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The Design District Market Returns on Small Business Saturday with Craft Beer, Texas Vendors & Local Bands

Post-Thanksgiving, the shopping scene can get a little crazy — midnight brawls in dressing rooms, lines that circle the block and anxiety from trying to reach the last PS4 on the shelf before the rest of the crowd. Luckily, the Design District Market has the perfect cure for your Black Friday hangover: a peaceful, locally-focused shopping experience fueled by craft beer, live music and good vibes on Small Business Saturday.

Taking place at Community Beer Company from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., shoppers will have the opportunity to pick up their Design-District-brewed craft beers for $4 a pop, or 3 for $10. Then, they can peruse the 70+ vendors located both inside (which will be heated) and outside the brewery, stopping to play some giant Jenga, corn hole or pool along the way. Of course, there will be plenty of food trucks lined up for when the munchies hit, and local bands The Roomsounds, The Venetian Sailors and Recycled Photographs will be on stage throughout the day to provide the soundtrack.

For some original gift ideas, make sure you hit up Haus of Growlers for the beer-lovers, Texas Hill Country Olive and In a Pickle for the foodies, Artigianale and Cantoinette Studios for the fashionistas, and Dixie Goods Company for the pets. Speaking of pets, feel free to bring them along! Children are welcome as well, so bring the whole family.

Parking is available along Slocum St. and Inspiration Dr., as well as in the front parking lot of Community Beer Company off of Stemmons Freeway. We encourage everyone to take alternative transportation to the event! Community is a short walk or bike ride from the Victory DART station, the Katy Trail, and the American Airlines D-Link stop.

Community Beer Co. is located at 1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas, TX 75207.

You can see more details about the event, as well as a full list of vendors, on the event’s Facebook page.



Artsy Activities for the Weekend



After you dumpster-dive into our pool at the Design District Market, there are endless artsy possibilities! Here are some events happening around the Design District this weekend that you can check out after you’ve cleaned out the market.


Design District Market After-Party hosted by LuminArte Gallery


Design District Market participant LuminArte Gallery will be hosting an after party to celebrate their recent accolade of being named the Best Art Gallery by Dallas A-List voters. The after party will take place from 7-10 PM and will showcase some of their favorite pieces as well as some new art acquisitions. Of course, the after party is free and open to the public!


1727 E Levee Street

7 – 10 PM

Saturday, August 10th

A Momentary Glitch in Transitory Spaces @ Red Arrow Contemporary


Artists H. Jennings Sheffield and Gissette Padilla come together to explore the idea of time, physical and psychological space through their work using light and projections. Come and be a part of the art as you experience “different facets of perceived spaces and layered images.”

Red Arrow Contemporary

1130 Dragon St., Suite 110

6 PM – 9 PM

Saturday, August 10th

Summer Camp Group Show @ Cohn Drennan Contemporary


Summer Camp, an exhibition featuring a medley of gallery artists, will close this year’s season for Cohn Drennan Contemporary.  The artists come from all over the nation, from New York to Baltimore to DC to Dallas. Be sure to stop by the opening reception on Saturday, August 10th!

Cohn Drennan Contemporary

1107 Dragon St.

Noon – 5 PM

Thursdays – Saturdays in August

Reception. Ritual. Memory @ Circuit12 Contemporary


On Saturday from 6 PM – 10 PM, come and experience the two-person show by Dallas artists Kendra Briscoe and Marilyn Jolly.  Briscoe recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts at Southern Methodist University while Jolly earned her MFA in Painting at the University of Oklahoma in 1983 – a unique and exciting merger of artistry! The two artists are teaming up to reinterpret the ideas of home, comfort and familiarity through sculpture, painting and ritual.  The show will be on display until September 3rd.

Circuit12 Contemporary

1130 Dragon St., Suite 150

6 PM – 10 PM

Saturday, August 10th – September 3rd


New Texas Talent XX @ Craighead Green Gallery

texastalentNew Texas Talent has been the segue into the commercial market for emerging artists since 1994. Artists submit hundreds of images each year, and jurors choose which ones to feature in the New Texas Talent exhibit. This event gives great media exposure for the fresh visual artists and usually this leads to gallery representation and/or invitations to future exhibits! Come check out Texas’s new talent so that you can say you knew about them first!

Craighead Green Gallery

1011 Dragon St.

11 AM – 8 PM (Artists/Jurors arrive at 5 PM)

Opens Saturday, August 10th


Dumpster Pools, Local Stuff, Live Music, Food & Drink At the Design District Market @ Dallas Contemporary This Weekend

The fourth installment of the Design District Market is a collaboration with the Dallas Contemporary, and it happens this Saturday, Aug. 10th from 12 to 8 p.m. Like the previous markets, there will be local vendors, live bands, food trucks and beer, but this time around there will also be two dumpster pools on-site to help get you out of the Texas heat.

One of the Progressive dumpster pools, in progressive

The dumpster pools will be created by Progressive Waste, and will include a swim-up bar, full deck, pool lounge and clothing check area keep your belonging safe while you swim. The outside is painted by local street art team Sour Grapes, who have done dozens of murals around Dallas and have even previously exhibited in the Contemporary’s galleries.

The band lineup is an eclectic one, including folk rock artist Robbie Saunders, electro-pop guru Ronnie Heart,  summery garage rock band The Birds of Night and funk/reggae group The Effinays. The set times are as follows:

6:00 p.m.      The Effinays
3:30 p.m.      The Birds of Night
2:00 p.m.      Ronnie Heart
12:00 p.m.    Robbie Saunders

Food trucks include Nammi Truck, Easy Slider, Gorgonzilla Grilled Cheese, Doughboys Pizza, The Crazy Pig, Little Greek Food Truck, Tin Star Taco Taxi and Parrot Icce. There will also be light bites inside from Bridge Bistro, Beck’s Prime and Cravetopia Bakery.

Bombay Sapphire will be shaking up free cocktails, and Ben E. Keith will bring the beer and wine, which will also be free. Don’t forget to stop by the palm reading booth or miss the flash mob which will take place at some point during the day. And, don’t worry, all of the vendor booths will be inside the Contemporary’s air-conditioned space.

Also, get $5 off you Design District Market t-shirt if you bike, walk or take any other sort of alternative transportation to the event. Just let us know at the front table!

There will be plenty to do, so stick around!

The Dallas Contemporary is located at 161 Glass Street, Dallas, TX 75207. Free parking is available in the lot at Riverfront & Glass Street, and along the street on Glass & Levee.

 RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.


Design District Market Round Three

The Design District Market will return tomorrow for the third time, this time shutting down the 300 block of Cole Street and filling it with local vendors, food trucks, beer and live music from 6 to 10 p.m. Here’s what you expect at the outdoor extravaganza:


If clothing is what you’re after, stop by for vintage shoes at Re-Finery, handcrafted leather bags from Artigianale, funky reworked men and women’s wear from m.v.c. by misty chanel, screen printed tee’s from Dowdy Studio, Durty Laundry, and Hot Mess T-Shirts, and summer dresses from Jennifer June and Dora Yim.

Special J Antiques

In the housewares department (we are in the Design District, after all), vintage collectors Special J Antiques will be present, as well as cacti gurus Concrete Notions, photography prints from BKC Travel Photography, artwork from Colcerex Trading.

Regal Cottage

For the kids, Wren & Rumor will offer their cozy handmade blankets, Regal Cottage will feature eco-friendly toys and gifts, and Zandoodles will be selling handmade hats and hair accessories.

There will also be plenty of handmade jewelry and other fun items at each of the booths — even these unique hand woven dog begs and collars from Dixie Goods Company.

Pie Flutin’ Pastries

If you’re just after some great food and local craft beer, stop by the bar and food truck area for Community Beer (made right down the street!), Yellow Belly Food Truck, Crazy Pig, Bombay Street Food, and Boss Hogs Food Truck. The Tamale Company and Becerra’s Tex Mex will serve up tacos and tamales, and EMA Baking Co. will have their homemade biscotti for sampling or purchasing. Don’t forget to take home some artisan olive oil from Texas Olive Ranch, a mini pie from Pie Flutin’,  and a bag of cookies from Stephanie’s Premium Bakery.

Folk band The Venetian Sailors will get the party started, and synthpop newbies Catamaran will close it out.

We’ll see you on Cole Street tomorrow evening!


Design District Market Takes Over Cole Street Next Thursday

The dallasdesigndistrict.net blog, Jim Lake Companies, and Deep Ellum Outdoor Market are teaming up to bring a market to the streets of the Design District. We’ll be closing off Cole Street to make way for food trucks, street vendors, live music, local beer, and plenty of activities.

You can stop by the food pavilion to nosh on treats from Easy Slider Truck, Belgian Waffle Co., Bombay Chopstix, Tutta’s Pizza, Eat Jo Dawgs, The Butcher’s Son, and Rockstar Bakeshop, then grab a beer from one of the La Grange pop-up bars. They’ll be serving local brews from Peticolas, Lakewood, Revolver, Rahr and Deep Ellum Brewing Companies, and Denton-based Armadillo Ale Works will offer their homemade Lemon Soda Pop and Ginger Cream Ale.

A plethora of Dallas vendors will be lined up down the street, so come ready to shop! Make sure you stop by the booths of local Design Districters f. is for frank, GrassRoots Design, The Wooden House, Top Drawer Interiors and EGallery Studios, as well as favorites like Dowdy Studio, Durty Laundry, Hari Mari,and Rapid City Vintage.

The music lineup will start with Jaw, a young Dallas alternative rock band, followed by electro-pop group ZHORA, folk rockers Danny Rush and the Designated Drivers, and pop violinist Daniel Hart.

We’ll also have yard games, a pet area, and other surprises.

Get 25% our limited edition Market t-shirts if you walk or bike to the event!

A shout out to our sponsors: Trinity Loft, AVANT Broadstone Community, Trinity Capital Bank, La Grange and Yelp Dallas.