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Watters Creek Welcomes Two Tenants Giving Back to the Allen Community

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Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm is pleased to help support the Allen community through The Allen Arts Alliance’s Blue House Too and Allen Community Outreach’s (ACO) Boutique on the Road.

“It’s important to nurture the community and give back in a variety of ways. Blue House Too brings recognition to local artists and the arts to Watters Creek. ACO’s Boutique on the Road makes an immediate impact on the Allen community by directly helping families and individuals in need,” said Debra Martinez, marketing director for Watters Creek at Montgomery Farms. “We are absolutely delighted to have both of them with us at Watters Creek.”

BLUE HOUSE TOO

Featured here are local talents’ visual and performing arts, music and cultural events for audiences of all ages. This winter, the gallery is featuring a mother-daughter art exhibit, “Home for the Holidays,” by Judith and Amanda Dunbar. Join in on the free show available during gallery hours through January 3. Blue House Too grew out of the Allen Arts Alliance’s vision to create a vibrant arts space in the community and is located at 934 Market Street, opposite DSW.

“We’re dedicated to promoting and nurturing the arts in our community, and the gallery at Watters Creek is a wonderful location for us,” said Lori Patrick, Blue House Too coordinator. “We are excited to showcase the Dunbar’s art work, as well as many other local artists who express themselves using a variety of mediums. For a more interactive experience, we also offer adult art classes and children’s programs in partnership with Watters Creek, such as Elves, Inc., which occurs every Tuesday through December 22.”

The Allen Arts Alliance began as a city advisory board in 1998 to support arts and culture in Allen. In 2006, the Arts Alliance became a nonprofit (501c3) organization that serves as the umbrella organization for the arts and cultural organizations in the Allen community. Blue House Too is an integral part of its mission, which is to promote and nurture arts, culture, heritage and enrichment programs throughout Allen and neighboring communities.

When: Now through January 3. Gallery Hours: Thursday–Friday 4–8 p.m., Saturday 12–9 p.m., Sunday 12–6 p.m.

Where: Watters Creek | 970 Garden Park Dr., Allen, Texas

Cost: Free!

allenartsalliance.org

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ACO’S BOUTIQUE ON THE ROAD

Lots of gently-used items are offered here, such as household items, furniture, décor and more. All proceeds from the Boutique on the Road benefit the programs provided by ACO. The store is located at 945 Garden Park Drive, opposite Blue Fish, and is open six days a week, MondaySaturday from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. ACO began in 1985, and today is the sole local provider of free human services for the cities of Allen, Fairview and Lucas in Collin County.

“ACO is so excited to be part of the Watters Creek family this holiday season. Our store has promoted awareness to so many families that did not know our organization even existed. Thanks to Watters Creek offering us this space gratis, all of our profits go to support the programs ACO offers: financial assistance, food pantry, GED, holiday programs, school supplies and many more,” said Adela Herrod Valdez, director of resale operations, ACO. “Watters Creek philanthropic spirit is unheard of in retail, and a true blessing to everyone in Allen.”

acocares.org

Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm

Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm is a premier, resort-style shopping and entertainment destination in North Dallas set within 52-acres of lush landscaping and natural features that include a village green and running creek. The mixed-use development offers a vibrant combination of nationally-renowned retailers, local boutiques, restaurants, office space and high-end loft apartments. Built in 2008, Watters Creek was the first retail development in the State of Texas to be LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Watters Creek is located at the intersection of US 75 at Bethany Drive in the heart of Allen, Texas.

watterscreek.com

 

Colbea Smith
Colbea Smith is a young professional who grew up in Plano and loves the community she will always consider “home”. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University – Go Bobcats! – who spent most of her days in school studying advertising and playing around at the San Marcos river. After she graduated, Colbea worked in global communications at Hewlett-Packard for over three years and then took some time off to adventure around the U.S. Colbea is a huge, self-proclaimed foodie who loves to explore and is always down to try new activities.

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