We love a list, and a Best In Dallas list is even better. Today’s insider picks include hidden gems in Oak Cliff and Oak Lawn, plus much more:
Emma Saperstein is fairly new to the Big D, but she’s fallen for our city fast since relocating from Chicago last summer. A performance artist-turned-business owner and gallery curator, she represents a fresh, creative force on the Dallas scene.
Emma is a new addition to WAAS Gallery founder Brandy Michele Adams’ team of artistic minds. She keeps busy of late with the re-branding of the Deep Ellum art space, now titled LEVEL. And when she’s not at the gallery, this creative multi-tasker can be found at her hip Deep Ellum coffee shop-slash-bar, Drugstore Cowboy. More on that below.
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Foodie Favorite: Bellini’s Italian Café
This recent Dallas transplant makes regular visits to Bellini’s on Oak Lawn Avenue. Of her attraction to the neighborhood mainstay, Emma explains, “This place feels like home! I love the bizarre décor and they make fantastic food.”
Artistic Addiction: LEVEL Gallery
Today’s expert came on board as curator and partner of LEVEL Gallery after connecting to the creative aesthetic and quirky personality of founder Brandy Michele Adams. Curated by Emma Saperstein, “The Oil & Gas Show” runs through February 28. Pictured above: Asterisk 3 (cloudy) by Thomas Macker
Brain Candy: The Wild Detectives
Always on the hunt for unique hangouts, Emma loves visiting this singular Oak Cliff venue, which combines bookstore and performance space. She raves, “I love their vibe and programming!”
On the Move: Mohler MMA
When it comes to working out, this fitness buff credits Dallas-based Mohler MMA for her sleek physique. She considers classes from Professor Allen Mohler and his staff of mixed martial arts and Jiu Jitsu instructors an absolute must. “I go twice a week, at least,” she reveals. “It really kicks my butt!”
Cocktail Culture: Drugstore Cowboy
Finally, when it’s five o’clock somewhere – or right here in Dallas – Emma can be found at Drugstore Cowboy. She opened the combination coffee shop and bar in Deep Ellum last fall. “I really think our cocktail program is on point,” says the Cowboy’s boss lady. “From hot buttered rum to a Sazerac or Irish Coffee, there’s something for everyone!”