2019 roundup: Here are the 12 Richardson businesses we featured last year

Nick's Sports Cards & Memorabilia was featured in Community Impact Newspaper in April. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Nick's Sports Cards & Memorabilia was featured in Community Impact Newspaper in April. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Each month, Community Impact Newspaper choose a local business to feature. Below is a roundup of the 12 businesses highlighted in 2019.

SmartLooks Window & Wall Decor

Since 1972, SmartLooks Window & Wall Decor has served the Richardson community. In the beginning, the business was called Economy Carpets of Richardson. Thirty years ago, it moved to its current location on Main Street, rebranded and began selling window coverings, such as blinds, shutters and shades.

Goat Yoga Richardson

What began as a spontaneous weekend activity in the backyard of Amanda Henderson's home in Richardson became a business in early 2017. Ten to 20 goats are present at every class, and at any given time the animals are hopping on the backs of unsuspecting yogis or engaging in friendly head-butting.

Canyon Creek Art

Owner Jerry Cornelius has worked in the custom frame industry since the mid-1970s when he took a part-time job at a shop in North Dallas. He and his wife, Barbara, opened the original location of Canyon Creek Art in 1995 near Campbell Road and North Central Expressway. The store relocated to its current location at Coit and Campbell roads in 2017.

Nick’s Sports Cards & Memorabilia

Nick's Sports Cards & Memorabilia is one of the last remaining sports card retailers in the DFW. Current owner Dean Fuller humbly attributes the business’s preservation to Nick and Debbie Redwine, who opened Nick’s in 1985. Since taking over in 2016, Fuller has stoked a fire in sports fans looking to take their knowledge of the game to the next level.

Plants & Planters Nursery

Jerry Duncan and his wife Shelley Rosenfeld opened Plants & Planters in 1978. The business offers a large inventory of indoor and outdoor plants as well as pottery. At any given time there are about 500 planters available for purchase.

What a Great Dog Training Center

The business motto—Every dog can be a great dog!—is at the heart of What a Great Dog's programs, which teach manners, agility, nose work, rallying and obedience. The Richardson branch hosts 80 group classes each week and serves about 500 active clients.

Six Springs Live

Visitors to Six Springs Live in Richardson will not find pool tables or the big game on TV behind the bar. But they will find live music, and a lot of it. Husband-and-wife duo Brad and Keri Springs opened the business at Plano and Belt Line roads in 2017 after noticing a lack of live music venues booking original acts

Isabelly’s Chocolates & Sweet Treats

The first cake balls ever created by award-winning confectionists Isabelle Albert and Isabelle Shaver were a self-described disaster. Fast-forward nearly 10 years, and creations from Isabelly’s Chocolates & Sweet Treats have been named best cake balls in Dallas and best desserts in Richardson.

Free Play Richardson

The arcade houses about 100 classic games and pinball machines. Each game features original parts to promote the same experience gamers had in the ’80s. Unlike some arcades, Free Play does not charge per game. Instead, a flat fee is paid at the door, unlocking unlimited gaming.

BWC Printmakers

Lou George decided to start her own photo development company in Dallas in 1975. Nearly 40 years later, BWC Printmakers moved to Richardson. Today, the business offers a variety of services that bring film and digital photos to life, including scanning, mounting, album creation and retouching. BWC also creates fine art and photographic prints.

Richardson Mercantile

Richardson Mercantile has served as an incubator for collectors, artists, buyers and sellers for five years, according to manager Clare Freeman. At Mercantile, each leased space has its own address, following a grid pattern that mimics the streets of Richardson and surrounding areas.

Bry-Jo Roofing and Modeling

A desire to restore integrity to the home-building business is what drove Michael and Maria Harris, owners of Bry-Jo Roofing and Remodeling, to start their own construction company 20 years ago. The business offers roof repairs as well as remodeling services, such as room additions; kitchen and bathroom remodels; and garage conversions.
By Makenzie Plusnick

Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


Richardson cocktail bar Brizo celebrates Feb. 29 grand opening

Performers at the event will include Thaddeus Ford Jazz and DJ Tigerbee.

The Public Utility Commission of Texas voted Feb. 27 to move forward toward a review of the North Texas Municipal Water District’s rate structure for its 13 member cities. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas commission sides with Plano, Richardson in water-rate dispute

A state arbiter said the North Texas Municipal Water District’s rate structure was adverse to the public interest, a decision that could have a ripple effect on consumer water bills throughout the growing region.

Hexa Coworking offers a full range of membership options for temporary or long-term space requirements. (Courtesy Hexa Coworking)
Hexa Coworking opens shared office space in Richardson

The business offers a full range of membership options for temporary or long-term space requirements.

The restaurant specializes in shawarma sandwiches. (Courtesy Abu Omar Halal)
Abu Omar Halal food truck opens first brick-and-mortar location in Richardson

The restaurant specializes in shawarma but also serves other Mediterranean classics.

German Motor Works is an auto repair shop made up of expert mechanics specializing in BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Volkswagen cars. (Courtesy German Motor Works)
German Motor Works to reopen shop following tornado-related repairs

The business sustained significant damage during the Oct. 20 tornado, forcing it to undergo a complete remodel.

Patients need blood every two seconds somewhere in the U.S., Hale said, and Type O is the most in-demand, according to the American Red Cross. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
American Red Cross sees urgent need for blood donations

The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors of all types, according to Jan Hale with the organization's biomedical services department.

The calendar approved at the Feb. 25 board meeting will follow similar patterns as the year before. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Collin College approves 2020-21 academic calendar

Collin College approved its 2020-21 academic calendar Feb. 25 at a board meeting.

The business offers specialty and customizable pizzas. (Courtesy Mario's Pizza)
Mario's Pizza opens in northeast Richardson

The business offers pizzas, pastas, sub and more by delivery only.

Motorcycle Training Center provides riding courses and classroom instruction. (Courtesy city of Richardson)
City Council votes to shut down outdoor motorcycle training facility in Richardson

The facility had been operating in a parking lot on Plano Road for more than 10 years.

Q&As: Two candidates compete for the At-Large Place 6 seat on the Richardson ISD board

Eric Eager and Bridgett Hudson answer questions about their priorities for the district.

A rendering shows how the new lobby of the Richardson Senior Center will look post-renovation. (Courtesy PGAL)
Renovations at Richardson Senior Center to begin March 16

A temporary center will open at the Methodist campus on Campbell Road no later than March 30.

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