It’s not that it’s exactly quiet on the square. There were a lot of people on the square today, mostly in the cross walks it seemed. The McKinney Art Studio Tour was going on today and continues on Sunday. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like there is a sense of anticipation for the upcoming Dickens of a Christmas (November 25th to 27th).
Before I forget, Michele of Mani & Pedi by Michele has said that people who mention that they heard about her on the blog’s Facebook page and “Like” her page will get a $5 discount on services $25 or more (follow the link on her name to get to her Facebook page). Her published address is 214 N. Kentucky, but it may actually be 214A, the address for Kiss & MakeUp Boutique. 214 N. Kentucky is the address for Stained Glass of McKinney, which has a store closing date announced of November 19th. One thing a lot of people don’t know about Kiss & MakeUp Boutique and that they hand-embellish some of their clothes and you can request special touches to pieces you like.
Barron’s Estate Buyers & Jewelers had their grand opening this weekend. Similar to The Antique House on Louisiana Street, they seem to feature higher quality antiques and the selection really is incredible for having just opened. They are practically packed to the ceiling with memorabilia, collectibles and jewelry. A couple of notable collections unique for the square include an extensive collection of antique clocks (both mantel pieces and the kind that hang on the wall) and a collection of antique guitars. I believe that the clock vendor also does repairs. Cases and cases of collectibles and jewelry lead you to the back where the old bank vaults are open and filled with more merchandise. The gentleman greeting shoppers describes Barron’s as “man-friendly” and I think that they have hit the mark there. Very nice store, definitely worth checking out. Special items of interest currently in stock are: several antique darning machines (like sewing machines, but smaller), oriental art pieces, and a 1947 Wurlitzer jukebox. There’s also a very pretty Christmas egg nog punch bowl with a set of 12 glasses for $55 that probably won’t be there long.
In other news, the old bakery building on Tennessee and Heard Street now has awnings and glass is going into the windows. City inspectors on site last weekend said that the building does not already have a designated tenant but is being refurbished on spec.
I checked on the progress over at Louisiana Street Grill (drove by) and it is looking good. They had anticipated being open by Dickens of a Christmas (Thanksgiving weekend) so it should be open soon.
Last weekend was the grand opening for Treasure Spotters, a new vintage venue east of the square in the shadow of the grain silos. Despite chilly temperatures, there were a lot of shoppers and a lot of treasures. They sell coffee and hot chocolate for $1 a cup through the window in the front.
Many of the same vendors that are present at the Old Red Lumberyard are also present at Treasure Spotters, which will be open the first weekend of each month. The Old Red Lumberyard’s monthly sale sets its date month by month, based on the vendor’s schedules and other area shows. Their next sale will be November 25th and 26th (Dickens weekend).
Even on their first opening, they had a good selection both inside the building, all along the side, and in the back of the building. There are numerous cubby holes for vendor to fill with wares and Rick Stricklin pointed out another building in the back that will serve as room for future expansion.
Treasure Spotters is a great new addition to the square and the Flour Mill area. This area is changing so fast. If the plans in the lobby of the Flour Mill ever come to fruition, the background of the shot below will be substantially changed. For one thing, the railroad tracks will become DART rail. (Don’t ask me how they are going to get through Allen. I keep asking and no one has an answer for that.) Where the white pick up is now, the diagram shows what look like loft apartments. In place of the old white wooden building, the plans show a little cafe. Louisiana Street Grill, which you can see in the far background (the building with the banner) said that the lot across the street, in front of the pickup, will become City parking.
No one is entirely clear as to what will actually happen here as far as the current plans go. I definitely get some eye rolls from some long term residents when my optimism for the plans makes it seem certain. One thing is for certain though. Something is happening here. Whether it follows the diagram or not is anyone’s guess. Whatever it becomes, I’m just happy to see it breathing life.
Until next time,