Nan Lee is Open, More New Businesses Coming to Square

It’s supposed to be 106 degrees on Tuesday. Can you believe that?

Well, today was beautiful and I took full advantage of the weather to walk around downtown with my camera and take it all in.  There’s tons of news, so I’ll get that out of the way first.

First of all, there is a new clothing store coming in over by Churchill’s British Pub, under Brick House Yoga.  This was previously Local Color.  No time was wasted in the switch.  Local Color put up big banners for a closing sale just before the end of August and I was lucky enough to catch the new merchant bringing in gear to set up shop today.  They are hoping to be open for Oktoberfest.  The shop is to be called Bloom and the owner writes a fashion blog. She promises me that she’ll send me the info to link to it. My first impression is that she’s done her homework on marketing to the square patrons and I’m excited to see Bloom roll out.  We’ll see.

Patsy’s also is not sitting empty long.  Loco Cowpoke Salsa Shop is expanding into that space.  It looks like they’ve already already got a door or two installed between the two spaces.  They are still open during renovations.

I drove by the Louisiana Street Grill and they are continuing work on the building.  They’ve added some nice heavy looking doors on the front but they’ve got a lot more work to do before opening.  Don’t forget that The Old Red Lumberyard is having their sale next weekend.  It would be a good chance to drive by and get a look.

As reported on Yelp, there is a new Kitchenware On The Square business coming in.  It is next door to Happiness is Quilting and is supposed to open Oktoberfest weekend.  From the looks of it, there’s no doubt that they’ll be open.  The store is crammed full of nifty items for the kitchen.

Kitchenware on the Square

Kitchenware on the Square

I’ve got to have one of those packages of popsicle makers. I had something like that when I was kid and they were wonderful. We just used KoolAid but it looks like they have all kinds of fancy recipes you can make. Of course, that’s just what it looks like when I press up against the window.  It’ll be a couple of weeks before they open and we can get in and really see what they are.

Kitchenware on the Square

Kitchenware on the Square

Around the corner on Virginia, next door to Special Things, Nan Lee Jewelry is open for business.

Nan Lee is Open For Business

Nan Lee is Open For Business

They aren’t open on Sunday mornings though, so I took a picture looking through the window.

Nan Lee is Open!!!!

Nan Lee is Open!!!!

The weather was so beautiful this morning, I walked most of the square.  Someone had recently asked where to take photos on the square, so I had that on my mind too. I just let the morning happen…

Butterfly Outside McKinney Wine Merchant

Butterfly Outside McKinney Wine Merchant

The Amazing Acro-cats were performing today and their truck was parked beside the courthouse.

Amazing Acro-Cats Truck

Amazing Acro-Cats Truck

There is something coming in on the corner of Chestnut and Louisiana Streets.  I can’t remember what used to be there so I hope it is something more memorable. An active shop here will also be a boost for A Touch of Heaven Salon Boutique next door and Fru-gals, also on Chestnut Street.

Corner of Chestnut and Louisiana

Corner of Chestnut and Louisiana

One thing is for certain, they’ll need a broom.  The tree outside, though beautiful, is messy.

Tree Droppings

Tree Droppings

Actually, it seems that there is a lot going on on this stretch of Louisiana. The shop that used to be the McKinney Furniture Store, across from Dawgs & Hawgs, is being painted on the inside and is looking especially bright and inviting. It doesn’t translate too well in this picture but, in real life, the brightening up inside is noticeable to passersby.

Building Being Perked Up Inside

Building Being Perked Up Inside

Ditto for the Boyd Viegel building.  I’m not sure exactly what they’ve done. In fact, they might not have done anything.  Somehow, though, there seems to be a difference.  When I was standing there, I thought that they had maybe painted the outside to be lighter. I  realize now that it doesn’t look like they did.  It could even just be the welcome weather.  In the past, shoppers have tended to stop at The Pantry (the red building on the right edge of the picture below) and cross the street or turn around but I noticed that the foot traffic was different today.  Shoppers continued down the street here. If that trend continues, that could be welcome news for shops on Chestnut and further down Louisiana.

Boyd Viegel Building Looking Good Too

Boyd Viegel Building Looking Good Too

Over on Virginia, it looks like the remodeling of the former McKinney Title building is coming to an end.  It certainly looks like the outside work might be at least close to completed, except for signage. I know that this is supposed to be the future home of a law office that currently offices just off of the square but I’m not certain which one.  Looks like we’ll all know soon.

Future Law Office

Future Law Office

The old “Remember This Antique Mall” has signs up now too.  It is the future home of AMI Monitoring. We’ve been seeing more and more of this kind of thing pop up here, not necessarily downtown, but in this general area. We suspect that the imminent opening of the new Baylor Hospital is spurring the trend of medically related service stores.  I’m not sure how to take that.  Is the demographic of the Historic District really that old?  Certainly, I’m not.  I know a handful of “old” folks over here but more that are mid-life, healthy and vital.  Hmmpfh. Still, it is better than an empty store front, even if it isn’t a retail shop.

Cardiac Monitoring Coming to Square

Cardiac Monitoring Coming to Square

Sort of on the way home, there’s not been much more done on the building on Tennessee and Heard that is rumored to be a nightclub or dance hall.  Visible progress has slowed to a creep.

Parking Lot Work Slowed on Heard & Tennesee

Parking Lot Work Slowed on Heard & Tennessee

Most of us are just scratching our heads over one piece of concrete that has been laid so far.  We’ve all been taking guesses as to what it is.  So far, we’ve conjectured a drive thru with no thru or scales for weighing (very) small cars.  Very strange.  But this is what we do in the ‘hood.  Colorful hypotheses are welcome.  An actual answer, at this point, might be anti-climatic but is welcome too.

What is this?

What is this?

Until next time,

Happy Shopping

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