Thank God the winter has passed. We had a little spit of winter weather this past week but I think it can be called. Things are coming to life and I’m trying to get out and about again. On foot. With Camera.
Believe it or not, this beautiful road is not far from the square. It’s scenes like this that remind why I am so lucky to be here.
Everything is budding. There is an energy in the air. It is almost Easter. The Methodists normally have a service in Mitchell Park but I haven’t heard anything about that this year. According to their website, they are having an Easter Eggstravaganza April 1st from 1 to 3.
All the shops have the spring fashions in. And bunnies. The pair in the picture below is in the window of Kiss & MakeUp Salon & Boutique.
Goodies Texas has real chocolate Easter bunnies made fresh here on the square in McKinney.
Of course, Goodies has a lot more than just the bunnies. I am hooked on chocolate covered orange peels (my Grammy’s favorite too) and we’ve discovered chocolate covered caramel sprinkled with sea salt. I realize that a healthy walk that stops in at chocolate shops and pubs is problematic but it is just a cross that I will have to bear.
Local Yocal & Genesis Beef owner, Matt Hamilton, was in the process of teaching Steak 101 class as I walked by. I also spoke with the owner of The McKinney Wine Merchant and this may turn into something big. I promise to post details as soon as they are available.
It was a beautiful day on the square this morning and there is a ton of stuff going on. So, here’s the news (in no discernible order):
Gigi’s Bakery & Cafe is no more but a new coffee shop has opened in their place, Coffee Squared. I’ve only been in once so far but they had a very nice coffee snob (I think I’ve heard them called baristas on tv) who makes an excellent white mocha latte. At least, that’s what I think it’s called. All I care about it how it tastes. You can call it whatever you what. (I order “mediums” at Starbucks too. They figure it out.)
Another Place & Time finally closed and another coffee shop, Snug On The Square, is trying to come in there. There was apparently a mishap involving fire and I haven’t seen anything since then so I don’t know if that was a deal-breaker or not. It looks like the fire was contained and the neighboring business are fine.
There is a new yogurt store on the square now on Virginia Street, next door to Georgio’s Salon. I looked for a web site for it and I found a mention of it on one of the hospital websites but I’m not sure why I’m having trouble finding a link for it. I haven’t been in yet. (I thought the chocolate I got today was quite enough for one walk). Anyone have a link for Peachy Keen Yogurt on Virginia?
I haven’t been keeping up with all the news during the cold weather so I don’t know what the zoning change sign is about at the MayDay Performance. The last time I got excited about a zoning change it turned out to be a minor alteration of a property line between two lots owned by the same person, so I tend not to get excited by these signs anymore.
I haven’t heard anything from the North Texas History Center in a very long time so I did go check out the flyers posted on their windows. I’m afraid I made them mad at me somewhere along the way and so I never hear about these events to pass along. They will be having a book launch & signing with author Stephen Peter on May 4th and 5th and they are currently having a membership drive until April 29th.
There is a new bakery, The Layered Bake Shop, on Louisiana Street where Sunday Dinner was last year. Their Twitter handle is @layeredbakeshop. You simply must check out their Facebook Page to see the picture of a cake made to look like a Budweiser can. This thing is not only a work of art but deserving of corporate sponsorship.
Before you say, “Wasn’t Sunday Dinner next door?”, I’ve got this other picture.
I usually won’t pass along anything potentially embarrassing but this just seemed too funny and too human.
Infinity Arts Academy is no longer in their space on Tennessee Street. If you are looking for commercial space downtown, this seems like it would be a great spot. Tennessee is a relatively busy street for foot traffic and this store has some excellent neighbors.
Primp Salon & Boutique, across the street, is expanding to take in a second storefront. Laura Moore Fine Art Gallery and Imaging On The Square are hot spots, particularly on Second Saturdays. Cadence Cyclery is just down the street and One Lazy Lizard is working very hard to open soon. It was supposed to open in March but these things never go on schedule. I’m not good at looking at construction in progress and guessing how long ’till they are done. I like the shape of things though. Even full of sawdust and sheet rock, it’s got a kind of inviting air.
Over on Kentucky Street, Cadillac Pizza Pub has finished a re-do inside that gives it a lot more space. I somehow got sidetracked and took pictures of the top of their building. It really is one of the prettiest little buildings downtown, I think, and today I just became enthralled by the brickwork at the top as if I had never seen it before. (I sometimes love this in my personality but it will do me no favors when I am old and trying to stay out of a nursing home).
A few other tidbits:
- Heirlooms has moved into the space where The Sample Shop used to be. The new space looks great.
- The Pantry had a sign up recently that they were hiring.
- LifeStyles Nutrition (“Shakes on the Square”) is no longer in their space on Tennessee and Virginia.
- The space that was Scrappy Chic and then The Anomaly Shop is now being converted to office space.
- The old Church on Davis & Benge Streets has been purchased and my understanding is that it will be occupied by a new congregation, don’t know what denomination.
- There is a sign up for a “Piano Dojo” on Davis Street across from Cafe Malaga. Can’t find a link for them and haven’t thought to snap a picture yet.
- The old bakery building on N. Tennessee is fully remodeled and waiting for tenants.
- The space next to Benavidez Tennis Shoes on Tennessee Street has a “SOLD” sign up. No news on plans.
- There is an On-Street Bicycle Master Plan going before the City Council on April 3rd. Bike Friendly McKinney has put together a petition to show citizen support. There was recently a horrible accident and we lost a bicyclist to a drunk driver over on Heritage. Our hearts go out to the surviving spouse.
I think that is everything. For now. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something but I’ll catch up as the weather stays pretty.
Vesta, we miss you and hope that you are enjoying the Northwest.
Until next time,