I got an email from a neighbor today about a scarecrow decorating contest taking place tomorrow at Creative by Nature (down on Highway 5 by the Pecan Grove Cemetery) so I stopped by to check out the current entries.
According to my neighbor’s email, some clothes for the scarecrows have been purchased from local thrift shops and are offered at cost to dress up a scarecrow creation of your own (of course, you can bring your own dressings if you’d rather). The hay is provided. It’s $10 to enter and the grand prize is $100. The entry fees will benefit Samaritan Inn, Collin County’s largest homeless shelter.
Judging will take place tomorrow, Sunday October 9th at 3:00. Celebrity judges will include Rebecca Miller, Chief Meteorologist for Channel 33 KDAF, and John Krause, WBAP Radio Personality from the show Living Natural First. Sassy Hot Dogs will be there from 11 to 6 and Moka’s Dog Rescue mobile adoption center will be on hand with some puppies who need homes.
Creative By Nature has a good selection of pumpkins there at that location and I picked up a big one for $12 and some change. (Future blog post). I also want to throw in how impressed I am with them. I forgot to ask them details about the scarecrow contest because we got to talking about plants instead. I told them I was looking for some dwarf Nandina for my front yard and they put an order in for me and are going to contact me when they come in! Very nice. It sounds like he can hand-pick them too because, after I opted for 3-gallon instead of 5-gallon, he said he’d look for the most mature in the 3-gallon range. I think I may just make a list of everything I want and give it to them.
Since I was so close to downtown, I took a quick spin around. Everything is looking very autumn-y. The City has wrapped the lightposts with wheat and ribbons.
There are antique tractors all around the courthouse.
I snapped some pictures of the new businesses coming in. It will be so nice to have the old Smith Drugs building open again. Goodies Texas is coming soon with chocolates, candy, toys, and gifts.
I stopped in at the new clothes store, Bloom, and finally got her website and blog address. This will be our first dress shop downtown that has an extremely active presence online. For Bloom, the blog came first and then materialized into a store front. I love her tagline: “People think that when you get married and move to a small town you should get pregnant. I started a blog.” Check out her website at www.bloomdowntown.com. Her blog is Kendi Everyday. Follow her on Twitter at @kendieveryday. She has some adorable stuff and I hope she does well. Her prices are good.
Barron’s Estate Jeweler’s & Antiques will be formally opening sometime this October. Every time I’ve been through downtown, there’s been activity there and they may even already be open.
The building where Mama Emilia’s was and where Rugerri’s is coming in has scaffolding on the front. I heard that the they are removing the parts of the facade that aren’t very stable and the whole front will be red brick when they unveil.
Weather was great and there were a lot of shoppers. I stopped by The Sample Shop for a Halloween garden flag and some conversation. She has these cute little skeletons in for the holiday. She’s got a 50% off sale on her seasonal stuff and two tables of bins with items marked down to $2. Be sure to stop in and give her a hard time about not commenting on her Facebook site since July.
Things to note if you will be shopping on the square anytime soon:
Ambrosia Vintage Vogue has in some Thymes Frasier Fir scented candles that smell fantastic. They’re a little pricey (I bought a votive-sized candle for $12.50) but worth it.
The Little Red Hen has in some beautiful parkas. One has long sleeves and, a wool blend, looks very warm and classy. That one runs around $150 but they have several that are knit, just as stylish and around $100.
You can also pick up a pumpkin at Creative by Nature’s booth on the southwest corner of the square. The picture below is from last weekend at the Homecoming parade but the booth is still there and open for business, weather permitting, each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October.
Until next time,