After a challenging year, PaperCity celebrates leaders, artists, and innovators who kept us hopeful and inspired. Chosen by our editorial staff, the group of 50 comprising The New Dallas Establishment helped shape local culture, from rising beauty brands and fashion designers to inventive restaurateurs. Whether they’re rethinking retail or introducing us to something entirely fresh, each person on this list contributes something valuable to the city, paving the way for entrepreneurs to come. Cheers to a group that makes us proud to call Dallas home.
Artists & Entertainers
The Dallas Contemporary‘s deputy director works at the intersection of art and social impact.
Pioneering in a male-dominated industry, DJ Poizon Ivy is the Dallas Mavericks’ first female team DJ in the franchise’s history.
The farm-to-table advocate is the chef behind some of Dallas’s most beloved Italian restaurants.
The pop artist behind ReagART presents beloved Texas iconography (and beyond) through her own playful lens.
Hilary and Hannah Fagadau
The sisters behind Gallery 12.26 set out to offer a new international perspective to the Dallas gallery landscape.
Jencey and Cole Keeton
Since launching in 2018, Sweet Tooth Hotel’s infectious nature has let visitors immerse themselves in works from a rotating selection of talented local artists.
A collaboration with talented local designers, Italian restaurant The Charles is part showroom, part hot spot in the Design District.
Melissa Meeks Ireland
The visionary director behind the beloved annual gala and auction TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art.
Missy Rogers Peck
The sought-after party planner behind missyRSVP has worked her details-oriented magic with some of the biggest brands and names in fashion.
The engineer-turned-artist paints joyful works with meaningful mathematical precision.
The Marpohl illustrator’s imaginative large-scale works have covered prime real estate around town.
Beauty & Wellness Gurus
Known to thousands as Bag Snob, the OG influencer’s cult-loved U Beauty is building a streamlined empire of its own.
Her Oak Lawn studio, One Lagree, helped popularize the challenging fitness method in Dallas.
Kari Feinstein Ceitlin
Dallasites have long entrusted their faces to the medical-minded team at her Enlighten MD Med Spa.
Rethinking the DryBar for textured hair, the Harvard Business School grad opened the first Pressed Roots salon in Trinity Groves in 2020.
Dr. Lyndsey Harper
The gynecologist-turned-entrepreneur created the sexual wellness app Rosy to help women discover long-elusive answers.
Jenn Moulaison and Chelsey Charbeneau
The duo behind Breathe Meditation and Wellness created one of the most soothing self-care destinations in Dallas.
With Fitish, the longtime radio host is making attainable plant-based skincare for the wellness-minded.
Shaz Rajashekar and Kiku Chaudhuri
Thanks to their addictive Back to Your Roots product, the Texas sisters behind Shaz & Kiks are finally convincing women to enjoy the ancient beauty ritual of hair oiling.
The longtime Dallas fitness instructor virtually delivers results-driven (and affordable) workout classes directly to clients with Stay Fit Virtual.
Relying on hype and word-of-mouth alone, Zutter’s versatile Class Studios has become one of Dallas’ most popular boutique fitness gyms since opening in 2018.
Brands to Bet On
Created by the detective, who wanted to smell something nice after a long day on the job, Olphactory Candles hand-poured coconut cream products come in strong, sophisticated scents.
Whether you’re shopping out of the brand’s charming Uptown bungalow or its East Village townhouse counterpart in New York, finding footwear at The Sabah Dealer means discovering your go-to slipper for years to come.
His Texas-based rideshare service Alto is now bringing its bringing plusher, safety-focused cars to the coasts.
Jamie Coulter and Lindsey McClain
Instantly identifiable whether sported by a celebrity or your smartly dressed friend, La Vie Style House‘s kimonos and caftans are luxurious comfort at its chicest.
With Waverly‘s spa-like studio in the West Village, the entrepreneur is taking a wellness approach to dental work.
With works worn by Cardi B. and a coveted spot on Beyoncé’s Black-Owned Business Directory, the Project Runway alum’s Levenity brand is ready to take off.
Catalina Gonzalez Jorba
In addition to producing pretty children’s frocks and apparel designed to be treasured, Dondolo employs women in Columbia (Gonzalez Jorba’s birth country) through an ethical manufacturing chain.
Gardenuity’s customized container vegetable and herb kits make gardening available to all.
Combining a graphic design background with her playful personality, Lowe’s luxury stationery brand — cleverly named LoweCo. — contrasts elegant card-stock and chic, minimalistic branding with whimsical messages.
Through her beloved Mi Golondrina brand, Lynch is keeping the tradition of Mexican artisan-made clothing alive, and the women of Dallas well-dressed.
Lizzie Means Duplantis and Sarah Means
With a high-fashion spin, playful motifs, and a rich hand-lasted history in West Texas, Miron Crosby has become the it cowboy boot brand in Dallas and beyond.
Employing some of the biggest names in the industry as instructors, Mustang Cheer fosters young athletes and builds self-confidence.
Stewart and her husband have been revolutionizing the flip-flop for years, but with the new Hari Mari storefront on Knox Street (the first of many), the brand’s laid-back style is set to take over.
Justin and Diana Evans
What began as a dreamy Instagram (@theceh) featuring bespoke and beautifully repurposed vintage furniture has become one of Dallas’ most sought-after home brands.
Sarah and Natalie Knowlton
Whether you know them from their hyper-chic Instagram account or their impeccably-made French macarons, the sisters behind @WeTheBirds have an indelible style.
The longtime NBC 5 anchor makes catching up on the news both easy and palatable thanks to her straightforward daily stories on @thelandlinenews.
William Manning and Brittani Lassiter
With their reasonably-priced tennis bracelets and Roman rings, Milliard Diamond Concierge (@milliarddiamondconcierge) has earned a loyal following based on Instagram word-of-mouth alone.
Creating sculptural, unique works under the name @twelvethirtyfourflowers, Rivera demonstrates how floral and fashion go hand in hand.
Alexander first debuted his reimagined department store (one that puts brands with stories first) in Legacy West, before taking Neighborhood Goods to Manhattan’s Chelsea Market and Austin’s buzzy Music Lane.
After leaving Forty Five Ten, all eyes were on retail veteran Brian Bolke. His next move, The Conservatory, offers an elevated take on sustainable luxury for even the most discerning shoppers.
Baxter Box and Amber Venz Box
Julie Buckner Lane
Focusing on natural wines and additive-free liquor, Buckner Lane’s Bar & Garden appeals to the wellness-loving crowd and offers endless insight for the alcohol curious.
Inspired by clean, healthy convenience stores abroad, Pieper’s Feed Me Pronto offers clean swaps for everything from Doritos to slurpies, and a pretty spot to shop it all.
Blending a love for his home with an eye for streetwear design, Taplin’s By Way of Dallas offers city merch that locals can proudly wear.
Taylor Tomasi Hill
With The Yes, fashion and retail savant seemingly created the impossible: a shopping app that mimics a super stylish friend that totally gets your tastes.