A Love Letter to Deep Ellum

Dear Deep Ellum,

As I strolled around Dallas, Texas just hoping to take in some of the local sites (and having done uncharacteristically little research prior to my trip) I was surprised and delighted to stumble upon your dreamy, colourful neighbourhood.

The quiet mid-afternoon streets provided the perfect opportunity to snap a handful of images that I’ve been wistfully scrolling and re-scrolling through ever since. The combination of brightly coloured business signs with amazing murals painted across every wall elevated even the most pedestrian parking-long (how’s that for a paradox) into something from a Roal Dahl universe.

It made me wonder why every other town doesn’t push their business owners to be as creative as the ones I passed in Deep Ellum. I would love to see more craft breweries incorporate…apocalyptic fantasy tanks…like the one outside BrainDead Brewing. (Not to mention the excellent art displayed within BrainDead as well.

Deep Ellum, weird and wonderfully so, welcomes the Instagram contingent with open arms.

And the cat wall?

As if that weren’t enough to convince someone that this gem of a neighbourhood is a pure fantasy world, let’s talk about the cotton candy sunset.

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I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I was totally freaked out by the flocks of blackbirds (I think?) that were covering each and every powerline…but one thing is for certain…

Deep Ellum Birds on a WireThis is one neighbourhood that certainly isn’t for the birds. (But it actually is because LOOK AT ALL THE BIRDS!)

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Who Wants a Love Letter?

Dear friends,

Did you know that April is National Letter Writing Month? Last year, I was inspired by local artist of all things adorable, Tara Andrews. This year, my IG friend Lianne announced that she would be sending letters by post this month as well as poems. How lovely! I was so delighted to open her letter!

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I started thinking, “What a perfect complement to my year of letter writing!” I guess that means it’s time to share the love.

Would you like to receive a note from me IRL? Just complete the form below and I’ll be sending them out over the next few weeks.

 

Happy Letter Writing!

xoxo Krista

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A Love Letter to Vitae Spirits

Dear Vitae Spirits,

I’m a fan of a nice cocktail. And I’m a fan of a craft brewery, especially the ones with a taproom. But, prior to my visit to your charming establishment on a trip to Charlottesville, Virginia, a craft distillery that served the public was a nearly foreign concept to me.

One of my favourite aspects to travelling is getting to taste all the local flavours — including, of course, local beverages. As my awesome group of travel companions and I traipsed around town in the hot sun, we looked forward to finding Vitae Spirits, which was tucked into an otherwise unassuming neighbourhood.

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I generally associate spirits (even the really classic ones) with getting a little fancy. Usually, they’re something I enjoy with friends on special occasions or night’s on the town. I think: cocktail lounge. So, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the vibe of Vitae Spirits was totally chill. The other group enjoying their beverages during our visit were playing a boardgame (and I feel that really tells you all you need to know).

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While your bartender-mixologist (?) walked us through the small but fun menu for sampling, I took in the simple, modern cool aesthetic of the space. Having the distillery equipment, with all its gears and gadgets felt kind of steampunk, in the most fun way.

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I’ve been a gin and tonic girl for a long time now (extra limes, or a gimlet if the mood dictates) so I was delighted to taste your modern flavours, as well as the Paw Paw Liqueur, which was a total first! I had only ever read about paw paw until then.

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Cheers to you, Vitae Spirits. Thanks for providing a unique and refreshing experience on our tour of Charlottesville.

xoxo Krista

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