Cowboy Santa arrives in fashion at Fort Value Stockyards


Cowboy Santa rode in style into the Fort Worth Stockyards with a full parade celebrating his arrival.

Southern Saint Nicholas put on his regular red suit but opted for a white hat and cowboy boots to complete the look. He also brought some Christmas carols along with Mrs. Claus, who hosted a storytime.

Ethan Cartwright, a spokesman for the Stockyards, says the entire area is decked out with lights and decorations ready to celebrate Christmas.

Ethan Cartwright, Director of Marketing, Stockyard Heritage Development

“We put more lights on than ever before,” he said. “I think you could probably see the Stockyards from space if you were lucky enough to be in a space capsule.”

Mr. and Mrs. Claus have set up their workshop, which is now open until Christmas Eve. It’s on Mule Alley in the Stockyards.

Flea Type’s Brittany Cobb has large Fort Price plans on the Stockyards and Resort Drover

Fort Worth discovers Brittany Cobb’s energy and creativity.

The Dallas-based entrepreneur opened her third store in Fort Worth in July.

Cobb is the CEO of Style Concepts, the Deep Ellum-based company that spans their retail, e-commerce and hospitality concepts Flea style, Heirloom Haul, Game Day Style and their newest, Wide Brim and the Bungalow.

Wide Brim is a hat and small goods store that opened in July at the new Hotel Drover, an autograph collection Marriott hotel designed for Fort Worth with rustic luxury decor. The drover opened in March in the Mule Alley area of ​​the Stockyards Historic District, which is undergoing a $ 175 million renovation.

A signature personal wardrobe accessory for Cobb, Wide Brims hats are decorated with new and vintage materials and retail for $ 148 each. Stetson is doing a pink to add to the selection.

Flea Style, Cobb’s fifth store, opens in October in a prime location on Mule Alley next to the Lucchese Bootmaker Store. The Fort Worth Flea Style will have a mini heirloom haul drink and snack bar, not the full menu of the other tea rooms.

This Stockyards store will also have a 20 foot hat bar with 10 stools for customers to sit on and create.

Cobb has also added hat bars to its Deep Ellum and The Star stores in Frisco.

The Deep Ellum store serves as the headquarters of Style Concepts. But a building next door will be ready early next year to house the growing workforce and online business that Cobb and its employees built last year to get through the worst months of the pandemic. Online has caught on and will more than double this year, she said.

The newest Flea Style Store will also have an expanded home decor section selling home accessories and loungewear and other items in the bungalow.

The Bungalow is her third Fort Worth store, a 1,900-square-foot, four-bedroom, nine-person home that she has just bought and converted into a vacation rental. The home is 4.5 miles from the Stockyards and their two shops on Mule Alley.

Brittany Cobb, founder of Flea Style, stands in front of the Fort Worth bungalow that the Dallas-based company is converting into a vacation rental.

Cobb grew up in Southern California and moved to Dallas in 2001 to study at Southern Methodist University. She had held shopping events by putting together her own flea market finds and hiring local artists and small businesses to sell their products. Founded Flea Style retail company in 2015, Cobb continued the concept of reusing used goods and discovering new artisans making home decor, jewelry and clothing.

In 2018 she opened her first store in Deep Ellum.

“We’ve really picked up speed in the past 23 months,” she said. “We’ve just tripled our team in the last month and a half. We are working on our new experience trade, which people seem to appreciate. “

Flea Style and the Heirloom Haul Tea Room located in Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ The Star Development in Frisco opened two years ago in November, and Game Day Style opened there last year.

Cobb said she spoke to real estate contacts in Fort Worth about an expansion, but she needs to be in the right place. “We like to be near entertainment areas: Deep Ellum, The Star, and now the Stockyards.”

Bungalow vacation rental began with the idea of ​​saving money on hotels for extended staff visits in Fort Worth. It introduced a waiting list for reservations and 200 people signed up in the first 24 hours.

“I think we should buy a few more houses,” said Cobb. She decorates it with mainly vintage furniture finds. Likewise for the new shop, and she has just returned with a loot from the canton flea market for both of them.

With the Fort Worth home so close to the new Flea Style, she’s considering marketing the two together for stag and hen parties.

“My first love was interior design. The bungalow is the ultimate way to avoid all of these concepts, ”said Cobb. “It was a blast. Our customers will love it. “

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Luxurious western resort and leisure improvement begin ‘new chapter’ for Fort Price’s Stockyards district

The Hotel Drover is open for Mondays. Mule Alley continues to add new shops and restaurants.

FORT WORTH, Texas – When describing Fort Worth’s Stockyards District, words like historic, rustic, or gross come to mind.

However, that’s not the best description of its newest attraction.

“You don’t really know if you are in a hacienda, modern, western, retro, sophisticated or luxurious. That’s all, “said Craig Cavileer, managing partner of Fort Worth Heritage Development.

Cavileer is behind the new Hotel Drover, which will open to the public on Monday. This is a new four-star, 200-room hotel that is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and anchors the development of Mule Alley, which Cavileer also manages.

“Somebody named us a sophisticated ranch,” said Cavileer of the Hotel Drover. “I said OK. We’re going to change the name of the hotel. ‘”

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Talks about restoring the 100-year-old mule and horse stables began back in 2014. Cavileer said the city had helped transform the crumbling into something new and modern from the start, in order to attract a wider audience.

“There were a lot of people who said they didn’t want to see change down here and it would have been really easy to say, ‘You’re right. Let’s just leave it for a better day, ” Cavileer said. “We don’t want to forget what that past was. We want it to feel rich and authentic, that they are part of something that has been around for a long time. “

“The Mule Alley area was forgotten,” said Mitch Whitten, vice president of marketing for Visit Fort Worth. “The reason it took so long to restore is to preserve history.”

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About $ 140 million went into the hotel and another $ 75 million went towards restoring the alleyways. Mule Alley is now filling up with new restaurants and shops, from upscale stores to a brewery with more tenants to be announced shortly.

The goal is not only to visit people, but also to stay.

“People only spent two or three hours in the stockyards,” Whitten said. “It was a big attraction, but they didn’t last as long as we’d like.”

“What we really wanted was to have what looks like it has been here for 100 years,” said Cavileer.

According to Cavileer, a stable-style event space with 150-year-old wooden beams will be booked for about 60 weddings over the next six months. The hotel has a Lucchese shop, a spacious courtyard with a view of a stream, several bars and individual details such as postcards on chairs or chandeliers with tokens and barbed wire.

“One of the things we do every day is really to make sure that Western heritage flows into everything we do. This really is Cowtown in Fort Worth, ”said Cavileer.

He says 4.7 million people visited the stockyards last year, and 80% are from Texas.

“We’re kind of local, vacation, stay, cultural vacation, entertainment,” Cavileer said. “We compare ourselves to Nashville and Broadway. We compare ourselves to the Riverwalk, the 3rd Street Promenade. “

“It’s a new chapter for the camps,” said Whitten.

Editor’s note: The following video is from 2018.