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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Supersize Your Wardrobe in Dallas


3. What to Do

Victory Park  

Located in posh Park Cities, NorthPark Center is like the Time Warner Center on steroids. An ongoing $235 million expansion has introduced new shops from Valentino, Bottega Veneta, and Oscar de la Renta, plus major art acquisitions from Mark di Suvero and Claes Oldenburg that have turned a conventional (if massive) shopping mall into glittery cultural destination. Nearby, 76-year-old Highland Park Village has gotten new life with the recent arrival of Noble Boutique, a more affordable version of its outrageously expensive sister, William Noble Rare Jewels, known for its over-the-top diamonds, estate jewels, and custom-designed pieces.

The talk of Uptown is Victory Park, a new residential and retail development that’s part South Beach (blond-streaked valets in blue shorts and white tennies), part Times Square (eleven massive LED billboards). Less flashy is the center’s home-décor boutique Haven , where ex–New Yorkers Jon Tutolo and John Bassignani peddle one-of-a-kind and small-production items like Samuel Moyer’s recycled-wood daybed and former model Dayna Decker’s wood wick candles that crackle like a fire when lit. A few doors down, Noka’s single-plantation cacao truffles are only available here and in Tokyo.

Published on Oct 31, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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