7 notable business openings in Frisco in 2016

Gander Mountain will close its Round Rock location.

Gander Mountain will close its Round Rock location.

1. Gander Mountain


What we reported After announcing it was coming in February 2015, Gander Mountain finally broke ground in spring 2016.


The retailer offers hunting, fishing and camping gear, plus boating and automotive equipment.


The latest The chain retailer opened the 60,000-square-foot store in late September in the Eldorado Marketplace on the northwest corner of Eldorado Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.


The store is the 22nd Gander Mountain in Texas and the fifth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Store services include an archery lane, hunting and fishing licenses, hunting safety classes, professional fishing line winding and a meeting space available for reservation.


Did you know The outdoor goods retailer has professional training academies that are designed to provide firearms users access to highly trained instructors and firing ranges with state-of-the-art simulation technology.




@nerdvana.coffee+shop @nerdvana.coffee+shop is a board game-themed coffee shop.[/caption]

2. @nerdvana.coffee+shop


What we reported @nerdvana.coffee+shop opened June 30 in Frisco Square. The board game-themed coffee shop offers coffee, tea and juices.


The latest The drink menu has expanded since opening, and the business is featuring a “Guest Roaster of the Month.” Each month, the shop will feature a different coffee brand that will be sold in the store for one month.   


What’s next New snack and lunch items were added to the menu this month. The new menu includes panini sandwiches, seasonal soup and oatmeal.




Crafted Crafted offers do-it-yourself craft classes for adults and children.[/caption]

3. Crafted


What we reported Crafted, a home decor studio that offers do-it-yourself craft classes for adults and children, opened May 13.


The latest Since opening, Crafted has held public workshops, private parties and team building events, and the staff has also worked with children from Child’s Path, a Frisco-based therapeutic program for children with unique learning needs.


What’s next Crafted plans to work with a number of local businesses on special adult night out promotions and will start a Frequent Crafter Program and Thursday Night Tastings.




Grace Church Grace Church is planning to soon operate a private school on its campus.[/caption]

4. Grace Church


What we reported Grace Church opened its new church home in April in Frisco Square after about two years of construction.


The church was started in 2005, offering Sunday morning services at Fisher Elementary School.


The latest The Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission in September approved a specific-use permit for a private school to operate out of Grace church’s classroom space.


Camerata School, a classical education school, is renting the space from the church.


What’s next Starting this year, the church will host an array of events such as performances by Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, Good Friday services and vacation Bible school that will be open to the public in June.




Verona Villa Verona Villa can host a range of events in its 17,500-square-foot space.[/caption]

5. Verona Villa


What we reported Verona Villa opened Sept. 29 with a 17,500-square-foot, Tuscan style event venue that offers customizable facilities for occasions ranging from weddings to corporate events.


The latest Since its opening, the venue has hosted several affairs, including an event for the Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau to launch the organization’s new marketing campaign.


What’s next Owner Jason Young said Verona Villa has 50 events on the books throughout 2017 and extending into 2018. Some of the activities include an event to launch the mayoral campaign, the Frisco Family Services Gala, weddings and corporate events.




Countdown 2 Escape Countdown 2 Escape opened its first escape room in September.[/caption]

6. Countdown 2 Escape


What we reported Countdown 2 Escape, an escape room adventure game, opened in September.


The latest The business, which opened with one escape room called Cabin Fever, has added a second escape room, The Great Casino Heist.


What’s next The owners are planning to add a third room that will feature a Cold War Games theme.




The Dog House The Dog House, a dog grooming salon, opened in May.[/caption]

7. The Dog House


What we reported Shada Ghatrehee opened The Dog House, a dog-grooming salon, in May.


The latest Business is growing enough that Ghatrehee said she plans to hire a new employee who has the same dedication to pets that she does.


What’s next The business is adding new items, including toys, treats and dog beds.


By Nicole Luna
Nicole Luna is the Senior Reporter for Frisco. She covers development, transportation, education, business and city government. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from The University of Texas at Arlington and has been with Community Impact Newspaper since June 2015.


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