Construction barricades and traffic headaches have lately become the new normal at Highland Park Village. Founded in 1931 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000, however, the Village didn’t establish its decades-long reputation for excellence by resting on laurels.
Devotees in Dallas and visitors from far and wide have never waivered in their trust that it was all in the name of progress. Just in time for the holidays, their patience is rewarded.
Alleviating a key point of traffic congestion on the southeast corner of the Village adjacent to Preston Road, Royal Blue Grocery is now open for business. Though beautifully appointed, those who had hoped for a Hamptons-style Barefoot Contessa experience inside this anticipated addition (present company included) may be disappointed.
Rather, Austin-based Royal Blue Grocery aims to provide a “modern, urban grocery store” experience within a tiny footprint. Expect convenience items like crackers, chips, and breakfast cereal squeezed in alongside wine and cheese, a coffee bar, and the typical toiletries.
Moving on, after the closure of Tom Thumb at Highland Park Village last year, the large supermarket’s 18,000-plus square foot space was divided into multiple new storefronts. Along this southern line-up, Alice + Olivia is now open. We’ve long admired designer Stacey Bendet’s brand for its head-turning party dresses and statement-making separates.
Coming soon next door to A+O, Bandier will stock fashion-focused active wear from the likes of Stella McCartney, Onzie, and Phat Buddha. Explore the brand’s website for a taste of its all-encompassing approach to “athleisure.” Two doors down, Dior Beauty is another coming debut.
Rounding out this southern stretch, Céline takes the treasured corner spot. Helmed by Phoebe Philo, this French luxury house brings its stamp of sophistication to products in a range of categories, from clothing to accessories, and beyond.
Also of note, longtime Tom Thumb neighbor St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange was displaced from its home for some months during the recent construction. It has returned to a bright, beautiful new boutique. Many locals count upon the something-for-everyone gift emporium, and its wrapping service, during the holiday shopping season.
And last but certainly not least, MARKET is an exciting new concept, opening soon, from Highland Park Village co-owner Elisa Summers. Representing a collaboration with luxury retail specialist Seaside Luxe, the multi-brand store will bring a curated selection of designer goods within an inviting environment.
We’re excited, indeed, to shop Nancy Gonzales, Missoni, Citizens of Humanity, Prabal Gurung, and more, while nibbling goodies from Sugarfina. Exclusive merchandise and frequent in-store events are also part of the plan for MARKET, which is slated to open later this month on the western side of the Village, across from Mi Cocina. Plan your visit at dusk to also enjoy the over two million LED lights that decorate Highland Park Village during the holiday season.
All images via individual retailers.