By Meda Kessler
Photos by Meda Kessler
Into the Garden: New look, new location
Expect a Jan. 2 opening for the Fort Worth-owned outdoor furniture and accessories retailer recently relocated to The Shops at Clearfork. While we’ll miss the character of the one-time icehouse that homed the shop for 21 years, the new store is more than double in size, with walls of glass funneling in natural light on three sides. A 950-square-foot covered patio showcases furniture collections, including lines such as Kingsley Bate and Brown Jordan. Into the Garden stocks plenty of patio, porch and sunroom accessories, too, from pottery and pillows to outdoor rugs. Giftable items include books, candles, puzzles and artwork. A grand opening event is being planned for the spring.
The Shops at Clearfork, 5133 Marathon Ave., Fort Worth, 817-336-4686, intothegardenoutdoor.com
Purple: A mattress store that’s a little extra
We can’t imagine purchasing a mattress before testing it. Transitioning from online sales only, Purple moves into its own store in Southlake, giving shoppers the opportunity to check out the full range of the line’s unique designs. The secret to the comfort of the mattress is a gel-like foam that forms what looks like a giant purple Belgian waffle, known as the GelFlex Grid. The Utah-based manufacturing company launched in January 2016, first creating padding for wheelchairs before expanding into mattresses, bed frames, bedding, pillows, chair cushions and pet beds, all now made at the original site. In promoting the mattresses, Purple touts its hypoallergenic material, made-in-America components, breathability and specific designs for side, stomach and back sleepers. All good, but to cinch the deal, the former online-only company expanded into brick-and-mortar to allow consumers the chance to try the mattresses before buying. The Southlake shop’s roomlike settings and designer lighting make it an inviting spot to come in and recline. Purple mattresses were previously available at retail partners such as Mattress Firm, but the free-standing location allows sales of the company’s full range of products.
Southlake Town Square, 234 State St., 817-796-9988, purple.com
Summer Classics: Indoor and outdoor inspirations
For those wanting to get a jump on a patio refresh for the new year, the long-awaited Summer Classics is now open and all decked out for outdoor entertaining with everything from patio umbrellas to durable indoor-outdoor rugs. Weather-friendly resin wicker, teak, wrought iron, cast aluminum designs and more fill the former Charming Charlie space. Select pieces from the Gabby home furniture and accessories collection also fill part of the spacious store, the third in Texas in addition to Austin and Dallas.
New digs for Kendall Davis Clay
When the owners of The Holly, a new natural wine bar in Fort Worth (see more on Page 50), started looking for a tenant to share their space, they got a lot of queries from hair salons. But they found a perfect match instead with potter Kendall Davis. Known for her modern but earthy designs, Davis was drawn to the light-filled space that includes room for her potter’s wheel in the back of the shop. Plus, what’s not to like about being able to enjoy a glass of vino and nibble on cheese 15 seconds after locking up at the end of the day (The Holly also uses the potter’s tableware). Davis opened her door at the end of November and has been busy ever since in the showroom — browse the wares and say hello to shop dog Shadow — and with weekly workshops. Open Wednesday through Sunday; check the website for hours and class schedule.
305 W. Daggett Ave., Fort Worth, 214-394-1653, kendalldavisclay.com