Best of 2021: 12 business features from Plano

Maverick Awards customizes a product.
One of the Maverick Awards’ founding clients is SMU. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

One of the Maverick Awards’ founding clients is SMU. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here is a roundup of business features that appeared in the Plano edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2021.

January

Plano resale boutique Closet Revival offers designer trends at affordable price points

The resale boutique offers a wide variety of women’s name-brand clothing and accessories as well as high-end designer items.

February


Plano-based sports memorabilia company Maverick Awards dominates industry

The company’s bread-and-butter offerings are still its custom-made varsity letter jackets, but owner Don Giddens said he has slowly added more products, including custom-framed awards, jerseys and diplomas; blankets; watches; graduation stoles; and four-year rings.

March

Supreme Dream Photography in Plano pivots to passion work amid pandemic

After two decades as a photographer and nearly 13 years as owner of Supreme Dream Photography in downtown Plano, Kendrix Wesley had grown his clientele for weddings, head shots and other studio and outdoor photography jobs. In the early stages of the pandemic, much of that work was put on hold, and he was forced to pivot his business.

April

Tan Artistry provides healthy, sunless alternative with airbrush tanning

Kristin Cole became a licensed aesthetician 15 years ago. She opened a facial business in north Dallas in 2010. Six years ago, while searching for something new to offer her clients, she added airbrush tanning to her list of services and discovered a new passion.

May

Elephant Trunk Moving Supplies owners thinking outside the cardboard box in Plano

Elephant Trunk Moving Supplies offers packages to meet a variety of moving needs. They start with enough containers for a one-bedroom move ($80 for two weeks) and go up from there.

June

Plano boutique Gals on and off the Green specializes in fashionable golf clothing for women

Jackie Sorrenti opened Gals on and off the Green in 2004 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she and her husband lived. For the next five years she continued to work her IT job and run the golf-wear boutique. In 2009, she quit her IT job and, in 2014, she opened a second store in Plano.

July

Blue Fig International Market in Plano stocks groceries from around the world

Customers at Blue Fig International Market visit not only to shop for everyday groceries but also to reminisce. The store’s inventory is made up of items more often found in other countries, from Turkey to Russia to Pakistan.

August

North Texas Escape Rooms offers family-friendly atmosphere with variety of puzzles to decipher

The Plano location offers six unique rooms of varying difficulties. All the rooms are private, so other than the game master, groups are on their own when trying to piece together the clues needed to win the game.

September

Personal hygiene business Soap Hope employs adults with disabilities in Plano

Profits from Soap Hope help fund programs offered by My Possibilities for adults with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, Asperger’s syndrome and more, Mageors said. While Soap Hope does the bulk of its sales online, the business is looking to expand its in-person customer base via a Plano showroom that opened in fall 2020.

October

Dallas Vintage Shop offers millions of authentic, unique costume items in Plano

While many people only play dress up around Halloween, Jerry Purvis puts together costumes all year long for his Plano business, Dallas Vintage Shop. After beginning as a thrift store in 2000, Purvis said he discovered there was a need for quality costumes in Plano.

November

Longtime Plano store The Soccer Corner offers accessories and apparel for all ages

Owner Don Willard founded The Soccer Corner in 2002 when he bought the store’s current location in the West Park Village development from his father, who had operated Plano Sports Center there since 1972. Willard eventually added several more The Soccer Corner locations, first in Arlington and then three more in and around Austin.

December

Corner Wines: Husband and wife make connections through wine in Plano

Michael Martin and Jamie Heise, husband and wife and co-owners of Corner Wines in Plano, said traveling, trying new food and connecting with people are what they love to do.
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.