June Naylor 2017-12-04 04:59:04
Shopping with Perks We love a small town antiques emporium — especially one surrounded by options for good food and drink. photos by June Naylor Some 80 to 90 miles south of Fort Worth, at the tip-top of the Texas Hill Country, the town of Clifton bubbles with new energy. Like Granbury and Fredericksburg, the once-quiet burg bustles even on weekdays, with visitors stopping in to try two new chef-driven restaurants (Sinclair, Corner Drug Cafe) and discover the art galleries. Overnighters have a pair of top-notch boutique stays (The Cell Block, Screen Door Inn) to consider, too. Shoppers enjoy very Magnolia-esque farmhouse-style finds in the new Market at the Mill, but it’s the tried-and-true Bosque County Emporium that demands plentiful attention from travelers visiting from across the country. Open for decades, the Emporium has belonged since 1991 to local antiques collector Olaf Harris, descending from the area’s original Norse settlers. Wandering recently through the rambling series of rooms — the Emporium spills over several adjacent storefronts on downtown’s main drag — we found an eye-opening cross section of vintage home furnishings, porcelain pieces, glass objets d’art, beautiful textiles, sterling silver services, a sizable stash of books and a great variety of fine china. Artworks include originals by Texas artists, including those produced by a popular group living and working in Bosque County. Pieces — dating from the 1600s to the mid-20th century — arrive from dealers and consignors, says Tammy Bruno, who co-manages the store with Samantha Ramsey. “Some of our more unusual finds include an elm wood Chinese altar table; beautiful Federal period maple wood four-post canopy bed, circa 1790; and a Spanish Colonial-period rosewood and iron truss trestle table, circa 1720.” For customers who work up an appetite, a restored 1961 Airstream now parked alongside the Emporium’s live oakshaded courtyard has been converted to a kitchen. Opening later this winter, the Airstream supplies edibles for an indoor-outdoor cafe, tucked within one of the Emporium’s many spaces where you also can find live music and a full bar. Shopping with indulgences, another in a growing list of Clifton’s assets. Open Sunday through Saturday at 121 N. Avenue D, 254-675-8133. See what’s new at facebook.com/bosquecountyemporiumcliftontx or @bosquecountyemporiumcliftontx on Instagram.
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