L’Patricia women’s clothing store is renovating a new home in the Longview Shopping Center in part of the space previously occupied by Stage.
The new location is next to where L’Patricia was located. Patricia Lee said the company decided to move when its 10-year lease expired. Lee’s parents, Sang and Sam Lee, own and operate the store and another in Grapevine, selling women’s clothing and accessories. Merchandise includes prom and bridesmaid dress, plus size clothing, dress and casual wear.
The milestone ended in 2020 after the company filed for bankruptcy amid the pandemic. The Longview Mall store space has been vacant since that time.
It is separately owned by the mall, with local real estate agent Bill Graham of Sperry Commercial representing the retail space. He said L’Patricia was going in half of the old Stage store, with the remaining part divided into smaller spaces.
Lee said L’Patricia plans to open in January and will hire new sales associates.
Market offers shopping, activities
The new 80-acre market between Longview and Gilmer wraps up its first season this weekend and plans to reopen Jan. 14-16.
This weekend’s market is holiday-themed, with hours every weekend, it’s open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The Smallwoods family of companies includes an interior design company selling custom and standard wall art produced in eight facilities around Longview. The company is building a new facility between Longview and Gilmer, near the 80-acre market at FM 12229 FM 1650, offshore US 259, to bring its production and more than 300 employees under one roof. The market is named after the original 80 acres where the family built their home, although the property is now much larger.
Josh and Holly Smallwood and their five children no longer live in the majestic two-story white house. It was left as is, but is now staged about twice a month with home decorations and other items made by Smallwoods and vendors around the world.
“It was their farm,” said Ashley Nichols, chief of staff to Josh Smallwood, CEO of Smallwoods.
But retail sales aren’t the property’s only focus, Nichols said.
“We have a store. If you want to go shopping, great, ”she said as she walked through what used to be the family’s kitchen. This is now where customers buy their items from the 80 acre market.
Its aim was also to provide a mostly free space where families can spend time together. Parking is free, as is face painting and some other activities. Musical entertainment is offered outside, with the market’s ‘No Name Food Truck’ selling Philly Cheese Steak and other sandwiches or macaroni and cheese for the kids. The truck takes customer suggestions on the name of the truck. Free face painting is offered, as well as canvas painting with a canvas fee.
Every room in the house is staged for retail sale, depending on its original destination. The master bathroom, for example, showcases the handmade soaps, laundry detergent, and potpourri made on-site by a mother-daughter team employed by Smallwoods.
Nichols said plans are to continue expanding what’s available for families at the 80-acre market, including adding a pond and walking trail.