William Campbell expands with a big, bold satellite gallery
While the Byers Avenue location is still considered the mothership for the venerable contemporary art gallery, WC now has a second location suited to exhibiting large pieces. Located not too far off Carroll Street and nestled near new multistory homes in the Linwood neighborhood, the second space was once the studio of Seitz Design, now relocated to Dallas. The flat-roof white brick building got a much-needed makeover years ago, and gallery COO Peeler Howell says the opportunity to get into the building appeared suddenly. William Campbell splits the space with Charlie + Co., the hair salon formerly located farther down Foch Street. The building suits both businesses, and parking is plentiful. Inside, WC reconfigured rooms to create multiple galleries and a white box environment ideal for showing art. Next up is “Reflecting Pools,” a solo exhibition by Richard C. Thompson, whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The show is on view through Sept. 3.
217 Foch St., 817-737-9566, williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com
Children’s boutique Collins + Conley gets a permanent space at Clearfork
Collins + Conley is yet another online shopping-only retailer to move into a more permanent address. Owners and sisters-in-law Ashley Watten and Sarah Leafgren opened their children’s boutique as a short-term pop-up at Clearfork in the spring of 2021 and was able to build a local audience with its thoughtful collection of clothes and accessories for babies and beyond. They renewed their lease this past spring, took a smaller space, gave it the Collins + Conley makeover with a signature blue paint scheme and expanded its offerings to include more party favors, gifts and clothes for mom. While online shopping is still available, Ashley and Sarah are excited for in-person customers to see the details and workmanship of the clothing for boys and girls. They also are partnering with local creatives such as artist Catherine Cartie, who’ll have watercolors on display and for sale at the shop. The Happy Lark has provided toys to occupy little hands and minds while moms browse.
The Shops at Clearfork, 5254 Monahans Ave., 817-841-9156, collinsandconley.com
A little sparkle at Mayfair
Owner Rebecca Avant definitely has an eye for shiny things. So it’s no surprise that she has added glittery vintage cut-glass pieces to the inventory of her cozy boutique on the bricks. From classic coupes to Depression-era candy jars, the nicely priced collectibles can be used in multiple ways, from table service to stashing pretty soaps in the bathroom. Individual pieces and sets are available.
4630 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-378-4278, facebook.com/mayfairontheblvd
Karl’s Fishing & Outdoors opens first brick-and-mortar
This unique concept based in Chicago got its start with “mystery tackle boxes” sold only online and featuring curated goods for a specific type of fishing (bass, freshwater, etc.). Customer subscriptions are carefully monitored to make sure no recipient ever receives duplicate goods. With the pandemic boosting the number of people fishing for the first time as well as those getting back into angling, Karl’s opted to expand with its first retail store. They chose Fort Worth for its access to water and the location in the WestBend shopping center for its close proximity to the Trinity River. You can buy the mystery boxes in-store, but there’s also a selection of outdoor clothing, rods and reels, lures, inflatable kayaks, gift items and more. Karl’s tech-savvy approach to sales includes interactive displays filled with different types of lures. Pick up one and a small video screen fills with images of how it moves in the water. Karl’s memberships also are available, offering discounted prices and other privileges.
WestBend, 1621 River Run, 817-813-1117, shopkarls.com/fort-worth
Studio 74 Vintage expands with new space and more goods
Laura Simmons finds it difficult to pass up a good vintage collection, so she moved into a larger space rather than cut back on her shopping expeditions. She’s still part of the Camp Bowie District, setting up shop in a freshly renovated building that’s also home to the new office of Shauna Glenn Design. Look for clothing, including denim, and accessories from a variety of eras for men and women. Pop in regularly to see what’s new.
5926 Curzon Ave., 817-343-3013, studio74vintage.com