St. Patrick’s Day Weekend On The Square

As I was planning on going to the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade, I didn’t think I would have much to post this weekend.  It turns out that there were at least two McKinney connections.  The first was a drummer in the fire department band.  One of the drums said McKinney and was, in my opinion, one of the prettiest drums in the bunch.  Problem was, I wasn’t expecting it so I didn’t catch a picture. (Update 3/15: I found this picture of them on Flickr:  I scrambled when I saw this float coming up with the Franconia banner.    

Franconia Banner in St. Patrick's Day Parade

Franconia Banner in St. Patrick's Day Parade


 Franconia Brewing Company is a local brewery not far from the Historic District on the east side of McDonald Street.  Tours are available every Saturday at 11:00AM for $5 a person.     

We took the DART rail down to Lover’s Lane for the parade and it was a real treat.  It was easy and fun and reminded my husband of living in Boston.  We got on at the Parker station and it was packed by the time we got to Galatyn.  They could definitely use more ticketing kiosks but, other than that, I highly recommend using the DART rail for going into Dallas.  I can’t help but think how nice it would be if the rail came all the way up to McKinney.    

I did manage to pop over to the square to check out Second Saturday.  We chose a seat upstairs at Churchill’s British Pub for dinner so that we could look out the window and watch the shoppers pass by on the street below.  Loco Cowpoke Salsa Shop was the only shop open that we could see from our window.  Not a single group passed by their door that didn’t go in.  Also, the space-for-lease that I  have mentioned in previous posts, the one between the Palace Barber Shop and Plum Creek Primitive, was lit up so that you could see the interior.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  If anyone is looking at renting it and reading this post, this is the busiest section of the square.  I’m not sure why, but it is.     

After dinner at Churchill’s, we strolled around the square and checked out which shops were open. Unfortunately, my post from the other day was completely wrong.  Most of the shops listed to be open for Second Saturday were not open, including Another Time and Place, which had recently announced that they would be open until 9PM  Thursdays through Saturdays irrespective of any special events. Two businesses that were open but were not on the list were Special Things and Cynthia Elliott Designer Apparel and Boutique. So I was also wrong about there being no clothing stores open as well. Happy Trail Carriage Rides was on the square, as promised.    

There were lots of people in the galleries and the restaurants were all doing well.  I know Churchill’s had pretty much a full house and Gregory’s Bistro looked pretty full when we went by.  It also looks like The (Fillmore) Pub may be open.  They had put a “Now Hiring” banner up last week and that is still there but the lights were on and it looked like someone was behind the bar.  I couldn’t tell if they were allowing patrons in or not.   Laura Moore’s Fine Art Gallery and Garrett Art Gallery looked like they had large audiences in each. Live music was coming from Spoon’s and the Van Morrison tune coming from their doors was inviting.     

There are two  items of interest I hope to have more details on next week.  Rejuvenation Life Spa had a sandwich board up this Friday announcing $5 Yoga during happy hour. I am assuming that they are looking to capture some of Mama Emilia’s happy hour trade (from 11 to 6). This could have been a one day event … I am trying to find out.    

The second item is that the space that previously housed Star Specialty Contempo has been snatched up and will be reopening sometime in June.  I will post details on the new occupant as soon as I have them.     

On a personal note, it was great to see the number of people and cars on the square this Saturday.  The parking lots were full by Mitchell Park and by Cafe Malaga.  We parked over by the old Municipal Courts building, along with several others destined for the square.  A little more lighting might be nice in the old Muncipal parking lot but its use was proof positive as to the popularity of the square this weekend.     

With the change in Daylight Savings Time, I hope to be making it down to the square most weekday evenings this spring and summer. I’ll let you know what I find.    

Until then,    

Happy Shopping!   


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