As happens with most downtown revitalization projects, McKinney’s historic district has, over the past year, seen a bevy of bulldozers, Bobcats, and hard hat-wearing construction workers. But the square and surrounding shops are all the better for it. Expanded brick-paved sidewalks, renovated storefronts, and new boutiques and eateries beckon locals to the area. It’s getting a hefty share of visitors, too. A 32-mile drive north from downtown Dallas, McKinney is a rising weekend getaway destination, especially thanks to a handful of B&Bs within a few minutes’ drive of downtown.
Tim and Kim Loyd planned to open a sandwich shop. But when a car accident kept Kim in recovery for more than a year, Tim knew how to bring a smile back to his wife’s face. He decided that instead of lunch, they’d sell candy and gourmet popcorn. Kim, a self-proclaimed candy-holic, had no complaints about the change in plans.