I suppose the big news this week should be about the Fourth of July parade held this past Wednesday or the first annual Street Fair held on East Louisiana Street or the annual classic car show at Chestnut Square. All were well attended and tons of fun.
However, there is a pretty avid group of square-lovers who have all but had their noses stuck up against the glass, anxiously anticipating the opening of the latest coffee shop on the square, Snug on the Square. It has finally opened.
Besides their specialty coffees (and regular coffee too), they serve up breakfast sandwiches, made-to-order omelettes, waffles, oatmeal, muffins, bagels, and classic sandwiches and melts. They list two soups – taco soup and bean and bacon soup – and a couple of salads. About the only thing that they don’t list on their menu is their hours.
The atmosphere is light, colorful, and uplifting; also offering various feel-good merchandise like bags that say “Everything will be okay” and knit sweaters for your coffee mug. Drop by and give them a big hello and welcome to the square.
It was a great weekend for them to open. The parade wound through downtown at 10 AM and the crowds lined up to get into the stores immediately after. Although it was pretty warm, many lingered in shady spots, took in the fair, or listened to a street musician set up outside of The Pantry Restaurant.
It is worth remembering that there is a classic car show each 4th of July down by Chestnut Square, about two blocks south of where the street fair was this year. It has been a bit of a problem in the past finding it as most of the advertisement just says downtown. This year it was in the parking lot bordered by Tennessee and McDonald, with Chestnut Square to the immediate south and the downtown square to the immediate north.
Some quick news from other merchants on the square, Artisanal Food Lover’s Market has recently teamed up with the Collin County Farm Museum and is sporting some pretty exotic centerpieces now. They have some great plans coming up but I’ve been sworn to secrecy. All I can say is that you’ll have to stop in and check them out – probably around Halloween and again for Dickens.
In the meantime, I can tell you that they have been working hard to secure some really rare products for local epicureans. They will soon be offering Amana cheese from Wisconsin (you know, the state that knows cheese like we know cattle), a square-branded line of gourmet coffees, and imported honeys from Germany. The coffee will be in bean form and you grind it yourself. The bags and the coffee names will reflect our downtown square with names like “Louisiana Street Blend” and should be available beginning this Friday. The German Raspflower Blossom honey (a light honey giving the appearance of having a whipped consistency) and Forest Sage honey (a very dark honey that looks almost like molasses) are already available alongside other varieties.
I also stopped in and chatted with the one of the new owners of Gather in Downtown McKinney. A mother/daughter duo has recently purchased the lunch spot and event venue and have gotten Wedding Wire rated in record time. They have already booked several events and are getting the word out that they are available for showers, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. Their normal hours of operation are Thursday through Saturday from 11 to 3 and have a Sunday brunch buffet from 10 til 2 serving everything from eggs benedict to chicken fried steak. They are BYOB.
In upcoming news, there will be a free concert this weekend by the McKinney Community Band. The performance will be Saturday, July 14th at 7:30 pm in the MPAC (the old courthouse in the center of the square). This will be a special tribute to our community and the great state of Texas and will feature a special guest conductor and a march specifically arranged for the McKinney Community Band. For those unfamiliar with the band, these are all community members with mad skills that have come together in their free time. While admission is free, a ticket is required to ensure enough space for everyone. Tickets are available on the MPAC (McKinney Performing Arts Center) website (see link above).
Here’s a video of the band recently posted to YouTube (if you like a more up-tempo beat, fastforward to 5:45 minutes in):
Until next time,