It must be one of those musical merchant times again as there is quite a bit going on downtown at the moment. I took shots last weekend during Oktoberfest and then popped back down to the square tonight to make sure there was no additional earth-shattering news. So, here’s the run down:
The Olive Branch, a new boutique connected to Shelby-Marilee & Company, opened this past Saturday. They have a nice selection of jewelry and some beautiful scarves. They are expecting to have Fossil watches, men’s wallets, purses and more accessories in about a week.
You may have noticed work going on over at 307 W. Louisiana, across the street from Mitchell Park. They’ve got some nice looking awnings up today. This is the future home of Hamm’s Custom Meats which was previously next door to the Main Street Magic & Fun Company. I think that there are new owners but I’ll have to confirm that after they open. My bigger question is if they will start accepting credit cards after the move.
Hamm’s old location is not going to be sitting vacant. According to their windows, a local meat and produce market called Local Yocal is coming this fall. It had been published somewhere that Genesis Beef would be coming to downtown on Kentucky Street this fall and I think that this may actually be them. The only logical storefront on Kentucky that they could have gone into is still for lease and the sign in the Old Hamm’s windows says, among other things, grass fed beef. I’ll keep an eye on the progress.
Also coming to downtown this fall is Giggle Brush Designs. The picture says it all – baby bedding, clothes, gifts and decor items. Their web site looks great: http://www.gigglebrushdesigns.com/
Walls of Clay is also moving. They are currently on Virginia, next to Gregory’s Bistro but are moving onto Kentucky Street next door to Sugar & Spice Girlie Girl Parties. Strategically, this may be an excellent move for both of them. I spoke to several mothers during Oktoberfest who wanted to schedule birthday parties with the McKinney Art House and didn’t know about Walls of Clay or Sugar & Spice. Both are great spots for downtown birthdays. (As is Main Street Magic & Fun Company, which has a full birthday theatre on the second floor). Right now, the new location is anticipated to open November 2nd.
LifeStyle Nutrition has a sandwich board out announcing that they need bodies for boot camp. I stuck my head in the door to get the low-down but they had handed out all of their flyers during Oktoberfest. They have a small pamphlet that says that they need 23 people serious about losing up to 30 pounds in 30 days. The boot camp consists of three 50-minute workouts a week for 4 weeks. (Both of the owners were personal trainers before starting LifeStyle Nutrition.) If interested, give them a call at (972) 542-9990 or visit their website at www.lifestyle-nutrition.com.
There are sandwich boards galore out this evening. Aparicio’s is announcing karaoke tonight from 8:30 to close. The Pub was advertising their weekend brunch. Loco Cowpoke announced that they will be open until 8:00. I especially recommend their pickled green tomato relish. It’s a little spicy, but very good.
I’m really excited about Rocky Horror coming to the McKinney Performing Arts Center on October 29th. The courtroom theatre is a perfect location for this and I’m hoping to make it to the performance.
The weather is perfect. It’s a good time to go shopping. And don’t forget about Scare on the Square also coming up on October 29th. The streets of the square will be closed to auto traffic from 4 to 6 to make way for little tykes in costumes to make their way around the square and collect candy from the merchants.
So that’s it for me for this weekend. I’ll close with a couple more photos. If you hear of any news, please let me know.
Here’s a shot of the luminary pumpkins over at Plum Creek Primitives that I had mentioned in an earlier post.
This great pumpkin is also at Plum Creek Primitives.
Until next time,