2019 in review: 11 featured businesses in Plano

James B. Sinkule Jr., a 23-year technician and woodwind specialist with Williamson Music 1st, performs a routine sound and play check on a baritone saxophone. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
James B. Sinkule Jr., a 23-year technician and woodwind specialist with Williamson Music 1st, performs a routine sound and play check on a baritone saxophone. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

James B. Sinkule Jr., a 23-year technician and woodwind specialist with Williamson Music 1st, performs a routine sound and play check on a baritone saxophone. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Each month, Community Impact Newspaper features a different locally owned business. Here’s a roundup of the businesses featured during 2019. Articles are listed in the order they were written.

Golden Tickets

For Ram Silverman’s company Golden Tickets, the Super Bowl is one of the most important events of the year. The prices of these tickets can rise and fall depending on which teams make it to the big game and how interested their fanbases are in attending.

The company connects clients with tickets to major sporting events from international soccer matches to the Masters Tournament. [read more]

Texas Association of Shotokan Karate

The owner and chief instructor of the Texas Association of Shotokan Karate, Lee McCurrach, believes there are unique benefits to learning traditional karate that go beyond self-defense. The practice teaches discipline and discourages aggression, McCurrach said, and leaves a lasting imprint on those who practice it.

“The hard work and dedication that you put into karate needs to be put into everything you do in life,” he said. [read more]

Jump Mania*

Dave and Karen Walker began renovating the interior of Jump Mania and expanding into the adjacent suite to make room for a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course. The upgrades also include big additions, such as indoor bumper cars; an arcade; and a kitchen that will serve dishes such as pizza, sliders and soups.

With the latest additions to the entertainment lineup, Dave said he hopes Jump Mania will allow for all family members to interact with each other rather than it just being a space for kids. [read more]

*this business closed in late 2019

Gotta Dance

Cindi Lawrence Hanson runs a healthy dance studio with more than 300 students and also oversees the Plano Metropolitan Ballet, a performance outlet for the studio’s advanced students.

The studio focuses on a variety of types of dance, from ballet to dance fusion, lyrical dance, tap and more. There are classes for students of prekindergarten age through adulthood. [read more]

Texas Wine & Wood

Texas Wine & Wood specializes in helping customers paint their own boards with special designs and messages to hang up in their homes.

The company supplies instructors, design options, raw materials, templates and a workspace. Customers may bring their own beverages and, with advance notice, even work with the instructors to prepare custom designs. [read more]

Infinite Bounds Gymnastics

The competition may be greater today in the business community, but the services offered by Infinite Bounds are directed to students with a broad range of competitive or purely recreational interests.

“We really cater towards young athletes that want to dip their toes in the sports, and then if they want to get aggressive and go all-out, we have that program as well,” Brian Simmons said. “Some athletes we have right now are training 30 hours a week to 32 hours a week, so it’s almost a full-time job for these kids.” [read more]

Williamson Music 1st

Williamson Music 1st in Plano now serves as the warehouse for eight company stores. The location is responsible for all inventory, rental reservations and online orders, which Andre Yanniello oversees. He also helps add to Williamson’s online lesson system, which is largely targeted at beginners.

Those who purchase or rent instruments receive a free year of online instruction. If students wish to continue studying their instrument or want more challenging instruction, they can sign up for in-person instruction. [read more]

The Behavior Exchange

Adam Cline is clinical director at The Behavior Exchange, which uses applied behavior analysis to help children with autism spectrum disorders and behavioral issues prepare for normal classroom and social environments.

The therapy sessions are evidence-based, Cline said, and are aimed at helping children of all ages with a strong emphasis on early childhood intervention. [read more]

Sweet Home Bath + Body

Tina Ames’ products range from bath bombs and shower steamers to facial care, with items such as foot scrubbies—a unique foot loofah—somewhere in between. Through creating all her products and fulfilling her goal to be nestled in Plano’s historic downtown, Ames’ intentions remain the same.

“For me, it’s being a part of the community and offering something I’m passionate about, that I love creating, that other people love using and sharing,” Ames said. [read more]

Barre Code

The business, which offers classes and boot camps centered on strength training and cardio work, focuses on framing women’s health in terms of achieving positive health outcomes and self-confidence rather than simply losing weight.

“We focus on what there is to gain, not what there is to lose, which is a very foreign concept in fitness,” Julie Godfrey said. [read more]

Labels Designer Consignment Boutique

The store’s tagline is, “Where classy women consign and savvy women shop,” and that is something that Judi Gugel feels passionate about, she said. She and her assistant manager, Lydia Albury, act as personal stylists for anyone who comes to Labels.

“We want women to feel, when they walk in, like [it’s] a closet to play in,” Gugel said. “We take people out of their fashion box, and we put them in things that they thought they never ever would want to [try on], you know. [They say,] ‘Oh, that won’t work for me, Judi,’ and I always say, ‘Just trust me.’” [read more]
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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