Patrick's Cleburne Floral was founded by John Joiner, grandfather of current owner John Patrick. The business was operated by John's parents, George and Lillian(Joiner) Patrick until 1977. John and Brenda have continued the tradition since that time. In 2005,Tara Patrick, joined the business as it's 4th generation.
As a mother of three, Krystal Gray envisioned owning a studio where children and adults could explore their creative sides together. That vision materialized when she took over ownership of The Art Barn Studio, a place that lavishes visitors with all of the materials and inspiration required to create their own unique masterpieces. A cow-print storefront beckons creative minds into a colorful studio where friendly staffers—including seasoned artists and local high-school students—help guests to create and decorate custom works of art including pottery, mosaics, and jewelry. Artists who don't finish crafting their project or debating politics with their muse in The Art Barn Studio's regular operating hours—Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.—may pay a return-visit fee and finish it at a later time.
An eclectic boutique, Abernathy & Frittz fills its shelves with a wide variety of clothing, accessories, jewelry, and other gift-worthy wares. Present-searchers can pick up an Old Guys Rule T-shirt ($22.95–$24.95), for men of a certain age or difficult-to-shop-for tortoises. Wall art and baby accouterments commemorate special occasions, and Blue Bird dresses and blouses along with Big Buddha handbags ($68.95–$80.95) outfit prospective runway walkers. Hollywood Fashion Tape comes in handy to keep delicate stylish finds in place or emblazon secret messages across the bottoms of embellished YellowBox flip-flops.
Wine Down calls on local producers to help the wine bistro satiate patrons with artisan cheeses, a frequently changing menu of paninis and full-fledged entrees, and an extensive liquids list. Pair the sherry-vinegar-sauce-splashed bacon-wrapped quail ($14) or wild-mushroom mac 'n' cheese ($10) with a drink, or erect a grilled cheese sandwich using an arsenal of raw materials, including bread, cheese, toppings, heavy-duty locking C-clamps, and spread ($5+). For lighter noshing, a cheese plate presents a choice of three artisan cheeses and an accompaniment of either fruit and nuts or salami and olives (up to $24.99)