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Neighborhood design and gift store opens in Bishop Arts
The newest shop to open in Bishop Arts, Neighborhood, offers interior design services along with books, gifts and work from local artists. Husband-and-wife owners Erin and John Paul Hossley are interior designers, and they wanted a storefront that would invite browsers to their design services. Their “design bar” offers a menu of services that includes remodel/renovation consultation ($50/hour) and cabinetry/mill-work design ($75/hour), among many others. “We wanted to do something that was not intimidating,” says Shannon Dwyer, an in-house designer at Neighborhood. “People can sit at our design bar and see what we have to offer.” The studio commissions designs from local furniture makers Gary Buckner, Sean Springer and Dan Phillips. And they carry work from local artists, including Kevin Obregon, Cabe Booth and Taylor McClure. They also carry coffee-table books on design, art and bicycles, as well as stationery, candles and home accessories. “Anything that makes us laugh or we think is cool, we put it out,” Erin says.
Neighborhood, 411 N. Bishop, 214.943.5650
A social club and a tavern
Oak Cliff Social Club, a bar and restaurant in the same building as Inforzato’s, opened last month in the Bishop Arts District. Co-owner Peter Saucedo leased two spaces, including the former Eclectic Studioz, and made them into one, extending the new space from Davis to Seventh. Saucedo, who is co-owner with his wife, Mariah, and his parents, Diane and Leo Saucedo, has done most of the renovations himself. Before the 30-year-old got into the bar and nightlife business with stints at Lotus and Three Sheets, he worked renovating kitchens and bathrooms. He installed Oak Cliff Social Club’s solid granite bar himself, as well as a wood panel design on the wall behind the bar, for example. Saucedo, who lives near White Rock Lake, says he shopped around for about a year looking for the right place to launch his concept. Oak Cliff Social Club will be open seven days a week, serving drinks and pub grub — Inforzato’s is helping with some of the food. A lounge area in the back has soundproofing and is big enough for bands to play there.
Oak Cliff Social Club, 238 W. Davis, 214.941.0298
Across Seventh, Ten Bells Tavern has been in the works since February. Co-owners Meri Dahlke, Michael Hickey (who are husband and wife) and Greg Matthews will serve fish and chips, bangers and mash, pickled eggs and sandwiches at the British pub concept. They’re planning an outdoor space that is “pure Texas beer garden” with picnic tables, a covered patio and a window that passes through to the bar. Hickey says he has worked in the restaurant and bar business since he was 15 years old. “Since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted my own place,” he says. “I don’t know why. I was a glutton for punishment, I guess. And now I have it.”
Ten Bells Tavern, 232 W. Seventh
More business bits
1. East Kessler resident Eric Tschetter plans to open a sports bar and grill in the former Luckie’s Smokehouse space at West Davis and Clinton. Tschetter, who owns Pour House Fort Worth, plans to open the new place, PhD (Pour House Dallas), as early as September, in time for football season. 1300 W. Davis
2. Billed as a “friendly neighborhood bar where everyone is welcome,” Bar 305 is a new gay bar that recently opened on Centre, near Barbara’s Pavilion. Manager Jeff Jennings says the bar features a cozy environment with leather couches, pool tables, video games and a large patio. Enjoy karaoke on Fridays and a DJ and live music once a month. 309 Centre, 214.901.6748