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AUTO BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP (NEW/PRE-OWNED) JAMES WOOD AUTOPARK 3906 South Interstate Highway 35E. 940-591-9663 www.jameswood.com James Wood Autopark, the massive General Motors dealership with the big blue awnings on Interstate 35E south of Denton not only won the Best of Denton new auto dealership Best in Denton award, but also the Best of Denton pre-owned dealership. Ross Ellis is the executive manager of the dealership that sells and services GM vehicles such as Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. The business has been open in Denton for 25 years. James Wood not only sells cars, it provides full services, including body work. It maintains a huge inventory of vehicles of all models. “A family atmosphere” is what makes James Wood Autopark unique, Ellis says. He thinks residents voted for James Wood “because of our ease of doing business and our friendly staff.” He said the dealership is very honored to have been chosen Best of Denton. “It is a great feeling knowing your employees do

such a great job taking care of people in our community.” Runner-up: Bill Utter Ford Honorable Mention: Classic of Denton

BEST AUTO INSPECTION /OIL CHANGE KWIK KAR 2303 W. University Drive 3507 E. University Drive 2233 Colorado Blvd. 26737 U.S. Highway 380 www.kwikkardenton.com Owners Marta and Frank Dudowicz have spent the last 16 years making sure there is a Kwik Kar near every Denton resident. It is that commitment to being accessible to the community, and their unrivaled standards in service, that has landed Kwik Kar its fifth consecutive Best of Denton award. With locations on the north, south and east, and on the Paloma Creek side of Aubrey, Kwik Kar is your ASE-certified neighborhood mechanic for everything from an oil change to brake repair, engine diagnostics, state inspections and battery replacements.

They handle all makes and models. Kwik Kar was built on a foundation of trust, excellent customer service and highquality vehicle care. “We are so honored to be named as the best in our field of expertise,” Marta Dudowicz said. “It is a true testament to our hard work and ongoing attention to the highest level of customer service. We are

thankful for our customers and are so proud to do business in Denton.” Runner-up: North Texas Sticker Station Honorable Mention: Sticker Station Best Oil Change Runner-up: James Wood Autopark Honorable Mention: The Sticker Station


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AUTO BEST AUTO SERVICE/REPAIR TOMMY’S HI TECH AUTO REPAIR 620 Fort Worth Dr. 940-387-0070 www.tommyht.com www.facebook.com/tommyhitech https://twitter.com/HiTechDenton When you've been in business for 26 years as one of Denton's most established auto repair facilities, you know you've gotten your hands dirty a time or two and have encountered just about every problem an automobile engine can create. But that longtime experience of the team at Tommy's Hi Tech Auto is only part of the picture when it comes to explaining their success and honor of being named the best auto maintenance shop in Denton. As a family owned and operated business, Tommy's goes to great lengths to make sure they also treat all of their customers like family. So if your car, truck or other vehicle needs repair or maybe just some regular maintenance, Tommy's Hi Tech Auto has proven itself as a place where you'll get friendly, courteous service and repair work that is done right the first time.

1900 W. University, and is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the summer and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in winter. Runner-up: Blue Wave Laser Wash Honorable Mention: Kwik Car

BEST PAINT AND BODY SHOP

Runner-up: James Wood Autopark Honorable Mention: Kwik Kar

BEST CAR WASH THE WASH FACTORY 1135 South Loop 288 1900 W. University 940-383-2772 www.thewashfactory.com The Wash Factory, an automated car wash that lets customers choose what level

of wash they’d like, is a cut above typical drive-through car washes. Motorists can choose between the $3 “Original,” a straightforward wash, rinse and dry; the $5 “A Little Extra,” which tacks on a spot-free rinse, under-carriage rinse and wheel pre-soak; the $7 “Big Wheelie,” which adds tire and wheel cleaning and shine. Customers who want the works can choose the aptly-named $10 “Everything” and $12 “Make it Shine.” The Wash Factory has two locations, one at 1135 South Loop 288 and another at

CALIBER COLLISION 718 N. Elm St. 940-387-3575 www.calibercollision.com Winning Best of Denton is nothing new for Caliber Collision but they don’t rest on past success, they continue to strive to be the best paint and body shop in Denton and voters are quick to recognize that. Since 1998, Caliber Collision has provided the North Texas area with top-notch paint and body work. They provide a lifetime warranty on all repairs and their goal is to succeed in customer service. “Our first priority is the customer and the service we provide them,” center manager Kevin Elias says. “We are very honored that the people of Denton voted us Best of Denton.” Runner-up: James Wood Autopark Honorable Mention: Color Customs of Denton


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AUTO BEST TOWING AND WRECKER SERVICE B&O TOWING 219 N. Locust Street 940-387-6589 www.bandotowing.com When you call a towing or wrecker service, it usually isn’t the best moment of the day. Not only does B&O Towing know that, the family owned company makes a point to take it into consideration and lists customer service as its No. 1 priority when serving the customers of Denton. The company was founded in 1957, so it has deep ties to the community, and it was purchased by Danny and Amy Byington in 1993. Now, they specialize in everything from towing and service calls to alignments, inspections and full automobile maintenance and repair. Since they bought the company nearly 25 years ago, they have strived to serve all customers as their own family and try to make all customers’ car issues better, and if nothing else, ease their stress. Runner-up: Akers Towing Honorable Mention: Ron’s Wrecker Service


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BARS & NIGHTLIFE BEST BAR/ BARTENDING STAFF/ BEER SELECTION/ PATIO EAST SIDE DENTON 117 E. Oak St. 940-218-1401 www.eastsidedenton.com It hasn’t taken long for East Side to win over the hearts of Denton residents with an all-encompassing approach to service that includes a friendly atmosphere, an unrivaled selection of craft beer, a must-see patio and a team of bartenders whose attention to detail is second to none. This local craft bar, which opened its doors four years ago roughly a block away from the downtown Denton Square, has an inviting and smoke-free interior with a comfortable patio out back to handle all your night-life needs with friends and family. If that isn’t unique enough, East Side also offers a food truck with options to satisfy any pallet. And the mood of the bar as a whole is easy going and stylish. Because East Side exclusively sells craft beer – 89 selections to be exact – the staff is constantly learning all it can about the industry and what it’s pouring. That means

customers receive the best possible experience. Runner-up: LSA Burgers Co. Honorable Mention: Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor Best Bartending Staff Runner-up: Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor Honorable Mention: RT’s Neighborhood Bar Best Beer Selection Runner-up: Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor Honorable Mention: Harvest House Best Patio Runner-up: LSA Burger Co. Honorable Mention: Harvest House

BEST DRINK MENU PASCHALL BAR 112 N. Locust St., Suite C www.facebook.com/PaschallBar Again Paschall Bar has proven to be the top pick for patrons for a relaxing time with friends. Paschall Bar has become a popular stopping place for downtown visitors. It is a cocktail bar filled with music and a classic decor and a warm and friendly at-

Paschall Bar

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BARS & NIGHTLIFE BEST HAPPY HOUR CHUY’S

3300 Wind River Lane 940-228-0555 www.chuys.com

With a combination of great food and drinks in a fun atmosphere, Chuy’s is once a top choice by Best of Denton voters. The menu is composed of a combination of flavors made up of ingredients from across the southern United States and Mexico, Chuy’s offers fresh Tex-Mex food. In addition to the great food, Chuy’s offers an unbeatable happy hour Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. With great deals on nachos, house margaritas, Texas Martinis and domestic beers, Chuy’s is the place to go for those happy hour get-togethers. You can’t beat friendly service and great food, especially Tex-Mex food, and Chuy’s provides just that. All of the products are made fresh in the house including fresh rolled tortillas and fresh, never frozen, produce that gives every customer a great TexMex experience every time. Runner-up: East Side Denton Honorable Mention: Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor

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BARS & NIGHTLIFE BEST KARAOKE NIGHT CROSSROADS BAR 1803 N. Elm St. 940-293-7771

For you wannabe country artists, 80s rockers and BeeGee fans, Crossroads Bar is the place for you. It offers karaoke six nights a week and a Sunday drag show. In business for just over three years, the bar prides itself on the one-of-a-kind experience a customer has when they walk through the door. “I would like to think we give our customers a special friendly experience,” owner Richard Underwood says. Runner-up: Mable Peabody’s Honorable Mention: The Abbey Underground

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE DAN’S SILVERLEAF 103 Industrial St. 940-320-2000 www.danssilverleaf.com

According to voters in the Best of Denton balloting for several years, Dan’s Silver-

leaf is the place to go in Denton for live music. Nothing changed in 2016 as Dan’s Silverleaf continues to book established musicians and bands from all over the country on a nightly basis. Dan’s Silverleaf caters to fans of country, rockabilly, Western swing and indie rock. The club has opened its doors to many different groups, ranging from anti-fracking advocates and panel discussions from local Grammy Award winners to politicial debates. Runner-up: Harvest House Honorable Mention: LSA Burger Co.

BEST POOL TABLES JR POCKETS

1127 Fort Worth Drive 940-383-3573

For the avid pool players looking for a friendly game, a tournament or league play, JR Pockets Pool & Billards Sports Bar & Grill is the place to go. JR Pockets has served Denton for more than 30 years, making it one of the most well-established facilities in the area. With 12 eight-foot tables, JR Pockets hosts tournaments two nights each week and has league play.


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BARS & NIGHTLIFE and they communicate that knowledge without pretence. They sport a fun, informative atmosphere that encourages learning and teaches history through their customer service. Their lengthy wine list is matched by wine classes and tastings while also providing happy hour specials, game nights and live music to accompany several other events throughout the year. To top it off, Wine Squared provides food options with a build-your-own charcuterie plate to go along with beer options for the non-wine fans so there are choices for just about everyone. Runner-up: Hannah’s Off The Square Honorable Mention: Steve’s Wine Bar

Besides pool and darts, the business has a grill and a full-service bar with daily specials. Runner-up: The LABB Honorable Mention: Dusty’s Bar & Grill

BEST SPORTS BAR DALLAS CRAFT CO.

(Formerly Drunken Donkey Bar & Grill) 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd. 940-383-3700 http://www.dallascraftco.com

The name has changed from Drunken Donley Bar and Grill to Dallas Craft Company but the Unicorn Lake location remains a favorite hangout as the best sports bar in Denton. Dallas Craft Company has 145 taps with a heavy focus on local craft beers and the number of taps and craft beers in general is unmatched in the DFW area according to Adam Harkless, director of operations. With a view of Unicorn Lake through glass windows right below a row of flat screens TVs is not a bad way to catch a game and the menu offers a wide variety of selections from the gastropub-style scratch kitchen.

“We have a very knowledgeable and friendly staff and the food far better than our sports bar competitors,” Harkless says. “It's great to be a part of the local community. Our loyal guests are the lifeblood of who we are and what we do. It's a great honor to be chosen.” Runner-up: RT’s Neighborhood Bar Honorable Mention: East Side Social Club

BEST WINE LIST WINE SQUARED

110 W. Oak St., A 940-594-1339 www.WineTimesWine.com

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BEAUTY Southern Hospitality.” It was featured in American Salon Magazine 2014. The staff strives to create a personal style that takes every facet of their clients’ needs into consideration. Owner Daphne Arrington has a passion for people and has a desire to develop a team of highly driven employees dedicated to the salon’s clients. The business was named the Best Salon in Denton multiple times over the last five years. Runner-up: Davanti Salon and Spa Honorable Mention: Lucky Locks Beauty Bar

BEST BARBER SHOP THE BEARDED LADY 208 N. Austin St. 940-765-3266 www.travelinggrooomingparlor.com At The Bearded Lady you can get a shave, a haircut, a tattoo or a drink. Zack Johnston is the owner-manager of The Bearded Lady, a traditional barber shop and old school tattoo parlor. Their waiting room is a bar, the East Side Social Club. It is open 20 hours a day, seven days a

week. The Bearded Lady has been in business for a year and a half. “Delivering the highest quality cuts and shaves on a daily basis, we push the boundaries of what we can crank out of 111 square feet,” Johnston says. As for the honor of being the Best of Denton winner, he said: “It’s very humbling. Being a new business has its ups and downs. We have had nothing but support from Denton.” Runner-up: Sport Clips Honorable Mention: Great Clips

BEST HAIR SALON SALON LAPAGE 2900 Wind River Lane #140 940-380-1110 www.salonlapage.com Salon LaPage specializes in advanced color and cutting, facial waxing and hair treatments. The salon delivers the highest level of education to its staff, which then offers an excellent guest experience. The salon’s moto is “New York Style with

BEST MASSAGE CENTER/SPA SOMA MASSAGE THERAPY 529 Malone St., No. 119 940-536-8720 www.somadenton.com Need to relax? Need healing? Soma Massage Therapy offers relaxation and healing in many forms. Their signature massage is deep tissue, but they also offer prenatal and sports messages, aromatherapy, hot stone, reiki, scrubs, cupping, bamboo, reflexology, Swedish and lymphatic massages.


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BEAUTY Amber Briggle is the owner. She opened the business in November, 2013. Several things make Soma unique. It has a no-tipping policy. “We want our clients to understand that massage not only feels good, but it’s good for you,” Amber says. “Our focus here is on healing. We are not a spa, we are a massage studio with some of the finest, most professional, best-trained therapists in North Texas.” Amber says she is honored to again be chosen Best Massage Studio. “To win this award four years in a row (especially since we’ve only been open for 3 1/2 years) feels so special, “she said. “I am so proud of my team that works so hard every day to bring healing and balance to our community, and so grateful to our clients for valuing the level of service we provide. Thank you, everyone.” Runner-up: Essentials Day Spa Honorable Mention: Massage Envy Spa

BEST NAIL SALON BELLA SALON & SPA 2430 S. Interstate 35-E 940-383-3552 www.facebook.com/BellaSalonSpaDenton

Pedicures, massages, facials, makeup and more. Bella is like family with a that strives to soothe every client who comes into its happy environment. Kim and Patrick Nguyen have developed close relationships with their clientele for 14 years total in Denton. Self-proclaimed service that is unmatched, customers can expect a quality of pampering that welcomes both customers old and new. Runner-up: Deluxe Nails & Spa Honorable Mention: Envy Nail Spa

BEST SPECIALTY SERVICES LUCKY LOCKS BEAUTY BAR 116 N. Austin St. 940-231-2006 www.myluckylocks.com Whether you are looking for hair extensions, fashion colors, makeup, lash extensions or microblading, Lucky Locks Beauty Bar is the place to go. The Lucky Locks hair extensions are made from the finest quality of human hair available, offering a distinct selection to help customers achieve the look they are after. The company has been in business for

just over a year and a half, but has already secured back-to-back Best of Denton awards for its dedication and commitment to the community. “We are absolutely honored to win for a second year in a row,” owner Amanda Servis said. Runner-up: BodyScaping Laser & Aesthetics Honorable Mention: Premiere Laser Centre

BEST TANNING SALON PALM BEACH TAN 409 W. University Dr. 1719 S. Loop 288 www.palmbeachtan.com For those looking to bronze up for swimsuit season, residents say to look no further than Palm Beach Tan. The salon is open seven days a week, allowing patrons to tan around their schedule. The friendly staff also makes sure the facilities are kept clean and sanitary. With two locations to serve both the northern and southern portions of the city, the tanning salon offers affordable packages for tanning beds and spray tans. The tanning beds range from bronze to diamond

level and can be upgraded at any time for a small fee. Runner-up: Tantrum Airbrush Tanning. LLC Honorable Mention: Planet Tan


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LIFE & FUN BEST CHILD CARE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 201 S. Locust St. 940-382- 0074 ext. 1033 www.fumc-denton.com

First-rate preschool and full-time daycare chock-full of meaningful of learning opportunities await children six weeks of age through eighth grade. Director Kay Jennings called the staff of 45 years outstanding and dedicated. Beyond merely watching children, the folks at First United Methodist Church aim to set a foundation of life for all children who pass through their doors. Runner-up: Wellspring Christian Academy Honorable Mention: First Baptist Child Development Center

any party one to remember by supplying everything from tents and dance floors for weddings to balloons for children’s birthday parties. The business provides free consultations and quotes for upcoming events and can help coordinate any type of party. PJs rents everything from lighting and cake stands to tables and chairs. PJ’s has been in business for 16 years and is committed to dependability and customer service. The staff has more than 30 years of experience in the party industry. They strive to bring passion and creativity to the parties they help with and has a commitment to providing unparalleled customer service. Runner-up: Joe’s Jump Honorable Mention: My Repertoire Face Painting

BEST CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY VENDORS

BEST CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE

PJ’S PARTY RENTALS AND ESSENTIALS

ALTITUDE TRAMPOLINE PARK

PO Box 1323, Sanger, Texas 76266 940-384-7789 www.pjspartyrental.com

PJ's Party Rental & Essentials can make

2434 S. Interstate 35E 940-383-5867 www.altitudedenton.com

Open for just over a year, Altitude Trampoline Park has quickly become popular

venue for family fun and parties. The Denton location is the ninth in the Altitude family and offers a foam pit, gymnastics tumble track, a kid zone, basketball dunking lanes, dodge ball and group fitness in the 30,000 square foot facility. General manager Caleb Hogan believes

one of the main reasons Altitude has become such a popular go-to place is because of the safe, family fun environment. Runner-up: Denton Parks & Recreation Water Works Honorable Mention: Denton Parks & Recreation North Lake Park


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LIFE & FUN BEST COMMUNITY EVENT ARTS & JAZZ FESTIVAL P.O. Box 2104 940-565-0931 www.dentonjazzfest.com

For 37 years the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival has provided Denton and the area with the best music and arts attraction in North Texas. Executive director Carol Short and her staff continue to bring in top performers to headline the spring event which draws attendance from all over North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. Runner-up: North Texas Fair & Rodeo Honorable Mention: Denton Community Market

BEST DANCE STUDIO DENTON DANCE CONSERVATORY

4103 Mesa Dr. 940-383-2623 www.DentonDance.com

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LIFE & FUN dance classes. Self confidence, teamwork, goal setting, grace under pressure (pun intended), are just a few of the qualities that our nurturing learning environment offers,” Racina-Torre said. Runner-up: Denton Ballet Academy Honorable Mention: A Time To Dance Studio

BEST GYMNASTICS ACHIEVERS GYMNASTICS CENTER 3014 S. I-35 940-484-4900 www.achieversgymnastics.com

radio is on? Denton Dance Conservatory can channel all that youthful energy into dance with the help of an experienced dance faculty that understands and teaches classical forms -- like ballet, tap and jazz. But the staff at Denton Dance Conservatory is just as excited about emerging styles -- hip-hop and it’s fusion styles that

fill Youtube video feeds. This year is the sixth that the Denton studio has won Best of Denton’s award for Best Dance Studio. Lead by Lisa Racina-Torre for the last 29 years, Denton Dance Conservatory keeps its large studio (and several smaller ones) bustling with dancing bodies. The conservatory offers classes in all lev-

els in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater, adult ballet, adult tap, and more. Summer camps are available for all school age children and teens. “DDC has been able to establish a formula for giving children a solid foundation in dance technique, along with all the other things children can learn from taking

In 25 year of business, Achievers Gymnastics Center has established itself as one of the premier gymnastics training centers in North Texas. Owned and operated by Frank Kudlac, Achievers offers gymnastics and cheer instruction for all ages and abilities. The facility also offers birthday parties, parent’s night out, open gyms, ninja obstacle course training, indoor parks and even homeschool classes. Runner-up: Denton Gymnastics Academy Honorable Mention: Corinth Gymnastics


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LIFE & FUN BEST HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB

Runner-up: Cinemark Honorable Mention: Denton Community Theatre

PLANET FITNESS 806 W. University Dr. 888-237-9005 www.planetfitness.com

With a main focus on general fitness, it’s not likely you’ll see many body builders at Planet Fitness. The club prides itself on their “judgment-free” attitude and aims to provide a safe and respectful atmosphere to anyone trying to stay healthy. The location in Denton offers members access to its machines, free weights and fitness training. Black card members also get benefits like tanning, hydro massage chairs and unlimited guest privileges. Runner-up: North Lakes Recreation Center Honorable Mention: Denton Jazzercise

BEST LIVE/MOVIE THEATER DENTON MOVIE TAVERN

916 W. University Drive 940-483-1483 www.movietavern.com www.facebook.com/MovieTavernDenton/

BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO REDING MARTIAL ARTS 407 Fort Worth Drive 940-891-6000 www.redingmartialarts.com

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Is there any better way to enjoy a big screen movie than to kick back in a comfy chair with a delicious meal in front of you? The Movie Tavern has been providing local movie goers with that experience for years and it's better than ever now. A recently finished remodeling campaign has made the movie-going experience at the Movie Tavern even more enjoyable.

They've installed luscious new recliners, expanded to nine auditoriums, created a new bar and did a makeover in the lobby. It now lives up to its Cinema Eatery business label. And since it's staffed and operated by local residents, viewers get a real Denton feel -- you never who you might bump into there -- entering the Movie Tavern, and that's bound to assure your moviewatching experience will be an enjoyable couple of hours.

With more than 20 years in business, Reding Martial Arts has relied teaching quality martial arts in a friendly and familyoriented atmosphere to become one of the best martial arts facilities in Denton. Owner Mark Reding was born and raised in Denton so he's not only proud to be teaching martial arts to his hometown community but is honored being selected for a “people's choice” award as Best in Denton. Reding's lessons, whether it's in one-onone individual training or in a classroom environment, focus on emphasizing and building on the strong values of the martial arts. Runner-up: Denton Taekwondo Academy Honorable Mention: Aikido of Denton


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LIFE & FUN the community at a low cost. The staff can help make your creative dream a reality and offers reused materials for arts and crafts in addition to supplies forschool, the office, or a party. Stop by today – you never know what you’re going to find! Runner-up: Painting With A Twist Honorable Mention: Serendipity On The Square

BEST PRIVATE/GROUP MUSIC LESSONS BONDURIS MUSIC

813 N. Locust 940-320-6023 www.bondurismusic.com

BEST PLACE TO CREATE ARTS /CRAFTS SCRAP DENTON 420 S. Bell Ave. 940-808-1611 www.scrapdenton.org

SCRAP Denton isn’t your typical arts and crafts store. As a nonprofit that values creative reuse and the environment, the company has quickly built a loyal customer base despite being in business for just five years. SCRAP Denton takes the time to divert arts and crafts supplies from the waste stream before proceeding to make them available to

After three decades in the music lesson business, Bonduris Music Instruction and Production continues to be a “local flavor”, yet professional establishment. Owner Thad Bonduris has a relentless drive to keep the music learning relevant to the student’s musical goals and experiences. “We have hand-picked professional performing musicians, who really care about music-teaching,’ Bonduris said. “We have a very low turnover rate of students and teachers. People stay with us!”

Runner-up: The Ghost Note Honorable Mention: UNT String Program

BEST RECREATIONAL VEHICLES & EQUIPMENT CYCLE CENTER OF DENTON

521 Acme Street 940-387-3885 www.cyclecenterofdenton.com

With the largest selection of Powersports in North Texas, Cycle Center of Denton routinely promotes family fun for all ages with great customer service. The company has been in business since the 1960’s, consistently helping serve those in the Denton community. Cycle Center of Denton offers a wide variety of new and used ATVs, motorcycles, jet skis and more to help satisfy your off-road cravings. “We have a huge passion for the Denton community and supporting local businesses and groups,” marketing director Corinne Martin said. “We are truly honored and humbled to be receiving this award.” Runner-up: McClain’s RV Superstore Honorable Mention: Camping World


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LIFE & FUN BEST WEDDING & EVENT VENUE TWU’S LITTLE CHAPEL IN THE WOODS

Administration Drive and Bell Avenue 940-898-3644 www.twu.edu

TWU’s Little Chapel-in-the-Woods may be the most beautiful place for a wedding in the United States. Maybe the world. The chapel is located just off Bell Avenue behind the high-rise dormitories on the campus. It can be reserved by anyone and is constantly in use. It was designed by famous architect O’Neil Ford, who grew up in Denton. He also designed the Denton Community Building, the Denton City Hall, Hemisfair in San Antonio and the campus of Trinity University. It was built with the help of TWU faculty and staff members and students in 1937. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated the chapel. The first wedding held in the chapel was in 1939. The TWU Conference Services offers a variety of venues to host conferences. The chapel has a rich history that continues to provide a location for weddings, commitment ceremonies, memorial services and recitals. The Texas Society of Architects recog-

nized the chapel as one of Texas’ 20 most outstanding architectural achievements. Local residents realize the hard work it took to build the chapel and appreciate the history while also admiring the beauty it has to offer. “Texas Woman’s is a part of the fabric of Denton. We so appreciate the mulidimensional aspects of this community, and so it makes us grateful and honored to hvae one of our campus gems recognized,” Chancellor and President Dr. Carine Feyten said. Runner-up: Wildwood Inn Honorable Mention: The Milestone Wedding & Event Center

BEST YOGA STUDIO TWISTED BODIES

709 S. Elm St. 940-514-1170 www.twistedbodies.com www.facebook.com/twistedbodies https://twitter.com/twistedbodiesyp

More than simply a business and yoga studio, Twisted Bodies apparently has had a much deeper affect on many of its clients, one of whom told co-owners Carissa Laitinen-Kniss and Khristen Pahler that, “coming to this studio has truly changed my life.” To have that affect on folks since opening in 2008, Twisted Bodies has continued

to proudly offer a unique approach to overall health and fitness with a lineup of classes that not only includes yoga, but pilates, aerial yoga, aerial arts, pole fitness and more. The variety of classes inside the Twisted Bodies studio provides each customer with an invested passion that will help that client succeed in their own personal goals. It is the continued positive response that

Laitinen-Kniss and Pahler have received from customers over the years that have kept them not only motivated and dedicated to their craft, but committed to providing everyone who comes through their doors with the best possible training. Runner-up: Karma Yoga Denton Honorable Mention: Denton Yoga Center


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FOOD & RESTAURANTS BEST BARBECUE

BEST AFFORDABLE /BEST NEW RESTAURANT OPENED IN 2016 BOCA 31 206 S Bell Ave. 940-514-1444 www.facebook.com/Boca31.Denton/ Looking for the newest food stop in Denton? Look no further than Boca 31. Chef and owner Andres Meraz opened the restaurant eight months ago and it has quickly become a favorite place to visit in the Denton restaurant scene. Meraz believes the thing that makes his restaurant inique is the flavors you get to experience with each dish. “Our menu is in a blackboard so we can serve different items at any time,” explains Meraz. “We have an open kitchen so the customers can see everything is fresh and made to order.” Runner-up: OldWest Cafe Honorable Mention: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Best New Restaurant Opened in 2016 Runner-up: Komodo Loco Honorable Mention: Pizza Snob

BEST ASIAN THAI SQUARE DENTON 209 W. Hickory St. Suite 104 940-380-0671 www.thaisquaredenton.com Thai Square Denton isn’t new to the restaurant scene in Denton but is a first-time

winner in the Best of Denton balloting. The quant restaurant just off the Denton square specializes with a complete menu of Thai food choices. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday, serving lunch and dinner. Runner-up: Mr. Chopsticks Honorable Mention: Thai Ocha

RUDY’S COUNTRY STORE AND BBQ 520 S. Interstate 35E 940-368-2338 www.rudys.com As Texans, we take our barbeque seriously. The folks over at Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ know this all too well and don’t play games when it comes to perfectly smoked meats. Whether you want to feast on some brisket at the red-and-white checkered tables in the restaurant or would prefer to take your pulled pork home, Rudy’s has been fulfilling Denton’s barbeque needs for 13 years.At the country store, you can try on your favorite Rudy’s merchandise while you pick up some ribs and sauces in a (failed) attempt to duplicate their smokehouse flavor. The restaurant is also known to bring southern flare to any gathering with their full catering menu that includes all the country favorites. During football season, die-hard Mean Green fans can even munch with head football coach Seth Littrell when he does his radio show at Rudy’s. Runner-up: Bet The House BBQ Honorable Mention: Juicy Pig


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FOOD & RESTAURANTS BEST KEPT SECRET RESTAURANT THE BOWLLERY

901 Avenue C, Suite 101 940-383-2695 www.thebowllery.com www.facebook.com/thebowllery/

For sure, there are numerous lunch and dinner options from which to choose around town, but it's the "fresh food" approach of The Bowllery -- and possibly its location near the UNT campus -- that has earned it repeat winner status among Denton voters. But it's "best kept secret" tag probably won't be applicable very much longer. It's not just college students who have turned The Bowllery (it's open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) into a favorite. For those seeking a place to eat that offers fresh organic options -- including both meat and vegan choices -- The Bowllery is the place to enjoy healthy, tasty servings in their popular bowls. Using only fresh, cage-free, artificial- and antibiotic-free ingredients, The Bowllery makes its menu items from scratch by mixing and blending a variety of herbs and spices, as well as utilizing other well-known ingredients from around the world. Not only are you going to get quality

food choices at The Bowllery, but the staff's friendly, quick service is a huge plus. And while you're enjoying your meal,

don't be surprised if you catch yourself mesmerized at The Bowllery's artsy interior decor.

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FOOD & RESTAURANTS BEST BREAKFAST /BEST HOMESTYLE

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH

OLDWEST CAFE

BARLEY & BOARD

100 W. Oak Street 940-566-3900 www.barleyandboard.com/

2420 S. Interstate Highway 35E (New location.) 940-783-5288 www.oldwestcafe.us

Oldwest Café, the popular home to homestyle breakfasts and lunches, has a new address. The breakfast and lunch café moved from Dallas Drive to its new location on I35E in the former home of Black Eyed Pea. Carolyn and Mark Rollins are the owners. They have been in business for 17 years. “We believe, and always have, that we work for our guests!” the Rollins say. “That’s who we answer to, and who we work hard to please every day.” They put their guests No. 1 because they know they would not be here without their support. ”We also have such amazing teams that I am so grateful to work with every day and our two managers, Brittany and Andres, who have done a stellar job in delivering great food and service to the people that deserve it the most—our guests, friends and families,” Mark Rollins said, About the award, “It’s such an outstanding honor to be recognized as one of the Best of Denton of 2017. And it’s also so very

humbling. We wouldn’t be here today without all of the great people and their families that have all worked so hard to get us here, and all of the people who support what we do every day.” The Rollins issued a “huge thank you to all of our guests and their families for all the support. So, thank you so very much.” Runner-up: Seven Mile Cafe Honorable Mention: Cartwright’s Ranch House Best Homestyle Runner-up: Babe’s Chicken Dinner House Honorable Mention: Cartwright’s Ranch House

BEST BUFFET BUFFET KING 2251 S. Loop 288 940-387-0888

When it comes to buffets in Denton, Best of Denton voters have picked Buffet King as the go-to place. Offering a variety of Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Vietnamese dishes at a affordable price, Buffet King is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Runner-up: Chinatown Cafe Honorable Mention: Double Dave’s

Since its’ August 2015 opening, upscale brewpub Barley & Board has been raking in the accolades from Dallas media and rarely are more than a handful of tables empty. The restaurant focuses on craft beer and cocktails, small plates and charcuterie boards, where meat and cheese are laid out on a large wooden board with all the fixings, from pickled veggies to whole-grain mustard. The big plates range from vegetarian risotto to a signature double cheeseburger that is repeatedly named one of the best in DFW. Fixed on the corner of Oak and Locust Streets, the restaurant is the brainchild of John “Sparky” Pearson, one of the co-owners of Lone Star Attitude Burger Co., actor and Denton transplant Jason Lee and local musician and business owner Eric Pulido. Influence by the three is obvious in the vintage style décor, like old ice skates hanging on the wall, and long wooden community tables. The spot has quickly become a go-to for


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FOOD & RESTAURANTS business lunches, political parties and first dates (we’ve seen more than one university student out to impress a date here). Runner-up: The Chestnut Tree Honorable Mention: Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar

BEST COFFEEHOUSE

EXTREME CUISINE

JUPITER HOUSE COFFEE

202 W. McCart St. Ste. 120 Krum, Tx 76249 940-380-8770 www.extremecatering.com

BEST CANDY STORE ATOMIC CANDY

105 W. Hickory St. 940-383-3780 www.atomic-candy.com

A repeat winner, Atomic Candy doesn’t just sell candy to its loyal customers. And just because you might not have the biggest sweet tooth, there is still plenty to keep you happy in the store. The eye-catching storefront on the downtown square is a haven for nostalgia seekers, as well. The retro candy and sodas, as well as toys and novelties take customers back in time. Owner Tim Loyd, who opened the store five years ago, said he strives to create a unique shopping experience for every customer that walks through his door. Loyd went on to add that winning Best of Denton is always the greatest accomplishment as a local business owner because it means so much to be voted by the many customers and friends who visit his store.

BEST CATERING

Runner-up: Candy Haven Honorable Mention: The Candy Store

Chef Kathleen and Chef Matt at Extreme Cuisine Catering have been the go-to choice for many Denton-area clients for the last 17 years – simply because of the pride they take in what they call creative expressions in food. The staff offers a full range of catering services, customized options and cooking classes for events of any type. So whether you prefer classic or eclectic cuisine, you can rest assured that your business lunch, dinner, holiday celebrations or church functions are in good hands. Chef Kathleen said the biggest differentiator between Extreme Cuisine and nearby competitors is their ability to find a menu that can fit any budget. Furthermore, the staff truly lives and breathes cooking, and it shows in the great food they create every day. Runner-up: Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ Honorable Mention: Bet The House BBQ

106 N. Locust St. www,jupiterhousecoffee.com

Jupiter House has been serving its customers for over 12 years freshly roasted coffee and has once again been recognized by voters as the best coffeehouse in Denton. The Jupiter House offers quality coffee, smoothies and pastries and the staff strives to create a atmosphere that makes everyone feel at home. Runner-up: West Oak Coffee Bar Honorable Mention: Zera Coffee Company

BEST COOKIE/ CUPCAKE/CAKE SHOP RAVELIN BAKERY 416 S. Elm St. 940-382-8561

There really is nothing like fresh baked goods, and Ravelin Bakery has been producing top of the line quality for 15 years now. A true mom and pop shop, owners Eric and Pamela Helland are in the store working everyday to ensure that things are run-


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FOOD & RESTAURANTS ning smoothly. The bakery makes everything 100% from scratch and bakes their products fresh every day. Whether you need fresh baked breads, breakfast pastries or desserts and cookies, the Ravelin Bakery staff is there to greet you with a friendly smile. Runner-up: Nothing Bundt Cakes Honorable Mention: Candy Haven

Winning Best of Denton is important to Christiansen. “It is validating to know that our efforts have been noticed and appreciated. However, we are determined to keep up the level of service in which our customers have come to expect. We will strive to provide great, memorable food with customer service to match,” Christiansen said. Runner-up: New York Sub-Way Honorable Mention: McAlister’s Deli

BEST DELI/SUB /SANDWICH SHOP

BEST DONUT SHOP

NEW YORK SUB-HUB

235. W. Hickory St. 940-390-1486 www.hypnoticdonuts.com

906 Ave. C 940-383-3213 www.newyorksubhub.com

With an emphasis on producing a great sandwich with excellent customer service, New York Sub-Hub continues to excel and gain customer support. First opened in 1979, New York SubHub, has a wide variety of sandwiches to choose from and made to order. “We are a locally owned business that works tirelessly to provide a clean, fast, affordable dining option,” owner Hunter Christiansen says. “All of us here try to connect with each person that walks through our doors. From the first timers to the many that come in 4 to 5 times a week.”

HYPNOTIC DONUTS

Hypnotic Donuts’ outside-of-the-box thinking has resulted in it becoming a favorite for Denton residents. They are known for unconventional thinking like their peanut butter, bacon, banana and honey on top of a yeast raised donut. “We make all of our ingredients in house and all of our donuts are made fresh throughout the day,” manager Sarah Barett says. “Our chicken biscuits only use fresh, marinated 24 hour chicken breasts that are cooked to order.” Runner-up: Teasley Donut Honorable Mention: Denton Donut

BEST EAT & DRINKS ON THE SQUARE /BEST HAMBURGER LSA BURGER CO. 113 W. Hickory 940-383-1022 www.lsaburger.com/

What sells LSA Burger Co. is more than just their range of Texas-inspired burgers, piled high with toppings, or the signature brisket queso. It’s the view. The first public rooftop patio on the Square makes the perfect environment to

enjoy a beer and a burger. The beloved spot is doing so well they’re expanded their second floor patio to include more room for a bigger stage and more tables, so locals and visitors can get excited to see more big names at the venue and get a coveted upstairs seat when the weather is cooperating. Runner-up: Barley & Board Honorable Mention: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Best Hamburger Runner-up: Mr. Frosty’s Honorable Mention: RG’s Burger & Grill


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FOOD & RESTAURANTS BEST FINE DINING

BEST FROZEN TREAT

KEEICHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

BETH MARIE’S OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM & SODA

500 N. Elm St. 940-230-3410

117 W. Hickory St., and 2900 Wind River Lane #148 940-384-1818 940-591-1010 www. BethMaries.com www.facebook.com/BethMariesIC www.twitter.com/@BethMariesIC

Keeichi Japanese Restaurant has been a winner in the Best of Denton competition as the best kept secret in Denton, now it can add Best Fine Dining to its list of accomplishments. Open for over a decade, this tiny, quiet sushi bar offers both traditional favorites and new creations from master chef Keiichi Nagano. Whether you choose from the day’s freshest catch or Nagano’s extraordinary take on Italian cuisine, your dining experience will be one you may never forget. Runner-up: Barley & Board Honorable Mention: Hannah’s Off The Square

BEST FOOD TRUCK THE PICKLED CARROT

208 N. Austin St. 214-597-0717 www.facecook.com/thepickledcarrot

Four years ago owner Cuong Mai first opened The Pickled Carrot to share the cuisine of Vietnam.

Since the opening of The Pickled Carrot, customers have been treated to great food and service which has now led to being named a winner in the Best of Denton voting. Mai is proud and joyful for the recogni-

tition but the plan remains to continue to offer excellent Vietnamese food with strong customer service. Runner-up: The Waffle Wagon Honorable Mention: Dumpling Brothers

Walking into a Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain is somewhat like taking a step back in time. It has the feel and flavors of a old-time ice cream shop, only that Beth Marie's customers get to enjoy premium homemade ice cream and get to select from more than 120 flavors on the menu. It didn't take long for Beth Marie's to become a Denton staple -- first on the downtown square and later at Unicorn Lake. Owners Bob Moses and Ken Willis opened their downtown shop 19 years ago and for that same amount of time their customers have named Beth Marie's their favorite stop in Denton for ice cream. Like its name implies, Beth Marie's offers the experience of an long-forgotten ice cream parlor and soda fountain. Whether it's for an after dinner treat or a family outing, Beth Marie's is a destination that's sure


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FOOD & RESTAURANTS to live up to its philosophy that, "Ice Cream Makes You Smile!" Runner-up: Yogurt Story Honorable Mention: Mr. Frosty’s

BEST ITALIAN GUISEPPE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 821 N. Locust St. 940-381-2712 www.giuseppeitaliana.com

Guiseppe’s Italian Restaurant is located in a neighborhood on North Locust and has become the best place in Denton for outstanding italian cuisine. Owner Giuseppe Brownell has constructed his menu with authentic Italian dishes he learned during is childhood in Italy from chicken parmigiana to cannoli. Runner-up: Luigi’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant Honorable Mention: Bagheri’s Italian Restaurant

BEST MEXICAN /TEX-MEX EL MATADOR RESTAURANT

720 W. University Dr.

940-387-1137

El Matador gives us what we are looking for in a Tex-Mex restaurant — consistently good meals, crisp chips and cold margaritas that pack a punch. The recently renovated dining room and bar area are bright, cheerful, equipped with the standard flat-screen televisions. The menu features a wide array of tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, soups and salads. A full

bar accommodates customers who might want to nosh on appetizers or catch a game on television. Servers are cheerful and happy to bring out the sombreros and tequila shots to help celebrate a birthday. The family-friendly atmosphere is a draw for everyone. El Matador opens at 11 a.m. seven days a week. Weeknight close is at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night hours extend to

10:30 p.m. Parking spaces in the Denton Center lot are plentiful at all times. Once inside, you will rarely have to wait for a table. We believe the El Mat dining room is the most spacious Tex-Mex restaurant in Denton. Runner-up: Chuy’s Honorable Mention: Mazatlan Restaurant


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FOOD & RESTAURANTS menu that is headlined by their pizza. The ingredients are top notch as Mellow Mushroom boasts quality products that are locally sourced while providing a wide variety of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Their assortment of toppings is never ending for pizzas and Mellow Mushroom also provides alternate highlights such as their calzones, sandwiches, burgers, pretzels and appetizers. Top the food off with a laid back culture or “mellow” state of mind, Mellow Mushroom caters to everyone looking for a premier pizza experience. Runner-up: Crooked Crust Pizza Honorable Mention: J&J’s Pizza

MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT HANNAH’S OFF THE SQUARE

111 W. Mulberry Street 940-566-1110 www.hannahsoffthesquare.com

Whether you sit in the cozy yet sprawling bar area or nestled in a corner of the dining room, the experience at Hannah’s off the Square is consistently intimate. The perfect date-night spot features shareable dishes for you and your love like

customized charcuterie boards and a tower of lump blue crab meat nestled between layers of crispy eggplant. With mains that are locally inspired and ever-changing specials, there’s always a dish to wow your dining partner. Self-described as casual fine dining with upscale comfort food, Hannah’s has been a consistent place for big nights and celebrations since it opened 16 years ago. Runner-up: Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant Honorable Mention: Queenie’s Steakhouse

BEST SEAFOOD BEST PIZZA MELLOW MUSHROOM

217 E. Hickory St. 214-668-1505 www.Mellowmushroom.com/Denton

In just six short years, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has entrenched itself as the go-to spot to pick up a pie in Denton. Along with their well-known service staff, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has been providing Denton with a diverse

HOOCHIE’S OYSTER HOUSE 214 E. Hickory St. 940-808-0315 www.hoochiesdenton.com

Located off the Square, Hoochies has provided top quality seafood to the Denton area for the last three years. A zany and fun restaurant with a prime location to view the local street life, Hoochies has thrived through a commitment to providing a courteous, speedy and fun eating experience. Every order is made from


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FOOD & RESTAURANTS sphere, then the Texas Roadhouse is the place for you. Once again voters have picked Texas Roadhouse for the best steak in Denton. The restaurant offers a wide array of steaks but also has chicken, ribs and country dinner plates to choose from. Runner-up: Queenie’s Steakhouse Honorable Mention: Outback Steakhouse

scratch with a menu featuring fired, boiled and grilled seafood options in addition to a raw bar with fresh Gulf of Mexico oysters. Hoochies also has lunch specials every day until 4 p.m. and offers Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. in the evening. You can’t beat the seafood selection or the deals that owner Sam Solomon and the staff have to offer. Runner-up: Dani Rae’s Gulf Coast Kitchen Honorable Mention: Frilley’s Seafood Bayou Kitchen

BEST TACO FUZZY’S TACO SHOP 115 Industrial St. 940-380-8226 2412 S. Interstate 35E 940-488-4779 www.fuzzystacoshop.com/

BEST SMOOTHIES & JUICE EVERYDAY NECTAR 515 S. Locust St. 940-387-4567 www.everydaynectar.com

In less than 15 months, Corey and Seth Ellis have developed a loyal customer base that craves fresh juices and smoothies. Everyday Nectar uses all organic produce and is known for its quality, consistency and customer service in Denton. The menu has expanded to include soups, salads, hummus, spring rolls and more, promising to catch the interest of everyone that comes through the door.

The service doesn’t stop there though, as the staff also strives to provide information and guidance for any health questions you may have while inside in order to make being healthy fun and tasty. Runner-up: Jupiter House Honorable Mention: Juice Lab

BEST STEAK TEXAS ROADHOUSE 2817 S. Interstate 35E 940-243-7427 www.texasroadhouse.com

If you want a good steak in a fun atmo-

What started 14 years ago down the road in Fort Worth has now become a staple of many Denton diets. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop continues to serve up baja-style tacos topped with cilantro, feta cheese and the restaurant’s signature sauce at both Denton locations downtown and off Interstate 35E. The laid-back taco shop has mastered its menu by offering giant burritos, nachos, sandwiches and the ever-popular breakfast taco. Wash it all down with a beer while catching some rays on the patio or sip a


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FOOD & RESTAURANTS margarita in brightly-colored booths inside. Runner-up: Rusty Taco Honorable Mention: Mi Casta Mexican Food

BEST VEGGIE FARE /HEALTH FOOD CUPBOARD NATURAL FOODS & CAFE

200 W. Congress St. 940-387-5386 www.cupboardnaturalfoods.com

For 51 years, Cupboard Natural Foods has been serving Denton and the surrounding area natural and organic foods, featuring local products and for the past 16 years has been a Best of Denton honoree. The Cupboard carries only cerified organic and perticide-free produce , local grass-fed meats, poultry and local freerange eggs, as well as a full line of all-natural grocery offerings. “We prefer to cultivate relationships that are based on trust rather than dollar signs,” general manager Paul Tanis states. “Being an independent, we can respond to customer requests quickly, making changes that reflect our customers wishes. With Denton's rapid growth, it is easy to lose sight of the importance of relationships and

merely focus on competition.”

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FOOD & RESTAURANTS BEST WINGS WINGSTOP

2710 W. University 940-566-0007 Order online at: order.wingstop.com

Owner Patrick Bergin has operated the popular national chain in Denton for 17 years. The first location opened near the Golden Triangle Mall, at 2430 S. Interstate 35E, in July 2001. The second location was among the first businesses to open at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace in September 2010, Bergin said. The restaurant specializes in serving popular Buffalo-style chicken wings with a range of dipping sauces, along with French fries, beans and coleslaw on the side. Readers voted Wingstop as the best in town for its customer service and quality food, Bergin said. “This makes us as a team feel that we are doing a great job,” Bergin says. “We provide the best wings to our customers.” Runner-up: Buffalo Wild Wings Honorable Mention: Boomerjack’s Grill & Bar

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FOR THE HOME BEST CARPET /FLOORING STORE

BEST CARPET CLEANING

SMITTY’S FLOOR COVERING

O’BRYAN’S CARPET CLEANING, INC.

Smitty’s Floor Covering is a truly family business and has been for the past 59 years. Rick Smith and Darlene Rogers are the co-owners of Smitty’s. Their father, Mansell “Smitty “ Smith opened the business back in 1958. Rick’s son Bryan Smith and his daugher Natalie Smith work in sales.. Rick’s grandson Justin Smith is also part of the business. Smitty’s sells all types of floors such as carpet, vinyl, ceramic, wood and laminate floors “We have samples to check out to take home so that you can view them in your own lighting,” co-owner Darlene Rogers said. “We can offer one-on-one professional help in selecting the best flooring for our customers that best meet their budget and needs.” What makes the business unique? “We as a family owned business take pride in serving our customers and seeing that they are pleased with their floors.” Why do they think residents voted them

Your carpet is one of the most important pieces of your home’s appearance and O’Bryan’s Carpet Cleaning helps to ensure that families across the area have clean and beautiful carpets. The service doesn’t stop with carpet though, as tile and grout cleaning can help restore the luster to your floors as well. Family owned and operated since 1987, O’Bryan’s is experienced and well known by its customers. You’ll get to see the same employees providing consistent, quality work every time. O’Bryan’s also offers water damage restoration for those emergencies you don’t see coming. “We are honored [to win the Best of Denton award],” owner Eric O’Bryan said. “It energizes us to do even better next year.” Runner-up: Champion Carpet Cleaning Honorable Mention: Denton County Carpet Cleaning

PO Box 52288 940-566-5899 www.chooseobryans.com

1815 N. Elm St. 940-382-3232 www.smittysfloorcovering.com

the Best of Denton? “I believe having been a family owned business since 1958, it lets people know that they can trust and count on us to get the job done,” Darlene Rogers said. “We strive to help our customers know that their job is very important to us and we

do everything possible to make it happen for them.” Runner-up: Denton Lighting and Floors Honorable Mention: Carpets Plus Home Renovation Design Center


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FOR THE HOME training. We support the Denton community through charity drives and donated cleaning hours. We guarantee customer satisfaction and are bonded and insured.” She believes residents voted for Best Cleaning because they have confidence in its quality and reliability. “And we communicate well.” “We are humbled that our customers trust us with their homes and took the time to vote.” Runner-up: MaidPro Honorable Mention: Molly Maid

BEST ELECTRICAL DENTON ELECTRIC, INC. Texas Roof and Fence owner Steve Ormand

BEST CLEANING SERVICES MAID IN AMERICA

519 S. Carroll Blvd., Suite 104 940-243-8164 texasmaidinamerica.com

Maid in America provides a bonded and insured cleaning service and has done so

for the past 22 years. Kathryn Locke is owner of the business that gives residential and small office cleaning service. It also offers move-in and move-out cleaning. “We answer our phones and we are quick to respond to customers,” she says. “Our family owned and operated business provides our employees with extensive

4205 Mesa Drive 940-387-1312 www.dentonelectricinc.com

Offering a wide range of electrical services, Denton Electric has been a Denton standby since 1922. Denton Electric provides lamp repair, service and maintenance work, electrical service for new construction and renovations. It offers residential, commercial and industrial electrical services. Denton Electric is locally owned by Stuart Cawthon and Chris Walding. “We grew up in Denton, went to school here and live here. We provide an honest value for the

work we do. We love our work and our customers,” Walding, owner and president, said. He believes Denton Electric was chosen “Because we do provide quality work and value for our customers. We have great personnel who strive to provide the best job or repair that can be done.” Waalding said Denton Electric is honored to be named Best of Denton. “This is four years running, and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all our customers for their continued support.” Runner-up: C&G Electric, Inc. Honorable Mention: Bunger Electric

BEST FENCING TEXAS ROOF & FENCE 514 N. Locust St. 940-239-0337 www.texasroofandfence.com

When it comes to roof work, fencing and painting, Texas Roof and Fence is the place to call. Texas Roof and Fence has been serving Denton and the surrounding area for more than 10 years and is a repeat winner in Best of Denton voting. Runner-up: Denton Fence Company Honorable Mention: J&J Fencing Pros LLC


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FOR THE HOME BEST HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING COMPANY

Runner-up: Strittmatters Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Honorable Mention: BCI Mechanical, Inc.

WORK ENVIRONMENTAL 2321 Fort Worth Drive 940-387-1911 www.hotorcold.net

Work Environmental Systems has been voted the Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company for four years in a row. The company provides everything related to heating and air conditioning. From simple repairs to complex system design and installation for both residential and commercial properties, Work Environmental is reliable. “We are always focusing on providing premium service, integrity and respect that will build a long-term relationship with our customers,” Jarrod Taylor, manager, says. ‘We look at each case individually to work with the property owner to find a solution that best fits their needs, whether that be a repair or replacement.” Why does he think residents voted Work Environment the Best of Denton? “Not only do we have a superior staff, but we strive to cater to our customers’ specific needs, allowing them to have a worry free experience. We have a reputation for providing the best solutions at a great value and will continue to offer nothing less than excellence to all of our customers.” How does he feel about winning? “Thankful to God, an amazing team of business partners and, of course, our thousands of loyal customers who have voted us Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company four years in a row. We appreciate your support and look forward to serving our community with a continuation of exceptional service.”

BEST HOME FURNISHING STORE RUTH’S ROOM

1721 N. Carroll Blvd. 940-591- 7884 https://www.facebook.com/ruths.room/

Whether you’re looking for a comfortable couch or a cut glass bowl, Ruth’s Room can help. The local secondhand shop has been a mainstay of Denton for the last 16 years, selling home goods at an affordable price. And when you buy something from Ruth’s Room, the proceeds of your purchase supports Denton County Habitat for Humanity. The thrift store sells gently-used donated items. “We receive a lot of quality items because donors appreciate our mission,” said director Bunny Hodges. “We provide a warm and welcoming environment for our volunteers and customers. Ruth’s Room sells more than dining tables, sofas, clothes and home accessories. The thrift store often has strollers, infant car seats and children’s books for sale. If you like to hit Recycled Books and the Denton County Friends of the Library, add Ruth’s Room to your list. Their catalog of books is pretty compact, but treasure hunters might score a gem or two, especially if you’re the sort who collects cookbooks. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Runner-up: Adams Furniture Honorable Mention: Home Zone

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FOR THE HOME BEST KITCHEN /BATH REMODELER

BEST LANDSCAPING SERVICE

TRISTAR REPAIR & CONSTRUCTION

FRENCHY’S LAWN AND TREE SERVICE

For the past 10 years Troy Ballenger has built TriStar Repair & Construction into a local favorite when it comes to designing and remodeling Denton area homes and commercial spaces as well as new construction projects. And it's been his focus on customer service that has established TriStar in the home and commercial repair and construction business. When you are about to get have your kitchen or bathroom undergo a complete makeover, you want to be able to trust the remodeling team that the job will be done well, on time and professionally. For a decade now TriStar has proven to Denton homeowners and businesses that it not only has the knowledge to do great work but the capabilities to a job that will please everyone involved. Ballenger loves being a Best of Denton winner and knows the honor is the result of creating happy customers with his work.

In 1974 Andre ‘Frenchy’ Rheault started Frenchy’s Lawn and Tree Service and he probably never expected it to grow in the business he has today. His crews in their orange panel trucks can be seen all over Denton and the surrounding area providing their landscaping service of mowing, edging, weed eating, tree trimming and flower beds. “Our employees have been with us for many many years they are very professional in what they do,” Rheault says. Rheault believes their close attention to details, their promptness to get the job done are two major reasons they are a Best of Denton multi-winner over the years. “It is always an honor to be recognized for what you do,” Rheault says. “We at Frenchy's Lawn and Tree Service pride ourselves on being the best year in and year out.” Runner-up: Meador Nursery Honorable Mention: Denton Lawn Sprinkler, Inc.

600 S. Elm St. 940-390-3182 www.frenchyslawns.com

2126 James St. 940-381- 2222 www.tristarrepair.com www.facebook.com/tristarrepair www.twitter.com/@tristarrepair

TriStar is ready to take on any size project and provide the quality workmanship that Ballenger says his customers deserve.

Runner-up: Irwin Construction Honorable Mention: Carpet Plus Home Renovation Design Center


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FOR THE HOME BEST PLUMBING STRITTMATTER AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING & PLUMBING

3309 S. Fort Worth Dr. 940-566-1122 www.strittmatters.com www.facebook.com/@strittmatterinc www.twitter.com/@strittmatterinc

BEST NURSERY /GARDEN CENTER CALLOWAY’S NURSERY 1601 Dallas Drive 940-591-8865

Calloway’s Nursery first opened its Denton location in 1998 with a large variety of plants developed and grown especially for North Texas and that remains the case to-

day. In addition to its vast variety of plants, the company offers products the compliment the plants, offer deliveries for certain products and hosts clinics throughout the year on a variety of nursery topics. Runner-up: Meador Nursery Honorable Mention: Dennis’ Farm Store

Whether it's dealing with the baking Texas sun of August, an ice-storm freezeout in February and an any-old-time leaky faucet, there's probably not been a home problem come up that Joe Strittmatter, vice president of Strittmatter A/C Heating & Plumbing, hasn't experienced firsthand. His family owned and operated business has been serving Denton customers for four decades now. And over the years the company has learned that customers have several options from which to choose when it comes to fixing an air conditioner or heater, or quickly solving a plumbing emergency. That's why the folks at Strittmatter know a job well done includes top-notch customer service, which is a priority at Strittmatter. Runner-up: BCI Mechanical, Inc. Honorable Mention: AM Plumbing

BEST POOL COMPANY GOHLKE POOLS

909 Dallas Drive 940-384-7665 www.gohlkepools.com

Winning Best of Denton is nothing new for Gohlke Pools, it is part of their long and established history in Denton. “It is a great honor for all of us at Gohlke Pools to be recognized by Denton area residents,” company president Matt Gohlke said. The business was started 58 years ago and over those many years it has established itself as the place to go for swimming pool construction, renovation, service, repairs, hot tubs and supplies. Gohlke is quick to point out that his staff, which many have been with him for 20-plus years, are dedicated to providing good customer service. “I heard a banker friend of mine recently say, ‘It is difficult to get to the top, but it is even harder to stay there.’ I agree with him, Gohlke said.” Runner-up: Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies Honorable Mention: Larsen Pools, LLC


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FOR THE HOME BEST ROOFING DENTON TRINITY ROOFING

P.O. Box 43 940-382-0664 www.dentontrinityroofing.com/

Getting a new roof installed may be a hassle for some, but Denton Trinity Roofing wants the experience to be as seamless as possible.The company has been providing residential and commercial roofing services to the Denton community for 37 years. Its motto of “when integrity, quality and value matter” is applied to every customer, whether you need a free estimate or repairs from a recent storm. Staffers strive to make sure that every job is done right at competitive prices. Runner-up: Texas Roof & Fence Honorable Mention: TriStar Quality Roofing

BEST SPECIALTY SERVICES LONGHORN SOLAR SCREENS

1100 S. Woodrow Lane 940-565-8200 www.longhornsolarscreens.com

Longhorn Solar Screens provides a wide

variety of energy efficient products for homes across the area that both save energy and look great. From solar screens, blinds and shutters, gutters and patio screens, Longhorn Solar Screens has just what you need to make those minor improvements that make a huge difference in your house. It’s a family owned business that focuses on its customer service and honesty to ensure that your project always gets doneand the majority of their work comes from repeat customers and referrals. Owner Jeff Rinehart and his staff take pride in enriching the future of the community by helping customers go green in their homes. Runner-up: Carol’s Custom Draperies Honorable Mention: Stonemeyer Granite

BEST STORAGE FACILITY BELL AVENUE SELF STORAGE

304 E. Sycamore St. www.bellavenuestorage.com

Bell Avenue Self Storage has been family owned and operated for 33 years, and offers personal and attentive care for custom-

ers with a can-do attitude. They offer clean facilities, climate controlled units, student discounts, Penkse truck rental, moving supplies, and more. “We pride ourselves in providing quality customer service, a well maintained facility, and many options for storage and truck rental,” manager April Calvert says. A staff of problem solvers will go above and beyond to help fix any current issues, and prevent future ones from occurring. Bell Avenue Self Storage assists customers

in choosing the storage option that best fits their needs through numerous online materials, as well as personal help through phone and walk-ins. With an exceptionally high quality of customer service at competitive prices, Bell Avenue Self Storage will do everything in their means to make the customer’s experience seamless. Runner-up: Golden Triangle Storage Honorable Mention: Texas 380 RV Storage & Camping


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HEALTHY LIVING BEST ALLERGY SPECIALIST NORTH TEXAS ALLERGY & ASTHMA CENTER

2617 Scripture Street, Suite 101 3105 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 101 940-382-4142 www.northtexasallergy.com

With high pollen and mountain cedar allergens constantly in the North Texas air, Denton area residents have consistently turned to North Texas Allergy & Asthma Center for help. The family-owned office treats a variety of problems from traditional indoor and outdoor allergies and asthma to food allergies and skin irritations. Their goal remains clear: helping improve patient’s quality of life, and getting them back to living healthy and productive lives. Because of the variety of expertise between the two locations, patients can receive a variety of allergy testing and treatment options to diagnose and manage different conditions. Runner-up: Family Allergy and Asthma Center Honorable Mention: North Texas ENT & Allergy

BEST ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY/BEST RETIREMENT FACILITY /INDEPENDENT LIVING /BEST SKILLED NURSING & REHABILITATION GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY DENTON VILLAGE

2500 Hinkle Dr. 940-383-2651 wwww.good-sam.com/dentonvillage

The Denton Village of the Good Samaritan Society aim to create not just an atmosphere for residents, but an experience they want to share. Staff has forged an environment for 40 years where people are loved, valued and at peace. Exhilarating senior living and skilled nursing provide peace of mind and an impressive level of comfort the Good Samaritan Society hopes is the very best in the industry. Runner-up: Good Samaritan SocietyLake Forest Village Honorable Mention: The Village Assisted Living and Memory Care

Good Samaritan on Hinkle Drive

Best Retirement Facility/Independent Runner-up: Good Samaritian SocietyLake Forest Honorable Mention: Dogwood Estates Best Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Runner-up: Denton Rehabilitation Honorable Mention: Good Samaritian Society-Lake Forest

BEST CHIROPRACTOR /CLINIC DEHART CHIROPRACTOR 1503 N. Elm St. 940-566-1660 www.dehartchiro.com

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HEALTHY LIVING DeHart not only offers standard chiropractic care and acupuncture but also offers allergy testing and treatment, which is always front and center in spring in North Texas. She added that her practice’s variety of different techniques and services makes it unique and different from other chiropractors in town. She said she is thrilled to have received the award in Best of Denton because it shows how much her patients appreciate her services and how her practice cares about her patients’ health and well-being. Runner-up: Spinal Decompression & Chiropractor Center Honorable Mention: The Joint

BEST DENTIST /DENTIST OFFICE DENTON SMILES

721 I-35E South Suite 206 940-380-1188 www.dentonsmilesdentistry.com

Booking your annual trip to the dentist can be a frightening experience, especially if you’ve put if off over the last few years – unless you’re going to Denton Smiles Dentistry. The office provides state of the art dentistry, but emphasizes a family friendly en-

vironment. Denton Smiles Dentistry has been voted Best of Denton for three consecutive years for their commitment to their patients – a philosophy that is evident right away in the office. The warm, friendly personalities of Dr. Glenn Vo and Dr. Susan Tran allow the entire family to feel comfortable during their visit. Runner-up: DWF Dental Honorable Mention: Gaylen Fickey, DDS

BEST EYECARE

and features a knowledgeable staff that utilizes state-of-the-art equipment. Oh yeah, you're probably also going to want a dazzling new pair of glasses through which to see this new, in-focus world of yours, so why would you want make another trip and spend even more time running around town looking for the latest stylish frames? Just like its name implies, Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery, offers both full examination services as well as one of the largest selections of eyewear in Denton. In business since 1991, Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery knows how to take care of its customers -- which is why owner Dr. Kelby Tursty proclaims, "Our patients like what we are doing and we are not about to stop!" Runner-up: Advanced Eye Care Center Honorable Mention: Ragsdale Vision Center

TOTAL EYECARE

3111 Unicorn Lake Blvd., Suite 100 940-891-3937 www.drkelbytrusty.com www.facebook.com/totaleyecare-DrKelbyTrusty

When life gets a little fuzzy and it comes time to get your eyes examined, you're going to want to go somewhere that provides friendly, personal service in a clean atmosphere, offers complete optometric care

BEST FAMILY PHYSICIAN/CLINIC TIMOTHY MCGUIRE, MD 1614 Scripture St., Suite 8 940-565-9118 www.timothymcguiremd.com

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HEALTHY LIVING McGuire’s practice are simple — Provide a comfortable experience and deliver quality customer serivce. McGuire and his staff follow those standards daily and once again they have been voted the best family physician/clinic in Denton. Dr. McGuire has been serving Denton for more the 28 years and his staff prides themselves on delivering strong customer service with the goal of making each patient feel like they are part of the family. Runner-up: The Family Doctors Honorable Mention: Scott Simms, MD

Denton Hearing Health is proud to be a part of the Denton community, and honored the voters of Denton have chosen them for the fifth straight year. Runner-up: Lifetime Hearing Honorable Mention: Livingston Audiology & Hearing Aid Center

BEST HEARING CARE

Accolade Home Care & Hospice, a faith-based organization, that offers skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy all in the comfort of your home. In business since 2005, Accolade strives for patient satisfaction. Runner-up: Visiting Angels Honorable Mention: First Choice Home Health Best Home Health Runner-up: First Choice Home Health Honorable Mention: Heaven at Home Care

DENTON HEARING HEALTH

2450 Lillian Miller Pkwy. Suite 100 940-387-0550 www.dentonhearing.com

With nearly four decades in business, Denton Hearing Health is a comprehensive audiology service. It’s the only private practice audiology office in Denton offering a full compliment of diagnostic services, including auditory brainstem response testing. It also offers hearing evaluations to veterans and newborns.

BEST HOME CARE/ HOME HEALTH ACCOLADE HOME CARE & HOSPICE 2800 Shoreline Dr. Suite 204 940-891-1161 www.accoladehomecare.com

BEST MEDICAL CENTER TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL DENTON

3000 Interstate Highway 35 North 940-898-7000 www.TexasHealth.org.Denton

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, having served North Texas and

Southern Oklahoma since 1987. Presbyterian is a 255-bed hospital that offers a range of medical services, including heart and vascular, orthopedics, bariatrics, neck and back services, emergency care and women’s services with a special emergency room for pregnant women and advanced neonatal care through Denton’s only designated Level III NICU. “The culture of Texas Health Denton sets us apart,” explained Melissa Winans, chief nursing officer for the hospital.


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The Village Assisted Living & Memory Care celebrated its opening last year.

For the third year in a row, Texas Health Resources made the Fortune 500 Best Companies to Work For list. “We also ranked as the No, 1 health care system in the nation on this list,” she said. “Being a great place to work is a constant journey that we travel, and our unwavering commitment to listening and making improvements has earned us national recognition” "Texas Health Denton continues to invest in advanced medical technologies to enable people in our community to remain close to home for services you would normally find in major metropolitan hospitals,”said Dr. Timothy Harris, chief medical officer. “In 2016, we invested $4 million in advanced imaging technology to broaden diagnostic and interventional capabilities at our hospital.” How do they feel about winning the title the Best of Denton? "The Texas Health system receives numerous accolades and awards, but nothing beats being recognized by the people in your own hometown,” Jeff Reecer, FACHE, president of Texas Health Denton, said. “I admit I’m biased, but Denton is the best place to live, so being named among the best in such a special community brings extra meaning to this recognition.” Runner-up: Medical City Denton Honorable Mention: Minor Emergency of Denton

BEST MEMORY CARE THE VILLAGE ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE

1919 Brinker Rd. 940-380- 9494 www.thevillageassistedliving.com

The Village Assisted Living and Memory Care has only been open for nine months, but the local assisted living center has already impressed Denton residents. Kim Ramirez, the director of sales and marketing at The Village, said the methods and philosophies the business uses are likely the reason Denton Record-Chronicle readers rank them among the best. “The Generations Program partners with family members and care providers to develop a framework that supports the individual physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people living with dementia,” Ramirez said. “Our community is beautifully designed for a care free, amenity and service-rich lifestyle. We believe that we provide a wonderful home with just the right comforts while focusing on the well-being of each individual.” The facility is located in Denton’s growing medical district near Loop 288 and Medical City Denton. Runner-up: Autumn Leaves Denton Honorable Mention: Willow Bend Assisted Living and Memory Care

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HEALTHY LIVING BEST OB/GYN CARING FOR WOMEN 2805 S. Mayhill Rd. 940-591-6700 www.cfwdfw.com

When Denton families grow, moms and dads-to-be look for an obstetrician who can offer three things: compassionate and competent care for mother and baby, clear information on how to care for themselves during pregnancy and a birth plan that serves the families who are ready to welcome their newest family member into their lives. And women who aren’t pregnant? They’re looking for a gynecologist that cares for their reproductive health through regular screenings and exams. Denton families told the Denton Record-Chronicle that Caring for Women is the best place to meet all of those needs. Caring for Women has been delivering new Denton residents for the last 15 years. Patients receive care from among six obstetricians, four certified nurse midwives and two nurse practitioners. Caring for women also provides care related to gynecology and obstetrics -- bone density scans, incontinence and bladder repair and body composition analysis. The practice also offers mammography.

“We are the most diverse and advanced OB/Gyn practice in North Texas,” CEO Mark Trippel said. “We are honored to win this award.” Runner-up: be. Women’s Health & Wellness Honorable Mention: Medical Clinic of North Texas, Denton North

BEST PEDIATRICIAN COOK CHILDREN’S PEDIATRICS SOUTH DENTON

3201 Teasley Lane, Suite 102 940-565-1510 www.cookchildrenssouthdenton.com

At Cook Children’s, a team of six pediatricians work to treat each patient holistically. From vaccines and illnesses to learning disorders and behavioral problems, the facility wants to help every aspect of a child’s life. “It is important to us that we treat our patients and their families as if they were our own family,” said Cheryl Thompson, the practice manager. The clinic has been open for 20 years, and maintains hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Runner-up: Cook Children’s Pediat-

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BEST PHARMACY COMMUNITY PHARMACY 4400 Teasley Lane, Suite 100 940-382-1618 www.communitypharmacy.com

In 1981, Community Pharmacy opened its doors in Denton and in those 36 years have strives to emphasize quality service with integrity and compassion. Once again, voters have picked Community Pharmacy as the best in Denton. The company offers delivery, mail and drive-thru service and its gift shop has essential oils and professional supplements. Runner-up: S&J Pharmacy & Gifts Honorable Mention: Drug Emporium

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST D&D SPORTS MED

2318 San Jacinto Blvd., Suite 108 940-380-9111 www.ddsportsmed.com

From minor to major injuries, D&D

Sports Med treats each with the same professionlism, offering a multi-disciplinary approach to best treat its patients. D&D Sports Med has been offering outpatient physical & occupational therapy, athletic training, and fitness for 13 years. “Our clinicians try to provide a family atmosphere coupled with exceptional patient care,” co-owners Kathy I. Dieringer and Susan Daggett say. “We are fortunate to have an incredible group of clinicians with diverse expertise and backgrounds, all of whom are patient outcome driven. We strive to make our patients feel comfortable through every step of their recovery.” Runner-up: Denton Sports & Physical Therapy Center Honorable Mention: Select Rehabilitation


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PETS vice coupled with the quality of services delivered to our guests.” What does the award mean? “Honored and appreciated and very proud.” Runner-up: Lucky Dog Ranch Honorable Mention: CMC Dog Training

BEST PET GROOMING BEAU’S BATH HOUSE AND DOGGIE SPA 1800 Brinker Road, Suite 270 940-382- 9274 www.beausbathhouse.com

BEST PET BOARDING AMERICAN PET SPA AND RESORT

8827 U.S. 377 South, Argyle 940-464-3300 http://www.ameericanpetspa.com/

Your pet will get one-on-one personal attention at the American Pet Spa and Re-

sort in Argyle. Owner Martin Polasko offers luxury pet boarding, day care, dog grooming, dog training and swimming. “We offer customized, one-on-one personal care and attention for all of our guests,” he says. He’s been in business since 2002. Why does he think people voted American Pet as the Best? “Great customer ser-

Pups big and small get pampered with personalized service at Beau’s Bath House and Doggie Spa. Fido gets a well-deserved escape with a suite of grooming styles available with all natural dog food for sale. Spa owner Ginna Anthony has employed experience dog groomers for sevenand-a-half years. Built around what they call a “totally open concept,” no service takes place behind hidden walls for a thorough, personal experience. Runner-up: Pampered Pooch Honorable Mention: Fish n’ Chirps Pet Center

BEST PET RESCUE ORGANIZATION LINDA MCNATT ANIMAL CARE & ADOPTION 3717 N. Elm St. 940-349-7594 cityofdenton.com

If you are looking for a place to find a new pet, drop off a stray or handle any animal-related issue, the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center can be of help. The service is also known as the Denton Animal Shelter and has been in business for more than 40 years. The center handles approximately 5,000 animals per year and has shelter veterinarian and clinic staff. The shelter handles requests for strays to be picked up. It also takes in unwanted pets, handles trapped wildlife and domestic animals, bite incidents and livestock on the loose. The staff and a host of volunteers treat pets like they are their own and strive to keep the environment at the shelter clean. Runner-up: Denton Animal Support Foundation Honorable Mention: Denton Humane Society


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PETS Honorable Mention: Paula’s Canine Academy

BEST VETERINARIAN SOUTH DENTON ANIMAL HOSPITAL 2720 James St. 940-383-3731

BEST TRAINING CMC DOG TRAINING 964 Red Rock Circle 817-430-1292 www.cmcdogtraining.com

Dogs aren’t only man’s best friend, but they’re also a part of the family. So when your fur babies need a little direction from

time to time, there is no place better to serve your needs than CMC Dog Training. Owner and head trainer Susan Warren’s business has been thriving for 17 years and they specialize in everything from standard dog training to socialization while also offering training for therapy dogs and AKC obedience competitions. Warren, who runs the family owned and

operated business, said she takes pride in the fact that her clients and their animals become a part of her CMC family from the time they begin their training. “They know that we treat and cater to each furkid as a member of our family and not just a pet,” Warren said. Runner-up: On The Ball K9 Training LLC

As the essential veterinarian hospital in Denton, South Denton Animal Hospital is the relied upon hub for animal hospitals. For 42 years South Denton Animal Hospital has been at the core of Denton for veterinary clinics and for the past 10 years, Dr. Cody Bullock has been providing care for a variety of patients. This is the fourth year in a row South Denton Animal Hospital has claimed the best veterinarian title. Bullock has shown a deep knowledge and understanding of all pets and understands every owner’s love for their special ones. South Denton Animal Hospital’s attentive customer service rounds out a top-tobottom veterinarian experience that is unmatched. Runner-up: Southridge Animal Hospital Honorable Mention: Animal Hospital on Teasley Lane


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REAL ESTATE BEST APARTMENT COMPLEX

Honorable Mention: McKissack Realty Group Best Real Estate Brokerage Runner-up: Real T Team Honorable Mention: Ebby Halliday

URBAN SQUARE AT UNICORN LAKE

3202 Unicorn Lake Blvd. 940-220-5503 www.Urbansquaredenton.com

This two-and-a-half-year-old apartment complex is within walking distance of many new entertainment and dining establishments in far south Denton, as well as the walking/jogging trail around Unicorn Lake itself. The upscale project offers one-, twoand three-bedroom units. The apartments come with faux wood or stained concrete flooring and many designer fixtures, including a gourmet kitchen outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances. A washer and dryer are also included in every unit. Residents can enjoy the outdoors, too, by taking a dip the resort-style swimming pool, cooking on gas grills and relaxing under the cabanas. Shay Epting said the management team believes readers picked Urban Square over hundreds of other complexes in town because of the property’s excellent customer service and aesthetics. Runner-up: Timberlinks at Denton Honorable Mention: Woodhill Apartment

BEST COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE COMPANY KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY

2435 Lillian Miller Parkway 214-415-5918 www.kwdenton.com

Keller William Realty is a winner in two categories: Best Commercial Real Estate Company and Best Real Estate Brokerage in Denton. Rebecca Ray is a team leader and designated broker. Keller Williams is a commercial and residential real estate seller and buyer representative. “Keller Williams prides ourselves in being the very best at all we do! she says. “We are so thankful for all of our fabulous clients who continue to bless us!” Runner-up: Scott Brown Commercial

BEST MORTGAGE COMPANY DATCU MORTGAGE 5940 Interstate 35E 940-442-5485 www.datcu.org

DATCU has been helping residents make the most of their money for 80 years now. From providing loans for a dream home to making sure retirement is relaxing, the credit union continues to provide financial services to the members who own it. Because it was “born in Denton,” DATCU stays committed to giving back to the community. Staff members volunteer with local schools, nonprofits and civic organizations while the credit union makes donations to make sure Denton thrives. Runner-up: NORTHSTAR Bank Mortgage Honorable Mention: Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

BEST MOVING SERVICES LITTLE GUYS MOVERS, INC.

2200 Fort Worth Drive 940-566-0751 http://www.littleguys.com/

Little Guys Movers have become a mainstay in Denton after 25 years in business. And after winning their fourth consecutive Best of Denton title, they credit their success to a simple philosophy: do right by people and you will be rewarded. The moving company, which was first established in Denton in 1992, started with a handful of friends and Toyota pickup trucks. They now have 13 locations in seven states, assisting residents and businesses around the country with strong backs and an overarching sense of hospitality. Brad Steiger, general manager at the Denton branch, has been leading the team in moving, volunteering, and throwing the occasional BBQ gathering since 2013. Steiger, who started at the company as an entry-level mover, continues to carry on their “work hard, play hard” values. Runner-up: Duryea Moving & Storage Honorable Mention: Brown Box Movers


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REAL ESTATE BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

BEST REAL ESTATE SERVICE

CHRISSY MALLOUF KELLER WILLIAMS

MCKISSACK REALTY

2434 Lillian Miller Parkway 940-206-7555 soldbychrissy.com

Chrissy Mallouf is the Top Real Estate Agent winner for the third year in a row because “I truly love Denton! I grew up here, married a Dentonite and we both proudly raise our kids here.” She works 24-7 for her clients, remains ethical and provides outstanding customer service. “Any free time I have you will find me in the Denton community volunteering.” She has been in business for nine years. Outstanding service and marketing makes her business unique. Runner-up: Tiffany Bachman, Keller Williams Realty Honorable Mention: Marla Carrico, Carrico & Associates

BEST REAL ESTATE GROUP/TEAM REAL ESTATE BY DESIGN, KELLER WILLIAMS 2434 Lillian Miller Pkwy. 930-765- 4705 www.REBDgroup.com

Born and bred in Denton, Carissa and Jay Acker have organically grown their business by providing an outstanding experience for every client that walks through their door. Their attention to detail and mastery of one-of- a-kind marketing have been the key to success, leading to the business growing by more than 75 percent in the last year. Customers are loyal to the Real Estate by Design Group and a majority of the business comes from repeat clients and referrals. But what really makes the company stand out is its dedication to the Denton community. The staff serves on numerous Denton based civic organizations and charities and invests in the local school system as well. “Denton is an incredibly unique place and we love it that way,” the Ackers said. “We’re absolutely honored to win Best of Denton this year and, hopefully, for years to come.” Runner-up: McKissack Realty Group Honorable Mention: Real T Team

2434 Lillian Miller Pkwy. 940-381-7102 http://www.mckissackrealty.com/

McKissack Realty Group has assisted hundreds of Denton families since it opened in 1982. The business not only stands out for its longevity, but also its team of experts with extensive knowledge in the North Texas real estate market. Each team member is focused on one aspect of the real estate purchasing process. Serving the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas Area, the business offers a wide range of real estate services, including residential sales, investing and commercial. The group thrives on the trust they have gained over the years and are proud to serve a new generation of clients, some of whom are children of past clients. Runner-up: KAZ Surveying Honorable Mention: Arthur Surveying Co.

BEST TITLE COMPANY TITLE RESOURCES 525 S. Loop 288 Suite 125 940-381-1006 www.trnt.nrt

For the second year in a row, Title Resources has been named the top title company in Best of Denton. Title Resources was founded in 1989 and is locally owned and over those years has built a reputation for streamlining the real estate closing transaction process. “We truly view our clients and customers as family, and strive every single day to treat them as such,” business development director Jordan McDowell said. “Being family owned and operated sets the foundation for our beliefs in how we operate our business, and we go above and beyond for each transaction to ensure the best service possible. “ Title Resources has built a reputation of making every individual who enters through our doors feel welcome and cared for on both a business and personal level. “We are beyond thankful for our community and the relationships we have built, and will continue to build, over the years,” McDowell said about winning. “We work in an exciting and ever-changing industry, and consider ourselves blessed to serve the people of Denton, Texas!” Runner-up: Freedom Title Honorable Mention: Stewart Title of Denton

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SERVICES ple need us, we are there for them,” Cagle says. Runner-up: Webb’s Statewide Bail Bonds Honorable Mention: A-AA Bail Bonds

BEST BANK/ FINANCIAL INSTITUTION DATCU

BEST ATTORNEY /LAW FIRM HAYES, BERRY, WHITE & VANZANT, LLP 512 W. Hickory St., Suite 100 940-387-3518 www.hbwvlaw.com

What started out as a two-person law office in 1985, Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant has been a staple of Denton law firms for the past 30 plus years. With a reliable collection off 11 attorneys that each specialize in their own practice area, Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant has been able to meet an array of client’s needs

including real estate, family, business, bankruptcy, municipal and criminal law. The firm as a whole sports a total of more than 150 combined years of experience and also has three board certified lawyers on hand including Richard Hayes and Don White, who are Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law as well as Residential Real Estate Law. Also, Brian Tackett is the firm’s Board Certified Family Attorney. Runner-up: Minor & Jester, P.C. Honorable Mention: Leigh Hilton

BEST BAIL BONDS SHAWN CAGLE CITY HALL BAIL BONDS 1602 E. McKinney St. 940-381-0338 ciythallbailbonds.com

People in trouble have relied on Shawn Cagle’s City Hall Bail Bonds for the past 20 years. When a person is charged with a crime, he or she is eligible to be released from jail until their trial by posting a bail bond. Bond services provide that bail money for a fee. City Hall Bail Bonds provides honest and trustworthy bail services. “When peo-

5940 Interstate 35E 940-442-5485 www.datcu.org

DATCU has been helping residents make the most of their money for 80 years now. From providing loans for a dream home to making sure retirement is relaxing, the credit union continues to provide financial services to the members who own it. Because it was “born in Denton,” DATCU stays committed to giving back to the community. Staff members volunteer with local schools, nonprofits and civic organizations while the credit union makes donations to make sure Denton continues to thrive. Runner-up: NORTHSTAR Bank Honorable Mention: PointBank


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BEST BED AND BREAKFAST THE HERITAGE INN

815 N, Locust 940-323-1011 www.the heritageinns.com

Joining the ranks of a new winner in the Best of Denton voting is The Heritage Inn. Located on North Locust and just a short distance from downtown Denton, The Heritage Inn offers a relaxing haven with wonderful rooms and delicious food. Runner-up: Old Irish Bed & Breakfast Honorable Mention: Horse Country Lodge Bed & Breakfast

BEST COMPUTER SERVICE REPAIR GEEK SQUAD

1800 S. Loop 288, Suite 380 940-384-9581 www.bestbuy.com/geeksquad

These days nearly everybody has experienced computer problems at one time or another and there's a better solution that tossing the keyboard across the room or slamming a fist through your monitor screen. With 14 years of experience behind them, the Geek Squad can handle all computer-related issues, including software and hardware repair, technology education and data services. Working with Best Buy, the Geek Squad can offer attentive and personalized service with a large network of resources available to assist their clients. After being nominated for a Best of Denton honor a year ago and finishing runner-up, the Geek Squad knows it is it's dependable and predictable service that has earned them this year's top

honor. "It feels good," said Rachel Conway, the Geek Squad's deputy of counter intelligence, "to know that we are seen as the best in Denton and that people know they can come to us for quality service." Runner-up: Techvera (formerly Geek on Wheels) Honorable Mention: Local Circuit

BEST DRY CLEANING MARKY’S DRY CLEANING 507 W. University Drive 940 381-1182 www.dentondrycleaners.com

Marky’s Dry Cleaners takes care of your clothes, from wedding dresses to every day household items with extra special care. Mark Kerr and his wife, Malinda, have been in the dry cleaning business since 1988. They have been in their University Drive location for 18 years with lots of satisfied customers. “We provide dry cleaning and laundry of many household items with same-day service, rush service, wedding dress cleaning and preservation, hanger recycling, folded shirts, water repellent and many others,’ Mark Kerr says. Murky’s offers free laundry bags and free pick up and delivery. “They (the voters) recognize that we do our very best to take care of our customers and their clothing,” Mark said. “It (winning) makes us proud of our employees. I’ve always believed that happy employees make happy customers.” Runner-up: Best 1 Hour Cleaners Honorable Mention: Zenith Dry Cleaners

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BEST FLORIST

PJ’S PARTY RENTAL AND ESSENTIALS Runner-up: 5 Star Rental Honorable Mention: Yoli Fine Event Linens

2926 E. University Drive, Suite 103 940-387-6191 www.dentonflorist.com

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING EDWARD JONES FINANCIAL ADVISOR KYLE A NAYF 324 Sunset St. #100 940-566-4757 www.edwardjones.com

At Edward Jones Investments, Kyle Nayfa has put clients first in the business of financial planning and advice and has gained the trust of the Denton community over the last 13 years. The company offers services for wealth management, retirement, college savings, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, insurance, annuities and more. With an emphasis on one-on-one service, Edward Jones ensures its clients are always satisfied. Runner-up: Grunden Financial Advisory, Inc. Honorable Mention: Robinson Financial Group

DENTON FLORIST

Denton Florist has been the one-stop shop for your entire flower and plant needs since the late 1930s when Selby’s Florist & Greenhouses opened. Christine Dear purchased the business 27 years ago and has continued the excellence first started by the Selby family. Denton Florists take extra special care with each customer because they truly care. It is proud of the floral arrangements, which are always innovative and beautiful. With its 16th straight Best of Denton win, Denton Florist gives all the credits to its loyal customers. Runner-up: Flower Garden Honorable Mention: Holly’s Gardens and Florist

BEST HOSPICE CARE VNA ANN’S HAVEN

1204 W University, Suite 150 940-349-5900 http://www.vnatexas.org/

The Visiting Nurse Association was established in 1934, and local branch Ann’s

Haven has been providing hospice care and grief counseling to Denton County since 1978. Ann’s Haven was founded at a time when the concept of hospice care was fairly new, and is Texas’ oldest hospice care provider. Ann’s Haven is a nonprofit organization, and all proceeds go toward patient care and community programs for those dealing with grief. Runner-up: Accolade Home Care Honorable Mention: Gentiva Hospice

BEST HOTEL BEST WESTERN PREMIER CROWN CHASE INN & SUITES 2450 Brinker Road 940-387-1000 www.bwdenton.com

For the third consecutive year, Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites takes home the Best of Denton’s Hotel award. What makes the hotel unique is it gives back to the Denton community. It is actively involved with various initiatives such as the Denton Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Greater Denton Arts Council and the Homeless Coalition.

“We are elated with winning this honor for the third straight year,” vice president Zach Glenn said. “We are honored and blessed to be a part of such an amazing community. “We have the freedom to be unique, just as Denton is unique. With our Best Western brand, we can stray from the traditional and trend more toward the original. You'll never find another hotel like ours.” Runner-up: Courtyard By Mariott Honorable Mention: Hilton Garden Inn


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SERVICES casualty, life and health insurance. Jeff King believes the company’s involvement in the community has been a benefit to the success the business has experienced. Runner-up: Hutcherson Insurance Services Honorable Mention: Century Insurance

BEST PEST CONTROL ADAMS EXTERMINATING CO.

BEST INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENCY RAMEY KING INSURANCE 320 Eagle Dr., Suite 210 940-382-9691 www.rameyking.com

The history of Ramey King Insurance dates back to the late 1800s and while there has been many changes in the business over the past 136 years, one thing that hasn’t changed is the professional service that is offered. Jeff and James King now carry on the tradition of the company that provides personal and business insurance, property and

1201 E McKinney St. 940-387-1502 www.adamspest.com

Adams Exterminating Co. has been popular with customers in Denton for 70 years. Not so much so with termites and other pests. “We are a four generation business that treats both our employees and our customers like family,” says Dustin Adams, manager of Adams Exterminating Company. He thinks voters chose his business as Best in Denton because, “We are reliable, friendly and effective.” Adams said: “We are honored and thankful to be named Best in Denton.” Runner-up: Affordable Pest Control Honorable Mention: ABC Home & Commercial Services

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER /PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO EAGLETON PHOTOGRAPHY

721 S. Elm St., Suite 101 940-891-1534 www.eagletonphotography.com https://www.facebook.com/EagletonPhotography Denton/

On a fine spring day, you may catch the photographer at work outside the studio, taking advantage of a sunny afternoon to capture a senior graduation picture or a couple’s engagement portrait. Eagleton Photography has been creating fine portraits and photographs for 22 years. The studio aims to provide exclusive customer portraits with a unique presentation, offering excellent value along with the great experience and personal attention that make the difference. Readers have named Eagleton the best of Denton many times, but that doesn’t diminish the excitement for the studio. “We are so excited and happy!” owner Brittanie Marion wrote. “We are grateful to the residents for their support and votes for Eagleton Photography!” Runner-up: Timeless Images Photog-

raphy Honorable Mention: Ed Steele Photography

BEST PRINT /COPY SHOP IMPRESS GRAPHICS

7333 Fort Worth Dr. Ste. 100 972-890-4676 www.impress-graphics.com

Phyllis and Scott Kessel opened IMPress Graphics to offer a one-stop shop for professionals who needed a more comprehensive way to promote their own businesses. The Kessels have more than 25 years of industry and marketing experience, and when you combine that with their state-of-the-art equipment and systems, IMPress is able to produce highquality products to meet any budget – and any need. IMPress handles printing and signage on everything from interior and exterior signs to real estate signs and other signage needs. They also offer customer vehicle wraps and direct mail and promotional items such as pens and writing products, bags and totes and drinkware. “Our staff is dedicated to helping our customers and producing high-quality


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products,” Scott Kessel said. “We are excited and honored to have been chosen. We love the Denton community and are proud that they chose us for this award.” Runner-up: AlphaGraphics Honorable Mention: Cooper’s Copies & Printing

BEST PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS GROGGY DOG SPORTSWEAR

4017 Mesa Drive 940-891-4022 www.groggydogonline.com

Groggy Dog provides promotional products, such as screen printing, embroidery and others. “We pride ourselves on great customer service, outstanding graphic design and fast turnaround time,” says owner Craig Jones. Groggy Dog has provided consistent service for 17 years. It has locations in Denton, McKinney, Frisco, Plano and Lewisville and coming soon to Keller “It is an incredible honor to be recognized as the best company in our industry,” Jones said.”We really work hard at servicing those residents who voted for us.” Runner-up: Pan Ector Industries Honorable Mention: AlphaGraphics

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SHOPPING BEST ANTIQUE STORE/VINTAGE SHOP DOWNTOWN MINI MALL I AND II 108 and 118 N. Locust St. 940-387-0024

The two Downtown Mini Mall locations have been a staple of the Dquare for more than 35 years and a space for local vendors to sell their wares. The business prides iself on giving local residence the opportunity to get started in business, selling everything from antiques and oddities to arts, crafts and decorative items. The ownership feels proud to represent more than 100 dealers who make the business possible. Runner-up: Vintage Bleu Home Honorable Mention: Antique and Western Heritage Gallery Best Vintage Shop Runner-up: Rose Costumes Honorable Mention: Circa 77 Vintage


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SHOPPING BEST BEER STORE /LIQUOR STORE /WINE STORE TOTAL WINE & MORE 1800 S. Loop 288 940-484-9540 www.totalwine.com/

Roughly 8,000 varieties of wine, 3,000 kinds of spirits and liquor and 1,000 different kinds of beer line the shelves at Total Wine & More, Denton’s first mega liquor store. The store has quickly become a favorite since its November 2015 opening, and focuses on three main points: great prices, great service and great selection. It’s easy to get lost in the 24,000square-foot space, but chances are an employee will find you before you get so intimidated and head for an exit. With a few hints of what you like and what the occasion is, they’ll point you in the best direction, even if it isn’t to one of the rare specialty bottles behind locked glass cases (like a $1,799.99 bottle of vintage red wine). For those who are more than amateur shoppers, the store also features several wine and beer education classes, as well as tastings regularly.

Runner-up: Midway Mart Honorable Mention: The Bearded Monk Best Liquor Store Runner-up: Midway Mart Honorable Mention: Paradise Liquors Best Wine Store Runner-up: Wine Squared Honorable Mention: Metzler’s

BEST BOOK STORE /MUSIC/MOVIE /GAMING STORE /STORE ON THE SQUARE RECYCLED BOOKS 200 N. Locust St. 940-566-5688 www.recycledbooks.com

As one of the largest and most established independent used bookstores in the country, Recycled Books, Records, CDs continues to attract book and music lovers to Denton. It has been a staple of the Square for 34 years, capturing a wide-ranging audience from students to locals to dedicated collectors. The staff has a deep wealth of knowl-

edge that connects with its customers to ensure a consistently enjoyable experience. A reflection of Denton’s independent and arts-loving spirit, the store is always sure to have a recommendation that will peak your interest. Runner-up: Barnes & Noble Honorable Mention: Mardel Christian & Education

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BEST CLOTHING STORE PALM TREE BOUTIQUE

119 N. Elm Street 940-383-4411 www.shoppalmtree.com www.facebook.com/thepalmtreeboutiquedenton.com

It's hasn't taken The Palm Tree long to become one of the most popular clothing shops in town. As a matter of fact, it's been less than two years since owner Colin Grunewald opened The Palm Tree to provide the Denton community with fashion forward clothing and accessories at surprisingly afford-

able prices. The Palm Tree thinks of itself more as a boutique and has quickly established itself as a fun place to shop. And Grunewald encourages his customers to make frequent stops at his shop. "We have fresh inventory arriving weekly," he said, "so there is always something new to see." When notified of his selection as a Best of Denton winner, Grunewald is quick to give credit to his sales staff. It's their personal, helpful assistance to The Palm Tree customers that in just a couple of years has come to reflect their commitment to quality customer service. Runner-up: La Di Da Honorable Mention: J.T. Clothiers

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SHOPPING BEST GIFT SHOP SLEEPING LIZZARDS 424 N. Elm St. 940-484-4056 www.sleepingl.com

Dazzling, hand-fashioned jewelry and one-of-a-kind artwork crowd the nooks and crannies inside the pink pastel storefront that is Sleeping Lizzards. Roxane Clark and Beth Klein at Sleeping Lizzards have prided themselves in finding or making things that no other stores provide for 23 years. The customer’s input incorporates itself into the merchandise found at the store, and alongside its curious line of gems and ornaments, Sleeping Lizzards offers a host of custom “Denton” T-shirts. Both owners are artists showcase their own work to support and showcase the creations of many diverse, local artists. Runner-up: DIME Store Honorable Mention: Serendipity

BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE CUPBOARD NATURAL FOODS AND CAFE Runner-up: Natural Grocers by Vita-

min Cottage Honorable Mention: Sprouts

BEST JEWELRY STORE FIRST PEOPLE’S JEWELERS

117 N. Elm Street 940-383-3032 www.firstpeoplesjewelers.com

The display cases inside First People’s Jewelers are stocked with a variety of pieces from vintage necklaces to Rolex watches to custom engagement rings. The store has helped Denton residents get their perfect bling for the past 43 years. What sets this store apart is the customization and attention to detail that keeps their customers loyal. You can walk in, meet with a designer and build the perfect ring. From start to finish, everything to create the ring is done in house. They are also able to help spruce up any of their customers existing pieces, with an in-house repairman with more than 30 years of experience. Runner-up: Nasr Bros. Jewelers Honorable Mention: Sleeping Lizzards

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BEST RESALE SHOP /THRIFT STORE TWICE AS NICE RESALE 413 E. Oak St. 940-383-3150 www.twieasresale.com

Twice As Nice provides a unique opportunity to buy upscale items at a good price and to donate items for resale while helping a good cause. A staff of 175 volunteers run the store with the slogan “Purchase With A Purpose.” A new furniture section has been added this past year.

The store has been open since 2004. Proceeds go to Women to Women in support of the Pregnancy Resource Center and Living Choices where services are free. Pick up and delivery are offered for a fee. “We would not be able to keep the store running without volunteers, donations and support from the community,” says Brittney Bradshaw, communications director. Runner-up: Denton Thrift Honorable Mention: SCRAP Denton Best Thrift Store Runner-up: Denton Thrift Honorable Mention: Thrift Giant

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SHOPPING BEST SPECIALTY STORE ATOMIC CANDY Runner-up: Rose Custumes Honorable Mention: Day’s Hardware

BEST SPORTS STORE DENTON SECOND HAND SPORTS 204 E. McKinney St. 940-898-8733 http://shsdfw.com/

Second Hand Sports has given Denton residents a cheaper alternative for fitness equipment and sports gear for almost three decades. They offer everything from highend Disc Golf equipment to football gear to ellipticals. The business also offers a variety of used electronics and game systems, including Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 3. Aside from their inventory, the store gives its customers a more personal experience than a traditional sporting goods and entertainment store. The employees, some of whom are bilingual, can always find the perfect exercise machine for the family. Runner-up: Denton Bicycle Center Honorable Mention: Sprockets Bicy-

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BEST VAPOR SHOP VAPORESCENCE

1025 Shady Oaks Drive, Suite 101 940-382-1360 www.vaporescence.com

Vapor Shop provides customers an alternative to smoking. The business offers devices that allow customers to inhale vapor from an electronic vaporizer or e-cigarette. Vapor Shop also sells the liquid that is used to create the vapor inhaled. The store has a knowledgeable and professional staff as well as a wide variety of products. Vapor Shop has been in business for seven years. Runner-up: Denton Vape Shoppe Honorable Mention: Cosmic Vapor

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