This year, forget designer labels, mall crowds and perfectly wrapped packages and check out our December cover story, Think Outside the Gift Box, for inside tips on where to find the hottest handmade gifts around.

Read and listen to your neighborhood news
at — check out our new weekly podcast, during which the editors and guests take a lighthearted look at emerging trends and idiosyncrasies in the neighborhoods we cover.

Oak Cliff is becoming a hotbed of happening pastry chefs. First, we got Rush Patisserie. And now, Dude, Sweet Chocolate, a sweets shop like no other, is set to open in Oak Cliff as early as Friday. Dude. Sweet. Chocolate. This stuff writes itself.

Do you have photos from our neighborhood’s good ol’ days?
Roaring ’20s, disco ’70s … we’re looking for glimpses of history as seen through residents’ lenses. The most interesting photos will be showcased in an upcoming edition of Advocate, so let us know what you have.