Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown Wylie

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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 Café, Bold BBQ Pit, Frankie's Casa, and Villa Vinci. After dinner, visit Landon Winery for a glass of locally made wine.

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 Matthew Porter’s traditional reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”

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



contact information

Wylie Municipal Complex 
300 Country Club Rd., Building 100 Wylie, TX 75098
Main #: 972-516-6000 
Monday – Friday

Building Inspection2nd floor, 7:30 am - 5:30 p 
972-516-6420, permits@wylietexas.gov

City Manager, 1st floor, 8 am – 5 pm 
972-516-6010, citymgr@wylietexas.gov

City Secretary1st floor, 8 am – 5 pm 
972-516-6020, citysec@wylietexas.gov

Code Enforcement, 2nd floor, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
972-516-6440, code@wylietexas.gov 

Communication/Marketing, 1st floor, 8 am – 5 pm
972-516-6016, publicinfo@wylietexas.gov

Engineering, 2nd floor, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
972-516-6400, cityeng@wylietexas.gov

Finance, 1st floor, 8 am – 5 pm 
972-516-6120, finance@wylietexas.gov

Human Resources, 3rd floor, 8 am – 5 pm 
972-516-6040, jobs@wylietexas.gov

Planning and Zoning, 2nd floor, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
972-516-6320, planning@wylietexas.gov

Purchasing, 1st floor, 8 am – 5 pm
972-516-6040, purchasing@wylietexas.gov

Utility Billing
, 1st floor, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
972-516-6100, utility@wylietexas.gov

Recreation Center
300 Country Club Rd., Building 200
972-516-6340, recreation@wylietexas.gov

Monday – Thursday, 5 am – 9 pm
Friday, 5 am – 5 pm
Saturday, 8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm

Rita and Truett Smith Public Library
300 Country Club Rd., Building 300
972-516-6250, libinfo@wylietexas.gov

Monday - Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm
Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, Closed

Public Safety Complex
2000 N. Hwy. 78
Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Municipal Court
972-429-8080, court@wylietexas.gov

Police Administration
972-442-8170, police@wylietexas.gov

Public Safety Communications
972-442-8171, wfdadmin@wylietexas.gov

Fire Administration
972-442-8110, wfdadmin@wylietexas.gov

Fire Stations
Station #1,
1400 S. Ballard Ave., 972-429-8071
Station #2, 555 Country Club Rd., 972-429-8072
Station #3, 210 W.A. Allen Blvd., 972-442-8073
Public Works  (Streets, Water and Wastewater)
949 Hensley Ln., Building 300
After-hours emergency? Contact Police Dispatch, 972-442-8171
Monday – Friday, 7 am – 4 pm

Parks and Recreation Administration
949 Hensley Ln., Building 200
972-516-6340, parks@wylietexas.gov
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm

Animal Services
949 Hensley Ln., Building 100
972-429-8047, animalcontrol@wylietexas.gov
After-hours emergency? Contact Police Dispatch, 972-442-8171
Monday – Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm

Senior Recreation Center
800 Thomas St.
972-516-6340, recreation@wylietexas.gov
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm

Thomas and Mattie Brown House
301 North Ballard Ave.
972-516-6340, recreation@wylietexas.gov 
*Temporarily closed for improvements

Economic Development Corporation
250 S. Hwy. 78
972-442-3367, info@wylieedc.com
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

Athletic Field Condition Hotline

Community Waste Disposal (Bulk Pickup/Trash) 

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