The announcement of two major entertainment complexes for the city of Denison last week sent social media abuzz with excitement.

Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille announced the opening of a Denison location last Wednesday night. The mega entertainment facility is set to open in the fall of next year. The facility is planned to have bowling, dine-in movie theaters, arcade, laser tag and a restaurant. HeyDay Entertainment then announced the development of its first location in Texas at Gateway Village last Friday. Also featuring bowling and laser tag, the 55,000-square-foot facility plans to also include miniature golf and a ropes course.

Since the closing of Sherman’s bowling alley, Grayson County has had a need for family entertainment. Although local roller skating rinks and Sherman’s movie theater do much in the way of easing this need, a lack of variety remains.

My parents live in the Metroplex but I choose to live in Texoma because I enjoy the community and family-friendly atmosphere. And yet, there are times when I find myself traveling down to Dallas on the weekends in search of new experiences. These facilities will help provide options for birthdays, date nights and those days when you just want to try something different.

Beyond enjoyment and convenience, entertainment options are important for the growth of Grayson County. Rather than making the hour long trek to the Metroplex, residents will be able to access a wealth of local entertainment close to home. Although I greatly appreciate our small local businesses like Painting with a Twist and Pickles & Pottery, I am excited to add a number of family-centric activities to our available options.

Businesses geared toward dining and entertainment help make our area a destination. This shifts dollars that were previously being spent in the Metroplex to our cities instead. Although some may be deterred by big business, I am certain Texoma will find a way to remain true to its roots while continuing to grow and diversify.

Happy birthday Tuesday to Cody Anderson of Sherman; Andrea Welch of Pottsboro; and Tim Scott Arrington of Gunter.