The Giving Season
Support for small businesses is more important than ever as retailers continue to recover from the pandemic. The 107 is fortunate to have many locally owned stores, from fashion boutiques to home and accessory spots. Camp Bowie District kicks off Holidays on the Boulevard on Nov. 26, Shop Small Saturday, and continues the celebration through December with events at Archie’s Gardenland, Monkey and Dog Books and even a holiday character breakfast in partnership with Texas Girls Choir and catered by Kincaid’s Hamburgers (for details visit the Camp Bowie District Facebook page.) It’s prime time for shopping the bricks, but we encourage you to shop local year-round. Our guide to the 107 is more about “where to shop” instead of “what to buy,” in hopes you’ll check out places that you might not think to frequent for gifts big and small. Join us in the thrill of the hunt for the unusual and unique. Happy shopping.
These rank high among our top spots for holiday gift shopping. Whether it’s heirloom silver, snuffboxes, art or chinoiserie, there’s something for anyone who loves the unexpected. Check out Montgomery Street Antique Mall or head to Camp Bowie’s antique row and visit Carter Bowden Antiques, K. Flories Antiques, The House of Tuscany and Pease-Cobb Antiques.
Carter Bowden Antiques 4003 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-6433
K. Flories Antiques 3915 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-763-5380, kfloriesantiques.com
Montgomery Street Antique Mall 2601 Montgomery St., 817-735-9685, montgomerystreetantiquemall.com
The House of Tuscany 3905 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-377-9013, houseoftuscany.com
Pease-Cobb Antiques 3923 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-763-5108
Furniture and So Much More
While these stores are where you typically would shop for a new sofa or end tables, they carry a variety of treasures, especially around the holidays. Maybe you know someone who loves vintage champagne coupes or the perfect water pitcher. Does someone on your list collect brass figurines or covet candlesticks? At Domain XCIV, you’ll find everything from luxe throws to Blenko glass pitchers, one of our go-to gifts. There also are interior design books, Christmas decorations, Italian pottery and much more. At Park + Eighth, check out unusual midcentury accessories and artwork big and small, including local painter Sarah Gentry’s signature butterfly pieces, some of which are the perfect size for tucking under the tree. There’s No Place Like Home offers a lot of small goods, including everything you need to style your cocktail table. Simple Things remains an honorary member of the 107 even after relocating to Vickery Boulevard. You’ll find everything from a massive collection of ironstone serving pieces to plywood clocks designed in Japan.
The Artful Present
The Cultural District offers the perfect place to shop, as these destinations — the Botanic Garden, the Modern, the Kimbell, the Amon Carter and Cowgirl — all have gift shops stocked with books, cards, jewelry and other accessories, holiday ornaments, kids’ items, brand-centric items and more. You also can purchase membership cards, available for individuals and families; it’s truly the gift that keeps giving. For bigger-ticket items, check with any number of local galleries, including Fort Works Art, William Campbell Gallery and Arts Fort Worth. Carter Bowden Antiques also carries a lot of framed pieces, including some by local — and notable — artists. Bee Street Gallery, a family business, has an ever-changing selection of works from name artists, both local and national, in a variety of mediums and at diverse price points.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-989-5001, cartermuseum.org
Bee Street Gallery 3000 Landers St., 214-668-2200, beestreetgallery.com
Carter Bowden Antiques 4003 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-6433
Desert Rose National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy St., 817-336-4475, cowgirl.net
Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817-463-4160, brit.org
Kimbell Art Museum 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-332-8451, kimbellart.org
Modern Shop Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org/modern-shop
The Frame Job
We got a gift card last year from a local frame shop and our holiday list now includes this gem of an idea. If you know of someone who has a print, poster or something more elaborate in need of matting and framing, this is the ideal gift. Trust us, you’ll get a really nice thank-you card. Consider Gallery One Frames (part of William Campbell Gallery), Marty & Pat’s and Henson McAlister. For smaller stand-up frames in stock sizes, check out P.S. The Letter and Pottery Barn.
Gallery One Frames 4935 Byers Ave., 817-737-9566, williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com/framing
Henson McAlister Master Picture Framers 3308 W. 7th St., 817-332-1297, hensonmcalister.com
Marty & Pat’s Frame Shoppe & Art Gallery 5025 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-7328, martyandpats.com
Pottery Barn University Park Village, 1616 S. University Drive, 817-332-5707, potterybarn.com
P.S. The Letter 2100 Hulen St., 817-731-2032, pstheletter.com
From florals to flora, a beautiful arrangement or living plant is a thoughtful gift and one that keeps on giving. Order a holiday design or something that transcends the season, such as a vase filled with tropicals or a pavé of pink roses. (Make the vase special for a two-in-one gift.) A year’s subscription of flowers is always appreciated, as the recipient will feel special at least once a month. The 107 has several stellar floral designers including Jim Irwin, Enchanted Florist and Blossoms on the Bricks. Flowers On The Square on White Settlement Road also is an alum of the 107. If you know someone who has a green thumb, get them an indoor plant potted in a container that suits their decor. If they’re a newbie, a small watering can and a book about houseplants are thoughtful gifts, too. Check out options big and small at Grow Plant Shop and Archie’s — both carry unusual varieties — and Calloway’s.
Archie’s Gardenland 6700 Z Boaz Place, 817-737-6614, archiesgardenland.com
Blossoms on the Bricks 5023 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-377-1900, blossomsfortworth.com
Calloway’s 2651 S. Hulen St., 817-923-9979, calloways.com
Enchanted Florist 3901 West Freeway, 817-738-0648, the-enchanted-florist-dfw.myshopify.com
Flowers On The Square 4701 White Settlement Road, 817-870-2888, flowersonthesquareftworth.com
Grow Plant Shop 4800 Camp Bowie Blvd., 682-346-1787, growplantshop.com
Jim Irwin Floral 3801 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-377-4721
The Modern Mall
With malls now ghosts of Christmas shopping past, the definitive seasonal experience is a merry ramble within districts that provide fresh air and plentiful parking. An easy stroll in and out of the elements along with glowing shop windows, twinkling lights and tempting coffee, bites or cocktails makes for a jolly urban one-stop-shopping experience.
The Shops at Clearfork
Experience open-air shopping at its most elegant with a walk along the streets of Clearfork, which offers the closest thing to a meander down the swankiest blocks of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan — without the traffic noise. From the now-open Gucci store and giftable luxuries of Tiffany & Co. to surprising finds at local favorites such as the whimsical Wrare, artfully stocked House Essentials and Wright At Home, there’s something for everyone on your list. Neiman Marcus defines Texas Christmas indulgence, of course, and at the cafe there and other dining spots in the district, there’s no end to places to settle in for tasty treats and cocktails designed to keep your holiday spirits up.
5188 Monahans Ave., simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-clearfork
University Park Village
From the crowds lined up at the Apple Store to the evergreen go-tos such as Kendra Scott, Sephora and Anthropologie, the vibe of the center is buzzy, but the shopping options from familiar national brands are broadly appealing. From kitchen wares and home goods at Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn to frilly intimates, comfortable PJs and workout wear at Victoria’s Secret, Soma and lululemon, this is a classic spot for a girlfriends’ afternoon that ends with a sangria toast to friendship at Flower Child or bubbles and oysters at Pacific Table.
1612 S. University Drive, simon.com/mall/university-park-village
Tucked away across the street from University Park Village, WestBend has yet another feel as it winds its way up to the Trinity River, offering patio service ranging from cocktails and coffee to full meals. Warby Parker is the focus of many a bespeckled visitor, and nearby Karl’s Bait & Tackle and Tyler’s draw the sporty types and those who love them. Stock up on cookies for Santa at SusieCakes or chill for a bit at the newly opened Van Leeuwen Ice Cream shop. Market by Macy’s is all that a mini department store should be, with a variety of cosmetics and fashion goods, and Bluemercury has another angle on glam. Spots to sit and rest, local outdoor art installations and, of course, river and trail views are draws equal to the shopping. Take advantage of the attached parking garage.
1701 River Run, westbendfw.com
Mayfair on the Boulevard
Treasures at this glittery wonderland include whatever fashion accessories or decor (including Christmas villages) owner Rebecca Avant has dreamed up in her magical on-site studio.
4630 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-378-4278, mayfairontheblvd.com
Monkey and Dog Books
Go for the littles in your life but also shop for yourself and enjoy supporting a charming local bookstore that promises reading adventures for all ages — and decent coffee.
3608 W. 7th St., 817-489-5747, monkeyanddogbooks.com
The Market at Ridglea
The swanky mini mall is filled with petite boutique stalls from local vendors of fashion, jewelry, eco-conscious housewares, epicurean delights, home goods, toys and more. You’ll even find something for pets.
3400 Bernie Anderson Ave., 817-744-8630, themarketatridglea.com
Pleasing Big Eaters and Even Picky Ones
Epicurean delights are bountiful in and around the 107. Find soup-to-nuts giftables, starting with Williams Sonoma (mixes, tins and bowls to serve in) and wrapping up with a trip to Vending Nut Company — which offers every kind imaginable and so much more. Another iconic local spot is King Korn for freshly popped gourmet popcorn in various flavors. Carnivorous friends can sink their teeth into all things grill worthy at The Meat Board and Burgundy Pasture Beef, from stellar local steaks and chops (and more) to rubs, knives and seasonings. Of course, Eatzi’s and Roy Pope have sweet and savory specialty foods from around the world as well as Texas offerings, and Neiman Marcus can set you up with bento boxes of Sugarfina gummies and caramels or gift-wrapped Fudge Love. Kate Weiser chocolates, as gorgeous as they are delicious, never fail to please. And while we’re talking about after-dinner delights, don’t forget that bags of coffee beans are always appreciated gifts; stop by Fort Worth Coffee Co. for a gift card for your favorite java junkie (they also sell gear and kombucha). At Pearl Snap Kolaches, you’ll find the gold standard in caffeine: Big Bend Coffee Roasters beans are the rocket fuel that holidays demand. Purchases of gift cards from restaurants are always welcomed by both the restaurateurs and anyone on your list who eats. And, of course, Central Market is a shopper’s delight for almost everything. Just remember that the parking lot gets hectic around the holidays. Watch out for reindeer.
Burgundy Pasture Beef 3326 W. 7th St., 817-878-2722, burgundypasturebeef.com
Central Market Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4651 West Freeway, 817-989-4700, centralmarket.com
Eatzi’s Market & Bakery 1540 S. University Drive., 817-945-9095, eatzis.com
Fort Worth Coffee Co. 4731 Camp Bowie Blvd., fwcoffeeco.com
Kate Weiser Chocolate The Shops at Clearfork, 5182 Marathon Ave., 682-703-8125, kateweiserchocolate.com
King Korn 3900 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-732-4302, kingkorn.net
Neiman Marcus The Shops at Clearfork, 5200 Monahans Ave., 817-738-3581, neimanmarcus.com
Pearl Snap Kolaches 4006 White Settlement Road, 817-233-8899, pskolaches.com
Roy Pope Grocery 2300 Merrick St., 817-732-2863, roypopegrocery.com
The Meat Board 6314 Camp Bowie Blvd., 844-693-6328, themeatboard.com
Vending Nut Company 2222 Montgomery St., 817-737-3071, vendingnutco.com
Williams Sonoma University Park Village, 1620 S. University Drive, 817-334-0009, williams-sonoma.com
All Dressed Up
Whether it’s outdoor gear, fine jewelry or on-trend styles for young fashionistas, the 107 offers a plethora of stores and boutiques for men, women and children. If vintage is your thing, check out refurbished cowboy hats and cuff links for him and turquoise arm candy and a silk neckerchief for her from Chieffalo Americana. Or browse through various decades of jewelry, accessories and clothes at Studio 74 Vintage, where you could score a mint-condition leather jacket or a like-new Bakelite-handle handbag. Several shops cater to the young and young at heart, including Beehive, Birdie, Esther Penn, Hale House, Hemline and Prippie. You’ll find sweaters, shoes, fashion jewelry and more. At You Are Here, luxe lines of jewelry include the good stuff from Jo Latham’s boutique within a boutique. She sources unique talent and forward pieces not seen elsewhere in Fort Worth. You Are Here also offers giftables such as cashmere sweaters, Sabina Savage scarves, handbags, candles, books and more. Reads Jewelers is a must for unique fine jewelry, from its signature engraved accessories to diamonds for him and her. On Vickery Boulevard, check out LOCAL Design Studios + Gallery for jewelry from local designer Kori Green and Lila + Hayes and The Bow Next Door for kids’ clothes and accessories. Also on Vickery, JAG Jewelry and Goods features sparkly things and locally made women’s clothing. Brooke Wright is another local designer; her shop carries her lines along with headbands, purses, scarves and more. For the guys, in addition to Chieffalo Americana, there’s John L. Ashe, which carries casual and dress clothes along with leather goods and other accessories. Shop Orvis for outdoor gear designed with form and function in mind.
Beehive 5122 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-570-0484, lovebeehive.com
Birdie 4933 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-353-2072, shopbirdiefw.com
Brooke Wright Designs & Textiles 3986 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-770-0955, facebook.com/brookewrightdesigns
Chieffalo Americana 4698 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-626-9000, instagram.com/chieffaloamericanastore
Esther Penn 3328 W. 7th St., 682-841-1360, estherpenn.com
Hale House 4900 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-349-0535, shophalehouse.com
Hemline 4802 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-945-2823, shophemline.com
JAG Jewelry and Goods 3924 Vickery Blvd., 817-879-5704, jagjewelryandgoods.com
John L. Ashe 4624 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-335-4551, johnlashe.com
LOCAL Design Studios + Gallery 3610 W. Vickery Blvd., localdesignstudios.com
Orvis Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4601 West Freeway, 682-703-7675, orvis.com
Prippie 4829 Camp Bowie Blvd., 682-708-7777, shopprippie.com
Reads Jewelers 4696 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-386-5412, readsjewelers.com
Studio 74 Vintage 5926 Curzon Ave., 817-343-3013, facebook.com/Studio74Vintage
You Are Here 5109 Pershing Ave., 817-862-7466, youareherefw.com