[ PEOPLE] ON THE SQUARE

My name is Kristian Sextro.

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I am the owner and aesthetician of Pavitra Organic Day Spa in Downtown McKinney.

Pavitra is a Sanskrit word meaning “pure”. Pavitra Organic Day Spa is an eco-friendly, full service day spa specializing in all natural organic skin care and body care.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE FACIALS, MASSAGE, FULL BODY WAXING AND BODY TREATMENTS. AT PAVITRA WE USE ONLY THE HIGHEST QUALITY SKIN CARE PRODUCTS AND MASSAGE OILS AS WELL AS ORGANIC CLEANING PRODUCTS AND LINENS TO ENSURE THAT OUR CLIENTS AND STAFF ARE PROVIDED WITH AN ORGANIC ENVIRONMENT.

I have been on the square for 4 years.

I love doing business in McKinney because this town has a great sense of community. When we opened Pavitra 4 years ago I never imagined the support and knowledge that would come from the other business owners. It has been a rewarding experience and we are so grateful to be a part of downtown McKinney, I cherish the incredible diversity that makes McKinney the unique place it is.

I cannot imagine my business being successful without the support of the other local businesses and business owners.   

We strive to provide excellent service to each person that walks through our door. Without our clients we would have no business.  We cherish the relationships that we have created with our clients and are thankful for the support that they have shown us over the years. They are special because they give us the opportunity to be a part of their lives and have shared so much time with us.

I LOVE BEING ON THE SQUARE AND SEEING FAMILIAR FACES, IT REALLY GIVES YOU A SENSE OF HOME. I ALWAYS TELL MY CLIENTS WHEN YOU VISIT THE SQUARE YOU CAN FIND SOMETHING SPECIAL IN EVERY STORE, SOMETHING THAT SPEAKS TO YOU OR THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE OR BE A PART OF.

I believe wholeheartedly that every person deserves to feel beautiful/handsome and special. We want everyone to have the opportunity to take time and relax, to focus on themselves. We strive to provide excellent service to each person that walks through our door and to ensure that every client is treated to a relaxing experience. We are by appointment only and offer first time client specials for new clients as well as many other specials throughout the year. 

My name is Helen Hutton.

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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.

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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.

 

My name is…Barbara Johnsonfacebook timeline (3 of 4)

 
I am from…
Oklahoma, but came to Texas to attend SMU and never left. I am the Executive Director at the Heard Craig Center for the Arts in Downtown McKinney.
 
The Heard Craig House is...
a lovely representation of another time.  It’s filled with the original family’s furnishings, memorabilia, clothing and art collection and that makes it quite unique among historic home museums.
 
The Heard Craig Family was special because…
they were very appreciative of their success and good fortune and in turn became great philanthropists and champions of education
 
I have been on the square for…
14 years.
 
I love living in McKinney…
because there is a great feeling of belonging.  I enjoy running into people I know just about everywhere I go.  Even though McKinney has grown so much there is still the small hometown feel of the historic district that I love so much.
 
My favorite spot on the square is…
It’s just impossible to choose one favorite spot.
 
My favorite memory of an event in Downtown McKinney is…
I love Second Saturdays and have great memories of time spent with my best friends having dinner, shopping, listening to music and enjoying great art.  I am very grateful to all of the people who worked so hard to make Second Saturday so successful and such a joyful event.   I’m very excited to announce that the Heard-Craig is going to begin special Second Saturday art exhibits in the Heard-Craig House.  The first one will be on February 14, 2015 featuring the work of Frank Klepper.
 
I love to hang out on the square because…
I always run into people I know.
 
I wish the square was/was not…
Well, I absolutely love to shop on the square so I really wish I had more willpower where the square is concerned.  My greatest wish is for the square to remain beautiful, vibrant and a lovely place for friends and family to gather (& shop).
 
Come by the Heard Craig House…
We have drop in tours on Tuesday & Thursday at 2, but we’ll also do tours by appointment.  Saturday drop in tours will begin again in February 2015.
 

[My name is] Cindy Johnson

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[This is what I do]

I am the Executive Director of The Heritage Guild of Collin County. The Heritage Guild of Collin County is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. Our mission is to Celebrate Community, Preserve History and Inspire the Future. We achieve these goals through facilities, artifacts, grounds, programs and events that represent McKinney and Collin County’s heritage. My role is to oversee the maintenance and improvement of the 2.5 acres and 10 buildings that make up Chestnut Square Historic Village. I am also responsible for hiring and leading the staff in developing programming and events that deliver value to the community. I also oversee and lead the staff in delivering 80+ weddings annually and 50+ Farmers Markets at both Chestnut Square and Adriatica and a half-dozen annual events.

[Chestnut Square is]
a historic village just two blocks south of the historic downtown square. Over the past decade we have set goals for Chestnut Square to become a key venue in McKinney and to support the growth of downtown McKinney. In 2013 we were recognized by the McKinney Courier Gazette as the Best Community Supporting Business! In 2013 we were also recognized as the best Farmers Market in Texas in a contest sponsored by American Farmland Trust.

[You won’t believe it but]
before becoming the Executive Director at The Heritage Guild of Collin County I was Chief People Officer for Fujitsu Network Systems and before that Director of Worldwide Collaboration at Texas Instruments. Except for spending a lot less time on airplanes my job hasn’t changed that much….it’s all about getting people to work together (with a little technology thrown in!)

[I have been in McKinney for]
20 years!

[I love Downtown McKinney because]
of the great sense of community it imparts to McKinney. I think McKinney’s Historic District and Historic Downtown Square make it unique and give people a reason to come together to celebrate. Plus the great food and great shopping don’t hurt….

[The Dulaney House is]
the lady of Chestnut Square.
The 1916 Prairie style home is a wonderful example of an upper middle class home in McKinney in the early 20th century.
The ladies of the Heritage Guild of Collin County put their hearts and souls into renovating that house and saving other historic properties to make Chestnut Square something that future generations could enjoy. I’ve attached a picture of the Dulaney House when the ladies acquired it (by two of them mortgaging their own properties to buy it) and a picture of it today. The Bed and Breakfast project is allowing us to do for the inside the same level of renovations that have been done on the outside.
When we open the bed and breakfast, people from all over will get to enjoy the beauty of the home.

[My favorite spot on the square is]
sitting outside at Rick’s or Landon’s (I know, that’s two spots…)

[My favorite memory of an event in Downtown McKinney is] …the first Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk. We held our first one in 2009 and we were blown away by the excitement from everyone. It was a cool, spooky October night and the storytellers were all dressed in great period costumes and there were crowds of people moving around the square hearing the stories about McKinney’s history. We hoped it would be a great event and it has turned into one. People love the spooky haunted spots and we love to share the history with them! We call it a “pub crawl with ghosts” because everyone takes their time, enjoys the storytelling and stops in at the favorite haunts (pun intended) to get some good food and drink with the off chance of seeing a spirit or two!

[I love to hang out on the square because] it’s a cool thing to do. I always see people I know but I also see lots of really neat people who are visiting and just loving the ambiance.

[I wish the square was]…bigger!!

[Come by Chestnut Square]
on a Saturday morning to shop the old-fashioned way at the Farmers Market! When we say “shop the old-fashioned way” we mean hang-out, share the news, enjoy a bottomless cup of coffee, eat some breakfast while you’re visiting with friends, enjoy the entertainment, get your face painted and ride a pony (the ponies have a weight limit, but everything else is for all ages!). Oh…and pick up some of the freshest local produce, meat, eggs, honey, olive oil, tamales, baked goods and more! Be sure to say hi to Collin and McKinney, our dwarf Nigerian goats and watch the blacksmith demonstrate his trade. And you can’t leave without visiting Dixie’s Store and saying hi to Chester the Cat.
If you can’t make it to Farmers Market be sure to come to the 19th Annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-off on June 14. It’s a sticky, yummy, fun for all event! Heck, enter the cranking contest and share your favorite old-fashioned ice cream recipe!



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5 Responses to “[ PEOPLE] ON THE SQUARE”

  1. Adrienne

    I had my wedding at the Chapel on Chestnut Square and the reception at the Dulaney House in 2007. It was beautiful, simple and amazing. It was wedding season for all my family and friends and I may be biased but I think mine was still the best of all I went to that year because of the gorgeous venue. Thank you for this great article about the people behind our beloved Chestnut Square.

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    • Patrizia Montanari

      You are very welcome Adrienne! People like Cindy deserves to be in the spotlight, they do so much for our lovely town! Thanks for following the blog! Patrizia

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