The days are getting warmer and warmer, and what better way to spend a great day in Texas than walking around downtown McKinney? The square has added many new stores over the past year. So park your car, grab a map and check out our buying guide!
A one-of-a-kind boutique with a punk twist, Atomic Misfit’s mission is for its clientele to stand out and be different with their outfits, artwork, and home decor. Atomic Misfits is for those looking for the alternative, punk, rockabilly, tattoo culture, monster or even just your annual Halloween party costume! Dare to be different and stop by their storefront on East Virginia Street.
Birds & Words
Your house probably needs a seasonal refresh after all that spring cleaning. Go to Birds & Words and shop their pillows, wall art, textiles, furniture and decor. They also have seasonal selections, such as bunnies for spring and reindeer for Christmas. The store is fairly easy to find: it’s across from Square Burger on the corner of Virginia and Kentucky. There is also a mural of butterflies, so be sure to stop and take a picture!
Carpe Diem Comics
If you’ve seen the latest episode of Marvel or the new season of stranger things, you probably need the latest collectibles and board games. Carpe Diem Comics is a wonderful resource for guides, miniatures, dies, painting, and every type of board game you can imagine, from cult classics. Settlers of Catan and Dungeons and Dragons new board games fresh off the press. They also carry the latest comics, such as Marvel, Star Wars and DC, as well as anthologies of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Lore Olympus. Check them out next to Mellow Mushroom and Red Zeppelin Records on Louisiana Street.
Fancy cocktails, cuisine or high-quality homemade products? The Etienne Market is made for you. In downtown McKinney, this is the best place to find high-quality blenders, puff salt, cutting boards, and cast iron pots and pans. They also carry Weck glass jars, which are great for fridge organization. Founder Coryanne Ettiene, who has retired from her successful journalistic ventures, started Etienne Market to promote her personal philosophy of “a show and a steady pace of life”. Pop into Etienne in downtown McKinney or be sure to drop by its Bishop Arts location on your day trip there.
Grady Ln Store
It can be frustrating to shop in boutiques and not find your size, but that’s not the case at Grady Ln Boutique. Hallie, the owner, is making a positive change for good in the place by offering sizes XS to 3X! She has dresses, blouses, hats, jeans and sports sets. Buy her inclusive sizes in store on Chestnut Street across from Guava Tree or visit her website here.
Groovy Coop + Red Zeppelin
Be sure to visit sister stores Groovy Coop and Red Zeppelin. Groovy Coop is an eclectic collection of crystals, books, clothing, homewares and more for your inner hippie. Customers often compare Groovy Coop to boutiques from the ’70s, which is exactly the vibe owner Katie Scott sought.
If you turn around the corner of Louisiana and Tennessee, you’ll find Katie Scott’s other brainchild, Red Zeppelin Records. The records saw a significant increase in sales. Music lovers of all ages can browse the bins and discover the latest releases, antique finds and limited-edition collectibles. They also have an online store you can shop for and an active Instagram where you can see their latest acquired vinyl! You can read more about Red Zeppelin here.
Habitat Plants + Coffee
Two favorites – plants and coffee – in one fun store. Sip your favorite beverage while shopping for leafy friends for your home, or sit back and socialize with other plant lovers. Try their highly recommended Lavender Matcha, or keep it simple with their Landline Espresso. You can even buy their delicious coffee in whole bean varieties, courtesy of Viewfinder Roasters. You can learn more about Habitat here.
Want to buy men’s and women’s fashion in the same store? Marie Gregory offers clothing for both as well as jewelry, stationery, handbags, hats, body care, grooming accessories and tongue-in-cheek artwork from LX Artworks. The store is located on Virginia Street near Native, Local Yocal and Magic Needle Piercing.
McKinney Hat Company
McKinney Hat Company will offer you hats for the whole family! Step out in your new felt or straw hat from historic companies like Stetson, Resistol and Charlie 1 Horse. Be sure to wear it when you two step, attend the local rodeo or Fort Worth stockyards. MHC makes sure you get the right size otherwise they will order it online for you to pick up later.
Even if you don’t dabble in yarn arts, it’s a really cool mercantile to check out! They have yards and yards of yarn, all sorted by color. Each skein is hand dyed and made of various materials. They even offer groups and personal help and advice for your projects, be it a scarf, sweater, hat, blanket, whatever! Check out their historic space on West Louisiana.
There are plenty of clothing stores downtown, but arguably the most important accessory to any outfit is the shoe. On the corner of Virginia and Kentucky is the perfect place to balm your “sole”! Pumps describes itself as “industrial chic meets flea market funky”. You can pop into Pumps on the corner of Kentucky and Virginia, next to Lone Star Wine Cellar and Cotton On.
With their turquoise frontage and the smell of perfume that emanates from them, you have to stop at Sharla’s. They offer high-end jewelry, makeup, hats, and home decor. If you’re lucky, you might even meet Sharla herself. She and her staff will be able to find your new favorite lipstick shade, eyebrow pencil or skincare obsession. She even has her own night masks. Shop in-store or on their website and check out Sharla’s full list of favorites here.
Have you ever wondered what’s at the bottom of the stairs at the corner of Virginia and Tennessee? Come down and discover a piece of France in the heart of Texas. Soho McKinney was named after the New York neighborhood neighborhood. Here, you’ll find French-inspired clothing designed by Robin Cook and handmade in Texas, as well as vintage pieces selected by Cook from the French and English markets. You can also find canvas bags, oil paints, lavender soap and candles.
Spice and tea merchants
You will find that Spice and Tea Merchants offers much more than spices and tea: it will be your frequent stop for olive oil, salts, sugars, sauces, herbs, extracts and soup mixes. They will even make you a cup of tea if you ask nicely! They have all the spices, from Aleppo pepper powder to wasabi. Check out their store on Tennessee Street across from Groovy Coop and Emporium Pies.
White Rock Soap Gallery
The McKinney storefront in downtown White Rock Soap Gallery is a must stop on your walk through the square. With over 50 small businesses, WRSG has made a name for itself in DFW with four stores in the region, a growing online store and wholesale presence. McKinney’s beautiful location has a rustic feel with its original hardwood floors and exposed brick walls, and knowledgeable, friendly staff (including the author of the article; be sure to stop by and say hello! ). Check out their iconic soy wax candles, all-natural deodorants, vegan lip balms and soaps, and of course, their gift box that includes five of their best-selling products for just $15.
DON’T MISS: McKinney Farmers Market
Make a special Saturday morning trip to the square to attend the weekly Farmer’s Market in the historic Chestnut Village. Stroll between faithful reconstructions and restorations of 20th century houses while buying the products of local artisans and farmers. Bring home fresh produce, and there are also vendors selling honey, bread, soaps, fudge, and other handmade treats. Don’t forget the White House Kitchen booth and be sure to pick up a bottle of their delicious Hibiscus Elderberry Lemonade!