Nestled in the middle of north Oak Cliff is one of the most gentrified areas in Dallas, Bishop Arts. Home to eclectic, artisan shops and restaurants that specialize in niche products and services, Bishop Arts is a community that is rapidly changing. Just a decade ago, this area was seen by outsiders as undesirable place to live and to shop. However, longtime residents of the community rejoiced in the vibrant sense of community and small town feel Bishop Arts used to offer. With investments made to benefit the community from developers such as, the Jim Lake Company, the community has seen drastic economic growth, benefitting the upscale business community, such as White Rock Soap Gallery and Indigo 1974, while leaving the local residents and businesses hanging on to their roots while figuring out how to survive in the changing community dynamic.
In an area that is rapidly changing, Ken Valencia merges his high-fashion background with the Bishop Arts District’s local touch to create a trio of businesses that feel right at home.
A look into the three dimensional personality of a misunderstood area.
Nnedi Okorafor, an award-winning author of African-based fantasy and science fiction, spoke in the 2019 Highland Park Literary Festival.