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Review: Local shops

TRL’s Eleanor Koehn reviews five small businesses for local shopping ventures
Ryann Daugherty
TRL’s Eleanor Koehn explores local shops around the community. Koehn recommends five businesses selling a wide variety of items.

 I have compiled a list of five local shops that supply a varying range of unique and individual products. Supporting small businesses is more important than ever, so next time you require a funny pair of socks or an antique chair, remember these gems and shop local. 

Habitat Plant and Coffee  

Habitat Plant and Coffee is a plant store in Downtown Mckinney that also sells coffee. I recently went to Habitat, and I was surprised by the various assortments of potted plants they have for sale. Every single wall in the store is covered with them, except for a wall decorated with faux leaves and a punny phrase: “sorry I have plants tonight” across the top. Next time you need a plant, skip the Home Depot or a Lowes and go for Habitat Plant and Coffee.

Willow House Boutique 

Willow House Boutique is a fairly popular one, settled in the heart of Downtown Mckinney. What makes Willow House such a successful business is that they offer apparel for everyone. You can go into the store looking for a new dress, a onesie for a baby shower or a gift for Father’s Day, and you will find it. They offer a wide variety of products and they make sure to keep up with modern trends, to keep their clothing relevant. The owners have also made it their goal to give back to the North Texas community, which makes Willow House an even better destination for a shopping trip. 

LY Outfitters 

Many times, “quality” is a phrase best associated with local businesses. LY Outfitters, which resides in the historic former First National Bank in Downtown Mckinney, assures just that. They offer a selection of curated goods and “superior quality” in clothing. LY sells western-influenced apparel, with cowboy hats, denim in every style and organic leather cowboy boots. I would recommend visiting LY Outfitters if a gift for a dad or uncle is needed. 

Antique Company Mall 

Antique Company Mall has over 15,000 square feet of space, packed with vintage items waiting to be discovered. They offer over 100 dealers at their location in Downtown Mckinney, making them a perfect visit for a day full of antiquing. I have visited Antique Company Mall several times because it makes the perfect activity when accompanied by grandparents. 

Groovy Coop 

Groovy Coop is an artistic retail store that creates an environment filled with individuality. They sell a complete range of items, ranging from socks, candles, rocks and vintage items. They also host events and have donated proceeds to charities. Groovy Coop is a perfect place to browse and look for an interesting eclectic object that catches your eye. 

These five shops all reside in Downtown Mckinney, yet all have different inventory and environments. Hopefully, this list encourages you to shop local and support small businesses.

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Eleanor Koehn
Eleanor Koehn, Section Editor
Although Eleanor Koehn is a senior, this is only her second year on staff and her first as Arts and Entertainment Editor. When she is not reviewing and/or critiquing restaurants and movies for TRL, Koehn enjoys running for the cross country team. If you see her dying at Celebration Park… pretend you didn’t. Koehn has a strong love for fall football, preferably for a SEC team of some kind. When an SEC game isn’t on, Koehn will be pretending that the Cowboys are going to have a “comeback season” and promising people that they are good this year. Besides sports, Koehn loves 90s country music, Nashville hot chicken, Chipotle and volunteering at Allen Community Outreach. While she may be stressing about college applications and dorm deposits, she can’t wait to make her last year on Red Ledger the best. 
Ryann Daugherty
Ryann Daugherty, Graphics Editor
Beginning her fourth and final year on staff, senior Ryann Daugherty is excited about being Graphics Co-Editor. When she’s not in the newsroom, Daugherty can often be found on stand at the Lifetime pool, hanging out with her friends and drinking lots of coffee. Daugherty loves to travel and her most recent destination was the Dominican Republic where a week felt like hours. Although she spends lots of time now stressing over college applications, Daugherty still manages to be involved in numerous extracurricular activities. She is a two-year letterman for the discus, as well as vice president of the anti-bullying club, and an active member of the movie club, organic permaculture club, animals for action club and Key Club. Although she struggles with crippling anxiety, Daugherty is ironically content with the thought of setting off on her own and hopes for a fantastic final year of TRL.

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