By Jenna Duncan
hristmas trees are out, candy canes are on display and fake snow is afloat at local retailers as they prepare for the holiday shopping madness. Local businesses are still dependent on their brick-and-mortar sales, even as the National Retail Federation’s holiday survey showed for the first time that more people plan to shop online than at any one kind of store. Richard Last, a retired University of North Texas professor who helped launch J.C. Penney Co.’s website, said a lot of companies realize they need an online presence. That doesn’t mean the focus this year will solely be online.
Local shops plan attack for holiday season as survey hints at milestone year for online shopping
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ABOVE — Early-November shoppers pass a Christmas tree outside Golden Triangle Mall. RIGHT — Christmas decorations get Golden Triangle Mall in the holiday spirit.
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Vista Ridge getting new name, strategy By Maria Halkias | DMN
By Jenna Duncan | Staff Writer Bartonville has a new, trendy restaurant: Marty B’s is now open. Billed as “Bartonville’s backyard,” the restaurant focuses on what it considers the four major food groups of Texas: Tex-Mex, barbecue, steak and craft beer. With fire pits and regular live music, the spot at 2664 FM407 could be your next hangout destination. This one hurts: Audacity Brew House closed Saturday, Nov. 11. The
3-year-old brewery was the first in Denton and paved the way for more breweries to open. Owner Doug Smith said the brewery had to close because of investor disagreements. We’ll still have a taste of the brewery, though. The beer they developed with Texas Motor Speedway, No Limits Checkered Past Texas Ale, is owned by the Denton County speedway and there are plans to have it brewed elsewhere.
Lewisville’s Vista Ridge Mall has a new owner from Texas that plans to spend money on the struggling mall and entice shoppers back with some local entertainment. Odessa-based ICA Properties has a formula that worked in West Texas, and the company apparently believes it could work in suburban DallasFort Worth, too. The mall is being renamed Music City Mall at Vista Ridge, and new signs are going up soon. The new owner hasn’t responded to an interview request, but the company has talked with city of Lewisville staff about plans that include spending $3 million to $4 million on Vista Ridge. ICA wants to invite local musicians and school groups to perform at the shopping center, said James Kunke, Lewisville’s community relations and tourism director. “They want to create reasons for people to come in and linger with performances from school groups
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Lewisville’s Vista Ridge Mall is being renamed Music City Mall at Vista Ridge, and local musicians and school groups will be invited to perform there.
Non-compete agreements alive and well in Texas E
mployers are increasingly requiring employees to sign agreements stating that, if the employee ever leaves the company (regardless of the circumstances), the employee will not go to work for a competitor. These agreements are called noncompetition (or non-compete) agreements. Employees sometimes sign these agreements believing that Texas courts will not enforce them. Guess again. Non-compete agreements are alive and well in Texas. Non-competes do have to meet certain requirements, but it is a mistake to assume a professionally drafted noncompete will not meet them. To be enforceable, a noncompete agreement must be reasonable in time, geographical area and scope of activity — and each of these limitations must not impose a greater restriction on the employee than is necessary to protect the employer. Typically, a time restriction on the employee competing with their former employer of one to three years after termination of employment is reasonable. As for the geographi-
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cal restriction, a non-compete agreement should be limited to areas where the employer conducts business or reasonably expects to conduct business. If the employer cannot give a legitimate business reason for preventing employment in a certain area, then the geographical area is unreasonable. For example, if a dry cleaner only has customers within a three-mile radius of its store, then a provision that bars employment anywhere beyond that three-mile radius (e.g., the entire state of Texas) would be unreasonable. Regarding scope of activity, the non-compete must bear a meaningful relationship to the employee’s activities. The employee can be restrained
from engaging in the same kinds of activities they performed for the employer, but they cannot be excluded from working for a competitor in every capacity. For example, an automobile sales person may be restrained from going to work for a competitor as a sales person; however, they may not be restrained from going to work as a mechanic. Considering the reasonableness of each of these restrictions is important because an enforceable non-compete allows the employer to prevent a former employee from working for a competitor and recover damages and attorney fees. Even if a non-compete is unreasonable or a greater restraint than is necessary, the non-compete is not automatically void. Instead, a judge must rewrite the offending provisions so that they are reasonable and then enforce the new agreement. Therefore, unreasonableness is not a proverbial getout-of-jail-free card for the employee. The employee is still subject to its newly rewritten terms, and the employer can ask the court for an in-
Employers are increasingly requiring employees to sign non-competition agreements. Non-compete agreements are alive and well in Texas. junction preventing the employee from violating the revised non-compete agreement. However, while the employee may still be subject to the rewritten non-compete, the employer cannot recover damages from the employee for competitive activities they engaged in prior to the noncompete being reformed (e.g., lost profits, etc.), nor can the employer recover its attorney fees from the employee. While employers hold most of the cards in the deck, they do not hold them all. Some defects will render a noncompete agreement unenforceable. For example, a non-compete agreement must be ancillary to an otherwise enforce-
Calendar of Events APIs and IPAs, hosted by TechMill, meets every other Tuesday at Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory St., for a techcentered hangout. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce hosts monthly networking luncheons the third Wednesday of the month at Prairie House Restaurant. Admission is always $12 and includes a meal. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m.
Denton Black Chamber of Commerce meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Denton Housing Authority, 1225 Wilson St. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m.
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and other local musicians while they actively pursue new retailers,” Kunke said. Vista Ridge still has all of its anchors — Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Sears and a Cinemark Theater — but it is only 72 percent leased, as stores have closed and traffic has declined. The Music City Mall in Odessa, which was 60 percent leased before ICA bought it, is now about 90 percent leased, Kunke said.
Vista Ridge was turned over to its lender more than a year ago. ICA purchased the common area and the store space other than the anchors — a total of 376,023 square feet — at an auction for $17.3 million last month. That was below both the balance on the loan, $64.3 million, and the most recent appraised value of $34.5 million. “We look forward to working with the new owners. We’re happy to see someone willing to make an investment in the mall,” Kunke
said. The new mall manager, Richard Morton, has city manager experience, Kunke said. Morton has met with Lewisville officials. When the new owner first met with the Vista Ridge staff, Lewisville director of economic development Nika Reinecke was invited to attend the meeting. ICA also owns strip shopping centers in Odessa and an anchor site at Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to its website.
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Keystone Independent, a new business designed to be the right hand of local real estate agents, is now open at 7805 Hinkle Drive. Services range from creating the contracts to close on a home sale to bookkeeping and administrative services. They had their official ribbon-cutting in late October. After giving tons of lessons in hand lettering, watercolors and children’s art at the DIME Store, Wildflower Art Stu-
dio leader Emilie Stewart has a physical space: 715 N. Locust St. The first class at the space is set for Dec. 2 and will be focused on watercolors. Whimsy Finds, an eclectic home goods and clothing store that had DIY classes, has shut down. The business opened last holiday season a few blocks off of the downtown Square, then closed in October. There’s a new vintage shop in town. Les Muses is now open at 728 N. Elm St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday
able agreement. This means the non-compete cannot be the only agreement between the employee and employer. Usually this means the noncompete must be entered into along with an enforceable employment agreement. This can be more problematic than it sounds because most employees in Texas are at-will. In other words, the employer (as well as the employee) can terminate employment immediately for virtually any reason. Because the at-will employee can literally be fired one second after they sign the non-compete, in some situations the employer may have hired the employee and still not given the employee sufficient value for the employee’s
promise to not compete to be enforceable. To avoid this problem, employers often give the employee immediately or soon after they are hired trade secrets and confidential or proprietary information (e.g., confidential customer lists, etc.). Until the information is provided, there is no consideration to make the non-compete enforceable. Other defects can render a non-compete void, but a discussion of all such defects exceeds the scope of this column. Non-compete agreements are alive and well in Texas. If you are thinking of having your employees sign one, or if you are an employee who has already signed one, it is a good idea to have them reviewed by an attorney with experience in this area. Simply assuming that a non-compete is enforceable or unenforceable is a mistake for both employers and employees. BRIAN CARTWRIGHT is board-certified in personal injury trial law and can be reached at bcartwright@ dentonlaw.com or www. dentonlaw.com.
Denton Chamber of Commerce will host the Denton Community Job Fair, which connects job seekers with employers. Businesses that need part-time or fulltime help can have a booth at the event for $25. The deadline to set up a booth is Nov. 20. It’s free for job seekers to attend, and no registration is required. The event will be at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. For more information, visit www.dentonjobfair.com. Thursday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m.
Denton Chamber of Commerce will host a quarterly membership luncheon at SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 1434 Centre Place Drive. Tickets cost $35 for individuals or $400 for a table that seats 10. Jeff Moseley, president of the Texas Association of Business, will be the keynote speaker. Friday, Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.
Denton Chamber of Commerce will host a Planner’s Trade Show. The event is designed to connect planners with hospitality partners in Denton, from facilities to florists and food options. The event will be at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center, 3100 Town Center Trail, and free and open to the public. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.
Denton Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Business Over Breakfast meeting at SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 1434 Centre Place Drive. Friday, Dec. 15, 7:45 a.m.
Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts monthly luncheons the third Tuesday of each month at Sidewalk Cafe, 2900 Wind River Lane. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m.
Denton Young Professionals hosts coffee and breakfast every third Wednesday of the month at The Chestnut Tree, 107 W. Hickory St. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 7:15 a.m.
The Denton League of United Latin American Citizens No. 4366 meets the third Saturday of every month at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave. Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m.
Denton Planning and Zoning Commission meets at City Hall, 215 E. McKinney St., every other Wednesday. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Electronics recycling takes place at The Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe, 200 W. Congress St., the second Saturday of each month. Drop off any computer-related electronics for recycling. Visit www.computercrusher.com for a list of acceptable items and more information.
The Greater Argyle Chamber of Commerce hosts monthly breakfast meetings the third Tuesday of the month at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 a.m.
Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce holds weekly coffee meetings at rotating businesses on Wednesdays. Upcoming locations will be listed at www.lakecitieschamber.com/events. Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce will host a monthly luncheon and business at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m.
Little D Open Coffee Club , hosted by TechMill, meets every other Tuesday at West Oak Coffee Bar, 114 W. Oak St., to discuss technology and startups. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m.
LittleD.rb, a mentoring and code group for people who are learning or using the program Ruby, meets the first Thursday of the month at Stoke, 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128. Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
Open Hack Denton, a casual meetup for people to build code together, is hosted the first Tuesday of each month at Harvest House. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Sanger Chamber of Commerce will host a holiday mixer for members at the Wifong Building, 400 Bolivar St. There will be networking, games and refreshments. The event is BYOB. Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m.
through Saturday. The shop primarily sells mid-century items, from furniture and clothing to other antiques. Little Elm landed the second location of It’s-A-Burger, a fast casual burger concept by Gene Gumfory (the leader over at Shiloh Fields). It’s located at 11851 FM423, and the sister location to the founding location in Aubrey. A Denton location is set to be on Teasley Lane and open early next year. JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889.
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Resources available to grow small businesses in county I
f you’re thinking of starting or growing your own small business in the Denton area, there are several resources to consider as you plan your successful entrepreneurial future. In order to develop a marketing strategy, secure funding or plan the direction of your company, you will first need a business plan. Though it can be a challenging and timeconsuming undertaking, a well thought-out plan can be the key to the success of your business. Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women in Business can help get the process started with business plan development assistance designed specifically for woman-owned enterprises. The CWB has a
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business plan reference library, access to sample plans, professional advisement and access to LivePlan, a business plan development tool available online — all free and available to entrepreneurs in the Denton community. Critical to moving forward with your business planning is identifying your target market.
There are several sources of information to help you with market research. The Denton Public Library can provide you with access to Reference USA, which profiles 49 million businesses and 281 million consumers. The Small Business Development Center of North Central Texas is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration and North Central Texas College and has several satellite offices throughout the area. The SBDC has access to a broad range of customizable resources for market research, including: ■ Creation of a customer profile using a description of the “best customer” for a product or service;
■ Statistics of an area including population, age, income, race, gender, employment, housing and education; ■ Retail supply and demand figures and opportunity gap analysis for a specified area; ■ A one- to five-mile radius report for annual consumer expenditures and demographics that also indicates competitor business locations; and ■ A breakdown of markets by industry to show size and sales figures. The SBDC is also an incredible resource for other business assistance services and counseling such as financing, financial statement analysis, marketing, accounting and record keeping, sales and advertising.
It is important to get the word out about your business, and one of the best ways of doing this is to take advantage of networking opportunities in your area. Contact your local chamber of commerce to find out how you can attend networking events, fundraisers, workshops and other activities, all with the goal of connecting local business owners. Access to capital is, of course, crucial for your growing business. In addition to local lending institutions, the SBA 504 loan program is designed to promote economic development growth and job creation in small businesses. The program can make the overall financing structure for a new business or project more attractive and
affordable. These are just a few examples of the resources available to small business owners in Denton County. Other sources of information include the Denton Economic Development Partnership and Denton County Economic Development. Be sure to take full advantage of the abundant ways Denton County can help ensure the success of its small business owners. SHANNON MANTARO is director of Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women in Business and can be reached at smantaro@ twu.edu. For more information regarding the Center for Women in Business, visit https://twu.edu/ center-women-business.
In year of struggling merchants, can Black Friday save retail? “Retailing is very tough, and I think the online thing is hard to figure out.” — Warren Buffett, 2017 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting
lack Friday, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, is right around the corner. The sales boost could not come soon enough for most retailers. 2017 has been rough for those peddling their wares. Since its peak in December 2016, the entire retail sector is down 20 percent (as measured by the Retail Exchange Traded Fund, or XRT), even with online giant Amazon gaining 50 percent in the same time period. This performance likely reflects the wave of retail bankruptcies that have washed across the markets in 2017. So far this year, retailers have defaulted on nearly $11 billion of debt (according to the Crux investing newsletter). This fall, Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While many of the big-box toy retailer’s roughly 1,600 stores are profitable, the company has so much debt that it can’t pay its bills. During a leveraged buyout in 2005, the company’s private equity sponsors piled on $5 billion in debt. Even with interest rates at multi-generational lows, the company can’t make its interest payments. Toys R Us is hardly alone. There’s been a rash of retail bankruptcies this year: The Limited, Wet Seal, HHGregg, RadioShack, Payless ShoeSource, Gander Mountain, Gymboree, Rue21 ... and the list goes on. While the shift to e-commerce transactions has defi-
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nitely changed the retailing game, online sales make up less than 10 percent of all retail purchases in the United States. Brick-and-mortar stores are still very relevant, making up more than 90 percent of all retail sales. But recent studies have shown the U.S. has three to four times as much retail space per capita as other major developed economies. That seems a little excessive and may explain why we are seeing the highest number of store closures since the recession. Credit Suisse expects more than 8,600 closures before the end of the year vs. 6,163 stores shut down in 2008, the worst year for closures on record. So what are investors to do? Some may be bold enough to buy Amazon stock even with it trading at insanely high price-to-earnings multiples (P/E). Yet, that was true
a year ago and its shares still performed well this year. Value investors are likely to cringe at those prices and hunt for better bargains elsewhere. Wal-Mart is much cheaper by comparison, fetching a P/E ratio close to 22. Yet, this is twice as expensive as it was when our partnership bought shares in 2011. Other retailers like Macy’s or J.C. Penney Co. may appear to be bargains, yet it is easy to see that mall-based retailers may be structurally challenged. Perhaps it’s easier to just avoid the sector altogether? Indeed, that may be best the answer for many investors. But for those willing to do some homework, the “death of retail” fears may create some real opportunities. For example, North Texasbased retailer The Container Store recently saw its shares climb nearly 50 percent after reporting strong earnings on the back of efficiency gains and same-store sales growth.
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Early this year, management pointed to expectations of strong performance in the second half of 2017. But the market sold off TCS shares this summer, giving value investors an opportunity to load up. The Container Store’s focus on high-end personal organization and custom closets is hard to replicate by the likes
Angel Tree volunteer Belva Gibson sets up a tree at Golden Triangle Mall on Nov. 9. more precious, itâ€™s so easy to sit at your computer and shop, but people need to remember they enjoy city services, and you need to support local business to pay your local sales tax.â€?
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Weekend and the Christmas tree lighting the first weekend of December. He anticipates that Kendra Scott jewelry, branded socks and tumblers for drinks will be some of Palm Treeâ€™s most popular gift items this season. Plus, shoppers can fill out a
JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889.
Preparing for the holidays
Manager Matt Ludemann says Golden Triangle Mall expects an increase in total sales for the Christmas shopping season. cityâ€™s downtown development director. â€œThis is something we as an industry have talked to people about for many years. You need to be on Facebook and social media and have a way for people to shop online,â€? she said. â€œAs time becomes
Small businesses are in the midst of planning for Small Business Saturday and all of the other upcoming events this year. The cityâ€™s economic development department is overseeing Small Business Saturday promotions and events, set for Saturday, Nov. 25. There will be five stations set up around Denton for people to show their receipts and be entered to win prizes for supporting local businesses: Denton Community Market, Discover Denton Welcome Center, Golden Triangle Mall, Unicorn Lake and the Fry Street district. Stores are preparing for the
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â€œShopping online and in brick-and-mortar isnâ€™t mutually exclusive,â€? he said of the NRF survey. â€œSure [online] is the biggest, but thatâ€™s not bigger than all brick-andmortar. Itâ€™s bigger than any single type of brick-and-mortar.â€? Legacy department stores are working to make sure that when consumers are shopping online theyâ€™re on the store website and not on Amazon. This year, more retailers than ever have created mobilespecific applications to make it easier than ever to stay loyal while shopping online, Last said. â€œThis year, at least 40 percent of shoppers will be using some kind of mobile device to reach retail companies,â€? he said. â€œThatâ€™s a big shift thatâ€™s occurred in the past couple of years.â€? Matt Ludemann, manager of Golden Triangle Mall, said stores like J.C. Penney and Macyâ€™s have an advantage over Amazon because shoppers can choose to pick up their goods in store and have a physical place to return things. â€œItâ€™s trying to balance between the two options like they did 30 years ago with catalog sales,â€? Ludemann said. â€œWhile online shopping is convenient, not everyone wants to buy something without being able to see or feel the physical item.â€? For some smaller local stores, online is a steady component of business. At Palm Tree Boutique, most of the online sales from the robust digital store are from people who are relatively close to one of the storeâ€™s brick-and-mortar locations, said co-owner Colin Grunewald. â€œThe pick-up in store is big for our holiday online and in-store purchases,â€? he said. â€œYou go through online and pick up gifts, come in and pick it up. Thatâ€™s the best of both worlds for us, because we get the sale and we get them in the store again.â€? Other downtown shops donâ€™t have the online capabilities that Palm Tree Boutique has, but are working to at least create a digital footprint to remind people to come and shop, said Julie Glover, the
shopping holiday, and many already have their Christmas displays set up. Grunewald is making sure thereâ€™s enough inventory at Palm Tree Boutique as holiday shopping kicks off. After Small Business Saturday, the store also sees a ton of traffic for Wassail
wish list and leave it with the store for their secret Santa or partner to pick from later. The NRF survey found that, on average, consumers predict theyâ€™ll spend $967.13 â€” up 3.4 percent from last yearâ€™s survey. Nationwide, they expect sales in November and December to be between $678.8 billion and $682 billion. At Golden Triangle Mall, more retailers are bucking the trend of opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day, but the mall itself will be open Thursday evening at 6 p.m. as well as most of the stores, Ludemann said. Some tenants at the mall are changing up their plans for the holidays. J.C. Penney is bringing in toys this year, and clothing store Buckle is doing promotions for the first time that Ludemann can recall. â€œWe expect an increase in total sales for the season, and I think it will just happen over the entire shopping season â€” it wonâ€™t be because of one day or one event,â€? he said.
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Do your shopping here in Denton on purpose D
oes it really matter if you shop in Denton? Absolutely! When you shop here, the purchases you make help build and strengthen our local economy. According to the American Independent Business Alliance, $68 of every $100 spent at a local small business is recirculated in our community to pay employees, buy supplies, purchase new merchandise and support nonprofit organizations. Whether shopping at a local small business, chain or big-box store located in Denton, your purchases also generate sales tax. A portion of that sales tax supports the city’s budget, which provides public services such as police and fire protection, streets, parks and libraries. Remember: If you choose to shop in another city, you are
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providing that community with sales tax to support its public services. It’s also important to note that shopping online may not provide sales tax to Denton. Shop Here on Purpose (SHOP) Denton is a program of the city’s Economic Development department that is inclusive of all businesses located within the city limits of Denton but primarily focused on small businesses. SHOP Denton’s goal is to
increase sales tax revenue by educating our community on the importance of shopping locally. We achieve this goal through marketing materials, social media and special events like Shop Small Saturday. Shop Small Saturday is on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, so it’s Nov. 25 this year. Shop Small Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities by getting out and shopping locally. Festivities will include special promotions from your favorite small businesses, a selfie contest, fun prizes and welcome centers at key locations around town. You can find complete details at www.ShopDentonTexas.com and get updates on Facebook by liking @ShopDentonTexas and on Instagram by follow-
ing #ShopDentonTexas. You have the ability to shape our city by choosing where to spend your money on goods and services. We invite you to join in and
#ShopSmallDenton on Nov. 25! L. CAROLINE BOOTH is the director of economic development for the city of Denton. Contact her at 940-
349-7751 or Caroline.Booth @cityofdenton.com. City of Denton economic development specialist Christina Davis contributed to this column.
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ith so much of Denton’s improved property exempt from ad valorem taxes, the revenue from local sales tax collections is vital to providing essential municipal services. I’ve never understood why some folks would rather help fund police and fire protection, pave the streets and maintain soccer fields for nearby cities, which is what we do when we don’t shop in Denton. The sales tax assessment in area cities may or not be the same amount, and could be helping fund efforts to promote competing economic development initiatives. As we approach the traditional holiday shopping season, I urge Denton citizens to support local merchants. Avoid traffic congestion and the resulting air pollution. Most important, pay the salaries of our own ambulance technicians.
What’s coming up for the chamber
Jeff Moseley, former Denton County judge and head of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development & Tourism, will be the featured speaker during the Denton Chamber of Commerce’s membership luncheon Friday, Dec. 8 at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denton. Moseley is now the chief executive officer of the Texas Association of Business, which is based in Austin. TAB is structurally similar to a local chamber but primarily functions as an advocate of statelevel business issues. He has headed the Greater Houston Partnership, a combined chamber of commerce and economic development organization, and served on the Texas Department of Transportation Commission. Medical City Denton will serve as the sponsor. Members will receive a brief update on current and future chamber initiatives, economic development projects and progress on the convention center.
Preparing for the future of the chamber
A Leadership Denton graduation project from 2010 noted that the average age in Denton tends to be much younger, primarily as a result of its two universities. Conducting business transactions also has expanded beyond traditional brick-and-mortar establishments. Innovative production and purchasing procedures, combined with the continued specialization of area creative groups, have resulted in competition in the form of increased trade associations. Subsequently, a major goal in our five-year strategic plan
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is to identify needs and issues of the next generation of po-
tential chamber members. One of the main focuses of the next six months will be to determine how to keep the Denton chamber relevant to its existing members while developing a structure that is attractive to and viable for future professionals. CHUCK CARPENTER is president of the Denton Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at dcoc@ denton-chamber.org.
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Happy fall from the Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce! Growth continues to soar in the area, and our chamber is growing right along with the families and businesses. We would like to welcome our newest businesses: Southern Style Events, TechMillennial, Rose Insurance Group, Pat Fallon for Texas Senate, Courtney Morgan Photography, Velocity Physical Therapy, and Davis Dance Studio. We recently celebrated ribbon-cuttings at Tractor Supply Cross Roads and the Eagle Scout project of Julian Prickett of Troop 361, which was the Ceremonial Flag Retirement Fire Pit, located behind Krugerville City Hall. That ribbon-cutting was sponsored by 380Guide/380News. Our members offer many opportunities to shop for your holiday gifts at establishments such as Winterhaven’s Crowning Touch, Turquoise Cactus and Southern Style Events, just to name a few. Come on up to Western Son Distillery on Saturday, Dec. 2 for its Carols and Barrels event; wear your ugly Christmas sweater and listen to live music. And on Friday, Dec. 8, join us at Pard’s Western Shop for its Holiday Open House. For more information on our member businesses, check out our online directory at www.aubreycoc.org, and as always, please join us the third Wednesday of each month at Prairie House Restaurant for our monthly networking luncheons. Thanksgiving is a time to give, a time to love and a time to reflect on the things that matter most in life. From all of us at the Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce, happy
Sanger Area Chamber of Commerce
Congratulations to McDowell Safety and Health Services for being the selected as Business of the Month for November. At McDowell Safety & Health Services, they work with you to develop and implement a safety and health plan that will provide protection for your employees and assets and peace of mind for you. In the past month, the Sanger Area Chamber of Commerce added several new members: Automated Safety Towing Systems; Blue Diamond Cleaning Solutions LLC; Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas; Breathe Deep; Jared Patterson for Texas House; and Jo Huffhines Farmers Agency. A ribbon-cutting welcoming Health Improvements was held Oct. 27, and the chamber will be cutting the ribbon for Axis Chiropractic on Nov. 27. The annual Safe Spook event was held Oct. 31, allowing trick-or-treaters to visit local businesses as well as participate in a costume contest. It was a huge success even though it was a little wet and chilly. The first Health & Wellness Day event, “Your Health is a Walk in the Park,” took place Nov. 4 with Moncrief Cancer Institute having a full day of cancer screenings and Carter BloodCare taking blood donations. Numerous local medical and wellness businesses were there to offer services to the community. Those businesses were: Aflac, Anytime Fitness, Axis Chiropractic, Camp Gladiator, D&D Sports Med, Habern Orthodontics, Healthy Improvements, McDowell Safety & Health, Ministering Touch Massage Therapy, Out-
stretched Arms, Sanger Dental, Sanger Eye Care, Stars Massage Clinic, Texas Sunset Family Chiropractic, United Healthcare-Linda Berman, and West Functional Chiropractic. Here are just a few of the many businesses in Sanger gearing up for Black Friday and other holiday specials. Come on out and see what’s happening: ■ Team Avery Realtor — List your home with us and receive a free home inspection ■ Southern BBQ — Holiday meals available ■ Animal Hospital on Milam Road — 15 percent off dental cleanings and 15 percent off senior wellness visit with blood work ■ Axis Chiropractic — Bring this ad into our office and get an evaluation for $40 instead of $90 ■ Buzy Body Tumble & Cheer — Sign up for Cheer Explosion’s winter cheer team and perform at halftime of a varsity game. Come twice a week to tumble or dance at Buzy Body for just $80 per month. Purchase a gift certificate for tumbling or dance, and recipient pays no membership fee. ■ D&L Farm and Home — Offering seasonal gift items such as wild bird products, children’s toys and doormats. They also stock Traeger grills, pellets, sauces, rubs and accessories as well as a variety of high-quality pet food, treats and toys ■ Ministering Touch Massage Therapy — Book your massage for Nov. 24 and get a 20 percent discount on massage gift certificates ■ Bolivar St BBQ — Black Friday Relax Special: Let us do the cooking! Come by for a free dessert and treat yourself to some great barbecue after a hard day of shop-
ping ■ Red Barn Quilt Store — Black Friday Super Sales. Sit-N-Sew Friday 10 a.m. to midnight, $10 ■ Sugar Ridge Winery — Black Friday special: half-
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Group releases ‘worst toys’ list BOSTON (AP) — Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys. World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH, unveiled the top 10 list Tuesday at a Boston children’s hospital. The nonprofit organization has been releasing the lists for more than four decades to inform consumers about potential toy hazards. The Toy Association, an industry trade group, dismissed the list as “needlessly frightening” to parents because all toys sold in the U.S. meet “rigorous” safety standards. It also criticized the organization for not testing the toys it focuses on. National toy safety standards are “inadequate,” as can been seen by the high number of recalls each year, WATCH president Joan Siff said. The nonprofit says there have been at least 15 recalls representing nearly 2 million units of dangerous toys since December. Siff stressed the toys named each year have common hazards that the group sees year after year. She pointed to the Pull Along Pony by Tolo Toys that’s marketed for children over age 1 but has a 19-inch cord. “We don’t need a testing lab to know that’s a strangulation and entanglement hazard,” she said. With consumers increasingly doing their Christmas shopping online, it’s more important than ever to have the most current information about the safety of a toy online, Siff said. For example, Hallmark’s Disney-themed Itty Bittys plush stacking toy for babies was recalled over the summer due to fabric pieces that posed a choking hazard. But the toy still is readily available online because many web sales — par-
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roller skates but pose a burn risk because they include “real sparking action.” And Slackline is a tightrope-like device by Brand 44 meant to be anchored between two trees that WATCH says can lead to severe injury and death.
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Unemployment Update National numbers By Martin Crutsinger | AP WASHINGTON — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly to a still-low 239,000 in the most recent week of data available. Meanwhile, the four-week average fell to a fresh 44-year low, evidence that the job market remains healthy. Applications for jobless aid rose by a seasonally adjusted 10,000 last week after having fallen by 5,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, which smooths out week-toweek volatility, dropped to 231,250, a decline of 1,250 from the previous week. It was the lowest level for the fourweek average since it stood at 227,750 on March 31, 1973. Applications for unemployment benefits are a proxy for layoffs. The level of unemployment benefits has been below 300,000 for more than two years, a stretch not equaled in more than four decades. The government reported that employers added 261,000 jobs last month, in part a rebound from two devastating hurricanes, as many businesses in Texas and Florida re-opened. The unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent, nearly a 17-year low.
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The following sales permits were issued by the state comptroller’s office for October. The list includes the owner, name of business and address within ZIP codes 75068, 76201, 76205, 76207, 76208, 76209, 76210, 76226, 76227, 76249, 76258, 76259 and 76266. 75068 Sloan’s BBQ, LLC, Big Daddy’s Ribs and BBQ, 102 Lobo Lane, Little Elm Ronald E. Williams, East Coast Directors, 2050 FM423, Apt. 501, Little Elm GC John’s Marketing, LLC, Flavor For Real, 405 Windridge Drive, Little Elm Maggie Lynn, Mag’s Tees, 2317 Evening Song Drive, Little Elm Olga Beatriz Campbell, Olga Campbell, 111 Lakeside Lane, Little Elm Atika Khan, Amara’s Creations, 14525 Logan Springs Drive, Little Elm Happy Homes Concierge LLC, Happy Homes Concierge, 14524 Little Anne Drive, Little Elm JoJo’s Clean Bees LLC, JoJo’s Clean Bees, 1925 Joe Pool Drive, Little Elm Atika Khan, Orion Creations, 2709 Sequoia Drive, Little Elm JL Chandler Enterprises, LLC, Red’s Laundry, 1000 E. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm Blanca Edis Castleberry, Rivera Sparkling Cleaning, 1428 Sun Breeze Drive, Little Elm Jose Gabriel Gonzalez Solis, Taquito y Mas, 829 Creekside Drive, Little Elm Camille L. Cochran, The Cocooners, 14224 Sparrow Hill Drive, Little Elm James Richard Mittelstadt, Dream Home Construction, 925 Freesia Drive, Little Elm Kristy & Jeffrey Vivian, Drone It Network, 701 Stowe Lane, Lakewood Village Micaela Redmond, M.Red Design, 2409 Lakebend Drive, Little Elm Pink Couch Studios LLC, Pink Couch Studios, 1150 E. Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 200, Little Elm Platinum DFW Landscape Services LLC, Platinum DFW Landscape Services, 731 Majestic Oaks Drive, Oak Point
Nikita Kane, That Dream You Dream, 2825 Waterfall Lane, Little Elm Alicia A. Garland, Alicia Scott Designs, 1513 Fieldstone Drive, Little Elm Nazim Dhali, Asian Grocery and Halal Meat, 2763 E. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm Amy Beth Bosley, Lionstoke, 2012 Apple Drive, Little Elm Little House Industries LLC, Little House Industries, 610 Ruby Court, Oak Point Pamela Zinszer, Main Street Oz Hair Salon, 550 Naylor Road, Oak Point Melody McNulty, 3Twelve, 653 Calliopsis St., Little Elm 76201 Lauren E. Vanderpool, Book Scout, 811 Anderson St., Denton Ki N Ji LLC, Lee Cleaners, 1618 W. University Drive, Denton The Art and Science of Animal Training, The Art and Science of Animal Training, 1017 Alice St., Denton Wildflower Art Studio, LLC, Wildflower Art Studio, 715 N. Locust St., Denton ASAP Glass & Door LLC, ASAP Glass & Doors, 512 N. Locust St. Discount Trophies, Etc. LLC, Discount Trophies, Etc., 729 N. Locust St. Eduardo Gomez, Centro Hispano Inc., 1018 W. University Drive, Denton DTLR, Inc., DTLR, 2520 W. University Drive, Ste. 1160, Denton Service Specialist LLC, Service Specialist, 212 W. Sycamore St., Denton 76205 Raylee Whitney Trawick, Arty Party, 816 Chapel Drive, Denton Denton County Friends of the Family, Denton County Friends of the Family, 920 Dallas Drive, Denton
The following names (followed by DBA and address) were posted in October at the Denton County Clerk’s office.
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Jongsung Lee, AAA Hope Logistics Inc., 7302 Chittamwood Court Salim Ahmed, GEO Travels USA, 7512 Sweetgate Lane JeeDo Inc., Sushi Cafe, 1115 W. Hickory St., Suite 117 Mohammed Alqaysi, Babylon Shawerma, 2550 Stockbridge Road #17204 Durant & Allen LLC, Classic Chrysler, 4984 S. Interstate 35E Durant & Allen LLC, Classic Dodge, 4984 S. Interstate 35E Durant & Allen LLC, Classic Jeep, 4984 S. Interstate 35E William R. Allen, Classic Mazda, 4984 S. Interstate 35E William R. Allen, Classic Ram, 4984 S. Interstate 35E William Arana, Supreme Hail Repair, 901 Summer Oaks Drive Samuel and Freddie Carlos, Iglesia Pentecostese Restaurado Mana, 5301 E. McKinney St. #171 Pedro Avila, Avila’s Remodeling, 3503 Woodthrush Lane Kenneth Blevins, Turf Team, 5017 Teasley Lane, Suite 145-69 Suzanne Fickey & Elisha Bomar, Property Search Assocaties, 3730 E. McKinney St., Suite 130 Brent Brimberry, Diverseo, 2033 Lakecrest Lane Glenda Marroquin & Arthur Landin, Erika’s Catering, 4937 Stuart Road, Lot 69 Kenneth Davis, Empowered Outreach Church, 909 N. Loop 288, Suite 300 Corey Driver, C&L Escort Services, 3412 Meadowlark Lane EquiStar Builders, Container King Builders, 7833 Interstate 35 Taylor Eubank, Absolute Maid Service, 1008 Autumn Oak Drive Michael Farley, Farley Pool Designs, 3001 Forrestridge Drive Stephanie Ferrer, Stephanie Ferrer Notary Services, 2808 Desert Drive Michael Friend, Michael Friend, 4101 Autumn Path Road Li Galo, Denton Piano Lessons, 1503 Linden Drive Good Samaritan Society, ARC Home Healthcare, 2277 N. Masch Branch Road Garrett Graves, Stoneglass Marketing, 719 Wainwright St. Garrett Graves, Pro Smart Mailing Solutions, 719 Wainwright St. Carolyn Griffin, C.G.’s Bookkeeping & Accounting, 1508 Santos Drive Sharon Hall, All American Shine, 2109 Spur Court Isaiah Terell Harris, Israel Latrell Harris and Edwin Alvin McCoy, Double Vizzions Media & Audio, 3000 N. Bell Ave. Christopher Howell, Coffee Monster Music, 3209 Avon Drive
Stewart Humphreys, Innovative Tactical Solutions Group, 7404 Chaucer Drive Ravion Ingram, Tribez Clothing Company, 7317 Edwards Road Bryan Sanchez, Bryan’s Remodeling, 2111 Emerson Lane Colby Kizer, Kizer Construction Servics, 2102 N. Trinity Road Dorothy A. Kuhn, The Successibles, 111 E. University Drive, Suite 105-132 Brandoo Leyva, Alexander’s Pressure Wash, 4937 Stuart Road #69 Kenneth Joseph McGovern, KJ Realty, 10109 Cypress Street Natetisha McIntosh, LashUp BrowDown, 2640 W. University Drive #1266 Salomon Mensah, Kings Enterprise, 3500 E. McKinney St. Apt. 4112 Tamika Moore, For Trust Financial Solutions, 624 W. University Drive #143 Tamika Moore, MyDigitalFtprint, 624 W. University Drive #143 Allison Oliver, Tried and True Salon, 2640 W. University Drive Michael G. Owen, ULTRALIQ dba Geaux-Rilla Ball, 112 Pear Tree Place Thalissa Williams & Jeniece Paige, 2 Fit Denton, P.O. Box 51181 Patrick Scott Patterson, Video Game Preservation, 1900 Sam Bass Blvd. Unit J2 Kellsey Potts, Copperline Ink, 424 Woodland St. Mylea& Gregory Pyle, Firefly Digital Agency, 1501 S. Loop 288, Suite 104 Jason Radcliff, NTPC Tech Solutions, 3120 N. Bell Ave. Adriana Reyes, Younger Than Average, 1412 Val Verde Court Victorious Life Consulting, Come Out Stronger Divorce Support and Mentorship, 1501 S. Loop 288, Suite 104 Victor Rodriguez, VR Moving Company and Delivery Services, 816 Allen St. Russell Serna, North Texas Graphics, 908 S. Locust St. Ronald Slovacek, Residential Construction Services, 1515 Broadway St. Spencer Strauss, Southern Pines Remodeling, 729 Del Drive Aleksander Sula, Sula Inc., 2430 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 136 Todd Takashige, All Hair Cut, 2601 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 150 Klis Thornton, FeatherBrush Wall Art, 110 Anna St. Jon Robert Trimble, JR Electric, 1506 Stratford Lane Elise Wattman, Navidad Productions, 900 W. Congress St. Elise Wattman, New Beat Podcast, 900 W. Congress St.
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Nguyen Capital Holdings, Nguyen Capital Holdings, 2220 San Jacinto Blvd. Suite 345, Denton Global Horizons LLC, Global Horizons, 28 Rolling Hills Circle, Denton Hickory & Rail Ventures LLC, Hickory & Rail Ventures, 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128, Denton Otis L. Perkins, Lil Danger Racing, 820 Skylark Drive, Denton Marshall Taylor Homes LLC, Marshall Taylor Homes, 2309 Hollyhill Lane, Denton Trista Marie Edwards, Marvel + Moon, 1113 Sandpiper Drive, Denton Takara Hibachi Express LLC, Takara Hibach Express, 1025 Dallas Drive, Denton 76207 Jason T. Radcliff, NTPC Tech Solutions, 3120 N. Bell Ave., Denton Innovative Construction Solutions Inc., Innovative Construction Solutions, 9999 Interstate 35, Denton 76208 Busted Nut Cycles LLC, Busted Nut Cycles, 1406 N. Corinth St., Suite 411, Corinth Clarity Enterprises Inc., Clarity Enterpriese Inc., 2832 Geesling Road #150, Denton Francisco Cuenca, Lissy’s Snacks, 4200 E. University Drive, Denton Springer Lawn Care LLC, Springer Lawn Care LLC, 3216 Deerfield Drive, Denton 76209 Crossroads Cocktails & Karaoke, LLC, Crossroads Cocktails & Karaoke, 1125 E. University Drive, Denton International Restaurant Group LLC, Grandy’s, 3450 E. McKinney St., Denton Suzanne L. Evans, Suzanne Evans, 3025 Broken Bow St., Denton 76210 Danielle Bailey, Designs Old & New, 1707 Pine Hills Lane, Corinth Emily Hart Davis, Emily Davis Photography, 45 Oak Forrest Circle, Denton Tada, Inc., Gear On, 1905 Pavilion Lane, Denton Ronny Crownover Middle School PTA, Ronny Crownover Middle School PTA, 1901 Creekside Drive, Corinth
Salon Rene, Inc., Salon Rene, 3691 FM2181 Suite B, Corinth Vastu Construction, LLC, Vastu Construction, 912 Wintercreek Drive, Denton 5 Dudes Golf LLC, 5 Dudes Golf, 1407 Ballycastle Lane, Corinth Blue Gee LLC, Blue gee, 9062 Teasley Lane, Denton Michael J. Swartz, Audio Video Solutions, 3505 Ranchman Blvd., Denton Kathryn Ingrid Wold Sparks, Kathryn IW Sparks, 906 Kilkenny Court, Denton Lauren Norris, Able Boutique, 2606 Stone Creek Lane, Corinth Diana and Edmar Jimenez, JP Services, 933 Springcreek Drive, Denton Ronald C. Lahvic, LaLaLand, 3413 Briercliff Drive, Denton Kelle Weaver, Offroad Dsert Eagle, 3115 Topanga Canyon Drive, Corinth Sharla J. Boles, Foggy Notions, 7204 Sunburst Trail, Denton 76226 Bolin Energy Trading LLC, Bolin Energy Training, 819 Indian Trail, Argyle CH Tractor Leasing LLC, CH Tractor Leasing, 10501 Fincher Road, Arygle Justin Davis, CTG Firearms, 720 E. FM407, Argule Chad S. Martin, Down Home Products, 685 Bradford St., Lantana GDPS Enterprises, LLC, I Am Brand Tees, 1517 5th St., Argyle Michelle Skeen, JM Skeen Interiors, 610 Sunset Court, Argyle W&D Equipment Rentals, LLC, W&D Equipment Rentals, 2 Baines Court, Argyle Jennifer Marie Thatcher, Jenn Thatcher Art, 324 Boonesville Bend, Argyle Michelle McCracken Wetteland, MW ENT, 352 Old Justin Road, Argyle Tavia Montana, Little Nugget Apparel, 8508 Silverleaf Circle, Lantana Daisy Lynn Graves, Type 1 Gaming, 1716 6th St., Northlake GES Specialty Advertising LLC, GES Specialty Advertising, 1701 Kaiser Court, Argyle
Reprise Design Unlimited LLC, Reprise Design Unlimited, 1500 Schober Road, Northlake 76227 Adhurim Gllareva, Luigi’s Pizza & Pasta, 928 S. U.S. Highway 377 Suite 210, Aubrey Rana Jet, LLC, Rana Jet, 7409 Shady Oak Drive, Aubrey Laura E. Scott, Shop Southern Daisy, 1044 Marietta Lane, Savannah Braswell Cross Country Booster Club, Braswell Cross Country Booster Club, 26750 E. University Drive, Little Elm Jeffrey Wayne Preddy, Lonestar Mobile RV Repair, 26878 E. U.S. Highway 380, Little Elm RedBox Automated Retail, LLC, RedBox Automated Retail, 2401 U.S. Highway 380, Cross Roads Ronald and Nicole Gregory, Ron’s Lawns, 625 N. Main St., Aubrey Teresa L. Woodruff, Teresa Woodruff Cakes, 2127 Brewer Road, Aubrey Ashley Jordan, The Curl Bar, 27040 E. U.S. Highway 380 Apt. 6206, Aubrey Megan Nicole Pulis, Zesli, 1616 Goodwin Drive, Providence Village Hillary H. Abramson, Hillary Helene Jewlery, 1893 FM1385 #241, Aubrey Tarik Kasey Elkhatib, Hogan Crafts, 11450 U.S. Highway 380 Suite 130, Cross Roads Mini May Media, Inc., Mini May Media, 1908 Bridepart Drive, Providence Village Perk Solutions LLC, Perk Solutions, 822 Partridge Drive, Aubrey Rosalee Isabell Hammons, Rivet Rozy, 913 Glenview Drive, Aubrey Susan McCall, Silver Thread Creations, 1893 FM1385, Aubrey Chill at the Shores LLC, Chill at the Shores, 1920 Freedom Lane, Providence Village Tammie Seldon, Gracd By Design, 26850 E. U.S. Highway 380 Apt. 2305, Little Elm Katherine Howard, Haven Grace Boutique, 1025 Bruni Court, Savannah Uchennah Cletus Okafor, OKHauls, 8827 Eastwood Ave., Cross Roads
76249 Shelby Travis Smith, Back Porch Printing, 5131 Crystal Lake Ave., Krum 1173 Storage, Ltd. Co., 1173 Storage Ltd. Co., 16450 W. U.S. Highway 380, Krum Ballistick Billiards, LLC, Ballistick Billiards, 11555 W. U.S. Highway 380 Suite 105, Krum Emily Ann Gibson, Emily’s Custom Wreaths, 306 Cheyenne Trail, Krum Kasie L. Cater, Ranch 455 Scents & Sopas, 4700 Miller Road, Denton Sky Property Investments, Inc., Sky Investment Properties, 12456 FM1173, Krum 76258 EC Cummings & Sons LLC, EC Cummings & Sons, 416 W. Walcott St., Pilot Point Amanda Heather Richardson, Manman’s Caricatures, 10570 Cole Road, Pilot Point Pilot Point Feed Store, Inc., Pilot Point Feed Store, 1156 N. U.S. Highway 377, Pilot Point Sheryl R. Carr, Texas Residential Fire and Safety, 642 W. Aubrey St., Pilot Point 76259 Integrity Framiny & Drywall LLC, Integrity Framing & Drywall, 3562 Sweet Lee Lane Unit A, Ponder Primal LLC, Primal, 337 Chestnut Lane, Ponder 76266 Cedar Leisure Designs, LLC, Cedar Leisure Designs, 1602 Brook Glen Drive, Sanger Gro Pro Horticulture Services Inc., Gro Pro Horticulture Services Inc., Sanger Ricky Bishop, Jonie and the Girls Roasted Corn, 11888 FM2153, Sanger Emily Anne Loiselle, Zac’s Rac’s, 10200 Gregory Road, Sanger Donna Kay Lamar, A Crafty Basket, 108 Preston Drive, Sanger Barbara Chapman, French Ethereal Design & Photography, 3926 W. FM455 #58, Sanger Courtney J. Kennedy, The Yellow Door, 7100 Millcreek Court, Sanger Polly Morris, Pretty Gypsy Soap Company, 108 Maned Drive, Sanger
The following building permits were issued by the Denton Planning and Development department in October. Commercial alterations and commercial permits reflect the owner or tenant and the address of the business. Residential permits include the address of the home. CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPATION Wildflower Art Studio, 715 N. Locust St. Lee Cleaners, 1618 W. University Drive Denton EDC Management, 1710 N. Elm St. Angel Tree, 5800 N. Interstate 35 The Wright Firm LLP, 1517 Centre Place Drive, Suite 250 LV Asian Massage, 813 Sunset St. Grand Liquor, 124 W. Eagle Drive, Suite 104 The Liquor Outpost, 3969 Teasley Lane, Suite 100 The Liquor Outpost, 1010 W. University Drive COMMERCIAL ALTERATION Pipeline Services, 1200 S. Woodrow Lane, Suite 200 Texadelphia, 1120 W. Hickory St. Target, 1801 S. Loop 280, Suite 120 Goodwill Industries, 2030 W. University Drive Vitas Healthcare, 723 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 228 Wells Fargo, 101 S. Locust St. Enterprise Rentals, 1911 W. University Drive Planet Fitness, 2434 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 120 Allure Nail Bar , 415 W. University Drive, Suite 415 Pediatric Urgent Care Fort Worth, 2215 S. Loop 288, Suite 322 OT Denton, 112 W. Oak St.
COMMERCIAL TT of Denton, 4100 S. Interstate 35E Robson Ranch, 9622 Robson Ranch Road Ranch View Surgical Hospital, 7214 Crawford Road Denton Central Appraisal District, 3901 Morse St. Denton High School West, 1007 Fulton St. Denton High School Addition, 5101 E. McKinney St. RESIDENTIAL Ameri-Mex Contractors, 724 Jannie St. Audra Oaks Home Builbers, 2712 Beverly Drive Bloomfield Homes 4501 Stillhouse Hollow Lane 4605 Stillhouse Hollow Lane 4709 Stillhouse Hollow Lane Dan Fette Builders, 2216 Alamo Place Design Classics, 7600 Oak Creek Lane
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