I know I’ve been quiet lately. It’s been cold. I’ve been busy with work. I’ve been playing a computer game. I have tons of excuses. But, really, I’ve just been in a kind of funk. I blame the weather. I don’t think it really was but it seems to be that the warmer afternoon today did me a world of good. We had dinner at The Pub McKinney last night and today we walked down to the square to make a trip to Plum Creek Primitive.
I knew a lot had changed just in the last few weeks but, really, the changes are astounding. This is always the time for musical merchants. January is when a lot of leases expire and merchants move around. I’ll have to make another trip tomorrow to get a better skinny on the situation(s). Today was just about enjoying the square.
We went to eat at Churchill’s before stopping at Plum Creek. We love Churchill’s and we usually sit upstairs by the window. I was sitting there, thinking about the changes on the square and talking with my husband when I noticed that the splashboard at the bar still said The Londoner. We came here when it was the Londoner too. I don’t know if the splashboard was an oversight but I am glad that they left it there. After all, the square is about history and it reminds me of our history with this place.
Love the fireplace. I have been hearing a lot about their Wednesday night trivia. It free to play but there are cash prizes. I asked the waitress what the turn out was like and she said that the entire area from the stairs to the windows pretty much fills for the trivia and then there is still a pretty good bar crowd. I think I’m going to have to make it over some Wednesday night. On a cold night, there’s a good chance I’ll catch the fireplace in use.
They have a big shin-dig going on February 8th. Kilts are encouraged.
After Churchill’s, we popped over to Plum Creek Primitives and Loco Cowpoke Salsa Shop. Apparently, we aren’t the only ones who have made the Raspberry Wasabi mustard a staple kitchen item because there was a big display. Fewer people are fans of the Pickled Green Tomatos, but that’s got to be because they haven’t tried them. Yum!
I caught a shot of the front of Canine Cookie Company’s on our way home. It is next door to the 209 Downtown Spa and across the street from Loco Cowpoke.
So, here’s a list of the changes I noticed between dinner last night and lunch today:
Doll Haven – the space they occupied is empty. I don’t know if they moved or just closed.
And The Party Never Ends – they have moved next door to Diggin’ It on Tennessee.
Canine Cookie Company – as you can see from the picture above, they are in their new space. This was previously Jay Core Historic Ligting Restoration’s space. I don’t know yet where he has gone to.
Lulu’s – the clothes shop next to Churchill’s, is closed. It was connected to Arabella’s but Arabella’s is still open.
The space next to Lulu’s is now open as The Portfolio, a nice boutique with women’s dressy casual, accessories and lots (and lots) of purses.
Mama Emilia’s is closed. It depends on who you talk to as to what’s up. I think the preferred story is that they are closed for remodeling. The number posted on the door goes to the owner’s voice mail (someone in my pottery class actually called).
I’m hearing that there are changes over at Malaga too but I need to confirm those first.
Sharla’s redo of the storefront that was The Cupfiller is coming right along and looking great.
Someone told one of the merchants that a Subway franchise was coming in where Lulu’s used to be but I think that there is something that prevents national chains from coming into the square so I wouldn’t get too up in arms over that rumor.
As always, I’ll check it all out and pass on what I can.
Until next time,