Third South’s month-and-a-half-old Frosty Darling (177 E. 300 South) is as playful as the name implies. The ice cream-parlor color palette and eye-candy inventory make the impossibly cute city boutique impossible to avoid stepping foot in—especially with the dart-and-balloon game that currently transforms the store’s cash register into a summer carnival.
At Frosty Darling, it’s all about fun, which isn’t to say that a certain level of good taste isn’t part of the picture. Owner and artist Gentry Blackburn thinks of it as “a selling place for local crafties”—as the store is filled with screen-printed sofa pillows, cloth napkins and aprons in minty greens and bright pinks. These sit alongside graphic paintings and prints by local artists, and all are intermixed with vintage finds and things like brand-new flower-printed glass plates.
We went gaga for chic mid-century buffets and desks crafted by local Pragmatic Design as well as the selection of retro-in-appearance candy bins, non-typical wrapping papers and the cutest package of truly old-timey scrapbooking materials from Dallas-based One Good Bumblebee.
You’re likely to pick up a little knickknack or doodad for yourself, but if not, just browsing through Frosty Darling is a sweet treat enhanced by its connection to the ultra-cool Kayo Gallery. Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
We know you’ll have fun.