Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

2008 Challenge - Week 12

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Queen of Hearts Magic Emporium

It's a bit more challenging without a DSLR, but at least I got something.

The Queen of Hearts has been in downtown Plano for over 20 years. It was started by Carlo and Annie who moved here from Las Vegas, as I recall. Carlo had been a stage musician, and the store was a gift to his wife, and named after her. Yep, he called her his Queen of Hearts.

I used to hang out there quite a bit before the kid came along.

The store has a huge following among costume and theatre folks as they carry a pretty decent line of stage makeup. Of course, they have a web site.

They're typical of most of the business downtown - small, owned by families or a sole proprietor or partnership.

Next door is a shop that specializes in British antiques. We have one of their pieces in the living room - a 1930's Art Deco side-by-side. You can see a bit of it in this year's Catmas card.

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