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Fine arts center to be ‘home’ for community

Exploring the arts When it opens later this year, the Robinson Fine Arts Center will serve as a home for the nearly 23,000 district students in seventh to 12th grades who participate in ne arts programs.

total cost $67.5M

square feet 82,200

performances per year 320+

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Performing means happiness to Abbie Walker, a Hendrick Middle School eighth grader who aspires to one day be either a theater teacher or a Broadway performer. The Plano ISD middle schooler is helping choreo- graph an upcoming performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” She will also play the role of The Scarecrow. She has not yet had a chance to see the district’s new Robbie & Lynore Robinson Fine Arts Center in person. However, Abbie said she is looking for- ward to the opportunity to perform in the center’s many spaces. CONTINUED ON 22 Plano’s overall population grew by almost 10% between 2010 to 2020. The number of residents who identify as white fell by almost 13%, but increases were seen across all other racial and ethnic groups. Diversity on the rise

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Data fromthe 2020 census reveals growth across all non-white groupswithinPlano

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Population growth by percentage

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+19.97%

Plano’s overall population grew by about 10% between 2010 and 2020, from 259,841 to 285,494. The number of residents who identify as white dropped from CONTINUED ON 24

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Plano has become more racially and ethnically diverse since 2010, according to decennial data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Sept. 16.

+30.35%

12.82% Note: Some groups are not shown here because they have too few residents to show up on the chart.

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NOWOPEN 1 Plano House of Comedy expects to open Oct. 14 at The Shops at Legacy, 7301 Lone Star Drive, Plano, as of this is- sue’s press time. The comedy club, which is in the former Blue Martini lounge, of- fers a dine-in experience with drinks and standup comedy. The club is scheduled to host three nights of shows from comedi- an Ryan Long Oct. 14-16. 780-483-5999. https://tx.houseofcomedy.net 2 Crucible Krav Maga opened a new location Aug. 15 in Plano at 2961 McDermott Road, Ste. 300. The compa- ny offers adult and youth self-defense classes with a focus on the Krav Maga martial arts technique. The business also offers classes in kickboxing and jiu-jitsu along with a general strength and fitness class. 469-777-8288. www.cruciblekravmaga.com 3 It’z My Day is now open at 9720 Coit Road, Ste. 180, Plano. The company offers party hosting and event services. The venue includes tables, chairs, a bar area, silverware, decorations, TVs, a pok- er table and more. All events are BYOB, but the company offers a food menu. 972-292-9950. www.itzmyday.co

4 SweatHouz Infrared Sauna Studio opened Sept. 27 at 5717 Legacy Drive, Ste. 120, Plano. SweatHouz offers private infrared saunas to guests for one hour at a time, along with a vitamin C-infused shower. The Plano SweatHouz is the company’s first Texas location. It also has locations in Georgia, South Carolina, Oregon and Washington. 469-277-1811. www.sweathouz.com 5 Puff Love is now open at 4720 SH 121, Ste. 100, Plano. The business sells a wide variety of vapes, e-liquids, e-ciga- rettes, kratom, CBD, cigars, hookah and more. The business also has a location in Flower Mound. 469-200-8172. www.puff-love.com 6 Primera Companies opened a new office complex in Plano on Oct.1 at 8400 Belleview Drive. The building is 80,000 square feet with office suites ranging between 2,000 square feet and 5,000 square feet. The space is 30% leased, according to a Sept. 13 company release. The building is named Town Square II and is the sister building of Town Square I, which is located nearby at 5345 Town Square Drive. It features touch-free ele- vators, a second-floor cafe and multiple conference rooms. Primera Companies

also owns Headquarters Place in Legacy, an office building located at 5151 Head- quarters Drive. The company has been operating for 30 years and manages a number of office and industrial spaces throughout North Texas. 214-855-2730. www.primeracompanies.com COMING SOON 7 Rannaghar Foods and Sweets is opening a new location in Plano at 2040 W. Spring Creek Pkwy., Ste. 136. The Bangladeshi-style restaurant plans to open sometime in October, according to ownership. The menu features items such as Beef Tehari and Mishti Kumra. 972-884-5200. www.facebook.com/rannagharplano 8 Go Go Curry hopes to open in No- vember at 8240 Preston Road, Plano. The restaurant serves a Japanese-style brown curry originating from the city of Kanazawa that is considered the nation’s comfort food, according to a company representative. The curry is characterized by short-grain rice with a side of shred- ded cabbage and topped with pork or chicken katsu. This will be the businesses’ first location in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. www.gogocurryamerica.com

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9 Icici Bank is opening a new loca- tion at 8305 Preston Road, Ste. 400C, Plano. An exact opening date is not yet available. The banking company, based out of India, offers financial services, such as checking and savings accounts, investments, loans, insurance options and more. A phone number is not yet available. www.icicibank.com

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ANNIVERSARIES 10 Fabindia marked the fifth anni- versary of its Plano location in Sep- tember. The Indian retail store at 6205 Coit Road, Ste. 320, Plano, is the only Fabindia location in the U.S. It sells clothing for men, women, children and infants, along with footwear, jewelry and more. The franchise also has stores in India, Italy, Malaysia, Fiji and more. 469-573-8102. www.fabindia.com 11 Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill will reach its fifth anniversary at 8315 Pres- ton Road, Ste. 100, Plano, on Oct. 24. The restaurant allows guests to create their own entree and also serves a selec- tion of appetizers, children’s meals and desserts. Costa Vida also has locations in Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Col- leyville and Mansfield. 214-945-4200. www.costavida.com “We are hyper-focused on local craft beers and will host events with local breweries to introduce guests to all the great options that surround us in Plano,” Beerhead co-founder Greg Goodrich said via email. The menu will feature upscale bar food, such as specialty pizzas, sandwiches, desserts and the eatery’s signature Barbarian Pretzel. The eatery will also oer a weekend FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Beerhead Bar & Eatery expects to soft open Oct. 28 and will hold a grand opening Nov. 13, according to ownership. The business, located at 5805 Preston Road, Ste. G594, Plano, will feature a craft beer selection that will include 50 unique options on tap and around 350 bottled selections as well as a food menu that has been specially curated to pair with the bar’s beer and cocktails.

brunch, according to Goodrich. The Plano site will be Beerhead’s ninth eatery and rst in Texas. Local franchisees Ashish Patel and Anthony Patel said they are excited to be part of the Plano community. “Our goal and vision is always to be a great neighborhood bar and eatery that the community can be proud of and enjoy coming to,” Ashish Patel said via email. www.beerheadbar.com/plano-texas

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NOWOPEN 1 Foundation School of Autism - Plano opened Aug. 19 in the former location of Cambridge Academy at 2200 Mid- way Road, Plano. The tuition-free, early intervention school for students on the autism spectrum serves children in pre-K, kindergarten and first grade. In addition to a certified special education teacher and instructional aide in each classroom, the school also employs an occupation- al therapist, a speech therapist and a board-certified behavior analyst. The school also has a campus in San Anto- nio. For more information on how to enroll and to register for the virtual open house, call 972-382-7001 or visit www.foundationplano.com 2 Session Pilates opened Sept. 27 at 2401 Preston Road, Plano. The re- former Pilates studio offers 50-minute classes that focus on quick transitions throughout a beat-based, high-intensity, full-body workout, according to a press release from the company. The Dal- las-based business also offers on-demand mat and reformer-based workouts that can be done from home. 469-333-8750. www.sessionpilates.com

3 Just Snap Selfies opened Sept. 28 in The Shops at Willow Bend at 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. The selfie studio is located on the second floor across from Neiman Marcus. The business offers 25 unique sets and is available to rent for parties or events. The space, which owner Jana Cooper described as a DIY photo studio, is open to professional photographers as well as everyday people looking for a “fun and immersive” photo-taking experience, Cooper said. 469-924-8160. www.justsnapselfies.com 4 Home2 Suites by Hilton North Plano Hwy. 75 opened Aug. 23 at 3525 Premier Drive, Plano. The all-suite hotel’s rooms are designed for short-term and long-term travelers with kitchen- ettes and living rooms with pull-out sofas. The hotel also offers an outdoor swimming pool, on-site laundry and a fitness center as well as complimentary breakfast for guests. 469-367-4900. www.hilton.com/en/home2 5 Plano Music House opened Sept. 28 in the Prairie Creek Village development at 3047 W. 15th St., Plano. The music school offers classes in piano, guitar, drums, violin, viola, cello, voice, music composition and music production for

students as young as age 5. The business is operating with a limited weekly sched- ule, though potential students can sched- ule a tour of the studio through the Plano Music House website. 469-443-8694. www.planomusichouse.com 6 Cicis Pizza reopened its Plano location Oct. 7 at 2220 Coit Road, Ste. 300. Cicis restaurants offer a customers a buffet with a variety of pizzas, pasta, salads and desserts. 469-543-0166. www.cicis.com 7 Total Men’s Primary Care opened in early October at 1921 Preston Road, Ste. B2076, Plano. Total Men’s offers same- day appointments, online scheduling and transparent pricing for men’s primary care. This will be the first location in Plano for the health care clinic, though it has 15 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 972-430-7477. www.totalmens.com COMING SOON 8 Twisted Root Burger Co. plans to open in mid-November at 1212 14th St., Plano. Twisted Root specializes in customizable burgers that feature half pound beef patties with toppings made in house. The restaurant is taking over the

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space formerly occupied by Hub Streat. A phone number is not yet available. www.twistedrootburgerco.com 9 The Bells Sweet Factory plans to open its first brick-and-mortar loca- tion at 2109 W. Parker Road, Ste. 210. The grand opening will be Oct. 23, according to the New Orleans-style eatery’s Facebook page. The company also operates out of a food truck in the parking lot by the Exxon gas station on Legacy and Custer and does pop-ups on the weekends in various locations. It offers catering services and sells mer- chandise via its website. 601-691-4701. www.thebellssweetfactory.com. 10 Reunion Rehabilitation Hospital broke ground on a new facility in late- September at the northwest corner of the intersection of Mapleshade Lane and Highway 190 in Plano. The nearly 56,000-square-foot, three-story hospital will offer inpatient rehabilitation care for people with debilitating illnesses and injuries as well as other neurological and orthopedic conditions.

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN A new CityVet location opened Sept. 13 in Windhaven Plaza at 6009 W. Parker Road, Ste. 101, Plano. This veterinary clinic provides full-service care for pets, including vaccinations, surgery and grooming. It also sells healthy pet food. CityVet was founded in 1999 by Dr. Chip Cannon. The mission of this clinic is to “create client-centered, quality pet care,” according to a Sept. 13 company release. The business is rapidly growing with 22 branded and non-branded, veterinarian-owned practices, according to a Sept. 13 company release. “We believe in happy people and healthy pets, and that’s why we are dedicated to providing the best, high- quality care for every pet we treat,” Plano CityVet leader Jamie Tomlin said in a statement. CityVet provides veterinarians the opportunity to own their clinics and Reunion Rehabilitation Hospital Plano is slated to open in fall 2022. A phone number is not yet available. www.reunionrehabhospital.com 11 Restaurateur Steve Fields is targeting mid- to late-November for the opening of his new Steve Fields’ Steakhouse at 4900 W. Park Blvd., Plano. In April, Fields confirmed to Community Impact Newspaper that he planned to open a new steak and seafood eatery on the same intersection his former Steve Fields’ Steak & Lobster Lounge was located. After 14 years at 5013 W. Park Blvd., that restaurant closed Sept. 1, 2019. Fields is taking over the building most recently occupied by Brick House Tavern + Tap. In addition to the steak and seafood his patrons are familiar with, Fields said the new restaurant, which is now hiring staff, will also offer “lively piano entertainment.” 972-596-7100. www.stevefields.com

enhance leadership skills, per the release. “Dr. Tomlin is a great example of this, and we’re excited to partner with her on this new location, marking our seventh new clinic this year,” CityVet CEO David Boguslawski said in a statement. COVID-19 safety precautions are in place at the clinic. Clients are encouraged to schedule appointments, but walk-ins are accepted. An appointment can be made by calling 469-676-3000. www.cityvet.com

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ANNIVERSARIES 12 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is celebrating 80 years of serving barbecue and sides to its customers. Dickey’s has locations in Plano at A 1211 14th St., B 4032 Pres- ton Road and C 1441 Coit Road. To cele- brate its anniversary, Dickey’s announced the launch of new, limited-time menu items such as Sweet & Smoky Pit-Smoked Wings, Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce and brisket chili. 972-423-9960 (14th Street location), 972-398-3030 (Preston Road location), 972-867-2901 (Coit Road loca- tion). www.dickeys.com 13 Jalin Jewelers plans to celebrate its 30th anniversary at its annual holiday party Nov. 11. The business is located at 4021 Preston Road, Ste. 625, Plano. The business offers repairs, customi- zations, appraisals, consignment and more. Jalin Jewelers has been owned by the Romberger family since the store opened in 1991. 972-985-1400. www.jalinjewelers.com

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Crews are making pavement and sidewalk repairs on Coit Road. The project is ex- pected to be active between Parker Road and Park Boulevard through December. One lane will remain closed at all times, with an additional lane closed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Timeline: January 2020-December 2021 Cost: $7.9 million Funding source: city of Plano 2 Plano Parkway repairs Crews are making pavement and sidewalk repairs on Plano Parkway between Shiloh Road and Los Rios Boulevard. One lane will remain closed at all times, with an addition- al lane closed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Timeline: mid-October-end of November Cost: $300,000

Crews have begun working on widening the road at the intersection of Legacy and Parkwood. Work includes updates to pedestrian facilities, signal improve- ments and construction of additional turn lanes. Timeline: June-March Cost: $1.9 million Funding sources: city of Plano, Collin County 6 Coit Road widening A project that will widen Coit Road between Mapleshade Lane and the President George Bush Turnpike includes updates to pedestrian facilities, signal improvements and construction of addi- tional turn lanes. Timeline: June-March Cost: $2.1 million Funding sources: city of Plano, Collin County 7 Legacy Drive intersection improvements A project to improve three Legacy Drive intersections, including at K Avenue, Independence Parkway and Custer Road, will widen the roads and realign intersections. Crews began work at the K Avenue intersection in September. Timeline: September-July Cost: $1.2 million Funding source: city of Plano

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DEVELOPMENT PlanoMarket SquareMall to be redeveloped as Assembly Park

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oer residents, employers and the community an oering unlike any- thing in DFW, with a truly walkable, pedestrian- and family-friendly envi- ronment to gather, dine, collaborate and live with a focus on nature in an easily accessible and visible location,” Hardaway said in a statement. Plano Market Square Mall is located just east of US 75. Triten announced nal acquisition of the mall and the 26 acres of land on which it sits in late January. Plano City Council green- lighted a zoning change in December that allows for redevelopment. Plano Market Square Mall was built in the 1980s and later operated as an outlet mall. It is within one of the areas identied as a village concept in the Envision Oak Point Plan, a broad development guide adopted in 2018 for the city’s eastern Oak Point area. The village concepts are meant to act as buers between more active

Work to redevelop the abandoned Plano Market Square Mall is slated to begin before the end of the year, developer Triten Real Estate Partners announced Oct. 5. The newly named Assembly Park development will feature 180,000 square feet of oce space, 305 apartments and townhome units, and 16,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. Oce space is slated to be completed by the end of 2022, with the remainder of the project expected to be nished by the end of 2023. Triten partner and DFW lead John Hardaway said Assembly Park will also oer a connection to nature, as the company is developing a large park for the property with plans for dog parks, an outdoor event stage and a children’s play structure. “We believe Assembly Park will

Themultiuse Assembly Park development is slated to feature oce space and apartments as well as restaurant and retail space. (Rendering courtesy Triten Real Estate Partners)

mixed-use and commercial areas as well as single-family housing, according to the plan’s community vision map. “We saw the potential to reinvent Plano Market Square Mall in the depths of the COVID[-19] quaran- tine,” Triten founder Scott Arnoldy said in a statement. “Working with the city to embrace the Oak Point vision plan’s designation of a village, we believe we have created a plan for a truly unique place to come work, live or dine in a thoughtfully conceived development made for the post-COVID[-19] lifestyle.”

In addition to the development’s planned green space, Assembly Park will be surrounded by bike paths connecting the site’s visitors to the surrounding community and leading to Plano’s Oak Point Nature Preserve, according to a Triten news release. Earlier this year, Plano Director of Planning Christina Day told Commu- nity Impact Newspaper the redevel- opment project would address a need for quality restaurants and engaging spaces in the city’s Oak Point area. “It provides an opportunity to really change the look and feel of that area just east of US 75,” she said.

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News from Plano, Plano ISD and Frisco ISD

CITY HIGHLIGHTS PLANO A 363-unit apartment complex is in the early stages of planning at the southeast corner of Custer Road and Legacy Drive in Plano. The planning and zoning commission voted 3-3 on a proposed replat of the property at its Oct. 4 meeting; however, approval by the commission is not needed for the project to move forward since the proposal is aligned with the existing zoning. Exact details of the planned multifamily residence were not immediately available. PLANO ISD Assistant Superintendent Courtney Gober said nalized class rosters for the district’s Virtual Academy pilot program included 1,111 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Senate Bill 15 provides funding for the online learning option to be oered through the 2022-23 school year. Sta said enrollment for next school year will open in December. STATE Preliminary ndings from federal regulators indicate that more needs to be done to weatherize the Texas power grid to prevent an outage similar to the one that happened in February. Sta from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. drafted 28 recommendations with suggested deadlines ranging from November BioNTech vaccine booster shots are accessible throughout the county, according to Collin County Health Care Services. A county spokesperson said that only Pzer shots are approved as a booster shot, and recommended those interested in the booster vaccine seek them through pharmacies, primary care physicians, clinics and more. Like initial vaccines, the booster shot is free. 2021 to November 2023. COLLIN COUNTY Pzer- DENTON COUNTY At a Sept. 21 meeting, county commissioners approved a scal year 2021-22 budget of $336.91 million, which is a 5.66% increase from the current year. Commissioners also approved an increase to the property tax rate, which will be $0.233086 per $100 assessed value. Plano City Council meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 8. Meetings are held at 1520 K Ave., Plano, and can be streamed online. 972-941-7000. www.plano.gov Plano ISD board of trustees meets at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and 16 at the PISD Administration Center, 2700 W. 15th St., Plano. 469-752-8100. www.pisd.edu MEETINGSWE COVER

City Council OKs backyard hens

Mixed-use project proposed for Haggard farmland inPlano

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PLANO Residents can now own backyard chickens after the approval of a new city ordinance Sept. 27. The ordinance states residents must be approved for a permit with the Animal Services Depart- ment before owning chickens. To get approved, an applicant must show proof of adequate chicken housing, have written authorization from the property owner, complete an educational course on backyard hen care and possibly comply with a home inspection. Homeowners associations are still allowed to forbid chickens in the neighborhoods they regulate.

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PLANO The planning and zoning commission is considering a request that would bring an upscale, mixed- use development to Haggard-owned farmland in Plano. Private investment company Stillwater Capital is developing the project in partnership with Haggard Enterprises Limited. The more than 2 million-square- foot area is one of the largest undeveloped tracts of land in Plano, according to a city report. The development would have a rustic farm theme and would include a restaurant with locally sourced food as a main feature, according to

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a Sept. 20 presentation by Stillwater Capital to the commission. It would also include multiple outdoor event spaces, oces, high-end apart- ments, a hotel, space for various retail businesses, parking garages and a senior living community. According to city documents, more than 100 people responded to the zoning case in opposition of the request. Commissioners agreed to table the matter until Oct. 18.

Children’s Health agreement supports FISD student athletes

BY BROOKLYNN COOPER

FRISCO ISD Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is now the primary sports aliate of Frisco ISD, according to a district news release. The institute is providing nine athletic trainers at no cost to the district, the release said. Trainers will focus on caring for students involved in middle and high school athletics. They will also support the 21 athletic trainers employed by FISD. Athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, emergency care, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and sports-related illness. “We are excited to align with Children’s Heath, which like Frisco ISD is dedicated to helping chil- dren,” Athletic Director Grace McDowell said in the release. “Our goal is to provide our students every opportunity to excel both academically and in extracurricular activities, and adding the services and expertise of a highly respected health care provider will help us do that.” As part of the partnership, Children’s Health will provide medical leadership and serve as a consultant to the district on matters related to sports perfor- mance, emergency action planning, injury reporting and prevention strategies. The agreement also gives FISD access to services from the Andrews Institute, a state-of-the-art facility in north Plano. Services include expertise from a sports concussion team as well as guidance in nutri- tion and meal planning, the release said.

Groundbreaking held for $1 billion Collin CreekMall redevelopment Leadership from the city of Plano and Centurion American celebrate the groundbreaking Sept. 24. (Erick Pirayesh/ Community Impact Newspaper)

BY ERICK PIRAYESH

PLANO A groundbreaking event was held Sept. 24 for the $1 billion mixed-use development coming to the former site of Collin Creek Mall. The rst phase of construction is expected to be complete in 2024, according to ocials from Centurion American, the lead developer on the project. Mayor John Muns, former Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, members of City Council, city sta and ocials from Centurion American helped mark the start of work. Once nished, the area will feature around 400,000 square feet of retail space, various restaurants and multiple entertainment venues. It will also include 500 single-family homes, 2,300 multifamily units, 8 acres of parkland, a hotel, senior living facilities, oce space and more than a mile of trails. Peter Braster, Plano’s director of special projects, said now that the project’s design, cost estimates and city nancing have been approved, construction on the project can begin.

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BUSINESS FEATURE DallasVintage Shop Costume store oers millions of authentic, unique items W hile many people only play dress up around Halloween, Jerry Purvis puts together costumes all year long for his Plano business, Dallas Vintage Shop. “It’s a one-of-a-kind shop in the world, really,” Purvis said. “We have millions and millions of items in here.” After beginning as a thrift store in 2000, Purvis said he discovered there was a need for quality costumes in Plano. When he began focusing on vintage clothing in 2004, the business got its current name. Dallas Vintage Shop then moved from near Downtown Plano to its building along US 75 in 2010, because Purvis said the store needed a bigger space. “Most places have a wide selection,” he said. “You can get one of anything but you can’t get 10 of anything. For us, you can get 20 of anything.” That selection can appeal to those willing to spend top dollar for just the right costume, Purvis said. “When those people come in, they’re looking to me to get them a costume that’s worthy,” he said. “I take it as a challenge and a compliment.” Still, Purvis knows that not everyone can aord the shop’s higher end products. That is why the store also oers more aordable pieces, he said. “I sometimes say a prayer, ‘Lord, help the people that need us, can aord us, and are willing to spend the money to nd us and help us to be able to help the people that can’t aord us,’” he said. “Because there’s no shop like this, [some people] come in and they’re desperate, and I don’t want them to feel left out.” The only costumes Purvis said can prove tricky are anime characters, though his sta can usually nd one or two pieces for just about anything. The shop’s specialty, though, are “gregarious costumes,” he said. “If we did [a] Cyndi Lauper [costume], they would look better than Cyndi Lauper in real life because we do a satire of it,” Purvis said. “You can walk in here and—in two hours—walk out as any famous person in history, just about, with all the accessories [you would need].” BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK

Owner Jerry Purvis helps design many of the store’s costumes. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

With Halloween quickly approaching, owner Jerry Purvis shared the three most popular eras for costumes among his customers. To keep up with demand for the holiday, he said the business plans to open on each of the last three Sundays in October in addition to its regular hours.

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