Reclaimed wood specialty furniture store with 10,500 square feet scheduled to open this summer
DALLAS, Jan 20, 2017 – The Dallas Farmers Market has been chosen as the location for a new Urban Farmhouse Designs flagship retail store. Based in Oklahoma City, Urban Farmhouse Designs creates one-of-a-kind, handcrafted home furnishings and home accents from reclaimed lumber. Scheduled to open this summer at 1011 S Pearl Expressway, across from The Market, the world of Urban Farmhouse Designs expands into its new 10,500 square foot space, creating approximately 60 new jobs while playing a vital role in the continued revitalization of downtown Dallas.
Garnering national attention from designers, builders, decorators and craftsmen, clientele travel from all over the country to the original Oklahoma location. The addition of an Urban Farmhouse Designs store and manufacturing area to the downtown district further reinforces Dallas as an already established, respected shopping destination, attracting more businesses and residents to a booming community.
“This is an exciting time for the neighborhood, and Urban Farmhouse Designs will be a welcome addition,” said Brian Bergersen, partner at DF Market Holdings, LLC, who is leading the massive redevelopment and revitalization efforts. “Dallasites have watched the farmers market transform into an energetic community, ushering in a wave of urban living where people are able to work, live, shop, play and relax all in the same in-town neighborhood.”
“We are ecstatic about this addition to the Dallas Farmers Market. It delivers a significant soft-goods anchor that is unique to this market, and we predict it will serve near-by residents as well as attract regional shoppers. With more than 7,000 residential units under construction within two and a half miles of Downtown, on top of the 50,000+ residents already in the greater urban core, we are confident it will open with substantial demand,” Kourtny Garrett, President & CEO. Downtown Dallas, Inc. noted.
Urban Farmhouse Designs was started by Jason & Cherami Thomas in 2013 when the couple merged their passions of building and design. They bought a pile old boxcar flooring wood and this is where their journey began. They started building custom dining tables out of reclaimed materials in their garage. Now Urban Farmhouse Designs rescues vintage wood and artifacts from idled railroad cars, barns and other relics of the past, giving them a new life.
“The Dallas Farmers Market is a natural fit for our flagship store because it is a destination spot with food, vendors and events and it celebrates all things local,” said Cherami Thomas, co-owner of Urban Farmhouse Designs. “Half of our customers are from Texas, now they won’t need to schedule a road trip to buy furnishings made in the USA while supporting the community.”
Urban Farmhouse Designs believes if wood can be given a second chance, so can people. They will look to employ workers from half-way houses and local artisans in need of a hand up, reinforcing Jason and Cherami Thomas’ mantra of “reclaimed furniture made by reclaimed people.”
The materials that inspire Urban Farmhouse Designs are diverse and the pieces proudly wear the signs of time and use – knots, dents, and nail holes. All are reminders of the wood’s rich history. The creations lessen the environmental impact that traditional forest harvesting has and instead recycles beautiful old wood, preserving pieces of America’s past.
About Dallas Farmers Market
Established in 1941, the Dallas Farmers Market is one of the largest and oldest food distribution centers in the country. DF Market Holdings, LLC, bought a majority stake in the market from the city in 2013 and currently leads the progressive revitalization of the year-round attraction. Committed to cultivating a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle for North Texas, the Dallas Farmers Market is becoming a true, sustainable farmers market selling food that is grown and sourced locally. The daytime market is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and operates out of The Shed at 1010 S. Pearl Expressway in downtown Dallas. The Market (formerly Shed 2, the indoor pavilion) houses more than two dozen merchants, food vendors and restaurants and is open seven days a week from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. with some concepts opening earlier or staying open later. The Dallas Farmers Market operates a nighttime wholesale market on Thursday and Sunday evenings from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., with approximately 78 metric tons of produce moving through the market each week to fruit stands and restaurants from Oklahoma to Arkansas.
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