Shopping the Square for Oktoberfest

If you’re a Twitter follower, sorry about all the tweets. I visited the square this evening and forgot to take a pen. I’m merging the updates I have from a spin around the square with this post below.  The updates are in blue.

Keep in mind that most of the retail shops normally close at 5PM.  Uptown has a sign up that they’ll be open until 8 but a couple of shops have handwritten signs up with their normal hours.  Even with crowds, many of the retail shops may be closing at their normal hours. 

There’ll be lots of activities this Oktoberfest weekend (check out the official Oktoberfest site for times on the keg tapping, march, events and live entertainment) but don’t forget about the shops you already love. Lots of them will be having special deals too.  I’ll buzz by downtown tomorrow evening to look for sales and event signs but here’s what I know about right now:

Tennessee Street

Cadence Cyclery – will be having their 1st Annual Oktoberfest sale with 20% off all parts and accessories and 15% off all bikes.  They will also be having a bike ride Saturday morning starting around 7:20 and ending at Spoon’s complimentary pancake breakfast (being served in front of Gather In McKinney on Virginia Street).

Primp Salon Boutique –  will be unveiling new merchandise, handing out discount coupons for salon services, and goers can register to win a few fabulous giveaways.

Laura Moore Fine Art Studio is building a labyrinth this year out of cleaning supplies that will then be donated to the Samaritan Inn.  Check out her Facebook Page for updates on donations.

Kick Up Your Heels has a $25 coupon on their Facebook page, a sale going on, and their new styles are in.

Patina Green Home & Market’s Chef Robert will have a special Oktoberfest Menu they’ll be serving up from 5pm-9pm on Friday and 11am-9pm on Saturday.  Order inside the store and they’ll have an expanded dining patio out in front of the old Smith Drugs. (According to the City’s recent video interview, there should be Franconia-braised pork shoulder on the menu.  This is definitely on my list!)

Swanky Boutique is having a 50% off sale on all sandals and shoes.

Main Street Magic & Fun Company will be offering rides on their train for $1 a rider.  The depot will be in front of the store.

Local Yocal Farm to Market will have a Root Bier Garden (what a cool idea for the kids) and will be serving organic sausage and Bratwursts.

Diggin’ It – just off the square, Diggin’ It will be hosting a trunk show by Shawn Payne of S.P. Designs, Saturday from 2 to 5.

Kentucky Street

Cadillac Pizza Pub will be serving up $2 root beer floats for kids and a photo op with the McKinney Mascots.

Landon Winery – kicks off their 50% off sale on personalized, pre-holiday custom orders for wine club members and non-personalized wine by the case.  They’ll also be having wine tastings and live music on their patio.

Another Time & Place – the 60% closing sale continues.

Gray Living – has a 20% sale on bedding items all of September.

Chick Charm  has Survivor Joe bracelets in.  For each bracelet you buy in the store, they will send a soldier a bracelet overseas and you can complete a card to send with it.  Survivor Joe is a non-profit organization that sends care packages to soldiers overseas and the bracelets really are a help in surviving. The bracelets are made of 8 feet of a special material that can be unwound in under two minutes to use as a tourniquet, a binding device for shelter or floatation, or a tool to fish or trap small animals.

Happiness is Quilting – will be having PUPTOBERFEST on Saturday from 10 to 4. They are sponsoring a workshop to make 4 foot dog leashes (a special size used for service dogs) that will be donated as a gift basket item for disabled veterans via the nationally based organization, Patriot Paws.

Lone Star Wine Cellars will have free wine tastes.

Kitchenware on the Square is supposed to be opening this weekend.  They are over by Happiness is Quilting and Walls of Clay. No Facebook or website that I can find so far.

Kiss and Makeup Boutique has some really cute boot toppers in for fall you should really check out. They will be doing some drawings during Oktoberfest.

Louisiana Street

McKinney Office Supply has a 30% off sale on all Thanksgiving merchandise.

Alternative Furnishings is having a sale on all furniture and architechtural pieces. 

Uptown will be open until 8PM.

Debra Linker’s Artist Loft will have painting, with several teachers demonstrating.  Guitars Not Gun will be playing jazz.

Orisons Art & Framing will be having live art demonstrations.

The Sample Shop has a 30% off sale on decorative iron.

The Pantry Restaurant will have a special menu available with brats, sausages, German potato salad, sauerkraut cake and pie.

Jenny Lynn’s is having a sale on fabrics and trimmings.

House of Hargrove is having a barn sale Saturday 10 to 1 and are packed with one-of-a-kind vintage items.  They are across McDonald next to the Historic Flour Mill.  They have two new candle fragrances in – Harvest Spice and Pumpkin Vanilla.

There will be tons of events on Louisiana Street, so don’t think that this is going to be a dull street … exactly the opposite!

I ran into the owner of the Canine Cookie Company tonight and she listed all kinds of things that will be going on that stretch of Louisiana.  There will be a petting zoo and the weenie dog races, tons of outside vendors – a very happening stretch.

Virginia Street

McKinney Wine Merchant has brought in some special German wines for sale over the weekend.

Pumps – has new lace-up booties in for the fall.

Little Red Hen – will have their winter Vera Bradley in.  They’ve posted a promotion for October 22nd thru 24th on the Vera Bradley merchandise but I’m thinking that they might have meant September.  Whichever month, with a $75 purchase, you get your choice of a free tech case, a medium cosmetic bag or a photo book.  If you are starting to think about Christmas gifts, don’t forget that they have hand-crafted ornaments with the Courthouse on them.

Orisons Boutique – is having a “Women Helping Women” event on Friday starting at 4 featuring hand-crafted, embroidered goods from the mountains of Guatemala.  These type of events help women in impoverished parts of the world support themselves (and often their entire family) by connecting them with first-world buyers who value their workmanship. They are also having a boot sale.

Spoons Cafe will be flipping free pancakes (while supplies last) in front of Gather In McKinney to raise awareness and donations for Alzheimer’s Association satellite office at the Medical Center of McKinney Wysong Campus.  They’ll be serving Spoons pancakes, Spoons Garage coffee and Hamm’s ham.  For more info, see

Chase Hall  – has a recent shipment of their finds in Europe to look through.

The Antique Company Mall will be hosting the Munich Antique Fair … lots of vendors will be set up in the street.

In the Courthouse

The McKinney Performing Arts Center will be hosting a “Shoppen der Markpltz” (don’t you just love German?).  They’ll have shopping for handcrafted goods from local vendors.  Beer and food will also be available inside the courthouse.


I plan to swing by the square tomorrow after work and look for sales & events that I may have missed.  If you know of special deals, please let us know (comment).  I’m just focusing on the regular merchants. Be sure to check out McKinney’s Main Street website for full info on special vendors,  sponsored events and scheduled performances. (There’s going to be barrel races and weiner dog races and so much more!)

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

5 Responses to “Shopping the Square for Oktoberfest”

  1. Kaci

    Why aren’t we included?! 😦

    I posted on your facebook page really early this morning…
    Patina Green

    • Beth

      Oops! A complete oversight. I’m planning on stopping by for some of that Franconia-braided pork. Will update post tonight!

  2. amber ruth

    New to your blog, but I’m clicking on the links you posted and cannot find anything on Oktoberfest for downtown Mckinney… it all keeps sending me to the main page for down town mck! =/ Does it start tomorrow? (10/1/11)? Also, do you know about a new store called “Bloom” that has opened up?! I believe its on Tennessee…

    • Beth

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Oktoberfest was last weekend. The City uses frames on their web site and I’ve had links pull up blank before so I just do a link to Main Street’s home page and then you have to click on events. The Convention & Visitor’s Bureau did a fantastic job on their most recent blog post for events coming up in October. I can’t link on my phone but I’ll reply again with the link tonight sometime. (Or check my Twitter. I tweeted it this morning I think. )
      Bloom is open and on Tennessee Street. The owner is a fashion blogger and I keep forgetting to follow up with her to find out the name of her blog. We have 2nd Saturday coming up October 8th. Can be tons of fun. Scare on the Square is on Halloween. I’ll post that link tonight.

    • Beth

      Here’s the link to the City’s latest blog post:

      I think they have everything on their list except for: Gather & Unique Unique are having their 1 year anniversary on Oct 13th and I think Patina Green has something special scheduled for Oct 11th (my note was Euro goods but I don’t remember what that was about). Also, there’s another “Slow Food” dinner on the 8th. ( for more info on that, here’s a link to the article on the last slow food dinner:


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