Outdoor store coming to Bishop Arts

Two Oak Cliff entrepreneurs plan to open an outdoor store in the Bishop Arts District next month.

The store, A.J. Vagabonds, will take the space on West Eighth and Bishop that once housed the Cozy Cottage (which recently moved to a space on West Jefferson).

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It is the latest concept from Oddfellows restaurant owners and Go Oak Cliff founders Amy Cowan and Jason Roberts.

“We’re going to bring in things that we’ve crossed the river for, which has always ben one of our missions: What does oak cliff need?” Cowan says.

She says they want to incorporate as many local products as possible while offering a range of camping and outdoor supplies, as well as guided canoe and hiking trips.

The store will serve as pick-up/drop-off and booking site for Charles Allen’s Trinity River Expeditions and for Bill Holston’s nature hikes.

The first canoe tour leaving from the shop is May 19, so they hope to have the store open by then.

“There’s actually stuff happening in the outdoors here, you just need an introduction to it,” Cowan says.

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