How to celebrate July 4, face mask orders and more: Business, community news from DFW

Local municipalities are planning a variety of events to celebrate the Fourth of July that can be viewed virtually or from outside of residents' homes. (Courtesy Pexel)
Local municipalities are planning a variety of events to celebrate the Fourth of July that can be viewed virtually or from outside of residents' homes. (Courtesy Pexel)

Local municipalities are planning a variety of events to celebrate the Fourth of July that can be viewed virtually or from outside of residents' homes. (Courtesy Pexel)

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Dallas-Fort Worth

Here is how to celebrate Fourth of July in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Local residents have a variety of ways this year to celebrate Independence Day, from fireworks shows to parades.


McKinney mayor orders face masks for businesses, nonprofits

McKinney Mayor George Fuller signed an executive order on June 29 requiring masks for businesses and nonprofits in the city. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. June 30.

Dempsey’s Place in downtown McKinney to permanently close

Stan Penn, the owner of Dempsey’s Place in downtown McKinney, confirmed the bar will permanently close July 20. Penn cited the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the closure and pointed out that Gov. Greg Abbott placed the blame of a recent spike in cases on bars and restaurants.

My Diamond Shoppe owner in McKinney instills meaning into jewelry after reopening his store

It was a winding road that led Chris Sykes to take over his family’s jewelry business, he said. Sykes studied theater in college, and later on, he worked in the building industry before deciding to pursue something else.

La Madeleine sets opening date for McKinney location

La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe is set to open July 8 in McKinney, marking a return for the restaurant to the McKinney area. It will be operated by Tanzeem Rizvi.


See which Frisco city offices, services are open for July 4 weekend

The city of Frisco’s government offices will be closed July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday, according to a city news release. Normal hours will resume July 6.

UNT requires masks to be worn at all campuses

All students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a mask at all University of North Texas campuses, including two Frisco locations at Hall Park and Inspire Park, according to university officials.

Microsoft announces closure of retail stores, including Stonebriar Centre location

Microsoft Corp. announced June 26 that it was closing all of its physical Microsoft Store locations as part of a "strategic change" in its retail operations. The Microsoft Store at Stonebriar Centre, located at 2601 Preston Road, Ste. 1176, Frisco, is among the company-wide closures.


BREAKING: Plano businesses would have to require guests, employees to wear masks under proposed city ordinance

Businesses in Plano would be required to make their employees and visitors wear masks under a proposed city ordinance that will be considered this week.

Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth

City of Roanoke to celebrate Fourth of July with virtual event

While many cities have canceled events completely or opted for fireworks-only shows with no audience, the city of Roanoke is taking a different approach to the July 4th holiday.

Stevie’s Diner reopens for business in Northeast Fort Worth

After a nearly three-month hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, Northeast Fort Worth restaurant Stevie’s Diner officially reopened June 19.

Lewisville-Flower Mound-Highland Village

Lewisville dam repairs lead to closure of popular recreation area

Repairs to the Lewisville Lake Dam continue this week with a minor inconvenience for Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area visitors.


Dallas County moves drive-thru test site to Irving, says quicker results to come from private vendor

Drive-thru testing will continue in Dallas County following the hiring of a private vendor, according to a June 30 press release.

Bollywood Spice now open in Richardson

Bollywood Spice opened in mid-June at 310 E. Main St., Richardson. The restaurant and hookah bar serves a variety of Indian food, such as chicken tikka masala and tandoori roti.

Richardson Orthodontics now open on Arapaho Road

Richardson Orthodontics opened June 1 at 702 W. Arapaho Road, Ste. 102, Richardson.

Miranda Jaimes, Olivia Lueckemeyer, Elizabeth Ucles, Daniel Houston, Ian Pribanic, Mike Graham, William C. Wadsack and Mackenzie Plusnick contributed to this report.


Volunteers prepare care packages for those found unsheltered and facing homelessness on the night of the point-in-time count in 2019. (Courtesy Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance)
Annual homelessness count adapted to answer questions brought on by pandemic in Collin, Dallas counties

The point-in-time count in Collin and Dallas counties will not look like it has in recent years, when upward of 1,000 volunteers would canvas the streets to get an accurate count of the number of unsheltered residents facing homelessness.

As of November, Sylvan Learning in Frisco has new owners. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Sylvan Learning in Frisco now operating under new ownership

In late November, Nizar Bhulani and Frank Kesh bought seven Sylvan Learning locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including one in Frisco.

After pandemic-related delays, the sauna fitness studio is gearing up to open a new location in west Frisco. (Courtesy Hotworx)
HotWorx sauna fitness studio coming to west Frisco

Hotworx is opening up a new Frisco location at the intersection of FM 423 and Stonebrook Parkway in west Frisco.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

The 4,000-square-foot, roughly $2 million performing arts center has a capacity of 210 seats, and numerous organizations plan to perform shows at the venue. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nack Theater opening with Disney's 'Aladdin Jr.' in downtown Frisco

The first show is one of 14 youth productions scheduled for 2021.

A Layne's Chicken Fingers restaurant will open in Roanoke in 2021 at the site of the former Dairy Queen on US 377. (Courtesy Layne's Chicken Fingers)
Layne's Chicken Fingers to open in Roanoke; meat, seafood market set for Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Wishful Thinking is permanently closing its downtown McKinney location to downsize and relocate to Painted Tree Marketplace in Frisco. (Courtesy Wishful Thinking)
McKinney boutique Wishful Thinking to relocate to Frisco's Painted Tree Marketplace

Wishful Thinking will be closing in McKinney on Jan. 24 and moving to Painted Tree Marketplace in Frisco.

The new burger joint opened in Frisco in December. (Community Impact staff)
Wulf Burger now open near the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco

Wulf Burger opened in December at 9250 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 134, Frisco.

The B-12 Store opened a new location in Frisco on Dec. 4. (Courtesy The B-12 Store)
The B-12 Store opens at Frisco's Stonebriar Centre mall

The B-12 Store opened Dec. 4 at Stonebriar Centre mall in Frisco. It focuses on the sale of injectable vitamins and wellness shots..

The former Beal building will get a new tenant and a new look in 2021. (Rendering courtesy Gensler)
Construction on Frisco's award-winning library to begin in spring

A key attribute of the new library, officials said, will be its versatility. Its many nooks and crannies, for instance, may host a bicycle workshop one day, a jazz trio the next and a microbrewery lesson the day after.