Bret Redman

Travel

How to Spend a Day in McKinney

When did shopping the historic town square start to feel so decadently Parisian?

For years I have been haunted by a pair of pants: the impossibly chic and forgiving wide-cuffed, ruched-waist denim pants designed by SOHO McKinney owner Robin Cook and sold at her subterranean atelier on McKinney’s historic town square. I’ve never been able to justify the expense, but after 18 months of Amazon stretch fabrics, I’m ready to treat myself. “I don’t make anything tight,” Cook tells me as I take armloads of options into the dressing room. “I think we’re over tight. It’s all about comfort now.”

When I emerge in an impeccably tailored blue chambray shirtdress, she gets to work artfully arranging the cuffs and tugging the neckline back over my shoulders, mimicking her own effortlessly French style. I’m sold. Shopping in McKinney suddenly feels like a Parisian indulgence. I tell Cook I might be back for one of the crocheted raffia or vintage felt hats from Lola in Brooklyn or the floor-length French linen bathrobe. First, though, I’ll circle the square. Perhaps I’ll stop for a Savor macaron and a glass of 4R Ranch roussanne, and imagine what Audrey Hepburn would wear.

Barrons Estate Jewelers
115 E. Virginia St., Ste. 101. 214-244-1011

Inside this former bank building, you’ll find vintage slot machines, vinyl, comics, ornate Christmas brooches, David Yurman jewelry, grandfather clocks, longhorns, and—for that holiday engagement—gorgeous estate diamond rings.

Also try: Antique Company Mall for Royal Stafford and Queen’s Myott Thanksgiving china.

Ettiene Market
115 W. Louisiana St. 214-799-5195

In her eponymous home goods shop, owner Coryanne Ettiene stocks a lovely selection of everything you need for artful holiday entertaining: wooden cocktail muddlers, Smithey cast-iron pans, Weck jars, boho robes, and luxurious linens.

Also try: Chase Hall for vintage European breadboards (perfect for OTT charcuterie platters) and copper sauciers.

Layered
111 E. Virginia St. 972-542-6317

Dine inside, and a purring BellaBot robot waiter will deliver to your table a short stack of sweet potato pancakes with candied pecans or some adorable Liège-style waffles. Order a Layered Ultimate Party Platter with locally sourced cheeses and charcuterie to entertain at home.

Also try: Patina Green Home and Market for a grab-and-go danish or brisket on a biscuit.

Doozie’s Corner
200 E. Louisiana St. 214-491-6191

I went in for the Posh Peanut pajamas covered with bespectacled, latte-drinking​ sloths and walked out with matching gingham Mud Pie bodysuits embroidered with turkeys for a girl cousins photo op. If only they carried sizes beyond 2T.

Also try: Rockin’ A B for bigger kids, books, and glitter backpacks.

Local Yocal Farm to Market
213 N. Tennessee St. 469-952-3838

Matt Hamilton’s butcher shop has everything you need for the Thanksgiving feast, from Bell & Evans organic turkeys to bone-in wagyu prime rib. Give the gift of a Steak 101 class with Hamilton or one of the gaucho-style grills made by Circle J Fabrication.

Also try: LY Outfitters for BED|STÜ boots and Kimes Ranch Jeans.

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