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The Denton Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Cigar Frogs to its membership.

TWU regents approve construction projects Updates to Guinn and Stark halls at Texas Woman’s University will continue next spring, as the TWU Board of Regents approved allocating $1.5 million for the project in a meeting on Nov. 1. The regents also approved a contract between TWU and Key Custom Homes Inc. to construct a new University House. While the residence halls project would not start until May, Richard Nicholas, vice president of student life, said this will give the university time to bid the job and hire a contractor. “Partly, we need to do this because of the age of the buildings, and partly to continuously improve the spaces that our students live in,” he said. The project will renovate the dorm rooms on five to seven floors of the residence halls, depending on the costs, Nicholas said. This past summer, crews renovated three floors in Guinn Hall. On each floor, crews will replace the floors and remove the built-in furniture, refinish the walls and change out light fixtures, Nicholas said. “It’s not a special project, just ongoing improvement for the largest residence halls,” he said. Currently, there are about a dozen floors that need to undergo the renovations, but because the spaces are partially occupied in the summer, there is no way to renovate all of the floors at that time, Nicholas said. Another construction project is on the horizon for TWU, as the regents also approved a $500,000 contract between the school and Key Custom Homes for the construction of the new University House. 11/3

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County locales near top of safest city list Little Elm, Flower Mound

and Corinth were recently named some of the safest places to live in the entire Lone Star State. SafeWise, a home security resource, used data from the FBI’s Crime in the U.S. report and its own research to compile a list of the 50 safest cities in Texas with 20,000 residents or more. The company released the list last week. While the Tarrant County town of Colleyville was No. 1 on the list, Denton County’s Little Elm came in at No. 2. According to the FBI report, there were no murders, rapes or arson cases reported to Little Elm law enforcement in 2011. Town Manager Matt Mueller said he attributes the low crime rate to the fact that Little Elm, which has a population above 28,000, is a close-knit community. He said the town has landed on various lists regarding safety, and he thinks it’s a testament to the high standards the police force sets. “We strive to ensure the safety of our citizens, and making these lists is just reflective of the hard work we put into our city,” he said Friday. Flower Mound, which ranked fourth on the list, has a population of 67,825, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 estimate. The report shows Flower Mound had the state’s lowest overall crime rate in its population category — including the lowest property crime rate and the lowest violent crime rate. SafeWise’s survey shows only three robberies were reported in 2011. The city of Corinth came in ranked sixth. The FBI report reveals authorities were alerted to two robberies and 61 burglaries in 2011 in Corinth, which has slightly more than 20,000 residents, according to recent census estimates. City Council member Mike Amason said Corinth’s inclusion on the list proves Corinth police have made the city a safe place to live.

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Gavel Club hopes to train new public speakers A new club hoping to equip sixth- to ninth-grade students with skills for being successful public speakers and leaders conducted its first meeting in November at the Aubrey Area Library. The Aubrey Junior Gavel Club will meet each Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the library located at 226 Countryside Drive in Aubrey. Frankie West, club counselor for the group, said the club will be beneficial for shy students while teaching leadership skills for the outgoing students who have no problem with public speaking. The club also will teach students how to be humble as well as offer leadership skills. Activities will include learning to speak in public, acting, comedy skits, learning to listen to others, lead group discussions and develop leadership and communication skills, according to the club website. Society has changed significantly from when she was a child, West said, adding it’s a tougher world for today’s students. West said the Aubrey Junior Gavel Club is designed to empower youngsters to find their voices. “I hope that these are tomorrow’s leaders,” West said. “I think this will empower kids to speak up. “I hope that out of this we can get a few senators, CEOs, attorneys.” 11/5

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December 2013

Calendar of Events Association of Business Contingency Planners, North Texas Chapter has its monthly luncheon at H5 Colo at 12712 Park Central in Dallas. Cost is $35 per person. For more information, visit http://northtx. acp-international.com/index. php/events. Tuesday, Jan. 7, noon

Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce meets at the Prairie House Restaurant at 10001 E. Highway 380 in Cross Roads. Cost is $12 per person, reservations required. Call 940-3659781 or e-mail chamber@ aubreycoc.org Wednesday, Jan. 15, 11:30 a.m.

Denton Black Chamber of Commerce meets at the Denton Housing Authority, 1225 Wilson St. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6 p.m.

Index December 2013 | Vol. 9, No. 10 Publisher: Bill Patterson The contents of this free publication are copyrighted by Denton Publishing Company, 2008, a subsidiary of A.H. Belo Corp. (www.ahbelo.com, NYSE symbol: AHC), with all rights reserved. Reproduction or use, without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited. Denton Business Chronicle is published monthly by Denton Publishing Company, 314 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201. E-mail: drc@dentonrc.com

Jonathon Fite | 4 Other Enterprising Voices | 4, 17 Mixers | 6, 10 Ribbon Cuttings | 2, 7, 9 Business Spotlight | 16 Monthly News Roundup | 2 Vital Statistics | 19-23

On the cover: Knit motifs, like those on the Fair Isle ornaments from Land of Nod, evoke the holiday season’s sentiments of warmth and comfort.

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Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce meets at Quality Inn & Suites, 1500 Dallas Drive.

Hickory Creek Planning and Zoning Commission meets at Hickory Creek Town Hall, 1075 Ronald Reagan Ave.

NAACP, Denton County Chapter meets at the Denton Housing Authority, 1225 Wilson St. Thursday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.

International Institute of Business Analysis, Dallas Chapter, meets at BravoTech, 4835 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1000 in Dallas. For speaker and topic information, visit http://dallas.iiba.org/index.php/ home.

Oakmont Women’s Club meets at St. Andrews Room at Oakmont Drive in Corinth. Annual membership is $25. For more information, call 940-321-5599 or visit, http://oakmontwomens club.org. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m.

Investment Perspective Seminar hosted by financial adviser Kathy R. Bauer of Edward Jones at 2925 Country Club Road, Suite 101A, in Denton. Coffee is complimentary. Call 940-482-0280 Thursday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m.

Krum Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly meeting at Northstar Bank, 1101 E. McCart St. in Krum. Call 940-482-6093. Thursday, Jan. 2, 6:30 p.m.

SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free management counseling for prospective new business owners or existing businesses in trouble. Confidential, one-hour counseling sessions are available by appointment every Wednesday at the Denton South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Call 940-349-8752 to make an appointment. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 3, 7:30 a.m.

Denton League of United Latin American Citizens No. 4366 meets at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave.

Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce meets for coffee at Corinth City Hall, 3300 Corinth Parkway. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7:15 a.m. in Corinth Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7:15 a.m. in Corinth

Saturday, Dec. 21, 9:30 a.m.

Denton Planning and Zoning Commission meets in the council chambers at City Hall, 215 E. McKinney St. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m.

Lake Cities Netweavers business networking group meets at Sidewalk Bistro off Interstate 35E at 2900 Wind River Lane. For more information e-mail info@lcnetweavers.com. Thursday, Jan. 9, 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 8 a.m.

Electronics Recycling will take place at The Cupboard Natural Foods and Café, 200 W. Congress St. Drop off any computer-related equipment. Fees may apply for certain items. For a list of accepted items and for more information, visit computer crusher.com. Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 a.m.

Small-Business Breakfast meeting sponsored by the North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center at the Denton Chamber of Commerce, 414 W. Parkway St. A light breakfast is provided. Call 940380-1849. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7:15 a.m.

Women Business Owners of Denton County will hold its monthly luncheon at Los Toreros, 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 134. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 11:30 a.m.

Lake Dallas 4A Economic Development Corp. meets at Lake Dallas Municipal Complex.

meeting by e-mailing Jenna Duncan

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Lake Dallas 4B Community Development Corp. meets at Lake Dallas Municipal Complex. Monday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.

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Still seeking outstanding values While our “Seeking Values” article did not map out each and every portfolio holding in our fund, we hinted at some key sectors we thought were downright cheap. (Remember, we like to shop in the bargain bin, rather than the glitzy-glam world of “hot stocks.”) So what happened to those sectors over the past year? Well you may recall we outlined three key areas of particular interest. Let’s review them each in turn. We first highlighted opportunities in the energy patch: “...As the advent of vast new shale gas and oil resources turns America into an energy superpower, intriguing energy bargains have emerged. Our partnership owns several companies whose stocks are trading at deep discounts to the oil and gas assets that they own.” Many players in the energy sector performed handsomely

in 2013. Within our own portfolio, we witnessed some spectacular results as the management teams began unlocking and the market began rewarding the value we saw. Still, many of these stories are far from over and a good portion of our portfolio is still allocated to this energy revolution arena. The next area we highlighted was small cap industrials with European exposure: “... Even as an industrial renewal is taking place in America, the shares of many well-managed, midcap U.S. manufacturers have become cheap amid fears about their exposure to Europe’s economic slowdown, a consequence of the sovereign debt crisis in Greece, Spain and Italy. We have found several companies that we believe are taking decisive measures to improve efficiency and restore profitability in Europe. Once

Point, click and contract?

relatively few adhesion contracts that they believed resulted in unfair surprise or oppression. In a similar vein, many retailers now use shorter contracts when you make in-store purchases that incorporate the terms and conditions that are spelled out on a company’s website. Sometimes the terms are even emailed to you when or shortly after you pay for the product. These types of agreements are also finding favor in the courts. Under Texas law, unsigned documents may be incorporated into the parties’ contract by referring in the signed document to an unsigned document. The language used to refer to the incorporated documents is not important as long as the signed document “plainly refers” and not just mentions the incorporated document. For example, if a written contract signed in the store plainly refers you to the terms and conditions on the store’s website, those terms and condition have likely become part of

“You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.” — Warren Buffett

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owards the end of each year, media outlets of all sorts compile their various year-end reviews. We get Time’s Person-of-the-Year and CNN’s top Situation Room events. Ryan Seacrest will count down the year’s top 100 songs. It’s also a good time to reflect on what happened in the markets — from where things have come and to where they might go. A lot has changed in our fund’s portfolio over the last year. Readers may recall, in what now seems very prescient,

Alagood & Cartwright, P.C., is pleased to announce the addition of Samuel B. Burke to our firm. Sam is a board certified civil trial attorney. Sam is also such a nice guy, he agreed to help me out this month in preparing this article. So without any further adieu, here are a few pearls of wisdom from Mr. Burke about online shopping.

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ore and more of us are doing our shopping online for the holidays. Much of the time, before the sale is completed, we are asked to check a box that says something like “agree to terms and conditions.” Occasionally, if you are like most people, you’ll scroll down the tiny box skimming the tiny print that is there. Then, you click on the box and move on to complete

Jonathon FITE | an article written a year ago titled “Seeking Outstanding Values.” At the time, Mr. Obama had just been re-elected and the markets capped off what had been a pretty decent run in 2012 with a year-end pull back of about 8 percent or so. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things — just enough to blow off a little of the froth. Even so, our partnership exited 2012 fully invested because we were able to find plenty of bargains.

Samuel BURKE | the purchase. Well, you didn’t really read those terms and conditions, are you bound by them anyway? The short answer is “probably yes.” These point and click contracts, where the individual consumer has no opportunity to negotiate the terms, are sometimes referred to as adhesion contracts. An adhesion contract is a standardized contract form that offers goods or services to consumers on essentially a “take

it or leave it” basis without giving consumers realistic opportunities to negotiate terms. If the consumer wants the product, the consumer cannot purchase it unless, as in the case of most internet sales, they check the box that they agree to the terms and conditions that the seller is offering. Some people have heard — or have the knee-jerk reaction — that adhesion contracts are not enforceable. This is generally not true. As the Texas Supreme Court has repeatedly said, an agreement is not negated because one party had a better bargaining position. Adhesion contracts will be enforced unless the contract results in unfair surprise or oppression. To constitute unfair surprise and oppression the circumstances have to be extreme. Texas courts have found

the market realizes this, we expect these stocks to perform very well...” From a sector perspective, this call probably performed the best overall in 2013. The stocks of many of these companies are up 50 percent, 100 percent or more from this time last year. The combination of some stabilization in Europe combined with disciplined management teams at the helms of fundamentally strong business proved to be a potent combination for investors this year. In our own portfolio, we saw several companies that were once beaten down and hated, become Wall Street darlings again. What were once undervalued opportunities, in many cases, are now overvalued speculations that we no longer hold in our portfolio. Lastly, we commented that: “...We are also finding dominant information technology companies trading at bargain

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your agreement with the store whether you have read them or not. The moral of the story is this. Be careful where you point and click. For major purchases, you should actually read, not simply scroll through, the terms and conditions. If you see a reference in an in-store agreement to additional terms and conditions on the website, ask to see the website terms before signing the agreement. Now more than ever, we have options on where and from whom we purchase goods and services. If you think the terms and conditions of a point and click contract are outrageous, take your business elsewhere. Your local merchants will be glad to see your smiling face this holiday season. SAMUEL B. BURKE is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law and may be reached at sburke@dentonlaw.com or at www.dentonlaw.com.


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Children of Divorce and the Holidays All parents have stress during the holidays, but for divorced parents, there is added stress. Knowledge is power and doing some very simple things can make a huge difference for divorced parents and their children during the holidays. Much has been written about divorce and how to handle post-divorce situations such as the holidays, but it is the practicality of implementing most suggestions that is the problem. This article will give divorced parents some practical and effective suggestions for making the holidays more enjoyable and comfortable for their children. After 20 years of practicing family law, I have had the opportunity to learn techniques to help clients from some of the best mental health professionals in the country. The Uncooperative Co-Parent Divorced parents who are unable to coparent with the other parent create a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety for their children, especially during the holidays. Negative comments about the other parent’s home are simply never appropriate under any circumstances and create extreme discomfort for children. It is a parental instinct to rush to a child’s side to comfort them in times of need, but for some divorced parents, they are so bitter and angry toward the other parent that the bitterness and anger take over all sense of parenting. Divorced parents should never choose to create stress in their child and then send them on their way. Unfortunately this happens all the time. Children need to be encouraged when going with the other parent for the holidays and if not, the child will suffer, not the parents. It is no secret that one divorced parent cannot change the other, and trying to co-parent after divorce cannot be based on hope that the other parent will change. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: a divorced parent must parent their children with no expectation the other parent will change. Make Definite Plans The first thing to do for the best chance for holiday success is to plan the holidays in advance and inform the children of the plans. The unknown is more stressful for children, just as it is for adults. Can you imagine not knowing where you will be over the holidays, not knowing who you will see and not knowing what the plans are? No adult would be comfortable with this, and it is the same for

children, especially children of divorce. Parents should relay the holiday plans to the children. When the plans are relayed to the children, they will usually comment and ask questions about the plans. The most important aspect here is for the children to know the plans so they can start thinking about them. More questions and comments will arise, so the earlier the plans can be relayed to the children the better. This will give them ample time to express their feelings and ask questions. It is much better for the children to have enough time to deal with their feelings and ask questions rather than being taken by surprise. The more details the parent can give the children the better, such as who they will see, where they will go, how long they will be there, etc. It is best to be honest about the plans whether the parent thinks the children will have a negative reaction or not because surprise is the worst thing for the children. Start New Traditions Once the holiday plans are relayed to the children, the divorced parent should carefully plan and start new traditions. This will lay a new foundation for many holidays to come. Keeping old traditions that require the involvement of both divorced parents should be

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abandoned because keeping them will only create more stress for the children. Certainly, if an old tradition can be kept intact it should remain, but if it cannot it is best to replace it with a new one. And even if all old traditions can be kept, new ones should be added. New traditions should involve new ways to celebrate, new places to visit, new foods to prepare, new things to do, etc. By creating a fresh set of traditions the children will have new things to look forward to which will help them move forward from the past. Divorced parents should be prepared for some adjustment issues from the children with regard to the new traditions as this is only normal. Accept Expressions of Feelings Holidays for divorced parents take a great amount of creativity and empathy. It is very important to address the children’s emotions and let them vent about their feelings. They should be reassured that it is okay to express whatever they are feeling, and that their feelings are normal and natural. Family members should be prepared for such expressions of feelings from the children so they are not caught off guard. Studies show that children whose divorced parents get along with one another adapt much easier to new things post-divorce. If

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other about the holidays and gifts for the children. Unfortunately some divorced parents are unable to co-parent or communicate with their ex in a meaningful way. If this is the case, the cooperative parent must not expect the uncooperative parent to change, and simply make his or her own plans and move forward. Co-parenting is only as good as the weakest parent. Divorced parents who can share holidays together are unfortunately in the minority, but such parents have an incredible ability to co-parent and put their children first over their issues with each other. I have had the pleasure to observe such parents in my career and they are to be commended. I call them professional co-parents! However, if a divorced parent is dealing with an uncooperative co-parent, they should not stress because making the holidays a success for their children is absolutely possible. About the Author Charla Bradshaw is an accomplished family law attorney and Denton Managing Shareholder known for successfully summarizing some of the most difficult cases. She was listed among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas and rated one of the Best Woman Lawyers in North Texas by D Magazine in 2010. Ms. Bradshaw has made the list of Texas Super Lawyers published now by Thomson Reuters each year it has been chosen and is AV Peer Review (Top) Rated by MartindaleHubble. She is immediate past chair of the State Bar of Texas District 14 Grievance Committee and still serves as a member. She is immediate past president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. Ms. Bradshaw is a member of the Texas Family Law Council legislative committee, the Texas Family Law Foundation, the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, the Denton Bar Association and the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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The LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex, part of the Denton Independent School District, partnered with the Denton Chamber of Commerce to host a Career Planning Fair for students Nov. 6.

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basement prices...” Many of these companies did well in 2013. But like our stories in the energy sector, we believe these hold some of the best prospects for 2014 and beyond. We still own some of the best, high-quality technology companies in the world and have our eyes on a handful of others. Many of these companies’ stocks trade at prices we find very attractive. So, while several of the areas we found very attractive a year ago performed marvelously in 2013, what’s ahead? Well, we are holding much more cash today. This is less a market call — some say this market is still fairly valued, others say it is bubbly; we tend not to spend much time thinking about “the market” and focus more on the values available in individual names. But many of the values we

sought a year ago have played out and no longer offer outstanding opportunities today. That is why almost half our fund is in “cash” today. Ideally, a handful of companies will stumble when they report their year-end results shortly after the new year. This may provide us an opportunity to pounce on some unloved names. Or, maybe the “market” will turn dour for a few months. With margin debt at new all time highs (quick aside: margin debt is the money some investors borrow from their brokers to buy stocks — a great way to juice returns on the way up but a great way to lose a lot of money on the way down), any pullback in the broader market indices might provoke enough fear that lots of things go on sale again. Either of these scenarios would offer a great opportunity to put the cash we raised in 2013 back to work. But, since

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over half our fund is still invested in very attractive opportunities, 2014 may just see what we already own run up toward their intrinsic values. Regardless, investors should review their portfolios, understand from where they have come and continue to seek outstanding values. If an opportunity comes your way next week, then act with conviction. If nothing comes along, be content not to do anything.

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Holiday shopping on the rise

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Shoppers fill Golden Triangle Mall in Denton on Black Friday, Nov. 29.

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Retail sales are expected to increase 3.4 percent to 3.9 percent this year in the shortened holiday shopping season. National sales for November and December were already forecast to be higher than in recent years. Black Friday — the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving onslaught of shoppers looking for deals — spilled over into Thanksgiving Day, with some stores opening as early as 6 p.m instead of midnight or early Friday morning. It’s a major shift that local retailers hoped would increase

sales this holiday season. It was a strategy that, indeed, brought people in to shop early. At least a dozen major retailers -— most of them for the first time — opened on Thanksgiving instead of on Black Friday, which is typically the biggest shopping day of the year. WalMart, Toys R Us and other retailers said on Friday that Thanksgiving crowds were strong. At Golden Triangle Mall, only

one store opened last year on Thanksgiving evening. This year, about half the stores in the mall were open at 8 p.m. to keep up with the competition next door, said Matt Ludemann, who manages the mall at Loop 288 and Interstate 35E in Denton. “Last year, Sears did it and everyone else opened at midnight or after,” he said. “It’s significantly changed, and we’ll have more shoppers over a longer period of time. As one or two retailers did it, more followed suit, so they’re all available.” This appears to be a national trend, said Richard Last, a senior lecturer in merchandising and digital retailing at the University of North Texas.

“The store openings have been going this way for a few years now,” he said. “But the fact that so many have jumped on board for Thursday openings, that’s going to shift patterns to a degree.” Between more store hours and significant portions of the mall’s renovations now complete, Ludemann forecasted the mall would have more traffic. Crowds were strong, almost doubling on Thanksgiving Day and up by 5 percent on Black Friday, said Matt Ludemann, who manages the mall at Loop 288 and Interstate 35E. Mall traffic figures show an estimated 9,500 vehicles on Thanksgiving Day, up from 5,000 in 2012.

Those figures mirror national reports. Shopping on turkey day grew 27 percent over last year, with nearly 45 million shoppers nationwide, contributing to more than 141 million unique shoppers over the weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. On Friday, the numbers also were up year over year at 21,100 for 2013 and 20,200 for last year. “Everybody had a positive weekend,” Ludemann said. “Everyone’s tired but happy.” Store managers at Golden Triangle Mall reported higher sales than last year, many in the high single digits and some in double digits, he said. Some store managers reported they


were performing well compared to other locations. “Obviously, the consumer confidence is much higher here than across the country,” he said. Ludemann’s comment follows reports that sales were slightly down despite the crowds flocking to stores during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. Target, Macy’s and other retailers offered holiday discounts in early November and opened stores on Thanksgiving Day. It was an effort to attract shoppers before Black Friday. Those tactics drew bigger crowds during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, but failed to motivate Americans to spend. “The economy spoke loud and clear over the past few days,” said Brian Sozzi, CEO and chief equities strategist at Belus Capital Advisors. “We are going to see an increase in markdowns.”

HOLIDAY SALES PREDICTIONS The National Retail Federation projects a 3.9 percent increase to $602.1 billion in holiday sales this season as retailers pull in as much as 20 percent to 40 percent of their annual sales. The average increase for the past 10 years is 3.3 percent, according to a news release from the National Retail Federation. Holiday spending in November and December accounts for more sales than Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Easter and St. Patrick’s Day combined. The International Council of Shopping Centers is expecting a 3.4 percent hike in sales after the U.S. economy went through a mini-cycle slowdown the first three quarters of the year. According to Michael P. Niemira, chief economist with the International Council of Shopping Centers, while consumers’ moods might be a little subdued, overall holiday sales this year should outpace last year’s numbers. With leaner inventories, retailers should expect their prices and margins to remain stable, he said in a news release. Part of the uptick in sales is caused in part by the growing business of online shopping, Last

13 said. “It’s clearly a shift in spending that’s going on, and it looks now from all the best forecasts that online e-commerce buying will be up about 15 percent from last year, whereas overall retail is somewhere in the 3 to 5 percent range,” he said. “The other part of the equation is the stores that are using online effectively are using that same channel to drive store traffic up and are finding ways to benefit from the Internet and digital.” Though last year’s official holiday season lasted 32 days, this year’s 26 days are not expected to affect overall sales. The period has mattered less in recent years as the season expands to include not only Thanksgiving Day, but the day before and even days before that, officials with the International Council of Shopping Centers reported in the annual holiday forecast. Some retailers were planning late-night hours before Thanksgiving Day along with significant price cuts days before Black Friday’s launch of the busiest retail season. EARLY SHOPPING RESULTS According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers spent an average of $752.24 last year on gifts, decorations, food and more compared to $740.57 spent during the 2011 holiday season. Predictably topping the shopping list were gifts for family followed by candy and food, gifts for friends, decorations, cards and postage, gifts for others, gifts for co-workers and flowers. Local businesses also reported increased traffic on Black Friday compared to previous years, potentially because of the shift to earlier sales by national retailers. Strong traffic was also reported for Small Business Saturday. “We had a lot of traffic Friday and Saturday, and I thought it was a really positive few days,” said Claire Amano, owner of Serendipity on the Square. “I really felt like even on Friday, people were coming here.” Traffic was also strong at J.T. Clothiers, said co-owner Jimmy Tritt, who promoted sales and specials before Small Business Saturday — a relatively new promotion geared to promote shop-

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Holiday shoppers look around “The Courthouse Collection” on the Square in Denton mid-afternoon on Black Friday, Nov. 29. ping at locally-owned stores. Tritt said he hopes the shopsmall movement continues throughout the holiday season, as the day helps remind shoppers they don’t have to go to a large store to get what they want. “I hope that this is one of these deals where people understand that the small businesses in Denton need support,” Tritt said. “This is what Denton and smaller communities need all the time.” Amano said she thinks shoppers also felt a sense of urgency this holiday shopping weekend because of how late in the month Thanksgiving fell this year. “We’ve turned the corner, I think, and people are now really shopping with purpose,” she said. “They were coming with gift purchasing in mind, and I think that we lost since a bit with Thanksgiving being the latest it could possibly be ... so this was a pretty important weekend.” The early start appeared to pull sales forward. Black Friday sales fell 13.2 percent from the previous year to $9.74 billion, according to Chicago-based technology firm ShopperTrak. But combined spending over Thanksgiving and Black Friday rose 2.3 percent to $12.3 billion compared with a year ago. The survey underscores the challenges stores have faced since the recession began in late 2007. Retailers had to offer deeper discounts to get people to shop dur-

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A Toys for Tots drop-off box by a military HumVee sits in the food court at Golden Triangle Mall. ing the downturn, but Americans still expect those “70 percent off” signs now during the recovery. And stores may have only exacerbated that expectation this year. By offering bargains earlier in the season, it seems they’ve created a vicious cycle in which they’ll need to constantly offer bigger sales. Shoppers who took advantage of “holiday” deals before Thanksgiving may have deal fatigue and are cautious about buying anything else unless it’s heavily discounted. Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, said that the survey results only represent one weekend in what is typically the biggest shopping period of the year. The combined months of

November and December can account for up to 40 percent of retailers’ revenue. Overall, Shay said the trade group still expects sales for the combined two months to increase 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion. That’s higher than the 3.5 percent pace in the previous year. But to achieve that growth, retailers will likely have to offer big sales events. In a stronger economy, people who shopped early would continue to do so throughout the season. But analysts say that’s not likely to be the case in this still-tough economic climate. “It’s pretty clear that in the current environment, customers SHOPPING | CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


14 Cover Story REMAINING SHOPPING DAYS A five-day ice storm likely put a squeeze on holiday shopping for local businesses. “Weekends are big shopping days,� said Aimee Bissett, Denton’s economic development director, adding that the last few weeks before Christmas are some

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Edsco Fasteners on Worthington Drive in Denton is one of several manufacturers looking to ramp up production in 2014.

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The Denton-based manufacturer is looking to ramp up production next year of its specialty bolts, after investing this year in additional equipment, said Jeff Pieper, president of Edsco. “The company’s had a good year and has shown improvements in a lot of areas,” Pieper said. “We’re very optimistic about our opportunity to grow.” Edsco is not alone. Nationally, manufacturing in the U.S. grew nearly a full percentage point from October to November, the fastest pace in more than two years. And that good news is carrying over into Denton, said

Aimee Bissett, the city’s director for economic development. There has been ramped-up production in factories, and a boost in hiring and manufacturing orders nationwide. In Denton, some of the major manufacturers are hiring right now, including Tetra Pak and Consolidated Metco. Manufacturing activity in the U.S. has now expanded for six straight months after hitting a rough patch in the spring, according to the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers. The steady gains suggest that growth is remaining solid in the current October-December quarter.

The institute announced earlier this month that its index of manufacturing activity rose to 57.3. That was up from 56.4 in October and was the highest since April 2011. A reading above 50 signals growth. One component of the index, a measure of hiring, rose to its highest level in nearly 18 months. And a gauge of export orders reached its highest level in nearly two years. Overseas demand is benefiting from modest recoveries in Europe, Japan and China, according to ISM. Encouraging figures in ISM’s report, however, conflict with weaker recent data on factory activity, making it difficult to discern a clear trend, according

to Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR Inc. “We continue to believe that this indicator is overstating the health of the broader economy,” Shapiro told The Associated Press. For Peterbilt, Denton’s largest private employer, the trucking industry is not on the upswing like the national manufacturing industry, but it remains stable, said Derek Smith, a company spokesman. “Trucking has not seen the upsurge that manufacturing in general has because it relies on so many different market segments, but it’s still vibrant,” he said. “We’re still making what we need to make, but I wouldn’t

say it’s been a recent boom.” For example, businesses cut back on orders for long-lasting factory goods in October, according to a government report this month. Orders for durable goods, which are meant to last three years, fell 2 percent. A fall in aircraft demand drove the decline. But companies also spent less on machinery, computers and metal parts. The weak showing suggests that businesses might have been reluctant to order more goods during the 16-day partial government shutdown in October. JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaF Duncan.


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irst of all, we apologize for having to cancel the December membership luncheon due to recent inclement weather. We are working with the sponsor, the Denton Record-Chronicle, to determine an alternate date and location, probably in June. We will present the Small Business of the Year award for 2013 during the next Denton Chamber Membership Luncheon on Feb. 28. Tickets purchased for the December luncheon will be honored. There will be the 28th award presentation, which is an annual

Chuck CARPENTER | project sponsored by chamber’s Small Business Initiatives Committee, chaired by Erik Clark, with Wellspring Insurance Agency. Nomination forms for potential award recipients have been distributed to the general membership electronically. Of

interest, the very first Small Business Person of the Year was presented in 1986 to Roy Appleton, Jr., long-time general manager of the Denton RecordChronicle. Nearly 75 percent of the chamber’s current membership accounts employ less than five full-time employees, corroborating the spirit of this recognition as a testament to the free enterprise system. The 2012 award was presented to Judy Smith, the innovative owner of Rose Costumes. The individuals nominating Judy described her as “successfully unconventional” and a “walking billboard” for her busi-

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number of new businesses lured to Corinth. The city recently approved a resolution to adopt guidelines and criteria. Officials say that the abatements act as incentives to attract high-quality businesses by granting full or partial exemption from property taxes, and the policy must be approved every two years. Guy Brown, the Corinth Economic Development Corporation director, said there are no pending tax abatements, but he said he hopes to see that change next year. “We hope to use tax abatements and other incentives, including the city’s Economic Development Fund, to attract new business to Corinth during the next year,” he said. According to a city staff

report, there is no immediate impact on city revenue, but the city could “receive significant financial benefits from projects performed under the policy.” When cities undertake tax abatement, the two primary things they look at are the length of the abatement and the percentage of tax that would be abated, Brown said. “One thing to know is that for every $1 million of taxable value, the city collects about $6,000 in revenue,” Brown said in a recent council meeting. “So, if you had a $10 million project, that would be $60,000 in your revenue in the city’s general fund. If you were to abate 50 percent of that, the city would then collect $30,000.” Brown added that the Economic Development Corporation takes its responsibility seriously. The city and the corporation cannot gift proper-

ty, grants or tax abatements without taking the necessary steps, he said. “There is a process we have to go through,” he said. “There are economic qualifications, and tax abatements can be complicated and require a lot of resources from the staff and they directly affect the city’s general fund, so we want to be very judicious with tax abatements, even more so than some of the other incentives that we might provide.” Under the guidelines, there are several qualifications that a business must meet to receive a tax abatement. For a new business, it’s expected that no less than $2 million will be invested into the facility within three years of construction. The business will also be expected to create at least 10 full-time positions in the city. I

Denton explores planning issues Members of the Denton City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission over lunch on Nov. 4 nibbled the edges of problems the city has faced recently with redevelopment. Mayor Mark Burroughs opened and closed the meeting with prepared remarks, saying that he hoped the discussion would help move the group more toward a customer service position, rather than a regulatory position. He urged the group to seek clarification when the council’s direction isn’t clear. Through the course of the twohour meeting, commissioners and council members bemoaned the problems in city processes that have proved costly to Denton. Commissioner Frank Conner said the city is often paralyzed by

its inability to make exceptions to the rules, even when a rule appears to have created an unintended consequence. Although different members of the group described specific redevelopment projects that were lost and why, no one mentioned the most recent controversy: the commission’s denial this summer of a zoning change request by DATCU. DATCU has since announced it is considering a parcel of land in Corinth for its corporate headquarters. Most of the meeting involved a presentation by the city’s planning director on priority projects for the next three years. 11/6

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Vital Statistics BUILDING PERMITS The following building permits were issued by the Denton Planning and Development department in November. Commercial alterations and commercial permits reflect the owner or tenant and the address of the business. Residential permits include the address and the total valuation of the home. CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPATION Imperial Group MFG 4545 Airport Road Jong Jeon 1625 Scripture St. Maxwell Hammer 1701 W. Oak St. UNT Iconic State House 1607 W. Oak St.

COMMERCIAL ALTERATION Bed Bath and Beyond 2315 Texas Sunset Family, 324 Sunset St. Denton Community Heal 525 S. Locust St., No. 200 Great American Cookies 2201 S. I-35E, No. H1 Genesis 201 Coronado Drive John Crowder 985 S. I-35E Mark Martin 2832 Geesling Road, No. 150 Mayday Manufacturing 3100 Jim Christal Road New Americana Property 682 Bernard St. 682 Bernard St. 682 Bernard St. Salons By JC 2640 W. University Drive, No. 1266 T-Mobile 813 S. Elm St.

The Heart Hospital 2801 S. Mayhill Road 2801 S. Mayhill Road Wine 2 110 W. Oak St.

school district boundaries approved a $312 million bond package on Nov. 5. The bond package will fund four new schools, a ninthgrade addition at Guyer High School, renovations at 17 campuses, energy conservation improvements and land acquisition. Complete but unofficial returns released showed 68.1 percent of voters approved the bond package, with 31.9 percent opposed. A total of 8,782 people cast ballots for the Denton school bond proposition, according to the Denton County elections office.

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Blockbuster to close in Denton, other stores After more than a dozen years in business, the Blockbuster on West University Drive in Denton will close early next year along with 300 other Blockbuster locations nationwide. DISH Network Corporation, which owns Blockbuster, announced Nov. 6 in a press release that all retail operations would close by early January except for 50 franchised stores in the U.S., and that all Blockbuster DVD-by-mail operations would end in midDecember. — Compiled from staff reports

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SALES TAX The following sales permits were issued by the State Comptroller’s Office for November. The list includes the owner, name of business and address within the area codes of 75034, 75065, 75068, 76201, 76205, 76207, 76208, 76209, 76210, 76226, 76227, 76234, 76249, 76258, 76259 and 76266. 75034 Pilot Flooring Inc., Pilot Flooring Inc., 2831 Eldorado Parkway, No. 103-112, Little Elm 75065 Chili's Beverage Company Inc., Chili's Grill and Bar, No.759, 8394 S. Stemmons Freeway, Hickory Creek Green Tree Landscape LLC, Green Tree Landscape, 25 Royal Oaks Blvd., Hickory Creek Lori Haldeman, Supportsandbraces.Com, 122 Whitney Drive, Hickory Creek

75068 Alliance Safety and Rentals LLC, Alliance Safety and Rentals LLC, 2416 Pheasant Drive, Little Elm Cellrich, T-Mobile, 2700 E. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 404, Little Elm Christa Jordan, Frisco Stretch-N-Grow, 1721 Spyglass Drive, Little Elm Chuck A. IjiomaTas, 2501 Heatherdale Drive, Little Elm Corporate Transactions Inc., Corporate Transactions Inc., 2709 Bur Oak Drive, Little Elm

Dallas Technology Solutions LLC, Dallas Technology Solutions, 3036 Lakefield Drive, Little Elm Grace Appliance LLC, Grace Appliance LLC, 1433 Sparrow Drive, Little Elm Raptor Safety Management LLC, Raptor Safety Management, 2724 Stallion Drive, Little Elm Seyni Browning and Chuanpit Barram, Mr Jim's Pizza, 800 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm Wayfaring Designs LLC, Wayfaring Designs, 14816 Lone Spring Drive, Little Elm 76201 Asel Art Supply Inc., Asel Art Supply Inc., 1053 Ave. C, Denton Christy Clamohoy, Saquin Christy Saquin, 2001 W. Hickory St., Apt 122, Denton Davina Wiles, Gonzo Enterprises, 2715 N. Elm St., Denton Domingo Perez Jr., Inner City Kidz, 1022 Peak St., Denton

Eminent Kings and Queens International Inc., Eminent Kings and Queens Creole Restaurant, 1622 W. University Drive, Denton G3 Performance Builders LLC, North Texas Nutrition, 1609 Eagle Drive, Denton Grece Hajnasr, Denton Facial Spa, 903 N. Elm St., Suite 103, Denton Howard L. Ford, Dr. Howard L. Ford, 2419 Bowling Green St., Denton Mcbride Music and Pawn LLC, Mcbride Music and Pawn, 116 W. Oak St., Denton Metzler's Food and Beverage Inc., Metzler's Food And Beverage, 11307 W. Highland St., Denton Michelle Guynes and William Guynes, Denton Vape Shoppe, 800 S. Locust St., Denton RS Walia Inc., Elm Smoke Shop and Vapor, 508 S. Elm St., Suite 111, Denton Sharon D. Smith, Made From Scraps, 1309 Bolivar St., Denton Strategic Dental Executives LLC, Strategic Dental

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El Fenix-Denton Texas, 2229 S. I-35E, Denton, $1,508.50 El Guapo's, 419 S. Elm St., Denton, $2,052.12 Ernesto's Mexican Restaurant, 10279 FM 455E, Suite 1, Pilot Point, $3,347.68 Frilly's, 1803 S. Highway 287, Decatur, $3,557.12 Frilly's, 1803 S. Highway 287, Decatur, $3,737.44 Fry Street Public House, 125 Ave. A, Denton, $10,050.46 Fry Street Public House, 125 Ave. A, Denton, $12,156.06 Fry Street Tavern Club, 121 Ave. A, Denton, $14,129.50 Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 109 N. State St., Decatur, $1,907.64 Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 2412 S. I-35E, Denton, $2,202.34 Genghis Grill The Mongolian, 2416 Lillian Miller Parkway, Denton, $371.70 Gerhard's, 222 W. Hickory St., Suite 104, Denton, $506.52 Good Eats No.729, 5812 N. I-35, Denton, $0 Hannahs, 111 W. Mulberry St., Denton, $9,423.68 Hickory Street Lounge, 212 E. Hickory St., Denton, $4,107.32 Hilton Garden Inn Denton, 3110 Colorado BlvdDenton, $1,236.90 Holiday Inn Denton, 1434 Centre Place Drive, Denton, $557.34 Hooligans Private Club, 104 N. Locust St., Denton, $9,345.42 Hooters Of Denton, 985 S. I-35E, Denton, $8,066.24 II Charlies Private Club, 809 Sunset St., Denton, $9,933.14 J. R. Pockets Club, 1127 Fort Worth Drive, Denton, $4,710.30 J. R. Pockets Club, 1127 Fort Worth Drive, Denton, $4,954.04 Jackie's, 201 Main St., Lake Dallas, $3,189.62 Jag Private Club Inc., 119 S. Elm St., Denton, $4,491.62 Jag Private Club Inc., 119 S. Elm St., Denton, $7,202.58 Joey's Ristorante Italiano, 26735 US Highway 380E, Little Elm, $1,414.00 Johnny Carino's Italian, 1516 Centre Place Drive, Denton, $2,277.94 Keiichi, 500 N. Elm St., Denton, $746.48 Kobe Sushi and Steak LLC, 2832 Eldorado Parkway, Suite 208, Little Elm, $298.06 Lake Cities Post No. 88 America, 105 Gotcher Ave., Lake Dallas $2,587.06 Lake Dallas Point Restaurant, 303 Swisher Road, No. 100, Lake Dallas, $4,998.84 Lake Ray Roberts Area Elks Lodge, 1601 Marina Circle, Sanger, $833.14 Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive, Argyle, $3,019.80 Last Drop Taverns, 508 S. Elm St., Suite 101, Denton, $1,381.52

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Turn to us for comfort and understanding. We strive to make your arrangements for your loved one as effortless as possible.

SALES TAX | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 RC Denton Eggs LLC, The Egg and I Restaurant Denton, 1800 S. Loop 288, Suite 200, Denton RK Pinnacle Sports LLC, Pro Image Sports, 2201 S. I35E, Denton Shelly Stalls Life's Extras, 3106 Santa Monica Drive, Denton 76207 Dental Electronics Inc., Dental Electronics Inc., 11100 La Jolla Way, Denton Dorothy A. Jose, Woven Gems By Dj, 10500 Cascade Drive, Denton Ivy Clarece Mcqueen, Hamedownz, 505 W. Windsor Drive, Denton Julie Goff Hooked By The Heart, 268 W. Windsor Drive, Denton Olivia Hope Pettijohn, Poems Your Topic Your Price, 3210 Fallmeadow St., Apt 129A, Denton Patricia Simpson, Oak and Tanned, 613 W. Windsor Drive, Denton S and G Precision Rifles LLC, S and G Precision Rifles LLC, 3801 N. I-35, Suite 142, Denton 76208 Lexus Group Inc., Sara's Secret, 3112 E. University

Drive, Denton 76209 Liberty Firearms LLC, Liberty Firearms LLC, 504 Chateau Court, Denton Mae Beth, Works On The Spot Cleaning Services, 2703 Woodhaven St., Denton Salena D. Castle, Afoot Ahead (Accessories From Head To Toe), 718 Roberts St., Denton Virginia O. Ramsey, Created By Virginia, 2028 Burning Tree Lane, Denton 76210 Apex Dme LLC, Apex Dme LLC, 1611 Wood Ridge Court, Corinth Blooming Love Designs LLC, Blooming Love Designs LLC, 3120 Pinehurst Court, Denton Carol Ann Cole, Transformed Treasures, 2811 Silvermeadow Lane, Corinth Maria Mongelli and Tammie Burkhalter, Texas Star Estate Sales, 3214 Timberview Drive, Corinth Quadlugs LLC, Quadlugs LLC, 1404 Palo Verde Drive, Denton Titlemax of Texas Inc., Titlemax of Corinth, No.1, 7650 S. I- 35 E Suite 142, Corinth

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We at DeBerry Funeral Directors have been caring for Denton families for over 40 years and we’re always here to help in your time of need.

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Statistics MIXED BEVERAGE TAX | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 Los Charros, 2763 E. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 105, Little Elm, $1,086.12 Los Jalapenos Restaurant, 420 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm, $321.16 Los Toreros Restaurant, 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 134, Denton, $855.96 Lowbrows Beer and Wine Garden, 200 W. Washington St., Pilot Point, $504.28 Lucky Lous, 1207 W. Hickory St., Denton, $22,774.92 Lucky Lous, 1207 W. Hickory St., Denton, $24,768.66 Mable Peabody's Beauty Parlor, 1125 E. University Drive, Suite 107, Denton, $3,299.52 Mellow Mushroom, 217 E. Hickory St., Denton, $4,693.36 Meritt Ranch Beverages Limited, 2946 Ganzar Road W., Denton, $1,205.96 Metzlers Food and Beverage Inc., 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St., Denton, $1,220.80 Mexi-Go Restaurant, 2831 Eldorado Parkway, Suite 112, Little Elm, $555.52 Mi Sueno Club, 2648 FM407E, Suite 150, Bartonville, $2,739.80 Mi Sueno Club, 2648 FM407E, Suite 150, Bartonville, $2,833.60 Mi Taza Latin Tex-Mex CafĂŠ, 5017 Teasley Lane, Suite 101, Denton, $987.28 Miguelitos, 1412 N. Stemmons St., No. 178, Sanger, $1,757.14 Miguelito's, 1521 E. McCart St., Krum, $1,385.72 Mulberry Street Cantina Club, 110 W. Mulberry St., Denton, $4,148.20 Mulberry Street Cantina Club, 110 W. Mulberry St., Denton, $5,079.48 Norman Heitz Memorial Post 104, 501 Thompson, Lake Dallas, $1,729.56 Oak Street Drafthouse Club, 308 E. Oak St., Denton, $14,476.56 Oakmont Country Club, 1200 Clubhouse Drive, Corinth, $4,612.72 Ollimac Company, 1400 Corinth Bend, Suite 103, Corinth, $1,248.24 On The Border, 2829 S. I-35E, Denton, $5,412.26 Outback Steakhouse, 300 S. I-35E., Denton, $4,459.14 Pedro's Tex Mex and Grill, 209 S. Washington St., Pilot Point, $861.42 Pedro's Tex Mex and Grill, 209 S. Washington St., Pilot Point, $992.74 Pei Wei Asian Diner, 1931 S. Loop 288, Suite 130, Denton, $205.10 Phil Miller Post No.2205, 909 Sunset St., Denton, $2,063.32 Pilot Point Columbus Club, 221 N Prairie St., Pilot Point, $15.12 Pilot Point Columbus Club, 221 N Prairie St., Pilot Point, $27.58 Pizza Hut, 730 S. Highway 377S, Pilot Point, $55.02 Pourhouse Sports Grill, 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd., Denton, $4,698.82 Prairie House Restaurant, 10001 Highway 380, Cross Roads, $2,240.70 Queenie's Steakhouse, 113 E. Hickory St., Denton, $2,688.28 Queenie's Steakhouse, 113 E. Hickory St., Denton, $2,838.08 Red Lobster No.6349, 2801 S. I-35E, Denton, $2,384.48 Ringers, 807 Eagle Drive, Denton, $1,559.60 Ringers, 807 Eagle Drive, Denton, $1,921.50 Riprock's, 1211 W. Hickory St., Denton, $12,624.36 Rockin' Rodeo, 1009 Ave. C, Denton, $10,634.96 Rocky's Sports Bar, 2000 W. University Drive, Denton, $4,266.08 Rooster's Roadhouse Decatur, Cl106 N. Trinity St., Decatur, $2,897.30 Rooster's Roadhouse Decatur, Cl106 N. Trinity St., Decatur, $3,149.86 Rooster's Roadhouse, 113 Industrial St., Denton, $5,332.60 Rosa's Cafe and Tortilla Factory, 1275 S. Loop 288,

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Vital Statistics LIENS

ASSUMED NAMES

The following liens were posted in November at the Denton County Clerk’s office.

The following names (followed by DBA and address) were posted in November in the Denton County Clerk’s Office.

STATE TAX LIENS NAME/ADDRESS J & J's Pizza On the Square Inc., 118 W. Oak St., Denton Larry Alvin Lewis II, 14610, Willw Bend Drive W., Justin

TYPE Limited sales excise and use tax Limited sales excise and use tax

AMOUNT $898.85 $1,364.65

REC. DATE 11/14/2013 11/27/2013

TYPE Limited sales excise and use tax Limited sales excise and use tax Limited sales excise and use tax

AMOUNT $98,525.69 $1,251.29 $2,844.95

REC. DATE 11/13/2013 11/22/2013 11/22/2013

TYPE 1040 1040 1040 6721, 940, 941 941 1040 1040 1040 1040 941 941 941

AMOUNT $7,854.95 $12,046.16 $2,751.36 $87,013.29 $9,271.14 $183,169.80 $62,273.54 $17,962.20 $190,363.53 $10,529.84 $34,665.04 $6,079.41

REC. DATE 11/26/2013 11/14/2013 11/26/2013 11/14/2013 11/25/2013 11/07/2013 11/14/2013 11/26/2013 11/26/2013 11/21/2013 11/07/2013 11/21/2013

TYPE 1040 941 1040 1040 1040 1040 940, 941 6672 1040 990 1040 1040 1065, 941 1040 941, CIVP 1040 1040 1040 1040

AMOUNT $33,901.91 $74,308.39 $9,618.21 $13,690.93 $11,136.56 $57,366.04 $20,930.78 $334,314.40 $18,525.63 $5,062.25 $17,101.78 $7,737.18 $8,824.54 $61,530.78 $13,859.60 $6,415.65 $$20,823.36 $1,219.26

REC. DATE 11/14/2013 11/26/2013 11/22/2013 11/26/2013 11/07/2013 11/25/2013 11/25/2013 11/07/2013 11/14/2013 11/25/2013 11/26/2013 11/26/2013 11/25/2013 11/25/2013 11/25/2013 11/21/2013 11/26/2013 11/25/2013 11/25/2013

CONTRACTOR Sandlin Homes Bellissima Signature Homes Design Classics Edwards Custom Homes JEM Builders Inc. John Wiles Custom Homes Mid City Custom Pools Robertson Pools Inc. Roger Otwell Custom Homes Pinnacle Custom Homes

AMOUNT $199,397.00 $496,986.00 $448,285.00 $298,100.00 $99,400.00 $38,100.00 $284,175.00 $61,520.00 $54,000.00 $262,682.00 $274,380.00

REC. DATE 11/14/2013 11/22/2013 11/19/2013 10/31/2013 10/30/2013 11/27/2013 11/21/2013 11/25/2013 11/25/2013 11/07/2013 11/14/2013

RELEASE OF STATE TAX LIENS NAME/ADDRESS Bryon Hugh Byrom, 200 Hollyhill Lane, Denton Nilesh Patel, 3415 Friesian Court, Denton Papi's Group LLC, 8205 Seven Oaks Lane, Denton

FEDERAL TAX LIENS NAME/ADDRESS Agnes F. Williams, 901 Dixon Lane, Denton Betty T. Brooks, 214 W. Shady Shores Road, Apt. 3, Denton Byron D. and Tamy J. Cogburn, 836 Abbots Lane, Denton Enterprise Concrete Construction LP., 2401 Worthington Drive, Suite 127, Denton Fish-N-Chirps Pet Center Inc., 914 W. University Drive, Denton Ginna D. Anthon, 1800 Brinker Road, Suite 270, Denton James A. Matthews, 1515 Lindsey St., Denton Karl F. and Catherine C. Lynch, 3505 Montecito Drive, Denton Lawrence a. Letizia Jr., 3321 Fallmeadow St., Denton Lee and S. Company, 3606 S. I-35E, No. 100, Denton Minor Emergency of Paris Inc., 4400 Teasley Lane, Suite 200, Denton Patel and Patel General Parters, 601 N. I-35E, Denton

RELEASE OF FEDERAL TAX LIENS NAME/ADDRESS Bobby L. and Rhonda Reed, 3913 Grant Parkway, Denton Case-Matt Enterprises Inc., 2141 Collins Road, Suite 201, Denton Charles D. and Melanie R. Blackburn, 5908 Greenmeadow Drive, Argyle Darren L. Heppel, 501 W. Hickory St., Denton David and Kristie D. Mclerran, 2113 Peacock Lane, Corinth David P. Wetherington, 3000 Enchanted Oaks Circle, Corinth First Step Denton County Outreach, 1314 Teasley Lane, Denton Jeffrey A. Cowling, 602 Cedar Drive, Pilot Point Jeffrey S. and Alma D. Metcalf, 1121 Raleigh Path Road, Denton Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 1009 Maple St., Denton Mark D. Hanby, 3225 Clubview Drive, Argyle Mark D. Hanby, 7201 Silktree Court, Denton Patel and Patel General Parters, 601 N. I-35E, Denton Paul Sturdivant, 160 Cunningham Road, Denton PCK Management Group LLC, 256 N. Highway 377, Pilot Point Terri L. and Cindy K. Slay, 600 Oak St., Pilot Point Terri L. and Cindy K. Slay, 600 Oak St., Pilot Point Travis A. and Elizabeth A. Clark, 5049 Oak Bend Circle, Denton Trent A. Alexander, 4311 Wood Stone Circle, Corinth

NAME — DBA/ADDRESS

NAME — DBA/ADDRESS

Alonzo B. Trimble Sr., World Wide International Products, 1201 Ave. A, Apt. 21, Denton Ane Green, Spartan Technoogies, 3700 Pheasant Hollow, Denton Bernardo Berger, Mi tramite S.O.S., 726 Fort Worth Drive, Denton Christi Hampton, Denton Door Company, 2690 Old Alton Road, Denton Codela LLC, Elm Terrace Apartments, 1420-1426 N. Elm St., Denton Cordareo Bowen, Based Vision, 516 Chambers St., Denton Dale A. Davis, Rhyno Consulting, 1608 Marble Cove Lane, Denton David Grant, Relief Services for Veterinary Practitioners, 2701 Hartlee Field Road, Denton David Grant, RSVP, 2701 Hartlee Field Road, Denton David Nebite, Dav-Nifs Beautiful Motors, 8008 Mirror Rock Lane, Denton Debra Allen, D&E Hair Salon, 1230 Duncan, Denton Doyle L. Taliaferro, A Smart Pest Control, 2920 Bristol St., Denton Emily A. Jerningan, Black Willow Investments, 2102 Jasmine St., Denton Eric Khozindar, Big Bubbas Bail Bonds, 1512 E. McKinney St., Suite 204, Denton Erika Persson, Aligned Superfoods, 400 Conditt Circle, Denton Erika Turner, Blod Sweat and Tears, 1408 Teasley Lane, No. 3921, Denton Feliciano Escamilla, Restoration Services Cleaning, 109 W. Hickory St., Denton George Rae, George Rae Backflow Testing Service, 2300 Chinn Road, Denton Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centeres, 2981 Barthold Road, Denton Guy Taylor, Pantheon Vape Lab, 118 E. McKinney St., Denton Henry D. Britt, Denton Lighting and Floors, 520 N. Loop 288, Denton Jaqueline Cox-Sasser, Simply Marelous Catering, 2207 N. Elm St., Apt. B, Denton Jeffo Wawro, Design Classics, 2200 Savannah Trail, Denton Jessie Okoye-Chine, MAC International, 1451 Center Place Drive, No. 421, Denton Jesus A. Alvorez, Lonestar Precision Products, 627 S.

Mayhill Road, Suite 101, Denton Jesus Cabrera and Hector Villarreal, JFC Roofing and Associates, 2804 Barnes Drive, Denton Kalon Berry, Rairville, 701 Fort Worth Drive, Denton Keri Johnson, Keri Johnson Tax Service, 1702 Merudes Road, Denton Luto Begaj, Alba Express Payment Systems, 2000 W. University Drive, Denton Luto Begaj, Alba Express System, 2000 W. University Drive, Denton Matthew B. Carroll, Denton Sriracha, 2223 Houston Place, Denton Modern Technology Solutions LLC, ModTech Auto Tint and Accessories, 3911 Camelot St., Apt. A, Denton Rick Reid, Denton Plaza Tenants Association, 508 S. Elm, Suite 101, Denton Rick Reid, Last Drop Tavern, 508 S. Elm, Suite 101, Denton Roberto E. Ramirez, Photography By Roberto, 3226 Clydesdale Drive, Denton Ryan McClain, Master Supply, 3525 Marquette Drive, Denton Sedrick Taylor, Taylor Cleaning, 3401 Joyce Lane, Apt. 2008, Denton Shannon N. Stiltz, Queen Penguin Productions, 6212 Thoroughbred Trail, Denton Spectrum Construction Services, 525 S. Carroll Blvd., Suite 200, Denton Spectrum Heat and Air, 525 S. Carroll Blvd., Suite 200, Denton Stephanie Roberson, Black Rocket Kustoms, 2141 Collins Road, Suite 1601, Denton Stephen Avery, Homeland Handyman, 3318 Woodthrush Lane, Denton Teo Systems LLC, Polo Club Apartments, 2201-2209 Stella St., Denton Timothy G. Bartts, Clear Solutions, 1903 Springvalley Drive, Denton Tony S. Wissel, Scott Wissel Personal Training, 6912 Crenshaw Lane, Denton Wade Hunt, Wade Hunt Insurance, 512 W. Hickory St., Suite 116, Denton Yun-Heng Lee, Hanny Lee, 2517 La Paloma Drive, Denton Zina Rabinovich, Charlotte Russe No. 738, 2201 S. I35E, Denton

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NAME/ADDRESS Charles B. and Adrienne M. Taylor, 4208 Thistle Hill, Denton Chris and Magan Bailey, 4201 Dobbs Road, Denton James S. and Jennifer R. Specht, 3612 Falcon Court, Denton Jonathan T. and Thera Jones, 223 FM156N, Krum Marshall and Deborah Needleman Armintor, 2003 Mistywood Lane, Denton Patrick and Emily McLarty, 3351 Sheriff Lane, Ponder Ray Disbrow, 1305 Ballycastle Lane, Cornith Ryan and Amanda Hanley, 3212 Stonecrop Trail, Argyle Timothy and Pamela Luna, 8399 Steeplechase Circle, Argyle Toni G. Perkins and Jonathan W. Perkins, 3008 Waterfront Drive, Sanger Tracy and Melissa Matthews, 305 Matthew Ave., Denton

MIXED BEVERAGE TAX | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 Denton, $265.44 RT's Social Club Inc., 1100 Dallas Drive, Suite 124Denton, $16,201.50 Rubber Gloves, 409 E. Sycamore St., Denton, $1,555.40 Ruby-Jeans Social Club Inc., 309 N FM 156, Ponder, $1,231.86 Ruby-Jeans Social Club Inc., 309 N FM 156, Ponder, $1,284.78 Rusty Taco Denton, 1210 E. Hickory St., Denton, $890.40 Savory Private Club, 2650 FM407E, Suite 165, Bartonville, $1,452.78 Schmitty's, 407 W. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 1, Little Elm, $700.00 Scooters Tavern, 6481 FM 455 W., Sanger, $1,902.46 Sushi Café, 1401 W. Oak St., Denton, $190.68

Sweetie Pie's Ribeyes, 201 W. Main St., Decatur, $793.24 Sweetwater Grill and Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, $5,794.18 Texas Land and Cattle Steak House, 8398 S. Stemmons Freeway, Hickory Creek, $2,007.74 Texas Roadhouse, 2817 S. I-35E, Denton, $5,421.50 The Abbey Inn Restaurant and Pub, 101 W. Hickory St., Denton, $7,434.14 The Aztec Club, 720 W. University Drive, Denton, $2,434.60 The Bears Den, 11670 Massey Road, Pilot Point, $574.28 The Garage, 113 Ave. A, Denton, $8,942.92 The Green House, 600 N. Locust St., Denton, $4,117.40 The Irish Boozer, 508 S. Elm St., Suite 105, Denton, $1,374.94 The Labb Club, 218 W. Oak St., Denton, $5,359.06

The Lion's Den, 2700 E. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 250, Little Elm, $535.36 The Lion's Den, 2700 E. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 250, Little Elm, $536.76 The Olive Garden Italian, 2809 S. I-35E, Denton, $3,058.58 Three Fins Seafood Grill, 2303 S. I-35E, Denton, $1,641.92 University Lanes, 1212 E. University Drive, Denton, $1,731.10 Varsity Roadhouse, 26781 US Highway 380E, Little Elm, $1,637.30 Verona Pizza Italian Restaurant, 201 Loop 81/287N, Decatur, $44.80 Villa Grande Mexican Restaurant, 12000 US Highway 380, Suite 100, Cross Roads, $2,424.94 Villa Grande Mexican Restaurant, 2530 W. University Drive, Suite 114 Denton, $2,378.60 Vitty's Club Inc., 1776 Teasley Lane, Suite 102, Denton, $3,208.66 Wing Town, 4271 FM2181, No. C316, Corinth, $0

| CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 76226 J V Ritchie, J V Ritchie Company748, Cimmaron Court, Argyle 76227 Adam Rubber Manufacturing Inc., Adam Rubber Manufacturing, 14546 Aubrey Industrial Park, Aubrey David C. Ewton, Gateway Cleaning Services, 9016 Wayne St., Crossroads Jeannette Cristales, J’s Photography, 9201 Quail Meadows Lane, Aubrey Life Vapors Inc., Life Vapors Inc., 701 S. Highway 377, Cross Roads North Texas Bells LLC, Taco Bell 29487, 14000 Us Highway 380E, Crossroads Quality Buildings Inc., Lone Star Storage Services, 470 N. Highway 377, Aubrey Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox Redbox Automated Retail, 11700 US Highway 380, Cross Roads Teresa Mary Manor, Imagine Ink Screen Printing, 8901 Whirlwind Trail, Aubrey 76234 Barbara S. Brooks, New Image Hair Design, 901 W. Walnut St., Suite B, Decatur JRobs Sports And Fitness LLC, Jrobs Sports And Fitness LLC, 2803 S. Highway 287, Decatur Maverick Finance of Texas LP., Maverick Finance of Texas LP., 1816 S. FM51, Suite 1500, Decatur Tommy Q Burks, Burks Land Surveying, 223 County Road, No. 1260, Decatur 76249

Cari N. Sams, Bluebonnet Belle Bling, 1222 Aztec Trail, Krum 76258 All American Dogs Inc., All American Dogs, 12860 Tischler Road, Pilot Point Anita M. Owen, Anita Owen Events/Catering, 12201 Mustang Road, Pilot Point Fleetshine LLC, Fleetshine LLC, 9592 Carl Gross Road, Pilot Point JDTP Enterprises Inc., The Mockingbird Café, 110 W. Main St., Pilot Point Signs Following Signs Following, 13357 FM1385, Pilot Point 76259 Bonnie Renker Mutt Hut, 601 N. FM156, Ponder Cb4 LLC, Cb4 LLC, 3456 Sheriff Lane, Ponder H M Express Inc., H M Express Inc., 6591 FM2622, Ponder 76266 Brenda K. Hayes, Brenda Hayes, 110 Stephen Drive, Sanger Deanna Martin, Nanna Designs, 600 Walnut St., Sanger Don A. Hall, MTS Self Storage, 1091 FM455W, Sanger Huberth Diaz, Romas Italian Restaurant, 1108 N. Stemmons St., Sanger Jessica K. Beattie, The Sapphire Butterfly, 201 Southland Drive, Sanger Kristin M. Elliott and Betty Kay Seibt, Open Hands, 9130 Culp Branch Road, Sanger Lloyd D. Dickinson, Double D Creations, 2013 Benjamin Drive, Sanger Pamela Rene Hacker, Simple Creations, 904 Hoss Road, Sanger Sabre Specialty LLC, Sabre Specialty, 4169 Hobe Circle, Sanger

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