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

Issue published:
January

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


Issue published:
February

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

Issue published:
March

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

Issue published:
April

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

Issue published:
May

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

Issue published:
June

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

Issue published:
July

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

Issue published:
August

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

Issue published: S
eptember

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

Issue published:
October

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

Issue published: November


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

Issue published:
December

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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