It’s that time of year again: back-to-school shopping time, and many of your must-haves can be found at local McKinney shops and boutiques.

While you will likely buy some of your back-to-school basics at one of the larger grocery or office supply stores in McKinney, there are several unique items that can be found in our thriving local shops, including a few things you might not have thought of.

Back-to-school inevitably entails pulling out and assessing your stock of crayons, markers, notebook paper, highlighters, calculators and all of the other tools needed for a quality education. But it is also an opportunity to reinvent yourself with a new wardrobe or just add a little something extra special to your already fabulous closet.

McKinney is the home of a variety of local shops that can help you do just that. GiggleBrush Designs, in downtown, is the place to look for adorable outfits for your small children. For the young women headed back to school, downtown McKinney also features Orisons Boutique, Cotton Hearts, Cynthia Elliot Boutique, West & Lou, Kiss & Make Up Boutique & Salon and many more. Each shop provides a unique style of clothing and accessories, so there is something for most every taste. For bohemian style clothing try Diggin’ It, which is located a few blocks from the square on Tennessee Street.

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In addition to the fun, flowing shirts and dresses, Diggin’ It also offers a variety of accessories, bags, satchels and lunch bags to help you complete your back-to-school look. With fun tie-dyed shirts, brightly colored dresses, striking tunics, one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories, eco-friendly recycled bags and more, Diggin’ It caters to the customer looking for “fun and funky fashion with a bohemian edge,” says owner Tracey Collins. For those who like to plan ahead, Second Evolution on Eldorado Parkway can help get you dressed in style for any formal event, including Homecoming and Prom.

If you are looking for a shop with both men’s and women’s everyday fashion and accessories then the Little Red Hen on Virginia Street is the place for you. The Little Red Hen has you covered from hats to heels and everything in between, including their very popular “I Whale Texas” shirts. And don’t forget Inn Style Resale Store which carries clothing and accessories, as well as household items, and benefits McKinney’s own The Samaritan Inn. Not only is this store eco-friendly, it gives back to the community.



Once you have a wardrobe sorted out it’s time to think of some tasty treats to make the start of school extra special. Munzee Marketplace on Virginia Street specializes in fresh food and carries several snack items made in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including some made right here in McKinney. Munzee Marketplace is not the only local shop for savory delights. There are also Loco Cowpoke Salsa Shop, Patina Green and more.

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For a sweet treat try The Barnlight Eatery, McKinney’s Sweet Spot, Smallcakes Cupcakery, Emporium Pies and Goodies Texas. Located in Historic Downtown McKinney, Goodies Texas can satisfy your sweet tooth with a chocolate indulgence made on site, or you can choose several items and create a unique basket for your college student. Alex Lanio from Goodies Texas says that they can supply you with “a sweet taste from home.”

“What better way to show your son or daughter you are thinking of them, especially during those tough exams!” he adds.

The baskets can be custom-made to include several of their freshly made goodies, stuffed animals, retro toys, board games and more, or you can purchase their popular Texas Basket which includes their most popular candies, as well as some Texas-themed molded chocolates. Goodies Texas is also a great place to get a new board or card game for your family. It’s important in our busy lives to remember throughout the school year to spend some special family time together doing something fun.

Let’s not forget about those amazing teachers and professors who help mold and shape young lives. There are a million wonderful gifts to show your teacher that you appreciate him or her, including something delicious from one of the flavorful favorites previously mentioned. Perhaps some stunning cut flowers or a lovely plant from The Stalk Market, Edwards Floral Design or Franklin’s Flowers.

There is always a one-of-a-kind piece from a local shop, made by one of McKinney’s numerous local artists, or one that you make yourself. You could also get your new teacher a gift card. While a gift card might not seem like the most original or personal of gifts, many teachers will end up spending their own money to buy additional supplies for students in need. Teachers will also buy supplementary reading material, educational tools, classroom decorations, as well as many other small items which you may not think about but would be greatly missed if not provided. A gift card would be a gift, not only to your teacher, but also to your class and your classmates. And if your teacher or professor is lucky enough not to have to spend their own money to get the classroom materials of their dreams, then your gift card will allow the opportunity to find something special from their favorite local shop.


About the author: Beth Matlock is a native Texas freelance writer and artist based in McKinney. She has a blog where she shares her art with the world at Contact her at