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October 11, 2004
From journal Livin´It Up in the Big D
June 27, 2003
You will enter a festive outdoor atmosphere filled with exciting adventures just waiting for you. There are numerous of restaurants, nightclubs, boutiques, and bands that occupy three adjoining buildings to make up the West End Marketplace. Look out for street entertainers that will surely enthrall you with their lively music. You’ll be captivated and relaxed in this wonderful light hearted environment.
In 1911, the West End Marketplace Building was originally constructed for Brown Cracker and Candy Company, which remained in business until 1940. The Sunshine Biscuit Company took its residence in this building and was later bought out by Home Furniture Company
This building still remains in one of the most popular places in this city, the Dallas’ West End Historic District.
If you are in the mood for some shopping and festive activities, then West End Marketplace would suit your needs perfectly. We much rather prefer a more calmer atmosphere, but can see why this would entertain a variety of people from all over the world. I guess we’re what you would call, "fuddy duddies". :o)
Nevertheless, it’s a great place to explore your shopping needs. Some of their shopping vendors remind me of what you would experience at the game showcase in carnivals. Some just didn’t want you to pass their "boutiques" by without stopping first. Of course, sometimes you come across some really good deals because "some" vendors are really wanting to make a sale -- any sale . . . Just some tidbit info.
Overall, our experience at the West End Marketplace proved suitable and entertaining, but not quite what we are seeking. We much rather prefer the West End Historic District, Wilson Walking Tour, and of course, John F. Kennedy’s Museum. Maybe you’ll have a different opinion. Have fun!
For more general information on the West End Marketplace, please visit: Dallas West End Historic website.
Enclosed picture is from site mentioned above.
From journal Dallas' Charismatic Personality
April 28, 2001
The West End Marketplace Shopping and Entertainment Center is a restored warehouse converted to an entertainment complex filled with several dozen retail shops, cart vendors, food, arcade, and an outdoor stage.
It has 5 levels, including a large arcade (called Tilt) in the entire basement and part of the ground level. Additionally, there are 4 levels of souvenir, gifts, antiques and food shops. The top level has a bar, a mall-like fast food court, and an indoor minature golf course. Open escalators take you from one level to another (elevators are also available).
The West End Marketplace is adjacent to both the very popular Dallas Alley entertainment complex of nightclubs and a Planet Hollywood restaurant/bar. Both are located at the end of Market Street in the heart of the West End, and all its action.
The West End is popular and crowded on weekend nights. Street parking (metered) is available (but limited), but there are several parking lots (fee) and one large parking garage in the area.
Among all the nightclubs and bars for adults, the West End Marketplace is a good place to take kids. In addition to the arcade and miniature golf, watching one of the merchants make fudge candy is a popular attraction. There are a lot of security guards on duty, including Dallas Police Officers, to minimize the chance for trouble.
From journal Things to see in Dallas