Beautiful Day for a Stroll Around the Square

The merchants downtown are sort of playing musical buildings again and I’m trying to keep an eye out to see where they will all land.  I think today was Smitten’s last day on the corner of Tennessee and Louisiana.  They are moving over to the space between Chase Hall and Homepieces.  Shelby-Marilee & Company is in their new space across the street from Gigi’s.  Harry’s Boot & Shoe Repair moved next to the building they had been in.  Brick House Yoga is moving somewhere else on the square (I don’t know where yet) and House of Hargrove it looking to come into the “square proper” somewhere.

Today was a beautiful day for a stroll though so my husband and I made a quick trip around the square.  They are rapidly making the old bakery building at the intersection of Heard and Tennessee into a beautiful building once again. It turns out that Vesta was right.  The odd structure in the parking lot was for a dumpster.

Decorative Dumpster Enclosure

Decorative Dumpster Enclosure

They are landscaping the parking lot and they’ve put a brick facade on the back of the building.  I still don’t know what this building is going to be.

Landscaping the Parking Lot

Landscaping the Parking Lot

They’ve repainted the building, this time putting a contrasting color on the decorative bricks.  It looks absolutely fantastic.

The Old Bakery Building on Tennessee Street

The Old Bakery Building on Tennessee Street

Today was the first time we’ve walked over to the Flour Mill area.  Normally I drive.  Crossing over Highway 5 doesn’t seem very pedestrian-friendly and it’s just always made me nervous to walk it alone.  It wasn’t as bad as it looks like it might be.  I think that, when there are more shops open over that way, I won’t even think twice about the crossing.   The walking light could be a tad bit longer for pedestrians though.

I think it helps too that our traffic is changing.  One of the perks to the new cycle shop on the square, Cadence Cyclery, is that cyclists are now a common sight on the square.  We passed by several groups of cyclists.

Cyclists Now a Common Sight on the Square

Cyclists Now a Common Sight on the Square

I finally made over to House of Hargrove to pick up at least one of their new seasonal scents.  They were sold out of Pumpkin Vanilla but I got a Harvest Spice and my husband picked out a scent called Glazed Walnut Spice. It looked like Fringe was open but I couldn’t tempt my husband in.  He was intrigued by the Flour Mill, which he hadn’t seen inside before.

The inside is beautiful and the folks inside The Lily Pad opened the door to let us in. Inside the lobby there are three placards that show the vision for the Flour Mill area.  If you haven’t seen the inside of the Flour Mill, that alone is worth seeing.  If you haven’t had a chance to study the plans for the future of the Flour Mill, definitely stop in and and have a look at them.  The other two I thought were too technical to come out well in a photo. The  one that I did photograph would have come out better if I hadn’t had the strap interfering with the flash. Oh well.  You can still make it out.  Bldg II-A and Bldg II-B don’t exist yet but I think the wheels are in motion for them.

The Future of the Flour Mill Area

The Future of the Flour Mill Area

From the Flour Mill we walked over to Chestnut Square where the Farmer’s Market was under way.  We stopped to buy one of the pumpkin spice cakes at Mary B Cakes, a McKinney bakery that sells at the Chestnut Square market.  The table was thronged.  We would have bought two pumpkin spice cakes but they sold out while we were looking for checks so we got the one that I had picked up originally and one triple chocolate cake.  Both are phenomenal.  I took a shot of the table but the cakes were flying out to customers so fast, all I was able to get was a shot of two empty baskets.

Buying Cakes at Farmer's Market

Buying Cakes at Farmer's Market

The trolley pulled out as we were walking up but take a look at their sign. I was impressed by the effort put into drawing the trolley on the sign.

Trolley Rides Sign at Chestnut Square

Trolley Rides Sign at Chestnut Square

But there is a spirit of art in the area.  I shouldn’t be surprised.

Artist at Chestnut Square

Artist at Chestnut Square

We stopped in at Square Burger where a huge spider has taken up residence.

Spider at Square Burger

Spider at Square Burger

I love Square Burger. They have a great selection of beer (plus a full bar).

Taps at Square Burger

Taps at Square Burger

They get their meat fresh daily from Local Yocal. I’ve read several reviews from people that think that they use a filler.  I’m pretty sure they don’t.  Organic beef is just denser.

Cheddar BBQ Burger at Square Burger

Cheddar BBQ Burger at Square Burger

They also have the very best sweet potato fries you’ll find anywhere. Really. No exaggeration. If you know of better, tell me!

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The Best Sweet Potato Fries Anywhere

The Best Sweet Potato Fries Anywhere

As I write this, a thunderstorm has just rolled in.  So far it is just a light show and some thunder.  Music was still wafting up from the square a few minutes ago.  The first Ghost Walk has wrapped up and spooked spectators are probably downing a brew somewhere or snuggled up at home listening to the storm come in.

Tomorrow night is Ghouls on the Lawn in the Tucker Hill community.  They will be having a “Dance of the Dementors” every hour on the hour and I hope to make it by. The whole neighborhood goes all out for Halloween with a decorations contest.  The houses, which I think start in the 300’s, are beautiful from what I’ve heard.  I hope to get some good shots of a great festival.

I took my first crack at carving a pumpkin this year.  The carving booklet was only $4 at Target.  The pumpkin was $12 from Creative by Nature, who has a location on Highway 5 by Pecan Grove Cemetery and has a booth on the square this month.

Pumpkin and Carving Set

Pumpkin and Carving Set

The tools are small, possibly made for littler hands, but sturdy enough.  It’s really just a matter of emptying the inside of the pumpkin, using a little pinwheel to mark out the pattern and then sawing out along the markings.

Carving the Pumpkin

Carving the Pumpkin

I was surprised that it wasn’t that hard to make a decent pumpkin. Unfortunately, the warm temps are murder on jack o’lanterns.  If you decide to try it yourself, keep it in a cool place and out of the sun.

Carved

Carved

The Pub is having a costume contest next Saturday with cash prizes ($100 for first place, $50 for second). The Magic Astro Cult will be performing live.  The Ghost Walk will be going on downtown that day too and MPAC will be showing Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It will most definitely be a good weekend for people-watching on the square next weekend.  Scare on the Square will be on Halloween from 4 to 6.  This is an incredible event and worth making time for.

Jack o'Lantern

Jack o'Lantern

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

0 Responses to “Beautiful Day for a Stroll Around the Square”

    • Beth

      Can’t wait to see pics. We drove out to Tucker Hill but it was so packed we opted out and went back home to catch the rest of the game. Sure did want to see the Dance of the Dementors though. Maybe you could nudge them for an encore performance for Scare on the Square? ;)

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