We love a list, and a (Secret) Local List is even better. Today, DFW Style Daily’s newest series continues with more expert recommendations for local dining, shopping, and more.
Turning a lifelong love affair with wine into her professional passion, Stephanie Rennells traded a career in oil and gas to indulge her entrepreneurial spirit – and her connoisseur cravings. Taking over Cork Wine Bar in Uptown’s West Village in 2011, Rennells is on a mission to demystify the oft-intimidating industry through innovative, budget-friendly finds from the vine.
Much like the complex yet accessible collection you’ll find at Cork, Rennells’ Big D obsessions are uniquely diverse. Today, we’re taking you on a tasteful tour of her favorite hot spots and hidden gems.
Foodie Favorite: “I love a good hole-in-the-wall restaurant, especially one that’s BYOB,” Rennells reveals. She and her husband habitually head to Mai’s Vietnamese with a great bottle of bubbly.
Go-To Boutique: Citing the Nicole Kwon Concept Store as her designer destination, Rennells notes of her West Village neighbor, “I’m now obsessed with Mother jeans and Thatcher dresses. Nicole has introduced me to so many new labels!”
Décor Devotion: Rennells is also a dedicated bargain hunter when it comes to design finds. She confesses, “My dream décor is Jonathan Adler, but since I’m on a budget, I score cool home goods at Z Gallerie and West Elm.”
I Heart Dallas: Finally, our expert takes visiting friends off the beaten path for unique festivals, sidewalk sales, and posh patio scenes. Rennells explains, “I love the Bishop Arts District and Fountain Place for great architecture, entertainment, and people watching.”
Stephanie Rennells headshot, credit Roberto Innetti. Additional images via individual restaurants and retailers.