The Shops at Legacy
Plano’s massive, 255,000-square-foot Shops at Legacy opened in 2001 with only a handful of stores. Five years later, the center is booming, with more than 60 boutiques and 18 restaurants.
Schakolad Chocolate Factory: This boutique confectioner makes its chocolate on site, which means two things: fresh chocolate and the best smells in Legacy. Hundreds of custom and special-order molds are available, from footballs to stilettos. If a giant cocoa longhorn isn’t your taste, go for the truffles, fudges, and chocolate-covered goodies—all made by hand at the store. 7140 Bishop Rd., Ste. 1122. 972-801-2577.
|Culinary Connection. photography by Elizabeth Lavin|
Culinary Connection: Former EDS vice president Pam Vincent loved this store so much, she bought it. Vincent has put her own stamp on it, with tabletop collections and accessories by Vietri, Arte Italica, and Jan Barboglio, as well as handmade goods from local artisans, such as hand-painted pottery and exotic wood rolling pins. 5700 Legacy Dr., Ste. A-3. 972-398-9009.
The Iron Bed/Bliss Linens, which has decked-out, handcrafted iron beds and an assortment of luxury linens and home accessories, is also a full design studio. Don’t forget to look up: We were dazzled by the chandeliers crafted from crystal, Capiz shells, and Murano glass. Also find super-soft bamboo, wood fiber, and Egyptian cotton towels, and bath products by Lady Primrose, Caldrea, and Tocca. 5760 Legacy Dr., Ste. B-2. 469-241-9387.
The Iron Bed/Bliss Linens. photography by Elizabeth Lavin
Socially Write: One visit and you’ll be searching for a reason to throw a party. Look for Jenny Sweeney greeting cards, Whitney English invitations, Crane stationery, candles, and gifts. 5760 Legacy Dr., Ste. B-11. 469-241-0059.
Robb & Stucky Interiors: One-stop shopping for furniture, lighting, flooring, wall coverings, and decorating services, this huge showroom has undoubtedly decorated most of Plano’s mega mansions. Check out new collections by superstar designers Alexa Hampton and Thomas O’Brien. 7240 N. Dallas Pkwy. 972-403-3000.
|Norwalk Furniture & Design. photography by Elizabeth Lavin|
Norwalk Furniture & Design: Owner Sol D. Munves moved his custom furniture franchise to Legacy from its former Plano location this summer. Find a couch on the floor or in the catalog that suits your style? Make it yours by choosing everything from the upholstery, leg styles, and the number of pillows. 5717 Legacy Dr., Ste. 150. 972-781-0494.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Main Street Bakery & Bistro: The cafe imports fresh bread from its sister location in Grapevine and the concept from a Parisian sidewalk. Don’t feel bad about circling back by for a Provençal panini or a très bien chocolate éclair—we didn’t. 7200 Bishop Rd., Ste. D-11. 972-309-0404.
Naan: Attention, sushi-loving shoppers, stop by Naan from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for a bento box (think lunchbox, but so much better). Korean barbeque and rice dishes for the non-sushi crowd. 7161 Bishop Rd. 972-943-9288.
Jasper’s: Executive chef Kent Rathbun does it again—with style and flavor. Try the aged gouda mac and cheese and rotisserie roasted prime rib. 7161 Bishop Rd., Ste. G-11. 469-229-9111.
— Roger Brooks and Christine Wilson