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Nine-Band Brewing Company – Texas Inspired Brewery In Allen, TX

Nine-Band Brewing Company Owner Keith Ashley

Keith Ashley is the single owner of Nine-Band Brewing Company. Before starting the brewing company, Keith served in the Military, on the McKinney Fire Department, as a Flight Nurse, and as a Wylie Police Officer. This is a man who has risked his life for Collin County and now he is personally investing in this community with his business. Nine-Band currently employs four full-time employees, and six part-time employees to run the taproom and special events. Nine-Band offers tours of the brewery and the brewing process every Saturday at 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00. You don’t need to make reservations just show up a few minutes before your desired tour time with $15 in hand. The tour includes a pint glass and samples of the products through out the tour. Tourists are encouraged to stick around the taproom after the tour and sip on a few brews. The brewery’s taproom hours are:
Monday – Thursday: 5-9
Friday: 5-11
Saturday: 12-4

Keith Ashley

Nine-Band Brewing Company History

After retiring from the police force Keith decided to pursue his interest in the brewing business. Of course one of the most important aspects of a great brewing company is a catchy name. The “Nine-Band” name comes from the Nine Banded Armadillo. If you are not familiar with Texas history, the Armadillo is the state small mammal. Keith didn’t want your stereotypical “YEE-HAW” Texas name to represent his beer, but rather a true representation of who we Texans are. Furthermore, Keith went on to name every single beer that he and his team brew after something in Texas! The Brewery was established in 2013 and started brewing in late 2014. Nine-Band opened its doors February of 2015 with three beers (Nine-Band Pale Ale, Cactus Cat Kolsch, and Toad Choker Barley Wine) for its grand opening! The team gradually started expanding, adding 4 more 60 barrel fermenters, 7 more beers, and expanding all over the state of Texas.

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Nine-Band Brewing Company Today

Today Nine-Band Brewing Company is distributed through Ben E. Keith in the Dallas area, and Favorite Brands in the Austin, Houston, San Antonio area, and Quality Beverage in Oklahoma. After recently signing an agreement with Osage Casinos, the new endeavor will serve Nine-Band beer inside Osage Casinos! They currently can and keg their products depending on the beer/season. The Nine-Band Pale Ale, Cactus Cat Kolsch, and The Badge Honey Blonde are canned year round. The canned seasonals consist of the June Bug Summer Wheat, Ghost Cow Oktoberfest, and 28th State Stout. They do not can their Hoop Snake Hefeweizen, Toad Choker Barley Wine, Blue Lacy Brown Ale, or Hellwind IPA but rather only serve it off the tap.

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Nine-Band Brewing Company Beers

The Nine-Band Brewmaster, Ian, has 15+ years of brewing experience. He is very tedious in his recipes and cleaning when it comes to the brewhouse. At the moment, he has 10 different styles that he brews throughout the year. All but one of the styles are ales. The only lager that we make at Nine Band is the Ghost Cow Oktoberfest. As stated before, all of our beers have a meaning behind the name that relates to Texas. The following is a list of the beers available and the meaning behind their name:

Nine Band Pale Ale – It’s our flagship beer that carries the Nine Banded
Armadillo on the label.

Pale Ale

Cactus Cat Kolsch – A legendary car with hair-like thorns used to prick cactus and release the juices. It would then let the juice ferment and come back to drink the juice. It would then shriek throughout the night on a drunken tangent. Haha.

Cactus Cat

Hoop Snake Hefeweizen – A legendary snake that would bite its own tail to roll away from predators or to chase its prey.

Hoop Hefeweizen

Blue Lacy Brown Ale – Blue Lacy is the state dog of Texas.

Toad Choker Barley Wine – A toad choker is a bad storm that floods the grounds enough to “choke a toad”. We get a lot of those here!

Toad Choker

June Bug Summer Wheat – You already know how bad these are in the spring/summer.

June Bug

28th State Stout – Texas was the 28th State to join the USA.

Ghost Cow Oktoberfest – The old myth/tale of driving down a dark country road and swerving off into the grass because you saw a cow in the road. You pull over, look behind you, and nothing is there. It must’ve been a GHOST COW!!!!!

Nine Band Brewing Ghost Cow

The Badge Honey Blonde – This beer was made nearly and dearly to Keith and his previous life as a service man to this country and the people of this state. Being in the fire, ems, police, and military; he wanted to give back. The Badge stands for the badge that these service men and women hold to protect and serve the citizens of the United States.

Nine Band Brewing Badge Honey Blond

 

Harvest/Ricks Team

An Interview With Rick Wells: Harvest – Ricks Chophouse – Water Boy Farms

-History

The first time Rick remembers being interested in the service industry was at the age of 12 after his parents bought a restaurant. With Rick’s father being a football coach, he says he would have followed in his father’s footsteps if it weren’t for the family owned restaurant. After graduating college Rick started working with Bennigans and Sambuca opening up restaurants all across the country. He was educated on how to evaluate markets and project success for new locations.

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In 2003 Rick and his wife decided to buy some land in Lucas, build a home, and settle down. They wanted to give their children the opportunity to grow up on a farm looking up at the stars at night in awe of this beautiful place we call home. This farm is now Water Boy Farms, which supplies Harvest and Rick’s Chophouse with fruits, vegetables, and honey. In 2004 Rick was thinking about making a job change from the corporate world to something more community involved. After doing a little homework he decided McKinney was going to be the center of his universe, and he started Rick’s Chophouse.

Inside Ricks Chophouse

Rick’s Chophouse was the first restaurant he opened in McKinney, and after receiving the philanthropist of the year award in 2012 Rick was humbled and wanted to continue investing in his community. One statistic that stuck with him was “for every dollar you spend in a community $0.70 stays local.” He had a new goal in mind focused on the community and surrounding area. Rick wanted to fully stock his restaurants with locally grown products; this is where Harvest comes into the picture. After taking two years to evaluate and plan, Harvest was opened and in full swing, using local materials and recycled products to build this one of a kind restaurant.

Inside Harvest

-Current and Future Business

With around 40 farms to stock Harvest including Ricks personal Water Boy Farms, Harvest is known for its fresh and organic ingredients. The farm is run by Master Gardener and Executive Chef Andrea Shackelford, along with employees of Rick’s Chophouse and Harvest as a team effort to serve fresh local ingredients.

Water Boy Farm Vegetables

Each employee at Harvest and Rick’s Chophouse is put through an extensive hiring and training process in both restaurants! The restaurants run on “a one heart culture” meaning that each person is bigger than himself or herself and apart of a community that invests in each other. Rick has a very strong passion for this community!

Water Boy Honey

The two things Rick loves most are education and food, and with 1 school already and another on the way and 2 restaurants it is obvious that the Wells family has a bright outlook on the future of McKinney. Rick has so much in store for this community that goes far beyond his lifetime. The work Rick is doing right now will last for 100’s of years to come in this beautiful North Texas Town.

Water Boy Farms

Babe's Chicken Dinner House

Babe’s Chicken Dinner House – Good Homestyle Cooking

Babe’s Chicken Dinner House – Frisco, TX

Are you looking for some delicious southern cooking? You need not look any further because Babe’s Chicken Dinner House has got you taken care of. The Babe’s Atmosphere welcomes anyone into its casual and comfortable home. You won’t find any fancy decorations or dress code, rather a family style establishment where your neighbors wait on you and your whole family.

Babe's Seating

-History

In 1981 Paul and Mary Beth Vinyard opened their first Country Cooking restaurant and named it Bubba’s. You will find Bubba’s in Dallas near SMU in a 1927 Texaco Service Station. This restaurant is very similar to Babe’s in the food that it serves, but it is more of a serve yourself or grab it To-Go location. On April 22, 1993, they opened their second restaurant and named it Babe’s Chicken Dinner House! The first Babe’s was built in a 1908 warehouse in Roanoke, Texas.

Babe's Tower“Babe” was Mary Beth’s nick name, and since she developed all the recipes it only felt natural. Over the next few years, Babe’s expanded substantially with an additional 8 locations including the one in Frisco. Babe’s Chicken Dinner House in Frisco opened on July 14, 2008. Each location takes pride in establishing strong roots in the community it serves. The employees live in these communities and play an active role in promoting the well-being of its residence!
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-Babe’s Hours

Mon-Fri: 11-2 & 5-9

Sat-Sun: 11-9

Babe's Hours

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Playful Gaming Headquarters Downtown McKinney

New Playful Gaming Studio Located in Historic Downtown McKinney

Playful Corp, founded in 2012, is a privately held game development studio in McKinney, TX. They specialize in computer and mobile games but will be releasing a game for X-Box this fall. This team has shipped games such as Words with Friends, the Age of Empires series, Halo Wars, Orcs Must Die!, and Hero Academy. Playful has also developed Creativerse launched May 8th, 2017, and Super Lucky’s Tale projected to launch November 2017.

After scoring an economic incentive deal from McKinney, the company plans to build a new headquarters in Historic Downtown. The headquarters will be a 53,000-square-foot office building on the corner of Davis Street and McDonald Street. The new headquarters will be adjacent to former Dallas Cowboy offensive lineman Robert Shaw’s mix-use development. Robert’s mix-use development will be taking the place of former Collin County Courthouse.

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With partnerships like Microsoft, GameStop, and Sony Playful brings a young and energetic feel to Historic Downtown McKinney as well as high-quality jobs. Having an entertainment company such as Playful in Downtown McKinney diversifies the business landscape and adds to the authenticity of McKinney!

Pipe & Palette – Historic Downtown Plano

Pipe & Palette Home Outfitters

The moment you step through the open doors at Pipe & Palette you feel a shift in time. This historical downtown location emphasizes the pure, quality, unique products on display throughout the store. As you browse the store you will find an array of beautiful art, clothing, home decor, and much more.Pipe & Palette entrance

The building dates back over 100 years originally acting as a family drug store for the Plano area. Showing its true character with the original ceilings and partial brick shown wall there is no lack of creativity in this business thanks to owner/operator, June Parker.June Parker

Although Pipe & Palette has a large portion of the store dedicated to retail, June is passionate about art and involving the Plano community in that passion! “We host high end makers and artisans. We also teach beginning art to amazing individuals who crave to create. Our goal here is to teach art and sell art we find not only amazing but useful.”

Team Bonding

June is constantly working to make Pipe & Palette a destination for all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. “Each maker and artisan we host has a story. They have a journey that lead them to us and from us they will continue to grow. We want not only our makers and artisans to feel at home but also our shoppers. Stop by anytime just to enjoy our vib and be inspired.”

Kids Birthday Party

Pipe & Palette is a destination suitable for any occasion whether that be a birthday party, team building, or just a night of entertainment. June and her staff are more than capable of catering to your needs and bringing out the inner artist in you.

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Discover Mind Stretching Fun! – Sci-Tech

Discover Sci-Tech! – Frisco Tx

Have you been searching for an educational adventure this summer? Sci-Tech Discovery Center is just the place you want to be to discover mind stretching fun. The Discovery Center features a wide range of exhibits pleasing to all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Sci-Tech aims to inspire a new generation of innovators and educators through hands on learning and the exploration of science, math, and technology! Shedding light to these topics with hands on interaction is an approach Sci-Tech thinks will inspire the next generation. Sci-Tech 1wing span Sci-Techmuscular and skeletal Mountain Sci-TechSci-Tech Discover

Sci-Tech Pricing

General Admission (3-64)     $8.00

Seniors (65+)                        $6.50

Military (ID required)              $6.50

Teachers (ID required)           $6.50

Groups*                                 $7.00

*Group rates are available for groups of ten or more if arranged in advance. Call the sales team to book your spot (972) 546-3050 x106

 

Sci-Tech Hours

Tuesday-Friday                     10:00am-4:00pm

Saturday                               10:00am-6:00pm

Sunday                                  12:00pm-6:00pm

Sci-Tech Discovery Center will be closed July 4th, September 4th, November 23rd, December 24th & 25th, January 1st, April 16th, and May 29th

 

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Extreme Indoor Go Kart – Pole Position Raceway

Extreme Indoor Go Kart – Pole Position Raceway

Pole Position Raceway houses the fastest most exciting go kart Texas has to offer. These high-performance electric karts are capable of reaching speeds up to 45 mph. With only an inch between you and the ground these go karts will put you in the back of your seat. The facility located in Frisco, TX is a 55,000 SF indoor facility with a 1/4 mile track kept at a cool 75 F so you can kart whenever your heart desires. The karts at Pole Position Raceway accelerate quicker and handle better than any other indoor kart in the US. This company has invested over $10 million dollars into researching and developing the best electric kart in order to combat environmental problems caused by running gas powered engines indoors.

Pole Position welcomes anyone from experienced racers to children who don’t even have their drivers s license! You must be 48″ tall to get behind the wheel of a kart and remember everything happens indoors so there is no reason to worry about mother nature when planning your trip. Pole Position Raceway is open 7 days a week to cater to your adrenaline needs excluding Christmas and privately booked parties. Speaking of private parties, Pole Position should be your next location for that employee outing you’ve been planning for the past year or the kids birthday party that has to be epic! Private event pricing varies depending on what your ideal racing experience is.
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Race Track Rental

$1,250 Mon-Fri until 5pm

$1,500 Friday after 5pm – Sunday

Facility Buyout

$1,500 per hour Mon-Fri until 5pm (2 hour min)

$2,000 per hour Fri after 5pm – Sunday (2 hour min)

$2,500 per hour during Holidays (3 hour min)

 

Amphitheater at Oak Point Park

Free Movies! – Oak Point Park Amphitheater

Free Movies! – Oak Point Park Amphitheater

It’s that time of year to grab a picnic blanket, the kids, and a cooler for a fun filled night in Plano. Oak Point Park Amphitheater is featuring a trio of free movies and anyone is invited.

Amphitheater movies

The gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dark. Lawn Chairs, Coolers, Blankets, etc. are more than welcome as well as service animals. Pets are not allowed, and children must have parental supervision.

Full Amphitheater

This venue is one you won’t want to miss. Incorporating natural elements in a modern atmosphere, you will have a night full of entertainment.

Amphitheater at night

There is free parking available surrounding the amphitheater so this is truly a completely FREE event! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. We look forward to seeing you there.