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September 2017 - Houston

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150 BY ANNE LEE PHILLIPS W hen we first met developer Mark Massey in 2015, he had finally acquired an entire block in Round Top after four years of persistence, which he quickly renamed Rummel Square after its street address. Armed with a background working for Trammel Crow in L.A. and a passion for restoration, he has spent the past few years sprucing up the square and relocating historic buildings here (including the oldest structure in Fayette County, Moore's Fort from 1832, and a beautiful 1914 farmhouse). While he's still adding landscaping touches (Texas meets the English countryside), Massey's vision has largely been realized: The square is now a highlight of the town with new shops and restaurants. TOWNSEND PROVISIONS P hotographer Ryann Ford and Nick Mosley's charming shop has been open throughout the renovations, but they debut their second floor in September, doubling the retail space. It's a go-to for vintage cowboy boots, "Howdy from Round Top" tees, and Americana finds. ESPRESSIONS COFFEE & ART Carolyn and Johnnie McNellie's coffee shop is housed in an 1880s bungalow that Massey recently moved to the square. It's the spot to pick up a little town gossip over a scone and latte, and borrow a book from the lending library. If you time it right, Johnnie may be singing some Frank or Tony on his piano keyboard; rock on the porch and just listen. HOUSE RUMMEL Susan Horne's Houston antique shop has long been a go-to for Memorial denizens. Horne is also a Round Top antiques show veteran, and now, she and daughter Meghan Horne, have opened House Rummel, which carries home goods and gifts chicly displayed with antique furniture sourced from Europe. CURATE BY STASH I n the neighboring town of Sealy, Cheryl Schulke's Stash Co is located in the old Haynes mattress factory, circa 1909. With a mission of mindfulness over mass production, her artisans craft leather into beautiful bags, journals, wallets, and other accessories. On September 14, Schulke opens Curate by Stash in a 1910 farm house, designed with a nod to the factory, stocking Stash bags, reclaimed furniture, art, essential oil apothecary items, and textile goods from Boyds, Miranda Bennett, Salt + Still, Graham Keegan, and Lola Harper James. BAD HOMBRES Twenty years ago, Houston restaurateur Armando Palacios saved a picture of a historic fort, with the vision of one day having a shop in such a structure. He even began collecting inventory for it. The vision was realized when he learned that Massey was moving Moore's Fort, an 1832 twin blockhouse, to Rummel Square. Bad Hombres, opening mid- September, uses the fort's two sides to offer a men's shop adjacent to a lifestyle shop. The men's side takes cues from stylish bad hombres of history — Steve McQueen, Benicio Del Toro, Lenny Kravitz — with 300 vintage leather motorcycle jackets plus flannel shirts and denim. The other side holds a minimalist collection of rare vintage and modern furniture, lighting, and home accessories. THE GARDEN CO. S tevie and Jeff Thompson's The Garden Co. Marketplace and Café has been a Schulenburg favorite since it opened in 1999. Now they've added a Round Top outpost, The Garden Co. Café — Feed & Firewater, in a 1914 farmhouse moved by Massey to Rummel Square. Chef Kenny Kopecky prepares homespun dishes with local fare. The interior is designed in a modern rustic style, but we recommend the patio with its 200-year-old oak tree. The Thompsons also offer landscape design and will soon open a companion nursery. SPIRITS SHOP Perhaps the most anticipated by locals is a soon-to-come spirits shop. When it opens, stocking Texas craft beer, top- shelf spirits, and handmade cigars, the proprietor may just become Round Top's next hero. RUMMEL is READY Townsend Provisions' Nick Mosley and Ryann Ford Bad Hombres, Armando Palacios' new shop Vintage refurbished cot, at Curate by Stash

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