One of the most vibrant parts of the DFW Metroplex is a planned community on its east side. It’s the planned community of Gateway in Forney and it combines the quiet simplicity of small-town Texas with the convenience and fun activities of the big city. It has also become a magnet for those who enjoy a little retail therapy!
Shopping nearby Gateway in Forney is an eclectic experience. For example, the antique shops nearby are legendary, so much so that the Texas Legislature designated Forney as “the Antique Capital of Texas.” However, since the area has been discovered as a great place to live, national retailers have opened state-of-the-art stores and creative entrepreneurs have opened hundreds of charming boutiques and restaurants that are just minutes from Gateway in Forney.
Shop ‘Til You Drop for Antiques
For lovers of vintage things, the Forney area is paradise. There are so many cool antique shops – in all price ranges – that it would be impossible to list them all. Here are some of the best known. Glancing at the license plates in the parking lots, it is obvious that visitors from many states are browsing for Forney treasures.
Little Red’s Antiques
Located on Highway 80, just east of Forney, this huge store is one of the most popular stops for antique shopping in the area. The fun part is that the inventory is constantly changing, so many shoppers from all over the Metroplex and East Texas come back and check it out at least once every month.
Antiques & Vintage
Chosen as one of the “Best Stores” by the website “Shop Across Texas” this store is nothing short of amazing. The website notes, “You’ll find an architectural and inspirational vibe in the collection of antiques and vintage home décor. “
Caspar & Gerard’s Antiques
From rustic antler benches to imported antiques, this store is unlike any other. The family owned and operated business strives to help its clientele by being well-informed about their goods and having the very finest furnishings.
First Monday Trade Days in Canton
About 40 miles from Gateway in Forney is the granddaddy of all antique and flea market “events.” First Monday, Canton began more than a century ago and has grown to become the largest outdoor vendor and flea market in the world. This epic event takes place each month on the 4 days preceding the first Monday of the month. Spread across over 450 acres, the event is home to makers, pickers, creators, and shoppers who come together to sell items ranging from antiques, fashion, home furnishings, and more.
Charming Boutiques are Also Here
Residents of Gateway in Forney know that there are many charming boutiques.
This place lives up to its name. Located in historic downtown Forney, Groovy’s is a women’s clothing & gift boutique that features the latest trends and hand-picked collections for women of all ages.
One of the most interesting things about this gift shop mall, located on Broad Street in Forney is the building in which it is located. It’s an old cotton gin that has been renovated and repurposed for retail shoppers. The goods are fun and seeing the building is worth the trip.
No shopping adventure is complete without stopping to see what’s new at this cute boutique located on Bois ‘D Arc street in downtown Forney. Shoppers can feed their whimsy!
Shopping for Necessities
The rapid growth of the area adjacent to Gateway in Forney has encouraged many well-known retailers to open stores around the Highway 80 corridor. This means that residents don’t have to drive far at all to shop for groceries, specialty foods, pharmaceutical and houseware items. Some of the well-known stores include:
Kroger Marketplace (Full-service grocery)
Brookshires (Full-service grocery)
ALDI (Discount grocery)
Walmart Supercenter (Full-service grocery, houseware, clothing)
Lowe’s (Hardware, appliances and building supplies)
CVS (Full-service pharmacy)
Walgreens (Full-service pharmacy)
Autozone (Full-service automotive)
National Tire and Battery (Tire and battery)
UPS Store (Printing and shipping)
If you’re shopping for a new home, put Gateway in Forney on the list. It is charming, close and convenient. In other words, it’s the perfect place to call home.