I first met Helen a few weeks ago at her beautiful home in Downtown McKinney. She just moved to the ‘Hood’ from the west side of McKinney with her gorgeous family to a beautiful Victorian home. Helen immediately impressed me, she was very welcoming, but not too forced, kind and direct and mostly she seemed very honest. I am not sure why I am highlighting those adjectives but it doesn’t seem to be a common mix you find in people these days.
The fact that she’s new to the neighborhood, yet already so established made me want to talk about her and find out more about how she feels about the Downtown Square and what makes her so special.
My name is Helen Hutton
I’ve lived in McKinney for almost 6 years but just moved to the historic district a month ago with my husband Chris and our twin daughters Kailey and Ryan and we have all fallen in love.
My favorite restaurant on the square has to be Spoons. The food never disappoints (and I’ve tried most of the dishes on the menu ;)), the atmosphere is so welcoming and laid back, the staff and service is always amazing and our whole family loves listening to the live music.
My favorite shop on the square is a tough question because they are all so different but I really like Fair & Square Imports. A wonderful shop to find toys for my girls or gifts for myself that I can’t find anywhere else or gifts for friends and family. It’s also great to know that by shopping there I am empowering artisans and farmers in some of the poorest countries around the world. Great gifts for a great cause.
The Square is already amazing as it is but if I could change one thing it would be great to see some of the shops stay open a bit later in the evenings and maybe a few activities for after dinner like a small movie theater.
Downtown McKinney has given us a sense of home. I have lived in 3 states now, 5 different cities, and it wasn’t until we moved to the historic district that we really felt like we were home. We walk everywhere as a family, the shops and restaurants are unique and fun, all of our neighbors are amazing and our girls are making rich childhood memories they will cherish forever. It feels like we’ve been taken back in time and the sense of community here is like nothing we’ve ever experienced. It is what draws people to the Square and makes it such a popular place to visit and live.
I own and operate Little Acorn Childcare, started in 2010, a certified Eco Healthy nature based in-home child care in the historic district. In addition, my great friend Emily Padalino and I recently launched Baby Booties Diaper Bank to serve and assist local families facing financial struggles.
Baby Booties Diaper Bank our non-profit collects diapers through donations and drives to distribute to under resourced families in McKinney and throughout Collin County. Since we started in November of 2013 we have distributed over 55,000 diapers and 109,500 diaper wipes to over 375 different families in and around McKinney. Our mission is to keep our local babies clean, dry, and healthy, address the local diaper need and raise awareness in our community. We feel if families are willing to take the first step and ask for help that they deserve a hand up. We have all experienced difficult seasons in our lives and we are here simply to help in those times of need. Emily and I are blessed to have the support of so many wonderful friends, family members, and community members, through diaper and financial donations, and we hope to continue to serve our community for years to come. People may donate new or even opened packages of unused diapers, host diaper drives through their local church, school or workplace, accept diapers in lieu of gifts at a child’s birthday party or even set up a financial donation through our website at www.babybootiesdiaperbank.org. Any support is welcomed and appreciated and will make the difference in the life of a child in need.