Urban. Historic. Hip

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Downtown Plano has become such an upbeat and hip place for locals & tourists to visit. Not only is there urban living but there are many restaurants, art galleries, unique shopping and event venues. It has such a cool vibe with all the historic buildings and brick roads, yet the DART is just a step away. If you haven’t ever visited, just head towards 15th Street and 75 North. You can’t miss it!

One of the most known and popular places to visit in Downtown Plano is Urban Crust. The pizza is amazing!! Urban Crust has the largest hand-crafted wood burning oven to prepare the best pizza, steaks and seafood in town! There is also a 30-foot long, frozen rooftop bar overlooking downtown Plano, called “32 Degrees.”  It is called that due to the constant temperature the draft beers are poured at. The liquor taps pour at -5 degrees. The strip of ice that runs the length of bar is so guests can keep their drinks cold! Just take a few steps up when you are done eating at Urban Crust to enjoy 32 Degrees.

Or, for different twist on pizza, try Za*Lat on the corner of 15th St. and K Ave. This no frills pizza joint serves variations like the Loaded Notato (tastes like a loaded baked potato) or the Pho-Zhizzle (taste like Pho and served with Sriracha and Hoisin). Crazy good. Yes they have traditional flavors, too. It all looks delicious. I tried the Buffalo Chicken pie and it was really good. Za*Lat is open seven days a week until 4AM. They deliver until 3:30AM.

Just down the street from Urban Crust is The Fillmore Pub. This neighborhood-style bar features homemade food, large whiskey selections and has craft beer. What I personally love about The Fillmore Pub is their late night menu which starts at 11:00 p.m. and ends at 1:00 a.m.  Fish and chips anyone?

The shopping is very unique in the area. You can find anything from handcrafted art pieces, pottery, jewelry, women’s fashion, children’s clothes, furniture, home accessories, antiques, cigars and you can even get a tattoo or body piercing. Just saying…I stopped in Murphy Mom-owned Southern Vintage Glam. I met some fellow Murphy-ites and picked up this great holiday t-shirt.wpid-20151110_143027.jpg

Shinola Detroit across from Za*Lat drew my attention. Why a store from Detroit in the middle of downtown Plano? I ventured in to learn that it is a Fossil company know for upscale bikes, watches, journals, dogs and leather. Willy’s Detroit, Shinola’s bruh, is located next door. Definitely for the Hip.

There is a new apartment complex called Junction 15.  It has the “luxuries of high-end finishes, but also appreciates the century-old district.”  It is very cute and adds to the charm of the area. DART also has a stop in downtown Plano. It is on the corner of 15th Street and Avenue J. Definitely walking distance from everything.

Do you know the history of the area? It was initially settled in 1840.  It became a trading center of the farming community of southwest Collin County when the Houston and Central Railroad opened. There was a fire in 1896 and they had to re-build many of the buildings, but many of those are what are still standing today.

This year I will be attending, for the first time, Dickensfest. It is a free event on Saturday, December 4th starting at 6:00 p.m.  There will be carolers, various stages with music and Santa. Some of the entertainers will be hand bell choirs, local choirs, dance groups, and more. The entertainment plus food and shopping sounds like a good time to me!  Maybe I will see you there…

And as always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help with ANY of your Real Estate needs!

-Dawn Redmond

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