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Located at the figurative intersection of rustic and refined, Antèks is a leading source for Western-inspired décor. Like stepping into Hollywood’s Old West come to luxurious life, the Dallas Design District emporium boasts over three decades of experience in designing rustic furnishings for clients across the country. And that’s just half of owner Jason Lenox’s Antèks empire.
A relatively new addition to the Plaza at Preston Center, Antèks’ sister store, Antèks Curated, presents an unmatched selection of gifts, home accessories, and fashion finds (pictured at top). All are in keeping with the Antèks Western chic aesthetic, from Lenox’s own home accessory collection – notably featured in the Smithsonian gift shops, as well – to goods from Pendleton and Ralph Lauren.
Today, Lenox takes us on a personal tour of our city, revealing finds that appeal to a designer’s keen eye for detail. Plus, he’ll point us toward the “best frozen drink in the history of frozen drinks.” Curious? Read on for the (Secret) Local List:
Foodie Favorite: To start, Lenox heads around the corner from his Oak Cliff home for “great food and a great neighborhood atmosphere” at Bolsa. One of this area’s original local, seasonal restaurants, Bolsa’s rotating new American menu is complimented by a charming atmosphere.
Cocktail Culture: Speaking of cocktails, Lenox next points us toward “the best frozen drink in the history of frozen drinks” at Tex-Mex legend, Mi Cocina. The superlative sip is none other than the Mambo Taxi, a Margarita-Sangria swirl like none other.
Shopping Sensation: Next, we made a point to poll today’s expert on his own boutique in the shopping category. “I’m really proud of my new store, Antèks Curated,” Lenox explains. “We’ve partnered with some great brands like Pendleton, Filson, and Double RL. No joke, it’s the most unique shop in town!” Right now, we’re crushing on his selection of handcrafted feather bow ties as our go-to holiday gift for guys.
Bargain Hunter: When it comes to bargains, Lenox heads to Riverfront Drive in the Dallas Design District. He notes the helpful staffers at favorite haunts White Elephant and Lots of Furniture, calling each a “treasure hunter’s dream.”
Brain Candy: Finally, our tour comes full circle back to Oak Cliff for a hidden gem in our entertainment-meets-education category. Lenox raves of The Wild Detectives, “It’s an old bookstore with real books. They serve light bites and have a full bar, as well. Very cool scene. Very.”
All images via individual restaurants and retailers.