Deep Ellum Holiday Boutique Ride Satuday Dec 15th
From the Facebook invite/announcement:
It’s that time of year again! Since last year’s Holiday Boutique ride to West Village and Knox St shops was such a hit, we’re doing it again. Only this year we’re spreading the love to Deep Ellum and Exposition Park!
And, since we have a new bike-friendly group in the neighborhood, we’re partnering with Bike Friendly South Dallas too.
You’re going to be blown away by the collection of shops we found nestled between restaurants and businesses over here. Some real gems you’ve probably never heard of! Best of all, our ride will end at the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market.
We’ll depart from Switching Gears around 12:30. We’ll make our way to the exclusive by-apointment-only NSFW Clothing, just around the corner on Exposition, and by 1pm will be departing Expo Park.
This year we’re providing the list of shops ahead of time so you can feel free to take your own pace, ahead or behind the group. We understand, some stores will draw you in while others won’t fit your fancy. And some stores will keep you enthralled with their drinks and snax and you may just….. but before you get carried away, keep in mind that the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market will close around 5pm. That’s our final stop, so you can gauge our pace on that. SO here’s the list:
Switching Gears Cyclery NSFW Clothing Urban Relics Dallas Pinup Factory Girl Far Fetched Imports Deep Ellum Outdoor Market
The nature of this ride’s value isn’t so much in calories burned or exercise as much as in the camaraderie, and the pure joy of biking and holiday shopping at local boutiques.
These shops are a great mix of funky vintage and eclectic clothes (from the high-end Factory Girl and the sexy glam Dallas Pinup, to treasure trove Urban Relics, one-of-a-kind NSFW Clothing, and artisan-made DE OutdoorMarket shops.) Mixed in with the best antiquey all-inclusives (Lula B’s which didn’t make the tour because it deserves an entire day unto itself, and Urban Relics.) With some straight-from-Nepal genuine silver-and-stone jewelry and clothes at Far Fetched Imports (my personal favorite find in this neighborhood) and everything else that’s on your gift-list to be found at the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market.
So come early to Switching Gears, get your tires aired, get that uber stylish helmet you’ve been wanting (they have a great selection) or go ahead and find the perfect basket, rack or pannier to carry your treasures. And if you’re at all concerned about the logistics of carrying a larger-than expected purchase, I hear we’ll have some newly-minted cargo bikes joining us!