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Frisco ISD CTE expansion keeps up with program demand, workforce needs

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Work will begin this fall on an expansion to Frisco ISD’s Career and Technical Education Center, which will include a mixture of architecture, graphics, animation, esports and articial intelligence labs. (Rendering courtesy Frisco ISD)

BY MIRANDA JAIMES

FISD students are encouraged to explore programs at the CTE center, FISD Associate Deputy Superinten- dent Wes Cunningham said. The expe- rience gained through CTE courses in high school helps students be more sure about their future careers, he

said. In many cases, students can also start working immediately in their eld upon high school graduation. “This gives them the chance to experience some real-world jobs, and real-world skills and concepts in a safe CONTINUED ON 28

As students return to school in Frisco ISD, construction will begin on a $22.19 million project to expand FISD’s Career and Technical Education Cen- ter from 175,186 square feet to 220,549 square feet.

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Frisco nonprots move toward full strength after pandemic challenges

volunteering in frisco Frisco Family Services, one of the largest nonprots serving Frisco, saw a drop in volunteers for scal year 2020-21 before it started rising again the following year. Numbers still have not returned to pre-pandemic levels, however.

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FY 2019-20: 6,300

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In line with a trend seen throughout the state and the U.S., COVID-19 hit Frisco nonprots hard. How- ever, area nonprots have continued to recover in the past year, both in terms of the number of volunteers and services oered. At a time when community needs were high, non- prots adapted to having fewer volunteers and in CONTINUED ON 32

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NOW OPEN 1 Waxonomy, a waxing and brow salon, held a grand opening July 22. Original- ly based in Canada, Bare Essentials is rebranding as Waxonomy and opened its first U.S. store at 13030 Preston Road, Ste. 400, Frisco. Waxonomy has locations in Waterloo and Guelph, Canada. While the location in the Shops at Creekside is the first U.S. location, the company has plans to expand further. 469-536-8534. www.waxonomy.ca 2 Restored Path Detox opened Aug. 1 at 11777 Lebanon Road, Frisco. The addiction treatment center specializes in detoxing patients of all ages from substance abuse, according to a spokesperson for the com- pany. Restored Path Detox provides 24/7 medical supervision, counseling, medi- cation management and other services, according to its website. 844-236-2980. www.restoredpathdetox.com 3 ER of Texas , a 24-hour emergency room, is now open at 16300 SH 121 in Frisco. The company provides around- the-clock services for a variety of minor and major injuries as well as pediatric medical care and imaging services to Collin, Denton and Dallas counties. The Frisco location, which opened in June, is ER of Texas’ ninth location. 469-809- 4214. www.eroftexas.com 4 Popshelf opened in July at 3333 Preston Road, Ste. 130, Frisco. Items at Popshelf are mostly $5 and under, offering customers an affordable shop- ping experience. The retail store offers a large range of items, including beauty products, cleaning supplies, crafts, party supplies, toys and more, according to a release from Popshelf. The Frisco store is projected to create up to 15 new jobs. 945-348-3168. www.popshelf.com

5 Dick’s Sporting Goods Warehouse Sale Store is now open at 5550 Pres- ton Road, Frisco. The warehouse store opened June 24 and offers an assortment of goods, including apparel and footwear, at discounted prices. New products and markdowns are rolled out each week. The store is located in a 50,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by Hemi- sphere’s furniture store, according to 6 The Cannon Team of Keller Williams Realty moved to a new location at the end of July at 5933 Preston Road, Ste. 300, Frisco. The Cannon Team is a group of Keller Williams realtors founded by Christie and Kevin Cannon. The team specializes in home sales in Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Plano, Little Elm, Prosper and North Dallas, according to a company spokesperson. Christie Cannon is one of the top 100 realtors in the country with Keller Williams, according to her web- site, and her team provides house market- ing, photography and professional staging to clients. 972-215-7747. www.cannonteamhomes.com 7 La Creme Bakery opened its doors June 23 at 6549 Coit Road, Ste. 118, Frisco. Its menu includes a range of croissant and breakfast sandwiches as well as coffee, iced tea, smoothies, frappes and a variety of desserts, including tiramisu, operas, choux pastries, eclairs and napoleons, Ex- ecutive Chef Azhagarasi Azhagiri said in an email. The shop’s products are made from scratch using in-house recipes with locally sourced ingredients without genetically modified organisms and with no preserva- tives. 469-793-1462. www.lacremebakerycafe.com Kimco Realty. 412-863-2457. www.dickssportinggoods.com 8 California-based Cauldron Ice Cream opened in the Frisco Ranch development at 9144 Prestmont Place, Ste. 230. Fran-

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chise Owner Fares Khalidi brought the brand to Dallas and opened the store on Knox Street in March 2019. Khalidi looked for retail spaces in the Frisco and McKin- ney area and settled on a 1,539-square- foot location in the Asian-centric development Frisco Ranch. Cauldron Ice Cream serves custom, made-to-order ice cream that is frozen using liquid nitrogen. The establishment is known for its Puffle Cones, which is a bubble waffle cone, according to Khalidi. Cauldron Ice Cream officially opened in late July. www.cauldronicecream.com COMING SOON 9 California-based pizza brand Curry Pizza House is opening its first location in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in Frisco. First-time franchisee Parneet Kaur is opening the restaurant with her husband, Gurpreet Kochar. The couple moved to Texas from California and could not find any pizza joints that combined Italian and Indian ingredients like Curry Pizza House did, according to Kochar. The Frisco location is slated to open in mid-August. The restaurant is located at 5353 Inde- pendence Parkway, Ste. 105, Frisco. www. currypizzahouse.com 10 After working together at Texas Health Internal Medicine in Plano for 10 years, Dr. Humera Ahmed and Dr. Dina Diehl are opening a private practice on Dallas Parkway in Frisco. Both doctors are board-certified internal medicine providers who plan to open the doors of their prac- FEATURED IMPACT NOW OPEN TotalCare ER opened the doors of its 24/7 emergency room June 7 on Preston Road in Frisco. The emergency room treats various emergency conditions, including abdominal pain, accidental poisoning, bites, burns, eye injuries, high fever, dehydration and more, according to its website. The Frisco location at 5245 Preston Road has the ability to do CT scans, sonograms and lab work, so imaging and tests can be conducted on site. The Texas-based company also strives to provide shorter wait times than hospital ERs. “Our patients come to us because they

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tice in October at 13108 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 430, Frisco. Signature Internal Medi- cine will be a concierge internal medicine practice, meaning the doctors will provide personalized medical care in longer ap- pointments and 24/7 access to the doctors, according to its website. 469-200-5301. www.signatureinternalmedicine.com 11 Nikita Hair will open its first Texas hair salon in September as the company continues its expansion into the U.S. with a store in Frisco. Nikita Hair provides haircuts, coloring extensions and hair treatments for women, men and children. The hair salon will also sell its own line of hair and skin products called Eleni & Chris at its store at 13030 Preston Road, Ste. 500, Frisco. www.nikitahair.com SCHOOL NOTE 12 The Frisco ISD Staff Health Clinic celebrated its ribbon cutting Aug. 4 with Children’s Health and Frisco ISD representa- tives at 6950 Stadium Lane, Frisco. The FISD employee clinic is housed in a district facility formerly used for athletic offices but is now leased to Dallas Physician Medical Services for Children, which operates the clinic. The health clinic is only for FISD employees, but representatives for Children’s Health said serving families of FISD employees “is a future dream.” Follow-ups with specialists and prescriptions will be billed through insurance, but care at the clinic is provided at no cost. 469-303-3036. www.childrensvirtualvisit.com.

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fall, and construction will begin in August, according to Jiwani. Jiwani has lived in the city of Frisco since 2012 and had a desire to bring the Halal Guys brand to the city, he said. He said he and his team “look forward to being a part of the community and joining all the successful businesses already in Frisco.” Jiwani owns and operates the Plano, Carrollton and Southlake The Halal Guys restaurants. The Frisco location will be the rst to debut a new restaurant de- sign from The Halal Guys’ corporate team. Jiwani describes the new design as a “more urban setting.” www.thehalalguys.com 6 Fresh-baked cookie shop Crumbl will open in Frisco at the end of September or early October, according to franchise owner Adam Burnham. Crumbl Cookies will be located at 4880 Eldorado Park- way, Ste. 400, Frisco, in the Shoppes at Eldorado development alongside other tenants, including The Halal Guys and PT Neighborhood Pizzeria. The build-out process for a Crumbl store is eight weeks, so Burnham said he expects a fall open- ing date. He said he has been wanting to bring Crumbl to Frisco but had to wait for the right spot to becoming available. He has a goal to keep growing the company into other parts of North Texas, Burnham said. The franchise owner also has plans for another store near the Stonebriar Centre on Preston Road and believes the population of Frisco “can handle another Crumbl store.” He also has plans to expand into Prosper after the Eldorado location opens. www.crumblcookies.com 7 San Antonio-based Frost Bank will open a nancial center in Frisco at the southwest intersection of Warren and Dallas parkways. The Frisco location will be a standalone building featuring a drive-thru. The project is expected to

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NOW OPEN 1 Contemporary photographer Robert Shreve opened a ne arts gallery July 28 at The Star in Frisco.The Shreve Fine Art Gallery , located at 6775 Cowboys Way, Ste. 1310, showcases his award-winning portfolio, which features photographic works captured around the world, with a specialization in ne art landscape pho- tography. Shreve, a Dallas local and Texas native, won seven international awards for photography in 2018, including the Silver Award from the Epson International Pano Awards for his work titled “Fall Lake Reection,” according to Shreve’s web- site. Customers can purchase images as corporate art, hospitality art and images for the home. The gallery also oers collectible limited edition prints for art

collectors, according to Shreve’s website. 214-226-9717. www.shreveneart.com 2 The Minty Barber opened July 15 at 1377 Legacy Drive, Ste. 105, co-owner Ahmad Shaban said in an email. It is a business venture co-founded by Ahmad Shaban and his brother Said Shaban. The shop oers haircuts, beard trims, hot towel shaves, junior cuts for children ages 3-12, and clean-ups or edge-ups. The shop will also oer “Back & Sides” cuts, a service focused on refreshing an old cut. The shop tailors its services to the individual person, he said. Custom- ers should think of the shop’s services as that “custom-tailored suit that you always dreamt of wearing,” Ahmed said. 214-618-0757. www.mintybarber.com

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hear each other’s work. The club meets every month at the library. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., fourth oor, McCallum Room. 972-292-5669. www.friscolibrary.bibliocommons.com/ events 11 NETWORK AT NORTH TEXAS PODCASTERS MEETUP This event is for podcasters from North Texas and surrounding areas to come meet and network with one another. There will be a featured speaker and free pizza. The event will take place at Makers Gym, a co-working space that provides access to art production studios and production equipment. Free. 6:30 p.m. 7511 Main St., Ste. 200, Frisco. Search North Texas Podcasters meetup on www.eventbrite.com. Spend the day exploring over 60 exhibitors, talking to baby experts and health care professionals, testing dierent products and shopping at pop-up boutiques at the Embassy Suites convention center. The expo will include various other events, including seminars, giveaways and contests, a fashion show and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 (children), $20 (general admission), $70 (VIP). 7600 John Q Hammons Drive. 321-972-3760. www.thepregoexpo.com/events/dallas-3 (Courtesy Jessica Friend)

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SUMMER SPLASH ART SHOW View artworks of water, play and summer fun at the Frisco Art Gallery’s Summer Splash Art Show. Various mediums of art will be featured including photography, acrylic and more. Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. Frisco Discovery Center at 8004 N. Dallas Parkway. 972-292-6652. www.friscotexas.gov/calendar 10 MEET LOCAL WRITERS AT THE FRISCO LIBRARY Meet with other local writers to discuss the writing and publishing process and

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Take advantage of North Texas’ largest culinary event that begins Aug. 8 and goes through Aug. 14 with many restaurants extending through up to Sept. 4. Guests can enjoy multiple-course meals for a xed price at ne-dining restaurants throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including two restaurants in Frisco: Dee Lincoln Prime at 6670 Winning Drive, Ste. 400, and Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille at 2440 Parkwood Blvd. A portion of the dining prices will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope, a nonprot to improve child well-being. www.audacy.com/ dfwrestaurantweek (Courtesy Ryan McAdams/DFW Restaurant Week)

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13 OBSERVE THE SKY AT FRISCO STARFEST Frisco Starfest occurs on the second Saturday of each month at Frisco Commons Park. It is hosted by the Texas Astronomical Society and allows both members and guests to observe and educate each other on planets, stars and the night sky in general. The event is open to the public and will have about 12 telescopes set up for viewing. 7-10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Free. 8000 McKinney Road. 214-800-6000. www.txartisan.com/all-events/ frisco-frisco-starfest 13 BIKE WITH THE COUNCIL AT TAYCHAS TRAIL Enjoy a conversational bike ride with elected ocials at Taychas Trail. The bike route will be a combination of on-street and city hike-and-bike trails and will cover 7.9 miles. The three-hour ride will allow participants the chance to learn about Frisco while riding through city parks and discovering public art. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. The ride begins at 6300 Maltby Drive. www.friscotexas.gov/calendar 17 MEET A BUNCH OF BEAUTIES IN BUSINESS Network with other women on a rational, professional and personal level at the Bunch of Beauties in Business event hosted by IAMwife Foundation. The event will

take place at the Cowboys Club in Frisco, providing opportunities to team up and network. This event occurs on the 17th of every month. 7-9 p.m. Free. Five Cowboys Way. Search A Bunch of Beauties in Business on www.eventbrite.com. 20 EXPERIENCE A SPOKEN WORD AND MUSIC SHOWCASE Celebrate Black culture through spoken word, music, art and storytelling at this event. The event includes free parking, free refreshments and free speech. Tickets are limited and cost 8-10 p.m. $10-$65. 9255 Preston Road. 972-704-5001. Search Blacknicent through www.eventbrite.com. 20 PARTICIPATE IN A CLINIC WITH DRUMMER RICH REDMOND Rockstars of Tomorrow Music Academy is hosting a clinic featuring award- winning recording and touring drummer Rich Redmond. Redmond has toured with various artists including Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and more. The clinic will feature a performance, Q&A, stories, artist signing and giveaways. 5-8 p.m. $25-$65. 6363 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 112. 214-937-9073. Search Studio Sessions Featuring Rich Redmond through www.eventbrite.com.

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FRISCO FOOD, WINE AND SPIRITS FEST FRISCO HALL

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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES

A new pedestrian hybrid beacon will be added to Coit Road and Hay River Trail. (Rendering courtesy city of Frisco)

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As work on the rst portion of Coit Road wraps up, crews are busy with the next part of the project to widen the road. Earlier this spring the nishing touches were placed on a project that widens Coit from A SH 121 to Main Street from four lanes to six lanes. Trees that were in the median of Coit south of Main Street were removed, and the ones that could be transplanted were moved to various city parks and other public spaces. In January, crews began the second phase of construction, which adds a third lane in both the northbound and southbound lanes on Coit from B Main to Buckeye Drive. The project will also include Frisco’s rst pedestrian hybrid beacon at Hay River Trail, according to a city news video. The beacon will be activated by pedestrians when they need to cross the intersection. It will turn yellow to slow trac, then red to stop drivers and allow pedestrians safe passage. After a set time has elapsed, the light will ash red and then will turn dark until they are activated again. The goal of the beacon is to help people get to and from Maus Middle School. Work in this section is scheduled to be completed at the end of this year or early next. The nal portion of the Coit project will have crews working from C Buckeye Drive to US 380. The city is in the design portion of this part of the project, and the

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Legacy Drive widening Construction on Legacy Drive reached a milestone in June when Phase 1 of the project was completed. Both directions of trac now travel on the reconstruct- ed northbound lanes, while crews work to widen the southbound lanes. City sta estimate it will take another nine months to reconstruct them. The project widens Legacy from four to six lanes between SH 121 and Warren Parkway. Timeline: July 2021-spring 2023 Cost: $18.2 million Funding source: city of Frisco plan is to start construction in late 2023. It is slated to take about a year to 15 months to complete. Timeline: January-late 2022 (second phase) Cost: $6.5 million (second phase) Funding source: city of Frisco

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ENVIRONMENT

Stormwater crew combats beaver dam buildup with ‘beaver deceiver’

BY GRANT JOHNSON

beaver from damming up the creek. After watching a video, Smith and his team recreated the leveler with materials, such as piping, that they already had in-house for about $50. “The water ows through the pipe,” Smith said. “We built a structure that would protect the end of the pipe from being clogged [and prevent] debris being built up by beavers.” The team removed the dam and in January installed the pond leveler, nicknamed “the beaver deceiver,” in the creek. The goal of the device is to help people coexist with wildlife, Harts said. “Beavers play a role in our ecosys- tem, they just cause a problem when their ecosystem meets the manmade world, like trails and things like that,” Harts said. “We think the pond leveler is much less harmful to the beavers than picking them up in metal cages and taking them somewhere.”

The Frisco Public Works Depart- ment’s stormwater crews got crafty at the Cottonwood Creek in north Frisco after receiving a call last year that a beaver dam was causing water to ood a nearby jogging trail. Frisco Stormwater Manager Perry Harts said the city gets at least one call a month to remove beaver dams that cause water to collect in unwanted areas. After city oficials remove the debris, they know if it was caused by a beaver if the debris “just magically reappears, ” Harts said. This was the case with the buildup in Cottonwood Creek. Crews led by Supervisor Brandon Smith with assistance from the city’s Natural Resources group researched and decided to build a pond leveler, which is a device that allows water to continue to ow and prevents a

A pond leveler allows water to ow through the beaver dam. (Photos courtesy city of Frisco)

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TOURISM 2026 FIFA World Cup to bring ‘staggering’ economic impacts

BY GRANT JOHNSON

sports, especially large events like the World Cup, but it allows us to really focus on the other things that Frisco does as well,” Dill said. A study conducted in 2018 by the Boston Consulting Group for The United States Soccer Federation found that each host city could generate

Even though Frisco will not host any soccer matches of its own when the FIFA World Cup comes to Dallas in 2026, the economic impacts of the host city will be felt in Frisco as fans come from across the country to the area, ocials said. “The economic impact is stag-

North Texas soccer fans were excited to hear Dallas was selected as one of the host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup at the June announcement. (Courtesy city of Frisco)

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“PEOPLE PAY A LOT OF ATTENTION TO SPORTS, ESPECIALLY LARGE EVENTS LIKE THE WORLD CUP, BUT IT ALLOWS US TO REALLY FOCUS ON THE OTHER THINGS THAT FRISCO DOES AS WELL.” JOSH DILL, DIRECTOR OF SPORTS AND EVENTS FOR VISIT FRISCO

at least $160 mil- lion-$620 million in incremental economic activity,

gering,” Dill said. “People are bring- ing their money from the outside market and spend- ing it here with local businesses, supporting jobs and paying sales tax, and then they will go back home and leave all the money in our economy.”

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them that guests pay which funds projects in the city.

the city. Dill said sports are a way to reinvest in the city and showcase other city areas. “We have so

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On June 16, Dallas was announced as one of 16 North American cities to host World Cup matches in the summer of 2026. In the bid to bring the World Cup to Dallas, AT&T Stadium in Arlington was designated to serve as the site for soccer matches, and the Toyota Stadium and Toyota Sports Complex in Frisco were allocated as spaces for practicing and could act as a “base- camp” for a participating team. Dallas is also in the running to become the international broadcast center as well as referee training and headquarters, according to the Dallas Sports Commission’s website. “People pay a lot of attention to

arts happening here, and sports is really the catalyst in getting people here and then being able to show them all that other stu that makes events like the World Cup a great thing to capitalize on,” Dill said. Although the Dallas Cowboys orga- nization is involved in the bid, there are no plans to use the Ford Center in the World Cup, according to Dill. The National Soccer Hall of Fame, also in Frisco, could be used in some capacity, but plans have not been nalized. “We haven’t had any specic discus- sions yet about how many matches and what level of matches [will be hosted at AT&T Stadium], but over the next

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year we’re going to be trying to ght for not only which games go where but also there’s elements, like the referee headquarters, that can be in Dallas,” Dill said.

The number of games, levels and additional delegations are expected to be nalized by the end of 2023, accord- ing to Dill. A Dallas host committee will be established in January 2023.

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CITY & COUNTY

News from Frisco

City Council approves agreement for 45-acre oce campus project FRISCO City Council passed a master develop- ment agreement July 5 for an oce park called SouthStone Yards that will oer 1.1 million square feet of space across four buildings. The agreement among the city of Frisco, the Frisco Economic Development Corp., the Frisco Community Development Corp. and Crow Hold- ings will allow Crow Holdings Oce to construct four Class A oce buildings and accompanying parking structures at the northeast corner of SH 121 and Spring Creek Parkway. “This project will bring much-needed oce space to help our very full pipeline of prospects,” said Gloria Salinas, vice president of the Frisco Economic Development Corp., during the meeting. SouthStone Yards will be completed in four phases with four oce buildings and parking structures. These will span the 45-acre site. The rst building is slated to open in December 2024, and the project will conclude with the opening of Building 4 in December 2030.

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Speed limits reduced on two Frisco roadways FRISCO The city of Frisco unanimously voted to lower speed limits from 50 mph to 45 mph on sections of Coit Road and Dallas Parkway during a July 5 City Council meeting. The speed change on Dallas from Main Street to SH 121 and on Coit from US 380 to Panther Creek Parkway go into eect immediately and will be reected with new signage in the near future. New roadway construction and updated speed studies led city sta to recommend the new speed limits presented to the council, according to meeting documents.

Developers plan to construct the rst building as a speculative mass timber building, the area’s rst, ocials said. (Rendering courtesy Crow Holdings Development)

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