May 20

Guest Blog: McKinney Coffee Guide

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 2:57 PM by Beth Shumate

Which of these locally-owned coffee spots is your favorite? Or do you have more than one? (Shared from Community Impact News.)

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May 07

Mother's Day Brunch in McKinney Plus DIY Gifts & Places to Shop on Mother's Day

Posted on May 7, 2019 at 1:33 PM by Beth Shumate

Mother's Day flower graphicsNobody will ever love you the way your mom does, so treat your mom to a weekend of DIY fun and a special brunch on her special day - Mother's Day 2019. Also, if wanting to take Mom shopping, check out the list below for a partial list of downtown McKinney businesses that will be open on Sunday for Mother's Day.

Brunch Spots
Much brunch locations require reservations; space may be limited.

E.J. Wills Gastropub (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
1910 N. Stonebridge Drive, Suite 100
Reservations: 214-592-0145 
Celebrate the moms who you love best with the best brunch in town.  We’ll have special gifts for all moms, plus our full menu, and our delicious brunch menu available with items such as jalapeno crab cake toast, made to order omelets, and fried chicken hash. Check out their menu online.

The Pantry Restaurant (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
214 E. Louisiana
Reservations required by calling: 972-542-2411
Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 972-542-2411. We are now taking reservation for Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. Adults: $22.99 tax each; Children under 10: $11.99 tax. (Beverages are included.) 

Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)
2300 Vineyard Hill Ln.
Reservations required: 972-316-7991
Adults, $30; Children 6-12, $15; 5 and under are free.
Brunch buffet includes eggs, pancakes, bacon, ham, sausage, shrimp, pasta bar, desserts and more. Includes 1 complimentary, traditional mimosa. Please see Facebook for full menu. One complimentary mimosa for adults (21 ) 

Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
216 W. Virginia
Reservations: Book online or call 469-952-5150 to reserve your spot.
Mother's Day is around the corner! Save Mom from cooking on her special day and join us at Sugarbacon this Mother's Day for a Brunch Buffet.  Cost is $38.95 for Adults, $12.95 for Kids 10 and under, tax not included. Price includes NA beverages and a glass of prosecco or mimosa. 18% gratuity will be added to all checks. 

Create a DIY Gift
Need a special gift for Mom, something you made or something you create together with her? Check out these locations in McKinney where you can create a DIY gift.

Jump Into Art
404 N. Church St.
214-937-9153
Jump Into Art Studios is a dream come true - an amazing place to create and play and engage in various art processes in a peaceful and tranquil setting on the estate of the Honeymoon House at the corner of Church and Lamar. Studio open every Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Projects are $15 and up. Choose painting on canvas, clay sculpture, printmaking, collage, crafting or sewing. Suitable for all ages, you'll find something fun for everyone and all projects can be completed in about an hour with all materials included.

Painting with a Twist
3201 S. Hardin Blvd., Ste. 204
972-542-1883
Wide assortment of "Mommy & Me" and couples sets to paint with Mom (or your special better half) all weekend. Or grab a gift certificate for Mom to use for a night out with friends. The studio is BYOB - bring your own refreshments and walk out with a painting your created yourself!

Walls of Clay
211 N. Kentucky
972-547-4472
Walk-in studio times daily. Walls of Clay is a creative art studio located in historic downtown McKinney, Texas since 2001. We offer pottery painting/glazing, glass fusing, wine and beer glass painting and more on a walk-in basis. Our studio strives to be “a happy place” for those who want to create, connect, and celebrate. No experience is necessary to have a unique experience filled with fun, creativity and lots of imagination.

The Board Bar 
213 N. Kentucky
972-400-6616
By reservation only to info@theboardbar.com.
The Board Bar is a DIY studio located in the downtown historic district of McKinney, Texas. Whether you are creating during an open workshop or a private event, our team will lead you through the creative journey from raw lumber to hand-crafted, stunning home decor. We are a BYOB art studio.  This means you are welcome to bring your own beverage while you build your own board art at The Board Bar.

Businesses open downtown for Mother's Day
After enjoying brunch, many of the downtown McKinney businesses will be open for Mother's Day shopping! Below is a partial list of those that have reported they'd be open.
  • 31ten - Noon-5 p.m.
  • Texas Monkey Business - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • McKinney Knittery - 10 a.m .-4 p.m.
  • Distinctively Hers - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Carpe Diem Comics - 11 a.m-7 p.m.
  • Layered - Open for brunch
  • Lone Star Wine Cellars - Noon-7 p.m.
  • Antique Company Mall - regular hours
  • Walls of Clay - Open for Walk-Ins (1-5 p.m.)
  • The Board Bar - Mother's Day workshop with complimentary mimosas (2-5 p.m.)
  • Orisons - Noon-5 p.m.
  • The Canine Cookie Company - 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Special Things - Regular hours
  • The Groovy Coop - Noon-5 p.m.
  • Birds & Words - Noon-4 p.m.
  • Ettiene Market - Noon-4 p.m.
  • Doozie's Corner - Regular Hours
Apr 10

Home of the World's Largest Ice Cream Freezer Collection (and the Annual Ice Cream Crank-Off)

Posted on April 10, 2019 at 11:03 AM by Beth Shumate

Did you know that McKinney is home to an unusual "world's largest collection"? And it's a collection that definitely caters to those with a sweet tooth! 

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