3 Don’t Miss Dates Coming in Allen, Tx!

May 1 – Sprayground at Celebration Park!

It’s coming soon! Beginning May 1st the Celebration Park Sprayground will open again for outdoor fun! Children ages 2-12 can enjoy splashing and playing in the water to their hearts content. Hours of Operation will be 9am-9pm daily, but closed Wednesdays for weekly maintenance.

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May 6 – Allen General Election! (May 1st Early Voting)

It looks to be an exciting race as the offices of Mayor and City Council Place No. 2 are up for election. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to participate in choosing your city leaders! Elections will be held at the Allen Municipal Court Facility (301 Century Parkway Allen, Tx. 75013)

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May 12-14 – Allen Arts Festival!

This Mother’s Day weekend join the crew at Watters Creek in Allen for a fun time with outstanding local and regional juried artists, showcasing their original art for the community! Enjoy live music, children’s art activities and much more!

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3 Reasons a Visit to Biggby Coffee will Brighten Your Day!

Every Tuesday morning 60-80 business professionals gather at 5th Street Pizza for a networking group called Tuesday Morning Live. Each and every week, Biggby Coffee owner, Steve Hrapkiewicz, provides coffee for the group. This may sound like a small donation but when you look closer you will find something unique in Biggby Coffee and Steve.

Community Engagement

Over the past few years Steve and the Biggby crew have engaged in the community in a big way. From sponsoring TML to hosting local charity events, Biggby Coffee has made an impact in the Allen and Fairview areas. Additionally, Steve was asked to join the Board of Directors of the Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce! It should go without saying that this Realtor has a soft spot in his heart for Biggby Coffee.

Positive Attitude and Environment  

Walking into Biggby, you will notice something different. The colors are bright, the music is upbeat, and the people are happy. This distinguishes Biggby from many other coffee shops that present a less joyful environment. This positive culture, as well as the caffeine, has a pick-me-up effect on everyone who walks in.

Tasty Options

Along with a variety coffees, Biggby offers many options of flavored lattes, cappuccinos, smoothies, bagels, muffins, and many other tasty treats. The variety is wide and options are many. A customer could stop by Biggby once a day for months before trying all of the drink options! The Michigan Cherry comes highly recommended!

You can find Biggby on the web at biggby.com or just pop in for a visit and a latte at 945 W. Stacy Road, Allen, Tx. 75002. Map is below!

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Full Service Pool Concierge Executive Blue Pools!






I sat down for lunch this week with my friend Brian Belflower. Brian and I met several years ago through a mutual friend and have helped each with everything from ministry ventures to family decisions. Needless to say I enjoyed our time together over lunch!

Brian launched Executive Blue Pools a few years ago and the business has really taken off!

When explaining why he started Executive Blue Brian told me he truly wanted to replace his wife’s salary so she could stay at home with their wonderful daughter, Emma! Brian’s heart to serve people and understanding of the local economy led him toward the pool service industry.

Brian understands the sensitive nature of servicing pools. When hiring a pool company a customer opens up their life to the company. The pool crew will be in the customer’s backyard consistently with access to the home. This kind of trust requires professionalism and consistency.

When I inquired what differentiates Executive Blue from other companies Brian shared three attributes which cause Executive Blue stand out from the rest. First, Executive Blue offers a high level concierge experience. Brian describes it as the ‘white glove’ treatment! The Executive Blue crew is highly relational and takes their customers’ trust very seriously. After every service the customer receives an email highlighting everything the crew accomplished and a picture of the pool when they left the home.

Secondly, Executive Blue values a competent and well trained staff. In addition to initial field training, Executive Blue staff also attend conventions and conferences to continue growing in their understanding of the pool industry. Mentorship and regular meetings also help to sharpen their skills!

Thirdly, Brian emphasized Executive Blue’s full service approach to pool maintenance. They do everything except dig and construct pools! They can repair any piece of pool equipment and offer full renovations!

With the honor of being #1 on Angie’s List many times and members of the Good Contractors List it’s no wonder Executive Blue has achieved success so quickly!



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Fun Food Friday!

Old Fashioned Burgers at JC’s Burger House

I have frequented JC’s for several years and have never been disappointed with the quality of their burgers. When I am hankerin for a tasty, old fashioned hamburger I drive over to JC’s almost every time.

This ‘hole in the wall’ burger joint has a unique, local history. It all started with a guy who made old fashioned ‘real’ burgers for his friends and family. His name was Jay Cockerell. In 1999 Jay noticed a lacking of ‘real’ burgers in the marketplace and decided to start his own burger house. Within six months JC’s first restaurant in Plano was ‘standing room only’ (http://jcsburgerhouse.com/our-story/).

What truly makes JC’s burgers unique is the fresh meat. JC’s cooks grind their own hamburger meet, USDA Choice Chuck, on site daily, plop it on the grill, flatten it with their spatula, and cook it to perfection. It is no wonder JC’s has been voted ‘The Best Burger in Collin County’ several times over the years!

To add to the old fashioned beef burgers JC’s also offers a tasty turkey burger. I admit there was a time when I categorically disregarded the entire turkey burger genre, however after the constant pestering from my wife, Karis, I finally tried one of JC’s turkey burgers. I was pleasantly surprised and have not hesitated to order one now and then.

Go check out JC’s some time soon. If you like old fashioned, real, burgers you will not be disappointed!

JC’s is located on the Northbound service road of HWY 75 just south of McDermott in Allen!

Check them out on the web at http://jcsburgerhouse.com/!


Fun Food Friday!

St. Louis Style Pizza at 5th Street Pizza

Welcome to our first installment of ‘Fun Food Friday!’ where we share our experiences with local restaurants. This week it’s all about 5th Street Pizza in Allen, Tx.

Located directly next to Stacy Furniture on the Southbound service road of Hwy 75 just North of McDermott Road, 5th Street Pizza offers a variety of Pizza options. Two factors truly make 5th Street stand out from the crowd of pizzerias.

First, 5th Street specializes in thin crust pizza. Two of them are Chicago Style thin and New York Style thin. Unlike the typical hand tossed pizza, thin crust is a crispy and tasty alternative. You might call 5th Street a ‘Thin Crust Haven’.

Second, 5th Street offers an option that makes them truly unique! It is called St. Louis Style Pizza. What is St. Louis style pizza? I had no idea until I discussed it a few years ago with the owner, Jeff Gamache. Apparently, St. Louis style pizza has a thin crust and a completely different style of cheese called Provel. Provel brings a unique and full flavor unlike Chicago or New York style pizza. Amazing!

In addition to the the pizza, 5th Street Pizza offers a fun and laid back environment celebrating all things Sports and Rock n’Roll. With classic rock album covers canvasing the walls, Blues Brothers welcoming party, and sports memorabilia everywhere you will feel like you walked into a Parlor in downtown St. Louis!

Check out their website at 5thstreetpizza.net!