What was initially an eBay store for antique watches has transformed into a visionary shop set to open its doors in Fort Worth's Near Southside neighborhood on September 2.

The Watch Preserve will open at 1253 W. Magnolia Ave., taking over a storefront next to Grand Cru Wine Bar, where it will specialize in buying, selling, and repairing authentic vintage timepieces.

The company was founded by Nikolaus Libby, who has more than two decades of experience selling vintage items on Ebay. His journey collecting watches began at 15 years old, and Libby has been operating one of the largest online vintage watch shops on the site since 2006.

Libby's passion for his e-commerce business to inspired him to open the brick-and-mortar store in Fort Worth. They took over a space that Grand Cru previously used as offices.

"It's an ideal neighborhood, one of the few where people come to stroll and shop," Libby says.

Vintage watches are generally defined as "more than 25 years old." Not every vintage watch is rare and not every old watch is worth anything. But classic names like Rolex, Cartier, and Patek Philippe, often made of precious metals like gold and sterling silver, hold their value through the decades.

Libby says that between the internet and celebrities who've sought vintage watches out, there's been a massive surge of interest in and sales of vintage watches. Buying pieces can not only be a solid investment, but a vintage watch often comes with the dings and flaws that add personality.

His shop's mission is not just to be a haven for collectors and enthusiasts, but to develop a relationship within the local community, including pursuing collaborations with local artists to exhibit their creations in-house.

Watch collectors and appreciators can find their next treasured timepiece at The Watch Preserve at a fun opening party on September 2 from 12-8 pm, when they'll serve complimentary bites and drinks.

Photos courtesy of Daniel Hooks

Fort Worth chef Tim Love cooks up collection of premium jeans and accessories

Something new to Love

Fort Worth chef Tim Love’s next project trades chef’s whites for blue jeans: Love Collection, his debut line of premium women's and men's apparel and accessories, launches Friday, May 19 online and at one of Love’s properties in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

The initial capsule collection includes:

  • Dark, medium, and light Men's Boot Jeans made with 98% cotton and 2% spandex that have a hand-stamped "LOVE" backpatch ($162.50-$175).
  • Denim and canvas Trucker Jackets, Denim Shirts, Women's Jeans, and Women's Denim Shorts with custom embroidery, hand distressing, and nickel or vintage copper buttons ($162.50-$287.50).
  • A Weekender Bagmade of 22-ounce waxed canvas and 5-ounce leather with a woven Tim Love logo on the front pocket ($437.50).
  • Crew neck and v-neck T-shirts made of soft modal cotton in black, blue, gray, and white with the "Love Collection" logo on the hem ($38).
  • Aprons made of 12-ounce denim or duck canvas, with natural webbing straps and the "Love Collection" logo in the center ($87.50).
  • Bandanas made of 100% Japanese cotton that come in red, navy, and natural ($30).

The pieces are available exclusively at the Goods and Chattels shop inside Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall and online at goodsandchattles.com.

Fort Worth’s most prolific restaurateur and celebrity chef has put his name on spice rubs, Sur la Table cookware, and other retail items. Why fashion?

Love jokes that he swears he’s not angling for a spot on Project Runway - even though he had a hand in designing the pieces.

“Within the past few years, I've decided to double down on my creativity and take on projects I feel most passionate about,” he says. “The Love Collection is just the next evolution of that."

To craft the collection, Love teamed up with long-time collaborator and friend Marcus Hall, designer and founder of small-batch craft denim brand Marc Nelson Denim. Hall's skill and commitment to premium denim, Love says, were a perfect match for his own vision, resulting in pieces that are stylish, rugged, and durable.

The Love Collection is made in Hall’s factory in Knoxville, Tennessee, also home to one of Love’s Lonesome Dove Western Bistro restaurants.

The chef describes the pieces as long-lasting, dependable, and easy to wear.

“The Love Collection are staple pieces for confident folks to make their own for whatever situation life brings them," he says.

Take, for instance, the humble bandana. Love calls this a “foundation piece” of the collection; every pair of jeans purchased will come with a free bandana. He plans to release a selection of three bandanas every season, he says.

“My dad raised me always to carry a handkerchief, so that's what the bandana is. I wear mine, like a handkerchief, in the back pocket," Love says. "I do a lot of music festivals, and it's a very practical piece that I wear (in case) I'm around a lot of dust, you can move around, it keeps the sun off ya, and I always keep mine in my pocket. I think it's one of the coolest pieces in the world - a cool bandana or handkerchief can be used for so many things."

Tim Love, Love Collection

Photos courtesy of Daniel Hooks

Tim Love loves a great pair of jeans.

Another popular item at a Fort Worth launch event were the women’s distressed jean shorts - easily dressed up for a Friday night in the Stockyards, then relaxed for a Saturday afternoon of running errands.

Love says there’s more to come in the collection, including one of his favorite denim shirts, launching in a few months. Keep an eye out for the the collection at Tannahill’s (122 E. Exchange St. in the Stockyards' Mule Alley district) and view the lookbook here.

Photo courtesy of Highland Park Village

Dazzle Mom with a treat from Highland Park Village's Mother's Day gift guide

For Mom With Love

Make this Mother’s Day memorable when you celebrate the incredible moms in your life with Highland Park Village’s most beloved boutiques.

From chic clothes and gorgeous accessories to luxurious home and beauty items, Dallas’ premier open-air shopping destination has you covered. Here are some no-fail gift ideas for this Mother's Day:

For the accessory queen
She’s one of a kind, and her boots should be too. The bespoke boot brand Miron Crosby is launching a new style just in time for Mother’s Day: the Natalie Boot. Miron Crosby also offers customization in-studio at its Highland Park Village location. To make her gift an heirloom, bring her boots to the studio after she opens them and treat her to custom ear pulls.

Miron Crosby Natalie bootPhoto courtesy of Highland Park Village

The Tory Burch Ella Bio Tote features an innovative leather alternative that is durable, luxurious, and fade-resistant. A functional and practical bag for any on-the-go mom, its mint leaf green color is a perfect pastel shade for the spring/summer season. Bonus: The bag utilizes sustainable materials instead of leather.

Tory Burch Ella Bio TotePhoto courtesy of Highland Park Village

Christian Louboutin’s Ariella Zeppa 130mm Espadrille Sandal will be a summer staple for sure. An audacious twist on the espadrille, the Arielle Zeppa sandal has an elegant appeal with its braided wedge heel in natural rope and black leather for a sophisticated finish.

Christian Louboutin\u2019s Ariella Zeppa 130mm Espadrille SandalPhoto courtesy of Highland Park Village

A matching moment:
A matching moment from alice + olivia’s Mommy + Me line, this gorgeous Dawn Floral print is perfect for a mom and her daughter. The cotton girls’ dress is complete with a fit and flare silhouette, spaghetti straps, and a smocked bodice. The matching Eloise Button Down for mom helps the look come together.

Alice + Olivia Dawn Floral matching top and dress Photo courtesy of Highland Park Village

Roller Rabbit’s ultra-cozy PJs are perfect for a mama and her mini. Feel the L-O-V-E in these fan-favorite pajamas — the collection has sets available for women, kids, and infants. The Love & Letters collection is launching just in time to celebrate mom, too.

Roller Rabbit's mommy and me pajamasPhoto courtesy of Highland Park Village

Dallas-native and mother Lisa ‘Lele’ Sadoughi designs elevated accessories and jewelry for any age. Made with quality fabrics and unique hand-sewn trims, this Papaya Pebble Cabochon Knotted Headband and its matching kid counterpart, the Papaya Kids Pebble Cabochon Knotted Headband, is a fun accessory for any mom or child this summer.

Lele Sadoughi headbandPhoto courtesy of Highland Park Village

Luxe jewelry
Exclusive to Highland Park Village, Market houses a finely curated selection of sought-after designers and their dazzling jewelry. The EF Collection Diamond ‘Mama’ Nameplate Necklace makes the perfect gift for all moms and mom-like figures. Featuring a horizontal bar pendant with .14 carats of diamond set in block letters spelling out “mama,” this necklace is a sweet, shimmery addition to any layer.

Market Mama diamond bar necklacePhoto courtesy of Highland Park Village

Another beautiful selection from Market are these earrings, which are the perfect addition to any outfit, casual or dressy. The Marlo Laz Southwestern Heart Earrings are decorated with gold embroidery of floral and paisley motifs. The Southwestern Heart Collection is an ode to the enchantment of the American West and trailblazing women.

Market Marlo Laz Southwestern Heart EarringsPhoto courtesy of Highland Park Village

Representing happiness and delight as well as love and affection, pink diamonds are one of the most extraordinary gifts produced by Mother Nature and are the ideal addition to the season’s palette of pastel hues. This Harry Winston ring is sure to impress this Mother’s Day.

Harry Winston pink diamond ringPhoto courtesy of Highland Park Village

Pamper her with services:
With only four locations in the United States, Dr. Barbara Sturm Boutique & Spa offers well-deserved self-care like a Signature SturmGlow Facial, session in the Spa Wave Bed, or Lymphatic Sculpt & Tone Massage. Afterwards, she can browse the selection of innovative products for every skin type.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Boutique & SpaPhoto courtesy of Highland Park Village

Pamper her with a gift card to Cerón Highland Park, a premier hair and beauty experience in Highland Park Village. Let her choose from an array of incredible services, like a blow out, makeup application, manicure, or pedicure.

Cer\u00f3n Highland ParkPhoto courtesy of Highland Park Village

Treat Mom to a meal:
Ensure you get the most of your day with mom by treating her to a delicious meal in Highland Park Village. Enjoy incredible dining experiences with tastes of old-school Italian at Fachini, traditional Tex-Mex at Mi Cocina, fresh seafood at Café Pacific, New York City-style bagels at Sadelle’s, and much more at Highland Park Village’s vast selection of restaurants.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Yellowstone news

Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Cidercade cider and games venue opens mega-facility in heart of Arlington

Cider News

Cider and games are coming to Arlington with the opening of Cidercade, a new entertainment venue opening at 500 E. Division St. in the heart of Arlington on September 29.

Cidercade has hundreds of arcade games, shuffleboard, pool tables, and more, all available for playing with a single admission fee, as well as dozens of drinks on tap. It's all ages during the day then turns 21+ at 8 pm.

Arlington is the fifth location in Texas, following existing Cidercades in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston, and is the largest yet with a huge space spanning 25,000-plus square feet.

It houses more than 300 retro and modern arcade games, pool tables, ping pong tables, shuffleboard courts (a Cidercade first), party rooms, and event spaces for groups of all sizes.

In a statement, co-founder and CEO Joel Malone says that with Arlington's reputation as an entertainment destination, he knew they had to build "something awesome."

"Cidercade Arlington is not only our largest location yet, but it includes a much larger variety of games and experiences," he says.

Cidercade customers pay an admission fee of $12 and get unlimited play on all the games and activities once inside. Cidercade also offers a $20 monthly membership that includes unlimited admissions as well as discounts on drinks and merch.

Beyond the games, multiple bars serve a big lineup of adult beverages on tap, all made by Bishop Cider, and soft drinks from soda machines with unlimited refills.

Customers are allowed to bring their own food or have it delivered from nearby restaurants.

In addition to the Arlington expansion, Bishop is also relocating the Dallas Cidercade to a new site near Love Field Airport, where it will be expanded dramatically to 79,000 square feet, nearly 10 times larger. It will feature concepts, games, and activities that aren’t offered anywhere else in Texas, and will open in 2024. The current location will remain open until then.

Malone and and his wife and partner Laura Malone initially founded Bishop Cider as a quaint 704-square-foot cider bar a decade ago. The company has since grown into a leader in beverage manufacturing and beverage experiences comprising four brands:

  • TexBev, a co-packer for carbonated soft drinks, juice, energy drinks, wine, beer, and RTDs.
  • Cidercade, the cider and game venue
  • Bishop Cider, the hard cider company
  • Wild Acre Brewing, a brewery and beer garden venue in Fort Worth that produces seasonal brews and year-round core beers like Texas Blonde, Juice Slinger IPA, and Sundance Wheat.

Famed Seattle piroshky bakery makes stop in Fort Worth on Texas-wide tour

Meat Pie News

A Seattle bakery is coming to Fort Worth for a special pop-up: Piroshky Piroshky Bakery, which specializes in handmade piroshki, AKA Russian hand pies, will stop in Fort Worth on a national tour.

The bakery will pop up at Martin House Brewing, 220 S Sylvania Ave., on October 4 from 5-7 pm, with luscious offerings, both savory and sweet.

Piroshkis are small pies of Russian origin, made from an enriched yeast dough, with savory fillings like meat, vegetables, or cheese, the most traditional being meat and rice or potato and onion.

Piroshky Piroshky Bakery was founded in Seattle in 1992, and offer their pastries in all sorts of delectable fillings: from beef & cheese to cabbage & onion to vegan-friendly mushroom & potato.

Their piroshky are individually made from scratch and hand-formed into unique shapes that help differentiate the flavors and fillings inside.

They make sweet pastries, as well.

The company has five locations across Seattle, and also sells their products online. Their original location at Seattle's Pike Place Market serves more than 20 varieties.

But they also make annual tours, just like a rock band, to bring their goods to towns across the U.S. They previously came through Fort Worth in February 2022.

The tour features options such as:

  • Smoked salmon pate piroshky
  • Beef & onion piroshy
  • Impossible beef & onion piroshky
  • Ham, spinach, & cheese piroshky
  • Potato & cheese piroshky
  • Veggie chipotle piroshky
  • Chocolate cream hazelnut roll
  • Cinnamon cardamom braid
  • Pumpkin toffee braid
  • Caraway cheddar cheese stick
  • Poppyseed cinnamon roll

The full menu is online, and pre-ordering is required. The cutoff order date for Fort Worth is October 2 at 4 pm. There's a minimum of $50; individual items run between $5.25 to $7.25.

In addition to Fort Worth, they're also making three other stops in Texas:

  • Dallas at Outfit Brewing, 135 John W. Carpenter Fwy, on October 5, from 5-7 pm. You must order by October 3; pre-order here.
  • Austin at Twin Creeks Park, 2303 Dervingham Drive, Cedar Park, on October 6, from 5-7 pm; pre-order here.
  • Houston at Elks Lodge, 10150 W Airport Blvd, Stafford, on October 7, from 5-7 pm; pre-order here.