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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Great Food and Fun Shopping

A couple of weeks ago, I met my friend, Denise, for lunch.   She is a great lady that I met years ago and I will be doing some  interesting future posts centering around Denise and her fabulous career in horticulture.

Denise suggested a restaurant downtown in the square, Gather.  I had not been there since it had been taken over by new management and I was anxious to try it.

It was a gorgeous, warm sunny day in January in Texas.  It really felt like Spring was just minutes away.  I walked through the square and took in McKinney's charming town square.










Gather is a restaurant that is known for its great food and eclectic atmosphere. It is owned by a mother and daughter team, Jennifer Klassen and Crystal Bryant.  It envelops a huge space and along with delectable food, it also houses a great designer named Marcie.  All the unusual artifacts of Marcie's are spread throughout the restaurant and all the accessories are for sale. 







The reason for the empty room is that I went early morning to take the pictures.  They get a great crowd at lunchtime.

Gather also hosts special events in the evening.



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If you're in the market for some unique finds, Gather has got them.



Marcie is working over to the side.



I wanted to take a cat nap on that beautiful chaise after my delicious lunch of quinoa salad. 








Even the ladies room has its own style!

Great food and wonderful shopping with a good friend... who could ask for anything more!





Hope your Thursday is filled with peace, love, and harmony.




Katie Clooney
Katie Clooney

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

8 comments:

  1. That is an amazing restaurant!! Considering we live in an area where eating out is practically a religion, I am surprised we don't have more unique fun places like that, love it! In my next life I will open one just like it:)

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  2. It's been way too long - I need to head to McKinney for a visit! Considering I'm about 45 minutes away you'd think I would go more often doggone it! Gather looks like a wonderful please to eat and shop. Thanks for sharing.
    Jane B

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  3. Such pretty planters out front! What a great little spot. The antique store looks like lots of fun and I'm sure the restaurant has a lovely menu. I like that kind of ambiance .. not too formal.

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  4. I have always wanted to visit downtown McKinney! I've heard its adorable and has great food!

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  5. One day, I am getting to Gather. How beautiful! If I ever owned a restaurant, I would want it to look just like that. Perfect place for ladies lunch and for special occasions.

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  6. Such great items I wish I could have them all. I have never seen a Ladies room like that very nice.

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  7. Nothing is better than a little retail therapy and a great place to relax and dine with a friend. It's a real time out from the stress of daily life. I think I should make some time to do it soon.

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