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Foundry District adds wellness venues

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The Foundry District has recently added health-centric businesses to the mix of retail, restaurant and lifestyle shops that currently exist in the area, M2G Ventures, the real estate development company behind the 6-acre development, said in a news release.

“We focus on innovative concepts that leave a lasting impact in everyone’s life journey. If The Foundry District can be that place of respite in someone’s daily routine, we’ve done the right thing,” Jessica Miller, co-owner of M2G Ventures, said in the release.

These avant-garde business ideas range from treating your anxiety or chronic pain with Fort Worth’s newest holistic lifestyle store and CBD shop to making the best of your days and mental health with the opening of a mindful podcast headquarters.

CBD refers to cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.

Thrive Apothecary will be the first physician-owned CBD shop to open in Fort Worth, the release said.

Dr. Lisa Gardner-Phillips and her husband Trey, a recently retired Fort Worth police officer, are opening the shop after their research in non-traditional wellness tools, the news release said.

Their products range from low to high milligram doses that can be consumed or used in the form of oils, coffee grounds, chocolates, bath bombs, lip balms, shampoos and facial creams. Thrive will also cater to pets, with dog treats infused with CBD oils.

CBD is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis, or marijuana, the Harvard Medical School says on its website, but unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it does not cause a “high.”

Gardner owns Fusion Medical Aesthetics, also located in The Foundry District “The energy in The Foundry District made us realize that we needed to continue our health journey here,” she said in the news release. “Wellness is an attitude. People that frequent this area are typically more aware of their wellness and want to take care of themselves and each other.”

Thrive Apothecary will hold a grand opening Saturday, Oct. 6, 2-5 p.m., and will collaborate with neighbors Gifted, Craftwork Coffee Co., and Meyer & Sage through samples of their products, food, and refreshments.

Also opening in the Foundry District is Audacious Life, a podcast headquarters and event gathering space.

Robin Wilkins Smith, born and raised in Fort Worth, owned a fitness studio and taught yoga for 15 years in Weatherford.

Working with clients, she noticed that many of the women coming to her studio would often fall short of the goals they had set for themselves, the news release said. Personal discussions led her to believe that the women were physically capable of reaching their goals but their mental start was an obstacle.

That led to development of a workbook to help women define women define the life they desire and turn idle thoughts to constructive actions.

She hosts a weekly podcast that often covers self-care related topics and features local women with a goal to empower her listeners.

Smith also conducts in-house workshops for groups that include goal setting and team building and hosts public walks around the district with women every Wednesday night from 6-6:45 p.m., and Coffee Talks featuring a different topic on the last Thursday of every month that are open to anyone who cares to join the conversation.

The foundry district is an M2G VENTURES development leading the cultural revitalization of Fort Worth’s Westside. The newly rehabbed six-acre industrial development is home to a growing mix of local retailers and restaurants, modern creative offices, and unique, alternative event venues.

For more information: contact Jessica Miller Worman at

– FWBP Staff

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