2023-24 Melissa Chamber Community Guide

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“Bridging Business and Community through Relationships that Connect”
MelissaTX.org 7 Contents 8 Welcome to Melissa 11 Events 12 Melissa At-A-Glance 13 Volunteer Opportunities 16 Churches 20 Charities 22 Rotary Club 23 Chamber Board of Directors 26 Ambassador Program 26 History of Melissa Texas 32 Dining 33 Shopping 34 Attractions 41 Member List Melissa Chamber of Commerce 1710 Cooper St, #200, Melissa, TX 75454 P.O Box 121, Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-4277 Hours: flexible office hours so please call or text should you wish to meet with someone. www.melissatx.org Facebook: Melissaareachamberofcommerce Our Contact Details City of Melissa 3411 Barker Ave., Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 838-2338

Welcome to Melissa!

We are located roughly 45-minutes, drive north of Dallas and 45-minutes, drive south of the Oklahoma state line. While we may be a smaller city with a population of roughly 23,000 - and growing, we are a dynamic city with a national standards sports facility (The Z-Plex) - featuring baseball, tennis & soccer. We are also home to a Texas icon, Buc-ees, with a second Texas icon coming in 2026, HEB. Our Melissa Independent School District proudly ranks in the top 10 ISD’s in Texas.

The Melissa ISD is a 5A school district with a current enrollment of 5,700 kids and enrolling more students each week! We have 1 high school which continues to add campus buildings; 1 middle school – heading for expansion in the next year or so; a 6th grade center and 4 elementary schools, with a 5th elementary currently being developed. The ISD is also undergoing construction of a multi-million dollar football stadium opening in 2024 which is sure to be a major city highlight!

Melissa is 11.5 square miles with approximately 7,000 homes already established. Melissa is built over 3 state highways – Hwy 75, Hwy 5 and Hwy 121, which is certainly unique as our growth can often be affected by state highway improvements and regulations. These three highways also make it incredibly easy to access or leave Melissa. We have numerous strip centers and with the coming of an HEB store in 2026, we expect a number of box stores to come to Melissa then as well. Melissa will soon be home to 3 luxury townhome rental developments and at present, 9 more multifamily developments, together roughly 1,400 units.

In addition, Melissa has started undergoing what is known as the Downtown Overlay (refurbishment) and over the next few years will be adding a new retail complex near the historic heart of Melissa Downtown area. The newly added retail complex will include stores such as Aces Hardware. Our Historic Downtown is currently home to a number of established businesses - including a nationally renowned Bella Couture Salon, a gorgeous boutique, and a few more businesses, including the office of Melissa’s Chamber of Commerce. Melissa’s Historic Downtown area – although small for now – has an interesting history with only three buildings surviving the tornado of 1922. Two of

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those buildings are seen today on Cooper Street (the old bank building) and Barker Street off Hwy5 (the Barker House).

In Melissa, we have residents from 35 countries, speaking 29 languages in our homes and so we are certainly a diverse population but still with a number of residents who have been here for multiple generations since Melissa was much of a farming community.

Melissa is home to a number of churches - the larger 3 being First Melissa, City Church and Melissa United Methodist Church.

Melissa is very unique in that we celebrate big when it comes to our kids! Friday Night Lights is a weekly highlight during football season, and sports in our schools is as big as our academic focus is. Our ISD is the largest employer in Melissa with over 500 staff on payroll.

Melissa residents love our small town feel and while we may be growing, and maintaining that will become more of a challenge, we come together like no other in times of need. We have a few 501(c)3 charities that look to serve the residents of Melissa, such as, “Melissa Rotary Club”, “Melissa Pays it Forward”, “North Texas Feed the Need” and “Helping Hands with Helping Hearts”.

Melissa residents come together for local events, like Friday Night Football, the ISD’s annual “Heart of the Arts”, Historic Downtown’s Heart of Melissa events, city parades, National Night events in the various neighborhoods, the Rotary hosted Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at city hall, and much more!

If one were describe Melissa in a few words, these are some of the most used….”family oriented”, “unique” and “small town feel”. Our residents are friendly and genuinely care for one another!

Melissa is growing and so is our commerce. We are constantly welcoming new business to Melissa, so if you are looking for somewhere great to live, to visit or to bring your business, Melissa is definitely a Texas city to consider! At the Melissa Chamber of Commerce, we are Bridging Business and Community through Relationships that Connect.

Shannon Sweat

Melissa Chamber of Commerce Chairman

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North Creek Neighborhood Melissa Village Liberty community Amenities Center
Water tower near North Creek elementary
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Melissa’s Events

Monthly Chamber Events (see their public calendar)

Melissa Education Foundation Community

Tailgate & Cornhole Tournament

Melissa Education Foundation Gala

Melissa High School’s Homecoming Parade

Melissa Chamber of Commerce

July 4th Parade

Melissa Chamber of Commerce

Christmas Parade

Melissa Chamber of Commerce

Heart of Melissa Events

Melissa Chamber of Commerce

Annual Banquet

Melissa Chamber of Commerce 1-2-4-Connect

Monthly Meetings

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Heart of Melissa Fundraiser HOCO Parade Heart of Melissa Event

Melissa At-A-Glance

Full time Police Department

Full time Fire Department

North Texas Landfill is located off Hwy 121

US Oil and Gas Terminal is located off Hwy 121

Nationally Renowned Z-Plex Sports Facility

Nationally Renowned Bella Couture Salon

City Manager run city with a 7-member City Council governed by the City Charter which was approved by a vote of the residents of Melissa in 2011

Water Rates (residential)

1-10,000gl $5.41/1,000gl or fraction thereof

Over 50,000gl $11.52/1,000gl or fraction thereof

10,001-15,000gl $8.98/1,000gl or fraction thereof

15,001-50,000gl $10.99/1,000gl or fraction thereof



Population 23K
City Tax Rate Median Household Income Household Education Bachelor’s Degree or higher
Median Household Mortgage Persons per Household 5K $117,750 3.56 42.2%
Census 2021

Melissa Chamber of Commerce [501(c)3]

Melissa Rotary Club [501(c)3]

Melissa Pays it Forward [501(c)3]

North Texas Feed the Need [501(c)3]

Melissa Education Foundation [501(c)3]

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 324

Melissa Community Outreach (Melissa Pantry/Melissa Clothesline)

Rotary Interact Club (teens)

Non-Emergency Numbers

Melissa Fire Department 972-837-1268

Melissa Police Department 972-838-2033

City Hall 972-837-2338

Melissa Chamber of Commerce 972-837-4277

Melissa Library 972-837-4540

Melissa ISD 972-837-2411

Melissa Post Office 800-275-8777

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Melissa is truly in the heart of the Bible belt of America. We have a number of churches, so if you're looking for a new home for you and your family, be sure to check them out. They are all very welcoming.


2101 E Melissa Rd. Melissa, TX 75454

Grace Bible Fellowship Church


2331 Milrany Ln.

Melissa, TX 75454

Melissa Christian Church


1708 W Harrison St.

Melissa, TX 75454

Shiloh Church of God in Christ


1707 W Harrison St. Melissa, TX 75454


2300 Vineyard Hill Lane

McKinney, TX 75071

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


737 E Melissa Rd.

Melissa, TX 75454

Melissa United Methodist Church


3851 McKinney St. Melissa, TX 75454

Church of God


1603 W Harrison St. Melissa, TX

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First Melissa

Since 1884, the First Melissa church family has shared the joy and hope of Jesus Christ with our neighbors in Melissa, Anna, McKinney and beyond. We've seen our own community develop from rural farmland into a booming suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Through all of this, our objective has remained the same: taking the good news of Jesus to a world in constant struggle and change. The message of Jesus never changes: God loves us and has a plan for our lives. All have sinned, but God sent His son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin. It is up to each of us to accept this gift and follow Him. As culture and technology advance, those changes bring new opportunities for us to share this gospel message with the world around us.

Known as "The Great Commission," Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

At First Melissa, this is our calling.

We are disciples of Jesus making disciples - a family of Christ-followers who believe that God can fundamentally change your life and that His Word, the Bible, is where we discover how His presence in our lives matters both now and for eternity. We want everyone to experience the breakthrough of knowing and following Jesus as Savior. We warmly invite you to come worship with us and find your place in our community on Sunday mornings for in-person worship services at 9 am or 10:15 am. You will find lots of engaging activities and events for the entire family throughout the week. You can learn more online at www.firstmelissa.com and via our mobile app. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Melissa United Methodist Church

Melissa UMC is a community of faith who lives out Christ’s command of love for all (Matthew 22:36-40). We are located on Highway 5, just less than a mile north from Melissa City Hall. Whether you are seeking a place for community and worship or find yourself on our campus for a community event, you are always our welcome guest. We are committed to a spirit of welcome, encouragement and service that we believe transforms our community and our lives to God’s goodness. For more information on what’s happening at Melissa UMC, you can find more information at www.melissaumc.com or you are welcome to stop by at any time.

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Melissa United Methodist Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has four local congregations that meet in Melissa. The meetinghouse has been a Melissa landmark since 2009 and is located right off Highway 75 on Melissa Road. Members of the church are very active in the community and always looking to help and serve in a Christian way.

Meeting times are 9 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm, and 1:30 pm. Visitors are welcome every Sunday.

City Church Melissa

City Church Melissa was started in 2014 when a group of local families came together with the desire to see the community they loved transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. We have a vision to see the Kingdom of God here in our community as it is in heaven and we see this happening all around us as our church family strives to live for the glory of God and the good of this city.

We do this by remembering and living in accordance with these values:

1) It’s not about us.

2) The Word does the work.

3) We all share in the ministry.

4) The Church is a family.

City Church gathers on some of the most beautiful property in all of Collin County at 2300 Vineyard Hill Ln. Our Sunday worship gatherings are at 9:00a & 10:45a. Our City Church Kids & Littles Ministries are both open for your birth through 5th grade children during these gatherings. These ministries will teach the gospel to children in an age appropriate manner and prepare teenagers to be active participants in the church family.

We encourage teenagers to worship with their families on Sunday mornings and come back on Wednesday evenings for Student Groups. We offer Student Groups for each grade level from 6th12th grade. Middle School Student Groups meet at 6:30pm and High School Student Groups meet at 7:30pm. We have many other small group gatherings throughout the week to equip the church and grow together as a family. You can find a detailed calendar and more details about our church on our website: www.citychurchmelissa.com We’d love to meet you!

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City Church Melissa The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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501(C)3 Charities

Melissa Pays it Forward

https://www.facebook.com/ groups/3485193914941483

Melissa Rotary Club


North Texas Feed the Need


Helping Hands with Helping Hearts

https://www.facebook. com/HHWHHNorthTexas

Rotary Wreaths Across America

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Melissa Rotary

Melissa Rotary was established on April 22, 2010. Weekly meetings continue to be held. As of January 2023, the club meets the first, third and fifth Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. in the Melissa Independent School District Administration building located at 1904 Cooper Street. The second Thursdays are noon luncheon meetings. The fourth Thursdays are evening “Rotary at Night” meetings at 7pm.

Our club Mission: We are people who share a passion for Community service and friendship, promoting service efforts in vital areas of our growing Community.

Our club Vision: A growing, diverse, friendly membership developing service partnerships in a joint effort to strengthen our community in support of its leaders, schools, and organizations. We continue to support Rotary International where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe.

Melissa Rotary Club’s purpose is to help improve the quality of life for our community locally and internationally. We are a service organization that promotes service efforts in vital areas of our growing Community. We do this by developing partnerships in a joint effort to strengthen the Community.

From its beginning in 2010, the club has had an impact through several projects such as

• Melissa Flag Lease Program

• Providing dictionaries to the elementary and intermediate school libraries

• Spreading Mulch in Melissa parks and playgrounds

• Dictionaries for MSID school children

• Samaritan Inn homeless shelter support and food drives for the Melissa Community Outreach food pantry

• Funding Knox Boxes to Melissa Fire Department for local homes

• Creation and on-going support of the high school Interact Club, developing future leaders

• Funding a veteran’s memorial at Melissa City Hall, along with Veterans and Memorial Day observances

• Financial support for the international Shelter Box disaster response kits

• Providing games and puzzles for the Collin County Juvenile Detention Center

• Supporting the international distribution of hygiene kits after natural disasters

• Hand UP Africa (AIDS education)

• Malawi Girls education (Orant charity)

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Chamber Board of Directors

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Shannon Sweat Board Chairman Alta Simmons Vice Chairman Walter Perez Board Member Andrew Lee Board Member Robert Scott Board Member Sue Thornton Board Member

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The Melissa Chamber Ambassador Program

The Melissa Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program allows for members to serve in areas of expertise and to support the mission of the Chamber. Ambassadors are volunteers who commit to levels of service and support.

Ambassadors who serve, earn points for their service in a number of areas. For example, attendance at the regular Chamber events such as luncheons, networking coffees and ribbon cuttings will earn the particular Ambassador Service Points.

Ambassadors provide service in the form of outreach to members and conduct surveys of members to ensure the Chamber is meeting expectations and providing value to the Chamber Members.

Ambassadors also reach out to new and existing business in Melissa, to invite them to join the Chamber and to attend the various events that the Chamber conducts.

Ambassadors provide service through their own particular skill sets, such as social media and/or I.T support including data entry and data analysis. Some provide Organizational skills for major events and activities. Some serve through personal contact and member support. Ambassadors provide communication to members to ensure they are aware of special events that would be of value to the members.

The Ambassadors meet on a regular basis to ensure engagement and alignment with the Chamber Board’s mission and vision. While Ambassadors work with a level of autonomy, the subcommittee leadership, through regular contact and meetings, ensure that the efforts enhance the goals of the Chamber at large.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador for the Melissa Chamber of Commerce, please contacts us at melissachamberambassadors@gmail.com or (972) 837-4277

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History of Melissa, Texas

Melissa, is located seven miles northwest of Mckinney just off State Highway 75, in north central Collin County. From this community came many individuals and families who have been prominent in the business and professional life or Collin County. Some of the first settlers came from the old Highland community, which is located two and one half miles north of the present day Melissa.

It was here that C.H. Wysong settled as early as 1846. A Post Office was established and Isaac N. Foster became the first Postmaster on September 8, 1853. The location of the Post Office was located at Foster Crossing about 3 miles north of Melissa.

The rich soils of the Blackland Prairie and the waters of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River attracted settlers to the area in the 1840s, when the Central Railroad was built through the community and the town of Melissa was laid out. Many of the residents of Highland, which was not on the railroad route, moved to the new location. The pioneers who settled near Melissa were Dr. William Throckmorton, R.E. Moore, G.W. Taylor, T.M. Scott, John and William Fitzhugh, Albert Shirley, Lewis Shirley, James M. Graves, Hogan Witt, John Coffman, Thomas Rattan, Josiah Nichols, Jesse Martin, John M. Nicholson, Lindsey Lewis, J.M. Kincaid and the Orenduffs. Sources disagree as to the origin of the name of the town,. Some state that Melissa was named for Melissa Quinlan, daughter of George A. Quinlan, an official of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, while others say that

it received its name for Melissa Huntington, daughter of C.P. Huntington, a prominent railroad executive. On May 16, 1873, James R. Rogers was appointed to be Melissa’s first Postmaster.

In 1886 Melissa had a flour mill, two cotton gins that shipped 3,000 bales of cotton annually and several business houses. It became a stop on the interurban (The Texas Electric Railway), linking Dallas and Denison in 1908. This transportation network made Melissa a commercial and community center for area farmers. By 1914 its population had reached 400. Unlike many rural communities in Texas, Melissa had electric lights, a telephone exchange, and paved roads before 1920. It also had five churches, a large school, and a number of businesses, including a bank.

A tornado struck the town on April 13, 1921, killing thirteen people, injuring fifty-four, and demolishing many homes and businesses. Eight years later, August 8, 1929, a fire destroyed many of the buildings that had been rebuild after the tornado.

The Great Depression, the mechanization of farming, and job opportunities in the Dallas metropolitan area after World War II further slowed community growth. The population of Melissa declined from a high of 500 in 1925 to 285 in 1949. In 196 it was 375. Melissa was incorporated in the early 1970s. In 1990 its population was 557.

Bibliography: David Minor, Roy Franklin Hall and Helen Gibbard Hall, Colin County: Pioneering in North Texas (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1975). J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh, A History of Collin County (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1958) and United States Postal Service.

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Sit-Down Dining

Sugar Babes Donut & Deli Shop

donuts, breakfast burritos, burgers, salads, wraps, soups, chili 2211 Sam Rayburn Hwy., Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-2757


The Red Feather family friendly, wine & charcuterie boards, live music

2617 E Melissa Rd., Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 889-9150


Maria’s Mexican Restaurant family friendly, Mexican 2321 Sam Rayburn Hwy., Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-4763


Sunview Café breakfasts & lunches

2615 E Melissa Rd., Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 369-7581


Palio’s Pizza Café family friendly, Italian

1521 McKinney St., Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-2003


Subway 2315 Sam Rayburn Hwy, Ste 200 Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-4319

www.restaurants.subway.com/united-states/tx/ melissa/2315-sam-rayburn-highway

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The Red Feather Sugar Babes Donut & Deli Shop Sugar Babes Donut & Deli Shop


Kay Marie Boutique

1710 Cooper St., Melissa, TX 75454 (214) 307-3278


Bella Couture Salon 1713 Cooper St., Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-4444


Buc-ees 75 N. Central Expressway Melissa TX 75454

Lola’s Farm Market (seasonal) 1771 Kever MainMelissa, TX 75454 (214) 404-8353

Frankie’s Party Boutique 2212 Sam Rayburn Hwy. Suite 400 Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 369-7774


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Kay Marie Boutique Frankies Party Boutique Lola’s Farm Market Bela Couture Salon Kay Marie Boutique


Melissa High School Kenny Deel Stadium

3030 Milrany Lane, Melissa, TX 75454

Melissa High School Arts Center

3030 Milrany Lane, Melissa, TX 75454

The Z-Plex


Bella Couture Salon 1713 Cooper St., Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-4444


The Melissa Barn at HD Ranch 1235 Country Rd. 278, Melissa, TX 75454 (469) 209-5940


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Melissa High School Kenny Deel Stadium

Kenny Deel grew up in nearby Leonard, Texas and graduated from East Texas State University. After graduation, Kenny received a call in 1987 from Melissa Schools about a Teaching and Coaching position, which he accepted.

He served as a science teacher and the boys Athletic Director and Coach for the first two years of his tenure, then he took over both the Boys and Girls athletic programs for several years. Kenny served Melissa Schools as the Athletic Director along with many different roles for the first 16 years of his career with Melissa ISD.

The first phase of his career was very rewarding - building relationships with the students and memories that will last forever. When Melissa started the current new high school, Kenny Deel was moved into the administrative role of Executive Director of Operations. Mr. Deel says that it has been an honor to be part of our growing school district and to have overseen the construction of all our new facilities.

This will be Kenny’s 36th year as a Melissa Cardinal and says that he is just as excited to come to school as when he first started!

Mr. Deel goes on to say, “I am truly Blessed and humbled to be part of this great community and school district. I am happily married to Lauren Deel and we share 4 kids who were all cardinals and 2 Grandkids. Jaxson is currently a sophomore at Melissa High School, and Oliver is 10 months old. It is a tremendous honor to have our new stadium named after me, and I am eternally grateful to our school board and administrative staff and community”.

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Bella Couture salon, owned by Artistic Director, Mary Ann Little with 30+yr of styling and color experience has found its home right here in Melissa. Some of Mary Ann’s elite clientele include some Dallas Cowboys & their wives, Miss Dallas, a Hollywood industry individual, politically well-connected individuals in north Texas and many residents of Melissa and the DFW area.

Trained in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, Mary Ann is also Certified Vidal Sassoon from L.A and has attended many red carpet events within the industry throughout her career. Mary Ann is also trained in European Hair Cutting Artistry and has preformed platform stage work with nationally known industry lines at nationally renowned hair shows. Mary Ann brings a wealth of knowledge & experience to Melissa with a dynamic team educated personally by world renowned Phillip Wilson in 2015, 2016 & 2022

1713 Cooper Street

Melissa, TX 75454

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MelissaTX.org 37 Nestled in the countryside of North Texas, the rustic yet sophisticated charm of The Melissa Barn is a truly unique experience. Perfect for weddings, corporate events, family reunions, and vacation rentals. 1235 County Road 278 Melissa, TX 75454 (469) 209-5940 www.hdranchvenue.com


The A-RATED Melissa Independent School District is one of the fastest-growing 5A school districts in Collin County.

6,000 Students

700 Employees

Academics / Career & Technical Education Athletics / Band / Choir / Theatre / Visual Arts

AT A GLANCE who we are

Melissa ISD students perform in the TOP 3-5 PERCENT in academic and extracurricular programs, and routinely place in the TOP FIVE of the UIL LONE STAR CUP .

Melissa ISD ranks in the TOP 50 out of 965 SCHOOL DISTRICTS by SchoolDigger.com.

Fifty percent of Melissa High School seniors graduate with COLLEGE CREDITS earned during grades 9-12. Melissa

Melissa ISD will empower all students to reach their utmost potential to achieve excellence and life-long success.


Integrity • Loyalty • Honesty Humility • Hope

Pre-K & ECSE

Melissa Ridge Education Center

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Harry McKillop Elementary

North Creek Elementary

Sumeer Elementary

(Opening Summer 2023)

Willow Wood Elementary

6th – 8th Grade

Sixth Grade Center

Melissa Middle School

9th – 12th Grade

Melissa High School

Additional Facilities

Melissa Championship Center

Melissa Arts Center

Coach Kenny Deel Stadium (Opening Spring 2023)

The Z-Plex

Scan the QR code or visit www.melissaisd.org/growth for an overview of our development projects – past, present, and future.

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“A Special Time in a Special Place”

WELCOME TO MELISSA, TEXAS! For those of you I haven’t yet had the chance to meet, my name is Keith Murphy and I proudly serve as the Superintendent of Melissa Schools.

As you become acquainted with our schools and community, I believe you will notice the quality of all of our student programs at Melissa ISD. We have something for everyone and we take pride in everything that we do. At Melissa Schools, we put students first.

A pillar of our district’s philosophy is continuous improvement. Our staff works diligently to stay in touch with effective teaching strategies and current trends in education, while always building on the basic fundamentals of learning.

We are committed to the success of our students and we are proud of our Cardinal roots.

We also understand the importance of community involvement and support, and we strive to provide opportunities for our campuses to reinvest in the strong traditions of our community.

I encourage you to meet me and any other members of our team when you get the chance. Feel free to drop me an email or call my office at 972-837-2411.



“A Special Time in a Special Place”

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Melissa Schools ... “Every Child Matters.”


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Argent Edges

2800 E. Plano Parkway, Ste 400 Plano, TX 75074

(214) 316-6606


Atmos Energy

1683 Corporate Drive

McKinney TX 75069

(800) 460-3030


BEAM Concrete Construction, Inc.

2211 W. White Street

Anna TX 75409

(972) 924-8588


Bella Couture Salon

1713 Cooper Street

Melissa, TX 75454

(972) 837-4444


Bird’s Eye Insurance

825 N Kentucky St.

McKinney, TX 75069

(972) 876-0728


Blue Mountain Financial Planning, LLC

2217 Switchgrass St.

Melissa, TX 75454

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1550 Central Texas Express Way

Melissa, TX 75454

(979) 529-2618

CalHar Construction, Inc.

2138 CalHar Drive

Melissa, TX 75454

(972) 838-2888


Camp Gladiator

2822 Acacia Ln

Melissa, TX 75454

(903) 363-2225


Canyon Oak Pools

2835 Redbud Ln

Melissa, TX 75454

(214) 636-0424


Capital Roofing & Exteriors

3227 Berry Hollow

Melissa, TX 75454

(214) 729-5868



CapTex Bank

1218 Sam Rayburn Hwy.

Melissa, TX 75495

(972) 837-2800


City Church

2300 Vineyard Hill Lane

McKinney, TX 75071

(979) 219-7302

Clean Fuels Distribution Company

1919 E.Melissa Rd., #21

Melissa, TX 75454

(469) 422-9845

CommunityMed Urgent Care

3591 McKinney St., STE 400

Melissa, TX 75454

(469) 262-5066


Cornerstone Chiropractic

2617 Sentinel Way, Suite 200

Melissa, TX 75454

(214) 383-9170


Cross My Heart & Hope For Pie

P. O. Box 278

Melissa, TX 75454

(214) 435-5740


Cruise Planners

4407 Cherry Cove

Melissa, TX 75454

(469) 922-8365



Celina, TX 75009

(972) 542-1297


D-BAT Melissa

3059 Champions Way, Ste 300

Melissa, TX 75454

(214) 957-7546


District Commercial 4502 Firewheel Dr.

Garland, TX 75044

(214) 243-0942


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Member Listings

Driving with Frank 5100 Bryant Ln McKinney, TX 75071 (214) 504-6455

Dj Smiley & Saving The Moment Photo Booths

2702 Kennedy Dr. Melissa, TX 75454 (309) 242-2591

DougOut Sports Grill 3059 Champions Way Melissa, TX 75454 (214) 662-2882


Edward Jones 6951 Virginia Parkway McKinney, TX 75071 (214) 454-8762

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Exodus Mechanical Heat and AC PO Box 231

Melissa TX, 75454 (469) 500-7977


Explorer Pipeline Company 6120 S. Yale Avenue, Suite 1100 Tulsa, OK 74136 (918) 493-5146


F45 Melissa 2435 Sam Rayburn Hwy

Melissa, TX 75454 (562) 756-7603


Farmers Insurance - Tyann Alexander Insurance Agency LLC 1434 N. Central Expressway, Suite 106

McKinney, TX 75070

(972) 200-2454


First United Bank 1700 Redbud Blvd, Ste 130 McKinney, TX 75069 (972) 569-2004


Freedom Health Centers 2709 Virginia Parkway #100 McKinney, TX 75071 (972) 542-3300


Frontline RFG LLC 4455 Lake Shore Dr McKinney, TX 75071 (469) 855-3958


Gentle Creek Dental 2613 Sentinal Way, Suite 200

Melissa, TX 75454

(214) 208-4259


Goldfish Pediatrics & Urgent Care 2302 Sam Rayburn Highway, Suite 200

Melissa, TX 75454

(469) 885-7100


Grace Lake Therapeutic Horsemanship

9611 FM 1827

Anna, TX 75409

(972) 837-4621


Harrington Insurance Solutions 6817 K Avenue 104 Plano, TX 75074

(855) 974-7744


Heaven South Firearms and Safety Training

215 North Pearl

Trenton, TX 75490

(972) 832-5867


Holcim 15900 Dooley Rd

Addison, TX 75001

(945) 230-9171


Hurricane Creek Country Club 1800 Fairway Lane

Anna, TX 75409

(972) 924-2695


Insure Me Steve Insurance Agency 1621 Grandberry Dr

Melissa, TX 75454

(972) 369-6111


Jeremiah’s Italian Ice of Melissa 2613 Sentinel Way, Suite 100

Melissa, TX 75454

(469) 403-3084

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Kay Marie Boutique 1710 Cooper Street

Melissa, TX 75454

(972) 824-7567

Kennedy Agency, The 4300 n Josey Ln., Ste 102, TX (972) 492-8787

Kona Ice of North Collin County 1239 Chandler Circle

Prosper, TX 75078

(469) 955-5662


Lori C Monk, CPA

1233 Milrany Ln

Melissa, TX 75454

(214) 770-8162


Medical City McKinney

4500 Medical Center Drive

McKinney, TX 75069

(972) 547-8000


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Melissa Dental and Orthodontics

2302 Sam Rayburn Hwy, Suite 100

Melissa, TX 75454 (318) 243-1561


Melissa Eye Associates 3591 McKinney St. Suite 200

Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-2222


Melissa Family Dental 3591 McKininey St. Ste 500

Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-4867


Melissa ISD 1904 Cooper St.

Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-2411


Melissa Village, LLC 6959 Lebanon Road, Suite 212 Frisco, TX 75034 (214) 618-9900

Mike Birmingham Agency 7200 W University Suite 170

Melissa, TX 75071 (214) 491-8880

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MJ Construction Services LLC 1000 Putman Dr McKinney, TX 75071

(619) 317-9448

Neighborhood Credit Union Building on West White Street

Anna, TX 75409


Neil C. Hopkins CPA 4207 Magnolia Rd. Melissa, TX 75254 (972) 743-5701


Photo Organizing Solutions 3823 Blue Stem Blvd

Melissa, TX 75454 (469) 544-9525


Physical Therapy of Melissa 3201 McKinney St. Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 837-4450


Portable Storage Solutions 8004 US Hwy 82 West Brookston, TX 75421 (903) 784-0268


Prather Properties

McKinney, TX 75071 (817) 705-1108


Promo Lab 118 W 4th Street, Floor 2 Anna, TX 75409 (475) 747-4028


Provision at Melissa 2650 E. Melissa Road

Melissa, TX 75454 (214) 856-3574


Provision Automotive

2181 Calhar Dr.

Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 978-3649


Proxy Clean

2020 McKinney St.

Melissa, TX 75454


Federal Credit Union

2093 N Central Expy

McKinney, TX 75070 (469) 975-2748


Rotary Club of Melissa 1904 Cooper Street

Melissa, TX 75454

(972) 550-6765


Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids

2613 Sentinel Wy., Suite 350

Melissa, TX 75454

(972) 369-7755


Shonda’s Shave Ice

3524 Camden Dr.

Melissa, TX 75454

(314) 226-0676


Sonic Drive-In Melissa

2206 Hwy 121

Melissa, TX 75454

(972) 837-4166


Straight Path Insurance 2150 S. Central Expy, Ste. 200

McKinney, TX 75070 (918) 260-2444


Sugar Babes 24 Country Ridge Rd.

Melissa, TX 75454 (214) 551-0794


Tallent Roofing, Inc, 1521 Mckinney Street

Melissa, TX 75454

(972) 562-9100


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Taylormade Heat and Air, LLC. 2035 Central Circle, Ste 105 McKinney, TX 75069 (469) 885-4951


Argent Edges

Terri Quinton

17250 Knoll Trail Dr. Dallas, TX 75248 (214) 316-6606

Texas First Bank

2225 E Randol Mill Rd. Arlington, TX 76011 (817) 586-8773

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Texas Fit Chicks

543 William D Fitch, #106 College Station, TX 77845 (888) 552-9759


Texas Republic Bank

1707 Cooper St. Melissa, TX 75454 (972) 658-3007


Texas Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

1500 Scott Street, Ste 200 Melissa, TX 75454 (469) 815-6021


TexCap Insurance

12404 Park Central Drive, Suite 200-N Dallas, TX 75251 (972) 720-5343


The Melissa Barn P.O. Box 2834 McKinney, TX 75070 (469) 209-5940


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(402) 321-3126


Towneplace Suites by Marriott

1832 Marketplace Drive

McKinney, TX 75069 (214) 726-9032


Truist Bank

15950 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 400 Dallas, TX 75248 (469) 441-0446


Wells Fargo Advisors 2400 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 100 Plano, TX 75093 (904) 687-3163


Wildflower Women’s Center/ Wildflower Medical Spa 3628 County Road 413 Melissa, TX 75454 (214) 295-8675


Willie & Kim Photography

2306 Independence Dr. Melissa, TX 75454

(214) 208-5253


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