The men’s apparel retailer johnnie-O, which bills itself as “SoCal vibe meets East Coast Classics,” will open its first Texas store later this month at the WestBend shopping center in Fort Worth.

The Los Angeles company, which sells through its own stores and other retailers, including ones in Fort Worth, will have a grand opening March 25, with Founder John O’Donnell and Chief Creative Officer Chris Knott on hand.  Sales through the weekend will benefit The Women’s Center in Fort Worth.

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The chain will develop more smaller store concepts that aren’t located in or built for malls. The next one will open at WestBend.

Dallas Morning News | September 2, 2020

Written by: Maria Halkias

Macy’s is moving forward with plans for smaller brick-and-mortar stores, including a second Market by Macy’s in Fort Worth.

The retailer’s first boutique version of the department store, located in Southlake Town Square, was only open a few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of retailing. It reopened in May.

Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette said Wednesday that the company plans to open its second Market by Macy’s in Fort Worth next year and still plans to take the concept to Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

A small store concept for the retailer’s Bloomingdale’s luxury chain is also under development and planned for late 2021, he said.

While Gennette said he continues to believe “the best malls in the country will thrive,” the company’s plans are for what he called “high-potential off-mall” and “smaller formats.”

Macy’s said in February that it will close 125 of its mall stores over the next three years, and those plans haven’t changed, Gennette said. Macy’s Backstage, the retailer’s version of a discount store, and Bloomingdale’s Outlet are its other smaller concepts…

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Fort Worth Business | November 9, 2020

Written by: Robert Francis

Texas and Australia have always had a bit of a simpatico connection.
There are the hats, the love of the outdoors, ranching and our Bowie knives and their “That’s not a knife” bit. We may throw ribs in the barbecue pit and they may throw a shrimp on the “barbie,” but it’s the same idea.

Now there’s another connection between the Land of Oz and the Lone Star State: coffee.

An Australian-style coffee shop and café, Ascension Coffee, has just opened in WestBend, the University District’s retail spot along the Trinity River. It’s a hell of a view to have while you’re sipping café au lait and downing a ricotta souffle pancake.

Ascension originally launched in Dallas in 2012, by restaurateur Russell Hayward. Growing up in Sydney, Australia, mealtime for Hayward meant sitting around a big table with family, friends, fresh food, bantering and debating. Hayward struggled finding a great cup of coffee in a warm, conversation-filled environment in the U.S., so he did what any entrepreneur does. He opened one of his own. After a year spent researching and…

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Dallas Morning News | October 16, 2020

Written by: Pooja Krishna

Located in the University District of Fort Worth, the growing commercial complex of WestBend stretches across 278,000 square feet with retail, dining, and office developments.

As WestBend fills its final leasing spaces, developer Trademark Property announced two new openings this fall: Ascension Coffee and ZAAP Kitchen.

Ascension, an Australian-style coffee shop and wine bar, was first introduced to Dallas in 2012 with the goal of elevating the American café experience. With seven locations across the D-FW area, each café boasts an inviting environment with a chef-driven food menu.

“Ascension believes in creating community and has curated this café with its own design to fit its new environment,” Daniel Velez, the upcoming general manager of WestBend’s Ascension, stated in a press release.

ZAAP Kitchen is a fast-casual establishment with a focus on Lao cuisine and Thai street food, and is a part of the area’s booming Laotian food scene. Originally based in Dallas, the eatery’s first Fort Worth location will be at WestBend, and…


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An Australian-style coffee shop and cafe and a restaurant focusing on Thai Street food and Lao cuisine are coming to Fort Worth.

WestBend, University District’s retail & dining destination near the Trinity River, on Sept. 21 announced the opening of Ascension Coffee and ZAAP Kitchen this fall.

“Trademark is thrilled to bring Ascension and ZAAP Kitchen to Fort Worth, as entrepreneurial brands with a unique story to tell,” said Terry Montesi, CEO of Trademark Property, developer of WestBend. “Today’s consumers have a real thirst for passionate, independent retailers. Ascension is an Australian-style coffee shop and café that will bring a great new gathering spot for breakfast, lunch and through the evening. ZAAP Kitchen is family-owned, focusing on fresh, made to order, authentic Lao cuisine and Thai Street food. I believe both concepts will be well received by the Fort Worth market.”

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WestBend is welcoming two additions to its dining roster this fall.

Ascension Coffee and ZAAP Kitchen will be opening early November at the WestBend development on University Drive. The former will offer coffee and a full food menu; the latter will focus more on traditional Lao cuisine and Thai street food.

Ascension launched in Dallas in 2012, an Australian-style concept by restaurateur Russell Hayward, who grew up in Sydney and struggled to find a coffee shop with a chef-driven food menu in the U.S.

The 2,420-square-foot Fort Worth location will offer a patio on the river, spacious indoor seating, and coffee to-go directly from the trail, as well as breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy hour, and…

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Fort Worth Star Telegram
Written by: Carla Jimenez

Looking to up your selfie game? Look no further. A space opened this week that has eight creative backgrounds that are perfect for that elusive, well-lit selfie.

The catch? It’s only open for three weeks.

The pop-up store, Snap151, opened its doors on Monday in the West Bend shopping center, and it offers an interesting service: Inside are…

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Written by: Bradley Blackburn

FORT WORTH — Nestled next to high end stores in the Westbend shopping center, a new pop-up shop opened Monday that sells nothing but the perfect selfie.

Snap151 is a space designed for visitors to get just the right shot for their Instagram feeds, with eight eye-popping backdrops featuring everything from giant flowers to balloon dogs to donuts. There’s even a real ski lift that was brought in from Denver.

“We just really wanted to create an experience,” co-creator Audrey Miranda said.

Miranda and her business partner Dawn Snodgrass quit their jobs in marketing to start this new business, jumping on a trend of Instagram-driven businesses that have blossomed around the country. While some so-called Instagram museums have opened in Dallas, they say this is the first of its kind in Fort Worth.

“We’d seen it elsewhere and thought, we could totally do that!” Snodgrass said.

The shop will be open…

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CultureMap Fort Worth
Written by: CultureMap Create

We’ve all got some shopping to do this season, whether for friends and family or for ourselves (it’s called “self care”). Where’s one place you’re guaranteed to source all your sartorial needs? WestBend in Fort Worth.

Nestled along the Trinity Trails, WestBend offers a curated collection of contemporary fashion retailers, such as Pax & Parker, Marine Layer, Bonobos and Warby Parker.

In celebration of the upcoming holidays, Neil Patel of @dallasurbanite recently visited WestBend to explore what the development has to offer. Whether you’re shopping for the men in your life or for yourself, keep reading to get inspired by Patel’s must-shop looks.

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Culture Map Fort Worth

You might already know WestBendas a shopping and dining destination that sits just off the Trinity River, but the must-visit development also contains a tranquil escape from the everyday world: The Woodhouse Day Spa.

The spa is one of WestBend’s growing mix of beauty retailers and specialty service providers, and Fleurdille blogger Anna Cobbs stopped by recently to try one of Woodhouse’s signature services.

The part-time speech therapist and full-time mom indulged in the Woodhouse Hydrafacial, an 80-minute service that…

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