I’ve already mentioned it on Facebook but the old Presbyterian church on Davis Street is for sale.
It’s a beautiful building and one of my favorites in downtown. The stained glass, by the way, appears to all be intact behind some kind of translucent covering. If you don’t know the Davis Street reference, it is canter corner to Cafe Malaga, across the street from the Pentecostal Church.
This weekend is unbelievably busy but I went downtown this afternoon to get the shots above and check out the news on the square.
There really is so much to do all this month that the city has pamphlets on the square listing all of the events and they have set up a website specifically for the Bloomin’ and Booming events from June 10th to July 4th. In fact, there is so much going on in McKinney at any given time, the city has gone the extra mile and created a new iPhone app specific to McKinney (available through the CVB website). The Android app is still in development and I’ll be sure to download it as soon as it comes out.
This afternoon, I stopped by the newly opened Gigi’s Cafe & Bakery and discovered their Orange Juliettes. I used to stop here when it was Coffee N Cream and get their Mocha Java Chillers but the Orange Juliette is my new favorite. I’m not clear on everything that’s in it (my mind was already addled from the heat) but I know, at least, that there’s orange juice, cream and ice in it and it certainly hits the spot on a hot day. Except for wedding cakes, it looks like Gigi’s will have everything Coffee N Cream had – pastries, coffee, ice cream – but they are emphasizing their products a little differently and, in my opinion, a little smarter. Their menus are still leaned against the wall (they’re working on it) but one whole menu is for things like Blue Bell ice cream shakes and malts. The sales lady said that they have been very popular and half of their ice cream sales are in this form. They do need to get their art up on the walls but they are open for business and you owe it to yourself to try their Orange Juliette.
I also stopped by The Sample Shop to buy a new garden flag and gossip about the new shop coming in between The Sample Shop and Mom & POPcorn Candy Company. They are hoping to be in and open by the beginning of August. They have an existing shop up in Iowa and are moving their business to the McKinney square to be closer to family. From what we hear, they are going to be a perfect fit for the hip, foodie crowd in McKinney. Fun, witty, energetic, and all about food, the new shop will sell higher end kitchenware and, it sounds like, some exotic products from Europe and South America. We’ll know more once they are open.
While I hadn’t planned on it, I made it by MPAC to vote in the run off election for City Council Member at Large.
My last stop was by The Antique Company Mall where I wanted to check out Booth 58 and do some shopping for Father’s Day. I know, weird place to shop for Father’s Day but I really honestly want to keep the things I bought as gifts there today so I think that that’s a good sign. I will very probably go back and get duplicates for myself. (The Secret Santa program at my office, though purchases were capped at $5, cost me a small fortune through precisely this kind of thing).
As funny things can happen on the Internet, I “met” Booth 58 through the blog before realizing that we have actually met in real life before. I love it. It just completely confirms for me that getting out into the local shops and supporting the local merchants is a means to supporting your actual neighbors, people you may not even know that you know.
They sell these great beach bags at Booth 58. I think that I’m required to disclose that I received mine as a gift. I don’t encourage or solicit gifts but I’m certainly not going to snub this one as it fits perfectly into my life, spreading the word about our wonderful city. It is sturdy and easily fits four rolled up beach towels, necessary lotions and other smaller accessories, all while sporting the longitude and latitude that pinpoints McKinney.
I took it with us to Lake Texoma last weekend as we entertained my sister-in-law and her husband. We got to show off our great downtown last Friday and then show them the playground in our backyard that is Lake Texoma. They live on a mountain in Arizona and I think that they loved the change of scenery. A friend gave her a ride on his catamaran.
It’s easy to live here and not know about the islands on Texoma. Until we actually splurged for a means to get on the water, we thought the only sandy beaches on the lake were at Island View park, which was closed after the 2007 flood.
Below are two pictures taken in 2009 from the tower at Tanglewood. They are the best pictures I have of the islands (largely because pictures taken on an island cannot possibly indicate that it is an island). We had gone to Tanglewood Resort (omg, that’s a post of its own) to stay for a jetski weekend but it rained instead. They have a huge tower that looks down on Highport Marina and has a commanding view of the lake. This first shot is of the islands to the north. They are actually much bigger than they appear in the picture. You have to keep in mind how big Lake Texoma is. North Island, the last island before the lake gets really deep and the waves are more like swells, is the renowned party island. (That’s a post for a different kind of blog).
This shot (below) is in the direction of Treasure Island, Wood Island and Hog Island.
We have never had any trouble with dangerous debris until this past weekend. The bit of beach we were on had three old campfires with a great deal of glass, pop-tops, and other pointy things. (Plus a pair of men’s boxer briefs. I don’t even want to know.) We picked up anything that looked man-made and carted it off but I am amazed at the kind of people who would leave these kinds of things behind.
I’m not going to do my full rant on the pop-top either. Have you spotted it? Just to the right of the brown glass. I didn’t know that anyone even made them anymore. I remember when all cans had them. Back in the day, it was a close tie as to whether their primary function was to keep liquid inside an aluminum can or slice a foot open. As a kid, it seemed to me that they did far more of the latter. Who’s brilliant idea is it to bring them back? (Believe it or not, this is not my full rant on this subject).
Well, that’s enough for now. Don’t forget about the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank Off tomorrow or Second Saturday downtown. The Chestnut Square historical trolley tours are running this weekend too. If you haven’t been on it yet, you must go! The tour is fantastic – lots of houses, lots of information.
Have a great weekend. Keep it safe.