Fourth of July Events and Fireworks in Plano

Happy Fourth of July

Plano’s All American Fourth

Cap your July 4th celebrations with a big bang at Plano’s All American Fourth Fireworks at Oak Point Park.  The firework show is synchronized to music, so tune into radio station 97.5 KLAK for live simulcast. Come early to get a great spot for this spectacular pyrotechnic show.  It’s FREE and plenty of parking is available at Collin College, Plano Event Center and First United Methodist Church.  Spring Creek Parkway will be closed between Parker and Jupiter Roads from 4:00 pm until end of show.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and come celebrate Independence Day!

5:00 pm – Enjoy dinning with a variety of food trucks on site
7:30 pm – Pre-fireworks music with live DJ
9:30 pm – Stupendous Fireworks Show with live music simulcast on 97.5 KLAK

JULY 2017

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Arlington 4th of July Parade

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The 4th of July Parade is the oldest, longest running event in Arlington.  See the parade map here. Started in 1965 by citizen Dottie Lynn and Church Women United, it was composed of primarily youth on red, white and blue-decorated bicycles, pedaling around Randol Mill Park. It eventually became too large for the park path and has evolved into a two-mile, high-spirited, curb-to-curb ribbon of red, white and blue with 150 entries that rolls through downtown and UTA’s College Park District…

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TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Independence Day Celebration

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Irving celebrates 4th of July with a parade followed by a community reception and fireworks over Lake Carolyn. The celebration begins with Irving’s community parade, which features entries by community organizations, businesses and families, including floats, costumes and custom vehicles. The parade starts at 9:00 am in the Irving Heritage District.  See the parade route here.   Immediately following the parade, head to Heritage Park at 217 South Main Street to enjoy complimentary watermelon with your neighbors!  Relax under a tree while…

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TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Old fashioned Fourth at Dallas Heritage Village

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Deck your family out in red, white and blue, grab your picnic basket and celebrate our nation’s past. Explore the Village and chat with costumed characters. Bring a wagon, decorate it at the craft station and be a part of the All-Join-In-Parade at noon. Test your modern skills against a variety of Victorian era games, including the Junior Historian Carnival and its famous stick pony race. Play historic games like horseshoes and graces or join a mini-checkers tournament. Musical performances…

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TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Texas Pool Independence Day Party

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Celebrate freedom on America’s Birthday! The Texas Pool is hosting an Independence Day party from noon to 6:00 pm on the 4th of July.  Food, pool games and fun!  The snack bar will be open and the grills will be hot.  Coolers welcome, no alcohol please.  Veterans and active duty military get in free with military ID.  Texas pool members free. Everyone else is $10 per person or $30 per family. The historic Texas pool is a 168,000 gallon saltwater…

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TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

Fort Worth Fourth

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Celebrate the 4th of July with a day of fun family activities and music on the Trinity River and Panther Island Pavilion.  Gates open at 2:00 pm. Kids Zone open from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and includes pony rides, face painting, tubing, bounce houses, zip line, levee slide, water slides and more. Battle of the bands at 3:30 pm, and live music by the Tejas Brothers at 6:00 pm. At 8:00 pm there’s an F-16 flyover and live music by…

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TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

Fair Park Fourth

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CELEBRATE AMERICA WITH A DAY OF FAMILY FUN IN FAIR PARK AT FAIR PARK FOURTH. Fair Park Fourth will take place Tuesday, July 4. Admission is free to the Fair Park grounds and its historic art, architecture and fountains.  In addition to our museums, historic art and architecture, family activities, concerts, and rides (like the Texas Star and the Top o’ Texas Tower) the absolute highlight of Fair Park Fourth is the dazzling fireworks display. More details coming soon.  Check…

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TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

Frisco Freedom Fest

Check out the Frisco Freedom Fest on 4th of July.  There’s a party in the Plaza starting at 4:00 pm and festivities continue up through the fireworks.  See the details here. Community Stage – Singers, bands and dancers of all ages and musical styles provide entertainment on the Community Stage in Simpson Plaza at City Hall. Dachshund Races- Dachshunds race for fun and prizes. FC Dallas – Enjoy a game of soccer and support the local FC Dallas team. Featured Entertainment – The Frisco Freedom…

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TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Plano’s All American Fourth

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Cap your July 4th celebrations with a big bang at Plano’s All American Fourth Fireworks at Oak Point Park.  The firework show is synchronized to music, so tune into radio station 97.5 KLAK for live simulcast. Come early to get a great spot for this spectacular pyrotechnic show.  It’s FREE and plenty of parking is available at Collin College, Plano Event Center and First United Methodist Church.  Spring Creek Parkway will be closed between Parker and Jupiter Roads from 4:00…

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SEPTEMBER 2017

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Texas Pool Labor Day Party

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The Texas Pool will host a Labor Day party on the last day of the regular summer swim season.  There will be food, pool games and fun!  Coolers welcome, no alcohol please.  Snack bar will be open and the grills will be hot.   $10 per person or $30 per family.  Pool members are free. The historic Texas pool is a 168,000 gallon saltwater pool shaped like Texas.  It is a nonprofit, membership supported community pool with a diving board,…

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OCTOBER 2017

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Haunt Jaunt 5K and Fun Run

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Mark your calendar for this fabulous Halloween event! The Haunt Jaunt is a night-time Halloween-themed race hosted by the City of Plano. It is our goal to provide a safe, fun, and innovative way for citizens to enjoy their Halloween holiday. The 5K will take you through the nature preserve along the paved park trails and streets, combining the convenience of a smooth running surface and the beauty of the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. The 1-Mile Fun Run…

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4th of July – The Reason We Celebrate

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Today, most of us will attend picnics at parks or cookouts with friends and family, dressed in our most patriot attire.  We’ll gather, talk, laugh, and play games with kids on the freshly mowed grass.  We will all be, the picture of America.  When you come to think about it, days like this are what America is all about.  Food, fun and freedom are a great way to celebrate.  Heck, many people see it as their patriot duty to either march in or at least site on the sidewalk for their local 4th of July parade.  Then we’ll all stay together in groups and watch this year’s fireworks display and say ‘oohhh’ and ‘ahhhh’ as the beautiful colors light up the sky.

This wasn’t always the way though.  Most people are aware of the many years of struggles that made us the America we see today. There is a long history that stands our Independence Day.   It was 240 years ago this week, that marked a rare turning point in human history — the founding of a nation on the principle of human freedom.

In July of 1776, at the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, 56 men pledged “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” to that ideal.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” they wrote: “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

For more than two centuries, our nation has continued to be defined by these fundamental values and principles. They are the essence of American exceptionalism.

In signing the Declaration of Independence, the delegates to the Continental Congress showed extraordinary courage and incredible vision. Their ideas went on to form the model for free peoples and representative governments around the world.

As we remember the Founders’ words this week, however, let us also remember that their vision required the hard work and sacrifice of an Army to defend it and make it a reality.

In fact, it was not in Philadelphia, but 100 miles to the northeast, where the real action of the American Revolution played out in July of 1776. There in New York, under the command of General George Washington, the Continental Army helped determine whether the words of the Declaration of Independence would have real meaning.  american-flag-514662_640

From their perch across the harbor in Manhattan, Washington and his small force could see the menacing sight of 30,000 British and Hessian troops disembarking onto Staten Island. The goal of these imperial forces was to crush the Revolution before it really began.

Washington and his men had no illusions about what was at stake. On July 2, 1776, General Washington wrote: “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves …The fate of unborn Millions will now depend, under God, on the Courage and Conduct of this army — Our cruel and unrelenting Enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance, or the most abject submission; this is all we can expect — We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die.”

It was to inspire his troops with this sense of urgency that Washington ordered the Declaration read to his troops a week later, on July 9, 1776. On the horizon, the troops would have seen the masts of British ships that had come to end the cause for which they fought. In response, after the public reading of the Declaration, Continental troops joined civilians rushing to Bowling Green to tear down the statue of King George. Later, the lead was melted down and turned into bullets.

That summer in New York, Washington’s Army went on to suffer a major defeat and managed to avoid destruction by the narrowest escape. But miraculously, the Army survived — and with it, the cause of the Revolution.

As we illustrate in our new documentary film, “The First American,” Washington understood better than anyone that armies required causes, ideals, and principles to inspire them—but even more importantly, that ideals and principles required armies to defend them.

More than two centuries later, Washington’s insight remains as true as ever: We still need our principles — and our principles still need defending.

This week, we McCoys hope every American will take a few minutes to remember the sacrifice of those who have fought for the ideals of the Declaration of Independence — from George Washington and his army, to the men and women in uniform who defend our freedom today.

Happy Independence Day from our family, to yours!


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A Heartfelt Letter and Saying Goodbye – Our Journey Continues

A Heartfelt Letter Our Journey Continues

We locked our front door and walked down our front steps for the very last time.  Actually, we locked their front door and walked down their front steps for the very last time.  Wait, maybe it was the first time.  You see, this was a time in between moments, when you’re stepping out of the past and into a new and undiscovered future.

There was silence as we walked hand in hand down the path and towards our car.   Looking around we remembered all the great times we had here, seventeen years of them to be exact.  We could see our kids playing with their friends in the front yard, the house decorations during the holiday seasons and the family gatherings that were all bits and pieces of making our house a home.

It really was a beautiful life while we lived here.  Our family and life grew up around us abundantly and wonderfully.  Now we’re on to new adventures and to enjoy happy times in our new home.  A home that’s being built as we write this.

Out with the Old, In with the New

The new owners are preparing to move their family in and create their own memories.  We want them to have as at least as many great times in here, as we’ve had when it was ours.

On the kitchen counter. there sits a letter, written on a piece of spiral-bound notebook paper.  The letter contains our hopes and wishes for them as they begin their new life  Kitchen Counter A heartfelt letter Our Journey Continueshere.  It was written from our heart.  It’s one of appreciation for buying our home.   It speaks about raising our four great kids here, and of course, about our faithful lab of fifteen years, Kayli.  Sometimes words can fall short when trying to describe almost un-measurable joy and happiness.   We tried our best, though.

We wished them great success with their new home.  We know they’re going to create many loving memories as their family grows.  Time passes and who knows if they’ll keep their home for a short time, or for their lifetime.  You can never tell what adventures may be in store for them in their future.  Whatever happens, we pray that they enjoy all the blessing that they possibly can here.

We just wanted to tell them that, as we close the door as ours for the last time and they open it as theirs for the first time; they’re walking into a home that was sold to them with love.  May their walls always be filled with it.

A heartfelt letter

 

Dinner is Served in Plano at XO Coffee Company

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Dinner at coffee shop?  What’s happening in this world?  The two things usually don’t go together.  It’s rare that a neighborhood coffee shop would take on the expansion in menu, hours and kitchen equipment it takes to serve dinner.   Located at 1023 E. 15th Street, XO Coffee Company in our lovely downtown Plano has officially risen to the challenge.  As a matter of fact, it’s been the goal of owners Linda McCall and David Martin all along.  XO_Coffee_Company_Real_McCoys

“We always wanted to have dinner from the beginning,” says David. “Our concept has always been to serve outstanding food with our top-notch coffee drinks from our espresso bar, and dinner was always going to be a part of that. Most of that comes from our executive chef and manager, Tony.  He exudes confidence and has always encouraged us to go for it in every aspect.  He has a lot of experience in the industry, and we put a lot of trust in him.”

Executive Chef Tony Gardizi has crafted appetizers such as ‘baked brie with apple chutney’ and ‘citrus smoked shrimp cocktail.’  The menu for dinner features such dishes as ‘lavender atlanta salmon’ in a strawberry sauce with pearl couscous and ‘pan seared ribeye’ with rosemary potato and a mushroom ragout cabernet sauce.  Is it just us or are you getting hungry, too?

There’s a bit of notoriety behind the coffee company as well.  David Martin is the nephew and Linda is the niece-in-law of everyone’s favorite lifeguard, David Hasselhoff.  He recently stopped by the opening of the cafe to add some star power to menu.  Let’s add to this the backstory of how the name XO came to be.  While dating, as they were dreaming of opening a coffee shop together, David and Linda signed their texts ‘XO.’  Can this story be any more unique and wonderful?

When you visit XO Coffee Company towards the dinner hours you’ll notice the cafe shed it’s coffee-shop persona with counter service to a more formal atmosphere with table service.  You’ll also find select red and white wines on the menu to pair with dinner choices.

Save room for dessert if you can.  They’re made fresh daily and include pastries, brownies, cookies and muffins.

Oh, we almost forgot, they’ll still serve their famous coffee, espressos and teas.  After all, it is a coffee shop and whether this is the future of coffee shops or XO Coffee Company is just an anomaly, we McCoys are definitely glad they are calling downtown Plano home.


Articles sited:
http://www.dallasobserver.com/restaurants/xo-coffee-company-brings-flashy- technology-and-neighborly-love-to-downtown-plano-9225384
https://planoprofile.com/2017/06/16/dinner- is-served-at-xo-coffee-company/

We Stalked the Stakers – Our Journey Continues

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Turning down the street we will soon call home, we saw them.  Standing on our property, talking with each other.  We wondered what they were saying, just what was their plan?  Our eyes narrowed as we saw the stakes in their hands and we knew it was going to happen any moment now.   Our home, our dream, the place we have invested so much time and money into, was becoming a reality.  It’s surreal though, everything up to this point has been only paperwork, design choices and an empty lot.

Now here we are and there they were, preparing for the very first physical process of our journey to begin.  They checked their plans and proceeded to pound stakes here and there on our lot.  Was that our kitchen, we wondered.  Maybe it’s the living room.  Part of us wanted to get out and ask them.  The other part of us knew better than to interrupt the process.  We’d be about as welcome checking on them in the middle of their work as any realtor would want to see their sellers show up in the middle of a very busy open house.  Jumping out of the car could certainly break their concentration.

We hoped these masters at digging knew what they are doing. We don’t have any room for error, especially since there is less than 3 feet between houses. Yes, that is only about an arm’s length from your neighbor but that is why these will be houses and not town homes or condos.  As we watched them, we began to relax.  This was a team that knew their job. Stalking the Stakers Real McCoys

It actually became fun to watch the flurry of activity! The workers used their scopes to make sure the stakes and forms were in the exact location required by the City of Plano Division of Codes. Watching the bulldozers move the dirt and dig the trenches gave us goosebumps because we know the foundation would be poured within the week. We will begin seeing all the blueprints come into reality and what the new house footprint really looks like.  Knowing we were in good hands, we decided to abandon our steak out and go have dinner in Legacy’s Urban Village.

A Time for Reflection

Over dinner we reflected on the incredible amount of anticipation leading up to this point.  Now, however, the fear really starts because we just hosted a ground-breaking ceremony earlier this month and sure enough, the ground is breaking today!  The Urban Village at Legacy West held it’s grand opening in the beginning of the month and soon we’ll see the whole development come to fruition.

There’s so much change going on.  We have moved out of our home that we sold very quickly.  We packed up years upon years of memories, purged things we didn’t need anymore and moved in with our children temporarily, till our new home here is completed.  The changes for us are sometimes overwhelming and we thought about all the people  moving to Plano to work in Legacy West.  We thought about our beloved City of Plano and how the population has boomed and will continue to boom over the next few years.  We realized then, we all shared one thing in common.

We’re all going through growing pains.

But that’s a good thing.  A great thing actually!  We finished our dinner feeling more connected to our new home, our new neighborhood and our city.

 

Father’s Day Events in Plano

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Happy Father’s to all the great fathers out there!  Being a father is one of the greatest joys and an equally great responsibilities anyone can have in life.  A father’s love is a very special thing between a child and his/her dad.  We officially celebrate Father’s Day once a year, yet father’s day is everyday that dad makes our lives infinitesimally better! Barbecues, cookouts, or taking dad out to dinner seems to be the norm today.   Meanwhile, dads all around look forward to getting a break from their ‘honey-do’ lists for a day.

Gifts given depend on the age range of the child.  They can be anything from a picture-frame made from elbow macaroni to a t shirt proudly displaying the words ‘world’s greatest Dad’ to a something more expensive like a new set of golf-clubs.

Around Plano, there are some very nice events going on to celebrate dad.

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Lakeshore Learning, Dallas
Saturday, June 18th 11am-3pm
Ages 3+, no reservations required, free.

Papapalooza
Saturday, June 18th
Stewart Creek Park, The Colony
Join us at Stewart Creek Park to celebrate Father’s Day at the first annual Papapalooza. This free event will feature live music, food trucks, loads of family fun and of course the entertaining atmosphere of Lewisville Lake. Free park entry will be available beginning at 5:30pm.

Father’s Day Weekend
Dallas Arboretum
Saturday June 18th: Perot Museum TECH Truck staff, “Superhero Dads” craft corner
Sunday June 19th: Remote control airplane demos, “Superhero Dads” craft corner

Family Connection Night
Saturday, June 18th 6-8pm
Chase Oaks Community Center, Plano
A Father’s Day Focused Bingo Night PLUS a Ben & Jerry’s Build Your Own Brownie Sundae Bar!  Each Family leaves with a Family Gift to kick off a Summer of Service! … and a Special Gift for each Dad, too! Bring your own dinner or snacks (optional).

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Sunday, June 18th, 1-9pm
Featuring our locked mission: Bloodline. Unlimited FREE combat for Dad with a paid son or daughter on Father’s Day.

Even Legacy West has something for Dad:

Father’s Day at Del Frisco
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Sunday, June 18th, 1-9pm

Families can treat dad to a meal fit for a king at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House Legacy West Plano with mouth-watering features such as the Wagyu Tomahawk Chop and the Blood Orange Manhattan.

Father’s Day Events Outside of Plano

SNO TEA Opening Offers BOGO for it’s Boba

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On the streets of Taiwan there are vendors who create such delicious and sweet icy treats, shaved milk and boba or bubble tea.  These confections are so popular that they’ve made their way to America and have been popular for quite some time.  This weekend the dessert café, SNO TEA, that specializes in these delicious creations will officially open in our wonderful city of Plano.

Made with a frozen milk base, it’s a lot like shaved ice but made so incredibly thin that it melts on your tongue as you eat it.  It’s almost like ice cream, but not really.  It’s so light and airy the owner of the new cafe, Kevin Drawe, has referred to it as the ‘cotton candy of ice cream.’ SNO_TEA_Shaved_Ice_June_Opening_in_Plano

To create this dessert, the milk base is spread onto a large frozen surface and shaved paper thin.  Different flavors (think chocolate syrup, fruits, or sprinkles, etc) are added into the fold. This allows the milk takes on the taste of whatever it’s being mixed with, so the variations of flavors are vast!

Boba and Crepes Anyone?

The dessert café features bubble tea and sweet crepes in addition to the shaved milk.  The bubble tea, also originating from Taiwan is made with milk tea packed with chewy boba or jelly bits that fall to the bottom and look like bubbles.

The crepes are of the sweet variety and made to order.  Mr. Drawe decided to stay away from the savory flavors so the store can officially be known as a dessert café.

This is Mr. Drawe’s first business at the ripe ol’ age of twenty-five. He’s spent the last three months running the store in order to perfect his techniques, taking customers suggestions and training his staff in the art of shaving ice to create ‘Shaved Snow,’ its signature dish.

This weekend is the grand opening and SNO TEA is offering a by one get one coupon to celebrate.  We don’t know about you, but we McCoys are getting a sweet tooth just by thinking about all the delicious flavors we can try.   Drop us a line and let us know if you’ve tried it. We’re curious about you think of these interesting styles of desserts.

Legacy West, Hula-hoops and Free Margaritas

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Last Weekend was the grand opening of Legacy West and we McCoys had a blast, even in the rain.  The mood was fun and festive as we celebrated the opening of what took years of development to accomplish.  This weekend’s celebration was to debut the Legacy West Urban Village, which has more than 300,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, about 300,000 square feet of office space, more than 1,000 apartments and a high-rise hotel.

“This project took an army to develop,” said Legacy West’s Fehmi Karahan. “A project like this one has consumed me – night and day, seven days a week for about three years.”

No one can deny the statistics and story surrounding Legacy West is an incredible one, however, this weekend was about the people.  We went with the intention of meeting some of the people behind the businesses that will be sharing space in this development that we will soon call ‘home.’  They didn’t disappoint us.  As a matter fact, even though it was pouring rain while we were there on Friday, everyone was in very high spirits, offering friendly smiles and big umbrellas to the rain-soak crowd that had gathered there to see first-hand what this ‘urban village’ was all about.

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We shopped and browsed places like Fabletics, and the Tumi store.  We went into the new Tesla stores and spoke with Josh Beilke and even took a car for a test drive. Wow, those cars are amazing (watch for our post coming soon and Tesla and it’s innovation).  We took a selfie of Fernando Cordova.  Even the director of Mesero gave away FREE food, gift certificates and Margaritas (yes, please)!  The video below shows some of the fun we had while waiting in line.  Would you believe us if we said we hula-hooped as well?  No?  We didn’t think so.

The beautiful Legacy West fountains are something that has to be seen up close to really appreciate.  The sound of the water and colors that change to music are worth taking to time to see, just on its own.

True Food Kitchen is amazing and that’s where we ended up having dinner to the sounds of the Jordan Kahn Music Company band.  Dinner is much more enjoyable when you have awesome music to listen to while you dine.  Speaking of awesome, let’s just say Sprinkles Cupcakes lives up the their reputation as being one of the best bakeries in existence!  Let’s just say, the food at True Kitchen and the cupcakes were so delicious – you won’t see photos of us eating, we were to busy enjoying the food.

The night ended up being a blast with soggy shoes, soaking wet dresses and funny rain water antics. By the end of the night, hardly anyone cared about the rain, because they were laughing, having a good time and enjoying the wonderful first night grand opening atmosphere.

Yes, the grand opening was a night we’ll definitely remember, fondly.  We can also recreate the fun anytime as Legacy West is officially open for business (and fun).

Buyer’s Remorse – Our Journey Continues

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Have you ever had buyer’s remorse,  you know that big knot in your stomach because you think you made a bad buying decision?

Well we were struck with it, big time, especially when we got the final summary of costs from The Design Center for the changes, additions and upgrades we made to our house.  It was really gut wrenching to know that we were paying more per square foot than anywhere in Plano.  (insert sleepness nights here)

We rallied from this and continued to be optimistic that our decision was the right one.  We knew Toyota, Chase, FedEx, JC Penny’s and Liberty Mutual were locating in Legacy West (see our blog Company Headquarters and New Jobs at Plano’s Legacy West).  Additionally,  announcements about NTT Data and Boeing’s New Global Service Unit moving their headquarters to Legacy West had been made. headquarters_moving_into_legacy_west_plano

The much talked about Windrose Tower, a 23-Story Luxury High-Rise. has been over 50% committed for its condos.  It seemed like every news channel and magazine had a feature article about Legacy West and the $3 Billion development.  So, despite our worry and the anticipation, we were willing to roll the dice and know our new home would be a good decision not only in the short term, but also, in the long run.

It was also gratifying to know that the list of potential buyers had grown to over 1000 buyers for only 127 homes.  We were building for all the right reasons including; the unique live-work-play lifestyle at Legacy West, growing our real estate business clientele, appreciation and a new opportunity to live in a vibrant neighborhood in a home we designed from concept.

YOUR HOUSE IS FIRST – OMG!

Amy called us about a week later and said that things have changed and she had some good news for us.  “What’s the good news,” we asked.

You are going to be the first house built!  We looked at each other and then at the phone, like somehow Amy could see the surprise on our faces.  “You are kidding,” we questioned.  “Why?”

“Because,” Amy replied, “Fehmi Karahan, the developer of Legacy West, wanted Communications Drive built out first, and Fehmi gets what he wants.  So,  your house is first in line.”

We were excited!  We were ecstatic!  Then we realized that this means that the 8 homes signed up before us will now be built after us.  We can’t believe this is happening which means that we will be in the house 3 months ahead of schedule!  Oh boy, this is really not a great way to make a good first impression with your new neighbors.

We were definitely not ready for this news.  Our plan was to take our time getting the house ready to sell, save more for the down payment and to be in by early 2018.  Now we McCoys had the pressure of moving up our calendar and finalizing every item on the list without any changes.  Bill was submitting all the plans to the City of Plano in 3 days for review and approval. Once the plans are approved, the building process starts.

No turning back now.

Legacy West Grand Opening Events

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What a wonderful Grand Opening Weekend at Legacy West!  It’s been an incredible, fun-filled weekend so far and if you haven’t gotten out there yet – today has a long list of events that will surely be a great experience for all members of the family!

We McCoys have been talking quite a bit about how we think that Legacy West, Plano is going to be a fantastic boost to Plano with businesses bringing their headquarters to Legacy West,  how shops, restaurants and retailers will bring a boom to our economy and how the Villas will set itself apart as the premier place to live in Plano.  Now we know it!

We attended the opening and we were NOT disappointed.  As a matter of fact, we were thrilled at the turnout and the events that were happening on Friday and Saturday.  Look for our blogs posts all throughout this week about the opening but also watch as “Our Journey Continues” as our home is beginning to really take shape.  We’re excited to share this with you!

Also, if you’re heading out the today’s festivities, please check out our custom map to help you locate some of the stores, restaurants and businesses that now call Legacy West home.

Today’s Events

Grand Opening Weekend event times for Sunday, June 4, 12pm-5pm.

We’ve writing about many of these businesses as Legacy West was being built (and we’ll keep writing as more and more business move in).  So, as you scroll through, some of the names might look familiar to you.  Just click on the links to view more info on each establishment.

Many Legacy West restaurants will offer food and drink tastings, including Bistro 31, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Fogo de Chao, Haywire, Mesero, Shake Shack, Starbucks Reserve, Taverna, True Food Kitchen, and Toulouse. Legacy Hall, the 55,000 square foot food hall, will offer tours to the public for the first time and will also have several of its food stall operators on site sampling their menu items. Sprinkles will serve an exclusive Legacy West Chocolate Caramel cupcake and True Food Kitchen will offer a special cocktail called the Plano Paloma, only available June 2-4.

Legacy West retailers including Bonobos, Coach, Fabletics, Filson, Johnny Was, Peter Millar, Pockets Menswear, Suitsupply, Tesla, Tommy Bahama, TUMI, and West Elm will host special in-store events, parties and exclusive discounts and promotions. Also participating, The Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel and Visit Plano.

Don’t forget to check out Taylor Pace Band as they take the main stage today at 2pm.

To find all the even’ts with times and places, check out this handy guide below (thanks to legacywest.com for providing all the great info!)