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.

Water Boy Garden

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

Palace Barber Shop

The Palace Barbershop – 125 Years of Business

The Palace History

Opening its doors for business in 1892, The Palace Barber Shop was started by two gentlemen named Lewis and Hinnant. Proving to be a sound investment, the barber shop operates under the same name and in the same location to this day! The Palace Barber Shop has served as a central location for men in the McKinney area to gather and tell the tales of the town. Up until this 1970’s barber shops served as private establishments for males only to exchange information, news, and stories in the privacy of male company. More often than not men would take a daily trip to the barber shop to get a hot straight shave and a shoe shine while talking with the men around town.

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In 1927 Bruce Luster started shining shoes in the barber shop at the age of 16. Dedicated to perfection and committed to excellence Mr. Luster became a well-known man in McKinney. Spending over 50 years shining shoes at The Palace Barber Shop, Mr. Luster knew just about everyone and everything about them. February 23, 1996, was officially declared Bruce Luster Day by Mayor John E. Gay, he has also been recognized by the Texas House of Representatives for his “dedication to the welfare of others”.

bruce-luster

In 1978 the current owner Mr. Pearson took a risk and hired a young woman by the name of Linda Marshall. This was in an effort to expand and gain a larger clientele due to salon’s taking business away from the barber shop. After the initial introduction into the barber shop, and outlasting the grumpy old timers, things settled down and Linda became a part of the Palace family. The shop continued to be successful and in 2007 Mr. Pearson decided to sell the Palace to Linda. She became the 5th and only woman to own the Palace!

Linda Marshall Palace Owner

The Palace Now

Linda has worked hard to make the barber shop what it is today. She has done work to the interior along with exposing the hidden original brick wall behind the red chairs where gentlemen wait to get their hair cut.

exposed wall

The original wood floors didn’t cut health regulation, so Linda installed the checkered tile floor to keep the old time feel of a 1900’s barbershop as well. There has been a lot of change in this little barbershop as well as in Historic Downtown McKinney, but the quality and conversations held in this place can never be replicated. This is a place where everyone is welcome and a smile is required to leave.

Palace Haircut

outside book gallery

The Book Gallery – Vintage Bookstore

Old Fashioned Book Gallery in Downtown McKinney
The Book Gallery is celebrating its 19th year of business, located in Historical Downtown McKinney. The Book Gallery specializes in rare and antiquarian books. Walking in the front doors, you feel as if you have time traveled into the 1900’s.
Inside The Book Gallery
An old-fashioned radio plays from behind the checkout desk, where Jim Parker sits and reads his personal favorites. This bookstore brings back forgotten memories like a long lost picture suddenly appearing so vividly as you hold the once forgotten memory in the palm of your hands. Jim has been collecting book for over 40 years now! After retiring from the corporate world he decided to make it a full-time career!
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This business decision also got him a few brownie points with his wife Dee, as he cleared out some room in the house. The once book-filled rooms have been emptied of their literature and have now been overrun by humans! As for Jim, He continues to spend his days helping customers find the long lost character they long to rediscover in that childhood book.
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