We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Little-Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lisa, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My corporate job was coming to an end in 2010 and as I was looking for another company to work with, I quickly realized that my current choices were slim to none and I was going to have to start at the bottom of the ladder again. That was not a great option for me at the time, so my husband and I discussed opening our own business and since I had previous experience in the bar industry and also management experience, it seemed like a good fit.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My business revolves around my love of art and design. During most of the year, our gallery wall is open to local emerging artists to show and sell their work. We don’t charge any fees or commission for this as a way to help them get their start. The building we are in was built from scratch so to speak. My husband and I designed and built everything inside ourselves. It’s something that we are very proud of. We hope to open more locations soon after the COVID situation gets under control. We are currently looking at expanding the current location and also searching for another perfect location in Fort Worth, but it has to have that special something.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The museums would be my first choice to take my visiting friends. The Modern, The Kimbell, followed up by the Amon Carter Museum. We would have to have lunch at the Kimbell, Happy Hour cocktails at The Modern Cafe (once they reopen), and some delicious food made by Chef Denise Shavandy. I’d take them to Provender Hall and Lonesome Dove in the Northside and we would also go to Wishbone and Flint in the Near Southside area for some octopus and wine and over to Ellerbee’s for dessert. Then, of course, we’d end up at Proper for some of the best cocktails in Fort Worth. That’s just a small portion of where we would go. There are so many great places to go in Fort Worth.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Phil Adams, and all my service industry friends and colleagues. I couldn’t have done this without the support of my husband. We physically built the inside of the bar over 90 days and nights and he put up with my crazy design requests. Since this was my first location, we kind of went in headfirst without a lot of knowledge about certain things. My bar industry colleagues were often there to help with questions we had. They say “it takes a village” and my village definitely helped out when we needed it.

Website: www.propermagnolia.com
Instagram: @propermagnolia, @llittleadams
Linkedin: Lisa Liitle-Adams
Twitter: @lisamliitle
Facebook: Proper on Magnolia

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