5 places still open in quarantine


photo by Kate Haas

“Stay at home” is probably the most common phrase of 2020. For those who just need to (safely) get out of the house and are tired of every place being closed, here’s a list of businesses that are open: 

1. Andy’s Frozen Custard

This old-fashioned establishment doesn’t have indoor seating, but a drive-thru and a walk-up window and patio. The frozen custard is similar to frozen yogurt but creamier, and they offer a variety of treats from shakes, malts and floats to cones and concretes. Andy’s is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. except on Fridays and Saturdays when they close at 11:30 p.m. There is a location in Carrollton and The Colony. 

2. RaceTrac

Craving a snack and need to get some (really cheap) gas? Most gas station-adjacent stores are still open 24/7. Many are offering the option to have an order brought to your car as well, including RaceTrac’s Grab and Go Box. Enjoying a nice sit-down dinner is off the table for a while, but at least scarfing down a few Slim Jims and Arizona teas is always an option. The RaceTrac off Hebron and International is just a few minutes away from the school and readily available to satisfy any junk food craving. 

3. Michaels

Sitting at home and only working (or not working) on online class assignments can get pretty monotonous – now is the best opportunity to explore hobbies and try crafting. While some Michaels stores are temporarily closed, the location by Chick-fil-A off Plano Parkway and Hebron is still open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except on Sunday. While going inside to browse is still an option, Michaels is also offering a curbside pickup service. 

4. Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes is here to save a sweet tooth left unsatisfied by someone whose at-home baking attempts could be on “Nailed It.” Their stores don’t often have a dine-in option, so you can still go inside and look at all the cakes to decide which flavors to buy. The location off Park and Preston is offering delivery and curbside pickup as well. With three different cake sizes and a variety of flavors, Nothing Bundt Cakes has something for everyone and is working its normal business hours. 

5. Barnes and Noble

Sheltering in place has created an opportunity for many who say they are “too busy to read” to finally pick up a book. The Barnes and Noble off Preston and Park and the location in Lewisville are offering a free curbside pickup option for orders bought online, and there are discounts and sales being offered, including 20% off AP test preparation books. Barnes and Noble is also live-streaming many of the events they normally hold in-store: check their Twitter (@BNBuzz) for more information on how to watch them.