Visited the square today after spending the morning cheering on runners in the Believe 2009 10k/5k, which, by the way, was a tremendous success. I heard that they had 1,600 runners compared to approximately 900 last year. Mitchell Park (what I thought was previously called Gateway Park, the one with the big fountain) was absolutely packed with people at 8:00 in the morning.
I got a chance to come back down around 10:00 to peruse the shops and take in some of the entertainment. The carousel, new for 2009, was beautiful and a perfect addition to Dickens. I hope this will become a permanent fixture at future Dickens celebrations.
All of the vendors looked great in their Victorian garb. Special kudos to the lady at the Cynthia Elliott Boutique who had a beautiful dress and did a fantastic job of making a period hat (good enough to sell and I did suggest it). Santa was in the Magic Shop and the petting zoo was a hit. All in all, they did a wonderful job this year. Everyone was full of cheer.
It was virtually standing room only in Plum Creek Primitives, almost too many people to be able to shop. All of the shops were busy but, other than Plum Creek, it wasn’t too many to have fun and have a leisurely look around. Landon Winery was having a wine tasting, six tickets for $10. The premium wines were two tickets a taste but two of the three tables only required one ticket a taste. The Yellow Rose (a white wine) and a raspberry wine were favorites for our party. One of a Kind was full of folks taking advantage of the 20% store closing sale. The big gargoyle I had mentioned on Yelp.com had already found a home. Reigning Cats and Dogs also seemed to have significantly more stock than the last time I was in although they are supposed to be clearing out. They have really good sales and the North Texas Cat Rescue has got some kittens inside for adoption.
Leaving downtown, we ran into a man removing the Goodhues logo from the defunct restaurant and martini lounge. He said that The Filmore Pub in Plano will be opening a new location where Goodhues used to be and he was converting the martini bar into 1,000 square feet of retail space. Woohoo!