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Antiques dealer Compton Creel has spent many weekends on buying trips with his wife. “It was pretty much all geared toward her,” he says. “And few and far between were things that interested me.”

Antique shop for men, DFW M’Antiques, opens on West Davis

Antiques dealer Compton Creel has spent many weekends on buying trips with his wife. “It was pretty much all geared toward her,” he says. “And few and far between were things that interested me.” He told her he wished they could find more “man-tiques.” That’s how he figured there was a niche for an antique store geared toward men. Creel and business partner Robert Owen of Lakewood opened their 2,500-square-foot mall, DFW M’Antiques, on West Davis in October. It’s in the warehouse building that used to be a cheap furniture store, near Haines. Creel, who lives in Little Elm, specializes in toy soldiers. He paints and prototypes them, and he has clients for whom he creates customized toys. He first got into the business selling antique toy soldiers at Trader’s Village when he was 12. “We decided we would pick Oak Cliff because it was an opportunity to add to the Oak Cliff environment and find a space that was reasonably affordable,” he says. Creel and Owen think they will find much of their clientele living right here in the neighborhood. And with several antique malls and vintage shops in our neighborhood already, it’s a place for men to shop while their women peruse. The shop isn’t full yet. They are seeking more dealers. Space in M’Antiques rents for $3 per square foot, and there are a few display cases that rent for $100 per month each. Dealers also pay 10 percent commission to cover credit card fees, but no workdays are required. The shop is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Revamped Stevens Park Golf Course now open

After an $8 million renovation that took a little less than a year to complete, the historic Stevens Park Golf Course is again open for golfers. An opening day charity tournament Oct. 10 benefitted north Oak Cliff beautification projects. The course was redesigned for better views of the Dallas skyline and to slow erosion of Coombs Creek. While it is technically against a city ordinance to be on the golf course without paying a green fee, walkers and runners often exercise along the golf course paths early in the morning and at night, when the course is closed.

Doña Tota Gorditas opens

The first Dallas-area store in the prolific Mexican fast-food chain Doña Tota opened on Jefferson last month. Doña Tota was started in 1952 by Carlotta Murillo and has grown to an empire of about 200 restaurants in 40 cities. The gorditas at Doña Tota are grilled, not fried, with a choice of 12 fillings, including pork, chicken and beef stew. Doña Tota entered the U.S. market in 2007 with a store in San Antonio. Now there are four other Doña Tota stores in South Texas, and it appears the store on Jefferson will be the first in the Dallas market.

Chef Jeff Harris takes the helm at Bolsa

Former Craft Dallas chef Jeff Harris takes over as executive chef of Bolsa this month, replacing Graham Dodds. Harris and the Bolsa crew also will open a new concept, Bolsa Mercado, in a renovated former mechanic garage a few doors down from Bolsa. Bolsa Mercado, which is expected to open this month, will serve breakfast and lunch, with dinners available for takeout. They will also make charcuterie, along with pickles, sauces and condiments. Doughnuts, kolaches and other bakery items also will be available.

Get in Touch

DFW M’Antiques
424 W. Davis
214.680.4960

Stevens Park Golf Course
1005 N. Montclair
214.670.7506
stevensparkgolf.com

Doña Tota Gorditas
704 W. Jefferson
214.948.8682
donatota.com

Bolsa
614 W. Davis
214.943.1883
bolsadallas.com

More business bits

(1) Torn, the clothing store that opened on West Davis at Clinton in May, has closed.
(2) Urban Hippie, the children’s store and photography boutique across the alley from Eno’s in the Bishop Arts District, has closed. We hear Jim Lake Cos. is close to signing a lease with a new restaurant tenant for the former Decanter space in Bishop Arts.
(3) La Paisanita taqueria’s new Bishop Arts location, on West Davis at Adams, is expected to open this month. The taqueria’s other Oak Cliff location is on West Davis at Ravinia.

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