Thursday , 22 March 2018

Chatterbox: The Word Around Town


It seems that Rick’s Chophouse in downtown McKinney is THE place to see and be seen by political pundits. Recently spotted taking in lunch there, all in the same day no less, were Attorney General Greg Abbott, Representative Ken Paxton (Rep.), County Commissioner Matt Shaheen, County District Attorney Greg Willis, City Councilman Don Day and City Councilman Travis Ussery. Mmmm…the plot thickens.

Happen to have run into a Dallas TV station reporter who is working on a story about water usage during this major heat wave. Surprising to hear that the home with the highest water bill in McKinney is a home in Stonebridge Ranch – and yeah, one that is on a small lot. Strange, the house is surrounded by grass that looks like it hasn’t had a drop of water since 2009. Begs the question, is it a leak or a grow house?

Local blogger (On the Square Blog), Beth Barton dishes on a new shop on Chestnut St. in downtown McKinney. Here’s what she has to say:

Fru-gals, a “resale shop with a twist”, opened next to the feed store sometime in June. Run by McKinney natives Alex and Sheri Fowler, Fru-gals is somewhere between a thrift shop and an antique store with some very notable differences.

First and foremost, the Fowlers are determined to carry unique, one of the kind items at very affordable prices. They pick from estate sales and garage sales but they also have 1,100 square feet of usable space that they are rapidly filling with unique vendors offering a wide variety of goods.   From specially selected designer wedding dresses to handmade birdhouses, they already have a decent assortment of vendors selling a good variety of things and more vendors are coming.  They’ve just announced the arrival of two new ones, PeepsKeeps and Zoe Krazy, on their Facebook page.

Another unique concept to Fru-gals is their Donation Program.  They’ll accept donations of gently used household items and donate 10% of the resale value of those  items to the charity of the donator’s choice.

One of their vendors, HM Bridal Outlet, is a great addition for downtown McKinney, which is increasingly the venue of choice for a lot of local weddings.  Frankly, it’s hard to believe that we have so many popular venues, planners, bakeries and even florists but, before now, no wedding dresses.  Fitting with the theme of the store, HM hand selects dresses from designers and retail outlets from all over the world that won’t break the bank.  HM Bridal is based in Plano and also has a location in Ireland.

Also, in case your looking for a way to get that bod in shape before the holidays – yes, believe it or not, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it – Phyllis Parker, of Core Pilates has moved in with Brick House Yoga in downtown McKinney. Cool – Yoga and Pilates all in one place. And, more exciting news – heard that Phyllis is offering FREE yoga and pilates classes on Monday, Sept.5 (Labor Day) from 8 a.m. to noon.

The city’s Oktoberfest celebration on the downtown square is right around the corner – Sept. 23 – 24, warm up those lederhosen by coming out to Chestnut Square’s Oktoberfest Warm Up as Bavaria comes to The Pantry in downtown McKinney on September 9, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sample some tasty German fare and beer, while enjoying some foot-tapping German music. Sponsored by our own Franconia Brewery right here in McKinney and The Pantry restaurant, the event is a fundraiser for the Chestnut Square Historic Village. Cost is $35.  (More on the city’s Oktoberfest celebration to come, or check out the ad on TSB!)

Hey music fans! Have you all bought your tickets to the McKinney MashUp yet?  This worthy fundraiser for the McKinney Performing Arts Center sounds like a Glee meets American Idol competition right here in our own downtown theater!  Checked in with MPAC Director, Dave Taylor, and he says that there are some very talented vocalists, including some from our own backyard. Tickets are less than $10 per person for both the 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. competitions. Winners will get to sing with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks when he performs at MPAC on Sept. 17. (Wish I could carry a tune in a bucket!)

Do ya know any of these hometown contestants?

Solo Division:
Alden Bowers McKinney, TX
Elizabeth Leonard McKinney, TX
Cameron Coiro McKinney, TX
Kandis Moody Aubrey, TX
Drew Bowsher McKinney, TX
Jackie Wasson McKinney, TX
Hannah Moltz McKinney, TX
Vanessa Compton Mckinney, TX
Casey Lamont McKinney, TX

Group Division
Two – McKinney, TX
The Reprise – McKinney, TX
Fine Spirits – McKinney, TX
Duet – Michael Willams – McKinney, TX
Popular Gravity – McKinney, TX 

Lastly, and on a sadder note, a pillar of the McKinney community for many years, Margaret Nesbitt has passed away at the age of 83. A school nurse for the McKinney ISD, serving in that position for 24 years. She loved visiting with former MISD students who would remember her as their nurse whenever she saw them around town after her retirement. Graveside services will be in Marshall, Texas at 11 a.m. on Sept. 2.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Rose Anne Mott and husband, Kenneth of McKinney; her son, Earl Nesbitt and wife, Kim of Coppell; and her daughter-in-law, Janet Nesbitt James of Anna. Her son, former City Councilman Gabe Nesbitt, for whom Gabe Nesbitt Community Park was named, passed away a few years ago.

The thoughts and prayers of many in our community are with the family.

Till next time….



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