Since R.E. Dennard opened his first store in 1890, Dennards Farm & Western Wear's family owners have been outfitting farmers and cowboys in a range of durable stable supplies and western threads. Men's and women's jeans by Cinch and Cruel Girl ($39.95–$59.95) swathe legs in style durable enough for equine adventures or nights on the town. Industrious toes can peruse the selection of footwear, such as men's waxy brown Justin work boots ($89.95), or design a pair of custom cockroach killers with a choice of leathers, patterns, and John Wayne catchphrases. Meanwhile, trusty steeds adorn themselves in an array of tack such as Futurity nylon sheets ($39.95), wooden 3-inch bell stirrups ($49.95), and antique arena show spurs ($34.95), which flaunt a stainless-steel trim to keep heels flashy as they goad show horses and sluggish cab drivers alike.
The area surrounding Nocona Lake doesn't exactly lack for leisurely pursuits. People flock to the water by the thousands for fishing, jet skiing, and relaxation enjoyed amid the lake's natural outdoorsy splendor. Therefore, attempts to keep visitors on dry land have a high bar to clear. The golf course at Nocona Hills Country Club succeeds at this unenviable task. Players cruise through the same woodsy ambiance as they notch scores on the 18-hole course, collecting birdies on the smooth Bermuda grass greens and befriending the squirrel community in the dense surrounding oak forest. Lest players be lulled into complacency by their serene surroundings, the course keeps them alert with frequent elevation changes—especially on the seventh hole's 150-yard, entirely-downhill tee shot.
Vintage and bohemian-inspired apparel, costume jewelry, and eye-catching gifts drape from eclectic props at Cloverleaf Boutique, drawing shoppers in with their whimsy and charm. "The Cloverleaf is one of those stores you notice while driving by and think: 'I've got to stop in there,'" said Jennifer Palmer of NewsOK. Colorful throw pillows mingle with kitschy lampshades, and cowboy boots line up for the opportunity to dance with flouncy dresses. Cloverleaf Boutique's one-of-a-kind outfits and gift ideas evolve from season to season.
As a high school student in 1954, Hank Lovejoy started working at the local pharmacy's soda fountain, blending up shakes and mixing cherry Cokes for a regular customer, Rita—who later became his wife. Together, the pair started Lovejoy's On Main Street in 1983, which evolved from a garment factory and clothing store into a gift and décor shop with its own restaurant, according to a feature in Texas Co-op Power. In 2010, the couple added their own soda fountain, where Hank and his grandkids are often spotted scooping sundaes and disorienting time travelers behind a vintage-style counter.
The shop still brims with gifts, toys, and stylish clothing. After finding the perfect keepsake, guests can reward themselves with sandwiches, salads, quiches, or German-style chocolate bread pudding from the restaurant
From the hand-painted signs to the wooden crates and bushel baskets, Star Produce is an old-fashioned farm stand so picture-perfect it could serve as a postcard designed to lure visitors to North Texas. The owners collect fresh fruits and veggies from farmers throughout the area. Though the offerings change depending on the season, customers might stumble upon baskets of juicy grape tomatoes and strawberries and boxes of whole watermelons, yellow squash, and green beans. Occasionally, there are also prepared foods and sweet spreads such as peach butter and honey?also sourced locally after negotiating treaties with local bear populations.
Still Posh crams closets with trendy apparel, accessories, and original jewelry from renowned brand names. Customers can conceal upper torsos within the folds of a classic tank top rather than risk breaking the strict shirt policies of most family-friendly restaurants ($28). Clotheshounds can cushion collars in a selection of scarves ($12), cloak gams in Nikibiki ribbed leggings ($18), or store milk money in the pocket of a Spy-C pocket tee ($30). The gift of a necklace-and-earrings set ($18) can express romantic intentions to a special someone or help win extra servings from the lunch lady on Sloppy Joe Mondays.