High rent pushes out Bishop Arts ice cream shop

photo courtesy of Eddie Murphy

photo courtesy of Eddie Murphy

Skyrocketing rent is squeezing out a Bishop Arts District ice cream shop.

La Original Michoacana will close July 31 and relocate to Abram and Stadium Drive in Arlington.

“We feel sad to be leaving Bishop Arts,” says owner Eliodoro Aguilar.

He opened the shop on West Davis at Haines seven years ago, when the rent was $1,600. His landlord recently offered to renew his lease for $6,000 a month, Aguilar says.

La Original Michoacana paletas sell best in Arlington, Aguilar’s analysis shows, so that’s why the move there.


By |2015-06-15T12:19:09-05:00June 16th, 2015|Business, Development, News|29 Comments

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  1. Tevoyadar_chingasos March 9, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    You’ve been reported for harassment.

  2. Samantha Derrick March 8, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    sure they wont miss you

  3. Heather Leigh August 29, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Parkdale Heights! Off 30 and Lawnview, we need businesses, why Arlington when there are great parts of Dallas?

  4. Smokey June 19, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Andrew you do indeed understand as this passage well explains. Art transends, and it does indeed bind those that share.
    Smokey Burns

  5. Andrew Hudson June 19, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    This is from American artist Robert Henri. Pardon his lack of gender-neutral language. The brotherhood of which he speaks is all of humankind. This was written in the early 1920’s…

    “Through art mysterious bonds of understanding and of knowledge are established among men. They are the bonds of a great Brotherhood. Those who are of the Brotherhood know each other, and time and space cannot separate them.

    The Brotherhood is powerful. It has many members. They are of all places and of all times. The members do not die. One is member to the degree that he can be member, no more, no less. And that part of him that is of the Brotherhood does not die.

    The work of the Brotherhood does not deal with surface events. Institutions on the world surface can rise and become powerful and they can destroy each other. Statesmen can put patch upon patch to make things continue to stand still. No matter what may happen on the surface the Brotherhood goes steadily on. It is the evolution of man. Let the surface destroy itself, the Brotherhood will start it again. For in all cases, no matter how strong the surface institutions become, no matter what laws may be laid down, what patches may be made, all change that is real is due to the Brotherhood.”

  6. lakewoodhobo June 18, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    I second Wynnewood Village or anywhere along Jefferson Blvd.

  7. Lolotehe June 18, 2015 at 3:40 AM

    Bishop Eats District

  8. Cairenn Day June 17, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    What about even areas like the old Elmwood commercial district?

  9. Cairenn Day June 17, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Any idea of what kind of a business?

  10. Cairenn Day June 17, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    I bet that they would do well in either of those locations.

  11. Benjamin D'Avanza June 17, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    5k is a lot of rent. I don’t see how sole entrepreneurs can afford to start a business without seriously deep pockets.

  12. lakewoodhobo June 17, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Thank you for checking. I would love to see anything on Jefferson Blvd. (beyond Jefferson Tower) commanding those rates and still being successful.

  13. Benjamin D'Avanza June 17, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    I inquired about the Raven’s Pharmacy building. It is leased.

  14. Etta D. Gray June 16, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    @disqus_ntwcWrH2Xb:disqus, I with ya.

  15. Stan June 16, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    They could always come to Wynnewood Shopping Center or even the Kiest Hampton shopping Center which is half empty.

  16. Travis Rex June 16, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    What kind of dickbag wants $6k rent for that building?

  17. Diane Birdwell June 16, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    PLEASE come to Far East Dallas.

    We have low rents, but tens of thousands of people who have $$ for ice cream.

  18. Michael June 16, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    A couple of things. First, Bishop Arts still has a great many shops that support local, small time artists, including our shop. Second, if $72 a square foot does end up being the going rate, you will see the destruction of the area. And yes, that means it will hurt not just us, but the many local artists we help support. We have been here 19 years and put our hearts and souls into this area, but we could never afford that rate.

  19. 75206 June 16, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    This is even more than a Jim Lake price increase in the heart of BAD. It’s over folks. The heart and soul that made this a destination is dwindling away.

  20. Smokey June 16, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Amen! The most valuable Real Estate is that which stands in the way of another. Part of that number comes from the fact that it includes the corner lot for parking. But that’s double the going rate based on your numbers so no doubt there is a back story?

  21. jaydub June 16, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    According to DallasCad, that’s a 1000sf building. So the going rate in Bishop Arts is now $72/sf per year? That’s more than just greed, there’s something else in play here!

  22. Kevin Christensen June 16, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    I hope that space sits vacant for years. Greedy landlords.

  23. lakewoodhobo June 16, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Unless they have a tenant lined up and willing to pay $6,000/mo in rent, then the landlord is being foolish. It’s too small of a space for the kind of bar or restaurant that would generate that much in sales.

  24. Robert J. Duncan June 16, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Noooooooooooooooo. My favorite ice cream shop.

  25. Tevoyadar_chingasos June 16, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    This is sad. I love their paletas too! I will miss them.

  26. Smokey June 16, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Bishop is no longer an Arts District. Art is plied in many ways whether culinary, on canvas even the written word etc.. There was a time when Bishop may have been Art friendly or maybe even inspiring. Millions in public funds and Tax credits have been given to wealthy investors to transform the affordable to the unattainable. We are due an economic downturn and when it hits, empty storefronts will abound. The Arts may then have another day. Loyalty has no place in this place therefore it’s value is shallow. Can’t buy a vibe, that comes from the people and sadly one by one they are leaving.

  27. DallasDude June 16, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    There are other areas of Oak Cliff with cheaper rents. Small businesses and artists studios should look over by Kiest Park, where the area is just calling to be remade into the “old” OC.

  28. Cindy Jones June 16, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    This is so sad 🙁 All these local small businesses will be pushed out due to greed, the neighborhood character will change and what we will have left is nothing special. It will be the same chain and retail boxes you see everywhere.

  29. Jill E. Kelly June 16, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    If businesses like this can’t survive in the changing Bishop Arts, I don’t want to live here anymore.

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