Botanica vacates Bishop Arts spot


It looks like the botanica on Davis at Bishop has moved out. Not that a botanica is out of place in our neighborhood, but that always seemed like kind of a strange business to be right at the gateway of the B.A.D.

The building’s landlord, Amanda Cross, didn’t answer her phone when I called and hasn’t responded to a text message. There is no “for lease” sign, but most of the stuff from the botanica is gone and the store is almost empty.

The building’s mix of tenants has changed a bit over the past year or so. A tattoo shop replaced the skate shop. A makeup salon has taken the place of a beauty shop next to the Greek restaurant. Boomers on Bishop brought a unique retail concept to the district. Home on Bishop is one of a few home decor shops that have opened in Bishop Arts recently. Whitehall Exchange has added life to the corner of Davis and Seventh. And Flowers by Conde moved in after a fire destroyed the owner’s previous space on Madison.

What business would you like to see in the old botanica?

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  • OakCliffClavin

    Ooh! Ooh! Maybe it’ll be another place to get wine!!! Lord knows THAT’S what we need more of.

  • A bakery that makes fresh organic breads would be awesome!

  • AG

    So many of the amazing places that make Oak Cliff unique are slowly but surely disappearing. Sad. Sad. Sad.

  • mark

    Ground zero for Oak Cliff Ghost Tours, ala New Orleans. Cardboard cutouts of Clyde Barrow (and Bonnie), Stevie Ray Vaughn, Oswald, and souvenir knickknacks from OC, like The Kessler, OC Tower, Texas Theater and other landmarks. Celebrate the past as being part of today’s Oak Cliff experience….

  • AG


  • whatever the market asks for…personally it’s nice to see the exterior changes they’ve already made

  • downtownworker

    The whole building needs some TLC

  • True, it was a strange business to have in the gateway to B.A.D., but it was a lingering reminder of what the neighborhood used to be and the kind of people that kept it alive until the new tenants came around. Personally, I never went in there and I won’t miss it anywhere near as much as I miss El Padrino.

  • Mrs, Cook

    That has to be the place where I had an unfortunate experience with a monkey, which was running around the store back in the 80s.

  • There is already a TABC license request in the window so I think that question has been answered