We love a list and a Best in Dallas list is even better! Today, we’re sharing some local favorites from Catherine Lowe, owner of luxury stationary and papeterie store, LoweCo.
While best known for “winning” Sean Lowe’s heart in season 17 of ABC’s The Bachelor in 2013, Lowe wishes to become known for her business, which she hopes will soon be a well-known lifestyle brand.
Born and raised in Seattle, Catherine traded the cold north for the hot south when she moved to Dallas with Sean four years ago. They married in 2014 and had a son, Samuel, in 2016.
Lowe had so many favorite food spots in Dallas, that she couldn’t narrow it down to just one!
Mediterranean buffet Fadi’s Cuisine is a hit with the Lowes because it offers something for everyone.
“I freaking love Fadi’s hummus, fresh pita bread and roasted cauliflower!” Catherine said. “Sean and I equally love this spot because of the beastly portions (his fave) and the fresh, quality ingredients and flavors (my fave).”
For a fancy brunch, the newly opened T Room is a beautiful spot to try.
“On the more polished side, The T Room at Forty Five Ten is perfect for a girly lunch,” Catherine said. “I always, always order the T Room combinations so I can try a little bit of everything – the curry chicken salad is excellent.”
For a fun and unique dining experience for the family, Pints & Quarts is the place to go. It’s a cheap retro-chic burger joint built into a vintage gas station that also sells alcohol.
“Pints & Quarts is worth a mention if you love a great burger and amazing dipping sauces for your greasy fries. Oh, and anywhere in Deep Ellum.”
Artistic Addition: Cesar Llamas
Catherine was first introduced to the mixed media artist when she saw one of his “monstrous” and “bold” artworks in her friend’s home.
“We now have one of his pieces in our home and it’s a statement piece that is very dramatic,” Catherine said.
Decor Destination: Talulah & HESS
Talulah & HESS is a lifestyle retailer featuring apparel, apothecaries, and home decor.
“It’s my favorite local store for unique home decor and inspiration,” Catherine said. “This boutique curates the perfect pieces for your home and for gifts – including LoweCo. cards and gift sets”
Buffalo Exchange is a national thrift store chain that buys and sells used clothing. It is different from regular thrift stores in that it mainly sells modern, trendy, designer-brand clothing for about half the price. Catherine declares herself a “Buffalo Exchange girl,” visiting often to hunt for cute clothes on a budget.
“Most people don’t have the patience to look through each garment, but I consider it an adventure every time!” Catherine said.
Catherine also heads to Vintage Martini for “fashion bargains and unique finds.” Vintage Martini is a consignment shop featuring high fashion from every decade, like the 1970s clothes on the mannequins pictured above.
Brain Candy: Nasher Sculpture Center
“Nasher Sculpture Center is cool and educational,” Catherine said. “It’s an oasis in the heart of the concrete jungle, with the outdoor garden and fountains.”
The Nasher Sculpture Center is a must-see for any tourist, as the iconic Evivia Amore metal sculpture (pictured above) peeks through the Dallas skyscrapers.
The center also has many exhibitions and educational events geared for children to encourage them to create art and be inspired, which Catherine recently took her son Samuel to.
I Heart Dallas: Klyde Warren Park
“If you want to truly enjoy the spirit of the city, Klyde Warren Park is the spot,” Catherine said.
Many free activities and events are held daily and can be found on the park website’s calendar. The 5.2 acre park was built over an abandoned highway, providing a burst of green in a city of gray concrete. This fresh spot attracts hundreds there daily.
Another thing Catherine loves about Dallas is the Southern hospitality.
“As an outsider, my favorite thing about Dallas is the people,” she said. “They are kind, love to have a good time and are family-focused.”
Images Courtesy of Catherine Lowe, Pints and Quarts, Cesar Llamas, Talulah & HESS, D Magazine, Vintage Martini, Nasher Sculpture Center, Klyde Warren Park