We are smack in the middle of those god-awful dawg days of summer with day after day of temps soaring over 100 degrees. Not only are local temperatures soaring, but, it seems that around McKinney, tempers are also flaring as I hear tales of road rage, rude behavior and impatience. Is it the heat, the inescapable construction, or the fact that it's time for the kids to go back to school? (Or a combination of all of the above?) I swear peeps, next year I'm going to spend the entire month of August in Canada or Alaska!
Enough on the weather - only 5 more weeks to go - so here's the "gossip" around town.
Finally, it looks like the One Lazy Lizard lounge, on S. Tennessee St. downtown McKinney, is set to open August 21. (or so I hear). I stopped by the other day and the entire place looks like it will be one hip spot to party. The inside green and purple color scheme is very cool, and reminds me of a hipster vibe. Can't wait to get a peak at their menu check out the drink list. There is a help wanted sign on the front door, if any readers are tempted!
Word has it that the Boyd-Veigel building on east Louisiana St. (across the alley from The Pantry) will be housing at least two new restaurants - one Cajun (rumors abound about restaurant number 2 - will it be Bar-B-Q, a club, a sandwich joint? ) - and the McKinney Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Progress is being made on the finish out and our friends at the MCVB say that they look to move into their new digs sometime in November.
Cafe Brazil, at 190 South Central Expressway, has closed. Hampered by construction on Hwy. 75, they say that if another spot opens up in McKinney, they will consider trying another McKinney location. Personally, I think their closing also had something to do with the fact that the place didn't look all that clean on my last visit in May.
VLife Church, is expanding from their meeting place in Adriatica. Pastor Mike Connaway and his followers have taken a leap of faith and have purchased the First Presbyterian Church on S. Church in the downtown McKinney area. Built in 1926, renovations are the topic of the moment, including paint parties, yard work and cleaning. After all of these years that the church has been empty, won't it be another boost to the downtown area to have this old church returned to its glory?
In the western regions of our fair city, Every Last Scrap and Sweet Art Bakery have opened at the northeast corner of Custer and Stonebridge Dr., although the store fronts are actually on the south side of Stonebridge Dr.
Every Last Scrap is your scrapbooking headquarters for all kinds of scrapbook papers and supplies. Owner Christine Harden says that the shop is totally a family affair, with family members taking shifts to man the store and help customers. Classes and cute spirit papers in the colors of our local high schools will surely make preserving those high school memories even more fun. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wed. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For the sweets lovers, Sweet Art Bakery has an array of yummy confections to satisfy that sweet tooth. Indulge in a cupcake, a sugar cookie or a chocolate covered strawberry following an egg salad or chicken salad sandwich at lunch or take home some goodies to share with the family. Sweet Art is also open for breakfast. The bakery specializes in custom decorated cakes and cookies. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Speaking of baked goods (and of I'm so tempted!) Layered Bake Shop, located just east of Hwy. 5 at 345 E. Louisiana, is offering $2 off any $10 purchase. Click here for coupon. Although I haven't sampled anything here yet, the cakes and cupcakes look divine.
Layered is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sat.
Oh, and don't forget, the TSB annual Pub Crawl is coming up Aug. 16. Grab a friend and come on down to the square in downtown McKinney and join in the fun as restaurants showcase some stellar summer cocktails for everyone to taste! This year's event is also an effort to raise funds for the TSB Foundation for veterans. Reserve your spot today.
So that's the scoop for now. BTW, if you have news you would like to share, don't forget to email me.