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Fantastic Fitness Centers

How GO! Pages is Redefining Publishing Thank You Coupons Inside

Best of Denton County 2013 Winners Announced Inside For the Full List See Pages 34 - 40

What About The Wright Firm:

A look Inside Denton’s Best Law Firm

Have the Pros Teach Your Kids

Top Shops in the County Remodeling Your Home? Ask the Experts

Keep Until November 2014

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Welcome the area’s first acute care hospital!


Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound is a full-service, 103-bed facility with over 400 physicians on our medical staff who practice a full range of specialties. We are committed to offering comfort and care to those seeking quality health services.

Emergency Services Epilepsy & Seizure Center Imaging Services Intensive Care Unit/ICU Neck & Spine Center Neonatal ICU Orthopedics Robotic Surgery Sleep Lab Center Surgical Services Women’s Services

| 2 | Best of Denton TexasCounty Health 2013 Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound is a joint venture owned by Texas Health Resources and physicians dedicated to the community and meets the definition under federal law of a physician owned hospital.

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Nominees Mixer Nominees Mixer on August the 15th of 2013. Nominees for Best of Denton County were invited to a mixer hosted by the Best Of Denton County staff. Finalists enjoyed appetizers and wine tastings courtesy of WineStyles and Swirl Bakery.

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Editorial PUBLISHER Murray Creative Solutions EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kelly Murray SENIOR EDITOR Jana Melton MANAGING EDITOR Lizeth V. Wallace CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Brandon Madison Meztli Valdovinos Kaye Owen Maggie Jackson





Letter from the



ello Best of Denton County Readers,

My husband, Scott, and I are delighted to announce our recent acquisition of the Best of Denton County Award. This long standing publication has been a favorite with locals for nearly a decade. We look forward to adding our personal touch and bringing fresh ideas to the publication with our new magazine format. Scott and I live in Flower Mound with our four children; Konnor, Courtney, Zach and Madison. We share our home with two dogs, so as you can imagine, the Murray household is a very active and fun filled place! Although, Scott and I publish over 3 million magazines in Texas and Louisiana, The Best of Denton County has a special place in our hearts. We live in the community and take great pride in the accomplishments of the local businesses who are nominated for the Best of Denton County recognition. Our local merchants, businesses and service providers work hard to serve the community we live in and strive to provide the very best service to the people of Denton County. A record breaking 50,000+ votes were cast this year in 200 business categories. Finalists received recognition for their accomplishments at an awards ceremony held at The Grotto on September 27, 2013. You may also review the winners list online at

Special Thanks WineStyles The Grotto Swirl Bakery Robert Payne Photography GO! Pages Readers The final published list of winners is sent out to over 30,000 homes in Denton County. The official Best of Denton County award logo is made available to the winners for advertising purposes. We are honored to be a part of this process. We have a great staff of designers, copy writers, sales representatives and photographers on our team, and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication to the magazine. We work together to design and publish a magazine that will benefit our readers and provide them with access to Denton County's best. You can check them out and sign up at w w w. b e s t o f d e n t o n c o u n t y. c o m . Yo u c a n also like us on our Facebook page at We look forward to an exciting new year as we work with all of the great businesses in our community. The Best of Denton County project is one that we will enjoy on a personal level. We welcome your comments and input as we move forward, and commit to providing our community with a magazine that will serve Denton County well. Thank you in advance for your continued support.


Publisher: Murray Creative Solutions Presidents: Kelly & Scott Murray 1011 Surrey Lane, Bldg 100, Ste #101 • Flower Mound, Texas 75022 • 972.899.3637 Best of Denton County Magazine is published once year for Denton area residents, students and businesses. All nominations were voted on Winners were chosen by the readers of GO! Pages Magazine and also The Campus Pages Magazine. The Editor, Publisher, owner and staff were not responsible for choosing winners nor did they participate in voting. Over 200 business categories were available and readers nominated or voted on no more than one business per category and required a valid email address and name. The businesses and institutions with the most votes were named Best of Denton County 2013 by Go Pages Magazine and an additional Award for STUDENT’S Choice was crowned from the readers of The Campus Pages Magazine. All Rights Reserved ©2013. This magazine may not be reproduced in whole, in part, or by any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, without permission from the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for care and return of unsolicited materials. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for advertisements printed or the views and opinions of the advertisements. Many images attained via

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Magazine Beauty Services

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Longacre Construction: A Family Approach . . . . . . . . . . 71

Creativity and Style . . . . . . . . . . 10

Bella Hair & Nail Salon has become Flower Mound's top choice for nail services. See how they went from a humble space in Denton to a posh space in the heart of Flower Mound.

See how this company treats you like family while working on your home. They have a reputation for quality, responsibility and excellence through their personal approach to every job.

Comprehensive Orthopedic Care

Meet the Ultimate Experts of The Backyard . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

The Dream of Creating Beauty

The duo behind Salon Sage give us an inside look on how their hair styling techniques have made them one of the most sought after stylists in Denton County.

Medical Services

For nearly 40 years, Orthopedic Associates has provided all-inclusive orthopedic services and expertise to Flower Mound and Lewisville. Now see what makes them your number one choice for orthopedic care.

A backyard is where you play and relax with your family. Now you can have an award winning contractor make your backyard perfect for your needs. See what makes Colby the number one choice for backyard construction.

Meeting the Growing Need for Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Verizon is recognized for providing best internet service to Denton County residents and businesses for the third year in a row. Now you can read up on what makes them the best and their newest products and services.


13 The Company That Cares About Your Lawn . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Your lawn is a big portion of your home so get it looking amazing with Grassperson Lawn Care &Landscape. Learn more about the company that is devoted to your landscaping and lawn needs.

Education Manu Shahi: Find Your Kid's Potential . . . . . . . 89

Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own. See how Manu Shahi helps your child achieve their personal best.

Meet the Warrior Mother Behind Adventure Kids Playcare . . . . . . . . 88

See why parents all around Flower Mound and Highland Village trust Michelle Rae with their children. She also describes why children in playcare often have happier parents.

Legal Services A Thanks from Coffey & Peace . . . . 21

The law firm of Coffey and Peace want to thank Denton County for voting Amie S. Peace best family lawyer. Now see what makes the whole law firm the choice for your legal needs.

What About The Wright Firm

Painting your homes interior or exterior can be a stressful experience so see how Clark Pittman puts his customers at ease through great customer service and a friendly approach to your needs.

Titensor Dental is the complete dental office offering services from basic cleaning to complete smile makeovers. See what makes them the best cosmetic dentist in Denton County.

The Plastic Surgeon with an Artist's Touch . . . . . . . . . 52

Home Services A Friendly Approach to Painting Your Home

Creating Beautiful Smiles . . . . . . . 54

The twin brother duo have been voted as best law firm, personal injury lawyer, and bankruptcy law firm. Now you can see what makes them the best in Denton County and how they dominate in the courtroom.

See what makes Ronald M. Friedman M.D. the number one cosmetic surgeon in Denton County. His ability speaks for itself but now you can read about it!

Randy W. Butler, D.C. Chiropractor . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Dr. Butler combines chiropractic and acupuncture which enables him to treat many different conditions. This sought after doctor as dedicated his life to helping others achieve a lifetime of health and wellness.

Taking the Whole-Patient Approach in Dentistry . . . . . . . . . 57 Read how Dr. Jacquelyn Stanfield looks beyond her patients' teeth to provide appropriate, optimum dental care.

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Dr. Pomerance's specialty in and out of office is smiles. See what makes him the best family dentist in Denton county.

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Shopping & Retail

Changing Lives: It's Part of What We Do

Paula Kratohvil: From Her Heart To Your Home . . . . 49

Each year, 6-8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters throughout the United States. Due to low adoption rates, most of these animals never find a forever home. That’s where Texas Coalition for Animal Protection steps in to make a difference.

Learn how this successful local business woman juggles a thriving business with her passion for community service and citizenship.

The Tops in Shops

The Shops at Highland Village has become Denton County's social and retail therapy hot spot. See what makes them the number one place to shop in the county.



Restaurant & Food Services

Specialty Services

Baked with Love . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Coaching the Leaders of Tomorrow . . . . . . . . . 94

The Flour Shop always has many distinct and special flavors that help Cara Vasquez identify herself as a topnotch and award-winning baker. Learn more about the Flour Shop and their many happy customers.

Delicious and Nutritious Pizza . . . . . 81

Mouthwatering pizza with a hometown feel? Palio's Pizza Cafe has it down pat. This business serves some of the freshest ingredients to all of Denton County. Read more here and discover how Palio's atmosphere is just as perfect as their cuisine.

For the Love of BBQ . . . . . . . . . . 72

Close Coaching and Consulting delivers into what it takes to be a great leader. Cheryl Close is an inspired educator that takes a personal and supportive approach to coaching business professionals and students alike.

How GO! Pages is Redefining Publishing

GO! Pages magazine has not only survived the decline of traditional print but flourished through a unique approach to print, social media and online advertising. Learn more on their unique approach to all forms of media.

The Fat Cow BBQ is passionate about serving amazing BBQ with old school customer service. The Fat Cow menu is small but they put a lot of love in every product, putting it ahead of their competitors in Denton County.

Fruits of Their Labor . . . . . . . . . . 80

Erika Spretz knows fruit and lives to bring delicious treats to her community. Edible Arrangements is a business with artfully created and deliciously healthy fruit arrangements, providing Denton County with something special for that someone special.


Local Coffee with a Global Impact . . . 82

Roots Coffeehouse is a cozy, beautiful establishment located in Highland Village. They offer more than drinks and delicious treats, however -- their entire establishment operates with global benefits in mind. Learn more on this good for the soul, good for the earth coffeehouse.

Sports & Fitness Have Your Kids Get Taught by Pros

Restaurant Spotlight: The Grotto

The Grotto in particular has earned a reputation as a destination restaurant. You might call Morris Salerno a symbol of the American dream -- read more here on his vision and his amazing cuisine.

D-Bat is an Indoor Baseball and Softball Academy where their mission is to hone the talent and love of baseball and softball in the young adults under their tutelage.

26 76 The Jenny Layne Bakery . . . . . . . . 74

Dedicated to customer satisfaction, this bakery combines delicious treats with unique creative touches to create the best desserts in the county. Jenny Layne is a hardworking powerhouse baker that contributes to her community in the sweetest of ways.

The Personal Approach to Your Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Jesse James Fit is all about creating an accepting, inviting place where people are able to work together and achieve their goals. Learn how this personal approach is helping many in Denton County to become healthier, happier and more successful. 2013 | Best of Denton County | 7

Spa Packages | Body Treatments | Facials | Nail Care | Products | Massage | Waxing

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Sutera Day Spa introduces a complete array of

ahhh-inspiring skin and body treatments now available right in the heart of Flower Mound. Indulge in rejuvenating skin analysis and repair treatments, and be restored with invigorating massages and body treatments.

(972) 899-5300 2620 Long Prairie Rd, Suite 200 | Flower Mound, TX 75022 We are located on Long Prairie Rd (Hwy 2499), South of Cross Timbers (FM 1171), and north of Flower Mound Rd (FM 3040). We are in the buildings behind Red Hot & Blue.

Monday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Last appointment booked by 6:00 p.m.) Thursday, enjoy extended hours from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday 1pm - 6pm

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and Style

HAIR& Nail Salon Bella hair 5801 Long Prairie Rd. | Flower Mound, TX 2430 S. Interstate 35E | Denton, TX

In 2002, her mother-in-law suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed. Kim and Patrick Nguyen relocated their family to Texas to care for his ailing mother. Patrick became primary caretaker for his elderly parent while Kim worked in a Denton nail salon for a year before the couple discovered a vacant space (“…very small and cozy…”) they could lease. Best of Denton County 2013

Best Nail Salon (972) 906-1244 | (940) 383-3552


here’s a bumper sticker popular among Texans transplanted from other places that reads, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as quickly as I could.”

That could be the slogan of Kim Nguyen. She and her husband Patrick own Bella Nail Salon and Spa, with locations in Denton and Flower Mound. They have won the Best of Denton County Award for Best Nail Salon 4 years in a row . Kim Nguyen was born in Vietnam and grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she studied cosmetology and became a hair stylist in the midnineties. She won multiple awards for creativity and styling and her career may have continued on this path if not for fate.

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She credits the encouragement and support of her loyal clients with giving her the courage to move forward and open a nail salon. It was a bold step for the Nguyens, who worked seven days a week in the beginning—taking their children with them—to make the salon successful. “We were nervous, scared and worried about how we would pay for everything,” she explains. “There were days we sat for many hours waiting for someone to come in.”

for the benefit of her clients. The goal to satisfy clients and earn their trust is what drives her. “I enjoy finding answers, styles, solutions and designs to share with my clients. To see them happy— that’s what makes me happy,” she says. Her generosity of spirit extends to the Bella staff. She considers them part of her extended family and says she feels blessed to have them working with her as a team. A thriving business means a seven-day-a-week work schedule is no longer necessary for the Nguyens, who now take off Sundays and Mondays. This is when they spend time together with their three children, Christian, Vincent and Grace. “On Sunday morning we go to church together, and after church we do fun things together as a family,” says Kim.

The petite Nguyen engendered such loyalty among her clients that their word-of-mouth praise for her talent brought in new customers. Gradually, the salon grew and became an established Denton business. The Flower Mound salon was opened in 2009. By 2012, they had outgrown the original "small and cozy" space in Denton and relocated that salon to its current, more spacious quarters.

Nguyen also spends time doing volunteer work at her children’s school. Love of children is a constant in her life and doing what she can to help kids in need is also one of her passions.

The success of Bella salons can be largely attributed to Kim Nguyen’s love for her work and the way she keeps up with trends in the beauty industry

“Not one day goes by that I don’t thank God for blessing me with a beautiful first family and also my second family—my staff and my awesome clients.”

Kim Nguyen feels honored by the Best of Denton County award and shares the credit with her husband Patrick and their family, as well as the staff and clients she calls her “second family.”

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The Dream of Creating


hen Shauna McCabe and Kendra Schmidt started doing hair 8 years ago, Salon Sage seemed like a pipe dream to them. But the two women, who have been friends for over 10 years, turned their passion for making women feel special and beautiful into an awardwinning salon. Shauna and Kendra combine their love for their craft and their love for helping others to offer salon services that truly satisfy customers. Salon Sage recently won Best of Denton County, which can be attributed in part to their commitment to continuous learning. Staying up to date on current trends and fashion helps them give their clients what they want—-fun and beautiful hair!

Salon Sage 3301 Long Prairie Rd Ste. 145 | Flower Mound, TX 75022 | (972) 436-7243

The enjoyment hair styling brings them is also key to their success. Shauna and Kendra explain, “Going to work doesn’t feel like work and you truly love what you do and you get to do it with your best friends every day while making new ones with all our clients. Why would you ever give that up?” A clear source of strength in the business model is the faith and friendship Shauna and Kendra share. They are longtime friends who embarked on this journey together, they attend the same church, and they volunteer together. “God’s timing brought us here,” they explain. “We truly feel like it’s a miracle-a gift that we’ve gotten here.” Something that makes Salon Sage special is the welcoming, laid back approach the women take. Their relaxed attitude and sincere desire to help each customer feel their best creates a

Beauty comfortable environment anyone can enjoy. It is no wonder they are considered the best in Denton County.

"The enjoyment hair styling brings them is also key to their success." When Shauna and Kendra are not at the salon working hard to help their customers feel beautiful and special, they are spending time with their husbands and children and staying active in their church. While Kendra grew up right here in DFW, Shauna is from Tennessee. She has quickly adopted DFW as her home through simply saying “Texas is better!” Ultimately, Salon Sage is their dream come true. It is the place where they have the privilege to help women feel important, confident and beautiful!

Best of Denton County 2013

Best Salon (972) 436-7243

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What About

The Wright Firm


t has been a decade since identical twin brothers Patrick and Paul Wright combined their talents to establish a law firm that has recently been voted the Best Law Firm in Denton County.

The firm has built a commendable reputation as the Texan brothers – identical in birth date only – have expanded their legal practice to provide representation for North Texas clients in Denton, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties. The partners and their associates and staff offer a broad spectrum of business, family, probate, bankruptcy, estate planning, tax and criminal law services. The Wright brothers are ready to tackle almost any legal issue, and they reflect their Texas heritage in their dedication to their profession. Early in his career, Patrick served as the City Attorney for both the cities of Krum and Hackberry, Texas, and as City Prosecutor in Corinth, Texas in addition to maintaining an active family law caseload. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at the University of North Texas and his law degree from South Texas College of Law. Paul chose a career in accounting in the beginning, graduating at the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Master of Science in Taxation, before working in the tax department at BDO Seidman. Paul then also attended South Texas College of Law to earn his law degree. While at South Texas, Paul served as Assistant Editor of the South Texas Law Review and is published in the area of tax law. Paul is also a Certified Public Accountant and practiced in public accounting representing business, fiduciary and individual

Divorce Law Child Custody & Child Support Criminal Defense | DWI/DUI Defense Bankruptcy Mediation and Collaborative Law Estate Planning and Probate Business Law | Immigration 14 | Best of Denton County | 2013 |

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clients with tax planning and compliance issues before entering law and ultimately establishing The Wright Firm, LLP in Dallas in 2002. Patrick joined The Wright Firm, LLP in 2003, and the brothers became partners. Patrick and Paul owe a large part of their success to the guidance of their parents who were supportive of their respective individual goals and who urged the young men to be active in their communities, to work earnestly without regard for personal shortcomings, and to be outspoken about the things that matter. Attending Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, the Wright brothers credit the Jesuit principles and superior educational environment for much of their success, too. Both men are also hugely grateful to supportive wives and families who understand the passion the twins have for their profession, their business, and the work that keeps them away from home some nights. Each of the founding partners have their particular strengths. Patrick is a board certified family law specialist who loves the excitement of the courtroom and in honing his skills as a trial lawyer both in family law and personal injury. Patrick has recently been accepted to the Million and Multi-million Dollar Advocate Forum which is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members of this forum. Paul is focused on estate planning, probate and tax law and he also applies his talents at fiduciary and probate litigation. Both Paul and Patrick have been named SuperLawyers by their peers. Like all good SuperLawyers, Patrick and Paul have assembled an extraordinary team of attorneys and staff who each have unique specialties that allow them to serve their clients and the community.

of their priorities. The men share as much time as possible with their families, but both are dedicated to provide their clients with whatever it takes to achieve the best possible outcome in any legal situation. One of Patrick’s clients described his courtroom demeanor as “shocking and awesome”. Likewise Paul’s clients describe his knowledge of both establishing complex tax and estate planning structures as well as deconstructing them as in a divorce situation as nothing short of being a “legal brain surgeon.” It should also be noted that both men are voracious readers. Paul and Patrick are a force to be reckoned with in their respective areas of expertise, and they intend to keep working hard for their clients, and staying on top of all pertinent legal issues to maintain their leading position among North Texas legal firms. They have garnered personal rewards of excellence as judged by their peers, but their outlook is to continue advocating for their clients first and foremost while providing them with superior legal service. The challenges of ever more complex laws and regulations ensure that the public will have to rely on qualified legal representation even more in the future. The Wrights are ready for that inevitability and they invite anyone seeking legal representation to visit their website at to discover more about the firm and their services.

Patrick and his wife Sheri have two children whose sporting events occupy their weekends. Paul and his wife Rachel have three children who are also active in a wide range of sports. Both men put their role as a husband and father at the top

"...Patrick’s clients described his courtroom demeanor as 'shocking and awesome'."

The Wright Firm (972) 353-4600 1600 S. Stemmons Suite 150 Lewisville, Texas 75067 Offices in Dallas (Principle Office), Lewisville, Fort Worth, Frisco, Plano & Denton (Frisco, Plano, Fort Worth Offices by Appointment Only)

Best of Denton County 2013

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Elsey & Elsey Attorneys & Counselors at Law











At the law offices of Elsey & Elsey located in Flower Mound, Texas we bring our unique approach to the practice of law to clients in the communities of Denton, Dallas, Collin and Tarrant Counties. The how and why of the continued successful representation that we provide to our clients is based on the combination of our knowledgeable expertise in each of our practice areas and the exceptional level of client care and support that we offer in a very personal and relaxed environment. Divorce and Family | Corporate Law and Business Transactions | Employment Law | Energy Law Estate Planning & Probate | Real Estate and Commercial Law | Civil and Commercial Litigation | Personal Injury

Chuck L. Elsey

Winner Best Oil & Gas Lawyer Winner Best Business Lawyer

Chad D. Elsey

Named a Texas Superlawyer Rising Star for 2011-2013

Cameron J. Cox Lawyer

No More than 2.5% of lawyers in the state of Texas earn this designation which represents the top 2.5% of Texas lawyers under the age of 40 | (972) 906-9695 |3212 Long Prairie Rd. Suite 200 Flower Mound, TX 75022 16 | Best of Denton County | 2013 |

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Elsey & Elsey Attorneys & Counselors at Law

Pictured from left to right Chad D. Elsey, Chuck L. Elsey, & Cameron J. Cox

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Jeffrey A. Hines Finalist

Richard D. Hayes Finalist

A Law Firm You Can Rely On (940) 387-3518 | 512 W. Hickory, Suite 100 | Denton, Texas 76201 | 18 | Best of Denton County | 2013 |

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Brian K. Tackett Winner

Don R. White Finalist

Thank You for Voting Brian K. Tackett for Best Criminal Attorney and For Acknowledging Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant as a Finalist for Best Law Firm


Real Estate Litigation

Family Law


Criminal Defense

Estate Planning & Probate | Municipal Law Business Litigation



Oil & Gas Law

Bankruptcy | Eminent Domain

The Denton, Texas law offices of Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P., provides individuals, families and business owners throughout north central Texas premium client services and legal representation. Senior partners Richard Hayes, Byron Berry, Don White, Lance Vanzant and Brian Tackett offer our clients more than sixty combined years of sophisticated legal experience and name recognition in a broad spectrum of legal arena

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Amie S. Peace Dan C. Coffey

Amanda Coffey

A Thanks from

Coffey & Peace for Voting Us Best of Denton County

At the Law Firm of Coffey & Peace, we pride

The level of satisfaction we provide to the

ourselves on our ability to work through complex

people we work with is demonstrated by the

family law issues. Whether your case involves a

fact that the majority of our cases are referrals

Areas of Specialty

divorce with large amounts of property, such as

from past clients and other attorneys. We want


retirement accounts, oil wells, and stock options,

to provide that same level of satisfaction to you

or it is related to an ongoing dispute over the

by helping you through your family law case,

custody of your children, our family law attorneys

whether it involves a complicated divorce or a

Child Visitation

are prepared to help. We understand the impact

challenging child support matter. Dan C. Coffey is

Child Support

these matters have on your life, so we treat them

Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board

with the appropriate care and consideration. We

of Legal Specialization. This title is given to a very

take the time to learn about your situation and then

small percentage of attorneys who meet stringent


work with you to create a case designed to meet

and ongoing standards of experience and ability.


your needs. When you choose us to represent you

This is the level of knowledge that we apply

in your family law case, you choose experience,

to all of our cases.

ethics, and integrity. We will work hard to show you how important you are to us. We have more than 40 years of experience helping clients in Denton, Lewisville, Frisco, Corinth, and

513 W Oak St, Denton, TX 76201 (940) 591-6006 |

Child Custody

Division of Marital Property

Pre-Marital and Post-Nuptial Agreements Step-Parent Adoptions

the surrounding areas of North Texas. We will work with you to find an effective solution to your family law or divorce issue. Denton County Attorneys Dan C. Coffey and Amie Peace started a law firm that has grown to serve the expanding & complex legal needs of Denton County. The full-service firm provides quality legal services for all types of

To find out more about how we can help you, be sure to contact us to schedule an initial consultation.

Best of Denton County 2013

Best Family Law Amie S. Peace

family law matters.

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Changing Lives Is Just Part of What We Do E

ach year, 6-8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters throughout the United States. Due to low adoption rates, most of these animals never find a forever home. Animal shelters are forced to cope with animal overpopulation through euthanasia. That’s where Texas Coalition for Animal Protection steps in to make a difference.

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Best of Denton County 2013

Best Animal Non Profit 940-566-5551

“The answer to stopping euthanasia and overpopulation starts with prevention” says TCAP Executive Director, Stacey Schumacher. The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) has been a leader in animal welfare since its formation in 2002. TCAP provides compassionate solutions to pet overpopulation and euthanasia. As a Dentonbased non-profit, TCAP provides the lowest prices for preventative animal care throughout North Texas. In 2007, the Humane Society of the United States named TCAP as the "Most innovative approach to animal welfare in the nation."

“The staff was very friendly and professional. The whole process was quick and simple. I will continue to use Texas Coalition for Animal Protection for my vet pet needs.” – Jessica O. TCAP's skilled and caring veterinary team has spayed/neutered more than 171,600 North Texas animals and has vaccinated more than 259,500 animals against the deadly rabies virus. TCAP's ultimate goal is to substantially reduce animal overpopulation and euthanasia throughout North Texas, while promoting animal welfare. Spaying and neutering pets is the most effective

way to reduce animal overpopulation and many problems that result from overpopulation such as malnutrition, abandonment, high euthanasia rates, and neglect. TCAP currently operates standalone clinics in Denton, Fort Worth, and Burleson, but chances are that TCAP is never far from your home with one of their travel “MASH”-style clinics. “We understand that people have jobs and cannot always make the drive to one of our main clinics, so we make ourselves available throughout DFW at local animal shelters and community centers,” says Schumacher.

TCAP 713 Sunset St Denton, TX High Quality & Affordable Spay & Neutering Services

In addition to providing an invaluable service to pet owners, the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection strives to provide its support to animal shelters and rescue organizations. “We truly value these institutions for their contribution to their communities. We want to be there to help make their rescued animals more adoptable and improve the number of animals they can help as a result” says Schumacher. TCAP’s Executive Director goes on to state that the combination of reducing animal overpopulation and increasing adoption rates can actually lower the cost of cityfunded programs and in-turn lower the cost to North Texas taxpayers.

If you have a pet that you would like to get sterilized, scheduling an appointment is easy. You can call TCAP at 940-566-5551 or visit their website at and click “Request Appointment”. Prices for sterilization begin as low as $35. Annual vaccinations for a dog or cat can be purchased for $25 on a walk-in basis from 9 am – noon at all three main TCAP locations and 10 am – noon at all travel locations. North Texans can learn more by visiting TCAP’s website at

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Have your Kids get

Taught by Pros W

hen Cory Legner walked in to D-BAT Lewisville to help his son harness his baseball skills, he didn’t realize the wholesale change that would take place in his life.

Cory was offered the chance to partner with Mike McGowan and make his love of baseball and helping young adults a full time career. And now that he’s doing it, he’ll never be the same. In an interview with Cory, co-owner of D-BAT Lewisville, he shares with us his inspiration for joining the facility and how his background has enlightened their mission to hone the talent and love of baseball and softball in the young adults under their tutelage. D-BAT Lewisville is the culmination of Cory’s passion when it comes to baseball. Whether he was playing or coaching others, Cory has always had a hand in the sport. You would think that being part owner of D-BAT Lewisville would fulfill that desire to engage and share his love of baseball, but it hasn’t. Even in his free time, he says, you can often find him at the ballpark with his “wife Jen and [their] two boys enjoying the opportunity to see them play and enjoy the same game [he] did when 26 | Best of Denton County | 2013 |

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[he] was their age.” Now with D-BAT Lewisville he gets to impart his wisdom and love of the game to other kids as well. At D-BAT Lewisville, Cory tells us he has teamed up with his partner to provide “an atmosphere for boys and girls to learn the fundamentals of baseball and softball.” “Seeing [his customers] grow as athletes and young adults and the successes they achieve” is one of the most exciting parts of what he does. Their business would not be able to provide these achievements without D-BAT Lewisville’s instructors who, Cory says “recognize that each customer is unique and they tailor their instruction to those needs.” Giving “clients the skills to be successful at any level” is D-BAT’s ultimate goal. From his own words Cory makes it clear that he has found his niche in the atmosphere he and his partner have created at D-BAT Lewisville. There he and his exceptional instructors are able to develop the skills of the younger generation and relish in their achievements. Sharing in the successes of the young adults that come into their facility on a daily basis is one of the great joys of being an owner in this business. “Knowing what we are in business to do and the impact our instructors have on our client’s enjoyment and respect for the game, I’m

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certain I could never fully give that up,” he says. And while Cory is humble about the lasting impression D-BAT Lewisville has made for itself, he hopes “people think of [us] as a business that instilled the respect and enjoyment for the game. That same respect and enjoyment that we all had as young aspiring ball player[s]. Hopefully we’ve had a part in continuing to pass that on to future generations.”

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From Sole to Soul

Physical Therapy

& Wellness M

eredith Tittle has come full circle on a journey that just delights her.

Meredith is the owner and operator of S2S Functional Performance, a physical therapy and functional performance training center. While Meredith found inspiration from many sources, she is happy to bring her experience and training to the area she originated from, Denton County. As Meredith states, "What a blessing to come home!" Meredith follows in her mother's footsteps as a physical therapy expert, and she benefited from her mentoring. Meredith has been an active athlete since childhood and from an early age knew that she wanted to apply her athletic gifts, intelligence, creative mind and education for the benefit of others. While she considered a career as a physician and took courses at Baylor to prepare for medical school, eventually she opted for physical therapy school to make the most of her skills and attributes. While completing her Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center , she plunged into Pilates with enthusiasm. Interestingly, Pilates had not reached the level of popularity that it enjoys today, and Meredith used the program to describe an example

of an alternative therapy to complete an assignment in school. Since then, pilates research has abounded and the method is introduced now as customary in most PT school curriculum. After becoming a licensed PT, Meredith completed her Pilates certification through Stott Pilates. This method uses a contemporary adaptation that focuses on maintaining the natural curvature of the spine. She taught Pilates classes in a PT clinic while she prepared to launch her own studio. She opened her own clinic in The Bartonville Town Center in 2004 with the dedication to help each client achieve and exceed his or her fitness goals. "We have worked with professional athletes, students, moms, business men, retired grandmas, infants and weekend warriors. We have enabled them to reach beyond their goals. Meaning restored for them a quality of life that enables them to feel good and do more," states Meredith. Meredith puts her passion for fitness and rehabilitation into S2S Functional Performance. The clinic offers a selection of packages designed to help anyone achieve his or her fitness goal. The goal can be participating in sports, wrestling with the kids, or relief from hours at a desk job. In addition, the clinic offers an "on the road" workout package for those who travel extensively and may miss time at the studio. What is functional performance? Meredith explains, "Functional performance is training that simulates the activities an individual performs on a daily basis. For example, weight lifting can put excess stress on your

joints. Functional training will prepare you to meet the demands of activities that require core stability, balance and proprioception. It is functional because they are performed dynamically in several planes of motion, preparing our brains and musculoskeletal system to respond efficiently every day and to feel good doing them. We have developed our own method of S2S Hard Core, TRX Suspension Training and Stott Pilates. "All three are safe, fast and metabolic. More information can be found on the S2S website. S2S started as Sole to Soul, A Professional Pilates Studio. Sole to Soul defines Meredith's view of life and work. She supports programs that assist those in need such as Naomi's Village and Children's Advocacy Center. Whether it is working or playing, Meredith Tittle believes in giving life all she has!

S2S Functional Performance 2652 FM 407 Suite 115 Bartonville, Texas 76226 | (940) 241-1215 Call Today and See How You Can Perform Better!

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Best Pilates Studio Physical Therapist & Therapy Practice

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Jesse James Fit 1001 Cross Timbers Rd. | Suite 1200 Flower Mound, TX (972) 355-2639 | As someone who has been in the fitness industry for close to two decades, Jesse James has a thorough understanding of what it takes to help individuals take control of their health and wellbeing. Growing up in Los Angeles opened up a lot of doors for Jesse, but the passion for building a career in health began when moving to Texas more than 20 years ago. At that point, Jesse started a new life and began pursuing those things that one can only dream about. Jesse believes in making a difference in the lives of others, which is why he works so hard at everything he does. Regardless of whether he has to work 14 hours per day or only a few, he takes pride in seeing the faces of his clients and coworkers. It really is all about making a difference to all those who are looking to improve their health. People need to be driven to succeed and we are dedicated to helping them reach their goals. The staff that you will find at Jesse James Fit is exceptional. Everyone is here to work with you and make sure that you receive the satisfaction you deserve. You won’t find a team that is more dedicated to helping you get where you want to be than the ones right here. After owning gyms for a number of years, Jesse decided he needed to make a change in the manner in which training was handled for individuals around the area. Over the past

The Personal Approach to

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10 to 12 years, Jesse had a number of different clients that needed his help. However, the dues for gyms were troubling and larger gyms didn’t provide the environment that he wanted for all of his clients. He desired an accepting, inviting place where people were able to work together and achieve their goals, regardless of what they might be. A personal approach to training was the key to success.

"You won't find a team that is more dedicated to helping you get where you want to be." Jesse is well-known for the quality of service that he provides, as well as his consistency. Even though the world of fitness might be changing all the time, that doesn’t mean it has to be that way for everyone. Jumping into a fad diet or extreme exercise regime isn’t always the best choice. Bringing people to a workout that is ideal for their specific needs is where it all begins. You should never have to settle for less than what you deserve. Overcoming obstacles that stand in the way will help you become the person you want to be. Many people have some type of issue underneath that makes it difficult to achieve their fitness goals and they don’t always realize it until such time as someone else draws attention to it.

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Best Personal Trainer Best Weight Loss Studio | (972) 355-2639

Beyond working with individuals, Jesse also works with families to bring the whole group together. Grandparents work out with their grandchildren and create an amazing dynamic that many people don’t realize is possible. Once you find your grandparent lifting more weight than what you do, you will quickly become motivated to get your levels at more than your counterparts. Even though weight loss might be a specialty here, a large number of individuals have come to Jesse for help. Jesse has contributed to the success and scholarships of many professional athletes and high school athletes, as well as building selfesteem and confidence in clients. His goal is to fill in the gaps and complete the lives of those who come into his establishment. Providing you with support and encouragement is where it’s at with Jesse James Fit. Seeing the hard work pay off for all of those who come into the establishment is what drives Jesse to continue working with people around the region. The joy comes in being able to help others who need assistance in getting and staying fit and healthy. Family is important to Jesse, which is why he spends time with them on the weekend sharing stories and previous time together. Spending time driving around in the Jeep and viewing everything in the world around him is where Jesse spends his time away from work with his loved ones. Beyond training others, he trains himself as well. He believes in practising what he teaches others to do. As the winner of the Best Personal Trainer and the Best Weightloss Center, as well as Best Boss Ever, Jesse understands what it takes to succeed. Unleash your inner potential with one of the bests in the industry today. 2013 | Best of Denton County | 31

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Improving Your Life with

Pilates O

ver the past two years, Michelle Lawyer has developed a reputation throughout the Denton community as a top-notch Pilates instructor. What many don’t know is that before she joined the staff at Strada Fitness & Wellness Center in Flower Mound, Michelle was a professional dancer. She credits her 20-plus years as a dancer – highlighted by a four-year stint in the Corps de Ballet with the Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth – for developing her passion for fitness, and for helping her clients overcome, and prevent, injuries. Michelle excels in finding solutions for her clients from postural imbalance to functional movements. Some of her clients develop accompanying depression because of their physical limitations. The positive attitude and energy she provides is a welcome respite for these individuals; and she has a well-established, repeat clientele as a result. Many of Michelle’s clients come in for exercise or relief from joint pain in the knees or shoulders. The STOTT Pilates-trained instructor works closely with them to strengthen their bodies and create muscle

balance in a gentle way that leads to lasting pain relief. Many of her clients claim that her programs lighten them emotionally while providing physical benefits. Frequently, they tell Michelle that their Pilates workouts have given them a more positive outlook on life, along with additional energy. “I’m a sponge for knowledge,” she states. “I am constantly learning, training and progressing.” Michelle recently introduced the Total Barre™ Program to the line-up of services now offered at Strada Fitness. This individualized training uses elements from Pilates, dance and ballet to improve flexibility, posture, strength and fitness. “I researched all the programs I could find before settling on the Total Barre approach, which I think is the best of them all,” she said. “It combines everything I’ve loved doing my entire life while providing a fun way to get fit and to sculpt the beautiful, lean body most women want.” Michelle’s passion for helping people and improving the quality of their lives reaches beyond the gym. She recently established the Pink Ribbon program in the Flower Mound area. The program is a Pilates-based exercise method designed specifically for breast cancer survivors. This cuttingedge system improves the quality of life of these individuals by targeting the muscles most

affected by the surgeries required to address the cancer. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement,” is Michelle’s favorite quote. When she is not at Strada Fitness working with her clients, Michelle enjoys working out and being with friends and family. The Flower Mound native and Marcus High School alumnus graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas.

Strada Fitness 3041 Churchill Drive Suite 100 Flower Mound, Texas 75022 Strada Fitness: It's About Lifestyle, It's About Health, It's about Living Well

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Best Pilates Instructor (972) 330-4300

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Winners Automotive Services

We are proud to announce the winners of Best of Denton County 2013! Nominations were made by the residents of Denton County and the readers of GO! Pages and The Campus Pages Magazine. Nominations took place June 17– July 16, and afterwards, the top 3 nominees went on to the final voting which took place July 23 – August 22. All nominations and voting were held at Final voting was hosted by an independent third party to ensure fair and accurate results.

Laser Hair Removal

Nail Salon

Premiere Laser Centre Celebrating 13 Years of Excellence Laser Hair Removal Massage Services Skin Care 2430 S. I-35E, Ste 218 Denton, TX 76205 (877) 499-1001

Bella Hair & Nail Salon Thank you for voting Bella Salon Best Nail Salon in Denton County! Acrylic & Solar Nails, Pedicures & Manicures, Hair Salon, Reflexology Lashes, Permanent Make Up 5801 Long Prairie Rd. #680 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 906-1244

High School

Best Auto Body Shop Repo’s Garage Best Auto Insurance Agency Geico (940) 321-3990 Best Auto Mechanic Shop Kwik Kar Lantana Best Boat Dealer Phil Dill Boats Best Custom Auto Paint Repo’s Garage Best Domestic Car Dealership Bill Utter Ford Full Service Car Wash

Med Spa

Best Tanning Salon Tantrum Best Weightloss Center Jesse James Fitness Best Women’s Salon Salon Sage

Kwik Kar Flower Mound Wash & Detail Center See our website for a full list of services. 2801 Flower Mound Rd Flower Mound, TX 75022 (972) 724-2929 Best Import Car Dealership Jim McNatt Toyota Best Motorcycle Dealer Denton Cycle Center Best New Car Dealership James Wood Autopark

RSR Medical Visit one of our four locations Dallas Denton Highland Village Southlake (972) 978-9475

Best Men’s Salon Strandz Salon 1001 Cross Timbers S uite 1200 Flower Mound, TX (located inside Jesse James Fit)

Best Pre-Owned Car Dealership Charlton Motors

Best Eyelash Extensions Robin Blair (214) 693-5520

Best Tire Store Firestone - Flower Mound

Best Facial Molly Harris

Best Truck Dealership Bill Utter Ford

Beauty Services Best Children’s Salon Kiddoos Kid Salon - Lewisville

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Best Medical Massage Flower Mound Medical Massage


Flower Mound Expanded PE Field New Computers Voted Best in Denton County Join Today! Best School Around 143 Floral Rd. Denton, TX 75022 (972) 555-0343 Best Public Middle School Forestwood Middle School Best Tutoring - Math Math Matters Best Tutoring - Reading The Tutoring Center Tutoring - General

Best Day Care Primrose NE Flower Mound Drop In Daycare

Adventure Kids Playcare

1401 Shoal Creek, Ste 140 Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 317-4158 690 Parker Square Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 899-2060

Kumon Math and Reading Center After-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own. 2250 FM 407, Ste 132 Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 317-1320

Entertainment & Travels Best Acting Studio Studio B

Best Private Pre-K - 12th Liberty Christian (940) 294-2000

Best Event Facility MCL Grand Theater - Lewisville

Best Massage Spa Massage Life

Best Private Preschool - K Trietsch Enrichment Center

Friendliest Staff CiCi’s Pizza (972) 691-9900

Best Spa Sutera Spa

Best Public Elementary Donald Elementary (469) 713-5198

Best Gaming Store GameStop - Flower Mound (972) 691-3438

Best Hotel Hampton Inn & Suites - Lewisville (972) 315-3200 Best Paint Ball Facility Gatsplat Paintball Best Place to Bowl Main Event - Lewisville Best Place to Dance Rockin Rodeo - Denton Best Place for Live Music Dan’s Silverleaf Best Place to Meet People Shops of Highland Village Best Movie Theater AMC - HIghland Village (972) 317-2609 Best Skate Park Lone Star Indoor Sports Center Best Theater (Performance) Studio B Performing Arts Travel Agent

Travel Agency

Cruise Therapy Travel Co Family Cruises and All-Inclusive Vacations. Your prescription for fun. jnoble@ (817) 946-0435

Best Waterpark Denton Waterworks Water Park

Financial & Real Estate Best Apartment Community Coronado North Best Architect Cross Timbers Architects (972) 355-7754 Best Architecture Firm The ML Group Inc Best Bookkeeping Diana’s Bookkeeping Best Business Bank PointBank Best Certified Public Accountant Jeffrey Whittaker CPA Certified Public Accouning

Michelle Browne Me and the Mouse Travel FREE Customized Disney Vacation Planning Services From Start to Finish Making Your Vacation Magical (214) 566-4572

Leroy Howe Honored to be the winner of 2013 Best of Denton County Certified Public Accounting Firm. 419 S. Carroll Blvd. Denton, TX 76201 (940) 387-6174 Best Commercial Construction Tri Star Construction

Commercial Real Estate Agent

Best Insurance Agency Brandes Insurance Agency Best Mixed-Use Development Shops of Highland Village

Scott Brown Commercial Denton County’s #1 Agent Brokerage / Sales / Leasing Asset Management / Investments Trusted name in North Texas Call an Agent today! 1400 Dallas Drive Denton, TX 76205 (940) 320-1200 Best Commercial Landscaping Complete Exterior Solutions Best Commercial Real Estate VERUS Real Estate Best Credit Union DATCU

Best Mortgage Company Texas Mortgage Plan Best Mortgage Loan Banker Jimmy Lemley Best New Home Builder Highland Homes Best Personal Finance Bank PointBank Best Pool Builder Gohlke Pools Best Real Estate Agency Jeff Brand Sellers Agent & Buyers Agent

Best Custom Home Builder Ken Hodge Custom Homes (972) 355-1925 Best Executive Business Suites Shops of Highland Village Best Financial Advisor Ray Croff - Turtle Creek Financial Best General Contractor Longacre Construction Best Home Improvement Company Longacre Construction Best Home Inspection Company Mustang Home Inspection Best Insurance Agent Shane Howland (214) 642-2243

Greg Yeater - REMAX Thank You for Voting Me as Best Buyers Agent & Best Sellers Agent in Denton County (972) 355-3573 (469) 231-7966 Best Title Company Freedom Title


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IT Specialist

Best Plumber C&W Plumbing

Best Business Collections Firm Biggs Law Firm

Best Alarm Company Smith Thompson Security

Best Pool Maintenance No Worries Pool Care

Best Business Lawyer Chuck Elsey

Best Carpet Cleaning Chem-Dry of Flower Mound

Best Roofer Anderson Roofing Inc

Best Civil Law Firm Kuzmich Law Firm

Best Sign Company Sigma Signs

Best Civil Lawyer Scott Alagood

Best Stonework Complete Exterior Solutions

Best Criminal Lawyer Brian Tackett

Best Storage Units Preferred Self Storage

Best Family Lawyer Amie Peace

Best Swimming Pool Builders& Remodelers BMR

Best Juvenile Firm Lloyd Law Firm

Home Services

Best Chamber of Commerce Flower Mound Chamber Best Computer Repair GWK Technologies Best Drive Thru Car Wash $3 Car Wash

Matt Forman Local Circuit Computer Repair Business & Residential, Virus Removal, IT Consulting, Document Scanning, Phone Systems (940) 484-8999 Landscaping

Best Dry Cleaner Lucy’s Grand Cleaners Best Electric and Natural Gas Provider Coserv Best Electrical Company Milestone Electric Best Exterminator Adams Exterminating Company Best Fence Builders Texas Best Fence Best Garden Center Calloway’s

Outdoor Living Pool & Patio Call for your FREE design consultation & estimate. To Create your own vacation with the best. Custom pools & spas, outdoor lighting, patio covers, outdoor kitchens. 2340 FM 407 Ste 101 Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 317-3500 Lawn Maintenance

Best Heating / Air Repair Best Air Best Internet Service Provider Verizon FIOS

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Window Cleaning

Clear and Clean Thank You for Voting Us BEST Window Cleaning! Fixture Cleaning Gutter Cleaning Window Cleaning Call For A Free Estimate

Best Wireless Mobile Provider AT&T

Legal Services Best Bankruptcy Law The Wright Firm Business, Oil & Gas Lawyer

Best Office Cleaning Service Allied Elements

Green Meadows Landscaping Thank You For Voting Us Best Patio & Outdoor Living Contractors

724 Holford’s Prairie Rd Lewisville, TX 75056 (972) 492-5495

Best Wills & Estate Planning Lawyer Reib Law

Medical & Health Best Alzheimer’s Care Autumn Leaves Best Chiropractic Practice Epic Healthcare & Physical Medicine Chiropractor

Dr. Randy Butler Chiropractic Care Corrective Exercises Lifestyle Advice Nutritional Assessment Spinal & Postural Screenings 1501 Cross Timbers Rd, Ste 220 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 221-7533 Best Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steven Titensor

Best Painter Carnival Custom Painting Patio & Outdoor Living Contractors

Best Notary Service Dash Notary

Best Traffic Tickets Biggs Law Firm

(972) 890-5166 Grassperson Lawn Care & Landscaping Lawn Care Service, Patios, Fertilizing & Weed Control, Stone & Masonry Projects, Landscape Installation, Holiday Lighting Installation 1565 W Main St., Ste208-255 Lewisville, TX 75067 (972) 221-LAWN (5296)

Best Law Firm The Wright Firm

Best Personal Injury Lawyer The Wright Firm

Home Cleaning Service

Buckets & Bows Maid Service Thank you for voting us #1. Serving busy families for over 30 years. One maid per home, same maid each time. Providing free services to women with cancer & our local heroes. Call or go online for a free quote. (972) 219-0400

Best Weed Control Weedex

Elsey & Elsey Divorce & Family Law, Business Litigation / Corporate Law, Employment Law, Energy Law, Estate Planning & Probate, Real Estate and Commercial Law, Civil and Bankruptcy Law, Personal Injury 3212 Long Prairie Rd., Ste 200 Flower Mound, TX 75022 (972) 906-9695

Best Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Ronald Friedman Best Dental Practice Dr. Jacqueline Stanfield Best Dermatologist Dr. Michael McGuiness Best Dermatology Practice McGuiness Dermatology

Best Emergency Care Flower Mound Emergency Center


Angel Pet Watch

Family Dental

Country Lakes Family Dental Thank You For Voting Us Best Dental Practice in Denton County! Matthew Artho, DDS 74 McMakin Rd, Ste 200 Bartonville, TX 76226 (940) 455-7645

Mobile Pet Watching

Best General Physician Dr. Lowell Phipps

18 & Under MD Dr. Debra Naylor Dr. Nikki Ullrich Wacker Alice Hildebrand PA-C Paul Boerger CPNP 3041 Churchill Drive, Ste 300 Flower Mound, TX 75022 (972) 691-1240

Best General Surgeon Bryan J. Borgfeld MD FACS Patrick D. Shovlin, III, MD

Best Physical Therapy Practice S2S Functional Performance

Best Pet Photography Jenny Froh Photography

Best Plastic Surgeon Dr. James Kadi

Best Pet Spa & Boarding The Nosey Dog

Best Podiatrist Davey Suh, D.P.M.

Best Veterinary Clinic Cross Timbers Animal Clinic

Best Hospital Texas Health Presbyterian - Flower Mound Best In Home Care: Home Instead Senior Care Best Labor Doula Embrace Birth Doula Service Best Mental Health Professional Dr. Kay Trotter

Best Senior / Assisted Living Facility Corinth Rehabilitation Suites Urgent Care

Best Opthamalogist Dr. Steven Elieff Orthodontist

Smiles for Life Orthodontics Thank You For Voting Us Best Orthodontist! Dr. Irelia M. Machado, DDS, MS 4030 FM 407, Ste 100 Flower Mound, TX 75077 (940) 295-4188

Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. Quality Care Quickly. 2940 FM 407 Ste 302 Highland Village (972) 966-1980

Best Pediatric Practice Kids First Pediatrics Best Pediatric Dentist Dr. Jason Clapp Best Physical Therapist Meredith S. Tittle PT, MPT

South Flower Mound

South Flower Mound Animal Hospital Winner of Best Veterinarian, Dr. Marc Cattoor. 2570 Northshore Blvd Ste 100 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 724-7297

Best Church

Restaurant & Food Services Best Bagel Einstein Bagel Best Barbeque Fat Cow Lewisville Bistro

Swirl Bakery Thanks for voting us Best Bistro, Best Catering, & Best Lunch. 3634 Long Prairie Rd Flower Mound, TX 75022 (214) 513-1334 Best Breakfast Tierney’s Best Buffalo Wings Hooters - Lewisville Best Cake Bakery The Jenny Layne Bakery Best Catering Swirl Bakery

Best Cup of Coffee Roots Coffee House Best Cupcake Sugar Queen Cupcakes

Pet Services Animal Non-Profit

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection Vaccinations, Spay / Neuter, Feline declaws, Dentals, Heart worm testing and prevention 713 Sunset Street Denton, Texas 76201 (940) 566-5551

Best Pastor Reverend Doug Meyer

Best Chinese Food Mr. Chopsticks

Religious & Non-Profit

Best Optometrist Dr. Janet Ogletree Best Orthopedic Practice Orthopedic Associates


Animal Hospital

Best OB/GYN Physician Caren Reaves, MD Best OB/GYN Practice Flower Mound Women’s Health

Angel Pet Watch Who's watching your baby? Covering Flower Mound, Lewisville, Argyle, Highland Village, Lantana, Bartonville, and surrounding areas. (940) 391-9922

Best Non-Profit Organization Christian Community Action

Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church Thank you for voting us Best Church, Best Pastor, and Best Private Preschool-Kindergarten. Trietsch Enrichment Center (972) 539-6491 6101 Morriss Rd Flower Mound (972) 539-8547 Best Church Youth Group Faith Youth Ministry

Best Deli New York Sub Hub - Corinth Dessert Menu

The Flour Shop Bakery Gift Baskets, Cake Balls, Pies, Cakes, Quick Breads, Cookies, Bars/Brownies, Cupcakes, Gluten Free Options 1401 Shoal Creek, Ste 150 Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 966-CAKE (2253)


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Best Dinner Hannah’s Off The Square

Best Thai Thai Ocha


Best Wine and Spirits Grapes to Wine

Burgers & Brats Thank You For Voting Us Best Burger Dine In - Take Out Let us cater your next event!

6100 Long Prairie Rd, Ste 300 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 539-9110 Best Family Dining Cotton Patch

Best Aquarium Store & Supplies Reef Remedies Best Bookstore Recycled Books Bounce House Rental

Best Italian Food Salerno’s - Flower Mound Best Japanese Hibachi Asahi Best Lunch Swirl Bakery Best Margarita Cristina’s Pizza

Palio’s Pizza Cafe Palio’s offers the highest quality of fresh ingredients to provide an authentic Italian eating experience. Order Pizza Online 1716 S. Loop 288, Ste 110 Denton, TX 76205 (940) 387-1900

Best Salad Jason’s Deli Best Seafood Rockfish Grill Best Sports Bar Rusty Beagle Best Steakhouse The Grotto Best Sushi Piranha Killer Sushi

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Adam’s Furniture Thank You for Voting Adam’s Furniture in Justin the Best Furniture Store in Denton County!

417 N. FM 156 Justin, TX 76247 (940) 648-3145

Best Home Decor & Gifts Serendipity on The Square (940) 382-7685

Julie's Jumpers Thank you for voting! Pick a date, pick a jump, RESERVE it! Bounce House, Obstacles, Water Slides & More!

(940) 206-5311

Best Interior Decorating Shop Funkalicious Gals Best Interior Decorator Paula Kratohvil/Complete Interior Solutions Jewelry - Consignment

Best Cards & Gifts Celebrations and Invitations www.celebrateandinvitations. myspstorecom Best Consignment Store Twice as Nice Resale Best Drapery Store Complete Interior Solutions Best Eyewear Planet Eyewear (Vision Source) Fashion Accessories

Amyx Fine Jewelry Graduate Gemologists (GIA), Professional Appraisers (ISA), All Consignment Jewelry, Antique to Contemporary, Permanent Price Reductions 222 W Hickory St, Ste 101 Denton, TX 76201 (940) 383-2699 Best Jewelry Store Beasley’s Fine Jewelry Best Kid’s Clothing Store Small Fry - Denton Best Kid’s Shoe Store Shoe Fly

Best Mexican Food Cristina’s Best New Restaurant (open under 6 months) Rusty Taco - Denton

Art Studio

Best Gold & Silver Exchange The Exchange Gold Store

Best Health Food Store The Cupboard

Best Men’s Clothing Store Jack’s Outfitters

Brightside Boutique Thank you for voting us best in Denton County!

4100 Shoal Creek #150 Shops at Highland Village (972) 317-5494

Best Fashion Shoe Store Brightside Shoe Boutique Best Furniture Consignment Store Furniture Buy Consignment

Best Women’s Clothing Store Megan’s Lifestyle Boutique

Specialty Services

Shopping & Retails

Best Fine Dining The Grotto

Best Ice Cream Shop Beth Marie’s

Furniture Store

Best Music Store The Musician’s Hub Best Pharmacy Flower Mound Herbal Pharmacy Best Shopping Center The Shops at Highland Village

Painting With A Twist Flower Mound Thanks for Voting Us Best Paint Studio! A little bit of paint, a little bit of wine, and a whole lot of fun! /FlowerMound 5810 Long Prairie Rd, Ste 600 Flower Mound, TX, 75028 (972) 691-8386 Best Artist Camille Green, C. Green Artwork Best Ceramic Studio Color Me Mine Coaching Service – Business

Close Coaching & Consulting Cheryl Close - Helping individuals and teams to become the best leaders of tomorrow.

810 Waite Dr Copper Canyon, TX 75077 (469) 323-6060

Best Coaching Service Personal What’s Next? Life Coaching with Penny Rackley Best Coaching Service - Sports Scott Wissel Best Commercial Printing and Postage Post Net - Flower Mound

Best Specialty Shoe Store Foot Solutions

Best Embroidery Sew Write Embroidery

Best Specialty Shop - Wine WineStyles

Best Floral Shop Mickey’s Florist

Best Supermarket Sprouts

Best Music Instructor Jennifer Christensen



Professional Organizer

Best Fitness Center Mean Green Cross Fit Best Football Association LFMFA Best Football Training Camp Velosity

Blissfully Organized Residential Bring order, calm, and control to your home & family life. Small Business Optimize workflow to increase productivity, reduce stress, and heighten profitability.

GO! Pages Magazine We sincerely appreciate your votes to make us the Best Publication in Denton County!

1011 Surrey Ln., Bldg. 100, Ste. 101 Flower Mound, TX 75022 (972) 899-3637

Best Publication - Neighborhood Family eGuide

Best Screen Printing Kris Tees

Paula Wagner - Total Package Marketing Customized small business marketing solutions since 2003. 2013 Best of Denton County Best Marketing Specialist (972) 839-1034

Best Web Designer Shauna Callaghan Special Occasion Delilveries

Edible Arrangements Flower Mound Thank you for voting us Best Special Occasion Delivery! If you need a birthday gift, wedding favors, a holiday centerpiece, or even a little something just because, give us a call! 3634 Long Prairie Rd #116 Flower Mound, TX

Best Online-Publication Family eGuide Best Picture Framing Premier Gallery

(972) 539-7800

Party Supplies & Rentals

Thank you for voting me Best Photographer!

Sports & Fitness Best Baseball Association The Fast Center

Best Gymnastics Voted “Best Gymnastics” Trained Coaches, Clean Facility, No Contract, Month to Month, Low Class Ratios, 14 months - 18 years, Home School Classes and Events 601 Cross Timbers Rd, Ste 100 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 874-8800 Best Lacrosse Association Flower Mound Lacrosse Best Martial Arts Studio Turner’s Martial Arts Studio

Best Music Lessons Lone Star Music Academy - Flower Mound

Best Publication GO! Pages Magazine


(214) 384-9815

Best Publication - Newspaper Cross Timbers Gazette (940) 728-8284

(940) 384-7789

Best Golf Instructor Marc Brooks

Marketing Specialist

PJ's Party Supply & Rentals Tableware, Balloons, Decorations, Weddings, Birthdays, Seasonal Decor. 5800 N. Interstate 35 #503 Denton, TX

Best Golf Course Old American Golf Club

Best Basketball Association Cross Timber Sports - YMCA Best Bicycle Shop Bicycles Plus

112 W. Main St. Lewisville, TX 75057 (214) 437-9568

Best Cheer Studio WIN Kids Best Dance Studio Footlight Dance Studio Best Equestrian Stables Flower Mound Equestrian Center

Best Nutrition and Supplement Store Healthkick Nutrition Center Best Personal Trainer Jesse James Leyva Best Pilates Instructor Michelle Lawyer Best Pilates Studio S2S Functional Performance Best Soccer Association GLASA Best Sporting Goods Store Academy Sports Best Sports Facilities DBAT - Lewisville Best Sports Massage Massage Life Center Best Swimming Instruction Aquakids Swim School Flower Mound Best Yoga Instructor Sloane Park Best Yoga Studio Inspire Yoga


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Medical Services

Best Dessert Menu Crickle’s & Co

Best Student Publication The Campus Pages Magazine

Automotive Services

Best Chiropractic Practice Denton Chiropractic

Best Dinner Greenhouse

Best Web Design Just By A Herr

Best Tire Store Goodyear Tire - University

Best Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Pat Ruehle

Best Family Dining Cartwright’s

Student’s Choice

Best Auto Body Shop Repo’s Garage

Family Dentist

Best Happy Hour Applebee’s

Best Auto Mechanic Spencer’s Automotive

Best Ice Cream Shop Beth Marie’s

Best Oil Change Spenser’s Auto Best New Car Dealership Jim McNatt

Beauty Services Best Eyelash Salon The Lash Stop Best Laser Hair Removal RSR Medical

Best Lunch Loophole

Norman J. Pomerance, D.D.S Thank you for voting me Best Family Dentist in Denton County! 1308 Crescent St., Ste C Denton, TX 76201 (940) 382-3530

Best Men’s Salon Campus Barbershop Best Nail Salon Bella Nail Salon Best Spa RSR Medical Best Women’s Salon Salon La Page

Education Best University University of North Texas

Best General Physician Caring For Women Best Physical Therapist Dan Proctor

Pet Services

Best Event Facility Rockin Rodeo

Religious & Non-Profit Best Non-Profit Organization Woman to Woman PRC

Restaurants Best Bagels Royals Bagel Best Barbeque Roosters Best Breakfast Loco Cafe

Best Apartment Community - Student Housing Uptown Apartments

Best Buffalo Wings Bosses Pizza

Best Insurance Agent Geico Best Student Bank Wells Fargo

Legal Services Best Law Firm The Wright Firm

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Sports & Fitness Best Bicycle Shop Sprocket’s Bike Shop Best Dance Studio Top Hat Dance Centre Best Fitness Center Mean Green Cross Fit Best Gymnastics Achievers Best Personal Trainer Camp Gladiator - Denton Best Pilates Instructor Christi Brown Best Pilates Studio Transform U Fitness

Best Salad Bochy’s Bistro

Best Nutrition and Supplement Store GNC - Rayzor Ranch

Best Seafood Frilly’s

Best Sports Supplements Discount Sports Nutrition

Best Sports Bar Fry Street Tavern

Best Yoga Instructor Tatiana Romer

Best Sushi J Sushi

Best Yogurt Yogurt Story

Shopping & Retail Best Book Store (Recycled) Recycled Books


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Best Resale Shop Plato’s Closet - Denton Best Women’s Clothing Store La Di Da Best Consignment Store When Pigs Fly

Financial & Real Estate

Best Apartment Community - Traditional Forum at Denton Station

Best Pizza Crooked Crust

Best Thai Andaman’s Thai Restaurant

Best Acting Studio Studio B

Friendliest Staff Rockin Rodeo

Best Patio (Daytime) Cool Beans

Best Plastic Surgeon Dr. Carlos Cruz

Best Veterinary Clinic T.C.A.P.

Best Nightclub Fry Street Tavern

Best Mexican Food Los Toreros

Best Taco Rusty Taco

Best Pet Spa & Boarding Happy Dog - Corinth

Best Place to Dance Rockin Rodeo

Best Margarita La Milpa

Best Physical Therapy Practice Denton Sports and Physical Therapy

Entertainment & Travel

Best Party Events & Promotions Dallas Entourage

Best Hamburger Cool Beans

Best Fashion Accessories La Di Da Best Furniture Store The Store for Decor Best Jewelry Store Nasr Bros. Best Spirit Wear Barefoot Best Western Wear Foster’s Western Wear

Best Buffet Double Dave’s Best Cake Bakery Sugar Queen Cupcakes

Specialty Services

Best Candy Store Atomic Candy

Best Commercial Printing and Postage Copy Pro

Best Chinese Food Mr. Chopstix

Best Floral Shop Holly’s Garden

Best Cup of Coffee Jupiter House

Best Music Lessons Musician’s Hub

Best Cupcake Sugar Queen Cupcakes

Best Photographer Snap! Party Pics /TheCampusPages

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Shopping & Retail

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Shopping & Retail

Paula Kratohvil

From Her Heart

To Your Home P

aula Kratohvil comes from a long line of business professionals all the way back to her grandmother who worked as a tailor for many years.

It is this kind of background that set her up to run her own business: Complete Interior Solutions. She has long been a believer in the value of hard work and it is this kind of attitude that makes most of her customers the repeat kind. In fact, most state that she makes the process quite easy for them. As anybody who is successful in running their own firm knows, there is value in establishing a good name in the community. Paula has been a member of this area for more than 26 years, which has allowed her to build up a number of relationships with different families. She has even worked through the cycle of life for many people. The most gratifying part of this entire process has been to watch the growth and development of the people that have continued to patronize her store. It is at this point in her life that Paula enjoys the teaching aspect the most. The next generation of leaders needs a good mentor and she has stepped up to fulfill that role admirably. Ms. Kratohvil has long since known about the value of relationships and their ability to foster a good working environment. Besides the aforementioned business, Paula has also been quite active in the community, garnering a number of awards and commendations, including Rotarian Citizen of the year and Ambassador of the year among others. She is probably the most proud of these accomplishments since they show

that others value her efforts in the public eye. This is a direct result of her upbringing in the mountains of Alabama, a place that she calls “the most beautiful place in the world.” Outside of her business interests, Ms. Kratohvil has a number of interesting hobbies including watching football – especially the Cowboys and going out with her Razor in the mud. She has stated that some people might find that particular fact quite surprising.

"...most gratifying part of this entire process has been to watch the growth and development of the people that have continued to patronize her store." For more than 35 years, Paula has enjoyed running this type of business. She has a stated goal of making the most of each and every day. Being a people person takes a lot of energy, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. This extends to her family time and the nonprofits in the community. Her legacy will be as one who made a difference.

Complete Interior Solutions 4401 Long Prairie Road, Suite 400 Flower Mound, TX 75028 Serving Denton County for Over 26 Years

Best of Denton County 2013

Best Drapery & Interior Decorator (972) 539-8258

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Comprehensive Orthopedic Care. Close to home.

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uch has changed since Orthopedic Associates started serving our community over 35 years ago.

Founded in 1976 by 2 orthopedic surgeons, Orthopedic Associates has grown to nine boardcertified physicians providing comprehensive orthopedic care. With expertise spanning the full spectrum of orthopedic subspecialties and pain management, they were voted Best of Denton County in Orthopedics for the fourth year in a row. With an impressive new office at 5000 Long Prairie Road in Flower Mound, Orthopedic Associates offers orthopedic care for sportsrelated injuries, fractures, arthritis, spinal disorders, and other musculoskeletal injuries and conditions in patients ranging in age from infants to seniors. Additionally, they provide non-surgical orthopedic care, including pain management and electrodiagnostic medicine. The office building also houses specialized physical therapy and advanced technologies including high-definition digital imaging and open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  To round out the full-breadth of orthopedic care for their patients in a single location, Orthopedic Associates, in partnership with Texas Health Resources and Surgical Care Affiliates, recently opened the Texas Health Orthopedic Surgery Center (THOSC), a fullservice orthopedic outpatient surgical center. THOSC is the first surgery center established in Flower Mound , and it is specifically designed around the care of the orthopedic patient.  “We are proud to have partnered with Orthopedic Associates for this state-of-theart, 15,000-square-foot orthopedic outpatient

surgical center in Flower Mound,” said Jenny Bloebaum, THOSC administrator. “From the expansive size of the four well-equipped operating rooms to the specially-selected surgical teams with extensive orthopedic expertise, the center is geared to meeting the unique needs of the orthopedic patient. The facility provides full outpatient surgical services, including minimally invasive and arthroscopic procedures utilizing the latest cutting-edge equipment. The OA physicians — along with our dedicated team of registered nurses, certified surgical technologists, and board-certified anesthesiologists — work together to provide outstanding patient care.” One thing that hasn’t changed is Orthopedic Associates’ commitment to providing quality orthopedic care to the community. The OA physicians — Dr. Santhya Bhandari, Dr. Jeffery Cantrell, Dr. Danny Corbitt, Dr. Kent Dickson, Dr. J. David Evanich, Dr. Brady Giesler, Dr. James Heerwagen, Dr. Manuj Singhal, and Dr. Michael Willenborg — have deep ties to the area. Orthopedic Associates sponsors high school sports programs, local youth sports teams, and many area charities. In addition to helping patients in the office, you will likely see the doctors on the sidelines of local games. They serve as team physicians for Lewisville, Flower Mound, Marcus, Argyle, The Colony, Lake Dallas, and Liberty Christian high schools, as well as help provide coverage for the University of North Texas and Texas Women's University.  “In addition to thanking everyone for voting for us again this year for Best of Denton County, we would like to thank the community for all of their support. In October, we had an external electrical issue that has temporarily

Services Include Digital Imaging and Open MRI Orthopedic Care Physical Therapy Spine Care Surgery Center

Specializing in

Foot & Ankle, Hand & Wrist, Hip & Knee Interventional Pain Management, Joint Replacement, Knee, Neck, Back & Spine, Shoulder & Elbow

Best of Denton County 2013

Best Orthopedic Practice

disrupted our business.” said Sherrill Harris, administrator of Orthopedic Associates. “From the first responders, to our patients, our employees, and our partners, we were amazed and humbled by the outpouring of help and encouragement. It is just one more reason we are proud to be a part of this community.” written by: Meghan Evanich

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Best of Denton County 2013

Best Cosmetic Surgeon

The Plastic Surgeon with an

Artist's Touch RONALD M. FRIEDMAN, M.D. — Plastic Surgery


s a n ex p e rienc ed a rtist and wood and marble sculptor (see photo), breast and body contouring surgery come naturally for board-certified plastic surgeon, Ronald M. Friedman, M.D. In private practice in Flower Mound and Plano for 19 years, Dr. Friedman previously served on the full-time plastic surgery faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he was the chief of plastic surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Friedman specializes in cosmetic surgery of the breasts (augmentation, lift, reduction), body (mommy makeover, tummy tuck, liposuction, contouring after weight loss), and face (eyelid lift, lip enhancement, ear surgery, facelift). Dr. Friedman also personally performs every Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane injection. The average plastic surgeon performs about 30 breast augmentations annually. Dr. Friedman

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averages 135 per year with rates of infection, bleeding, and reoperation that are far lower than national averages. He is also widely known for his results with combined breast augmentation/lift procedures and breast implant revision surgery. Dr. Friedman is honored that his peers have named him a D Magazine Best Doctor in Dallas/ Collin County for six consecutive years. He was also named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor for four consecutive years and a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for five consecutive years. Dr. Friedman is the recipient of honors and awards from the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He spent a decade as an instructional lecturer on behalf of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, teaching surgical techniques to other plastic surgeons throughout the United States. Dr. Friedman’s artistic ability speaks for itself. His wood and marble sculptures, which may be viewed on his website, have been displayed in

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several galleries and are part of many private collections. Dr. Friedman's new office is

"Dr. Friedman personally performs every Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane injection." conveniently located on the campus Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound.


EDUCATION B.S., Northwestern University, Honors Program in Medical Education M.D., Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago Integrated General/Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

4370 Medical Arts Drive, Suite 255 | Flower Mound, Texas 75028 On the campus of Texas Presbyterian Hospital 6124 W. Parker Road, Suite 232 | Plano, Texas 75093 On the campus of Texas Presbyterian Hospital (469)467-0100 |

Where Smiles are

a Specialty D

r. Pomerance’s specialty, in and out of the office, is smiles. As a successful Denton dentist, Dr. Pomerance is committed to improving his patients’ lives by saving their teeth and creating attractive smiles. “I am most passionate about helping patients who have given up on their dental health and think nothing can be done except to remove their teeth,” he said. “It is gratifying to witness the dramatic difference a healthy dentition and a beautiful smile make on someone's outlook.” Dr. Pomerance has also touched the lives of many people through his efforts on behalf of animal welfare and involvement in the Kiwanis Club’s Children’s Clinic in Denton. The Clinic provides free medical and dental care and prescriptions for children who don’t otherwise qualify for assistance. Dr. Pomerance, a member of the Denton Kiwanis Noon Club since he moved to the city, has been Clinic Chairman for 18 years. “I am proud to be part of an organization of citizens, business people and professionals who care so much about Denton and its children,” he said. In addition to personally treating children in his office referred to him by the Clinic, he volunteers for the many fundraisers that support the clinic. His passion for animal welfare comes naturally, as evidenced by his love for his rescue puppies. Championing the needs of creatures who can't speak for themselves, Dr. Pomerance works tirelessly to promote dog and cat adoption, and, whenever possible, he enjoys melding his interests in dentistry and animal rescue. In recognition of these important contributions to the community, Kiwanis International bestowed on Dr. Pomerance the Hickson Award, its highest honor.

Dr. Pomerance grew up in Detroit, Mich., and is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he completed his undergraduate and dental studies. “While I was in school, I often worked with my dad, a pharmacist, but I realized I wanted to do something different,” Dr. Pomerance explained. “I liked working with my hands, enjoyed working with people on a one-to-one basis and excelled in science, so my interest turned to dentistry.” Dr. Pomerance’s record of academic excellence at the University of Michigan (ranking fifth in a class of 150) earned him a prestigious general practice residency at a New York hospital. Out of 800 applicants, only five dentists, including him, were selected. Dr. Pomerance worked in New York City after his residency, and then relocated to Los Angeles in 1980. He was in practice there for 15 years. About 20 years ago, friends in Texas invited him to visit, and that’s when he discovered Denton. “I loved it,” he recalls. “I actually packed up and moved within weeks to begin my new life here in 1995.”

"He and his staff of caring employees strive to make patients feel at ease." Dr. Pomerance said he came to Denton because he wanted to live and work in a smaller town environment with colleges close by that mirrored his own educational experiences. Dr. Pomerance, who described Denton as “just what a city should be,” is impressed by the community’s appreciation for the arts and admirable support of organizations that take care of its citizens. Dr. Pomerance, who has been a dentist since 1977, attributes his success to his commitment to lifelong learning. He and his staff of caring

employees strive to make patients feel at ease. “Over the years, I have worked on patients with the full gamut of dental issues,” Dr. Pomerance said. “Each patient receives my complete attention and expertise.” Dr. Pomerance performs all types of dental procedures, including braces, whitening, root canals, fillings, crowns and extractions. Dr. Pomerance brings his personal touch to ensure that each patient experiences the best possible outcome. “I have a passion for every aspect of dentistry,” he said. “I am always looking for new techniques, equipment and procedures to make my patients’ smiles more attractive and their mouths healthier.”

1308 Crescent St Denton, TX 76201

(940) 382-3530

Best of Denton County 2013

Best Family Dentist | (940) 382-3530

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Beautiful Smiles T

itensor Dental is your complete dental home, offering services from a basic cleaning to complete Smile Makeovers.

No need to go elsewhere for specialist work! We believe in developing long-term relationships with patients to ensure optimum and ongoing dental health; and one factor in such relationships is serving every possible need. Another is our office's comfortable atmosphere. "We have made an extra effort to design our office without the look or smells of a 'typical' dental office," Dr. Titensor explains. "Our goal is to minimize 'dental anxiety' and help the patient feel as comfortable as possible." That includes the comfort of being respected as individuals: "We treat each of our patients as we would like to be treated," says Dr. Titensor, "in tune with their needs and wants. We realize that every patient is different, so we take the time to listen to them and decide together what treatment will fit. To further rise above "the average" practice and to stay at the cutting edge, Dr. Titensor keeps up with the latest advances, regularly attending courses taught by top U.S. clinicians and respected researchers throughout the world.

State of the Art Digital Technology • Cerec cad/camera for Same Day Crowns • Digital X-Rays for immediate, low radiation results • 3D CT scan for optimal implant placement • Digital Photography

Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants? Dr.





Fellowship, Mastership, as well a s t h e h ig h e s t a ch ie v e me n t , D ip lo ma t s t a t u s in t h e A me r ica n Dental I mp la n t A s s o cia t io n .



Best of Denton County 2013

Best Cosmetic Dentist | (972) 355-9545

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Worry-Free Sedation Dentistry

By offering complete implant treatments —from placement to final tooth restoration— in one office, he saves patient time and money. Now, there is a reason to smile! Titensor Dental's professional staff will help you decide if implants meet your needs. Implants are most commonly used when a patient wishes to • Replace one or more missing teeth • Provide support for a partial denture • Increase support and stability for full upper or lower denture

• Enhance comfort while chewing • Improve overall oral and psychological health • Improve overall appearance and regain confidence for smiling, talking, and eating.

Am I A Candidate for Durathin Veneers? You may not need implants, but you may want a spiffing-up for worn, chipped or discolored teeth, or for teeth that need more presence due to small size, or spaces left by old extractions. Since many veneers used in such procedures unduly disturb the natural tooth surface, you'll want to consider ultrathin porcelain DURAthin veneers. Titensor Dental uses this type of veneer to help maintain your tooth structural integrity and make your smile look as good as new with minimal or no drilling on your natural teeth. Check out pain free DURAthins at

Peace-Of-Mind Dental Warranty —Protection That Follows Your Smiles Nationwide The American Dental Association recognizes over 157,000 dental practices. But how many stand behind their work —in writing? Many people require repeated work on the same teeth; and dental insurance rarely covers replacement of broken crowns, or other damage to recent replacements. Dr. Titensor started Dental Warranty Corporation, a national third party warranty company, because he wanted his patients to have the peace of mind in writing that their dental work is covered. This warranty backs up several procedures with a written guarantee of "No Fault Coverage". If anything —decay, biting on a hard object, auto accident ­damages, recent work, and repair costs are covered to the value of original treatment. Better yet, Dental Warranty coverage "Follows Your Smile!" If you have moved and cannot return to your original practitioner, Dental Warranty Corp ( honors your warranty elsewhere, and will even help you find a new dentist!

Dr. Steven W. Titensor 1901 Long Prairie Rd. Ste. 320 Flower Mound, Texas 75022 Servicing the Denton County Area for over 25 Years

Of coarse, not all dental procedures are as complicated as implants or veneers. But some patients dread even a basic filling or cleaning. You may want to consider sedation dentistry if you have problems with one or more of the following: • Serious fear of dental work, or bad past experiences • Fear of needles • Aversion to "dental" smells and tastes • Severe embarrassment regarding your teeth • Difficulty getting numb on local anesthetic • Severe gag reflex • Sensitive teeth • Any other physical condition that interferes with dental work • Particularly complex dental problems • Time constraints • Dental treatment scheduled in close conjunction with other medical procedures or out-of-country travel Our friendly team will discuss your concerns and recommend one of the three types of sedation —oral, IV, N2O— available to you.

A Few of Our Other Services As a full-service practice Titensor Dental also offers: • Invisalign® Clear Braces for straightening your teeth • ZOOM® Smile Whitening • Secured dentures you can feel confident in • Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea • Oral cancer exams • TMJ Treatments

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BOARD ELIGIBLE CHIROPRACTIC ORTHOPEDIST Randy W. Butler D.C. (972) 221-7533 1501 Cross Timbers Rd Ste 200 Flower Mound, TX 75028


n N o v e m b e r 1 4 , 2 0 1 3 , D r. R a n d y W. B u t l e r w i l l c e l e b r a t e thirty years in practice in the Flower Mound, Lewisville area.

He continues his dedication to life long health and wellness through customized chiropractic care for the entire family from infants to the elderly with an emphases on wellness and preventions. Dr. Butler received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College where he graduated Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude. He is a Board Eligible Chiropractic Orthopedist through a three year post-graduated program from Parker Chiropractic University. He also has completed post-graduate courses in Acupuncture, Whiplash Trauma, Carpal Tunnel, Extremity Manipulation, Sports Injury, Rehabilitation, Myofascial Release and Disability Rating. With his expertise and quality of care, Dr. Butler combines chiropractic and acupuncture which enables him to treat many different conditions. He has a passion for helping people achieve their health goals and to enable a better quality of life for each one. Dr. Butler's experience is sought after for his excellent outcomes in the treatment of acute back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel and chronic pain syndromes to name just a few of the health conditions he treats. Recognizing the importance of maintaining health, he instructs his patients on regular exercise, proper diet, wellness and prevention. You are invited to call his clinic for answers to your questions. There is never a charge for consultation. When asked how he felt about being voted Best Chiropractor in Denton County, he said, "I want to thank my patients for their confidence. It is always humbling to me that people will take the time from their busy lives to repeatedly nominate and vote for me. It is especially gratifying to be given this honor again for 2013, after 30 years of doing what I love. I have the best patients in the world and they continue to prove their faith in me and in Chiropractic by referring their friends and family to my clinic for diagnosis and treatment.

Best of Denton County 2013

Best Chiropractor

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Taking the Whole-Patient

Approach in



r. Jacquelyn Stanfield looks beyond her patients’ teeth to provide appropriate, optimum dental care

Did you know that one of the side effects of chronic kidney disease can be slow healing and excessive bleeding? Or that some anticonvulsant medications can cause an overgrowth of gum tissue? A patient’s overall health and any medications that are being taken can significantly affect that patient’s dental health. Flower Mound dentist Dr. Jacquelyn Stanfield and her VIP Dental Care staff are passionate about taking the whole-patient approach in dentistry. Dr. Stanfield recognizes that the best dental care is not one-size-fits-all but rather an individualized, customized dental care plan for each patient based on that patient’s needs. She’s careful to take into consideration the medical history as well as any long-term goals, perhaps fears, and questions that the patient may have expressed during a consultation or treatment appointment, allowing her to arrive at the best treatment practices for that specific patient. VIP Dental Care patients appreciate this whole-patient approach which goes hand-in-hand with Dr. Stanfield’s compassionate nature. Working with People, Not Machines Dr. Stanfield initially headed out into the workaday world with a Bachelor of Science degree from the

University of Texas. While working with computers she realized over time that something was missing. “I wrote a game for an IBM PC and it dawned on me, ‘This is not right for me. This is not enough for me.’ I definitely preferred working with people and not machines,” recalls Dr. Stanfield. As luck would have it, call it serendipity, some of Dr. Stanfield’s clients were orthodontists. Their work and their capacity to make a difference in their patients’ lives struck a chord with Dr. Stanfield. She decided to enter Baylor College of Dentistry, finishing her DDS degree in 1989 and opening her VIP Dental Care practice next to Baskin-Robbins in Flower Mound. Ten years later, she built her current location just down the road, easily distinguishable by the bright red awning. Keeping Pace Dr. Stanfield was the first dentist in the area to utilize the 3D CAD/CAM technology of CEREC® to make beautiful, natural-looking ceramic crowns and inlays in one appointment. She also uses the Identafi® oral cancer screening tool, which employs different colors of light to detect abnormal tissue, and has done extensive study in the potential elimination of future cavities by keeping a patient’s oral pH balanced. Having achieved the Invisalign® Preferred Provider status, Dr. Stanfield has enjoyed watching along with her Invisalign patients the attractive transformation that straight, healthy teeth can provide.

Dr. Stanfield’s patients will first tell you about her genuine concern for their comfort. What sets VIP Dental Care Apart? Dr. Stanfield will tell you, “My experience, continuing education, use of the latest technology, and my staff’s attention to detail are what set us apart. All of these things go into making our patients comfortable while attending to their

optimum dental health on a very individualized basis.” But Dr. Stanfield’s patients will first tell you about her genuine concern for their comfort. Yes, the latest technology and all of the other aspects are indeed important but it’s Dr. Stanfield’s compassion that means so much to them. And that compassion shines through as Dr. Stanfield states, “I love dentistry but it’s my patients that make my career so rewarding. They are my friends and I’m very blessed.” Best of Denton County 2013

Best Dental Practice (972) 355-2273

VIP Dental Care 3401 Cross Timbers Road #100 Flower Mound TX 75028

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Meeting the Growing Need for Speed

Verizon Verizon Recognized Recognized for for Providing Providing Best Best Internet Internet Service Service to to County County Residents, Businesses for Third Year in a Row Residents, Businesses for Third Year in a Row Denton Countians have recognized Verizon with the 2013 Best Denton Countians have recognized Verizon with the 2013 Best of Denton County award for the company’s FiOS® Internet of Denton County award for the company’s FiOS® Internet service for the third year in a row. And they are in good company service for the third year in a row. And they are in good company in their love of Verizon FiOS Internet Service, as it also received in their love of Verizon FiOS Internet Service, as it also received top honors this year from Consumer Reports and PCMag (for top honors this year from Consumer Reports and PCMag (for eight years running), as well as consumer satisfaction studies eight years running), as well as consumer satisfaction studies from J.D. Power and the American Consumer Satisfaction from J.D. Power and the American Consumer Satisfaction Index. Index.

“Technology should make life easier, more convenient, more “Technology should make life easier, more convenient, more productive and more entertaining,’’ said Pedro Correa, productive and more entertaining,’’ said Pedro Correa, president of consumer and mass business markets for the president of consumer and mass business markets for the Verizon Texas region. “We’re honored to be recognized by Verizon Texas region. “We’re honored to be recognized by Denton residents for Verizon FiOS Internet service, which is Denton residents for Verizon FiOS Internet service, which is helping knock down old boundaries and creating powerful helping knock down old boundaries and creating powerful answers so our customers can access what they want at home answers so our customers can access what they want at home and on the go.” and on the go.”

Whether it’s watching live TV on their tablet anywhere they Whether it’s watching live TV on their tablet anywhere they want, downloading and watching movies or gaming, Denton want, downloading and watching movies or gaming, Denton residents are living the borderless lifestyle – the personal residents are living the borderless lifestyle – the personal empowerment that is enabled by the Verizon FiOS network. empowerment that is enabled by the Verizon FiOS network.

Over the years, Verizon has demonstrated a deep Over the years, Verizon has demonstrated a deep commitment to Denton County, donating more than $2 million commitment to Denton County, donating more than $2 million to county non-profit organizations to support education and to county non-profit organizations to support education and combat domestic violence. In addition, Verizon is a premier combat domestic violence. In addition, Verizon is a premier corporate sponsor of Denton ISD athletics. corporate sponsor of Denton ISD athletics.

Verizon innovation begins with its customers -- their, needs, Verizon innovation begins with its customers -- their, needs, demands, interests and aspirations. On-the-go families have demands, interests and aspirations. On-the-go families have a growing need to simplify their busy lives, and Verizon is a growing need to simplify their busy lives, and Verizon is transforming technology to create broadband and transforming technology to create broadband and entertainment solutions through FiOS Quantum∞, the entertainment solutions through FiOS Quantum∞, the company’s fastest-ever Internet service. company’s fastest-ever Internet service. In fact, just this year FiOS Quantum Internet got even faster, In fact, just this year FiOS Quantum Internet got even faster, boasting download speeds up to 500 Mbps and upload boasting download speeds up to 500 Mbps and upload speeds up to 100 Mbps. It is a must-have for families and speeds up to 100 Mbps. It is a must-have for families and small business owners that send and receive large files; small business owners that send and receive large files; watch video on multiple TVs and portable devices; use more watch video on multiple TVs and portable devices; use more Internet-enabled applications like video and audio Internet-enabled applications like video and audio streaming; and enjoy multiplayer gaming. The modern family streaming; and enjoy multiplayer gaming. The modern family and business owner demand a fast and seamless online and business owner demand a fast and seamless online experience, and FiOS Quantum Internet delivers. experience, and FiOS Quantum Internet delivers. And now, the enhanced FiOS Mobile App will allow FiOS® TV And now, the enhanced FiOS Mobile App will allow FiOS® TV customers to use their FiOS Quantum Internet Wi-Fi customers to use their FiOS Quantum Internet Wi-Fi connection to watch live linear as well as FiOS On Demand connection to watch live linear as well as FiOS On Demand content while at home or away on select Apple and Android™ content while at home or away on select Apple and Android™ mobile devices and tablets, as well as the Kindle Fire. The mobile devices and tablets, as well as the Kindle Fire. The App also condenses existing apps and incorporates App also condenses existing apps and incorporates functionality from FiOS Mobile Remote and Verizon Media functionality from FiOS Mobile Remote and Verizon Media Manager into one single FiOS TV entertainment destination, Manager into one single FiOS TV entertainment destination, providing a simple and elegant user-friendly experience that providing a simple and elegant user-friendly experience that enables easy content discovery and video viewing. enables easy content discovery and video viewing.

“Our “Our all-fiber all-fiber network network and and longstanding longstanding corporate citizenship demonstrate corporate citizenship demonstrate our our dedication dedication to to Denton Denton County County and and other other Dallas-Fort Dallas-Fort Worth Worth communities communities we we serve,” serve,” said Correa. “And we will continue to use our resources to said Correa. “And we will continue to use our resources to push the limits of innovation because our customers deserve push the limits of innovation because our customers deserve nothing less.” nothing less.” For more information about the Verizon suite of products and For more information about the Verizon suite of products and services, visit or call 1.800.VERIZON. For services, visit or call 1.800.VERIZON. For the latest news, updates and information about FiOS TV, visit the latest news, updates and information about FiOS TV, visit and and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 100 million retail reliable wireless network, with more than 100 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 180,900. For more information, visit of 180,900. For more information, visit

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(972) 317-3500 Corporate Office 2340 FM 407, Suite 101 Highland Village, TX 75077 McKinney Store 2741 Virginia Pkwy, Suite 900 McKinney, TX 75071 (972) 542-5412

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Greener Lawn. Happier You. It’s not just about your lawn. It’s also about you — the customer.

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Our Mission To provide the highest level of customer satisfaction in our industry through dedication to superior products, open communication and focus on detail by our unmatched team of professionals. At Weedex, our mission begins with you. Contact us today, and let us help you achieve a greener, weed-free lawn and landscape.


Annual Lawn Treatment Applications

• Fertilization • Weed Control • Insect Control • Disease Control

• Premium Products • Comprehensive Service • Expert Applicators • Environment-Friendly

Tom Poen

Weedex Owner & Co-Founder The Weedex Story Tom Poen decided it was time for a change. So in 2001, he left his home state of Iowa for the warmer climate of Texas.

More than just providing lawn treatment service, at Weedex we see ourselves as your partner in caring for the health and overall appearance of your lawn. Our experience in both commercial and residential lawn treatment in Texas have taught us the best practices to achieve real results, no matter the size or type of property. At Weedex, achieving real results and ensuring your satisfaction are why we say

“Greener Lawn. Happier You.” Weedex is locally owned & operated. We guarantee our service & your satisfaction.

Beginning solely with commercial clientele, Tom and his uncle Ron Poen recognized a need for quality lawn care service. It was from this idea that Weedex Inc. was born. Since that time, Weedex has grown substantially, and has now expanded to provide the same high-quality lawn care service to both commercial and residential clients alike.

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Meet The Ultimate

Experts of The Backyard C

olby Coward has been in the customer service industry for 23 years, and in the construction industry for 12. According to him, the path that brought him to this company was a matter of “opportunity knocking at an unexpected time.”

“I came upon the company when I first moved to the Dallas area,” Colby explains. “Ended up working as a project manager for a few years followed by a stint as a General Manager, and when there was an opportunity to have ownership of the final product, I jumped.” Colby says he is proud that the company is known as “experts of the backyard,” and that they are the company that listens to homeowners when creating outdoor living areas. He says his biggest strength is creating the vision for the customer. According to Colby, he has worked with many customers, and in the current year alone, have installed many outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, firepits, retaining walls and pool coping.

In addition, the company has installed custom, iron and pool fences, along with walkways, patio covers and arbors. Colby says they do everything in a yard except install the pool and the landscaping. When asked what he is most passionate about, Colby responded with an unexpected answer. “First would be the competition,” he said. “I love going out and competing for the customer’s business. Second, would be the look on the customer’s face when the job is complete and they say we exceeded their expectations. Third is knowing that we have created a quality product that will be used for the coming years. I

"...the company that listens to homeowners when creating outdoor living areas." like to say that we are rebuilding the Dallas-Fort Worth area one job at a time.” In addition to his business, Colby discussed other areas of his life that are important. Colby says that he is passionate about his family, the Auburn Tigers and all sports, especially those where his children participate. When asked about where he can be found on a weekend, he responded that he is in the service industry, which means he works around the customer’s schedule. It is not unusual to find him working late most days and on Saturdays. “When I do get time off, it is nice to just relax and hide the cell phone,” he said, laughing. Colby grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, an area he says is beautiful, but that he needed to spread his wings. He has had the privilege of traveling through his career in professional sports and through the construction industry.

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He supports the Guns and Hoses Program as it supports police and fire departments, which he says need to be applauded for their service in the community. Colby says the only things he would not be able to give up would be football and hockey. “The only thing I can think of would be price,” Colby said, when asked why a customer would not want to work with his company. “You can always find a cheaper price and you can always find a higher price. To me it’s about quality and value. We also offer a 10-year warranty.” Colby also warned that looks can be deceiving in his business. He suggests researching any company before paying them any money, as each week he hears of someone who paid for service that they never received. “You have to protect you, your family, your home and your money,” Colby says. “I recommend the services of both Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau. Take advantage of these services and get the quality you deserve.”

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A Friendly Approach to

Painting Your Home C

lark Pittman was working for a large software development company in 2000, applying his knowledge and skills in the high technology field.

The work entailed a lot of travel – and way too much time away from home and his young family. Searching for a career that would provide a richer, fuller home life, Clark discussed his aspirations with a friend, Steve Long, who had founded Carnival Custom Painting a decade before. After some deliberation, Pittman became the first franchisee of the business and has been successfully spreading his business, one paint job at a time, in the area since then. He painted his first house in Flower Mound in 2000, and is known today for many quality painting projects in and around Flower Mound, Frisco, Lewisville and surrounding communities. Clark has a knack for being able to put his customers at ease. He knows his clients can be disturbed to see a large army of painters come into their homes, so he meets with his customers to explain how the painting project will proceed. Pittman says he helps to “manage expectations - that is probably the most important thing I do for my customers.” He is an attentive manager, visiting each project several times each day to check progress and communicate with the homeowners. It is not unusual that a customer may have second thoughts after selecting a paint color. Once a wall is covered, people sometimes see a color differently in their minds, so they want to make color changes. Clark understands this can happen and says, “I’m there to intercept that and keep the project moving. The last thing I want is for a customer to settle for a color they don’t love.” Close communications with the homeowner allows him to be flexible and keep costs down when changes are made early in the project. “We just want our customers to be delighted when we’re all done,” Pittman says. He shares 66 | Best of Denton County | 2013 |

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the visions of his customers and strives to complete each project on time and within budget expectations. “We like to under-promise and over-perform,” he says. Clark and his team at Carnival Custom Painting deal with every job as if it is the only one they have. He believes painting a house is a relatively inexpensive change that can have a dramatic impact, not only in the appearance of the home, but also on how each family is affected by the renovation of their home. “It’s gratifying to see families experience this; to view their homes in a whole new light,” Pittman says. He is passionate about his business, especially working one-on-one with his customers. Glowing testimonials from his customers attest to his commitment to excellence. At home with his wife, Dina, Clark is perfectly content to work on home projects, tend the garden, or harvest honey from the honey bee hives on his Denton County acreage. They have chickens, a boxer, and regular visits from indigenous deer and wild turkeys. Lucky neighbors and friends are treated to the sweet nectar of the bees when Pittman collects the honey in July. The quasi-rural location reminds him of his Yukon, Oklahoma roots, but life is a little faster these days. He doesn’t go anywhere without his cell phone so he can stay in touch with his customers at all times.

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Carnival Custom Painting (972) 396-9884 Over 30,600 Homes Painted and Counting…

" attentive manager, visiting each project several times each day to check progress..." When asked how he would like to be remembered, Pittman says, “In one sense, I’d rather not be remembered. I would rather be the one contractor that did what they said they would do and completed the project as expected and went away with no issues.” On the other hand, he might be remembered for his joyful exuberance. Clark remarked, “On numerous occasions, I’ve ridden a dirt bike while wearing a kilt. Ask to see the pictures sometime.”

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The Company That Cares

About Your Lawn


rassperson Lawncare & Landscape established itself in 1999 as a small company devoted to helping those in the D/FW Metroplex with their landscaping needs.

From its humble beginnings, the company has grown into a major landscaping business serving the North Dallas Metroplex and Denton County. As a licensed and bonded company, Grassperson is willing and able to help their customers properly care for any type of lawn or landscaping need. Brian Gasperson, the owner of Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape, began working outdoors when he was just eight years old. Although he began mowing lawns for family and neighbors living nearby, Gasperson quickly gained a reputation in the community for his dedication to his work. Even at such a young age, his attention to detail and concern for his customers’ satisfaction did not go unnoticed. After just one year of mowing for friends and family, the young Gasperson signed a contract with the North Texas Bank to maintain the yards of foreclosed homes until a potential buyer could be found. Gasperson later attended college and spent time working his way up from a kitchen cook to a Managing Partner with Outback Steakhouse. However, after many years in the restaurant

business, he quickly discovered that landscaping was his passion. Gasperson left the corporate world to start his own lawn care business. The experiences and lessons learned while working for the corporation will not be forgotten. As he says, "I owe a tremendous amount of my success to the business systems and professional mind set that Outback taught me.” Working for a large corporation in the service industry, Gasperson learned that customers want someone who listens to them and takes their wishes into consideration. While other business owners might take a hands-off approach, he believes in getting his hands dirty. Customers are often surprised to find that he remembers their names and their homes even months after initially meeting with them. When asked about his customers, Gasperson says, "I love growing personal relationships with our customers. I strive to know every single name, address, and something about each and every one of them." His commitment to customer service is clear in every aspect of the business. Other companies might promise low prices to customers and later go above and beyond that initial estimate, but Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape remains honest with its’ customers from the very beginning. Gasperson says, "I believe that if someone is paying you for a service and trusting you with their business, it’s important to get it right!" He believes in providing customers with exactly what they want

and exceeding their expectations in the process. This philosophy has obviously served him well over the years. Born and raised in Denton County, Gasperson feels that growing up in the area gave him a unique view of the community that his business now serves. He has a personal connection with many of the schools and local organizations even today. Gasperson feels that business and community go hand in hand and says, "I try to support any organization that our current customers are involved in. We try to give back to the community as much as we possibly can to help support the kids in the local market."

"...commitment to their customers on both a personal and professional level..."

When not working in the field, Gasperson enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He loves watching his kids’ sporting activities, wake surfing, playing fantasy football, and eating Mexican food. Gasperson and his family are regulars at many of the local Mexican food restaurants where he enjoys running into customers on a weekly basis. He says, “I enjoy talking with customers and getting to know them and their families outside of business.” It is clear that Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape’s commitment to their customers on both a personal and professional level has led them to becoming one of the top landscaping companies in the area.

Grassperson Lawn Care & Landscape (972) 221-LAWN

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Family Owned & Operated

Patios & Arbors • Outdoor Kitchens/Spaces • Custom Stone Work • Fireplaces & Fire Pits • Decorative Overlays/Stamps • Fences • Landscaping • Tree Service Concrete Work • Drainage • Lawn & Garden Care & Maintenance • Custom Pool Building • Pool Reconstruction • Pool Cleaning & Maintenance

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Longacre Construction A

Family Approach | (972) 436-6200 concept and original design, to budget and cost analysis, to day-to-day worksite management, to completion and cleanup. The company office is located at 411 Harn, Lewisville, TX, and currently serves the Flower Mound, Highland Village, Coppell, Argyle, Dallas, Carrollton, Denton, and Lewisville areas. Information can also be found online at, Facebook, or on YouTube. You are welcome to give them a call at 972-436-6200. Dan Longacre, COO and founder of the company, began building this community focused construction business on his own in 1986. A true American bootstrapper, Dan was soon joined by Carol Longacre as the business began to grow. Carol’s contributions to the business helped to connect Longacre with other enterprises and trade associations in the area. You’ve seen their signs, and maybe you even know someone who has worked with Longacre Construction to get a remodeling project done on their home. But who are the people behind that sign? Well, if you are looking for small-town friendliness and service, combined with a reputation for excellence and professional results, Longacre Construction is just the company you are looking for. Longacre Construction is a quality remodeling company that values relationships with its clientele and community. Anyone that welcomes them into their home when choosing a contractor can feel an immediate connection to their team. That is a great thing for clients, because Longacre prides itself on their team approach that provides their clients attentive guidance through every step of the project. This guidance offers a managed remodel process designed to give the customer peace of mind, from

That’s when Longacre Construction began building relationships with the community in earnest.

“We are very family oriented & dedicated to the Longacre name what it stands for in the community as well as what it provides families.” With a reputation for quality, responsibility, excellence, and personal commitment, their continued growth comes as no surprise to those who know them well. The modest duo approach their customers like family. Once they’ve committed to doing a job, the customer can sit back and let Longacre Construction push the project through. The Longacre team has a knack for producing a high quality product and building long lasting relationships within the community. The company

and its employees not only enjoy working together in a supportive team environment, but they also love to give back to their community through extensive volunteerism and contributions. When asked about their community and philanthropic involvement, Dan responded, “We are blessed to have so many nonprofits in this community that naming just one would be a disservice.” This unpretentious attitude carries through everything that Dan and Carol do. Long-time employee Liesel Herrera remarks, “Dan and Carol have a hard time praising themselves.” Longacre Construction has a long list of satisfied clients and an extensive portfolio of completed projects, from residential kitchen remodels to commercial additions and everything in between. Despite all of this professional success, Longacre Construction insists that it’s their greatest passion to produce a satisfied client. “While we have received accolades from top remodeling magazines, as well as the associations and community organizations, we really take pride in the work that we do. The awards we have received don’t compare to the satisfaction we get from our clients after a project is completed beyond their expectations.” When they aren’t busy serving the community, Dan and Carol are happiest watching their daughter play volleyball or relaxing with family and friends at the lake, and want to be remembered as having been a good friend to others. Joking about each other, Dan can poke at Carol for being opinionated, and Carol follows right back by pointing out that Dan is overly detail-oriented. But as the sun sets on the Lake, Dan and Carol are ready to head back to work to serve the community that they call home.

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For the Love of

Best of Denton County 2013

Best Barbeque (972) 420- 9398




if they could get a few hits and all they received were home runs. To make a long story short

They arrived unconventionally‌

Allen was able to go full time catering within 6 months and

Henry Wall, P a m Lockett and Allen Lockett have an extensive coffee/ break room supply B to B background in sales, product delivery and customer service and Kathy Wall with a marketing background. Their coffee customers were continuously asking them if they knew of any good catering companies. This really got the wheels turning in Henry’s head knowing that Allen is one of the best pit masters and won many competitions years prior. Henry sent out a few catering emails to

left his job while Henry kept the caterings rolling in until they had no choice but to find a retail space to take care of their catering needs (legally). Within 1 year of opening on October 30th, 2010 both Pam and Kathy were able to leave their full time jobs and make Fat Cow BBQ their full time occupation. To date they have had to expand the restaurant 2 additional times and have double digit % growth month over month since the last phase of construction which was in October 2012. They are most passionate about serving amazing BBQ with old school customer service. The Fat Cow menu is small but they put a lot of love in every product that is served and that's what made the biggest difference compared to most restaurants. Their customers always feel welcome and feel they are right at home as soon as they walk in the door. Fat Cow also does everything possible to contribute to the community and charities which makes this business even more rewarding.

When they are not working you can usually find Henry and Allen on the golf course or on the boat at Lake Lewisville drinking a cold beer, brainstorming on how they can make this business even more successful. Pam spends her time with her grand children and is a magnificent country dancer which she wishes she had more time to do. Kathy spends most of her off time gardening, baking, working out and loving on their dogs Tiffany and Allen (named after their partner Allen). Henry grew up in Austin, Texas, Kathy in Plano, Texas, Pam in Mabank, Texas and Allen in El Paso, Texas. They won Best of Denton 2013 for BBQ and are the #1 rated restaurant (out of 209) in Lewisville on Trip Advisor, 4.5 Stars on Yelp and one of the highest on Urbanspoon and Google Places in all of North Texas.

"...passionate about serving amazing BBQ with old school customer service." They want to be remembered as 4 great friends who decided to go into business together to fulfill a dream, without the benefit of a business plan, formal culinary training, or even a college degree. Their hard work, dedication, and passion have made up for what may have been lacking. They're committed to superior customer service and serving the best damn BBQ in Texas!

Pictured from left to right: Allen Lockett, Pam Lockett, Lizzie Surratt, Keith McClaughry, Kathy Wall, Henry Wall

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Fat Cow BBQ 850 Valley Ridge Blvd., #128 Lewisville, Texas 75077 Award Winning BBQ Dine-In, Take Out & Catering

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Restaurant Spotlight


orris began his culinary career in the 1970s at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Salerno is familiar with success.

At the age of 27, he joined the prestigious Lowes Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Salerno said every working chef’s dream is to open their own restaurant. He followed his own words and opened not just one restaurant, but three: Salerno Restaurant in Flower Mound (1985-present), Gibbs Station in Coppell (1989-1999), and The Grotto in Highland Village (1994-present). In 1989 and 1991, Morris earned “Dallas Chef of The Year” by the Texas Chef Association. The Dallas Times Herald picked him as one of the “Top Ten Young Chefs of Dallas”. Morris has participated in and judged many Culinary Art Shows in the Southwest. In 2005, Morris and two of his cooks from The Grotto won “Iron Chef of The Southwest” and took home the only gold medal in the competition hosted by the Texas Chefs Association. Morris Salerno has been a competing chef

Best Steakhouse & Fine Dining

Accomplishments with the American Team since 1992. They won numerous awards with the World Master Chefs Society Team USA in competitions in France, England, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Sweden and most recently, Thailand. He also served as the past President of the Epicurean World Master Chefs Society. Last year, Morris fulfilled a lifelong dream and competed in the International Culinary Olympics in Germany. He and his team competed against 50 other teams and walked away with a Bronze medal! He draws from his traditional Italian family to make his restaurants a success. The Awardwinning, charismatic owner-chef Morris Salerno opened the Grotto in 1994 as a New American adjunct of his Italian staple Salerno’s. Both were in areas just beginning to blossom with development and now both serve notable food in established, decidedly upscale neighborhoods. The Grotto in particular has earned a reputation as a destination restaurant. You might call Morris Salerno a symbol of the American dream.

Bronze Medal at IKA Culinary Olympics ‘12 — Erfurt, Germany

1 Place Overall, Gold Medal World Master Chef Society ‘07 st

— Bangkok, Thailand

Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals World Master Chef Society Hotelympia ‘06 — London, England

Gold Medal and 1st Place Iron Chef of the Southwest ‘05 — Texas Chefs Association and Texas Restaurant Association Dallas, Texas

Dallas Chef of the Year ‘89 & ‘91 — Texas Chef Association

Ten Top Young Chefs of Dallas ‘84 — Dallas Times Herald

Cooked for President George W. Bush, Laura Bush and Party Inducted into the Operation Frontline Hall of Fame Past President of USA Chapter World Master Chef Society

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Made from Scratch Desserts

Baked with Love


ost people love delicious baked goods, but it seems like there are only a few oldfashioned bakeries around today. Taking the time to bake at home is something few people can really enjoy doing, and fewer do it well enough to share their masterpieces with others. This is where Cara Vasquez fits in extremely well. Cara has been a pastry chef for well over a decade and has owned her own bakery for the last two and a half years. Having her own bakery lets her not only produce the traditional confections, but Cara has a wonderful knack for developing her own special flavors, many of which you'd never expect to taste in a baked good. Her bakery, The Flour Shop, always has many distinct and special flavors that help form her special signature as a top-notch and award-winning baker. Cara is always creating new flavors, which are always a pleasant, and sweet, surprise for her many happy customers. Cara also enjoys many other things besides baking, and spends as much time as she can helping out with area non-profits. Cara states: “I am a huge animal lover so I try to give back to animal shelters when I can. We also do as much as possible for the women's shelter and Children's Advocacy Center. I think it's important to educate people on abuse and bullying whether it's a human or animal

and would love to be more involved in getting their message out. Cara loves horses in particular and is interested in helping with Spirit Horse in the near future. Cara and the staff at The Flour Shop have had the pleasure of winning different awards, namely the Best of Denton County for both 2012 and 2013, and also the Best Bakery in Flower Mound from Living Magazine. Cara and her husband were recently at the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation Event in early September, happily combining her passion for baking with her love of community. Cara spends her few hours of free time with her family and friends, making special time for her husband so they can enjoy date nights together. Cara is a very down-to-earth person who loves spending time with those she cares about. “I love my family and I don't know how I got so lucky. I love my friends...we call each other family. I love my staff past and present. I am surrounded by the most loyal, kind, inspiring, supportive, accepting and loving group of people. I hope that they feel the same about me,” she says, acknowledging the support she has enjoyed throughout the years.

"...always a pleasant, and sweet, surprise for her many happy customers." The Flour Shop is located at 1401 Shoal Creek in Highland Village, and customers are always welcome to share their comments with Cara and her staff. Picking up delicious baked goods or ordering a spectacular wedding cake is all within The Flour Shop's ability, and from their Facebook page, they already have many customers who are not only happily pleased but also wanting more of Cara's yummy baked goods. If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting The Flour Shop, you don't know what you're missing out on.

The Flour Shop Bakery 1401 Shoal Creek #150 Highland Village, TX Lots of Sweet Baked Goods & Unique Seasonal Flavors

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Best Dessert Menu (972) 966.2253

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f you’ve been to any of our community fund raisers or charity auctions, you’ve no doubt seen or enjoyed some of the “fruits of labor” of Erika Spretz and Edible Arrangements of Flower Mound.

As the founder and owner, Erika is always ready to provide a donation, ranging from her signature chocolate covered strawberries to her popular gift certificates. While the support comes from her naturally generous heart, it also reflects her background in marketing and accounting that she received from Texas A & M University.

Fruits of Their Labor

The founding of her store at 3634 Long Prairie Road came in 2009 after an intense period of searching. Erika wanted to find just the right way to use the skills she had acquired while finding a way to be flexible and balanced for her family responsibilities. Yielding to her entrepreneurial urges, she decided to start her own business. After looking at a number of alternatives, she ended up behind her fruit-oriented counter because of a series of encounters with the numerals 111. When her son, ten at the time, suggested checking the Bible, Genesis 1:11 caught their eyes – where it tells of God creating fruit. She was certain that this was the business to be in after that confirmation! She has shown a real knack for her chosen specialty. She says that it gives her great joy to spread cheer throughout the community year round with the store’s artfully created and deliciously healthy fruit arrangements. Doesn’t matter what the occasion is… Holidays, Birthdays, Thank-you, Get Well, etc…the recipient is always so happy when it arrives!

Edible Arrangements 3634 Long Prairie Rd. Ste. 116 Flower Mound, Texas 75022 (972) 539-7800

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Part of her secret is dealing with each customer personally. “I love to have time to work at the counter and greet our wonderful customers,” she states enthusiastically. “The real pleasures of what we do come from the personal interaction and our ability to make people smile. Whenever I can, I like to go out around the counter and shake hands with everyone that comes in…sometimes I even give them a hug!”

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In addition to happily supporting many of the local organizations and charities, Erika is especially involved in sponsoring the Flower Mound High School Football team, Cheerleaders and Rosettes each year. She has demonstrated her natural marketing instincts by developing a number of creative fundraisers and sponsorship ideas. Among the favorites that have benefited many local groups are the fundraiser certificates for boxes of chocolate covered strawberries or apples where a portion of every box sold is returned to the organization, and the “Fruit of the Future” Scholarship that is awarded to a few lucky seniors each year at the varsity football games. Erika has seemingly found the secret to balancing a successful business with a growing family. What she loves most is spending time with her husband Chad of 17 years, and their three children, Matthew(14), Ashley(12) and Emily(7). A typical Flower Mound family, they spend their share of time running between sporting events and dance, eating out, going to movies, and partaking of many of our community’s events. Somehow, she also finds time to volunteer at Valley Creek Church and be active with the popular Soul Sisters Women’s Group. Erika is also quick to share that she is able to meet these heavy demands with a cheerful spirit because of her Christian values. She has relied on God and her faith through the entire process, and always wants to be someone who is known to “Let Her Light Shine!”

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f you want mouthwatering pizza with a hometown feel, Palio’s Pizza Café is the place to be.

Palio’s owner, Joey Schneider, says, “Our business is known for the personal service. We try very hard to have a Mom and Pop feel when you step in. We do our best to remember your orders before you even place them.” While Palio’s target customer is the pizza lover with exceptional taste, Palio’s offers more than just pizzas. Palio’s offers five different salads, seven sandwiches, nine pasta dishes, six desserts and four sides. They also have 22 different pizza options, including The Scorcher, the Hawaiian Sunrise and Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Pizza. With gluten-free dough and vegetarian options available, Palio’s menu is also allergy friendly. Schneider says, “We try our hardest to provide food for all dietary requirements. I have only been stumped once in 13 years by not being able to meet someone’s food allergies.” Not only is Palio’s menu diverse, but it is actually healthy. There are no preservatives in the food

and everything is prepared fresh multiple times a day. Their thin crust pizzas are also loaded with toppings, which make their pizzas more of a balanced meal than competitors’ pizzas. It is clear that Schneider is passionate about serving people great tasting pizza that is great for them too. Owner Joey Schneider has been working for Palio’s since June 2001, when he worked with the creator of the Palio concept, Harry Awad, to build stores, train employees and market the company. Then in January 2009, Joey Schneider and his business partner TJ Hanley opened their own Palio’s in Denton. At only 28, Joey Schneider has already accomplished a great deal. He says, “My business partner and I move at a million miles an hour. In less than 5 years we have opened 4 locations...I love to be busy all the time.” Schneider is definitely busy. He regularly logs between 70 and 100 hours a week at work, and he has worked in literally every single position at Palio’s, from manager to audit to owner.

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everything he does is ultimately for his family. He says, “I strive to show my children that with hard work and determination, you can be successful. Nothing that is worth while is given to you in this world. It must be worked hard for.” Palio’s is not just about pizza; Schneider also works hard to give back to the community. He works with local chamber members, businesses, schools and churches. He gives out free vouches for auctions, donates proceeds to charity and feeds entire organizations for free. While he would never turn anyone away, his heart especially goes out to volunteer activities that help the needy or children as well as local churches and organizations that help large groups of people.

"...offers five different salads, seven sandwiches, nine pasta dishes, six desserts and four sides."

It comes as no surprise that Palio’s has won several awards and honors over the years. Palio’s was voted “Tastiest Italian in North Texas” five times by Taste of North Texas. They were named one of the “Top 5 Best Pizzas in Dallas” by WFAA A-list. They were named “Best of Denton 2012” by the Denton Award Program and “Best of the Best Pizza” by the Denton Record Chronicle two years in a row. Palio’s has also won numerous Grapevine awards and they have been featured on several news programs, on HGTV and in several newspapers as well.

Schneider is not all work and no play, however. On the rare mornings he is not working, he can be found spending time with the people who matter most to him: his wife and two boys. While some may consider him a work-a-holic, he says that

If you have not stopped by one of Palio’s 23 independently owned and operated locations, there is no time like the present. Grab a pizza and say hi to Joey and you will be wondering why you waited so long to try Palio’s! 2013 | Best of Denton County | 81

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n the sprawl of Highland Village there's a new place for locals to settle in with a cup of coffee and a book.

Roots Coffeehouse is owned and operated by a local couple, Jay and Melanie McWhorter. They, along with original North Richland Hills Roots Coffeehouse owners, Matt and Janice Townsend, are no strangers to the coffee business, but when they began to dream about opening Roots in Highland Village, they knew they wanted it to be more than a coffee shop. "We wanted it to have an artisan feel," Melanie said, "and a way for people to understand and honor the process of coffee." For most of us coffee is a wake-me-up or a quick stop at our local shop in the morning, but for Roots it's much more about the holistic nature of coffee. From farmers and harvesters, roasters and packagers, baristas and customers, the process of making one cup of coffee is worth a farmer's entire day of labor.

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The folks at Roots may want their customers to understand the global effects of coffee—but not at the expense of the coffee itself. "We have a honey vanilla latte made from local honey from Round Rock HoneyFarmers with a dash of vanilla that is very popular with our customers. We also have a Cortado,as well as slow bar options such as Chemex, French Press and Hario V60 pour over. We also offer sandwiches, fresh pastries from La Spiga, Chocolate from Dude Sweet Chocolate, and homemade granola from Grapevine Grains." "We want to do things locally that honor things globally," says Melanie, "whether it is providing a great product from our farmers, to create more business for them, or whether it's supporting a community initiative like partnering with area non-profits." In an effort to do this, Roots carries mugs and pottery made by artisans in Cameroon. They're also partnering with local businesses and organizations to see an end to poverty, humantrafficking, and global water needs.

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The atmosphere at Roots is calm and peaceful. With interior design and custom art done by a local artist, Dustin Wekesser, to handcrafted furniture throughout the shop to live music on Friday nights, from its inception Roots has been a community project. "Community is important to us. We want Roots to be a place where people can come in, rest, talk, enjoy one another and coffee." They must be succeeding, because even though it's only been open a few weeks, it already feels like Highland Village's very own living room. Roots Coffeehouse 2570 FM 407 Suite 140 Highland Village, TX 75077 (972) 317-7234 Best of Denton County 2013

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Meet the Warrior Mother Behind Adventure Kids Playcare


ichelle Rae gazes out onto a toddler play area, a smile creasing her lips. "I run a tight ship," she explains. Michelle owns and operates an award-winning daycare called Adventure Kids Playcare, which is fastly becoming a fixture in Denton County. Adventure Kids has cultivated a sterling reputation for no-nonsense safety, reliability, and cleanliness--all values that hit close to home for Michelle. For her, Adventure Kids is about allowing parents to deposit the most precious thing in their lives into a fun, worry-free environment, so that those parents then have the freedom to become fullyactualized participants within the community and within their families: "I feel passionate that parents have the opportunity to take time for themselves and nurture their marriages because they know their children are safe and having fun with us. I think happy parents and/or a strong marriage are some of the greatest gifts parents can

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give their children. As much as I love to be around my children all of the time, I find that I am a much more patient and loving mom when I have taken time for myself. Also, I know that my children will leave someday. I pray that my husband and I model for them what a loving and respectful relationship looks and feels like. I also want our marriage to last beyond my children's childhood, so nurturing is important to me."

whose parents were charged with abuse and neglect. I loved that job, I had a passion for helping children, and I always knew I was on the right side!"

The business is a service to the area that meshes well with Michelle's other ongoing commitments to the community. There is Children's Ministries at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, where she and her husband have been members for over 12 years. There is CCA, or Christian Community Action. There is even the CACDC, or Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. Each acronym is more of an intriguing mouthful than the last. And each helps paint a picture of a woman devoted to the idea that children truly are our most precious asset, one in constant need of our support and nurture.

"When we came to Texas, I prayed for a job that would allow me to be the kind of mother I wanted to be. That meant a job that would not keep me away from my family for 60+ hours a week. I wanted a job where my children could be with me. One night, strapped for a sitter, I took a neighbor's advice and tried Adventure Kids Playcare in Parker Square. My son, Kaleb, loved it. We noticed that they were offering franchises, and the rest as they say is history."

Michelle Rae has been at this for seven fulfilling years, but life before Adventure Kids had its fair share of challenges. "I have always known I wanted to work with children," she ruminates. But articulating that passion in her career was not automatic. After flirting with the ideas of teaching or being a pediatrician, Michelle settled on law. In time, she developed a thriving practice while in New Jersey, serving the public sector. "A visit to our county courthouse demonstrated to me that I wanted to work for people who could not pay. I represented people who had HIV and AIDS and lived in poverty. We assisted them in all areas – permanency planning for their children; wills, housing law, family law, etc. I represented children in foster care and those

When Michelle's husband was transferred to Texas, the charm of The Lone Star State grabbed hold of their hearts, and they knew they were here to stay. Her introduction to Adventure Kids happened quite by accident:

History indeed. As Winston Churchill once said, "History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it." And if this tireless children's advocate and community devotee has her say, so will she.

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Before Kumon, I worked as a Senior Retirement Specialist for a financial company. Staying home after leaving the corporate world, I was very certain about the fact that I would like to own a business that dealt with education and kids. It was my passion and my belief in the Kumon method that led to my decision to this business in 2007. I am the franchise owner/ Director of the center where my team and I motivate the kids to become independent learners. When a child enrolls at Highland Village Kumon., we like to know the complete child, the family and the expectation. When the child starts to drift away from the subject, I like to discover the cause of their reluctance to do their work, whether it is motivation, difficulty level, or just not being challenged enough. My passion is the level of involvement I have with my students. With parental involvement added-in, it makes my day when we can all step back and see the results and success the child has achieved. My satisfaction level is at its peak when I see the light that sparkles in a kid’s eyes when they realize their potential. They feel confident and have a goal. I feel I have arrived where I want to be as a coach. I have been classified as an “elite” instructor from the time I completed my one year of certification training with Kumon. I always tell my staff that the day I run my Kumon as a business is the day I make profit but show loss as a coach. The love for kids and my belief in the Kumon Program is what makes our center profitable and different from the rest. You will usually find me at the Kumon center. Just in case you missed me, you can find me at my local gym trying to make sure I am living my life to my

umon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own.

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fullest potential, too. My loved ones have shown me the strengths I have inside me to fulfill my dreams and I want to make sure I do. Exercise and healthy diet is the key to today’s lifestyle. My love for kids also took me into another direction in life -- for helping those who are special but are dealing with a life-threatening medical condition. I started granting wishes to kids as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish foundation 7 years ago, and this is my second year as the Volunteer Chair for Wish Night Gala that takes place in May of 2014. I am a firm believer that each child has his/her own potential, that educators leave a lasting impression on the child. I would like them to remember me as the instructor who showed them how to believe in themselves and the potential each one of them has inside. With each new student, I realize I have a long

way to go to reach that goal, but this journey will be made up of many children and many success stories in the end. Success in my profession can come only due the support and team effort from my staff. I feel that they share the same passion I have to help the kids achieve their best. Success comes with hard work from the students, sincerity of my staff and my belief in the Kumon program.

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