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North Texas’ Top Three Costume Shops

By Ellen Case
Senior Staff Writer

Photos by Noel DeJesus

Photos by Noel DeJesus

 

DALLAS COSTUME SHOPPE

3905 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226
214-428-4613, dcshoppe.com

Dallas Costume Shoppe is the oldest costume shop in the city. The shop is owned and operated by Michael Robinson. The small building is filled to the brim with all kinds of clothing, including detailed masks that surround the store cabinets. The clothes are available to rent, with alterations available if needed. Store clerks make sure customers have the appropriate accessories to go along with their outfits.

 

DALLAS VINTAGE SHOP

1855 N. Central Expy., Plano, TX 75075
972-422-7256, dallasvintageshop.com

Dallas Vintage Shop is located on the edge of Central Expressway past George Bush Turnpike in Plano. The small store has racks and cases full of colorful clothes, impressive hats and other accessories ranging from old to new. This particular shop is a popular choice for customers looking to be a specific character from a book, film or television show.

This store started as a vintage donation store and has slowly turned into a hot spot for costume lovers to expand their own wardrobes.

 

ROSE COSTUMES

5800 I-35 #508 N., Denton, TX 76207

940-566-1917, rosecostumes.com

Rose Costumes began in 1976 in Denton, Texas. The store originally sold vintage clothes but later turned into the costume shop it is today, with over 5,000 costumes for rent. The building not only houses costumes but also decorations, including spooky mannequins. The costumes for rent are available for a period of three days at a time but can be reserved ahead of time. Merchandise ranges from real vintage clothing to themed characters to period clothing from throughout history.

Vintage costume shop offers classic selection

Michael Robinson, a Brookhaven College theater adjunct and former student, recounts his experiences owning and operating Dallas Costume Shoppe, one of Dallas’ premier costume destinations.

By Ellen Case
Senior Staff Writer

Photos by Ellen Case Michael Robinson, owner of Dallas Costume Shoppe, poses with several costume pieces in the shop, located outside Deep Ellum.

Photos by Ellen Case
Michael Robinson, owner of Dallas Costume Shoppe, poses with several costume pieces in the shop, located outside Deep Ellum.

 

A customer walking into Dallas Costume Shoppe will immediately take in the rich vibrancy of the place.

The small building, located on Main Street in Deep Ellum is the city’s oldest costume shop, having opened around the early 1900s. The building’s storefront once featured a mural but now is covered by graffiti and a thin coat of faded gray.

Inside, Michael Robinson, owner and Brookhaven theater adjunct, and his staff work in the middle of the front room. The shop is filled with every color of the rainbow, brimming with costumes that fill the cabinets, racks and tables. There are even more in the back. Large costume heads look down on the mass of costumes, boxes of accessories and sewing equipment in the shop’s main room.

Robinson sits at a table covered in pencils and scraps of fabric. Above him is a rack of colored threads. The store is in the middle of providing costumes for multiple shows. One customer comes in to pick up a rack of Navy uniforms for a production of “A Few Good Men.”

Robinson, a former Brookhaven student, was working as a costumer at the Brookhaven drama department in the ’80s when the then-owner approached him about making an offer to buy the business. Robinson said he didn’t change the shop much after pur
chasing it, aside from adding computers to replace the journals that had been used for the better part of a century.

Robinson said he started his theater career at the age of one when he was cast as the youngest son in “The King and I.” His parents loved theater and encouraged their son’s interest in it, though Robinson said his parents most likely appreciated the time they had to themselves while he rehearsed.

Robinson said he drifted away from acting and then back to it when he attended classes at Brookhaven. He said he never knew what he wanted to do growing up, but knew it would be something in theater. After acting, Robinson got involved in set design until an accident occurred during a tour of
the production of “A Christmas Carol.” After his injury, Robinson said he needed a change.

A Charlie Chaplin mask hangs on a wall in Dallas Costume Shoppe.

A Charlie Chaplin mask hangs on a wall in Dallas Costume Shoppe.

 

 

Robinson said the busiest times of the year for regular costumers at the shop are usually holiday seasons.

Robinson said the most popular Halloween costumes he sees are gangsters, flappers, Southern gentlemen, saloon girls and pirates.

“You can never go wrong with a pirate,” Robinson said.

Robinson said because of how long Dallas Costume Shoppe has been around, he relies on word of mouth to bring customers in.

For the theater world, Robinson said he and his team work on three to four shows during the summer. One of his favorites was “Avenue Q” at Theatre Three and Stage West. The show ran for almost two years, and the cast performed about 200 shows in that time.

Depending on the show, Robinson said he uses what he has to make costumes, sometimes cutting skirt away from tops to create a new outfit or even creating pieces from scratch, a more difficult option due to the costly fabrics. Robinson has built a fine reputation over the years with his co-workers.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have Michael Robinson on staff with us since even before my arrival at [Brookhaven] going on 13 years ago,” Darise Error, Brookhaven theater professor, said. “He is extraordinarily multi-talented, an exceptional collaborator, and a valued friend and colleague.”

Amanda Rodriguez, a former student and employee at Dallas Costume Shoppe, said she admires his kind and open heart as well as his incredible work ethic.

Looking toward the future, Robinson said he would love to expand.

Former student turns YouTube sensation

Natalie Casanova has made a name for herself on the internet as a video game streamer and YouTuber since attending Brookhaven College as a mass communications major.

By Nicholas Bostick
Multimedia Editor-at-Large

Photo Courtesy of Natalie Casanova

Photo Courtesy of Natalie Casanova

 

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world know the name Natalie Casanova, though they would likely be more familiar with her Twitch handle, ZombiUnicorn. She is also a past Brookhaven College student and former managing editor of The Brookhaven Courier. Continue reading

Arbor day plants tradition

By Jake Griffin
Copy Desk Chief

Photo by Jake Griffin Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, assists two Brookhaveans planting a tree during the Arbor Day Celebration.

Photo by Jake Griffin
Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, assists two Brookhaveans planting a tree during the Arbor Day Celebration.

 

Brookhaven College held its fourth Arbor Day Celebration Oct. 6 in the Windmill Garden. Students, staff, faculty and local conservationist organizations celebrated the day by planting trees, exploring Brookhaven’s wooded areas and discussing Continue reading

Brookhaven Go brings fairs to BHC

By Stephon Smith
Contributing Writer

 

Brookhaven College and local organizations have teamed up to bring Brookhaven Go, a collective of four student-oriented events, to campus Oct. 11 and 13. The events will include Continue reading

District cancels trip to Cuba

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor

 

A group of Dallas County Community College District students and faculty saw their summer plans to visit Cuba in August vanish when the trip was Continue reading

Correction notice

On our sports page for Issue 1 published Sept. 19, we introduced an error into the schedule for Brookhaven College’s women’s volleyball team. All start times listed for the Lady Bears’ games are one hour after the actual start of the game.

Additionally, the games on Oct. 7 against Clarendon College and Dodge City Community College are away games. They are not home games.

Below is the corrected schedule for the Lady Bears volleyball team.

 

 

BHC police department alerts campus of mountain lion sighting

Photo Courtesy of Meridith Danforth | BHC police officers saw an animal near the north end of campus that they believe left this paw print.

Photo Courtesy of Meridith Danforth | BHC police officers saw an animal near the north end of campus that they believe left this paw print.

 

By Diamond Victoria

Editor-in-Chief

Brookhaven College police sent out an alert on the first day of the fall semester warning students and employees of a mountain lion reported near campus two days earlier.

The feline was allegedly spotted sometime around 2:50 p.m., Aug. 27, by Brookhaven police officers Erick Gauna and Vilai Thongihn on the Continue reading

JC’s Burger House beefs up flavor

By Connor McNeil

Contributing Writer

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Photos by Nicholas Bostick | JC’s Burger House offers sandwiches, such as a patty melt topped with jalapeños and grilled onions, paired with fries.

Conveniently located on Beltline Road, minutes from Brookhaven College, is a burger joint hungry students may want to take advantage of.

The first JC’s Burger House opened in 1999 in Plano, Texas. Jay “JC” Cockerell, founder, said he thought there was a void in the burger game, according to jcsburgerhouse.com. Continue reading

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