Daily Update.

Big D Blog: Visit the last 1st Thursday as “Bishop Arts Gives Back”

November 30, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Diana Nolacea

1st Thursday is happening again in December. Visit Bishop Arts District this Thursday evening as “Bishop Arts Gives Back.” A portion of proceeds of sales this night will be donated to the Turner House renovation efforts.

Turner House is located in the historic Winnetka Heights neighborhood in Oak Cliff, it the home of the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. “This beautiful landmark provides an elegant and charming location for many types of events. The Society, founded in 1926, seeks to preserve this architectural jewel and enhance the quality of life in North Oak Cliff by providing a unique space for community and private events.”

Also, open house at Hula Hotties Cafe. They will have a tasting of holiday desserts 6p-9p at 244 W. Davis.

Don’t miss out the last edition 1st Thursdays of 2009!

Big D Blog: Jingle all the way to Bishop Arts District

November 30, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Diana Nolacea

The 14th annual Jingle Bells on Bishop is coming up. Visitors can enjoy some holiday spirit Friday, December 4th from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday the 5th from 4-10 p.m. Calling all surrounding residents, folk who have never visited the area or frequent visitors it’s time to get into the holiday spirit.

There will be live entertainment. Bona Fide Blues will perform on Friday. The Floramay Holliday Band will bring some musical notes on Saturday. The shops in Bishop Arts District will also stay open longer hours for late-night shoppers so don’t forget your wallets and support local boutiques and specialty shops.

Santa Claus will also be making an appearance, so bring your cameras and catch a snap shot of the jolly ol’ soul.

Big D Blog: Bishop Arts District Resident loves her New Old House

October 27, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted By Diana Nolacea

Tracy Popken is living her dream at 24, thanks to the down turn of the economy in the last year.  She says she wouldn’t be where she is now if the economy was thriving in the United States.

Popken graduated from the University of North Texas in 2008 and was scouting out a place to live in Dallas. She came across a unique and mixed neighborhood in Oak Cliff. She fell in love with Bishop Arts District, a flourishing community of specialty boutiques, restaurants, shops and galleries. Her fashion design degree lead to her a happy job as an assistant manager at a local boutique in Bishop Arts District. Popken loves her bosses and is learning so much about managing the store.

Popken decided to take advantage of the home buyers credit available to first time home buyers. She says she is excited about her 2008 income tax return. Also, thanks to the economy, the house she bought almost went into foreclosure. So, the price of the home had been significantly reduced. Those two factors were the reason Tracy was able to acquire her home. She is restoring her 1920s home just down the street from Bishop Arts and she enjoys every minute of it. It was her dream to buy an old house and restore it. And that is exactly what she is doing.

Big D Blog: Urban Street Market at Bishop Arts District

October 20, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Diana Nolacea

Urban Street Bazaar at Bishop Arts District was quite the busy scene last weekend. The District hosted the event Saturday and Sunday to benefit La Reunion TX , an art community in the making.

According to their site La Reunion TX will “someday host artists working in a variety of media for periods ranging from one week to one year. In exchange for live/work space, artists will be expected to give back to the community through programs, exhibits, performances, and installations.”

So Bishop Arts District was the logical place have Make’s bazaar. With the perfect atmosphere, it was a successful event, both for the community of Bishop Arts and La Reunion TX. Merchants donated to a silent auction and proceeds went to La Reunion TX.

There was a unique variety of items for sale at the bazaar. Everything sold was either handmade or vintage. Artist has paintings, jewelry, clothing, purses and all sorts of artsy items. There was also a booth were a photography displayed her portfolio. Shoshana Portnoy is a photographer at Through the Looking Glass, a Dallas studio that specializes in pin up style photography.

After the bazaar ended Sunday afternoon I decided to get dinner at Hunky’s. The cheeseburger I ordered was delicious.

Big D Blog: October’s Edition of 1st Thursdays

October 5, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Diana Nolacea

What happens at Bishop Arts District every first Thursday of the month? A friendly event called “1st Thursdays.” On Oct. 1, shops and restaurants kept their doors open late for shoppers and late night diners.

The popular fashion and cosmetic shop, I’m that Grrl, gave a 10 percent discount on merchandise to customers and a 15 percent discount to students. Other shops also had special promos going on as well.

As the sun began to hide slowly and neon signs began to glow, more and more people trickled into the area.

My friend Kristian and I decided to explore other boutiques in the district. As we walked into Indigo 1745, I recognized a familiar face working behind the counter. A fellow orch-dork of mine from my high school years. Tracy Popken and were in the orchestra together in middle school and after high school I didn’t see her again. She now works at Indigo 1745, a specialty boutique. On Sunday, she moved into her newly bought house just blocks from Bishop Arts. Besides working at the shop, Tracy revamps vintage clothes from her home. The area is definitely a boom district with artsy folks.

I’ll be back to Bishop Arts District before November’s edition of 1st Thursdays, scheduled for Nov. 5.

I look forward to chatting with Tracy again.

Big D Blog: Bishop Arts District Celebrates International Day of Peace

September 22, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Diana Nolacea

Today is International Day of Peace and Bishop Arts District celebrated this past weekend by having their third annual Block Party and Peace Festival.

International Peace Day was declared an international holiday by the United Nations in 1981 and the first Peace Day celebrated on Sept. 21, 1982. In 2002, the General Assembly proclaimed Peace Day as a permanent international holiday.

Events take place all over the world from small community gatherings to public concerts and forums.
Bishops Arts District welcomed visitors to local shops, restaurants and vendors selling art and other items in booths.

Karen Blessen, illustrator of The Making of Peace Day, was a worker bee at the Peace Festival. She signed copies of her book and spoke with visitors about the importance of Peace Day. Blessen is an award winning free lance artist and writer based in Dallas, Texas.

“People watching is my favorite thing,” Blessen said from her book booth.

Families with children and pets were a common sight as well as couples and groups of friends.
A stage set up in the heart of the festivities allowed participants to perform with musical instruments or recite poetry. Visitors sat in nearby chairs and sidewalks to listen in on the performances.

The event ended at sundown as visitors and vendors slowly disappeared.