Flower Delivery to Wylie, Texas - Wylie Florist

Wylie is a city and northeastern suburb of Dallas, that was once solely located in Collin County, but now extends into neighboring Dallas and Rockwall Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is located on State Route 78 about 24 miles (39 km) northeast of central Dallas and centrally located between nearby Lavon Lake and Lake Ray Hubbard.

Originally called Nickelville, reportedly after the name of the first store, it was organized in the early 1870s. The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway laid tracks a half mile north of the original townsite in 1886. The businesses of Nickelville moved to take advantage of the railroad within the following year, and the City of Wylie was incorporated in 1887 along the right-of-way. It was named for Lt. Colonel William D. Wylie, a right-of-way agent for the railroad and Civil War veteran.

Unlike many rural Texas communities, Wylie grew during the Great Depression years, reaching 914 residents by 1940. In part, this was a result of increased dairy farming to meet the demands of nearby Dallas. Following World War II, the population increase continued.

Onions were the town's cash crop in the 1930s and '40s. In fact, the grandparents of the current owner, Pam Wells, had a large onion farm in the '50s near present day Walmart(now in Sachse) with "Hooper Road" named after the family.

Designed to provide water for towns in four counties, the construction of the Lavon Dam and Reservoir 5 miles (8 km) north of town, and the selection of Wylie to house the offices of the North Texas Municipal Water District, pushed the population to 1,804 in 1960.

In the 1990s, Wylie had two disasters. On May 9, 1993 (Mother's Day), a tornado ravaged downtown Wylie. Luckily the only damage to Wylie Flower & Gift was a 2x4 beam that lodged into the side of the building. In December 1998, two fires destroyed and damaged several businesses. Wylie Flower & Gift sustained moderate damage but the candle factory next door was burnt to the ground. After that, the downtown area was renovated, while preserving the many century-old buildings that remained standing.

In Wylie's early days, its downtown area was a community gathering place on Saturday nights for those wanting to hear some music, shop for groceries and dry goods, and catch up on the latest news. As the railroad infused the town with visitors and commerce, shop owners stayed open extra late to accommodate the crowds, and the town's nickname - Wide Awake Wylie - was born.

Historic downtown Wylie is still wide awake and ready for company. Ballard Avenue, Wylie's "Main Street," is home to vibrant shops, such as Shoemaker & Hardt, with its wide array of coffees and unique gifts; Rick's Home Store, where hand-crafted wood and leather merchandise can be found; and family-owned Wylie Flower & Gifts, the oldest retail business in town, where the staff can handle everything from a small get-well bouquet to a full-scale wedding.

You're bound to see someone you know at one of downtown Wylie's fine restaurants, such as Ballard Street Cafe and Grill, Bold BBQ Pit, and Villa Vinci. After dinner, visit 96° West Winery, named for Wylie's longitudinal coordinate.

And the historic Brown House, 301 N. Ballard, offers a glimpse back in time to the days when visitors drove a Model T or rode a horse to get downtown and see what was going on.

Wylie was named the #20 Best Place to Live in the U.S., by Money Magazine, and the editors noted that Wylie residents, "still like to get together for good times." Downtown events include Pedal Car Races, held in early May; Bluegrass on Ballard, the July music festival; and Boo on Ballard, the Halloween trick-or-treat event. Wylie Arts Festival, held in early December at FBC Wylie Event Center, 200 N. Ballard, is an annual event featuring arts and crafts, fair food, and sounds of the season; and the tree lighting in Olde City Park follows FBC Wylie's annual Christmas parade, accompanied by Mayor's traditional reading of "The Night Before Christmas."

Shopping .... dining ... hometown businesses ...community events ...there's something for everyone in historic downtown Wylie.

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