West Texas moved South this weekend — South Lamar, that is.
Bows + Arrows owner Lauren Wilkins packed up and moved to Nashville, leaving available the highly coveted space that adjoins Spartan, which just so happens to be one of the most impeccably curated shops in Austin.
JM Drygoods (originally founded in Marfa, Texas and re-opened in Austin in November) stepped in to fill Bows + Arrows' void, officially making this small strip on South Lamar a lethal shopping destination for all things casual, funky-chic.
Currie Person, owner of Spartan, couldn't be more pleased with JM Drygoods' move next door.
"Michelle [Teague] opened JM Drygoods a little bit after Spartan opened, and I have always deeply admired her eye and her style — not to mention her humor and her intelligence," Person says.
"JM is bringing a lot of vibrant energy and gorgeous texture into the space. Michelle has an incredible eye for curating the very best pieces from her journeys in Mexico and elsewhere."
She credits the new partnership to "the gods of good timing" and took the opportunity to spruce up Spartan's interior while Teague moved JM in.
"We just tightened things up, created a feel that was more focused and edited, yet warm," she says. "It's still the same shop, just with some fresh touches."
Spartan and Bows + Arrows, a partnership born first and foremost out of friendship, shared what Person calls "a truly beautiful experience for the last four years," thus the bar for harmony and success is set very high.
However, "I could not possibly be more honored to share the space with such incredible folks," she says. "We are looking forward to an exciting and inspiring new adventure!"