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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, choosing those that provide top quality customer service. If you’re looking for the best homestyle cooking, the best cleaning service, the best place to get your vehicle’s oil changed or even the best senior care facility, this list is for you.

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EATS With 3,225 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 white 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 win-

ners and a special thanks to the thousands who took time to vote for their favorites online. Managing Editor Dawn Cobb Denton Record-Chronicle 940-566-6879 dcobb@dentonrc.com

Contributors to this year’s Best of Denton include: Karina Ramirez, David Minton, Megan Radke, Rachel Mehlhaff, Lucinda Breeding and Dawn Cobb

BEST AFFORDABLE DINING Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 115 Industrial St. 940-380-8226 www.fuzzystacoshop.com Chips and salsa vs. chips and queso? It is a dilemma that can only be solved by walking into a Fuzzy’s Taco. Since 2007, Fuzzy’s has been delighting customers with its share of Baja Tacos, Mexican dinners and breakfast plates like

         

 

    

 

     

 



     



  

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BEST ASIAN DINING Mr. Chopsticks 1633 Scripture 940-382-5437 http://mrchopsticks.com The readers have spoken and have declared Mr. Chopsticks the Best Asian Dining in Denton. In a city with many options when it comes to Asian food, this hotspot near the University of North Texas campus is known for its fusion cuisine, extensive menu and bohemian

atmosphere. From spring rolls, salads, soups and stir fried dishes, whether you’re looking for Japanese, Vietnamese or even Thai and Indian food, Chopsticks, as its most often referred to, will have it – and in large portions at that. Mr. Chopsticks offers delivery Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. then from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you’d prefer to dine in however, the hours are Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is located at 1633 Scripture. Runner up: Pei Wei Bragging rights: Adaman Thai

BEST BARBECUE Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q 520 S. Interstate 35E 940-484-7839 www.rudys.com Step inside the door and you can’t help but be hungry. The smell of brisket, smoked turkey, sausage and the works wafts through this restaurant, enticing appetites of any who pass through. The

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rustic setting of this eatery, which continues to garner “Best of Denton� honors, invites a homey, family feel with its picnic tables and benches. Just order up your favorite fare, sashay to the sides table to heap on the extra beans, pickles, etc. and then enjoy a tasty good time. Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q also caters to the business crowd or those planning organizational meetings with a side room set up and ready to go. Or, just order ahead for that family gathering you’re planning at a park. Whatever you’re schedule, a trip to Rudy’s should be in order. Runner-up: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Bragging rights: Metzler’s Bar-B-Q

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

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For more than five years, readers have chosen this cozy cafÊ off Dallas Drive near Teasley Lane as the best breakfast and home style cooking eatery in Denton. Old West CafÊ, which opened in 1997, offers both breakfast and lunch, whipping up breakfast favorites anytime a customer places the order – whether at 7 a.m. or at noon. The menu also offers hearty lunches from burgers and tacos to steak and pork chops. Facebook fans say they enjoy the atmosphere, the plentiful food and the good service — all key components of a successful restaurant. Runner-up: International House of Pancakes (IHOP) Bragging rights: Loco CafÊ

BEST BURGER AND FRIES Denton County Independent Hamburger 113 W. Hickory St. 940-383-1022 Voted by readers as the Best Burger and Fries in Denton, Denton County

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Independent Hamburger keeps it simple, but that’s what people love about it. The atmosphere is casual and the burger, fries and fixins are nothing short of old-fashioned. The burgers are large and some are even sprinkled with shredded cheese for a change of pace but for an addition of great

flavor. For a side, you can go with the standard fries or baked beans, or both! Denton County Independent Hamburger is open for lunch, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Runner-up: Five Guys Burgers and Fries Bragging rights: The Love Shack

         

     

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Looking for a place to impress a client? Denton Record-Chronicle readers know just the place: The Greenhouse Restaurant. The local restaurant is just a few blocks away from the downtown Denton Square, at 600 N. Locust St. Modest and clean, the eatery has a small main dining room, a middle section of quiet booths, a bar with some table seating and a private room for meetings and parties. We can’t leave out the patio, a more recent addition to the business that, thanks to its choice location and sumptuous landscaping, is a fragrant and pretty dining spot during the spring. Patrons love the patio on summer nights, too. The Greenhouse serves appetizers – including a mouthwatering spinach artichoke dip – daily specials for omnivores and vegetarians (may we recommend the

BEST CANDY, COOKIE OR CAKE SHOP Candy Haven 301 N. Interstate 35E 940-565-1474 www.candyhavenandcakes.com Cupcakes, seasonal cakes, baby shower cakes, wedding cakes, groom cakes and pastries are some of the one of the kind

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parmesan tilapia? Or the spicy polenta with vegetarian chili?) and a revolving menu of specialty drinks. Oh, and if you’re a fan big burgers, there are several to choose from. Sides are fresh and cool, and desserts are reliable. The prices are happily casual – a pair can leave paying less than $40 if they skip the drinks — when one considers the gourmet dishes that are distinctly southwestern. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Runner-up: Hannah’s Off the Square Bragging rights: Café Du Luxe

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specialties customers can get at Candy Haven. For over 25 years, Jane Boyle, and her staff have continued to please customers with their creations. All you need to see is the customer’s recommendations on their Facebook page. “Awesome cakes,” “Best Cakes in Town” are some of the recommendations on their fan page. And the results of their good work do not go unnoticed. In 2011, Candy Haven received the Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire, a national wedding technology company, which placed Candy Haven among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the country. Runner-up: Atomic Candy Store Bragging rights: NV Cupcakes

BEST COFFEE SHOP Jupiter House 106 N. Locust St. 940-387-7100 www,jupiterhousecoffee.net At one time, the downtown Denton

location of Jupiter House Coffee sold a Tshirt. On it was a circle of mere mortals, each one bowing (and we’re talking forehead to the floor) to a huge decanter of coffee. Seems Denton Record-Chronicle readers might be prone to go down on bended knee for the locally owned java joint. Here’s why: You’d be hard pressed to replace a staff of laid-back, friendly baristas who remember your name and your poison if you visit them during just a few shifts. The coffee. Fair trade beans are ground fresh daily and each cup is brewed while you wait. The coffeehouse keeps a staple menu, a plus for those who almost always buy a small crazy cosmonaut with skim milk and no whipped cream, thanks. (The perennial blends all have aeronautical names, too!) But the adventurous coffeehound gets to experiment at the row of urns that are topped off as soon as patrons tap them. The downtown café. With bare brick walls, a revolving show of local art and plenty of music, Jupiter House is a place

to be if you want to sample Denton’s creative reflex while you sip. And if you just want to finish that term paper or check e-mail while listening to spotify? The tables are plentiful and the wifi is free. Jupiter House Coffee keeps its main location at 106 N. Locust St. There is outdoor seating, but chances are you’ll only want to sit there if you’re a smoker. The second location is at 503 W. University Dr., where you can sample candies and chocolate with your brew. Hours at both locations are 6 a.m. to midnight daily. Runner-up: Starbucks Bragging rights: Café du Luxe.

BEST FINE DINING Hannah’s Off the Square 111 West Mulberry St. 940-566-1110 www.hannahsoffthesquare.com When Denton residents think of a great atmosphere and a great upscale comfort

menu to go a long with it, they visit Hannah’s. It is the one of the places around town where people can host a private dinner, have a lunch meeting or host an anniversary event. Since its inception in 2002, the restaurant has continued to make a name for itself among the local Square music and bar food. Executive Chef Sheena Croft recently made changes to the tapas menu which now features smoked salmon bruschetta with capers and tomato, gorgonzola chips, green beans fries, and lobster ricotta fritters. To keep it food conversation going, since April 2009, Hannah’s Off the Square also has a blog via Blogger (http://hannahsoffthesquare.blogspot.co m) where readers can find what vegetables are in season, get information about local events, and see just some great photography. Runner-up: The GreenHouse Restaurant Bragging rights: Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant

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BEST ITALIAN DINING Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant 821 N. Locust St. 940-381-2712 http://giuseppesitaliana.com Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant is nothing less than charming. Situated in a historic Victorian home, the Italian eatery was voted the Best Italian Dining in Denton by readers. Giuseppe’s atmosphere is causal but romantic, indoors and out. The restaurant features a patio with a large Oak Tree serving as a canopy. Giuseppe’s has an extensive lunch and dinner menu that feature many Italian favorites from Bruschetta to Manicotti. The staff is very helpful and is always willing to recommend the best dishes as well as their favorites. You can find Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant at 821 North Locust Street and is open for lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Thursday and Sunday 5 p.m.

through 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Runner-up: Luigi’s Pizza Italian Restaurant Bragging rights: Bari’s Pasta & Pizza

BEST PIZZA Mellow Mushroom 217 E. Hickory St. 940-323-1100 The new kid in town is taking the cake—or should we say pizza? The far-east-meets-far-west feel of Mellow Mushroom has been attracting

people to its location on Hickory Street since in opened last year. While it’s a franchise, owner Martha Jenson has made it her own. She hopes you get more than a pizza; she hopes you get an experience. And if you like beer with your pizza you’re in for an extra treat. Mellow Mushroom offers 28 beers on tap and another 50 in bottles and cans. If you’re up for a challenge, try 70 different beers at the pizzeria and you can earn your own mug—which means more beer on your next visit. Runner-up: J&J’s Pizza Bragging rights: Palio’s Pizza Cafe

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Downtown Denton got a bit of Downtown Grapevine last February when Weinberger’s Delicatessen opened its doors blocks off the Square. A year later, it is part of Denton’s Best. “I was very pleasantly surprised; we are humbled for sure,” said Mike Wing, manager of the sandwich shop about its mention in the annual city list. Weinberger’s Delicatessen brought its Chicago-style deli style to Denton introducing sandwiches and depending on the weather, patrons order the popular California Club, if it is cold outside or the Reuben or Italian beef if they want to have something to keep them away from the heat. And since Weinberger’s is known to “want each sandwich you try to be the best it can be,” they did their research and

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already gave Denton fans their pick of local taste. Last year, the created their share of local brands – Last of the Mojica’s, named after Dan Mojica, owner of Dan Silverleaf debuted in September. Later Frenchy’s Dip made its debut near Thanksgiving – the sandwich was named after Frenchy’s owner, André J. Rheault. Runner-up: New York Hub Bragging rights: Jason’s Deli

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BEST STEAK Texas Roadhouse 3817 S I35 E 940-243-7427 www.texasroadhouse.com/storesites/restaurant-detail/tx-denton/ Try a hand-cut steak and learn that the art of meat cutting is alive and well at Texas Roadhouse. Show up to the annual competition that showcases this kind of art to learn what we are talking about. Besides steaks, try Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs and homemade Texas red chili or choose from burgers and varieties of

chicken, fish and pork including salads and sandwiches. Also, make sure to leave room for dessert - Granny’s Apple Classic or a Strawberry Cheesecake are good options. Owned by Riki Rijos Sr., Texas Roadhouse came to Denton in 2002 and it was the first location to be featured inside what is now known as Restaurant Row of I-35, according to Denton Record-Chronicle archives. Since then, the legendary team (as the staff is called) has done their best to ensure all customers feel like they are at home. Runner-up: Outback Steakhouse Bragging rights: Hannah’s

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

ous Texas favorites like chicken fried steak, you’re likely to find something to satisfy your taste buds here. Selections of meat include beef, chicken and shrimp but if you’d rather opt for a meat-free dish, there are also plenty of veggie options. The space is large, the atmosphere is relaxed and the service is great. El Guapo’s gives diners a “choose your own adventure” option for those who’d like to build their own platter of delicious TexMex and has a lunch and dinner menu, both with reasonable pricing. El Guapo’s is located at 419 South Elm and is open Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Runner-up: Chuy’s Bragging rights: El Matador Restaurant

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Cupboard Natural Foods & Café 200 W. Congress 940-387-5636 www.cupboardnaturalfoods.com

A nutritional supplement discount program, getting help from the nutritional staff and trying out what some have called a “phenomenal” salad bar are some of the perks offered at the Cupboard Natural Foods & Café, a business that has been in place for over 40 years. Specializing in fresh gluten free, vegan or traditional baked goods has given the Cupboard a good following. So much so that it has landed on this list for the 11th year. The Denton store has made “being” and “getting” healthy more than a passing fad for over 40 years. Gluten-free foods, local products and a variety of raw foods keep the customers coming. Its café menu is also the highlight of the store with items like Burrito grandes, veggie tacos and a turkey club wrapper. Again, its salad bar with fresh organically grown ingredients along with homemade dressing and croutons do not disappoint. Runner-up: The GreenHouse Restaurant Bragging rights: Jason’s Deli

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taking care of business BEST ATTORNEY Best Attorney Minor & Jester 515 S. Carroll Blvd. 940-387-7585 www.minorandjester.com

With more than 40 years of experience, this Denton law firm offers a variety of legal specialties ranging from real estate, bankruptcy and business law to civil liti-

gation, family law and probate. Minor & Jester, P.C., has developed a solid reputation by offering skilled and experienced legal counsel at affordable rates and by combining local experience and resources with cost-effectiveness and community involvement. The law firm is experienced in serving all clients in a wide range of industries, including services relating to real estate law, bankruptcy, personal injury, medical malpractice, civil litigation, business law,

family law and probate. We represent commercial entities, businesses, banks, individuals, and families. “At Minor & Jester, P.C., we understand that each client’s case is different,� according to the firm’s website. “That’s why we take time to thoroughly investigate each case and develop a specific plan of action targeted at achieving the best possible results for our client.� Runner-up: Alagood & Cartwright Bragging rights: Hayes, Berry, White

BEST AUTO REPAIR/ MECHANIC Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto 620 Fort Worth Drive 940-387-0070 www.tommyht.com For almost 21 years, Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto has been handling local repairs for many car owners – offering thorough service and a commitment to keeping

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BEST BAIL BONDSMAN Shawn Cagle - City Hall Bail Bonds 1602 E. McKinney St. 940-381-0338

For more than 16 years, Shawn CagleCity Hall Bail Bonds has been providing

honest and reliable bail bond services. The bail bonds company offers services for a wide variety of cases, bringing their experienced and courteous staff to ensure customer satisfaction. The company, which phones answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, serves all of Denton County. It is conveniently located across from the Denton County Jail. Runner-up: Big Bubba’s Bail Bonds Bragging rights: Webb’s Statewide Bail Bonds

BEST BANK/FINANCIAL INSTITUTION DATCU 225 W. Mulberry St. 940-387-8585 www.datcu.org Membership has privileges indeed and DATCU members do more than just bank locally, they also give back to the community as much as possible. DATCU members support many local organizations like the United Way of Denton County, Children’s Advocacy

Center of Denton County, Friends of the Family and Communities in Schools. “WOW !! This is great,” said Dale Kimble, president and CEO of the financial co-operative in an email. “Our mission is to simply serve the community, and to be recognized like this…well I hope it means folks are happy with their service and pleased with quality and efficiency of our work.” Kimble added that in the last several years when other financial institutions and banks have had very challenging times, DATCU has not skipped a beat and has had steady consistent growth. As a result of the continuing growth, earlier this month, the credit union announced a nine employee promotions and two new regional management positions. Last year, DATCU celebrated its 75th anniversary, a sign that consistency and good work has its rewards. “We are so proud of this recognition because there are so many fine banks in Denton and I know it must have been very close among all of us. Thank you Denton!,” Kimble said.

With more than 63,000 members and growing, DATCU is a member-owned, not-for profit financial institution with locations in Denton, Cooke, Wise, Montague and Clay counties. Runner-up: Northstar Bank Bragging rights: Point Bank

BEST BARBERSHOP Campus Barber Shop 311 E. Hickory St. 940-387-6036 After 51 years on Fry Street amid an eclectic neighborhood of businesses across from the University of North Texas, this iconic barber shop pulled up roots and relocated to downtown Denton in April of last year – bringing its customer base with it as well as attracting more clientele. While the location may have changed, the service – and especially the atmosphere – hasn’t. It’s still the place for an affordable cut, shave or trim and just about the perfect place to catch up with an old friend or two.

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customers satisfied. At the corner of Fort Worth Drive and Lindsey Street, Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto repairs just about every model except for European makes. Once a three-bay shop in the beginning, the auto repair mechanics now service an ever-growing list of satisfied customers – so much that they enlarged the business by opening a second location just down the street – Tommy’s Honda and Toyota Shop at 219 Fort Worth Drive. As a frequent winner on the Best of Denton list, this business has made it a mission to keep customers satisfied and coming back repeatedly – not to mention spreading the word to family and friends. Runner-up: Charlie Beck’s Garage Bragging rights: Christian Brothers

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Now under the ownership of Jeremy Carroll, the shop may have left its newspaper-covered bathroom behind, but it’s already settling in just fine at the new location. Runner-up: Unique Barber Stylists Bragging rights: Northside Barber Shop

BEST CATERER Extreme Cuisine Catering 2126 Hamilton, Suite 430, Argyle 940-380-8770 www.extremecatering.com

During the past decade, Chef Matt Fairchild of Extreme Cuisine Catering can only recall one client telling him he was not pleased with their order. “He asked me to add more spinach,” he said explaining the ingredient his client felt was needed in one of their plates. For the most part, Fairchild said, clients seem to be pretty pleased to try something new, even if at first it might look different. “We push people into directions they

don’t think they want to go at first, but then they are pleasantly surprised when they get there…,” Fairchild said about introducing his worldwide cuisine to his customers. Fairchild and Chef Kathleen Francis started their catering business in Denton in 1999. “I played with food even as a young school girl creating fudge and other recipes to win cooking contests or just send with my sister on game day bus trips,” Francis wrote on her website, “My whole life, I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with food tastes and textures.” Years later, at their location in Argyle, the duo helps plan ladies luncheons, elegant corporate catering or a special house dinner. Extreme Cuisine Catering also provides culinary arts classes where customers can learn basic skills as well as advanced methods of professional cooking. Add to that, a win for the city’s best for the first time making everything just extremely gratifying. “I think it is a big honor and appreciate everyone who voted for us,” Fairchild said. Runner-up: Fremaux’s Metropolitan

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tion as this year’s best local car wash, it tells you the customers like you.” At the Wash Factory, customers pay at one of three drive-up, touch-screen pay stations, and then they’ll drive around back to where an attendant will guide them through. It is so easy, customers often return. He already saw the need for another Wash Factory in the area. In late 2012, another Wash Factory opens at 1900 W. University Drive. Mann said the entire staff is also celebrating the win and to thank customers, The Wash Factory will be giving free car washes throughout the day on Tuesday, April 24. Mann said it was the least he could do, to thank them for the time taken to support his business. Runner-up: Heritage Carwash Bragging rights: Lonestar

BEST CHIROPRACTOR Best Chiropractor Affordable Chiropractic 2201 S. Interstate 35E 940-484-2525 940-239-9202 www.dentonchiroclinic.com

With two locations – one in Golden Triangle Mall next to JC Penney and another at Brookshire Plaza at Teasley Lane in Suite 140 – Affordable Chiropractic offers services seven days a week. The website, listed above, shows testimonials about chiropractic services as well as details about prices. Potential patients can even book their appointments online. Focusing on improving patient health is a key focus of this team, which takes the necessary time to get to know patients and their individual needs. Each program is specifically tailored to each patient with the goal of achieving a new sense of balance. Runner-up: Lux Chiropractic Bragging rights: Advanced Relief Chiropractic

BEST CLEANING SERVICE Maid in America 519 S. Carroll Blvd., Ste. 104 940-243-8164 www.texasmaidinamerica.com

offered office and residential cleaning services for customers in Denton County and surrounding areas. “We are just thrilled with the award,” said Owner Kathryn Locke, “We do take pride in our quality of our service and it is just really great to be recognized for it.” Maid in America customers can select from different types of cleanings: All American clean, move in and move out, spring clean and commercial type services, according to its website. Locke began her business from home and also has a home economics degree under her belt. “We have a very caring staff,” Locke said, “They care about the customers and we do our very best in meeting their needs; whether it is through the office or the captain and the team that is in their home.” Runner-up: Clear Image Window Cleaning Bragging rights: Fish Window Cleaning

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If you’re two-year-old announced that he or she wants to dance in The Nutcracker one day, check out Denton Dance Conservatory. If you and your best girlfriend are starting to yawn during Zumba, but like the idea of dance as exercise, check out Denton Dance Conservatory. The long-running local dance studio has two missions: to teach all ages to dance with technical precision and heart, and to nurture two nonprofit performing companies. Directed by dancer and owner Lisa Racina, Denton Dance Conservatory has a full roster of classes to build a solid dance foundation for boys and girls – ballet, tap and jazz namely among them. The conservatory attracts dancers from the dance programs at Texas Woman’s University and University of North Texas to lead conservatory classes in modern and hip-hop dance, too. The conservatory faculty are committed, with many a dancer graduating from high school while still a student at the studio at 4103 Mesa Dr. Master classes are a routine part of the conservatory’s offerings – and they’re

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Allen, co-owner of the Wellspring Christian Academy has been working for over 35 years providing young children a good foundation. The facility is an academic preparatory school and also offers extended day and summer camp programs designed to build children’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual character. The facility used to be Asbury United Methodist Church before Allen and her husband, Dalton, created Wellspring Christian Academy. At the child care center, children focus on their cognitive skills – learning phonics, handwriting, math, science and reading readiness. They also develop their social skills through special events and through camp activities. “Each child is encourage and challenged to continually strive to reach new milestones with their learning and growth,” Allen said. Allen said she was honored by the vote. “And we are so thankful for the recognition. It was a surprise,” she said. “We are humbled by it.” Runner-up: Denton Co Daycare Bragging rights: Alpha Academy at Oakmont and Sprinbok Academy

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS BEST DENTIST Best Dentist Dr. Gaylen Fickey 1314 N. Locust St. 940-239-3987 http://dentistdentontx.com/

Just check out the online reviews to see why Dr. Gaylen Fickey won the Best of Denton honors. Adjectives range from organized and respectful to gentle and informative – all strong reasons for the votes they garnered. Here’s one review from a self-titled happy customer: �I didn’t experience any pain during my teeth cleaning. They are always very careful and gentle. They go out of their way to make everyone feel equally respected and cared for. I’ve seen client favoritism at some of the other places I’ve been, and I really appreciate the extra effort they make to avoid that here. They always make an extra effort to make me feel respected and attended to. They always listen to every question or concern I may have.� Dr. Fickey, who has been a part of the

Denton County community since 1975, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1971 and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, in 1975. To ensure constant improvement in his knowledge and clinical skills, Dr. Fickey attends numerous continuing education courses every year. Runner-up: Dr. Gary Taylor Bragging rights: Dr. Marc Morris

BEST DOCTOR Dr. Timothy McGuire 1614 Scripture Street, Suite 8 940-565-9118 www.timothymcguiremd.com Dr. Timothy McGuire’s mission is to help individuals “add years to their life and life to their years.� At his medical practice office located on Scripture St., McGuire wants customers to understand what is happening to them. “We carefully review your case, recommend necessary tests, and communicate

our findings to you compassionately and in easy-to-understand terms,� its website states. Runner-up: David Goff Bragging rights: Maria Strittmatter

BEST EYECARE Dr. Kelby Trusty 3111 Unicorn Lake Blvd., Ste 100 940-891-3937 www.drkelbytrusty.com

In 2011, Dr. Kelby Trusty of Total Eyecare & Eyewear Galley celebrated 20 years. For him, the best reward was always having the children of his patients come by and visit. “Patients I started seeing when they were five or six years old are still coming to me and are married with children of their own who now need eye exams. Twenty years passed way too fast,� Trusty told the Denton Record-Chronicle last year.

                   

    

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS After graduating from Optometry School at the University of Houston in 1988 and practicing in Dallas, Trusty moved to Denton in 1991. He opened the original Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery at Southridge Shopping Center on Interstate 35E. Three years ago, the business opened at Unicorn Lake. Runner-up: Dr. Lawrence Shaffron, Advance Eye Care Center Bragging rights: Dr. Mark S. Ragsdale, Ragsdale Vision Center

BEST FLORIST Denton Florist 2926 E. University Drive, Suite 103 940-387-6191 www.dentonflorist.com Flowers are the things that make everyone smile. And according to Denton readers, the best arrangements at affordable prices are found at Denton Florist. Time and time again, Christine Dear’s family owned and operated location is the place to find arrangements for any special occasion from Secretaries Week, anniver-

saries, birthday and of course, to just say, “Hi, I was thinking about you…” “We are so happy and proud that we keep getting voted Denton’s Best Florist year after year,” Dear said in an email. “It means a lot that our community thinks so much of us, and after 22 years of owning Denton Florist, it makes me feel like I must be doing something right!” Born and raised in Denton and a University of North Texas Alumni, Dear always wants customers to get the latest in floral trends. For this reason, she attends educational design seminars to learn the latest styles. “I just want to thank my community for all these years of loyalty and support, and thank each and every person that voted for us,” she said. Three years ago, Denton Florist moved from its well-known location at the Square to University Drive. The move, Dear said was just right. “We love it, and all our customers seem to be happy with it too,” she said. Runner-up: Bloomfields Floral Bragging rights: Crickette’s Flowers & Gifts

BEST GYMNASTICS/ CHEERLEADING TEAM Achievers Gymnastics Center 3014 South I-35 E 940-484-4900 www.achieversgymnastics.com

From preschool, to recreational training, cheer tumbling, kids play day, private lessons, birthday parties and even parents night out, Achievers Gymnastics Center offers a bit of everything. It is the first win for the local gym in this category. “In the past we listed, but in the best

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place for children category,” said Frank Kudlac, owner of the gym,” And we were always losing to Chuck E Cheese’s.” This year’s win is quite an accomplishment for Achievers, especially since this year marks the business 20th anniversary. “Adding the best gymnastics school in Denton to that list fills us with pride and accomplishment,” Kudlac said, “But I can’t take 100 percent of the accolade for this because it [the award] represents our staff, our facilities and instructors and all of our programs, it represents all of our efforts.” Some of the features of the 20,000 square foot of air conditioned gym include a full-size competition cheer floor, dedicated pre-school area with equipment designed for pre-schoolers, a horizonal rock climbing wall as well as DVR video replay systems and a complete Sonos Wi-Fi powered music system that plays throughout the facility, its website says. Kudlac spent 33 years as the head coach of the Texas Woman’s University Pioneers before retiring in 2011. For his contributions he was named the recipient

of the honorary Gymnastics Association of Texas Life Membership Award — recognition provided to people who have given a long period of outstanding service to gymnastics in Texas. Runners-up: Denton Gymnastics and Dynasty Cheer Academy Bragging rights: TWU Gymnastics

BEST INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENCY Ramey & King Insurance 510 N. Interstate 35E 940-382-9691 www.rameyking.com Long a part of Denton’s business fabric, Ramey & King Insurance originally opened its doors shortly after 1876 when Oliver Perry Poe, an early mayor, envisioned the significance of the insurance industry in the growth and development of a promising community. M.L. Ramey King first became involved in 1920 to begin a new tradition that has lasted throughout the ensuing decades.

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In 1962, Terrell W. King became a partner and in 1964, was joined by Marvin Ramey – hence the current name of the longtime Denton business. Today, Jeff and James King operate the business – carrying on the family tradition of offering quality customer service and ensuring customer needs are met whether for commercial industry or family homes, group health or for individuals. When anyone thinks of insurance, Ramey & King is the first to come to mind in the city of Denton. Runner-up: Jeremy David Financial and Insurance Services Bragging rights: Century Insurance Agency

BEST HAIR SALON Salon LaPage 2900 Wind River Lane 940-380-1110 www.salonlapage.com Did you get your Shellac nail appointment going, or try out the new Redkens Chromatics ammonia-free color line?

Those are two of the new services found at Salon LaPage, a Denton’s best now for three years in a row. Daphne L. Arrington, owner of the salon, said the new Chromatics line makes hair two times stronger than before the hair was colored and it also increases the longevity of your color service. Denton’s salon “gurus,” as they call themselves, have established that personal brand that can only be found at a place whose motto is, “New York style with Southern Hospitality.” Arrington believes in providing top service and that includes helping her staff get all the education they can get. In March, Arrington and members of the staff attended the Redken Exchange, where leading experts learn from awardwinning facilitators,. “Denton has blessed us with the support of the consumer,” said Arrington about the recognition,“There are no words that could express my gratitude, but thank you.” Runners-up: HeadRush Salon and SoHo Salon Bragging rights: Salon NV

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Frenchy’s Lawn and Tree Service 600 S. Elm St. 940-387-3164 www.frenchyslawns.com It’s hard to miss the signature orange and blue vans of Frenchy’s Lawn and Tree Service. If you haven’t seen the “Vans of Fame” on Dallas drive—a unique marketing tool, then you’ve probably at least seen them driving around town. Owner Andre J. “Frenchy” Rheault stumbled into the lawn care business more than 25 years ago and has been servicing Denton ever since. Runner-up: Denton Lawn Sprinkler Inc. Bragging rights: Meador Nursery

BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO Reding Martial Arts 407 Fort Worth Drive 940-891-6000 www.redingmartial arts.com

It’s been a big year for Reding Martial Arts owners Mark and Nick Reding. Not only did they earn black belt professorships in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu—a feat 13 years in the making—but they also opened a larger facility on Fort Worth Drive. The brothers, who grew up in Denton, opened their studio in 1996 when they were just teenagers. Now 16 years later, they teach martial arts they’ve spent years mastering themselves. Runner-up: Marshall’s ATA Taekwondo and Karate for Kids Bragging rights: Texas Isshinryu Karate Kai

BEST MASSAGE CENTER/ SPA Still Waters & Co. Day Spa Salon 324 E. McKinney St # A 940-243-7028 www.stillwatersdayspa.com Need a day of full pampering? Select from any of its sensational spa packages,

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BEST PEST CONTROL Adam’s Exterminating Company 1201 E. McKinney St. 950-228-0032 www.adamspest.com

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BEST INDEPENDENT PET GROOMING SERVICE Beau’s Bath House and Doggie Spa 1800 Brinker Road, Suite 270 940-382-9274 www.beausbathhouse.com

“You supply the love; we supply everything else and we clean up the mess,â€? with a concept so inviting, why not try it out right? Denton customers took Owner Ginna Anthony to her word in 2010 and two years later, it has made the list of Denton’s Best in the grooming category. “We are very proud we won‌that our customers have selected us,â€? Anthony

said. Beau’s Bath House is named after Anthony’s pal, a 5-year-old Great Pyrenees, Shar-Pei and elkhound mix. He is known to visit the store at least once a month to check things out. And ensure that his friends are quite comfortable. He was even present during the Denton’s Ribbon cutting held last year. Since opening two years ago, the selfserve and full-service dog washing business has made itself known through the popular Beau’s Annual Party – the one place where pets can enjoy from low vaccinations, and shelter pet adoptions are made available. Anthony partners with the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection in order to provide vaccinations for local pets and local shelters to help pets find a new home. At their recent event held March 10, 85 vaccinations were given out in just two hours, in spite of the rainy weekend. And there were free hot dogs and drinks, so pet owners were pretty happy. Anthony is strict about ensuring all dogs stay current with the Texas vaccinations. Interested customers need to make

sure their friends’ rabies, DHLP, and bordetella are up to date in order to use Beau’s place. “And we have not had any problems because of that rule,� Anthony said, “It is about the health and safety of their pets.� Runner-up: The Pampered Pooch Pet Salon Bragging rights: Barks-N-Bubbles

BEST PHARMACY Best Pharmacy Community Pharmacy 4400 Teasley Lane, Suite 100 940-382-1618 http://communitypharmacy.com This locally-owned pharmacy offers a Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board sterile and none-sterile compounding laboratory to customize medications to each patient’s specific needs. Community Pharmacy also has an immunization room where they provide immunizations, check cholesterol and glucose levels as well as blood pressure. The pharmacy provides a full stock of

traditional prescription drugs as well as vitamins, herbals and botanicals. The pharmacists on staff also have compiled an extensive library of drug information in print and online to ensure that if they don’t know the answer, they will find it. Kelby S. Selby, R.Ph., FIACP, and his wife, Nancy Penn Selby, R.Ph., co-own the pharmacy. Joining them to provide services to the community are Deeatra Craddock, Pharm. D.; Georgia Leech, R.Ph.; Harold E. Wright, R.Ph.; and Sybil Schaer, Pharm.D. Runners-up: Denton Prescription Shop; S&J Scripture Street Pharmacy (tied for second place)

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER/ PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO Eagleton Photography 1710 N. Elm St. 940-891-1534 www.eagletonphotography.com Walter Eagleton is known not only for his photographic style and commitment

     

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS BEST POOL COMPANY Gohlke Pools 909 Dallas Drive 940-384-7665 www.gohlkepools.com Go on, and build that paradise outside your back door. Matt Gohlke, owner of Gohlke Pools, wants you to. When you need anything related to pool building or renovation, service or

supplies, Gohlke is the place to go according to Denton readers. The business has been part of Denton community since 1958 and now services the entire North Texas region. “It feels good, we got some good customers,’ said Gohlke about being selected as a Denton’s best for the second year in the row. Gohlke Pools is no stranger to high achievement, In addition to Denton recognition they have received the On The Web ElGuapos.com

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Aquatech Design Awards, an award that honors the most attractive swimming pools during its prestigious national competition. Gohlke has received this award for the last nine years. In 2009, the Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business named Gohlke Pools Small Family Business of the Year. Runner-up: Leslie’s Pool Supplies Bragging rights: Larsen Pools

and Teasley Lane, this business has reclaimed the corner once known for a convenience store. Now, it’s hard to remember there ever was a convenience store there. Best runner-up: AlphaGraphics Denton Bragging rights: Eagle & Wheeler

BEST SENIOR CARE FACILITY

BEST PRINT COPY

Good Samaritan Society – Denton Village 2500 Hinkle Drive 940-383-2651 www.good-sam.com/index.php/locations/dentonvillage

Best Print Copy Cooper’s Copies and Printing 1024 Dallas Drive 940-566-2679 www.coopers-copies.com

Known as “Good Sam” to the locals, Good Samaritan Society - Denton Village tends to the care of seniors by focusing on three services: senior living, rehab/skilled care and home and community services like senior college, outpatient therapy and home healthcare. “The Good Samaritan Society has a deep and rich history in the Denton com-

Keeping customers fully stocked with everything from stationery to business cards and more is what makes this business tick. And tick it does. Cooper’s Copies and Printing prides itself on quick, quality service with the convenience of even sending an e-mail to customers when an order is ready. Situated at the corner of Dallas Drive

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It’s what they do. Runner-up: RE/MAX North Associates Bragging rights: Karin Seligmann RE/MAX Masters

BEST VETERINARIAN Denton Veterinary Center 800 I-35E 940-380-9393 www.dentonvetcenter.com

To place your beloved pet in the hands of any veterinarian is an important decision. One that Randy Wuensche and his dedicated staff at the Denton Vet Center take very seriously. Since 1999, the Denton Veterinary Center provides complete veterinary services with state-of-the-art equipment for surgery, dentistry, anesthesia and anesthesia monitoring, hospitalization, and radiology. DVC treats dogs and cats primarily, but also welcomes some exotics pets. The center recently added a new serv-

ice, a therapeutic laser, to helps canines who suffer from arthritis pain. “We have also been doing low cost vaccine clinic every two months,” said Crystal McCormick, the clinic’s office manager. During the clinic, pets get an exam, vaccines, a heartworm test as well as fecal testing and de-worming tests. Runner-up: Southridge Animal Hospital – Dr. Kyle Jones Bragging rights: South Denton Animal Hospital

BEST WORKOUT FACILITY LA Fitness 1350 S. Loop 288 940-380-2904 Since opening in Denton several years ago, LA Fitness has become part of the Denton “must see” facilities with its plethora of amenities ranging from a spa, sauna and pool to racquetball and basketball courts to equipment, group fitness classes and more. The Denton location offers aerobics and aqua fitness classes to belly dancing

and boot camp conditioning. Nabbing its third consecutive year as a Best of Denton winner, LA Fitness is known for its friendly, competent staff including trainers ready to personalize

your workout to fit your goals. After all, its motto is: “Keeping fit is not just a fad — it’s a way of life.” Runner-up: Brickhouse Gym Bragging rights: Jazzercise of Denton

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Thank you Denton for voting us Best Barber Shop in Denton!

Thank You Denton We appreciate your business! Conveniently Located Off Exit 76 at I35W and 407W. 940-648-3573

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Dollar BEST ANTIQUE STORE Downtown Mini-Mall 108 N. Locust St. 940-387-0024 For anyone who has walked around the Denton Square, the Downtown MiniMall, located between Jupiter House Coffee and La Di Da, is sure to catch ones eye. With a variety of knick-knacks in the window including shields, swords and

musical instruments, the average passerby can’t help but go in. It’s no surprise then that readers have voted the Downtown Mini-Mall as the Best Antique Store in Denton. Regardless of what you may be shopping for, you can probably find it here, and if you aren’t shopping for anything, just walking through the mall will provide hours of entertainment. The Downtown MiniMall is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Runner-up: Antique Experience of Denton Bragging rights: W. Douglas Antiques

BEST APARTMENT COMPLEX The Forum at Denton Station 201 Inman St. 940-566-2146 www.forumdenton.com

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Tommy is in the shop repairing vehicles every day! COME SEE WHY WE WERE VOTED BEST OF DENTON FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW!!!!

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as to conference center, game room and recreational sports center added to the list of luxuries. Runner-up: Timberlinks at Denton Apartments Bragging rights: Coronado North Apartments

BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP James Wood Autopark 3906 Interstate 35E 940-591-9663 888-892-6540

sales and service staff, the dealership has seen generations of repeat customers since it was first established by James Wood, who brought a dedication to top customer service from day one. You’ll also see James Wood Autopark involved in numerous community events as a sponsor as both the ownership and its staff believe in giving back to the community. Runner-up: Bill Utter Ford Bragging rights: Jim McNatt Auto Group

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A commitment to excellence is what keeps this dealership at the helm of the annual Best of Denton. Noticeable to passersby with its blue awnings off Interstate 35E, James Wood Autopark offers a wide range of automobiles in all shapes, sizes and hues. Voted number one by the customers who keep returning for the committed

Recycled Books 200 N. Locust St. 940-566-5688 www.recycledbooks.com Recycled Books is one of Denton’s favorite addictions. And why shouldn’t it be? Denton is – to a point – a city of students, teachers and bookworms. Recycled Books sits on the corner of Oak and Locust streets on the downtown Square, beckoning anyone

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Your Bar-B-Q team at Rudy’s would like to send a huge thank you to Denton. We are proud and honored to be chosen for “Best Bar-B-Q”. 940.484.7839 520 I-35 Frontage Rd. • Denton, Tx 76205

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PARTING WITH THE HARD EARNED DOLLAR New York Times Bestseller list, or you can slip down to the basement to thumb through church cookbooks as old as the Denton Historical District. The shop keeps bins full of record albums – from gospel and blues to Frank Zappa’s art rock. In the front part of the store, you can browse through movies on VHS tapes and television series on DVDs. Music by local bands is stocked on DC and vinyl. A trip to Recycled Books is just as much of a meeting with Denton through the years as it is a bargain hunter’s afternoon well spent. You can also run into groups of Role Play Game players meeting up to form campaigns. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Runner-up: Barnes & Noble Booksellers Bragging rights: Hastings Books, Music & Video

BEST CLOTHING STORE BEST STORE ON THE SQUARE La Di Da 114 N. Locust St. 940-442-6888 www.ladidadenton.com With styles from FreePeople, Reef and Toms Shoes, it’s easy to see why readers voted La Di Da the winner for Best Clothing Store, and Best Store on the Square. As the category notes, La Di Da is located in the heart of the Denton Square and offers styles for women of all ages. The store often keeps colorful, eye-catching displays of cute dresses and Toms in the window and makes it hard for the average passerby to say no to a quick visit. Next time you’re taking a walk through The Square, don’t forget to stop in if you

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PARTING WITH THE HARD EARNED DOLLAR aren’t already a regular. The store’s address is 114 N. Locust Street and is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Best Clothing Store Runner-up: Dillards Bragging rights: Macy’s Best Store on the Square Runner-up: Recycled Books Bragging rights: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Fountain

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE/GAS QuikTrip Multiple locations 321 Eagle Drive 3000 E. University Drive 3701 S. Interstate 35E www.quiktrip.com With 24-hour locations and the convenience of getting a free 32-ounce drink with a purchase of a hot dog, QuikTrip once again makes it to the list of the best store/gas station in the city. The idea behind the gas station is to

make everything convenient and of course quick, as the name suggests. It also makes fuel unconditionally guaranteed. “That means if you ever have a fuelrelated problem with your vehicle caused by QuikTrip fuel, QuikTrip will take care of the problem,� the company said via its website, “That doesn’t mean we’ll give you your money back and wish you luck. It means we will work with you to solve the problem. We can only offer this type of guarantee because we are sure our fuel is of the highest quality.� The first QuikTrip opened in Tulsa, Okla. in 1958. In 2008, the company opened its 500th store. Runner-up: RaceTrac Bragging rights: Midway Mart

BEST ENTERTAINMENT STORE/MUSIC & VIDEOS Hastings Books Music & Videos 2311 Colorado Blvd. 940-565-1764 www.gohastings.com No need to take a poll, everyone knows the top location in town that sells books,

music, movies and video games. “Where else can you rent a movie for $4.99, return it the next day and get a $3 credit?� said a fan via the store’s Yelp page. Hastings is also known for having hard-to-find art-house movies as well as

not-so-new artist releases. It also has an in-house coffee shop for refreshments for anyone who wants to take a brake and browse around. Runner-up: Recycled Books Bragging rights: Mad World Records

     

  

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Founded by Bill Thomas in 1962, the store at Oak and Elm streets to this date continues to be one of the oldest Ethan Allen furniture stores in Texas. Ethan Allen is known to provide a fullservice interior design gallery complete with room after room of beautifully-crafted furniture and accessories to make everyone’s home stand out. The family-owned and operated store remains committed to providing quality service as well as supporting the community by participating in events like the annual Holiday Open House held each year at the Square. Last year, Thomas and his wife, Janie also celebrated their sixtieth anniversary by traveling to Nova Scotia, Canada. They married 11 years before Thomas decided

BEST JEWELRY STORE Nasr Bros. Jewelers 1800 Brinker Road 940-565-8282 www.nasrbrosjewelers.com Peter Nasr believes in making sure customers receive exactly what they want – whether it is a top quality wrist watch, pearl earrings or a wedding and engagement set. It is his attention to quality combined with his charisma that keeps this jewelry store ranked as number one. Joining the family business in 1980, Nasr has brought the family’s commitment to excellence to Denton — one of several locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The Nasr family also specializes in custom jewelry and welcomes customers seeking jewelry repairs. The Denton location off Brinker Road and Loop 288 is the flagship store with 7,000 square feet offering an extensive array from such top jewelry designers as Cartier, Tacori, TAG Heuer and many more. And while you’re there, enjoy the onsite coffee corner or view the gallery of art from around the world. And, maybe, you might catch someone on the grand piano situated in the corner. Runner-up: First People’s Jewelers Bragging rights: Ehrhart’s Jewelers

BEST LIQUOR STORE Paradise Spirits and Fine Wines 1217 W. FM407 in Corral City 940-648-3573 www.paradisespirtsandfinewines.com Paradise Spirits and Fine Wines is a full service retail and wholesale liquor

store serving the Denton and Northeast Tarrant County regions. Conveniently located at Interstate 35W at FM407, the store has been locallyowned and -operated since 1995 and is a popular destination for those heading home after a day of work or on their way to a trip or celebration with friends. The professional staff has given much thought to the stores extensive selection of spirits, fine wines, imported beers and many other beverage items. At Paradise, the friendly personnel are ready to assist customers in choosing the ideal beverages for any special occasion or for a relaxing evening at home. Whether a beginner or connoisseur, in need of a single bottle or stocking the wine cellar or bar, the Paradise staff is ready to lend a helping hand in making the right selections to suit individual needs. The store offers a wide selection of imported wine, Texas wine, premium cigars and specialty beer. Runner-up: Crossroads Liquor Bragging rights: Fossil Creek Liquor

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to launch his furniture business on November 11, 1951. Their long standing legacy and their attention to detail is what keeps the store as a Denton favorite each year. Runner-up: The Store for Décor Bragging rights: Bungalow Furniture

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PARTING WITH THE HARD EARNED DOLLAR Runner-up: Meador Nursery Bragging rights: Four Seasons Nursery

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Sleeping Lizzards 424 N. Elm St. 940-484-4056 www.sleepinglizzards.com

Since November 1998, Calloway’s has provided Denton patrons with an array of flowers and plants. The Denton Center facility just makes gardening just fun by providing customers advice from experts in the field, weekly clinics, kids’ gardening programs, and of course garden events like the Perennial Festival and the upcoming Earth Day Festival & Bug Bonanza. Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional Brooke Daughetee is the store manager at the Denton center. “She enjoys gardening and serving customers,” officials with the company said. There are 19-store Calloway’s garden location serving Dallas, Fort Worth and the Houston area.

Get ready to use the double “zz” while reading this: Sleeping Lizzards is just that kind of place - a place where the eclectic becomes popular. It is its own univerzzze right in the heart of Denton. (See, we told you.) Since 1994, Beth Klein and Roxanne Clark have gathered the best funky treasurers any person could find from jewelry pieces, eclectic art, home décor, handmade greeting cards, clothing and others. The store sits in a renovated 3,700square foot building, once a jail built in the early 1900’s, its website states. Runner-up: Spirit Station Bragging rights: La Di Da

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PARTING WITH THE HARD EARNED DOLLAR BEST VINTAGE STORE Twice as Nice Resale of Denton 413 E. Oak St 940-383-8267 www.twiceasniceresale.com

Shop at Twice as Nice Resale frequently since new merchandise is available daily, is one of the recommendations from officials at Denton’s upscale resale shop. “Regular visits will increase your chances of finding what you are looking for–or snagging an unexpected treasure,” the store website reads. Twice As Nice resale store doubles as a haven for bargain shoppers and a support system for women with pregnancy needs. Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource, a nonprofit organization, opened Twice As Nice in 2004, at a smaller location on Loop 288 to help fund the services it provided. By 2008, Twice as Nice opened on Oak Street, tripling its space. The Twice as Nice carries clothing for men, women and children as well as baby accessories, furniture, electronics and

even household items. Store Manager Rita Sprabary oversees the store and its many volunteers that support the center by sorting donated merchandise, stocking shelves and helping with its operations. Runner-up: Circa 77 Bragging rights: Downtown Mini Mall

BEST WESTERN WEAR STORE Best Western Wear Store Weldon’s Saddle Shop & Western Wear 345 E. Hickory St. 940-382-1921 www.weldonswestern.com Since 1957, Weldon’s Saddle Shop has provided North Texans and those visiting our fair state with quality western wear and tack not to mention custom saddle and leather work via the capable hands of owner Weldon Burgoon. Involved in rodeo since the age of 11, Burgoon knows the western style inside and out. Today, the Texas Rodeo Cowboy

Hall of Fame inductee enjoys spending his time working with customers who stop by to restock gear, buy a pair of boots, or even just to stop in with family and friends for a tour. The store is filled to the brim with history, much like a museum, complete with old photographs, antique bits and spurs, Remington statues and other western artifacts. In Denton, if you want to know about rodeo, Weldon Burgoon’s your man. Through the years, his clients have ranged from residents to celebrities to working cowboys. Situated in the heart of “Horse Country USA,” there’s no better place to stock up on everything western. Runner-up: Foster’s Western Wear & Saddle Shop Bragging rights: Justin Discount Boots & Cowboy

BEST WINE STORE Wine2 110 W. Oak St. 940-384-9463

http://winetimeswine.com In a city most known for its standard bars, a wine bar and store is a refreshing change of pace. Readers voted Wine2 their favorite vino spot, and for very good reason. Like its name, Wine2 or Wine Squared is located in the Denton Square and offers patrons a wide selection of fairly priced and great wines. Whether you’re a fan of reds or whites, Wine2 has it. The store also has a variety of high end beers and snacks that are perfect for pairing with wine. The staff is very helpful in helping you select something to satisfy your tastes and will also let you walk into the square with your glasses to enjoy the atmosphere of Denton and The Square. Wine2 is located at 110 W. Oak Street Suite A and is open Monday through Wednesday 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 2:30 p.m. to midnight and Sunday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Runner-up: Metzler’s Food & Beverage Bragging rights: Vigne Wine Shop and Delicatessen

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around town BEST BAR Dan’s Silverleaf 103 Industrial St. 940-320-2000 www.danssilverleaf.com Dan’s Silverleaf isn’t a big venue, but it’s among the most important in Denton. The local public house was the first night spot to move to Industrial Street, a short city block once occupied by a feed

store and a mom-and-pop grocery market. Dan’s originated on Elm Street, but shuttered when hard times hit. Co-owner Dan Mojica pulled himself up by the bootstraps, however, when a silent partner approached him and help re-locate at 103 Industrial St. They put bright, matte blue paint on the outside walls, erected a curving bar near the Russell Street wall, then added a nice-size stage and tech booth. Then

Mojica opened the taps, armed a friendly bar staff with bottle openers and corkscrews and started booking some of the best Red Dirt, Texas and Americana music acts into his club. The crowds came for the music, bought drinks and kept coming. Mojica stayed friendly and helped form the Industrial Street Guild, an association for the the merchant neighbors who joined him on the block – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Rooster’s Roadhouse and Seniors In Motion.

These days, you can still catch Asleep at the Wheel, Brave Combo and up-an-comers like Hares on the Mountain. Bands are proudly recording live albums at Dan’s – if you haven’t sampled The Boxcar Bandits Live at Dan’s, you should. On the nights when the stage is still, patrons can catch a game and some gossip. Doors open at about 4 p.m. and close at 2 a.m. most days. Runner-up: Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Bragging rights: The Loophole





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Located right off the I-35, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites went from being a diamond in the rough to one of the Denton best this year. With lobby and restaurant renovations were completed last summer, the hotel found new ways to draw more attention to itself. The hard work definitely paid off. An on-site business center, a restaurant and lounge, several meeting rooms and the convenience of a 24-housr free highspeed Internet access are some of the amenities customers can look forward to using. Last year, the Holiday Inn Denton became property of Ascent Hospitality, a hotel development and management company based in Dalton, Ga. The hotel is also managed by Louisville, Ky.’s

Schulte Hospitality, which runs hotels affiliated with more than 10 brands around the country. The Denton hotel, which opened in 2007, has about 5,000 square feet of meeting space and 153 guest rooms, including 24 luxury suites. Runner-up: Courtyard by Marriott Bragging rights: Hilton Garden Inn and Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites

BEST KEPT SECRET IN DENTON Cafe Du Luxe 3101 Unicorn Lake Blvd. 940-382-7070 www.cafeduluxe.com Café Du Luxe is just the spot for film buffs in Denton who like to end their outing to the cinema with wine or fine coffee, but who don’t want to have to drive to Mockingbird Station in Dallas every time. Café Du Luxe has a menu of coffee and wines for anyone who has caught the latest Oscar hopeful at the Denton

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Arts and Jazz Festival www.dentonjazzfest.com The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is one of the longest running events in Denton. The free, three-day event has something for everyone—music, art, dance and food. Top acts come to Denton to perform the tens of thousands who flock to the city’s main park each day. Stages throughout Quakertown Park also feature the varied local talent from the very young to the wise among us. Everyone who attends has a favorite memory - from the plethora of food delights to the booth after booth of beautiful artistry brought from across the state and country in the form of paintings, jewelry, woodwork and much, much more. It’s the perfect place to bring friends and family, to see and be seen, to enjoy the fruits of living in such a vivacious and

eclectic community. The festival started over 30 years ago under a different name and now attracts more than 200,000 attendees. Carol Short works tirelessly organizing the festival each year along with the help of many others in the community, including the Top Hands - a group of dedicated volunteers. And it always ends with Denton’s own two-time Grammy-winning Brave Combo. Runner-up: 35 Denton Bragging rights: Holiday Lighting Festival

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BEST SPORTS BAR PourHouse Sports Grill 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd. 940-484-7455 http://pourhousegrill.com

The first restaurant in Unicorn Lake officially opened in March 2008 with 10,000 square feet of room for lunch and dinner along with a dedicated media room perfect for watching sports. Among the 14 flat screen televisions inside PourHouse is a 142-inch HD projection screen and five 58-inch screens. It

is a sports fan’s dream. Owner Rick Moore, a longtime Denton entrepreneur, envisioned a gathering place for those who love sports and want an evening of dinner, drink and entertain-

ment in the form of basketball, baseball, football, soccer and much more. The menu includes such treats as rotisserie-cooked meats and wood-fired pizzas.

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Saturday, April 21 from 8am to 5pm • Ed Wallace will broadcast his Wheels with Ed Wallace radio show live on 570 KLIF from 8am to 1pm. • George & Martha Mazin will be here with their fantastic four person racing simulator for all to experience. • Kwik Kar Lantana’s very own Jake Vance will entertain us all with his spectacular vocals & guitar playing. Follow Kwik Kar Lantana on Facebook and Twitter as well as our website www.KwikKarLantana.com for another VERY SPECIAL announcement that will happen sometime before our Grand Opening.

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BEST WEDDING/PARTY VENUE Denton Wildwood Inn 2602 Lillian Miller Parkway 940-243-4919 www.denton-wildwoodinn.com People who stay at the Wildwood Inn embrace its Old World charm as well as its modern conveniences. Guests are known to describe Denton’s best wedding venue with just one word - “beautiful.” The bed and breakfast sits on foursecluded, wooded acres, reminiscent of a French countryside estate. It offers guests a little of everything - 24-hour concierge service, free wireless and high-speed Internet, a 4-Star onsite restaurant as well as meeting rooms with A/V equipment rental and free parking. For those looking for a romantic gateway, they can choose different romantic packages that may include champagne, flowers and chocolate dipped strawberries. Runner-up: Ashton Gardens Bragging rights: Texas Woman’s University Little Chapel in the Woods

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