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After 35 Years, Ahab Bowen is Closing its Doors

photography by Elizabeth Lavin

Michael Longcrier, owner of Uptown vintage shop Ahab Bowen, has confirmed the sad news. The pillar of vintage shopping in Big D will make its final sale in the cozy cottage at the end of the day on July 30. Even former mayor Laura Miller has called the shop “a Dallas institution,” according to Michael, and it’s true. We’ll really miss trying on all the full skirts, band tees, and jackets (oh, how I love the jacket rack), perusing the funky assortment of shoes and hats, and the room full of chunky costume jewelry. There is a silver lining, however. Everything in the shop is 25 percent off right now, and the floor is still being restocked daily. Come Monday, everything will be 50 percent off. There might even be a warehouse selling off the rest of the merchandise in the future, but stay tuned. Until then, we’ll see you soon, Ahab Bowen, to stock up on some vintage gems to remember you by.

*Update: A reader asked for the reason the store is closing: Michael told me after three years without seeing much profit, the store was becoming more of a hobby than a business. It’s financial, folks.

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16 comments on “After 35 Years, Ahab Bowen is Closing its Doors

  1. I don’t know. I did my own vintage shopping tour earlier in the year and I thought Ahab Bowen, while by a mile the cleanest, was the most disappointing. Very, very, very little selection. Cute and being an institution don’t make up for having not much for me to choose from in my sizes.

  2. Oh no!!! I’m so sad about this! Ahab Bowen is the only place in Dallas for real vintage not just kooky stuff and a few dress. Color me devastated.

  3. OMG, nooooooo

    this is the best place for fun vintage and costume shopping, I have been a 70′s diva, an 80′s wannabe, a biker and more all thanks to the amazing pieces from here, great service, unique place, so sad to see it go!!

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  5. This is so sad. I JUST bought two pairs of awesome ear rings there, and I always love their clutches. Keep an eye on dressrebeccajean.com because we will try to do something to tribute the store.

    xoxo,
    Rebecca

  6. A lot of the clerks have booths at Dolly Python, over on Haskell. You can still find great clothes, jewelry, clutches, shoes and all that there! Not to mention a great assortment of knick-knacks and other crazy stuff.

  7. Though Dolly Python is cool, it’s not the same, and not nearly as organized. Ahab Bowen was the place in Dallas to find clean, affordable, vintage womenswear in good condition without any digging.

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  10. So sad! I’ve been selling them my mother’s costume jewelry in batches for for the last year or more… We should have been shipping larger batches, clearly! Sigh.

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  12. Just heard the sad news! I live in NYC now, but I always couldn’t wait to go back home to Dallas during the holidays to stock up on great Ahab Bowen finds! The quality and prices at Ahab just couldn’t be beat! Such a nice, neat, well-curated shop. They always had something amazing and unique. I started shopping there circa 1993 when I was in high school. To this day, I still wear those great vintage purchases I bought at Ahab years ago. I always get compliments on my Ahab purchases. I’ve shopped for vintage everywhere, but by far, my favorite vintage store is and always will be Ahab Bowen. So dear Michael, hopefully it’s not too late to change your mind and reopen. Increase your income by adding a website where I can shop for your great clothes from the comfort of my NYC apartment. But you should really consider reopening. Your fans are waiting patiently in the wings. xoxoxo

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