Diggin’ It Opened This Saturday

I’ve had some trouble getting a clear image of exactly what Diggin’ It was going to carry.  Garden art can cover a lot of ground, so I am glad to have been able to get in and get a sneak peek the morning of Diggin’ It’s grand opening.    

Diggin' It    

They’ve done a great job renovating the old Greyhound bus station.  I really don’t think anyone would be able to guess what it used to be.    

Entrance to Diggin' It

Entrance to Diggin' It

 

 Diggin’ It is an explosion of color.  I really envy their ability to put so much together and get it to all “jive”.     

Diggin' It

Diggin' It

 

 After my spin around Diggin’ It, I hit upon a way of explaining it to a person that gives a better mental description than just “garden art”.  Every now and again, I get the bug to go buy something to “spruce up” my back yard or back yard patio.  I generally end up heading down to the lawn and garden department of one of the big box stores – Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Wal-mart – but am pretty much always disappointed.  I never can find the “it” thing I am looking for.     

Diggin' It

Diggin' It

 

Diggin’ It is like a Lawn & Garden department but for historic homes, elegant homes and for those with a great sense of casual style.     

Diggin' It    

This is the place to go for anyone with a sunroom, a wrap-around porch or a garden gazebo.  I especially love these wicker chairs.     

Diggin' It

Diggin' It

 

And the prices are really reasonable.  This three tiered plant stand was only $85.    

Plant Stand at Diggin' It

Plant Stand at Diggin' It

 

They’ve got funky accessories…    

Patio Pillows

Patio Pillows

 

Graceful art …    

Garden Art

Garden Art

 

And really random antiques …  That’s not a snarky remark.  I think this antique one-armed bandit is a great piece.  Imagine an outdoor bar.  What a conversation piece!    

Antique One-Armed Bandit

Antique One-Armed Bandit

 

They also have some of the more traditional statuary that would find in a standard lawn & garden department.    

Garden Statue

Garden Statue

 

But, as you can see, there is so much more.  I expect great things from Diggin’ It in  more ways than may at first be obvious.  Diggin’ It is the first substantial expansion of downtown boutique shops north up Tennessee Street.  I had not realized this until I talked to the person helping to renovate this space, but all of Tennessee Street is now zoned commercial.  The homes that are there now may not be sold as residences but only as commercial property.  The success of Diggin’ It may help ensure the transition of this street into a hip, boutique filled shopping district.     

Tennessee Street reminds me of Knox-Henderson Street in Dallas, the way it looked in the early 90’s.  It was a mixture of Latin salons and businesses catering to the poor back then.  If you drive down that street now, you will find trendy boutiques interspersed with local pubs sporting outdoor patios.  (I especially recommend Vickery Park for their excellent and inexpensive food).    

Is Diggin’ It the beginning of the transformation of Tennessee Street into something like what can be found in University Park’s Snider Plaza, Lakewood or the “M” Streets?  Only time will tell but I certainly hope so.    

Diggin’ It will doubtlessly be expanding it’s flora selection.  I didn’t take a peek into the back yard, but you can tell from the shot below that there must be plans in the works.  I will check back in a bit and post any updates.    

Diggin' It's Patio

Diggin' It's Patio

 

Until next time,    

Happy Shopping!    

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6 Responses to “Diggin’ It Opened This Saturday”

  1. Theresa-Garden Antqs Vintage

    Hello, I saw this place mentioned on Val’s blog too and will have to check it out next time we’re in McKinney. We have recently moved into the Antique Company Mall and will be visiting McKinney more often now. I am loving all the info. I am finding out about this great town and even the new shops/places we have discovered. I also recently had lunch at Patina Green’s new shop and it was awesome. I did a post on their place. Kaci, Luann, & Robert have worked so hard on their new shop. I’ll be back to read more about McKinney and hope you stop over at my blog. Thanks.

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    • Beth

      Thanks for stopping by and for telling me about your blog. You have some nice stuff! I added links to yours and Ella Elaine’s blog under Blogging Merchants in the sidebar to the right. I haven’t made it to Patina Green while they’ve been open yet. I’m seeing some good reveiws come through Yelp for it.

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  2. debianne

    I love that we blogged about the same place…and didn’t take the same pictures! We each saw “different” items and that’s what makes blogging such fun!!!
    Thanks for all you do, Beth!

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    • Beth

      That is so cool. I especially liked the dominoes on river stones (at Diggin’ It). That is a cool idea. I talked to the lady over at The Bear Market on one of the rare occasions that I caught her open. Turns out her husband owns the building and they have a following that knows when she brings in inventory so they are covering their expenses and don’t want to be “married” to it as full-time business. I wish that they were open more too because she has some really cute things and really, really good prices. I loved both of your downtown posts. What kind of camera are you using?

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