Antiques and Moore: Antiques and Home Accessories
A friend recently asked me to drive with her to Arlington, Texas to visit Antiques and Moore, which is located outside of Fort Worth.
This 50,000 sq. foot antique and home accessories complex contains American, French and English furniture, clocks, estate and designer jewelry, collectibles, Victorian furniture, linens and a lovely tearoom.
I spied an unusual Grand-daughter clock, standing just four feet tall. Since I'm usually on the look for fiestaware, I did see some of that, too, but not a large selection.
The Rose Garden Tearoom was a wonderful surprise! It sat to one corner of the antique complex and was nearly filled with diners when we dropped in. The entrance to the tearoom was through a grapevine entwined garden arbor. The tables were draped in coordinating printed and striped fabrics, with a pretty silk rose at each one.
I ordered their flavored iced tea, chicken salad with assorted fruit and pumpkin bread strips. It was delicious! My friend and I shared a slice of buttermilk pie--ummm. Since it was an outing to celebrate my August birthday, she treated me. Wasn't that nice?
Hours are Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 12noon-6pm.
- Women's Travel
ADOBE: Western Art Gallery
Art galleries usually attract our attention, so as we roamed the Stockyards with some fellow vter's it seemed natural to stop by Adobe.
Cowboys and their horses, Longhorn steer on the run and the Western countryside, inspired most of the paintings. Western style sculpture, handcrafted jewelry and unique furniture were all primarily executed by Texas artisans. I liked the rustic interior of the shop, which nicely set off the pieces.
Now that we discovered Adobe, I have a feeling we'll be making this a regular routine when visiting the Stockyards. I saw a painting or two that I found appealing and the owner was very informative, as well as, outgoing.
Hours are Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 12Noon-6pm.
- Arts and Culture
The General Store: One of my Favorites
The General Store is up from the main Stockyard area, where you'll find the visitor's center and rodeo, but a few blocks up on Exchange Avenue. A Buffalo head greets you from the wall upon entering.
I bring our visitors here because of the great selection of gifts and souvenirs. You'll find vibrantly colored t-shirts for children or adults-- I liked the choices in pink, green, gray, orange, brown, red emblazoned with TEXAS or I VISITED THE STOCKYARDS. Some even include sports caps.
Or course, they carried Texas salsas and dip mixes, candies, scented candles, key rings, small toys, Minnetonka sandals (which I love and first discovered in a shop in Sedona Arizona!), actual steer's longhorns, jewelry, postcards, cowboy boots and hats, western style purses and more. In my opinion, the quality of the inventory is top notch!
While visiting during our vt meet recently, DABS (Kristi) discovered mood rings--doesn't that bring back memories!?!
- Family Travel
Stockyards Station: Shopping in Cowtown
After lunch, Maria (Maria250), Veronica (VeronicaG) and her husband and I headed to the Stockyards and our first stop was Stockyards Station, 20 shops and restaurants located in what was once "the biggest and busiest livestock-marketing center in the Southwest", it's a very nice reuse of an historic property. Veronica's husband made a beeline for the Candy Barrel where they sell some retro candy such as candy cigarettes and many other types of candy both individually wrapped and by the pound. We then stopped at the Longhorn General Store to get some postcards and try Dublin TX Dr. Pepper, made with the original Dr. Pepper recipe including Imperial Pure cane sugar and a stop to buy a pair of earrings for a birthday present for a friend at New West Arts.
It's also where you will find “Puffy” the 1896 steam engine, part of the Grapevine Vintage Railroad that runs between the Stockyards and Grapevine Texas.
What to buy: Lot of places selling souvenirs, cowboy gear such as hats and boots and try one of those original Dr. Pepper's!
What to pay: Prices here may be slightly higher than other places in San Antonio but nothing seemed unreasonably priced
Stockyard Station Trading Post: Niche Search
When I took my mom and dad over to Fort Worth, I was looking for something to go in a niche in my house (which has a couple of long thin insets in the walls to display something). I looked in a lot of the shops and took some photos, but I didn't have the dimensions of the niche so I didn't buy anything.
What to buy: There is a candy store there that has barrels of candy, tequila suckers, lollipops with scorpions in them, cowboy hats, shotglasses, cards, postcards, and other Texas-type items. There is a variety - the website says "Over 25 Unique Shops - including an art gallery, clothing shops, pottery, jewelry, a wine store, a photography studio"
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Jersey Lilly: Great silver jewelry in the Stockyards Fort Worth
Jersey Lilly is a wonderful jewelry shop located at 104 East Exchange Ave in the Stockyards Historical District. The store has a GREAT selection of silver and stone jewelry, and the prices are exceptionally low at 60% off. And often a deeper discount is offered. You won't be disappointed.
The owners are very friendly and helpful. I visit Jersey Lilly on all my trips to Fort Worth.
- Historical Travel
Longhorn General Store: Unusual Things to buy.
This store sells anything from gifts to food items. On the food side they have Mexican Dips, jars of Salsa and hot sauce, honey butter, hot spices, dark pralines known as 'Armadillo Droppings.. and of course beef jerky, to name but a few.
Some of the more unusual gifts you might find are parts of rattlesnakes... some in a keychain version.
- Family Travel
Stockyard Station Shops: Stockyard Station Shopping
On either side of the railway tracks that run through the station, there are over 25 very different shops. There is an art gallery, clothing shops, pottery, candles, sweet shop, souvenir stores, wine shop as well as a photography studio and a wedding chapel.
If you are looking for gifts or something for yourself, you are sure to find something here.
What to buy: Western Souvenirs.. Gifts.. and many other items that you may not see elsewhere
- Family Travel
Western Gift Shop: Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame - Gift Shop
If you are looking to buy a special gift for someone, or just some souvenires to take home with you, check out the extensive range of Western gifts and souvenirs, in the Gift Shop.
They also have an online store coming soon.
What to buy: Gifts and Souvenirs
- Road Trip
Finchers Western Wear
The large white two-story building with the rust horse mannequin was originally the home of White Front Western Store, established in 1902. The Fincher Family purchased the store in 1967. With only two different families owning the store, it has been in continuous operation for almost a century.
The Japanese Gardens Gift Shop
Next to the entrance to the Japanese Gardens is the Gift Shop. You don’t have to pay entry to the gardens to be able to shop here however if you are entering the shop at the end of your tour of the gardens, be aware that once inside you cannot then go back into the gardens. The shop has a lot of pieces of beautiful books, jewellery, Japanese items of course and just really a great browse.
317 Main Street: Haltom Jewelers
These jewellers have been in operation since 1893 selling fine jewellery, They are also agents for all major brands of fine Swiss Watches. They also have a Jewellery repair and cleaning service. If you can’t afford to do anything but window shop at the ‘bling bling’ then at least admire the building that the jewellers sits in, the Knights of Pythias Castle Hall – it has become one of the landmarks of Fort Worth as well as being listed on the National Register.
Shakolade Chocolate Factory
If you are not on a diet, then step into the world of a divine chocolate experience. They sell over 60 different varieties from hand dipped truffles to the to die for fudge – packaged in $2.00 blocks. Everything is made daily in the shop and you can even watch the chocolate process.
In the Sundance Square/Downtown area is Outlet Square. There are more than 40 stores to hunt for bargains including Speigel's Ultimate Outlet Store, Mikasa and Computer City.
N.B. See updated note in 'Warnings'.
Fincher's White Front Western Wear: Western Clothing
White Front Western Store was established in 1902 and the Fincher Family purchased it in 1967. I have not been to this store (I took the picture because of the horse statue out front), but their website says that Fincher's stocks a full line of western wear from infant to adults. Included are hats, boots, jeans, shirts, blouses, dresses, and suits and also cowboy souvenirs, western gifts and rough stock riding equipment.
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