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Patina Green's lunch counter features "food with integrity."

With the excitement of the holidays over, it’s the perfect time to take a moment to decompress. Remember when times were simpler?

Small towns tend to take the intensity down a notch by nature, so why not visit McKinney--just 30 minutes north of downtown Dallas--and its historic town square? A weekend shop-and-dine visit to this darling yet cultivated hamlet just might have you stress-free by Monday.

Shop Vintage and Eat Local The on-trend Patina Green Home and Market is a mom-and-daughter-owned vintage home goods and locavore lunch spot that’s garnering a much deserved following. Ever think you’d eat a sloppy joe made with grass-fed beef, smoked cheddar and candied jalapeños on Empire Baking Company bread in this once decidedly rural nook? Be sure to stroll the aisles too, where the eclectic mix of wares includes everything from handcrafted cutting boards to hand-dyed crochet throws.

Spend Your Second Saturday Here Each month, downtown McKinney hosts this event, in which art, wine and music collide to good effect from 7 to 10 p.m. Musicians perform, local galleries such as Garret Art Gallery have exhibition openings, and businesses like Artisanal and Primp Salon Boutique stay open late.

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