Locals are the real heroes. They are the ones greeting visitors daily with a friendly smile and a firm handshake; the pros responsible for making (and keeping) Fort Worth one of America's friendliest cities. Each month we will introduce you to a local who has special place in Fort Worth's heart, so stay tuned.
Mark Dunlap, Vice-President/General Manager at M.L. Leddy's
Calling: During Mark's 30-year tenure at M.L. Leddy's, he's had a front-row seat to the legendary western wear retailer's interaction with the Fort Worth community and the world that's come to its doorstep to experience the true west.
Specialty: Open in Fort Worth since 1941, M.L. Leddy's enjoys the same family ownership and operation since its inception, with the family's third generation now running the show.
"To my knowledge, Leddy's is the only full line western wear retailer that produces fully handmade boots, saddles, and other handmade leather products exclusively for its own stores. We do not sell our products to other retail stores. And we continue to build our boots, saddles, and leather products in the same fully handmade manner as we have for the almost 95 years of existence."
Hometown pride: Leddy mirrors Fort Worth's character, especially that of the Stockyards, which Mark thinks makes it equally good as a place to live and work. Locals and tourists alike are drawn to its bedrock of Fort Worth's sensibilities.
"People from around the world come to shop at Leddy's as well as other great retailers in our area. The friendliest people in the world live in Fort Worth, and we hear that from our customers every day."
Showing off: Mark takes newcomers to the remarkable art and history museums in the city, as well as to downtown Fort Worth, and he's quick to point out that TCU is a world-class educational institution.
"We have the nationally ranked Fort Worth Zoo, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club, the Botanic Gardens and Trinity Park. And in the Stockyards, there's the Cattle Drive twice daily, great restaurants, Billy Bob's Texas, Cowtown Coliseum, Stockyard Station and the Livestock Exchange Building. Leddy's is extremely proud to be part of that story."