Our “Meet The Merchant” series is written for you, our reader, to introduce you to the shops, restaurants, services + people that make the Bishop Arts District unique. This week, we’re talking to Kristen, with retail space All Good Things.
BAD: What is your business all about?
Kristen: All Good Things is a carefully curated stationery and gift shop whose offerings include contemporary jewelry, intentional home wares, thoughtful greeting cards and custom party goods. The shop also hosts workshops for the community to learn skills such as floral arrangement, modern calligraphy and brush pen lettering. All Good Things will quickly become your “go-to” gift shop!
BAD: When did you open your doors?
Kristen: All Good Things opened on July 10, 2017. We’re looking forward to our “year two” birthday celebration this summer!
BAD: What is the mission behind your small business?
Kristen: During the first few years that I lived in Dallas, I noticed there was a lack of gift shops and anytime I needed that perfect gift for a friend or my mom or whoever it was, I struggled. I figured I wasn’t the only one and thought that maybe it was something that other people in Dallas were looking for as well. So, anytime I had a bad day at work, I had always come back to my crazy dream – opening up my own shop. It seemed so unrealistic and to be honest, frightening. But after talking with some close friends and family, I decided to take a leap of faith and just do it. I spent every night researching, pinning to my “SHOP” board on Pinterest and trying to figure out how to turn this big dream into a small business. I quit my job in March of 2017 and started working from home for a friend while I did my research and thought that I would potentially open something within a year or so. Well – things escalated once I found the perfect space in the Bishop Arts District about one month after I had quit my job. I had the lease signed, got the keys on June 1st and opened the doors to All Good Things on July 10, 2017. The overall goal of the store has always been the same – to create a space in the community where people can come and find a unique and beautiful gifts at a reasonable price. Where they can come to our workshops and learn a new skill and be creative. Many of our products come from small makers across the United States so while our customers are supporting our shop, they are also supporting many other small businesses and their families.
BAD: Why did you choose the Bishop Arts District?
Kristen: The Bishop Arts District has a reputation for hosting events such as wine walks, fall festivals and the infamous Mardi Gras parade. In this day in age, retailers need to offer more than whats on their shelves or on their menus and the Bishop Arts District offers an energetic sense of community to neighbors – both local and not!
BAD: Build a perfect date night in the Bishop Arts District. Where would you go? What would you do?
Kristen: A perfect date night in the Bishop Arts District would be much like my boyfriend and I’s first date – start with a glass of wine at Neighborhood cellar before walking around and seeing what is new in shops like Oasis, Society, AJ Vagabonds and All Good Things, of course! Next up, dinner at one of our favorites like Eno’s, Lucia or Zen. The night would likely end with a nightcap at Ten Bells Tavern or The Local Oak!
Visit All Good Things:
336 West Davis Street, Dallas, Texas 75208
Monday + Tuesday: 11-6, Wednesday + Thursday: 11-7, Friday + Saturday: 11-8, Sunday: 11-4
Follow us: @allgoodthingspaper