Foodie Favorite: St. MartinsIf you’re really in the mood for an intimate evening Jennifer says that nothing is more ideal than St. Martins in Greenville. “Let the live pianist become the soundtrack to your evening as you cozy into a corner booth. The dark wood and candlelight set the tone for a night to remember with your loved one.” She mentions that the Champagne Brie soup is a life changer and that you won’t regret it.
Cocktail Culture: Bowen's HouseJennifer’s favorite way to treat herself is through the unique cocktail experience that Bowen’s House offers. “Watch your Mixologist create craft cocktails with such skill and attention to detail that your drink becomes your own personal piece of perfection to enjoy.” This getaway is located in Mckinney’s own Texas Landmark inside of an actual house. She also recommends taking a trip to Terilli’s rooftop where you can have an open view of the Dallas skyline as you sip your perfectly crafted martini. “I love a good martini, and Terilli’s has an entire section of their cocktail menu dedicated to martini’s alone, so you know you’re in for a smooth ride.”
Artistic Addiction: Jill Pumpelly and Samuel Lynn GalleriesJennifer’s top pick for local artist is Jill Pumpelly. “Her abstract style and use of color and mixed media make her work undeniably appealing.” She expresses a strong love for Samuel Lynn Galleries as well. “Unapologetically eye-catching art, a beautiful space, and I love that they support charitable causes like St. Jude!”
Décor Destination: The Dallas World Trade CenterWhen it comes to décor of all sorts, Jennifer’s one and only one shop stop is The Dallas World Trade Center due to its tremendous amount of variety of style. “Always on trend, there are 14 floors of countless showrooms to fulfill every decor need. Plan on spending a day here – a couple of hours aren’t enough to scratch the surface!”
Bargain Hunter: Total Home and Gift Market at the DMCJennifer has yet to miss this twice a year event called The Temps at Total Home and Gift Market at the Dallas Market Center. “You can find everything from jewelry, unique gifts, home decor, to apparel, and all at wholesale pricing. It’s such an amazing find extravaganza that my sisters, mother, and I mark it on our calendar months in advance.” Drinks are offered towards the end of the event to keep the shopaholics shoppin’ and when the all of purchases are said and done, Jennifer and her family enjoy their traditional girl’s only dinner to retire the day.
On the Move: Paciugo Gelato“My husband and I love doing fun things with our kids on the weekend and one of their favorite excursions is taking the Dart Rail from Mockingbird Station to the Trolley Turntable at Cityplace. From here we hop on the trolley and head over to Paciugo for a frozen treat, which gives me a chance to shop around Uptown, or get oﬀ at Klyde Warren Park and let the kids expend some energy running around.” After the kids have had their fun, it’s time for the adults to have theirs. She says, “If we have the time it’s always fun to stop by the Rustic on the way home for draft beer served in an ice-cold schooner.”
Brain Candy: Angelika TheatreTo relax after a long day Jennifer becomes fully immersed in a good read. “I love a good book and always feel I could lose myself for hours in a bookstore. Barnes and Noble and Half Price Books have so much to explore that time melts away while you’re searching through their treasures.” If not a book than an educational film will do. She states, “I also love a great documentary, and it’s a treat to go to the Angelika Theatre and get to understand a piece of the world through someone else’s eyes.”
I Heart Dallas: The Arboretum’s Cool Concert Series“The Arboretum’s Cool Concert Series on Thursday evenings in the fall and spring is an experience not to be missed. Every Thursday a diﬀerent favorite artist is covered by a live band, and the natural lawn amphitheater is covered with picnic blankets and lawn chairs as attendees celebrate with the beautiful White Rock Lake as the stage backdrop as the sun sets behind them.” If that’s not your scene then she suggests to, “check out The Market at Dallas Farmer’s Market, where you can browse through many artisanal vendors for special finds, or sample the many diﬀerent local specialty food vendors in this 26,000-square foot food hall while taking in the Dallas skyline.” This makes for an unforgettable experience. Image 1 courtesy of St. Martins. Image 2 courtesy of Bowen's House. Image 3 courtesy of Samuel Lynn Gallery. Image 4 courtesy of the Dallas Market Center. Image 5 courtesy of the the Dallas Market Center. Image 6 courtesy of Paciugo. Image 7 courtesy of the Angelika Theatre. Image 8 courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum.