Best of 2020: 12 business and nonprofit features from Plano

Hathaway Academy of Ballet is all about the fundamentals and principles of ballet technique, according to Kirt Hathaway, who runs the studio with his wife, Linda. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hathaway Academy of Ballet is all about the fundamentals and principles of ballet technique, according to Kirt Hathaway, who runs the studio with his wife, Linda. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Hathaway Academy of Ballet is all about the fundamentals and principles of ballet technique, according to Kirt Hathaway, who runs the studio with his wife, Linda. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is a roundup of business and nonprofit features that appeared in the Plano edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2020.

January

Group of badminton enthusiasts make their own place to play, learn in Plano

Plano Badminton Center is specially designed for badminton and offers monthly memberships and classes for adults and children.

February


'The art of ballet': Couple runs Plano studio with focus on performance

Hathaway Academy of Ballet is all about the fundamentals and principles of ballet technique, according to Kirt Hathaway, who runs the studio with his wife, Linda.

March

Teamwork key in at Plano location's competitive bumper-car sport

Bumper cars zoom around an indoor court at WhirlyBall in Plano on a Friday afternoon in February, their adult drivers clearing a path for teammates.

April

With business doubling at Hirsch’s meats in Plano, store hits staffing bottleneck

Hirsch’s Meats has been in business in Plano for 28 years, but never before had it seen so much business and been so underequipped to meet the demand as during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

May

When coronavirus shrank its revenue, this Plano-based arts group expanded its programming

North Texas Performing Arts was not built for an unprecedented economic crisis like the one it found itself navigating earlier this year. But instead of cutting back on its programming, the Plano-based nonprofit doubled down on it, Chief Executive Officer Darrell Rodenbaugh said.

June

When foot traffic slowed, Plano specialty food store owner hopped in his car for deliveries

When the first coronavirus-related closures shut down Plano restaurant dine-in areas in March, Vaishal Patel’s specialty food store Horizon Specialty Market & Bakery initially saw an uptick in customers. But by a few weeks later, that influx of foot traffic at Horizon Specialty Market and Bakery had slowed substantially, Patel said.

July

Dips in volunteers, revenue leads to fewer completed projects for Habitat for Humanity of Collin County

Habitat for Humanity’s Plano ReStore funds a significant chunk of the nonprofit’s work on behalf of Collin County families. The store accepts donations of furniture, appliances and home decor from nearby residents.

August

Former UFC fighter rolls 'with the punches' at McSweeney Martial Arts in Plano

James McSweeney built part of his career on taking hits and delivering them. But the former UFC fighter said starting a mixed martial arts gym a few months before the start of a global pandemic has tested him like nothing else.

September

Collaborative space for hairstylists found at Hair'em & Nail'em in Plano

When Heather Ward decided to open a space for multiple hairdressers, she said, she knew she wanted a collaborative space. In the nearly two years since its opening, Hair’em & Nail’em has filled three of its four salon stations with a stylist and assistant.

October

Business at Plano Sewing Center booms as customers spend more time at home

Plano Sewing Center sells embroidery, sewing and quilting machines made exclusively by Baby Lock, a machine manufacturer in Japan.

November

Mother-daughter duo behind The Feathered Nest in Plano aims to make every woman feel special

Queenie Feige-Hider said she and her daughter, Nichole Fiorentino, have always loved small boutiques. So in 2019, they took the leap and bought their own. Since taking over, the mother-daughter pair has added more clothing, locally made jewelry, hats, bags and more.

December

Mother’s desire to ease various differences at heart of Stacy’s Sensory Solutions in Plano

Stacy’s Sensory Solutions, located off Coit Road in Plano, offers stylish, customized products to help children and their families deal with various diagnoses, such as autism, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and more.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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