Lauren Childs’ Brainchild

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Photos courtesy of Fort Works Art (Current Exhibit by Jay Wilkinson) 

Cowtown. Panther City. The Gateway to the West. Few cities have such a cultural juxtaposition as Fort Worth. Where else can you go see a cattle drive in the morning, spend the afternoon in a world-class museum, and then go to an international music competition in the evening? While many think of cows and cowboys when they think of Fort Worth, an increasing number of people know that Fort Worth is home to some of the best art in the nation.

Lauren Childs is a big name in the rapidly burgeoning Fort Worth art scene. Owner of Fort Works Art and one of the forces behind the Fort Worth Art Dealers twice-yearly Gallery Nights, Lauren is showing local artists that is it possible to stay in Fort Worth and be a success.

A Fort Worth girl, Lauren has been an artist her whole life. At Trinity Valley, she was fortunate to study under artists Dale Conner and John Moore, but at the time, she felt that the theater was where she was meant to be. Following her dream of being an actress to Northwestern University, she soon realized that the theater was really not where she was meant to be, and so she came home.

Regrouping, Lauren enrolled at the University of Texas at Arlington. There, she studied under the man she calls her mentor, Benito Huerta. Lauren became Huerta’s personal assistant. Not only did Lauren help catalogue works at the University gallery, she helped plan and execute presentations and installations. This gave her a grounding in the mechanics and business of the art world, something that young artists do not necessarily think about when starting their careers.

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Lauren is the co-founder of the United Voice Collective, a group established to support various charities through pop up shows. She is also the artist behind Sandscapes Artisan Designs, a high-end specialty painting and design company. It was while designing and creating specialty art pieces for clients that Lauren started to see the art collections of her clients. Yes, Fort Worth has three world-class museums, but it also has some world-class collectors. Which got Lauren to thinking.

Why do young artists feel like they need to leave to become successful? Why couldn’t Fort Worth support a viable art scene, where artists can live and work as artists? The combination of museums, the university, and her understanding of behind-the-scenes mechanics of the art world she learned while working under Huerta, Lauren has created Fort Works Art. Fort Works Art is located in what used to be a magazine publishing building and is more than a traditional art gallery. They provide a space for both established and up-and-coming artists to show their work to the public. In addition, through their support of Gallery Nights, Fort Works Art is bringing together artists and non-traditional venues to bring art to an ever-increasing audience. It also allows Lauren the opportunity to help young artists learn the business of the art world while providing her the opportunity to continue creating the art which feeds her soul. All right here in Cowtown, the Gateway to the West.

Next Event:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:00pm 8:00pm

Los Fantasmas Ambulantes Artist Talk

Featuring the art of John Carlisle Moore, Elizabeth Bowie, Byrd Williams IV, and Wally Knight.

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JZ Realtor Networking Event

JZ Networking Event

On the morning of July 20th, 2017, the John Zimmerman team hosted a Realtor Networking Event to help the community meet new agents and seasoned agents with our gorgeous listing at 9517 Bella Terra Drive as the backdrop.

Many local vendors participated by and engaged with the attendees through displaying their products and services.

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Artist Trish Wise brought her beautiful watercolor renderings of interiors and exteriors of homes.

John Zimmerman entertained the agents as they networked and viewed our gorgeous Montserrat estate.

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David Hayes of Coffee Experience served up delicious locally roasted coffee with their special pour over technique. Michael Hoover and his daughter enjoyed the delicious pastries from The Black Rooster Cafe.

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Kelly Zinke Forrester of Zinke Stoltz Image Consulting demonstrated her talent in custom color matching. Maurcio Gutierrez our go-to hair stylist for the JZ Team was on hand for some easy hair styles for work or play.

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The pool house at 9517 Bella Terra Drive was buzzing with activity with the team from Eyeworks. Sunglasses for these bright sunny days were in order!

If you’d like to collaborate with the John Zimmerman team, please call or text 817.784.7269. We’d love to be a part of your next event or have you as part of ours. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, please call us today!

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WestAid needs more hands and hearts to fight hunger in Southwest Fort Worth


“Making it” can be hard when you’re doing it by yourself, said Shakela Noble. The 31-year-old single mother of two doesn’t really like to ask for help. She has a full-time job as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) at a local nursing home. But when her bills get to be more than she can handle, she’s thankful to God that she has somewhere to turn for one of life’s most basis necessities: food.

“Someone in the neighborhood told me about WestAid,” said Shakela. “It helped me so much at that time, because it allowed me and my child to make it a little bit longer.”

This faith-based food panty located off Camp Bowie West in Fort Worth has been making lives easier for thousands of Southwestern Tarrant County residents for the past 30 years.


In 2016, WestAid served 10,000 households, which included families experiencing various economic challenges like job loss, severe injury, and unexpected life expenses that make buying food more difficult, explained executive director William Pherigo. And of course, for many of those households, hungry kids are part of the equation.

As one of the oldest food panties in Fort Worth, WestAid tries to help the 26 percent of children living in Tarrant County who are food insecure, meaning they don’t have enough nutritious food to eat most of the time.

Falling into food insecurity is a lot easier than most people think, said William. All it takes is the main breadwinner losing a job or suffering a traumatic injury that prevents continued employment. Without a network of support, families have nowhere to turn, he explained. “And jobs aren’t as secure as they once where.”


For people like Shakela, making it on a low-wage salary with two kids is nearly impossible. The average pay rate for a CMA in Fort Worth is under $14 an hour.

“I think WestAid is a good blessing for this neighborhood,” said Shakela. “A lot of people over here are struggling.” When she moved to Fort Worth from a small town in Michigan back in 2014, she was surprised at how expensive her utilities bills were each month.

“When I go to WestAid, I actually don’t have the money to get food,” said Shakela. The food pantry is not a service she ever wants to use. In fact, she’s only been there about a dozen times in the past three years.

“If I know I have a little bit to make it, I want that resource for somebody that’s worse off than me,” said Shakela.

The food pantry, which is set up like a small convenient store, is packed with staples like Cheerios, peanut butter, canned goods, bread, fresh vegetables, rice, and tuna. Clients who qualify (which means they live at or near the poverty line) can shop for food and supplies once a month. But William rarely turns down somebody in need, regardless of income restrictions or paperwork.


“Every month, if somebody comes in and says ‘we need food,’ we give them food,” said William. “But it means we have be creative sometimes.” With an annual budget of just $215,000 and only two full-time employees, WestAid struggles to feed all the families and homeless individuals who walk through its doors.

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Director William Pherigo and Board Member Jon Synder accepting a $5000 donation from John Zimmerman, Executive Vice President, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

“We’re trying to be more visible,” said William. That’s more visible to those in need and to future volunteers and donors throughout Tarrant County. WestAid wants to be more than just an emergency food pantry, explained William. It wants to be an agency that provides clients with nutritious foods everyday — because consistent, quality food is what it takes to create the next generation of leaders in our community. Learn more or how to help today at or by emailing


WestAid By The Numbers

10,000 households helped in 2016

Provides food to nearly 50 people a day

Zip codes served: 76107, 76116, 76126, 76109

Opened 5 days a week (Monday – Friday)

Sarah Angle John Zimmerman blogFor more than a decade, Sarah Angle has worked as a Texas-based writer. She began her career as a daily newspaper reporter and photographer, and now splits her time between journalism and marketing communications. Since starting her own freelance writing business, Sarah has worked for brands such as: Frito-Lay, RadioShack, Dairy Queen, Honda, Sid Richardson Art Museum, Samsung, and Pizza Inn. As a journalist, her work has been published in the Washington Post, Boys’ Lifemagazine, Texas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dallas Morning News, and 360 Westmagazine. In 2014, she won first place from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia for her feature story “From the Land of the Lost.” The following year, she earned a fellowship from the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization and became a board member for the Society of Professional Journalists, Forth Worth chapter. Currently, she teaches in the School of Strategic Communication at TCU.

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Powers’ Trip


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Photography by Alex Lepe  

It was, as Chris Powers acknowledges, “the epitome of what was wrong with the economy.” Only, “I didn’t know it back then.” A freshman at TCU interested in business, Powers befriended Adam Blake, a TCU student who was already buying houses around the university and later hit the headlines when he bought the Electric Building downtown as a 24-year-old.

The strategy Powers learned from Blake during that era of loose money: “You could go downtown to Countrywide Financial and get a loan with 3 percent down and 6 percent cash back at closing.” Buy the home, lease it to a tenant, take the deal back to the bank for a refi. “Now I can start borrowing against that,” Powers recalls.

By the time Powers graduated early from TCU at age 21, using that strategy, he owned eight single-family homes around TCU. And he’d launched a real estate management business with a web site, running 40-50 units and earning bonuses if he got higher rents than the property owners had been making.

From there, Powers quickly moved on bigger real estate deals. Today, he’s taken the lead among several developers in rebranding 275 acres overlooking the Trinity River off of White Settlement Road in west Fort Worth, with a goal of redeveloping it into a luxury mixed-use hub for residents of Westover Hills, Westworth Village, and Arlington Heights. Powers, who does business today under his Fort Capital banner, says the firm has done $78 million in projects in six years and has $55-$60 million in assets under management. That’s a long resume and expansive portfolio for a 29-year-old.

To read the full article from FWinc. by Scott Nishimura, visit: HERE

We were able to visit with Chris Powers about one of his most recent projects located close to the Cultural District and West 7th areas of Fort Worth, called The Foundry Town Homes. When asked about distinguishing features of the project Powers replied, “they are set apart from others in the area not only because of their clean architectural appeal but also the quality finishes and luxurious amenities found inside. With expertly thought out floor plans and our implementation of smart home technology, our town homes are thoughtfully designed to help support a serenely efficient lifestyle.  

To learn more about The Foundry, please visit:

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The Squire Shop’s Steve Humble


In 1973 Lawton Oklahoma native, Steve Humble moved to Fort Worth upon graduating from Cameron University and went to work for the late great Henry Luskey. Over the next 20 years Steve became a fixture at Henry’s and fast friends with everyone who walked through the door. That’s the thing about Steve; even if you just met him five minutes ago you feel like you’ve known him forever. It’s a rare quality through which he has built his business.

Henry’s closed in 1993, and having made so many friends in the clothing business over the previous 20 years, it was a natural progression for Steve to strike out on his own. In 1994, The Squire Shop was born. For 22 years now The Squire Shop has been the go-to men’s clothing store in Fort Worth and it’s easy to see why. Not only can they outfit you for a board meeting, a black tie event, a casual evening with friends, and a day on the boat, they will encourage you to hang out a bit, have a cold beer, and watch some football. No wonder men have been shopping at the Squire Shop for over two decades. In fact, many of their TCU customers’ dads were customers when they were at TCU.

Not only are The Squire Shop’s clientele bridging the generation gap, Squire Shop management is doing the same. In November of last year Steve’s son, Todd, joined his dad full time in running the day to day operations. There’s no retirement on the horizon for Steve though. As he says, “Every weekend I can’t wait until Monday morning.” It’s plain to see The Squire Shop is truly a family business.

It’s also a growing business. Shortly after Todd (an Oklahoma University grad) joined Steve, they bought an existing men’s store called Threads, in Norman, OK. Located in the bustling Campus Corner area across the street from OU, Threads has thrived. As with The Squire Shop, Steve and Todd have evolved their collections at Threads, shifting the overall look of their offerings younger as trends become increasingly casual. As a result, both shops are now busier than ever.

The big secret to Steve’s success is the simple fact that he really likes people and they really like him. No matter what the situation or venue, whether you’re shopping for a new shirt, cheering on The Frogs at TCU football game or you just happen to run into him having dinner with his family at The Original, Steve will always have a kind word and a warm handshake for you. Future generations will be glad to know he has passed that inimitable trait to his son, too. It’s safe to say the sartorial needs of the men of Fort Worth and Norman will be in good hands for years to come.

The Squire Shop: 4516 Hartwood Drive | Fort Worth | 76109 | 817.927.8722

Threads: 566 Buchanan Avenue | Norman | 73069 | 405.701.8686

photo credit: Reverie Photo Co.


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Luxury at Eagle Mountain Lake

Tucked neatly into the northwest corner of Tarrant County, just a short 25 minute drive from downtown Fort Worth, lies Eagle Mountain Lake. Not only is Eagle Mountain one of the most beautiful lakes in North Texas, its proximity to Fort Worth makes it perhaps the best spot for lake living near the city.  At 8,694 acres it is large enough for all the water sports, pleasure cruising, and fishing you could wish for, but small enough that you never feel lost or overwhelmed by it.

There are numerous parks and hiking trails located around the lake and the many hills and bluffs surrounding it offer beautiful 360 degree views. Eagle Mountain Park, located on the western shores of the lake is a gorgeous 400-acre conservation area created primarily for hiking and recreation with over 5 miles of well-maintained hiking trails. The trail system is made up of six separate trails highlighted by a short quarter mile “Overlook Trail” with great views of Eagle Mountain Lake.


Eagle Mountain isn’t generally considered a destination lake for fisherman, but those who know will tell you the fishing here is a well kept secret. With plenty of bass, catfish, and crappie chances are great you will catch a lot of fish and some of them might just be wall hangers. In fact, the lake record largemouth bass is 11.65 pounds!

The lake has a large and active sailing and power boating community with many dedicated water skiers and wakeboarders. The epicenter of the sailing activities is the Fort Worth Boat Club, however, the Boat Club is by no means the only game in town. There are several marinas around the lake with fuel stations and boats for rent. Despite its proximity to the greater Fort Worth area, Eagle Mountain is rarely crowded. There’s always plenty of room for skiing and boating.


Another thing Eagle Mountain is known for is the fabulous lake homes that dot its shoreline. The lake was created by damming of the West Fork of the Trinity River in 1932. Shortly thereafter folks started building homes and residential development has continued non-stop from the very beginning. While some of those beautiful old homes are still there, some truly spectacular modern homes have been built too. 8900 Crest Ridge is one of those.


This extraordinary waterfront home in a gated community features five spacious en-suite bedrooms, multiple living areas, a stately study with floor to ceiling bookshelves, a theatre, and majestic panoramic views of Eagle Mountain Lake. The very nicely appointed chef’s kitchen opens onto a large family room with a fabulous wet bar, and the many open spaces indoors and out make this home perfect for entertaining friends and family in a unique and fun environment. With a private two-story boat dock and a resort style backyard that features meticulous landscaping, a heated pool with spa, and a putting green, this home is the envy of Eagle Mountain Lake.


For more information about this stunning and extraordinary lakefront property, visit:

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Call 817.247.6464 to schedule a tour

John Zimmerman

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

3131 W. 7th Street, 4th Floor

Fort Worth, Texas 76107


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Meet the JZTeam and discover luxury in Ridgmar

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Meet the John Zimmerman team!

John has been described by his team as being a “hard worker with a magnetic personality and that he will do whatever he can to help in anyway possible.” John is an industry veteran serving the real estate needs of his clients for over 20 years, and if there’s one thing to know about him is that he will get the deal done. He’s worked meticulously to assemble a star group of players to round out his team that each help deliver the JZ formula.

What’s the formula you ask? John leverages the power and global reach of the Sotheby’s brand and amplifies each client’s property visibility through a strong presence in prominent publications such as Architectural Digest, custom videos, and a huge social media presence. But that is just half of the equation. John also brings to the table his magnetic personality mentioned above and networks to find the buyer for your home or will locate the home of your dreams. One of the JZ Team’s favorite Fort Worth home is highlighted below. 1701 Dakar Road East is a stunning property and available for a private tour. 



Kourtney Risky, a licensed agent, is a veteran of the JZ Team and fills the crucial role of operations manager. She keeps the award winning team up and running. When she’s not juggling five things and finalizing contracts, she’s usually cheering her sons on the baseball and football fields or the basketball court. Her advice for up and coming agents is to be consistent, real estate markets go up and down, but if you provide excellent customer service your clients will stay true to you. Kourtney and her husband Joe enjoy life at their home on Eagle Mountain Lake.


Rob McWhirter is a licensed agent and the man in charge of getting homes ready for market. You can usually find Rob showing homes to buyers, working open houses, and providing A+ customer service. A native of Alabama, Rob enjoys spending his down time playing golf, hunting, and watching auto races. He and his fiancé love the Fairmount area and frequent the Magnolia Avenue restaurants.

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Jennifer Moore is another licensed agent on the JZ Team. Her primary areas of focus are Customer Relations, Listing Coordination, and Database Management. When she’s not glued to her computer or out helping clients, you can find her cheering on two her sons’ baseball teams, volunteering at their school, or pursuing her hobby as a  master seamstress. She and her husband love visiting the Fort Worth museums and nearby Salsa Límon.


Victoria Wise comes to the John Zimmerman team as an entrepreneur having owned and sold several of her own businesses. She’s the mastermind behind Tanglewood Moms, a founding member of TCU Neeley Business School’s Women to the Power of 10, and continues to serve on Facebook’s SMB Council where she hones her digital media chops. Her top focus is making sure all of the JZ properties are marketed flawlessly. On weekends you’ll find her with her husband and 4 children on some Texas adventure.

Without further ado, please discover this extraordinary property that we have the honor of listing.

Tucked away in a private cul-de-sac, with it’s gently sloping lawn pressing up against Westover Hills, is an exquisite custom home surrounded by nearly an acre of picturesque mature trees and landscaping.

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The welcoming entry hall leads into a 5 bedroom, 5 and two half bathroom masterpiece that, though nearly 7,000 square feet in size, remains proportionally comfortable and never feels grandiose or imposing.

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Uniquely colored wide plank hand-scraped maple floors usher you from one fabulous room to the next. The dining room, lit by a gorgeous handmade Murano glass chandelier, is flanked on one end by a magnificent, temperature controlled 1,100 bottle, glass wine wall and on one side by a grand double-sided, hand-cut limestone fireplace which it shares with the living room.

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The living room, with built-in bookcases and exposed beams is overlooked by a large open kitchen and is clearly the heart of the home. The kitchen itself is a dream. The stunning blue lacquered cabinetry contrasts beautifully with the white handmade embossed tile backsplash and dark, reflective counter surfaces. The 60” custom Lacanche range with pot-filler and Modern-Aire vent overhung by several delicate brass cage pendant lights combine with the built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and the large farmhouse sink to make this the perfect kitchen.

Looking out over the wooded hilltop the spacious master bedroom is light and airy thanks to its many windows and barrel-vaulted ceiling. Complete with a double vanity and steam shower the center-piece of the luxurious marble-floored master bath is a stunning garden tub tucked into an alcove of windows offering another fantastic view of the property.

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The additional four bedrooms, each with a beautiful adjoining bathroom, are also very spacious with large closets. A playroom with a built in enclosed television cabinet boasts plenty of storage space and room to play.

The well designed living space isn’t confined to the indoors only. The gorgeous backyard with its fenced and heated saltwater pool and hot tub also has a built in misting system, a complete outdoor kitchen as well as a full bathroom with shower. With a four car garage and a porte cochere no detail has been left to chance. This home is simply exquisite and a must see.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 2.59.30 PMTo schedule a tour of this home, please call 817.247.6464

John Zimmerman, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

3131 West 7th, Ste 400

Fort Worth, TX 76017

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West 7th’s Newest Gem – Cork & Pig

Cork & Pig West 7th Felipe Armenta, executive chef and owner of The Tavern, Pacific Table, and Press Café, has opened three new restaurants this year. That brings his total to eight; four in Fort Worth, two in Odessa and two in San Angelo. Felipe is a busy man.

We caught up with him while he was getting some well-deserved R&R in Mexico to talk about his newest restaurant, Cork & Pig Tavern, in the heart of Fort Worth’s hot West 7th area.

Originally from Houston, Felipe grew up in the restaurant business. “My parents have always owned restaurants. For me the kitchen was my backyard. I spent my childhood learning how to cook and how to run a restaurant.”

Like any of us Felipe reached his early twenties and wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do but, “The answer was right in front of me. I loved to cook but I knew I had to branch out. I needed go beyond the Mexican cuisine I had grown up cooking and expand my horizons, so I went to culinary school to learn everything I could”

After culinary school Felipe joined a large national multi-brand restaurant group and began a career that took him to many of the country’s top markets. Over the years he spent time in New York, L.A., San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, and Dallas. Honing his craft in these competitive markets allowed Felipe to see firsthand what works and what doesn’t work in the restaurant business.

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He expanded his knowledge beyond the kitchen and started paying attention to the restaurant as a whole. “Every time I went to eat at a restaurant I would take notes about the lighting, the acoustics, the flow, the functionality, and the efficiency of the place. Sometimes people think if the food is great or the ambience or the view then that’s enough. You need all of those things and the design and the layout of the restaurant matter. Living in those top markets helped me understand how to create a vibe and how to make people comfortable.”

CPT West 7th-SignageNow a veteran of the restaurant industry Felipe is heading into the hottest neighborhood in Fort Worth. The West 7th St. area is a mini boom town and it has seen a variety of restaurants and bars come and go. Felipe is betting on the area though and he believes Cork & Pig is a great fit for West 7th. “First, I believe in the area. It draws people from all over, not just Fort Worth. We have people from Southlake, Dallas, Arlington all coming here. We also have the amazing community of people who live and work right here in the neighborhood. It’s a very diverse group and that’s why I think Cork & Pig belongs here. Cork & Pig is a very diverse restaurant. There is something for everyone. You can bring a date or you can bring kids.”

Although Cork & Pig has only been open for about six weeks Felipe says, “7th Street has already exceeded our expectations. We love being here and we are looking forward to continued growth.”

Regarding the Cork & Pig culinary offerings I will simply say everything we’ve sampled has been beyond excellent. As for the menu Felipe says the location and diverse clientele demand the menu stay fresh. There will be some staple items that will likely stay, but look for seasonal offerings to evolve regularly.

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There’s something about a Felipe Armenta restaurant that’s hard to describe. You get a certain feeling when you dine at Press Café, or Pacific Table, or The Tavern, something almost déjà vu like, but still singularly unique. I don’t know exactly what it is, but Cork & Pig has a similar sensation.
It’s not the food or the décor or the ambience or the flow. It’s something deeper. I
believe it’s the vibe Felipe talks about. The family lore that flows deep beneath the surface but resonates throughout the restaurant.

If you are looking to move closer to all of the up and coming highlights in the West 7th area of Fort Worth and a chance to own in this exclusive and hip neighborhood, take a look at The Foundry Town Homes by Fort Capital.

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