Just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, Mesquite has become a destination for its wide range of shopping options. From big chains in one of the area’s largest malls to small mom-and-pop boutiques, you can spend the day enjoying the options on a trip to this Texas city—which features more than three million square feet of retail space. Here are just some of your options when you’re looking to head out for a day of shopping.
Town East Mall
Looking for lots of shops in one convenient place? The opportunities for fun and fashion are endless at Town East Mall in Mesquite. More than 160 specialty shops await you, so whether it’s the holiday season or just an average weekday, you can expect to discover something for everyone on your list. Fuel your shopping spree with a bite at the 850-seat food court where you’ll have your choice of more than 25 eateries serving all your favorites.
Market East Shopping Center
Just across the street from the mall and located along Interstate 635 and Town East Blvd. the Market East Shopping Center features approximately 350,000 square feet of developed retail—and it’s growing even more, with a total of more than 475,000 square feet expected in the coming years. Here you’ll find a Super Target, Academy, Michaels, Ulta, Homegoods, Marshall’s, Burkes Outlet, Kirkland’s, and OfficeMax. If you’re looking for a big-box retailer, chances are it’s in this area.
Looking for something a little more intimate? Then head to Downtown Mesquite, where you’ll shop at smaller stores with authentic local flavor in the historic heart of the community. Here you’ll find florists, locally-owned restaurants, bootmakers, and fun neighborhood events. Visit women’s boutiques like In The Ivy Boutique, or other unique shops like Ray’s Southwest Ammunition Supply and Your Creation, which offers airbrush, printing, and embroidery.
The Marketplace of Downtown Mesquite
More than a farmers market, the Marketplace of Downtown Mesquite is known for its local fare from artisans, farmers, and craftsmen. The Mesquite Marketplace is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from April to November in historic Downtown Mesquite at Heritage Square, 150 W. Main Street. The marketplace is open from 9 am to 2 pm.
The Antique Gallery of Mesquite
Are you up for some antiquing? Mesquite stands out as one of the top destinations in the area for one-of-a-kind items from the past. You’ll have plenty to choose from at the Antique Gallery of Mesquite, which is far from your typical antique store. The complex hosts 36,000 square feet of fabulous finds that you won’t get anywhere else, with 170 dealers and counting. Whether your decorating style is formal, modern, colorful, or retro, you’ll unearth plenty of things to choose from that will be sure to turn heads. Vendors bring in new items daily, so it’s never the same experience—and chances are there’s a hidden treasure for you somewhere. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from noon to 6 pm.
If you enjoy crafting and other artistic endeavors, Mesquite has specialty shops for quilting, sewing, and other craft-oriented activities. The family-owned Pieced Together Studio & Quilt Shop is known for its excellent customer service, and it has everything any quilter could want—including classes for those who’d like to learn the craft. It also holds Pour and Paint (bring your wine!) painting classes for those who want to dabble in art. Also for those who like to sew, the Thomas Sewing Center is an authorized Janome dealer with a full line of Janome and Brother Sewing, Embroidery, Quilting and Serger machines. JOANN Fabrics and Crafts has been around for more than 70 years and inspires customers to achieve their creative visions. Get all the supplies and guidance for any crafty project here.
Boot Barn and Other Western Wear
When it comes to western wear, you’ve got a lot of options in Mesquite. But let’s start with the Boot Barn, which began as a family-run store and now features more than 200 locations in 29 states. In the Mesquite store (located at 18500 on the LBJ Freeway), you can browse more than 8,000 styles of boots, jeans, shirts, hats, belts, jewelry, and more. In Downtown Mesquite, Willy’s Shoe Repair makes custom books in addition to traditional shoe repair.
The holiday season is an excellent time for shopping in Mesquite, as the stores make every effort to make the experience extra special. Don’t miss the Hometown Holiday Market at the Mesquite Convention Center, as it features more than 35,000 square feet of holiday shopping and fun. There’s a kids zone with free crafts and make-and-take holiday gifts. Have your kids (or pets!) take a picture with Santa Claus and get your holiday shopping done early.
No matter when you visit, you’ll find the shopping experience in Mesquite to be a delightful way to spend time with friends—and it has just about anything you’re looking for. And with a little luck, you’ll also return with a few things you weren’t looking for (but just had to have) as well. Good luck!
Written by Krista Diamond for Matcha in partnership with Mesquite CVB.