Take a look back at the 12 featured businesses of 2020 in Frisco

Go-karts at Kartland can reach a speed of up to 45 miles per hour. (Courtesy Kartland Indoor Performance Raceway)
Go-karts at Kartland can reach a speed of up to 45 miles per hour. (Courtesy Kartland Indoor Performance Raceway)

Go-karts at Kartland can reach a speed of up to 45 miles per hour. (Courtesy Kartland Indoor Performance Raceway)

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Karen White is the owner of Oasis Accents. (Courtesy Oasis Accents)
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Owner Tricia Lauerman opened Altitude Aerial Arts & Fitness Frisco in October 2013. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Starship robots travel autonomously in pre-mapped areas using a combination of computer vision and GPS. (Courtesy Starship Technologies)
Look back at the local businesses Community Impact Newspaper featured throughout 2020 in Frisco.

brickLAB Inc. is more than just a LEGO play space, owners say

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brickLAB Inc. buys and sells Legos, functions as a makerspace area, and provides educational classes for children of elementary through high school ages.

Marc Samuels Jewelers builds long-term relationships with clients

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Marc Samuels Jewelers aims to be more than just a jewelry store as owner Murad Ajani said the family-owned business develops long-term relationships with clients and treats them with care.

“We give a client a lifetime warranty,” Ajani said. “A small diamond falls off, cleaning, polishing, size-up, size-down—we never charge a dime.”

Altitude Aerial Arts & Fitness Frisco offers circus-inspired fitness classes

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Altitude’s aerial fitness classes include work with yoga, silks, sling, Lyra hoop, rope and trapeze. The studio also offers pole fitness classes.

According to Altitude Aerial Arts & Fitness Frisco owner Tricia Lauerman, a lot of her clientele view her classes as a way to “add some adventure” to their fitness journey

Frisco Counseling and Wellness provides online therapy; offers free sessions to medical professionals, first responders

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Frisco Counseling and Wellness has operated in Frisco for nearly a decade, offering several therapy options including group, individual, child, marriage and substance abuse recovery. As a result of COVID-19, Frisco Counseling and Wellness is offering therapy services online via cellphone or computer.

Frisco wedding vendors lose majority of business for March, April as couples postpone celebrations

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The pandemic took a serious toll on Frisco businesses in the wedding industry, according to local business owners. As of early April, Venue Verona Villa on Dallas Parkway had rescheduled 17 weddings for March and April, according to Jason Young.

Frisco-based bakery Just Cake It! postponed as many as 15 wedding cakes between March and April, according to co-owner Jamie Terry.

Many wedding vendors are being flexible with rescheduling celebrations for their clients, Young said. Verona Villa is allowing couples to postpone their date at no cost.

Food, grocery delivery robots slated to launch soon in Frisco

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In May, Starship Technologies began partnering with several local merchants to allow fully autonomous robots to roam the streets of Frisco, delivering up to 25 pounds of groceries at a time—all coordinated via a smartphone app.

The robots can deliver within a three-mile radius to areas that have been pre-mapped.

Storied Roots owner to reopen Indonesian furniture store this weekend

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Kevin Ady reopened his Indonesian furniture store in June after being closed to the public for two months.

Ady’s store sells wood, rattan and stone pieces, all of which are sourced from manufacturers and artisans on the volcanic island of Java in Indonesia.

“There’s no wasted materials, and the same thing [is true] with the root pieces," Ady said. "If they were to take down a tree and make a table out of it, they'll go back and dig out the root and make [something else]. They really waste nothing."

The Behavior Exchange preps children with autism for social environments

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Behavior Exchange uses evidence-based approaches to provide therapy services that focus on preparing children with autism spectrum disorders and behavioral issues for normal classroom and social environments.

Artistic Organics CBD wellness store offers education, specialized client services

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Artistic Organics sells more than 150 products that contain cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive chemical found in cannabis plants.

“Most of our clients don’t want psychoactive effects,” owner Ed Mahoney said. “They really want therapy without being high.”

Hurts Donut Co. offers a variety unlike any other in Frisco

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Hurts Donut Co. operates like an ice cream truck, roaming the streets of Frisco in the company’s Emergency Donut Vehicle to deliver donuts across the city.

Donut aficionados can learn more about how to get donuts here.

Oasis Accents owner brings ‘small, quaint’ home decor boutiques back to Frisco

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Oasis Accents specializes in contemporary, traditional, modern and abstract home decor.

The Black-owned boutique sells canvas, commissioned pieces, and pieces from mid- to high-end art showrooms throughout the United States.

Kartland Performance Indoor Raceway in Frisco offers racing for experts, amateurs

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Kartland Performance Indoor Raceway offers go-karting for everyone: families, children, and even corporate offices looking for a unique team building experience.
By Francesca D' Annunzio
Francesca D'Annunzio covers K-12 and higher education, development, planning and zoning, and transportation in Frisco and McKinney. She attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, where she reported for the Daily Texan and interned for the Austin Chronicle. When she's not reporting, she enjoys spending time outdoors and experimenting in the kitchen.


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Affinity Dermatology in Frisco offers variety of skin care services

The facility offers medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services.

Dutch Bros Coffee expects to open later this year in Richardson. (Courtesy Dutch Bros Coffee)
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Dutch Bros Coffee expects to open this summer in Plano. (Courtesy Dutch Bros Coffee)
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Dogtopia to offer pooch boarding, spa services in Frisco

Webcams are built into each playroom, enabling owners to check on their dogs from anywhere.

Pineapple Mango is one of the flavors offered at The Pop Parlour. (Courtesy The Pop Parlour)
The Pop Parlour now open in west Frisco

The shop offers fruity and creamy popsicles along with specialty drinks, such as matcha lemonade and espresso drinks.

Gov. Greg Abbott, center signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 into law June 8 in response to the devastating winter storm last February. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott signs bills to reform ERCOT and weatherize Texas power grid

The bills will go into effect Sept. 1 and aim to reform ERCOT leadership and increase accountability and communication among power agencies.

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Frisco ISD cancels plan for permanent online learning option due to lack of state funding

The regular session of the Texas Legislature ended May 31 without final approval of a bill that would have expanded online learning.

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop will open June 14 at 1612 FM 423, Ste. 100, Frisco. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop to open Frisco location

The national sandwich brand serves hand-crafted cheesesteaks, turkey subs and more.

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American Coffee & Tea Company in Frisco officially opens

The coffee shop serves veteran-owned coffee and tea, including a wide range of espresso-based drinks and smoothies.

Grocery store chain H-E-B announced June 8 the company's plans to open a store in McKinney. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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