Springchangesofthecityface

There are more changes on coming to the Elm Street.

Sadly for the neighborhood’s lizard-watchers, Sea Pets Store went under last week, having failed the selection test in McKinney. Shop owner Helen Ford said she’d been trying to keep the aquarium afloat for 10 years, but “I was working seven days a week, and the store was just breaking even.” She added that the shop, located on Elm Street above Park, was all set to pack up its iguanas and close the doors March 2.

Meanwhile, Best Gadgets, at 334 Elm St. was shutting down its greeting card and office supplies operation. “There were too many stationery stores around here.” explained owner David Casey.

In its place, he’s planning to open the Tech Aquarium and Pet Supply, sporting 68 tanks for tropical and marine fish, he says. Hope those fish won’t be swimming upstream, too.

In other aquatic news, Big Lobster seafood restaurant is expected to reopen soon, in the same spot on Elm near Main it dwelled in so successfully in the modern world. Let’s hope it spawns a whole new crop of fans.

For the meat eaters among us, the nice Victorian house that formerly housed the Elm Street Steve’s Pork (across from Roman Spaghetti) will be turned into a gourmet hamburger joint called Mama’s Food.

And since man cannot live on bread alone, Bakers from the Corner has recently joined McKinney’s heated coffee derby. Last month the shop, on Elm near 15th removed a baguette display rack and installed a large (three-station, two steam arms) espresso machine. According to Assistant Manager Joanna Perkins, business has been brisk for the Bakers’ featured coffee.

In the ready-to-wear department, a Daisy store selling new and used women’s clothing recently opened on 2nd near Elm.