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here’s nothing quite like the hometown flavor of Denton, Texas. Every year, residents select their favorites among the many small businesses and chains alike, selecting those that provide top quality and strong customer service. If you’re looking for someone to cook up that special lunch, someone to cater an event, a place to find that special outfit, or someone to help you buy a new car or fix an old one, this list is for you. With 2,908 entries — a record for the annual Best of Denton campaign — these top three winners in every category come highly recommended. Take a few minutes to read about the winners and see who came in second and third. Soon, you’ll see blue banners around town proclaiming “Best of Denton,” a sure sign that the businesses behind them are the best. The Denton Record-Chronicle offers hearty congratulations to this year’s winners and a special thanks to the thousands who took time to vote for their favorites online.

LEFT: Jupiter House earned the titles of best coffee shop and best local hangout in this year’s Best of Denton. BELOW: Chuck E. Cheese’s reclaims its title as the best place in town to take the kids. Photos by Barron Ludlum/DRC

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 115 Industrial St. 940-380-8226 www.fuzzystacoshop.com The Denton location of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is the place to be at lunchtime around the Industrial Street area, where people congregate for noon meetings, an outdoor lunch or an indoor social gathering. Opened by Mel Knight and Chuck Bush in 2007 in what was once a feed store, the restaurant offers affordable Mexican fare from breakfast tacos to chicken fajitas and more. The eatery has gained substantial popularity with fran-

FIND IT INSIDE EATS AND DRINKS Winners. Pages 10-14

BUSINESSES Winners. Pages 15-33

THINGS TO DO Winners. Pages 34-35

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Features Editor Lucinda Breeding . . 940-566-6877 cbreeding@dentonrc.com

Online Editor Larry McBride . . . . . 940-566-6913 lmcbride@dentonrc.com

Dawn Cobb Managing editor Denton Record-Chronicle 940-566-6879 dcobb@dentonrc.com www.DentonRC.com

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chises opening across the U.S., with the latest opening in Louisiana. Not only can you stop by for lunch, you can also order a meal online and pop in to pick it up to take back to the office on a busier-than-usual day. Runner-up: El Guapo’s Bragging rights: The Greenhouse Restaurant

BEST ASIAN DINING Mr. Chopsticks 1633 Scripture St. 940-382-5437 www.mrchopsticks.com For the fifth year in a row, this pan-Asian eatery continues to reign supreme. The brainchild of owner Numchai

Tamprateep, who opened the restaurant on Hickory Street in 1985, Mr. Chopsticks provides an array of meals to tantalize the taste buds, including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and vegetarian dishes. With a drivethrough lane and plenty of dine-in space, the restaurant stays busy throughout the year. It is also the place to be to see lots of longtime Denton residents mingle with students from the University of North Texas. Chai, as the owner is familiarly known, makes it a point to stop by the table and make sure your meal at Mr. Chopsticks is an enjoyable one. Runner-up: Pei Wei Asian Diner Bragging rights: Andaman

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BEST BARBECUE Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q 520 S. Interstate 35E 940-484-7839 www.rudys.com If you enjoy a rustic setting complete with a hearty meal of meats, Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q fits the bill and then some. This restaurant has been a local favorite for several years, offering a simple menu of everything from beef brisket to tasty barbecued chicken with an array of sides and all of the extras you want. After picking up the order, you can sidle up to a bench and sit for a spell

Barron Ludlum . . . . . 940-566-6891 bludlum@dentonrc.com

David Minton. . . . . . 940-566-6894 dminton@dentonrc.com

ADVERTISING Advertising Director Sandra Hammond 940-566-6820 Classified Manager Julie Hammond. . . . 940-566-6819 Retail Advertising Manager Shawn Reneau . . . . 940-566-6843 Advertising fax . . 940-566-6846

NOTE OF THANKS We appreciate all of the voters who took the time to register their preferences for this annual competition, for the many businesses who promoted the competition via Facebook and Twitter and those who purchased advertising for this section. We couldn’t do this each year without your support.

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to try out the secret sauces labeled according to the heat you can handle. It’s a country setting with a hometown feel. Dig in with your hands or grab the utensils. Either way is OK. And, on your way in or out, you can gas up the truck and pick up a few odds and ends at the store. Runner-up: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Bragging rights: Metzler’s Bar-B-Q

BEST BREAKFAST BEST HOMESTYLE COOKING Old West Cafe 1020 Dallas Drive 940-382-8220 www.oldwestcafe.us

Serving a great breakfast and lunch since 1997, Old West Cafe can whip up breakfast any time of the day. From bacon, biscuits, ham and omelets to oatmeal, hash browns, French toast or pancakes, it’s on the menu. And if you’re not hankering for breakfast at noon, that’s OK too. There are burgers, steak, tacos and pork chops to chow down on. Whatever you order, you’ll enjoy the hometown style of this Old West atmosphere supplied by a family that believes in delivering top quality to customers. That’s why it’s a winner of not one, but two categories. This eatery has been a favorite for Best of Denton voters for more than four years. Best Breakfast Runner-up: IHOP Bragging rights: Cracker Barrel Best Homestyle Cooking Runner-up: Cracker Barrel Bragging rights: Ruby’s Diner on the Square

BEST BURGER AND FRIES Denton County Independent Hamburger Company 113 W. Hickory St. 940-383-1022 dentoncountyhamburger.com Mention meeting someone

for burger and fries and you’ll usually hear this restaurant’s name in response. Serving customers since 1977, Denton County Independent Hamburger Company has tingled the taste buds of many a burger lover and has converted quite a few who thought these tasty treats were of the past. Not so. The juicy, two-fisted burgers and all-you-can-eat fries and beans hit the spot and then some, as the eatery often offers take-out boxes to patrons. You just can’t help but pile it on the plate as you pass by the fixings — the sites and smells can ratchet up any appetite a few notches. An extra plus is the come-as-you-are atmosphere where people in suits mingle next to those in shorts and sandals. It’s a well-known hangout for students and professionals and has been a longtime favorite of Best of Denton voters in this category. See you there! Runner-up: R.G. Burgers & Grill Bragging rights: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

because each time we go, we find something new to love. Bring treats from Candy Haven to your club or office and you’ll be the hit of the day — we promise. Runner-up: Ravelin Bakery Bragging rights: The Candy Store

BEST COFFEEHOUSE BEST LOCAL HANGOUT Jupiter House 106 N. Locust St. 940-387-7100 www.jupiterhousecoffee.net If there’s one addiction to cultivate, it should be a daily trip to Jupiter House. From the chai tea latte to the Integrated Mocha and everything in between, including an eyecatching array of tasty smoothies, Jupiter House has become the place to be most mornings, afternoons and evenings for just about anyone who likes caffeine. Even those without the caffeine addiction can find

some organic juices and hot spiced cider. With its WiFi service, students and professionals often take the afternoon to finish up assignments while others come and go, some sitting for a bit outside to enjoy the ambience of the downtown Square. Open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily, the coffeehouse serves as a quiet respite after a long day, an early morning meeting place among friends and a great place to conduct a bit of business. If you haven’t stopped by, put a note in your smartphone and code in an alert to remind you. Better yet, check in with friends via your phone and meet them there. Best Coffeehouse Runner up: Starbucks Bragging rights: Cafe Du Luxe Best Local Hangout Runner-up: Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Bragging rights: Downtown Square

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Beth Marie’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Fountain 117 W. Hickory St. 940-384-1818 2900 Wind River Lane 940-591-1010 www.bethmaries.com If you haven’t yet been to Beth Marie’s, then you’re not officially a Denton resident. Stopping by this delectable eatery is a rite of passage in this community. It’s on everyone’s list to stop by for an after-dinner treat, bring the grandkids by for an afternoon or plan a stop if you’re passing through town on a tour bus. There’s more than homemade ice cream at this colorful, nostalgic fountain. Besides the 80 flavors of sensory delight, you can order turkey, tuna, chicken and egg salad sandwiches or sip on some ice-cold

BEST CANDY AND COOKIES Candy Haven 301 N. Interstate 35E frontage road 940-565-1474 www.candyhavenandcakes.com With more than 25 years worth of experience, this family-owned and operated business has built a strong following for its delicious preciseness. From Texas-sized truffles to double-dipped strawberries to the beautifully decorated cakes, Candy Haven has transformed sugar, chocolate and everything sweet into a fine art. When you walk in, a long glass-front counter boggles the eyes with trays of turtles, fudge and other chocolate delights, including the popular chocolate-covered strawberries. You can find jelly beans in all different flavors in bins covering one wall, plentiful candy confections and, of course, scrumptious cakes for all occasions. We cannot claim a favorite,

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BEST FINE DINING Hannah’s Off the Square 111 W. Mulberry St. 940-566-1110 www.hannahsoffthesquare.com If you are looking for a place to take a prospective client or, perhaps your boss, this is the place to go in Denton. The eclectic cuisine and unique atmosphere combine to create a quiet, memorable mealtime perfect for a professional gathering or an anniversary event. And it is a Best of Denton favorite for fine dining every year. From the butter crumb lump crab cake to chicken saltimbocca with roasted butternut squash and ricotta manicotti with brown butter and sage cream, the menu matches anyone’s palate. Sesame seed-crusted tilapia, poblano grilled quail, seared sea scallops … this list

goes on and on. Oh, and don’t miss those white truffle pomme frites. They are truly addictive. Runner-up: The Greenhouse Restaurant Bragging rights: Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant

BEST ITALIAN DINING Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant 821 N. Locust St. 940-381-2712 www.giuseppesitaliana.com Nestled in a converted oldstyle home, this Italian restaurant combines a flavorful menu, reasonable prices and good service with a comfortable ambience. From its welcoming entrance and tree-covered patio in back to its location along one of the city’s more tree-lined thoroughfares, Giuseppe’s makes a statement to

anyone who stops by — be they a longtime resident or someone brand-new to the community. This restaurant, a favorite among Best of Denton voters, also serves as a gathering site for charity events each year, offering its services to help the community. Giuseppe’s menu offers a wide variety of Italian cuisine from the tortellini bolognese to the linguini pescatore. Runner-up: Olive Garden Bragging rights: Carino’s Italian Restaurant

BEST SANDWICH SHOP/DELI New York Sub Hub 906 S. Ave. C 940-383-3213 1400 S. Loop 288, Suite 116 4271 FM2181, Suite 308, Corinth If you are looking for good

service, a clean and neat setting, and good food, you’ve found it here. Serving Denton eaters for more than 30 years, New York Sub Hub still serves up the best sandwiches and deli foods and, once again, has captured the title. If you’re unaware of this eatery, just check out the reviews online. Fresh selections, good bread, quick service — the reviews tell the story, as do the years in business. Runner-up: Weinberger’s Deli Bragging rights: Jason’s Deli

BEST SEAFOOD Frilly’s Seafood Bayou Kitchen 1925 Denison St. 940-243-2126 www.frillysdenton.com For more than 10 years, the

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Best Fine Dining 5 years in a row! We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you soon!

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original Frilly’s Seafood Bayou Kitchen has been serving up tasty meals with a Cajun flair. With its flavorful Creole sauces — the secret to this cuisine — the restaurant menu offers a treat for the taste buds, from its blackened catfish St. Charles to its grilled salmon St. Andrew. And no Cajun eatery would be complete without the requisite jambalaya or the Cajun combo of blackened catfish and crawfish etouffee. If you’ve never tried alligator meat, it’s worth a shot. Though many might picture a toughened meat based on the outside looks of the reptile, when prepared by cooks who know what they are doing, it is a flavorful, tender mouthful and more. Just be sure to bring your appetite and an empty stomach, as the servings are both tasty and plentiful. Runner-up: Red Lobster Bragging rights: Frilly’s South Cajun Kitchen

BEST STEAK

BEST TEX-MEX

Outback Steakhouse 300 Interstate 35E 940-320-5373 www.outback.com

El Guapo’s 419 S. Elm St. 940-566-5575 www.elguapos.com

Denton’s location of the renowned Outback Steakhouse has long been a popular place, with its parking lot packed on Friday and Saturday nights. It seems the secret is out for this restaurant where many go for a special night out with family and friends. Known for its plethora of USDA steak selections and even chicken quesadillas and coconut shrimp, Outback can fill just about anyone’s hunger pangs and leave you with enough to take home a bite or two for later. The lunch menu also offers lighter fare with grilled chicken on the barbie and simply grilled tilapia — both available in a lighter 500calorie or less style. Runner-up: Texas Roadhouse Bragging rights: Hannah’s Off the Square

Looking for a place to take a large gathering or a lunch site with fast service? El Guapo’s offers plenty of space for baby or bridal showers or a professional gathering at its sprawling location on Elm Street in Denton. The Tex-Mex fare offers plenty of favorites from steak quesadillas and homemade tortillas to enchiladas, fajitas, tamales and much more. Be sure to start with the homemade queso and guacamole as well as the tasty salsa with the plentiful basket of tortilla chips. Friendly, prompt service will get you in and out in a hurry, or you can linger awhile and enjoy the fabulous feast of Tex-Mex food. With the plethora of TexMex restaurants in town, this one keeps coming up as the

Best of Denton for several years running. Runner-up: El Matador Bragging rights: Mazatlan’s

BEST VEGGIE FARE AND HEALTH FOOD Cupboard Natural Foods & Cafe 200 W. Congress St. 940-387-5386 www.cupboardnaturalfoods.com

This makes the 10th year that the Cupboard has captured top honors in the Best Veggie Fare and Health Food category. No other business in the Denton area can lay claim to the offerings available at the combination shop and cafe that keeps residents stocked with healthy fare. The cafe offers special treats for anyone — vegans looking for a wider selection or others seeking a tasty, healthy alternative to fast food. We became a convert with

the vegan chili years ago and still find time to pop by on a cold, rainy day to pick up a hot entree. During the spring and summer, with its outdoor pergola dining area, fresh salads and other lighter fare are made available on the ever-changing menu as the restaurant continues to experiment with different dishes to bring only the best to its customers. Try the veggie tacos with organic black beans and brown rice with Colby Jack cheese and pica de gallo, or the open-face marinated portobello mushroom with sweet bell pepper, shallot and balsamic vinegar saute topped with smoked mozzarella cheese melted on organic cracked wheat toast. We’re getting hungry just writing this. Runner-up: The Greenhouse Restaurant Bragging rights: Jason’s Deli

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You never know what you might find when walking into the Downtown Mini Mall I and II. It could be treasures from your youth, a corner featuring items for a lifelong collection, or something perfect for the person who has everything. It’s just that kind of place. Filled to the brim with collectibles, odds and ends and even an Army surplus store, this is where the treasure hunters go to spend a few hours looking through the booths of more than 40 vendors. And even a few hours won’t take you through the entire selection. With affordable prices and changing merchandise, it pays to revisit the mini malls frequently to see what’s new and what you just can’t live without. Runner-up: Antique Gallery Bragging rights: When Pigs Fly

BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP James Wood Autopark 3906 Interstate 35E 940-591-9663 www.jameswood.com www.jameswooddenton.com Look for the blue awnings off Interstate 35E and you’ll immediately know where James Wood Autopark offers its wide selection of automobiles. The commitment of the sales and service staff has kept customers returning, some for generations. Owner James Wood brought a dedication to top customer service from day one that continues with his staff today. The dealership is often involved in community and charity events, playing a major role in helping others and establishing relationships with residents. Runner-up: Bill Utter Ford Bragging rights: Jim McNatt Auto Group

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Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto 620 Fort Worth Drive 940-387-0070 www.tommyht.com Across from the former Home Depot at the corner of Fort Worth Drive and Lindsey Street, Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto repairs just about everything except European vehicles. Opened in May 1991, the then three-bay shop built up a list of satisfied customers one at a time, growing each year to

enlarge its operations to now include a second business — Tommy’s Honda and Toyota Shop just down the road at 219 Fort Worth Drive. Tommy’s HiTech Auto consistently makes the Best of Denton list. Teamwork and a commitment to customer service keep folks coming back. And, the company’s website is pretty fun too. Check out the photos and biographies of the staff and the company’s history. Runner-up: Calvert’s Automotive Bragging rights: Dave’s Foreign Auto

GIUSEPPE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT We want to thank you for your continued support. It is an honor for my staff and myself to receive such an award. We will continue to work hard to provide you with the dining experience that you deserve. Thank you, Denton. Giuseppe Brownell To Show Our Thanks for voting us

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BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE Point Bank 1700 N. Carroll Blvd. 940-686-7800 www.pointbank.com Customer service is key at Point Bank. It’s in the friendly atmosphere at each of the bank branches and in the welcoming handshakes from Ray David, bank president. Point Bank offers a broad range of banking services including certificates of deposits, IRAs and a range of checking and savings accounts. Each bank also has a Jeremy David Insurance and Financial Services office, which also is a return winner for Best of Denton this year. Point Bank, formerly Pilot Point Bank, has more than 117 years of banking experience. Since receiving its charter in 1892, the bank has seen many

BEST BAR Sweetwater Grill & Tavern 115 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888 www.sweetwaterdenton.com Sweetwater Grill & Tavern again has captured first place for the most hallowed watering-hole in Denton. And it truly deserves its reputation. Sweetwater customers come to this corner pub one block south of the Square to wash down a meal, belly up to the fullservice bar or prop their feet on the patio — and to take advantage of happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. and daily drink specials. DU

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BUSINESSES AT THEIR BEST Just try to nab a seat on the covered patio on Tuesday nights, if you can, when some of the best jazzers around town take the stage. It is entertainment at its finest — there’s nothing quite like jazzy tunes, fine spirits and tasty meals (we are partial to those sweet potato fries) to make the world look much rosier. If no deadlines loom and chilling out is your goal, plan an afternoon or evening at Sweetwater. Runner-up: The Loophole Bragging rights: Dan’s Silverleaf

BEST CAR WASH Heritage Car Wash & Detail 2112 Sadau Court 940-484-5767 www.heritagecarwash.com Heritage Car Wash & Detail keeps customers coming back for more — enough that it’s maintained its Best of Denton status for nine consecutive years. It’s all in the detailing. Prompt, efficient service and special attention to each customer’s car is what is behind the “best” status. Whether inside or out, the cleaning service is thorough. From “clean car” guarantees to early bird specials, providing customers with special deals and top-notch service is what Heritage deems doing good business. Runner-up: $3 Car Wash Bragging rights: Lone Star Car Wash

BEST CLEANING SERVICE Fish Window Cleaning 3919 E. McKinney St. Suite 4 940-808-0177 Eric Silver of the Denton franchise of Fish Window Cleaning offers residential and commercial cleaning services across a broad area in Denton, Wise and Cooke counties — reaching from Decatur to Gainesville to the Lake Cities area and east to Little Elm and

Oak Point, not to mention everything in between. A former banker launched the company in 1978, opening his first franchise in Tampa, Fla. The company now has more than 220 franchises in 40 states. In Denton, voters selected Fish Window Cleaning as the first recipient of this new award for Best of Denton. Congratulations. Runners-up: Comet Cleaners; Maid in America

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La Di Da, a clothing store at 114 N. Locust St. was voted Best of Denton this year.

BEST CLOTHING STORE La Di Da 114 N. Locust St. 940-442-6888

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With a mission to make fashion fun for everyone, this boutique carries Toms Shoes, Bagala, Atenti, Cutting Up, G Wear, Humanity Bracelets, RedHouse Ranch, Consuela, Lolita and many other apparel lines. La Di Da prides itself on bringing the latest in fashion straight to Denton customers. First opened on the city’s downtown Square in 2005, La Di Da has made a name for itself as the place to find fashions at an affordable cost. Its unique and eclectic offerings make it a “must go” experience for the fashionistas. Runner-up: Dillard’s Bragging rights: Macy’s

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE/GAS STATION QuikTrip Multiple locations: 321 Eagle Drive 3300 E. University Drive 3701 S. Interstate 35E www.quiktrip.com Just like its name suggests, QuikTrip supplies just about anything you would need in a quick trip to the convenience store. At three locations in Denton, traffic around QuikTrip is plentiful as patrons pop in for a bite to eat, to top off a gas tank or pick up those last

minute items for a morning meeting — say a selection of doughnuts, some napkins, coffee, cups and orange juice. For the hungry traveler, there’s a wide selection of fast foods from hot dogs and egg rolls to taquitos, microwavable meals and more. For the thirsty, just grab hot coffee in a to-go cup, frosty beverages or even a bit of celebratory spirits. The idea behind QuikTrip is to make it a convenience to stop by quickly and get just what you need. It fills that need just fine — which is why it is at the top of the list again for Best Convenience Store/Gas Station in Denton. Runner-up: RaceTrac Bragging rights: Midway Mart

BEST ENTERTAINMENT STORE Hastings Books Music & Videos 2311 Colorado Blvd. 940-565-1764 www.gohastings.com Hastings is the “go to” place in Denton for the latest offerings in videos and music as it has been for years, winning this category for several consecutive years. Looking for the hottest DVD

releases or that album by Jennifer Hudson, Sara Evans or Avril Lavigne? Or how about Wasting Light by the Foo Fighters? Whatever you want or need, it’ll be there, filed under the right heading in an easy-to-locate bin or aisle. Hastings employees are helpful and often offer advice when you’re not sure about a movie title or can’t quite remember the full name of that musician who just released your new favorite song on the radio. Specials are also the name of the game at Hastings, where you can find used DVDs, books and CDs available for very affordable prices. And often, you can find the hard-to-find art-house movies and not-sonew artist releases. And, while you’re there walking the aisles, amble on by the in-house coffee shop for refreshments. It’s a one-stop shop for entertainment. Runner-up: Recycled Books Records CDs Bragging rights: Best Buy

road to order some flowers at its current location at the southwest corner of Loop 288 and East University Drive. The friendly service and gorgeous floral offerings keep us coming back for more and still more. Denton Florist, owned by Christine Dear, is a must for anyone looking for an affordable floral surprise for family, friends or loved ones — or just because. The floral shop, which originally opened in the 1930s, delivers to Denton and surrounding communities. So, give them a call or stop on by and buy yourself some sunshine in a vase. Runner-up: Bloomfield Floral Bragging rights: Crickette’s Flowers & Gifts

BEST FLORIST

Kroger Multiple locations 500 W. University Drive 940-566-6791 1592 S. Loop 288 940-566-6075 www.kroger.com

Denton Florist 2926 E. University Drive Suite 103 940-387-6191 Though we still miss seeing Denton Florist on the Square, many of us mosey on down the

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BUSINESSES AT THEIR BEST scooped up a few baskets of berries, and grabbed a few pounds of potatoes at Kroger. It’s just where we go in Denton for our produce. Selected from growers around the world, the produce is always plentiful at Kroger all year round. You can find nectarines in the winter right beside those luscious peaches. It is also nicely displayed and the pickings always look fresh, ripe and ready to eat. And about that meat counter. Kroger continues to top competitors with its wide variety of meats and meat cuts — winning Best of Denton honors for seven consecutive years. Need a special cut? Just ask and the butchers will supply you with exactly what you envisioned for that good old-fashioned backyard barbecue you’ve been planning. Best Fresh Produce Runner-up: Ken’s Produce Bragging rights: Cupboard Natural Foods

Best Meat Counter Runner-up: Dan’s Meat Market Bragging rights: Albertsons

BEST HAIR SALON Salon LaPage 2900 Wind River Lane 940-380-1110 www.salonlapage.com At Unicorn Lake, Salon LaPage has settled in and set the pace for stylists around town, winning Best Hair Salon for the second year in a row. Situated in the unique setting of a growing entertainment hub in southern Denton, Salon LaPage offers a relaxing environment to sit back, relax, and let someone else take care of you for a while. With its motto, “New York Style with Southern Hospitality,” Salon LaPage prides itself in total commitment to its clientele. Salon LaPage is dedicated to the task of becoming each customer’s

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BUSINESSES AT THEIR BEST personal salon guru. “Let your style be our canvas” is the mission of this salon and its owner, Daphne Arrington, who brings a dedication to helping each customer look her best with her own individual flair. Runner-up: SoHo Salon Bragging rights: Rizos Salon

BEST HOME FURNISHING STORE Thomas’ Ethan Allen Home Interiors 200 W. Oak St. 940-382-2125 www.ethanallen.com The Thomas family has long been a part of Denton’s fabric — both in community service and in its commitment to quality business. Walk into Thomas’ Ethan Allen Home Interiors and you’ll want to take home a new living room, bedroom or dining set. At the corner of Oak and Elm streets, this home furnishing store has set the standard for style, pulling pieces

together to provide a unique blend of styles to meet anyone’s tastes. Long established, this family-owned and operated store has furnished many residents’ homes, hitting the right notes with its blends of wood, upholstery, artwork and more. Owners Bill Thomas and his son say their team of employees is the reason behind the continued success of the store on Denton’s Square. Coupled with quality, service is the key that keeps customers coming back. Runner-up: The Room Store Bragging rights: Bungalow Furniture

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BUSINESSES AT THEIR BEST pride in making sure customers’ needs are met the moment they make a decision to plan for the future. After all, that’s what financial planning and buying insurance is all about — the future. Taking care of the “what ifs” or putting plans together to reach personal goals is a big part of life, no matter your age. And making sure customers leave with the guarantee that they are well covered or on their way to reaching their financial goals is what keeps Jeremy David and his team coming in to work every day. “Regardless of your current stage in life, there is always a need for financial security to protect your assets and your family,” says David on his website. “As a financial advisor, I help my customers make smart financial decisions based on their current circumstances and priorities, short-term and long-term goals, and future needs. I treat my customers with the respect and care that I myself would expect from an advisor and financial confi-

dant.” With that kind of dedication, it’s no wonder the agency keeps making the top of the list in Denton — three years in a row! Runner-up: Ramey & King Insurance Bragging rights: Century Insurance Agency

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Frenchy’s Lawn & Tree Service 600 S. Elm St. 940-387-3164 www.frenchyslawns.com Has anyone in Denton not noticed the orange vans around town? If you don’t know about the “Van of Fame,� then you are visiting or have just arrived. Andre “Frenchy� Rheault, owner of Frenchy’s Lawn & Tree Service, is known as much for his marketing skills and being the one in the know as he is for the services his lawn care business provides. Wherever you see the color orange, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Frenchy is somewhere close behind it. Known for their community service and commitment to quality service, Frenchy and his wife, Teri, are part of Denton’s fabric — their feeling and services for the greater Denton County community come right back at them with the many fans and friends they have collected over the years. Runner-up: Subias Landscaping Bragging rights: Meador Nursery

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watches from Tacori, TAG Heuer and Cartier. The Nasr family also specializes in custom jewelry, taking great care to create each piece exactly to the customers’ specifications. The Denton location, with more than 7,000 square feet, serves as the flagship, complete with a cozy coffee klatch to art from around the world. This family is known for going the extra step to ensure quality and customer service. And that is the reason they keep winning — for several consecutive years now — the Best of Denton honors. Runner-up: First People’s Jewelers Bragging rights: Ehrhart’s Jewelers

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BUSINESSES AT THEIR BEST BEST LIQUOR STORE Buckeye Liquor Store 104 N. Stemmons Freeway Lake Dallas With its red marquee sign across the front, Buckeye has long been the place to buy liquor in between Lewisville and Denton. Situated just off Interstate 35E in Lake Dallas, Buckeye Liquor offers the full array of spirits. Its accessible location also makes it convenient for a quick jaunt to pick up party needs. Buckeye is also the first winner of this particular category, which we unveiled for this special annual issue. Runner-up: Paradise Liquor & Food Bragging rights: Goody Goody Liquor

BEST MASSAGE CENTER/SPA Stillwaters & Co. Day Spa 324 E. McKinney St. 940-243-7028 www.stillwatersdayspa.com

Feeling a bit stressed or proud of a recent accomplishment? Plan some time to treat yourself to one of the new mango yogurt hydrating wraps or the chocolate mousse body wrap at Stillwaters & Co. Day Spa — now celebrating its second consecutive year as Denton’s best massage center and spa. Once you step inside Stillwaters & Co. Day Spa, you know you’re walking into a day of pampering. The heavenly scented candles are welcoming as you prepare for those firstrate massages, facials and salon treatments. This full-service spa and salon specializes in services for both men and women. Preparing for a special event? Try the Grecian, with its 60-minute massage, facial, pedicure, manicure, professional makeup application and lunch. Couples can enjoy a 90minute massage and facial together with lunch. It’s a treat your body (and mind) will thank you for. Runner-up: Essentials Day Spa.

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BUSINESSES AT THEIR BEST BEST MEDICAL CENTER Denton Regional Medical Center 3535 Interstate 35E 940-384-3535 www.dentonregional.com “When seconds count, count on us,” is the message Denton Regional Medical Center wants Denton and area residents to hear and remember. From cardiovascular to trauma care, Denton Regional has made a name for itself in and around the community. Situated on the city’s southern boundary, the 208-bed hospital provides a full range of services for residents and their families in Denton, Wise, Cooke and Montague counties. Chief Executive Officer Caleb O’Rear and his team are dedicated to providing top health care with friendly service to those who pass through the doors. Runner-up: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Bragging rights: The Family Doctors

BEST PET GROOMING/ BOARDING SUPPLIES

Best Pet Grooming/ Boarding Supplies Runner-up: Barks & Bubbles Bragging rights: Fish N Chirps Pet Center Best Pet Grooming Service Runner-up: Beau’s Bath House Bragging rights: Pampered Pooch

BEST PET GROOMING SERVICE Petsmart 1441 S. Loop 288 940-591-9895 (store) 940-591-9894 (salon) www.petsmart.com For the fifth year in a row, Petsmart has captured the most Denton votes in the annual Best of Denton campaign, placing it at the lead in its categories of best pet grooming and best pet supplies. Well-stocked shelves to provide your pet the best in food and bedding plus its grooming services make Petsmart a onestop shop. The retailer is known for its Top Dog service, which includes teeth brushing, shampooing, conditioning and breath freshening for the family pet.

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO Eagleton Photography 1710 N. Elm St. 940-891-1534 www.eagletonphotography.com Check out the website for Eagleton Photography and you’ll see why owner Walter Eagleton’s business has captured the hearts of many Denton voters in the Best of Denton campaigns. From the settings to the smiles he teases from sometimes recalcitrant toddlers, Eagleton has proven he has an

eye for detail and the patience to get just the right photo. The business started 17 years ago as a hobby and has grown into an album of the community. Walter Eagleton also donates his time to a number of charities, providing his skill to help them capture the memories of special moments — those same special moments you can see on his website. Runner-up: Carri Jayne Photography Bragging rights: Monte B. Portraits & Weddings

BEST OUTDOOR DINING The Greenhouse Restaurant 600 N. Locust St. 940-484-1349 www.greenhouserestaurant denton.com When memories of the cold winter season fade, customers flock to the outdoor dining area to enjoy the sunny skies and bite into flavorful fare always available at the Greenhouse Restaurant. With its impeccable gardens replete with color

and texture, this restaurant’s outdoor dining experience on Locust Street is an inviting stop in the tree-lined neighborhood. Runner-up: Hannah’s Off the Square Bragging rights: Sweetwater Grill & Tavern

BEST NAIL SALON Spa Pedicures 2416 Lillian Miller Parkway Suite 110 940-484-7334

Pampering people is the primary goal at Spa Pedicures, voted Best Nail Salon in Denton for the third year in a row. From the special spa chairs to the relaxing atmosphere and the full service salon care, Spa Pedicures has continued to grow its customer base, basically through word of mouth. Customers cite the relaxing atmosphere and friendly, highquality of service. And, on Facebook, you’ll get a peek at the latest designs. Runner-up: Envy Nail Spa Bragging rights: Queen Nails Salon

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Calloway’s Nursery 1601 Dallas Drive 940-591-8865 www.calloways.com

The McKissack Realty Group Keller Williams Realty 2434 Lillian Miller Parkway 940-383-MOVE (6683) 940-387-5177 www.mckissackrealty.com The McKissack Group, a division of Keller Williams Realty, is led by Linda, Jim and Brad McKissack. Working with clients across Denton County from north to south, this real estate company believes in helping families to build a firm foundation. Their motto, “Families Helping Families Since 1982,” sums it up. “We not only assist in buying or selling real estate but also provide information on mortgages, real estate tax issues, handyman or contractor referrals and much more,” according to the group’s website. Runners-up: Jerry Rector, real estate owner/broker; Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group USA

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Recycled Books Record CDs 200 N. Locust St. 940-383-9876 www.recycledbooks.com Denton has reason to be proud of its iconic used bookstore on the northeast corner of the downtown Square that fills 17,000 square feet and houses a half-million books and thousands more CDs, DVDs and cassettes. Known for its purple hue, its historic significance as a former opera house and its overall charm, Recycled Books has collected more than 25 years’ worth of contents that truly reflect our fair city’s varied tastes and interests. Best Bookstore Runner-up: Barnes & Noble Booksellers Bragging rights: Hastings Books Music & Video Best Shop on the Square Runner-up: La Di Da Bragging rights: Beth Marie’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Fountain

BEST POOL COMPANY Gohlke Pools 909 Dallas Drive 940-384-7665 www.gohlkepools.com The Gohlke name has become synonymous with swimming pools in the years since it started in 1958, when Gene Gohlke built one of the first residential swimming pools in Denton. A nationally recognized pool builder, Gohlke Pools designs, builds, services and repairs pools in the North Texas region. This year, many readers selected Gohlke Pools as the first ever Best Pool Company for 2011. Runner-up: Leslie’s Pool Supplies Bragging rights: Larsen Pools

BEST SPECIALTY SHOP Sleeping Lizzards 424 N. Elm St. 940-484-4056 www.sleepinglizzards.com Since 1994, Sleeping Liz-

BEST VINTAGE SHOP Circa 77 225 W. Oak St. 940-483-1977 www.circa77online.com Like pearl snap shirts, vintage muumuus, vinyl wallets or one-of-a-kind T-shirts? The

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Drive up to Calloway’s Nursery and you’ll know why it’s been tops for two years in a row for Best Place to Buy Plants. Landscaping at the location on Dallas Drive reveals the reason why. Every season, color jumps out to passers-by as they head to and from Interstate 35E in Denton. Those who stop by will find a wide selection of floral favorites and greenery, ranging from African violets to perennials and the ever-popular annuals. The nursery tends carefully to its product to produce top-quality plants for customers. Wind through the aisles and you will find an array of plants you didn’t know existed and have now become today’s “must have.” Runner-up: Lowe’s Home Improvement Bragging rights: Home Depot

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zards has been enticing passers-by to pop in. And once they do, they keep coming back. Inside, the funky and eclectic variety of wares invite one to meander awhile, picking up a little bit of this or a lot of that. You just can’t help it. The one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces mingle amid multi-textured fiber arts, home decor, handmade greeting cards and much more. Every nook and cranny inside the early 1900s building is filled with something that is just perfect for your friends, mother, mother-in-law and just about anyone on your list. Runner-up: Spirit Station Bragging rights: Denton Costume & Dance World

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BEST WINE STORE Metzler’s Food and Beverage 628 Londonderry Lane 940-591-1652 1115 E. University Drive www.metzlersfoodand beverage.com

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Even if it’s no surprise that singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe earned the highest honor Best of Denton can give to a performer, it’s still well-deserved. Jaffe is riding a creative high that took off with last fall’s release of her debut album, Suburban Nature, surged with invitations to open on tour with Midlake, Norah Jones and Lou Barlow, and ended with a spot on all the right year-end lists — USA Today, Paste magazine, the Denton Record-Chronicle and Amazon.com. Jaffe saw her groundbreaking EP, Even Born Again, reissued on Kirtland Records. When it came time for Jaffe to take a main stage spot at 35 Conferette in March, she proved she’s not one to ride creative inertia. Instead, she reinterpreted the high fliers from her album and shared some of her upcoming electronic numbers. Runner-up: Karyna Cruz

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Adam Reese has leadingman looks and the heart of stagehand. The combination probably ranked high for local audiences, who have seen him on stage with Music Theatre of Denton. If they haven’t seen him on stage, they’ve still benefited from Reese’s work managing the house at the Campus Theatre, or from his work keeping local productions very much on the promotional grapevine. In our memory, Reese will always be a standout as Spider, the sinister master of the Red Rat in Jekyll & Hyde. Music Theatre of Denton did the show ages ago, but we won’t soon forget Reese’s charisma and the dark sexiness he brought to the role. Runner-up: Justin Harmon Bragging rights: Maribeth Ayer

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Denton’s own Brave Combo is the heart and soul of this community — from the funfilled chicken dance many of us learned years ago to the hot polka replete with a lively beat. The familiar tunes of this band have been a part of our landscape for more than three decades. We are proud of our favored band for its multiple Grammy wins and for its continued mission to keep polka alive and well across the country. You just can’t sit still when listening to their music. It’s impossible. Runner-up: The Wee-

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BEST PLACE TO HEAR AND SEE LIVE BANDS Dan’s Silverleaf 103 Industrial St. 940-320-2000 www.danssilverleaf.com Get ready to take off your tie and kick off your shoes — relaxation and libation beckon. Dan’s Silverleaf regulars come in thirsty — for good music, good friends and freeflowing booze. Here’s you’ll find a mix of all ages and backgrounds who are drawn to Dan’s for its laid-back, let-loose-and-be-yourself atmosphere. Since opening in 2002 just

east of the downtown Square, Dan’s Silverleaf has set the pace for development of what is now a budding entertainment hub. The first to set roots, this comfortable, hometown bar set its sights on re-establishing itself as the place to hangout for Denton residents. Not only has it succeeded, but it has brought a lot of friends to put down roots nearby. It’s also the place to take in some of the best bands touring through Denton on almost any night of the week. Dan Mojica himself is the host-with-themost who makes each person feel like a personal friend — and many of his customers are. Dan’s Silverleaf is nothing fancy, but come as you are and you’ll be welcome. Runner-up: Hailey’s Club Bragging rights: Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

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Luxe brings art to the people and tempts us with food — and that’s always a winning combination for an afternoon or a special date. Best Place to See Art Runner-up: Art Six Coffee House Bragging rights: University of North Texas Art Gallery Best Place to Go on a Date Runner-up: Downtown Square Bragging rights: Hannah’s Off the Square

Cafe Du Luxe 3101 Unicorn Lake Blvd. 940-382-7070 www.cafeduluxe.com

We already knew Cafe Du Luxe was a great place to meet friends for conversation and a cup of coffee, a light meal or a glass of fine wine. But who would bet it would be the best place in Denton to view art or to take your significant other? Obviously, Denton voters did, because it topped the list of venues in town. Customers can’t miss the two-dimensional art displayed against a black background filling the north wall while they partake in something yummy. The show, which features North Texas artists, changes on a monthly basis, and patrons can meet the artist at an evening reception on the third Sunday of the month. Cafe Du

BEST MOVIE THEATER Denton Movie Tavern 916 W. University Drive 940-387-9230 Where else can you order up a full meal and indulge while watching one of the latest hit movies? That’s why this place is tops on the cinema roster when it comes to Best Movie Theater. We love the combo of a movie and a meal and it shows, as this business concept continues to blossom. We’re glad they chose our community as one of the

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Chuck E. Cheese’s 341 S. Interstate 35E 940-591-6670 Always a favorite among the young set, this combination pizza eatery and game funhouse is the perfect place to take your kids, nieces and nephews, grandchildren or those you are baby-sitting (with parental permission, of course). Youngsters have a hard time deciding whether to take a bite out of their yummy meal or dart off to play a game. Fortunately, there’s time for both. Just plan to stick around a while. Runner-up: Eureka playground at South Lakes Park Bragging rights: Achievers Gymnastics

Downtown Square In Denton, we love our Square. During the day, it’s the place for an afternoon of music during the spring and summer as well as the spot to pick up an ice cream cone, eat from among a smorgasbord of lunch offerings, spend hours shopping, and sip a cup of java at any of several coffee shops. At night, a sense of transformation occurs and Denton’s Square becomes the happening hot spot for music, dinner and a late evening stroll. It comes alive with the white lights draped on the trees outside the Courthouse on the Square and the neon lights shining from the Campus Theatre marquee. The sounds of music waft from nearby hangouts, downstairs at the Abbey Inn, J&J’s Pizza or Andy’s Bar or from down the street at Dan’s Silverleaf, Hailey’s or Banter. Runner-up: Water Works Park

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BEST PARK OR PICNIC PLACE Eureka playground at South Lakes Park Off Hobson Road between Teasley Lane and FM1830 940-349-7218 www.cityofdenton.com Situated in the heart of South Lakes Park, Eureka playground has served as the setting for many a play date and afternoon make-believe session. It’s the perfect place for youngsters to climb, swing, slide and play. For families with youngsters, it’s the setting of choice for birthday parties at one of the multiple pavilions. South Lakes Park offers a lot more to enjoy — the lake, fishing pier, ball courts, a nature center, creek, and a 2.5-mile track for jogging, walking, hiking, cycling or simply strolling. Runner-up: North Lakes Park Bragging rights: Courthouse on the Square lawn

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