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broader scale, as the vaccine waitlist in Collin County has surpassed 200,000 names, as of press time on Feb. 2. In Denton County, the vaccine interest form is nearly 160,000 names long. The waitlists allow non-county residents to register. In total, the two counties have delivered 82,422 doses combined. As of Feb. 2, data shows 1.48% and 2.15%peo- plehavebeenfullyvaccinatedbyDenton

and Collin counties, respectively. In late January, CollinCounty received a shipment of nearly 43,000 more doses afterweeks of requesting additional vac- cines, some of which were sent to Fris- co’s new hub. Collin County Judge Chris Hill said people still need to exercise patience. While the county has been preparing for CONTINUED ON 18

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Freshly supplied with its ! rst alloca- tion of COVID-19 vaccines, the city of Frisco began to vaccinate eligible resi- dents inFebruary tohelpmeet the ongo- ing demand. On the ! rst day of booking appoint- ments, slots for the Frisco hub met capacity. The story is the same on a

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NOWOPEN 1 Wulf Burger , one of Frisco’s newest burger joints, opened in December at 9250 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 134, near Toy- ota Stadium. Wulf Burger sells beef burg- ers as well as vegan Impossible patties. According to the restaurant’s website, all of its ingredients are locally sourced. 469-428-4113. www.wul ! urgers.com 2 The B-12 Store is now open for busi- ness inside Stonebriar Centre mall. The health store, which opened Dec. 4, focus- es on the sale of injectable vitamins and wellness shots, including vitamin B12, vitamin B3, zinc and magnesium, as well as injectable weight-loss supplements. The B-12 Store is located at 2601 Preston Road, Ste. 1262, Frisco. 469-920-8506. 3 Farm2Cook , a halal meat store, will open its second Frisco location in February o " Eldorado Parkway and Inde- pendence Parkway. All goat and chicken products from Farm2Cook farms are organic, grass-fed and free-range. www.farm2cook.com 4 Alanita Travel , an agency that helps clients travel “to India and beyond," will open a new location in April at 14339 W. Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 140, Frisco. Based in Boston, Alanita Travel aims to help cus- tomers obtain airline tickets at competi- tive prices. 888-465-4282. www.alanitatravel.com 5 Trophy Signature Homes an- nounced in December that the second phase of its Edgewood community is coming to Frisco in March. Homes in this phase will range from 2,760-3,890 www.theb12stores.com COMING SOON

square feet. Edgewood’s second phase is located at the northeast corner of Rolater Road and Coit Road. Amenities include an activity center, a swimming pool, a playground, a pavilion, walking trails and green spaces. 214-550-5733. www.trophysignaturehomes.com/ communities/dallas-ft-worth RELOCATIONS 6 Wishful Thinking closed Jan. 24 at 200 E. Louisiana St., McKinney, to reopen as a vendor booth at Painted Tree Marketplace in Frisco. The new shop will be located at 2930 Preston Road, Unit 200B, Frisco. Owner Patty Streber said she will sell hand-designed goods and home decor. 469-661-1588. www.wishfulthinkingstar.com 7 Village Health Partners will relocate its East Frisco o # ce at 8380 Warren Parkway, Ste. 100, to 9990 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, sometime this summer. The new building, called Medical Village Frisco, will contain multiple health care o " erings under one roof: labs, specialists and imaging. 214-387-8288. www.villagehealthpartners.com/ frisco-medical-village ANNIVERSARIES 8 Bigdash , a bakery selling Middle Eastern sweets, will celebrate the $ rst anniversary of its Frisco location Feb. 8. Owned by two immigrants from Damas- cus, Syria, Bigdash has gained popularity in the Texan Arab community for its kanafeh, a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made with $ lo pastry, sugar syrup and cheese. Kareem Alreefai, one of the owners, said his mission is to make

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Jan. 13 to approve funding for auditorium renovations at A Wakeland and B Liberty high schools . The refresh will include new LED lighting and sound structures, new stage rigging, and new audio-video systems to be completed with a budget of $2,933,777, according to district documents. Liberty High School is located at 15250 Rolater Road, Frisco. 469-633-5800. Wakeland High School is located at 10700 Legacy Drive, Frisco. 469-633-5700. www.friscoisd.org CLOSINGS 12 Impractical Sandwich food truck has closed, according to an announcement online. Located on the property of The Heritage Table, Impractical Sandwich was a pandemic-era pop-up stand that served gourmet sandwiches. The truck was open at 7110 Main St., Frisco, from Dec. 3 until Jan. 18. Richard Vana, the owner of The Heritage Table, announced on Facebook that the restaurant would reopen in April. 469-664-0100. www.impracticalsandwich.com

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125 FOCUSED ON AGENTS NOWOPEN 1 Construction has ! nished on Frisco’s luxury community for active adults. Presidium at Edgestone , which opened in summer 2020, is located on 18 acres at 5857 Legacy Drive, Frisco. The commu- nity for those age 62 and older contains independent-living cottages with open " oor plans; quartz countertops; ceramic tile " ooring; energy-e # cient appliances and light ! xtures; walk-in closets; and private patios. In addition to the close proximity to Frisco- and Plano-area entertainment and dining, residents will also have access to high-end, in-house amenities, including multipurpose club rooms, a resort-style swimming pool, a ! tness center, a library and computer lounge, game and media rooms, and a

resident gardening area with shade struc- tures. 682-243-2507. https://presidiumatedgestone.com 2 Apricot Lane opened a store at 4350 N. Main St., Ste. 130, Frisco, on Jan. 28. The women’s boutique will sell clothing, accessories, handbags, and gifts in regular and junior sizes. 972-704-3255. www.facebook.com/apricotlanefrisco 3 Beyond Pilates opened Dec. 11 at 4747 Fourth Army Drive, Ste. 100, Frisco. The boutique studio is known for music-driven, Pilates-based workouts, according to the Beyond website. More than 75 classes are held each week, and a limited number of guests are instruct- ed per class to boost motivation from

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NEWOWNERSHIP 12 Even though Uber sold its commer- cial aerial ridesharing program to Joby Aviation , ride-sharing in the air is still planned to take o $ at Frisco Station in the future. Jason Meyer, a spokesperson for Hillwood Properties and Frisco Station 4141 Frisco Green Ave, said that although the companies are changing names and ownership has shifted, “the technology is still moving forward.” Meyer said the timeline for takeo $ is still unclear, as the pandemic has essentially halted testing for the aerial technologies. The technolo- gies still need approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. Even though the timeline is unclear, there are no plans to change services or to stop the pending development of an aerial ride-sharing hub in Frisco, Meyer said. CLOSINGS 13 After opening in August 2019, Rush

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06 THROUGH07 LIVE 80: THE ULTIMATE ‘80S EXPERIENCE The Revel Patio Grill is hosting an ‘80s music night for anyone in the area who is looking to throw it back and escape the 2020s. Music will be played from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Online ticket sales will stay open until 5 p.m. the day of the event. Masks are required for entry. $15 per ticket. 469-384-7700. www.eventbrite.com/e/live-80-the- ultimate-80s-experience tickets -134595425541 12 THROUGH 13 MARDITINES COUPLES GETAWAY Chef C Ray is hosting a weekend getaway at the Hampton Inn & Suites for Valentine’s Day. Couples can enjoy a one-night hotel stay that includes a sweetheart brunch, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to their room, and a couples’ cooking class and dinner. The pricing is per couple, not per individual, and only two people can be included per ticket. Couples should also inform the chef of any food allergies at the time of booking. No child care will be provided. $150-$350. 6070 Sports Village Road, Frisco. 972-668-4200. www.eventbrite. com/e/marditines-couples-getaway- tickets-135569954383

FEBRUARY NOWTHROUGH 15 PARANORMAL CIRQUE

For locals who aren’t scared of clowns or the paranormal, there’s a new show in town until Feb. 15: the Paranormal Cirque, located in the parking lot of Stonebriar Centre, is bringing their clown castle to town. Attendees will venture with performers into a dark, paranormal world full of creatures with unfathomable circus abilities. No one under the age of 13 will be allowed into the circus and those under 17 require a chaperone who is at least 21 years old. $10-$50. 2601 Preston Road. 941-704-8572. www.paranormalcirque.com 06 2021 WOGA CLASSIC AND VALERI LIUKIN INVITATIONAL More than 3,000 elite athletes in women’s and men’s artistic gymnastics and acrobatics are coming to compete in Frisco. In response to the public health situation, The Ford Center has implemented health and sanitation policies and is following CDC guidelines. 9 Cowboys Way, Frisco. 972-497-4800. www.thestarinfrisco.com/calendar/2021- woga-classic-valeri-liukin-invitational-2

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About 3,000 rainbow trout are released into the pond at Frisco Commons for ! shing fun. The ! rst 25 children to show up and catch a trout will have the opportunity to win a rod and reel set. Participants age 17 and older must bring a Texas ! shing license. Free. Frisco Commons, 8000 McKinney Road, Frisco. 972-292-6500. www.friscotexas.gov /1188/trick-a-trout (Courtesy city of Frisco)

20 CARS & CIGARS FRISCO Lovers of cars, cigars and roasted co ! ee can join Industrial Cigar Co. for their monthly car show. The free event entails admiring cars and motorcycles. Cigars may be smoked outside 25 feet away from Taco Mezcal’s entrance. Free. 9500 Dallas Parkway, Frisco. 469-305-7360. www.eventbrite.com/e/cars-cigars- frisco-free-event-every-3rd-saturday- tickets-129777330489

27 WOWSHOW: FIRE! Science lovers can spend the afternoon learning from STEM educators and watching a " re show at 1 p.m. The " re show lasts one hour. Free-$10. Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco. 972-546-3050. www.mindstretchingfun.org/event /wow-show- " re-8

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The Dallas North Tollway in Frisco is being extended north with a bridge over US 380. (Courtesy North Texas Tollway Authority)

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The Dallas North Tollway is being expanded north of Frisco through Pros- per, Celina and into Grayson County. The North Texas Tollway Authority is extending the tollway via the construction of a new four-lane bridge over US 380. Construction began in February 2020, according to NTTA Media Relations Manager Michael Rey. This project will extend the tollway 13.7 miles north of US 380, according to NTTA project documents. Once the bridge is complete, the NTTA will add another four-lane segment of tollway between US 380 and FM 428 in Celina, o ! cials said. Construction on a two-lane frontage road from FM 428 to the Grayson County line is part of the project. The NTTA Board of Directors selected Mario Sinacola and Sons Excavating for construction of the frontage road and CONSOR Engineering for con- struction management. Coordination with stakeholders and partners is ongoing, documents indicate. Crews continue to work on the DNT extension project over US 380 as well as to perform environmen- tal engineering work. Rey said project completion is scheduled for 2022.

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News from Frisco & Collin County

Frisco City Council Meets at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 and March 2; open meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. www.friscotexas.gov Frisco ISD board of trustees Meets at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 www.friscoisd.org Collin County Commissioners Court Meets at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 15 and 22 www.collincountytx.gov Denton County Commissioners Court Meets at 9 a.m. Feb. 9, 16 and 23 www.dentoncounty.gov Collin College board of trustees Meets at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 www.collin.edu MEETINGSWE COVER HIGHLIGHTS COLLINCOUNTY County commissioners unanimously voted Jan. 11 to contract private company Curative Medical Associates to establish megasites for COVID-19 vaccinations. Curative operates several large-scale COVID-19 testing sites nationwide and is certi ! ed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and vaccine manufacturers as an administrator of publicly provided vaccines.

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BY MATT PAYNE The city of Frisco is moving forward with plans to build out infrastructure around Hall Park. On Jan. 19, Frisco City Council approved project and ! nancial plans for the city’s sixth tax increment reinvestment zone, which council members created during their Dec. 1 meeting. The new TIRZ encompasses the 175-acre Hall Park at Warren Parkway and Dallas North Tollway. Reinvestment zones collect a certain portion of property tax revenue produced from a certain area. Money generated within a TIRZ funds public improvements within the area without creating new taxes. Within the boundaries of this TIRZ, 50% of property tax revenue and 50% of sales tax revenue generated will be recaptured. The property’s taxable value as of the creation of the TIRZ is estimated

to be over $632 million. By 2045, when the TIRZ is set to expire, that value is expected to more than quadruple to more than $2.6 billion, according to city documents. Projects funded by the TIRZ may include public parking facilities, Gaylord Parkway improvements for road capacity, utility improvements, landscaping, open space and other amenities, according to a memo prepared for the city. Hall Group, the developer of the property, has already begun redevel- oping the area. Two three-story o " ce buildings were demolished in March at the corner of Warren and Gaylord parkways. Redevelopment will include a new building at the corner of Warren Parkway and Internet Boulevard and a parking structure next to a potential performing arts facility in partnership with Frisco ISD.

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Extracurricular activities (post- COVID-19): dance, Spanish, drama, soccer, basketball, volleyball Current enrollment: 110 Tuition: $1,300-$1,600 monthly 3443 Lebanon Road 972-885-8585 https://starwoodschools.com RELIGION ! BASED 3 Grace Covenant Academy Grades served: K-12 Religious orientation: Christian

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Parents should ! gure out what type of school they are interested in, such as religion-based, Montessori, Waldorf or college prep. Parents should research the mission of the school and make sure it aligns with what they want. They should ask about the tuition costs and fees as well as whether the school o " ers ! nancial aid, as many do. Parents should ask what tests the school administers. Most private schools do not administer the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness but may have students take some sort of norm-referenced test that compares them with other students of their age group nationally.

SRT TOLL Parents should ! nd out the school’s calendar, which may di " er from area public school districts. Some schools may also go year-round with longer breaks. Parents should encourage the entire family to visit the school to get a feel for the atmosphere and to see if they can envision their children in that setting.

WHAT QUEST IONS TO ASK WHEN C HOO S I NG A PR I VAT E S C HOO L Texas has more than 1,400 accredited private schools, of which about 900 are also nonpro ! ts. To help parents choose the right school for their children, Laura Colangelo, the executive director of both the Texas Private Schools Association and the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission, o " ers a few tips and suggestions.

OTHER QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

• Is the school accredited? • What is a typical day like?

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HOWPRECIOUS Among the precious gemstones sold in the store are diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Over the years, di # erent meanings have been assigned to each. Here are some fun facts from Noah’s’ gem expert, Leigh McGuill. Diamonds, made of

Noah’s Fine Watches and Jewelry buys, sells and trades jewelry items, such as refurbished Rolex watches.

crystallized carbon, form 100 miles underground. Some are nearly three billion years old. Some of the world’s best emeralds come from Colombia, Brazil and Afghanistan. Emeralds were also once believed to cure cholera. Likely discovered 2,000 years ago in India, rubies derive their name from the Sanskrit word “ratnaraj,” which roughly translates to “king of the gems.” Sapphire is the birthstone for September. In the past, it was also a traditional gift for couples celebrating their ! fth or 45th anniversaries. Sapphires are the second- hardest gemstones in existence.

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Owner NoahMackie said one of his favorite aspects of the job is developing relationships with customers.

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Noah’s FineWatches and Jewelry Lifelong love of the craft leads jeweler to success with store in Frisco N oah Mackie has a penchant for pendants—along with watches, rings, earrings, Frisco after working in jewelry stores for just four years. In that time, Mackie has collected stories about being a jewelry store

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“They’re all individually sourced to match up. It’s a really tough thing to do with natural rubies,” he said. In addition to having an interest in the artistic dimen- sion of jewelry,

bracelets, broaches and anything else one might ! nd in a jewelry store. Mackie knew from a young age that he appreciated beautiful jew- elry, he said. His dad used to bring him to jewelry stores as a kid, where he said he loved trying on Michael Kors watches. What Mackie did not know as a child, however, is that he would eventually open his own store. Since he was 18, Mackie has been climbing the ladder in the jewelry business; he started out working at Jared’s while in college. Two years ago, Mackie opened his own store in

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owner that could drop some jaws: Once, he sold a $100,000 ring. Mackie expressed an inter- est in the artistry of jewelry, too. His favorite thing in the store, he said, is a ruby necklace

“IT’SMORE THAN JUST SHINY STUFF. IT’S REALLY EXCITING TOCELEBRATE THOSE SPECIALMOMENTS.” NOAH MACKIE, OWNER

Mackie said he loves the community ties that selling engage- ment rings and sentimental jewelry can create. “Once I got in the industry, I learned that it’s more than

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DINING FEATURE

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Each visit to Didi’s Downtown will likely lead to encountering a new dish at the restaurant. The owner said he loves to regularly craft new specials. MODIFYING MENU

This lobster mac and cheese includes havarti cream, English peas, spinach and charcoal-grilled bread.

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Dijon and rosemary-crusted Australian rack of lambs is served with scalloped potatoes and basil green beans.

Didi’s Downtown owner and chef Scott Ho ! ner said the unassuming space aims to impress everyone who walks through the door.

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DIDI’S DOWNTOWN, WHERE IT ALL GOES DOWN. Some of the events featured at Didi’s include live music Wednesdays through Saturdays. • live music • stand-up comedy • student workshops • large patio space

Didi’s Downtown Local chef dishes out diverse cuisine at Rail District mainstay T here is no rhyme or reason to the ever-evolving menu at Didi’s Downtown, owner and

Didi’s has signature dishes on the core menu that Ho ! ner said patrons drive many miles to get, including Didi’s meatloaf and its honey-butter hot chicken sandwich. Even so, the thrill of experi- encing Ho ! ner’s fresh culinary ventures keeps a large following coming back, he said. The chef frequently has a lineup of daily specials for the week; one such lineup was chicken marsala, pan- seared scallops from Boston and Korean charcoal-grilled barbecue duck. “My specials are where I get to make a showpiece,” Ho ! ner said. Looking ahead, Ho ! ner said Didi’s will o ! er more of this variety

once the weather warms back up. Ho ! ner also said the restaurant will expand its schedule to be open on Tuesdays. Didi’s will remain closed on Mondays, but recently, Ho ! ner has been preparing special, RSVP-only " ve-course meals on days the restaurant is closed to the public. These limited-seat, premium meals will continue on Mondays. The chef said he ultimately hopes to carry on the legacy of his late mother, Diane Ho ! ner, a culinary master who was otherwise known as “Didi.” “She loved to cook. She was a great cook,” Ho ! ner said. “She could always make something out of nothing.”

chef Scott Ho ! ner said. Instead, Ho ! ner prepares what is seasonal, what likely has not been featured at his restaurant before, and ultimately, whatever he is in the mood to cook. “For me, I don’t care if it’s fried chicken or foie gras. It doesn’t matter if it’s scallops or ham " let or the best chicken sandwich you’ve ever had,” Ho ! ner said. “I really like to try to mix and meld a lot of # avors.” That approach has made the bar and grill a Rail District mainstay since it opened in 2018 at 7210 Main St., Frisco.

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