Tuesday , 19 June 2018

Chatterbox: New Businesses Springing Up All Around Town

By Cathy, TSB Contributing Writer

UPDATED: Information on 209 Downtown Salon & Spa is corrected.

Although spring break is officially over, spring has arrived in MacTown in full force. Pear trees wear their white blossoms like a bride in full wedding regalia, frilly yellow daffodils bob their heads in the spring breeze and patios throughout the city are crowded with diners taking advantage of the warmer days. Yep, spring is in the air, and I, for one, am ecstatic!

There is lots of activity around town these days, so here is the buzz.

The long awaited Sidestreet Café, 216 E Virginia S (formerly Aparicio’s) has help wanted signs, and the brunch menu, in the windows, making me think the place will be opening soon. The owners already have the successful Cheesecake Amore, a wine bar and restaurant featuring a variety of homemade cheesecakes, in Craig Ranch, so I’m looking forward to checking out this new venue. The sports bar will be upstairs with fine dining on the main level.

As I walked by Sidestreet, I noticed what looks like a very cool print shop — Missing Q Press. According to their website, this is the place to go for letterpressed cards and invitations, all custom designed. I can’t wait to see what the shop has to look through when they open, which, from all appearances, should be soon.

Another new shop, The Crystal Cloche, purveyor of gifts, home décor and furniture, is now occupying the space that was formerly the Fringe Factory. The shop is located at 118 E. Louisiana.

Rumor has it that another pizza joint will make downtown McKinney home. Mellow Mushroom, a gourmet pizza restaurant, is moving into the building that is being renovated on E. Louisiana St. (just across the alley from The Pantry). The chain started in Atlanta, GA in 1974 and has been aggressively expanding in the last year. There is already a Mellow in Frisco.

A slice of paradise is apparently coming to MacTown. Bahama Bucks, the original shaved ice company, is said to be checking out potential locations to beach. Gotta love their motto – “no shirt, no shoes, no problem”!  

Looking forward to summer, “every day will be a fiesta” when the Blue Goose Cantina opens its doors in the vicinity of the shopping center at the Northwest corner of U.S. Hwy 75 and University Dr. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant specializes in Tex-Mex, including a top-shelf Margarita.  Oh yeah — what’s not to like?  Gnarly.

And, if you are thinking about more food choices, Raising Cane’s® Chicken, champion of chicken fingers – yes, each meal on the menu features chicken fingers – should be opening their doors the first week of April. Located at 1902 N. Central Expressway, Raising Cane’s® opened their first restaurant in 1996. 


Sadly, after 23 years in business on the square, Jenny Lynn’s on E. Louisiana St. in downtown McKinney is closing. Signs are still posted announcing the closing sale. Owner Karen Hoffman had some terrific fabrics in her store and I have purchased some beautiful things at the shop over the years, but changing styles in décor have apparently affected the business. Sorry to see you go Karen.

The building which houses Salon 209, the day spa and hair salon located at 209 E. Louisiana St., is for sale. However, the business is open and operating from that location until mid-April. They will relocate to Stonebridge Ranch when construction is complete. 

CrossFit training facility at 2741 Virginia Pkwy has shut their doors at that location. 

And BTW:

My boss might kill me if I neglect to include that our own TSB office is now open at 201 N. Kentucky Street. Stop in and see our digs, share news tips and just chat. The QR code on the front door will whisk you right to the TSB website, do not pass GO!  Stay informed about all of the local news and happenings around town.



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