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Old 06-30-2008, 01:09 PM
 
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Hi, I'm moving to Plano in about a month and I was wondering how uptight the area is. I know Texas has some strange alcohol laws, but I'm sure Texas would feel the same about my home town laws of New Orleans. Not that I'm a big drinker, but personal freedoms are still important. I was reading somewhere that Plano is a dry city and then I read it wasn't. So, what is the answer? It made me also think about other freedoms that might be frowned upon such as strip clubs, adult video rentals, adult book stores, head shops, etc... Again, not that I hang at these places, well maybe a little, I am a guy, but I find cities that refuse such business are usually governed by the extreme religious right and I want to know what I'm getting myself into. I heard of wacky religious areas around the country that couldn't even receive adult products through the mail. Is Plano anything like this? Any information would be a big help.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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Plano is not 100% dry. You can buy beer and wine at any grocery store.

Sadly, there are no liquor stores in Plano. There are liquor stores in Addison, however, which is like 15 minutes away.

Restaurants have bars and serve everything, but they have to close at midnight. Dallas bar scene stays open till 2 am.

There are no adult XXX places in plano, but there are plenty in Dallas, 10 - 15 minutes away.

Plano has a TON of churches, but no crazy religious wackos (that I have met or seen in 20 years of living here)
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:57 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the info, that was a big help.
I'll have a little adjusting to do but it doesn't seem like a big deal.
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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I don't consider Plano "uptight" but I will tell you I would consider it "family-oriented." Some of the businesses you mentioned would not likely be welcomed with open arms by most people in Plano if you know what I mean.
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:40 PM
 
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Plano has a TON of churches, but no crazy religious wackos (that I have met or seen in 20 years of living here)
LOL...the water for life church with Doyle Davidson is pretty wacky!!!
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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It's pretty hard to find any of those type places in the surburbs. The city of Dallas has them so why do the burbs need them. You would be hard press not to find a place to buy beer/wine within a 15 minute drive from your house. Most burbs cater to family living and to open up adult oriented businesses would be the kiss of death. This would be all burbs not just Plano.
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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So cities that have liquor and XXX places are cool and not "uptight?"

I have worked in Dallas offices near these type of places and had to drive by them, I never thought those places were cool. I always thought they were dangerous, crime-ridden and some place I wouldn't want to be at after the sun went down.

I guess I lost my "coolness," if I every had any.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Well Plano is definitely not the hot spot for booze and XXX action, for sure. Though I've always believed the truly freaky deekies lived out in the burbs....what with their secret swinging parties and basement porn collections. It's the ones you least suspect ya know.

You can also buy liquor in the Buckingham division in E Richardson. If I don't want to mess with the weekend traffic in Addison, that's where we go for adult libations.

Liquor is not sold on Sundays except in bars and restaurants. And I could be wrong, but I know the beer store I go to in Plano closes at 10PM on the weekdays, where in Richardson you can buy till midnight, 1 am on Saturdays. If this seems strict, look into Oklahoma's 3.2 beer law. See, we're progressive here!

There is a head shop in Plano and a condom store here or there--not exactly the epitome of naughty but, as mentioned, all vices are easily accessible minutes away in Dallas.

Plano also has strict anti-smoking laws. Even smoking outdoors near some establishments is forbidden unless you are a certain amount of feet from the entrance.

I personally like that there are more churches on the corners than beer stores, afterall this is the Bible Belt, but I think it's more the family nature of these northern burbs that's dictating the rules than any wacky zealots.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:57 PM
 
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Yeah, the wackeist of wackos in religion is in Plano and it's televised!!! For everyone to see!! How is that Doyle guy still on the air???

There are parts of Dallas that are dry as well. For alcohol of any type people in these parts of the city of Dallas have to go to Richardson or Addison. Dallas has the no-smoking policy, too. SOBs are restricted to certain areas in Dallas.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:19 PM
 
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I find it funny that sex, alcohol and "family" are mutually exclusive in the minds of people here. Or that they mean cool.

In my home country you can buy beer, wine, liquor, (hardcore) sex magazines in the supermarket (like Kroger). The malls have Beate Uhse stores (which sell sex toys and all kinds of porn DVDs) next to Gamestop-type places.

What's the big deal ?!?

And why is that not family friendly? Kids are the product of sex, after all.

One of the first Italian phrases that I learned when I was six years old was "uno litro vino rosso" when my parents asked me to pick up a liter of red wine when we were camping in Italy and I asked them for ice cream money...
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