Yard Art Patio & Fireplace Irving, Texas
Maria Weiskott -- Casual Living, September 17, 2012
Yard art patio & fireplace welcomed 2012 IN a big way with the opening of its seventh location in February. In Grapevine, a suburb of Fort Worth, the new showroom is located in a complex anchored and owned by Stacy's Furniture, similar to the Yard Art Patio & Fireplace location in Allen, Texas. Stacy's comprises the second floor of the building, with Yard Art sharing the first floor with four other retailers: appliance, carpet and children's stores and a restaurant.
"I've known Rick Stacy for years," said Butch Wallace, co-owner of Yard Art Patio & Fireplace with Deborah Scott. "The only reason I hadn't gone into Grapevine before was that I was waiting for the prime location."
When that spot was offered, Wallace jumped at it.
The new store pushed Yard Art's revenues up in what Wallace calls an otherwise "evenish" season compared to 2010. Though a major investment some might not make in this economy, opening the new store establishes Yard Art in the bustling tier of destination shopping, hotels and restaurants that surrounds historic downtown Grapevine.
"There is a lot of activity in the area that draws people from throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area," Wallace said.
In addition to its Allen and Grapevine locations, Yard Art has showrooms in Colleyville, Plano and Lewisville, and design stores in Irving and Dallas.
Yard Art won the Apollo Award in 2004 and has been a finalist multiple times. The business opened in 1994, adding new locations in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007.
Yard Art Patio & Fireplace shows a wide variety of cast aluminum, iron, wicker, umbrellas and accessories, all specializing in withstanding the outdoors.
From left, Garrett Wallace, Geneva Wallace and Butch Wallace.