2015 Best Of Shopping

Shopping    
ANTIQUE STORE
Reader Pick: Montgomery Street Antique Mall
There’s 61,100 square feet of booths at this location on the edge of the cultural district. A special treat is The Secret Garden Restaurant. 2601 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, 817.735.9685, Website

Staff Pick: Historic Camp Bowie
Mercantile
This is just down the street from the Fort Worth, Texas magazine office. As with most such places, there are multiple booths of goods to wander. But we like the history of early Fort Worth in the painted murals on the outside. The restaurant here is The Rose Tea Room, and if you are a first timer, you’ll want the sampler plate. 7200 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort. Worth, 817.377.0910,
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ATHLETIC ATTIRE
Reader Pick: Backwoods
People who love the outdoors can get lost in here just wandering around and touching stuff. Guys love it. There’s lots of stuff with straps and zippers around. 2727 W. 7th St. , Fort Worth, 817.332.2423, Website

Staff Pick: lululemon athletica inc.
This is a serious place for serious workout clothes that also look good and are high style for both men and women. 1540 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817.882.8075, Website

BRIDAL SHOP
Reader Pick: De Ma Fille
Readers overwhelmingly picked this French-inspired bridal boutique. Consultation is by appointment only. 2964 Park Hill Drive, Fort Worth, 817.921.2964, Website

Staff pick: Pence & Panache Bridal Boutique
Pence & Panache offers wedding fashions for both women and men, as well as special event and prom dresses. Walk-ins are welcome to browse, but brides are urged to make an appointment. 113 N.E. Johnson Ave., Ste. 500
Burleson, 682-224-3484, Website

CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE
Reader Pick: Lovin Ewe at the Mercantile
You’ll find seasonal offerings and trendy clothes with a vintage flair at this shop. Collections are from newborn to 18 months for babies and 2 to 5 for toddlers. Plus there are bibs, burp cloths and much more. You may also shop online. 7200 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817.377.0910 (For The Mercantile), Website

Staff Pick: Babies on the Boulevard
This store offers a wide selection of children’s apparel, shoes and accessories. Clothes are sizes Preemie-6X for girls and Preemie-4T for boys. 6323 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ste. 145, Fort Worth, 817.737.7171, Website

DESIGNER JEWELRY
Reader Pick: Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott Jewelry started in 2002 on a shoestring and is now a global, multimillion-dollar brand sold at major retailers and in specialty boutiques across the world. Her Fort Worth store is in University Park Village. 1612 S. University Drive, Ste. 401-C, Fort Worth, 817.484.5580
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Staff Pick: Haltom’s Fine Jewelers
Haltom’s has been around for a hundred years and for much of that time has been the place of choice for shoppers looking of high-end and unique jewelry. The owners have three stores in Tarrant County but have resisted the temptation to expand to concentrate on their hometown. Multiple Locations, Website

FINE CIGARS
Reader Pick: Silver Leaf Cigar Lounge
Want to kick back and enjoy a cigar with a glass of wine, beer or a signature cocktail? Look no further. The lounge is also available for private events. 426 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817.887.9535, Website

Staff Pick: Pop’s Safari
Pop’s is a Fort Worth institution, in business and well-loved before cigar bars became a trend. It’s a must-see location on your Fort Worth punch card. 2929 Morton St., Fort Worth, 817.334.0559, Website

FURNITURE
Reader Pick: Adobe Interiors
Readers overwhelmingly voted for this mecca of custom rustic furniture for every room in your house or your office. Words do not do it justice. It’s a visual experience.
4651 Bryant Irvin Road
Fort Worth, 817.294.0053
Website

Staff Pick: WRARE
WRARE offers a collection of furniture, home accents and gifts at its store in the Fort Worth Cultural District. 2955 Crockett St. Fort Worth, 817.885.8881, Website

GARDEN SHOP
Reader Pick: Archie’s Gardenland
When Archie’s moved to its current location in 1952, the area was pasture with barbed wire fences. The company dates from 1934 and has evolved into Fort Worth’s premier garden center. Just visiting it calms the soul. 6700 Z. Boaz Place, Fort Worth, 817.737.6614, Website

Staff Pick: Guardado Garden Center
Guardado’s is a full-service company that can sell you the plants or design your landscaping and install it for you. Services offered include both hardscaping and water features. The company carries plants that are comfortable in the Fort Worth area. 3228 Alta Mere Drive, Fort Worth, 817.732.3434, Website

GOURMET GOODS
Reader Pick: Kendra’s Kreations
Kendra Myers makes small batch artisan jams, jellies and pickles, and it all started from a bumper crop of jalapenos that became Jalapeno Jelly. She sells at the BRIT Farmers Market and Mansfield Farmers Market, and at festivals. She also has organized drop-off sales in the off-season. Website

Staff Pick: Sprouts Farmer’s Market
Sprouts exists to help you in your effort to eat healthy by offering fresh, natural and organic foods in variety. Multiple Locations, Website

GROCERY STORE
Reader Pick: Trader Joe’s
You are not in Hawaii, but the shirts might fool you for a minute. This is serious shopping for food in a fun environment. Beyond that, the company works hard to keep prices down. This is home of Two-Buck Chuck, although that price is an approximation rather than a hard promise. 2701 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, 817.922.9107, 1492 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 817.251.0360, Website

Staff Pick: Central Market
This is the kind of place where you take out-of-town guests if they are so unfortunate as not to have one in their own hometown. True, it is a grocery store, but it’s on steroids. And if you are looking for a big chunk of cheese for, say, a present, they’ll cut it from a wheel right before your eyes. And give you the center crumbles. 4651 W. Freeway, Fort Worth, 817.989.4700, Website

GUN SHOP
Reader Pick: Shoot Smart Indoor Range and Training
Calling this place a “gun shop” is like saying J.J. Henry hits golf balls. There are firearms for sale, but this indoor range is a shooting experience. And if you aren’t exactly sure what you want to buy, you can rent one of a number of models to try one before you buy. 10305 N. Freeway, Fort Worth, 817.984.8020, Website

Staff Pick: Cabela’s
If you want it, they’ve got it. This is a destination kind of place where people route driving vacations through the area so they can stop and shop. And both adults and kids will love the wildlife exhibition, which is a Cabela’s signature in its stores. 12901 Cabela’s Drive, Fort Worth, 817.337.2400, Website

HARDWARE STORE
Reader Pick: Westlake Ace Hardware
There are many Ace-affiliated hardware stores around, but our readers like this one enough to make it their choice this year. 2000 Matlock Road, Mansfield, 817.473.0045,
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Staff Pick: Elkins
Hardware
Elkins has been the supplier of hardware and repair services in northwest Tarrant County for more than four decades. 128 S. Saginaw Blvd., Saginaw, 817.232.1416, Website

HEALTH FOOD STORE
Reader Pick: Sunflower Shoppe

Staff Pick: Sunflower Shoppe
It often happens that Best of picks are from locally owned stores that have been in business for some time. That’s true here, with a store run by the third generation of the Bradford family. Service is friendly and delivered by knowledgeable people. 5817 Curzon Ave., Fort Worth, 817.738.9051
5100 Highway 121, Colleyville, 817.399.9100, Website

KITCHEN ACCESSORIES
Reader Pick: Ace Mart
When cooks die, they want to go to Ace Mart. It has all the delights of Heaven. You may recall that this company is a consistent participant in Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s Top Chef Competition. 1605 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, 817.226.0005
5600 N. Denton Highway, Haltom City, 817.498.5900, Website

Staff Pick: Domain XCIV
Domain is recognized as a destination home furnishings store with a selection of cookware and baking dishes and other accessories. 3100 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, 817.336.1994, Website

LIQUOR STORE
Reader Pick: Spec’s
In an effort to define the size of a Spec’s, we went to the thesaurus. Pick one or two from the following list: Brobdingnagian, cyclopean, elephantine, enormous, gigantic, humongous, leviathan, monumental, super-duper or walloping. You get the idea? 2750 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, 817.923.2700
1600 Eastchase Parkway, Fort Worth, 817.801.3000, Website

Staff Pick: Goody Goody Liquor
Goody Goody Liquor started in Dallas, but we won’t hold that against the company because it has great selections, and the staff is always willing — and able — to provide advice on pairing with rattlesnake or chicken or whatever. 6393 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817.289.1657
4740 S.W. Loop 820, Fort Worth, 817.289.1651
4701 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, 817.289.1663, Website

MEN’S CLOTHING STORE
Reader Pick: The Squire Shop
A men’s clothing shop for those in the know in Fort Worth. The selections are many and varied, and the service is legendary. 4516 Hartwood Drive, Fort Worth, 817.927.8722, Website

Staff Pick: Overland Fort Worth
An amazing assortment of leather and fur goods await you in an Overland store, ranging from sheepskin house slippers to blankets made of fox fur. Best thing? The closest Overland store in now just down the street rather than in Santa Fe. 115 W. 2nd St., Fort Worth, 817.820.0701, Website

OUTDOOR FURNITURE
Reader Pick: Pallet Smart
Shipping pallets multiply profusely with little reusable ability. But not at Pallet Smart, where John Zaskoda and Kevin Rennels and their crew rip them up and make them into custom-made rustic furniture. They’ve expanded to other recyclable materials as well. 5321 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, 817.945.1584, Website

Staff Pick: Yard Art Patio & Fireplace
Everything you need to create a dream backyard is here. There’s outdoor furniture galore and everything that goes with it.
Multiple Locations, Website

PLACE TO BUY SHOES
Reader Pick: Stanley Eisenman Fine Shoes
This is a second-generation store, and when you consider the competition from big box stores, department stores and other small shoe stores, the fact that is has succeeded over the years says something about both the quality of service and the quality of the goods. 3000 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, 817.377.9399
6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817.731.2555, Website

Staff Pick: Lane Boots
Arlington-based Lane Boots makes lovely and elegant footwear for cowgirls. The boots are available through at least nine retailers we know of in the area. Enter this link, and then your ZiP code. 1101 Ave. G, Arlington, 888.302.6687, Website

TOY STORE
Reader Pick: Toy Works
The fact that toys are more than just things to play with is the thrust of the store. It carries unique dolls, educational games, crafts and toys that encourage creativity, logical-thinking skills, strategic planning and spatial perception. Learning can be fun. 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817.737.8697

Staff Pick: Legoland
Admit it. You are an adult, and you still like playing with Legos. You think your kid is any different? 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, 877.818.1677, Website

VINTAGE CLOTHING
Reader Pick: ReVint Boutique
Clothes from yesteryear and designer items from today inspire a love for things from the past in this relatively new West 7th shop. 931 Foch St.
Fort Worth, 817.882.8223,
Website

Staff Pick: Junker Val’s
Self-described as a shop of antiques and vintage junk and jewelry, this small shop deserves a visit. It might also be a place to sell your old stuff, and the website offers a long list of the kind of things Junker Val’s is interested in acquiring, including “any kind of taxidermy.” 3458 Bluebonnet Circle, Fort Worth, 817.266.6403, Website

WESTERN SHOP
Reader Pick: Maverick Fine Western Wear
Western wear is generally considered casual, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be elegant. The offerings at this Historic Stockyards shop run the gamut. And it’s a fun place to visit whether you are a cowgirl or a cowboy. 100 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, 817.626.1129, Website

Staff Pick: M.L. Leddy’s
M.L. Leddy’s has been in Fort Worth’s Stockyards since 1941, and the thrust today is still the thrust of yesteryear — quality handmade boots and saddles. But it also is a complete Western store with a full range of clothes and accessories. And if you can’t make it to the Stockyards, there’s a satellite shop in Downtown Fort Worth. 2455 N. Main St., Fort Worth, 817.624.3149, Website

WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE
Reader Pick: Esther Penn
Esther Penn is drawing rave reviews from customers for its product array and its price point. “Blown away. So chic it hurts,” says one. “Just what Fort Worth has been craving.” 3328 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, 682.841.1360, Website

Staff Pick: Hip Chic Boutique
This popular women’s clothing store specializes in unique clothing lines across all ages and sizes. Products are available online or at the booth in The Mercantile. 7200 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817.733.6301, Website