to mention the most potent margaritas west of the pecos, hitch your wagon and head for this no-frills dallas stalwart.

shopping
the olive boutique

(817) 921-0700.
at this intimate fort worth emporium bursting with trendy fashions — bcbg, laundry, poleci, jeans by ag and blue cult — shopkeepers robert coronado and armando lozano (who also owns the city’s popular saffire lounge) are always happy to lend a creative eye and style the perfect outfit for you.

west village
www.westvil.com.
in addition to restaurants, bars, and a movie theater, this hip dallas enclave features fabulous and fun stores, from the rock-and-roll western boutique cowboy cool to a snazzy vespa dealership.

sights
nasher sculpture center

(214) 242-5100.
picasso, calder, and rodin are just a few of the names appearing at this smart, new $70 million design oasis in the dallas arts district.

sundance square
(817) 255-5700.
tourists and locals alike keep this downtown fort worth entertainment sector buzzing.

nightlife
gilley’s

(888) 445-5397.
the gilley’s made famous by john travolta and debra winger in urban cowboy is back, but with a new location (dallas versus pasadena, texas) and a new look (contemporary event venue versus boisterous honky-tonk).