By: Brian Kendall
Stark walls and painted white wood floors create a canvas for the treasures stocked inside Shop King & Co., the duplex-turned-retail store tucked one street off of the bricks of Camp Bowie. Frances King, an SMU grad and former interior designer, opened the doors to her 1,200-square-foot, by-appointment-only store on Dec. 16.
King refined her eye for design while working in the Lee Jofa showroom in Dallas. She stages the El Campo space like a house you could live in, and chances are you will want to. But, the difference is you can buy almost anything you see, including the striking light fixtures, bright canvas art and European mounts.
The inspiration for the design: The Big Easy.
“I love New Orleans, and this is exactly how you shop on Magazine Street,” said King.
The concept for the store started with textiles. Most local interior designers have to drive to the Design District in Dallas for fabric. “There’s not anything like this in Fort Worth,” said King, adding that Shop King & Co. is meant to be a resource for designers, consumers, high-end clients and new families alike.
King sources a collection of hand-printed linen fabric from Houston-based Block and Brayer. Items from local company Funky Wright Designs are also sold in store, including colorful pillows, printed bags, notebooks, linen coasters and framed art. Many of the other goods are unique one-offs that King finds while traveling, including vintage sconces and china from estate auctions in Palm Beach and North Carolina.
King plans to eventually sell online through her website. In the meantime, customers can get a sneak of what’s inside the store on the Instagram account, @shopkingco. And, stay tuned for curated pop-up shops inside the sleek, yet cozy space.
Shopkingco.com, 5227 El Campo Ave., 817.372.3194
By: Brian Kendall