Shopping is more than a pastime in Dallas, it's a lifestyle.  The home of the original Neiman Marcus (214-741-6911) which is still in operation at 1618 Main Street in downtown, Dallas also includes the first planned shopping center at stylish Highland Park Village and one of the first luxury indoor malls at Northpark Shopping Center.  Style and elegance permeate these sophisticated consumer's paradises. The Galleria Mall continues the tradition with high end retailers in a complex that includes an ice skating rink.

Sam Moon's began in 1984 as a wholesale fashion outlet on Harry Hines Blvd. in what is beginning to be known as Koreatown.  Today it has expanded to include home furnishings, gifts and a coffee shop.  Low prices keep it as Dallas' worst kept bargain secret.

To get all duded up for a night at the local dance hall buy some western wear.  Boot Town at several Dallas locations claims to have the largest selection of cowboy boots.  Cavender's Boot City at 2833 LBJ Freeway (972-239-1375), celebrating its 40th anniversary and Shepler's at 18500 LBJ Freeway (972-270-8811), either one, offers every brand name in boots, shirts, hats and jeans.

For funkier gets, check out the small boutiques along Lower Greenville Ave. and in Deep Ellum sandwiched between the clubs and restaurants.  The ultimate flea and barter market can be found at Traders Village in Grand Prairie.  It's been running every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until dusk at 2602 Mayfield Road (972-647-2331) for thirty years.

Dallas Farmer’s Market located at southeast corner of downtown Dallas at 1010 South Pearl Street seasonally offers fresh local produce direct from the farmers, flowers and decorative handcrafted jewelry, pottery and furniture from the Southwest and Mexico.