Fort Worth’s own fixer-upper duo opens home goods store
Love those old Craftsman-style homes but not sure what it takes to buy and renovate an old house? 6th Ave Homes, the home restoration company that has flipped dozens of houses in Fort Worth's Fairmount neighborhood, has just made it easier for homebuyers.
Jamey Ice and Jimmy Williams, the longtime — but somewhat unlikely — friends who founded 6th Ave Homes, have expanded their flipping business in two ways: by incorporating full-service real estate services and opening a retail space on South Main Street.
“We love taking the process of buying and selling a house, which can be overwhelming and complicated, and making it simple, approachable, and fun,” Ice and Williams say. “We love seeing neighborhoods grow and flourish as great families move in and become involved neighbors.”
By adding a couple of brokers, agents, a loan consultant, and a team of contractors, 6th Ave can now take a wannabe homeowner and put him or her in a restored historic house.
Ice, co-owner of Brewed Restaurant and guitarist for Green River Ordinance, and Williams, a detective, are also planning on transforming an abandoned warehouse into shops, a bar, a restaurant, and an event space with their designer friend Jana Clark.
When Ice and Williams saw the warehouse, they instantly saw potential. “The only problem is that the space is way bigger than we had initially planned,” the pair says. “So we started dreaming about the other things that could go in there.”
Clark will curate the bulk of goods and furniture within 6th Ave’s store, but Williams and Ice also want to incorporate reclaimed and renovated goods. Socially conscious items that benefit local and global nonprofits will also be a staple for the store, and farmers markets and pop-up fairs will keep the space active on weekends. The warehouse is tentatively set to open for business this summer.