locale grows more diverse
A half mile south of TCU past Berry Street on University
Drive, lies a quaint circle that is tucked away among
older neighborhoods. The area, otherwise known as Bluebonnet
Circle, has been a Fort Worth institution since the 1940s
and is currently in a state of transformation.
The circle, which is home to a little over 30 small businesses,
has welcomed several new stores within the past year.
Full Circle Emporium, Heliotrope, Pizza De Leon, the Olive
Boutique and Trio Hair Concepts have emerged while established
businesses such as the Hong Kong Restaurant have relocated.
Mickie Cooles, owner of Full Circle Emporium, an antique
store that carries jewelry and home and fashion accessories,says
she sees the emergence of new businesses as part of an
attempt to revitalize Bluebonnet Circle. Cooles also says
that all of the newly opened businesses in the Circle
offer goods and services of interest to TCU students,
faculty and parents.
TCU student Mary Jacobs, a junior Advertising/Public Relations
major, says that she couldnt agree more with Cooles
statement. Jacobs says she goes to the Circle for everything,
from food to clothing to dry cleaning.
I am a frequent Circle shopper; I absolutely love
its unique atmosphere and all that the businesses
in the Circle have to offer, Jacobs said.
Driving around Bluebonnet Circle one can see exactly how
diverse its offerings are. Small boutiques, charming restaurants,
professional cleaners, bars, and a variety of other businesses.
Armando Lozano, owner of the Olive Boutique, a trendy
one-of-a-kind clothing store that specializes in carrying
the newest and hottest brands, says that Bluebonnet Circle
definitely has something to offer everyone.
It offers TCU students, faculty, parents and local
residents places to shop eat, and get their hair or nails
done, Lozano said.
He says that places such as the Boom Room and Oui Lounge
offer close nightlife options for TCU students who do
not like to travel far from campus.
Many of the circle businesses also offer TCU friendly
discounts. Top Star Nails, which specializes in both waxing
and professional nail care, provides TCU students with
a 15 percent discount on all services. Circle Cleaners
frequently offers student and faculty discounts on their
same day dry-cleaning service in the form of weekly coupons.
The Olive Boutique allows customers to receive a thirty
to sixty percent discount off a purchase the third Thursday
of every month.
Bars such as Oui Lounge, which has been a Fort Worth tradition
for 50 years, and the Boom Room have daily happy hour
specials, and Pizza De Leon offers coupons on every pizza
Heliotrope owners Debby Stein and Jan Edmonds are extremely
enthusiastic about their stores new location on
the Circle. The two women opened Heliotrope as a way to
share their passion for the arts with others.
And theres no better location than near TCUs
campus to start our venture, added Stein, a TCU
Heliotrope is a gallery for local artists that includes
paintings, sculptures, jewelry, leather, furniture, pottery,
photography and CDs by local musicians, singers
We are so grateful to be able to use our common
passion to communicate to the public the beauty of the
arts, said Edmonds.
Edmonds and Stein hope that all of the new development
in Bluebonnet Circle will bring a greater sense of community
to the older, more established businesses.
Hopefully, Stein said, with a steady
symbiotic relationship between TCU, neighborhoods, and
circle businesses, Bluebonnet Circle could be a premier
shopping location for all of Fort Worth.
Goodwill Donation Station
Curt Hinkle D.D.S.
Full Circle Emporium
Ta Lor Nails
Sugar & Spice Boutique
Bollins AAA Vacuum Cleaner Service
On Hold Productions
Fort Worth Crisis Pregnancy Center
The Boom Room
Marquez Hair Designs
Brothers II Cleaners
Trio Hair Concepts
Top Star Nails
Jerrys Barber Shop
Caros Mexican Food
Blue Bonnet Kwik Mart
First Street Audio Recording Studio
Pizza De Leon