If you drive around the Foundry District, especially on a Sunday afternoon, you might not be immediately able to tell that you’re in a district, despite all the colorful warehouses, new apartments and town houses popping up in the area.
The neighborhood — north of Montgomery Plaza and south of White Settlement Road off of Carroll Street — contains a few things that were there before anyone was calling it the Foundry: long-running and still underrated burger joint M&O Station Grill; Fort Worth chef Marcus Paslay’s acclaimed restaurant Clay Pigeon Food & Drink; Fort Worth Food Park, which was the city’s first food-truck park.
Look closely, though, and you’ll see such things as Inspiration Alley, described as an “outdoor art gallery” that began with Fort Worth artist Katie Murray’s “Cowtown” mural. Inspiration Alley has its own inspirations, such as Toronto’s Graffiti Alley and Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.
There’s already a funky mix of businesses in the area, and M2G Ventures, the company behind it, has big plans for what was mostly a strip of warehouses: According to a Star-Telegram story from this spring, the “grand vision is for a multi-use center that could span 33 acres with restaurants and a market, nonchain retail, shared office space, and maybe a craft beer place — someplace like Deep Ellum or the Bishop Arts District in Dallas.”
And two businesses are moving in. One is a bit of coup — for the business: Doc’s Records & Vintage, the west Fort Worth vinyl/pop-culture/antiques store, is scheduled to open in October in the Foundry. Doc’s is used to moving: Since opening in 2006 in Hurst, it’s gone on to a Montgomery Street location in Fort Worth and then to the current 9222 Camp Bowie Blvd. location.
According to a release, Doc’s will move into a “9,800-square-foot, reimagined warehouse [that] will feature vendor booths with even more strange oddities and vintage wear.” If you want to get an idea of some of the oddities, check out Doc’s Facebook page, where recent entries include “Dance Club Barbie” (complete with tape player and microphone), a load of “Star Wars” paraphernalia (your kitchen isn’t complete without the Droid Kitchen Storage set and lightsaber flatware) and, yes, an 8-track player. Not to mention loads of vinyl, in single, album and even 78 rpm form.
The larger space and more central location will also allow Doc’s to hold more in-store events, such as record-release parties. The new address: 2632 Weisenberger St.
The other new tenant, Craftwork Coffee Co., has been growing steadily since it opened its first location on Camp Bowie Boulevard in early 2016. Craftwork, which doubles as a coffee bar and workspace, recently added a second location on Magnolia Avenue and plans to open its third, and largest, location at 212 Carroll St. in the Foundry.
The new location “will feature a combination of office suites, open co-working spaces, call booths and conference rooms,” says the release, which adds that the Foundry location plans to offer coffee-cocktail blends that will be exclusive to the Carroll Street location.
The Foundry is one of several projects of M2G Ventures, founded by twin sisters Jessica Miller Worman and Susan Miller Gruppi, who are also behind the 710 S. Main building that will be home to Locust Cider, Fort Worth’s first cidery.