Things are always shakin' around McKinney and so here's what I have to report.
First a couple of big news items that my boss shared with me so I would be certain to include the info in my column!
So my boss told me that over the weekend she headed to a favorite haunt, Lockhart's BBQ in Oak Cliff. Apparently, every now and then she gets a hankerin' for their smoked sausage, which comes from Smitty's Market in Lockhart, TX. TSB's owner claims it is "the best sausage ever" you see, so I have to admit that I was all excited to finally got to try the stuff. And yes, I have seen the light! It is truly one of a kind and, well - smoky.
But, here's the really cool news - while my boss was placing her order at the counter, she mentioned that she was going to take this back to her friends in McKinney, which spurred the counter staff 's conversation that Lockhart's is going to come to McKinney next year! Gnarly! Great news, even though the staff didn't know exactly when or where in McKinney, the boss says it doesn't matter, it's fantastic news to prevent more trips to Lockhart or to Oak Cliff whenever that sausage (or brisket, ribs, etc.) craving strikes!
In other news - for all of you who drive Custer Road as part of your daily jaunts, the city says the road will open mid to late May. I'm guessing that this will be a big sigh of relief to residents of McKinney and the surrounding area.
Hope Fellowship Church is moving into space next to Academy Sports, which is in the center on the north side of University Dr. (1720 W. University). This will be a new church plant by Hope Fellowship in Frisco.
Speaking of churches, VLife McKinney, which meets in Adriatica (6609 Virginia Pkwy) is expanding to downtown McKinney, purchasing the former First Presbyterian Church on south Church St. I understand that big plans are in store for renovating the old church, which should be a positive move for the downtown area.
Readers, does anyone know what's up with Run Amuck at 448 N. Custer? TSB has received complaints and questions about the business, which focuses on kids entertainment with arcade games, lazer maze, bounce house and a giant playcare system. Anyone game to share info?
Jo-Ann Fabrics is due to open this summer in the former location occupied by Circuit City, on the northwest side of the Hwy. 380 and Central Expressway.
As summer heats up, try a different twist on frozen treats at La Real Michoacana # 3, (the family owns two other ice cream shops in Dallas) at 809 N McDonald St, McKinney, TX 75069. (in the shopping strip where Mrs. Baird's Thrift Store is located) They serve up Mexican gourmet ice cream, frozen fruit bars and snow cones in flavors ranging from mango to strawberry cheesecake to coffee to cookies and cream. $2 for a scoop in a waffle cone. The flavors were not labeled, but upon asking, the friendly staff described the choices. Hmmmm.....a taste of ice cream heaven.