As I return to the currently frozen tundra of the east coast, I think back to warmer times. Like last week, when I was in Texas working and visiting family. Saturday was sunny with a high of 78 degrees, making it a perfect day to explore the downtown square in Garland, Texas (unlike today — DFW is iced over — that’s Texas weather for you!).
About a year or so ago, my mom and sister partnered up to purchase a Generator Coffee House and Bakery on the square in downtown Garland. They have worked tirelessly to make this coffee shop into a place that encourages community and inspires creativity. The ambiance is so charming, and the shop hosts live music, open mic, local art shows, and even comedy nights on a regular basis. If I lived in the DFW area I would be there constantly, even if I wasn’t related to the management. I’m obviously biased but it’s such an amazing place, and I’m so proud of my family for what they’ve created. (Oh, and I forgot to mention they have great menu with espresso, coffee, loose leaf teas, breakfast foods, soups, salads, sandwiches, and baked goods galore.)
Energized by an espresso and delicious brunch, my brother, my friend Allison, and I decided to take a short walk around the square and were surprised at all the fun we found!
McGillicuddy’s Antiques is just down the block, and they carry a wide array of unique and quality items with untold stories. The owner Karen is a hunter/gatherer of antiques, which are far superior and more exciting than all of the mass produced items of our era. For some reason I am always drawn to antique typewriters, old books, vintage suitcases, and wood carved items, none of which we have space for in our tiny DC residence. But a girl can dream, right?
Boogie Nights Vintage is right next door to the Generator. The shop has a huge variety of clothing and their prices are terrific! They also sell their goodies online. My siblings and I have found some pretty fun items and this trip was no exception.
Fun fact: Garland is the oldest suburb of Dallas. It has been amazing to see such all the changes and new vibrant life around downtown Garland. From what I know there are plans for more development, so hopefully more exciting things to come!