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BEST OF DENTON 2010

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here’s nothing quite like the hometown flavor of Denton. Every year, residents select their favorites among the many small businesses and chains alike, selecting those that provide top quality and strong customer service. If you’re looking for someone to cook up that special lunch, someone to cater an event, a place to find that special outfit, or someone to help you buy a new car or fix an old one, this list is for you. With 2,265 voters — a record for the annual Best of Denton campaign — these top three winners in every category come highly recommended. Take a few minutes to read about the winners and see who came in second and third. Soon, you’ll see bright red banners around town proclaiming “Best of Denton,” a sure sign that the businesses behind them are the best. The Denton RecordChronicle offers hearty congratulations to this year’s win-

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

tacos to chicken fajitas and more. Runner-up: El Guapo’s Mexican Food Restaurant Bragging rights: The Greenhouse Restaurant

Many Thanks

BEST ASIAN DINING Mr. Chopsticks

BEST AFFORDABLE DINING Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 115 Industrial St. 940-380-8220 www.fuzzystacoshop.com

The Denton location of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is the place to be at lunchtime around the Industrial Street area, where people congregate for noon meetings, an outdoor lunch or an indoor social gathering. Opened by Mel Knight and Chuck Bush in 2007, the restaurant offers affordable Mexican fare from breakfast

1633 Scripture St. 940-382-5437 www.mr.chopsticks.com

For the fourth year in a row, this pan-Asian eatery continues to reign supreme. The brainchild of owner Numchai Tamprateep, Mr. Chopsticks provides an array of meals to tantalize the tastebuds including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian and vegetarian dishes. With a drive-thru lane and plenty of dine-in space, the restaurant stays busy throughout the year. Runner-up: Pei Wei Bragging rights: Thai Ocha

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EATS AND DRINKS BEST BREAKFAST BEST HOMESTYLE COOKING

Best Ice Cream Shop and Best Dessert!

Old West Cafe 1020 Dallas Drive 940-382-8220 www.oldwestcafe.us (also has locations in Sanger and Grapevine)

Serving a great breakfast and lunch since 1997, Old West Cafe can whip up breakfast any time of the day. From bacon, biscuits, ham and omelets to oatmeal, hash browns, French toast and pancakes, it’s on the menu. And if you’re not hankering for breakfast at noon, that’s OK too. They also serve burgers, steak, tacos and pork chops. Whatever you order, you’ll enjoy the hometown style of this Old West atmosphere supplied by a family that believes in delivering top quality to customers. That’s why it’s a winner of not one, but two categories. Best Breakfast Runner-up: IHOP Bragging rights: Ruby’s Diner

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Best Breakfast and Best Homestyle Cooking: Old West Cafe on the Square Best Homestyle Cooking Runner-up: Ruby’s Diner on the Square Bragging rights: Cracker Barrel

BEST BARBECUE Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q 520 S. Interstate 35E 940-484-7839 www.rudys.com

If you enjoy a rustic setting complete with a hearty meal of meats, Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q fits the bill.

This restaurant has been a local favorite for several years, offering a simple menu of everything from beef brisket to tasty barbecued chicken with an array of sides and all of the extras. After picking up the order, you can sidle up to a bench and sit for a spell to try out the secret sauces labeled according to the heat you can handle. It’s a country setting with a hometown feel. And, on your way in or out, you can gas up the truck. Runner-up: Metzler’s Bar-B-Q Bragging rights: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

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BEST BURGER AND FRIES

Bragging rights: A tie between Fuddrucker’s and RG Burger

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BEST CANDY AND COOKIES

BEST LOCAL HANGOUT

113 W. Hickory St. 940-383-1022 www.dentoncountyhamburger.com

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Mention meeting someone for burger and fries and you’ll usually hear this restaurant’s name in response. Serving customers since 1977, Denton County Independent Hamburger Company has touched the taste buds of many a burger lover and has converted quite a few who thought these tasty treats were of the past. Not so. The juicy, two-fisted burgers and all-you-can-eat fries and beans hit the spot and then some, as they often offer takeout boxes to patrons. You just can’t help but pile it on the plate as you pass by the fixings. An extra plus is the come-asyou-are atmosphere where people in suits mingle next to those in shorts and sandals. Runner-up: Rooster’s Roadhouse

301 N. Interstate 35E frontage road 940-565-1474 www.candyhavenandcakes.com

With 25 years worth of experience, this family-owned and operated business has built a strong following for its deliciousness in the form of everything sweet. A long glass counter at the front boggles the eyes with truffles, turtles, fudge and other chocolate delights, including the popular chocolate-covered strawberries. You can find jelly beans in all different flavors, other candy confections and, of course, scrumptious cakes for all occasions. Candy Haven brought cupcakes to the Taste of North Texas this year, bringing back only a few. It’s just that good. Runner-up: Ravelin Bakery Bragging rights: Davis Bakery

Jupiter House 106 N. Locust St. 940-387-7100 www.jupiterhousecoffe.net

If there’s one addiction to cultivate, it should be a daily trip to Jupiter House. From the chai tea latte to the integrated mocha and everything in between, including a cooling array of smoothies, Jupiter House has become the place to be most mornings, afternoons and evenings for just about anyone who likes caffeine. With its WiFi service, students and professionals often take the afternoon to finish up assignments while others come and go, some sitting for a bit outside to enjoy the ambience of the downtown Square. Open from 6 a.m. to midnight daily, the coffee house serves as a quiet respite after a long day, or an early morning

Thank You Denton For Voting Us “Best Auto Shop/Mechanic” for 2010.

meeting place among friends. Best Coffee House Runner up: Starbuck’s Bragging rights: Café Du Luxe

Best Local Hangout Runner-up: Sweetwater Grill and Tavern Bragging rights: The Loophole

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(10) Best Burger 2001 (11) Best Burger 2000

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Best Burger and Fries: Denton County Independent Hamburger Company

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EATS AND DRINKS BEST DESSERT BEST ICE CREAM SHOP Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop 117 W. Hickory St. 940-384-1818 2900 Wind River Lane 940-590-1010 www.BethMaries.com

If you’re a Dentonite and haven’t been to Beth Marie’s, where have you been? It’s on everyone’s list to stop by for an after-dinner treat, bring the grandkids by for an afternoon or plan a stop if you’re passing through town on a tour bus. There’s more than ice cream at this colorful, fun shop. You can order turkey, tuna and chicken sandwiches or sip on some ice-cold lemonade or limeade while enjoying the antique-style setting and checkered floor. And if you’re not downtown, there’s another spot just down the road south of town in the growing Unicorn Lake development just off Interstate 35E. There, nestled among a slew of shops, is another Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop. With at least 80 different ice cream flavors to try, just one visit won’t do. Mint chocolate chip anyone? Best Dessert Runner-up: Candy Haven Bragging rights: Ravelin Bakery

Best Ice Cream Shop Runner-up: Braum’s Bragging rights: Yogurt Story

BEST FINE DINING

crab cake to the thick-cut fried green tomatoes, the menu matches anyone’s palette. Almond crusted tilapia, crispy avocado tacos, seared sea scallops … this list goes on and on. Oh, and don’t miss those waffle fries as a treat while you wait for your party to arrive. Yum. Runner-up: The Greenhouse Restaurant Bragging rights: Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant

BEST ITALIAN DINING Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant 821 N. Locust St. 940-381-2712

Nestled in a converted oldstyle home, this Italian restaurant combines a flavorful menu, affordable prices and good service with a comfortable and comforting ambience. From its welcoming entrance and tree-covered patio in back to its location along one of the city’s more tree-lined thoroughfares, Giuseppe’s makes a statement to anyone who stops by — be they a longtime resi-

dent or someone brand new to the community. A menu offers the wide variety of Italian cuisine with the homemade flavors you can’t find in a chain eatery. And the tiramisu is a must-have to finish off your meal. Runner-up: Olive Garden Bragging rights: Luigi’s Pizza Italian Restaurant

BEST SANDWICH SHOP/DELI New York Sub-Hub 906 Ave. C 940-383-3213

If you are looking for good service, a clean and neat setting, and good food, you’ve found it here. Serving Denton eaters for more than 30 years, New York Sub-Hub still serves up the best sandwiches and deli foods. If you’re in doubt, just check out the reviews online. Fresh selections, good bread, quick service … the reviews tell the story, as do the years in business. Runner-up: Jason’s Deli Bragging rights: Subway

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Hannah’s Off the Square 111 W. Mulberry St. 940-566-1110 www.hannahsoffthesquare.com

If you are looking for a place to take a prospective client or, perhaps your boss, this is the place to go in Denton. The eclectic cuisine and unique atmosphere combine to create a quiet, memorable mealtime perfect for a professional gathering or an anniversary event. From its butter crumb lump

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Jupiter House – on the square 106 N. Locust Denton, TX 76201 940-387-7100 6 am - midnight

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Giving Denton Coffee Breath Since 2004

Best Tex-Mex: El Guapo’s

BEST SEAFOOD FRILLY’S SOUTH CAJUN KITCHEN 2303 S. Interstate 35E 940-898-1404

You’d never know Denton isn’t sitting on an ocean bay by the fresh seafood offered here at Frilly’s. Spiced with a Cajun punch, this restaurant knows how to whip up a batch of Louisiana style BBQ shrimp in a spicy broth with rice and French bread. Or try a batch of the cioppino fisherman’s stew with mussels, shrimp, crab and scallops in a savory broth. You can’t go wrong here if you’re in the mood for a little jazzy swing, spicy fare and fresh seafood — really fresh considering we’re up north here in Denton, just a bit from the nearest oceanside bay. Runner-up: Red Lobster Bragging rights: Hannah’s Off the Square

BEST STEAK OUTBACK STEAK HOUSE 300 Interstate 35E 940-320-5373 www.outback.com

Denton’s location of the renowned Outback Steakhouse has long been a popular place, with its parking lot packed on Friday and Saturday nights.

Known for its Bloomin’ Onion to its plethora of steak dishes and even chicken quesadillas or coconut shrimp, Outback can fill just about anyone’s hunger pangs. Runner-up: Texas Roadhouse (it was a close one) Bragging rights: A tie between Hannah’s Off the Square and Trail Dust Steak House

BEST TEX-MEX EL GUAPO’S 419 S. Elm St. 940-566-5575 www.elguapos.com

Looking for a place to take a large gathering? El Guapo’s offers plenty of space for baby or bridal showers or professional gathering at its sprawling location on Elm Street in Denton. The Tex-Mex fare offers plenty of favorites from steak quesadillas and homemade tortillas to enchiladas, fajitas, tamales and much more. Be sure to start with the homemade queso and guacamole as well as the tasty salsa with the plentiful basket of tortilla chips. Friendly, prompt service will get you in and out in a hurry or you can linger a while and enjoy the feast. Runner-up: Miguelito’s Bragging rights: El Matador

BEST VEGGIE FARE AND HEALTH FOOD THE CUPBOARD NATURAL FOODS & CAFE 200 W. Congress St. 940-387-5386 www.cupboardnaturalfoods.com

This makes the ninth year that The Cupboard has captured top honors in the Best Veggie Fare and Health Food category. Not another city in the county can lay claim to the offerings available at the combination shop and cafe that keeps residents stocked with healthy fare. The cafe offers special treats for anyone — vegans looking for a wider selection or others seeking a tasty, healthy alternative to fast food. We became a convert with the vegan chili years ago and still find time to pop by on a cold, rainy day to pick up a hot entree. During the spring and summer, with its outdoor pergola dining area, fresh salads and other lighter fare are made available on the ever-changing menu as the restaurant continues to experiment with different dishes to bring only the best to its customers. Runner-up: The Greenhouse Restaurant Bragging rights: Mr. Chopsticks

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BUSINESSES AT THEIR BEST BEST APARTMENTS PRESERVE AT PECAN CREEK 6303 Shady Shores Road 940-498-1010 www.preserveatpecancreekapts.com

Nestled amid a sea of green, this apartment complex boasts location, location, location. With access near Interstate 35 and close to shops, restaurants and entertainment, this complex also features such amenities as a business center, clubhouse, covered parking, a fitness center, gated access, a green community and a swimming pool. The panoramic views from the patios are filled with greenery while the interiors are designed with tall, 9foot ceilings and extras including garden tubs and large walkin closets. Some also include stone-covered fireplaces and built-in entertainment centers. The quiet surroundings make it a popular spot among those looking for apartments. The site also is part of a larger 450acre master-planned community.

Runner-up: Pace’s Crossing Bragging rights: Forum at Denton Station

BEST ANTIQUE STORE

BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP JAMES WOOD AUTOPARK

108 N. Locust St. 940-387-0024

3906 Interstate 35E 940-591-9663 www.jameswood.com www.jameswooddenton.com

Walk into the Downtown Mini Mall I and II and you may find treasures from your youth, a corner featuring items for a collection, or something perfect for the person who has everything. It’s just that kind of place. Filled to the max with collectibles, odds and ends, and even an Army Surplus Store, this is where the treasure hunters go to spend a few hours looking through the booths of more than 40 vendors. With affordable prices and changing merchandise, it pays to revisit the mini malls frequently to see what’s new and what you just can’t live without. Runner-up: Antique Gallery Bragging rights: County Seat

Everyone knows where James Wood Autopark sits off Interstate 35E from the blue awnings covering the wide selection of automobiles in the complex off State School Road. The commitment of the sales and service staff has kept customers returning, some for generations. Owner James Wood brought a dedication to top customer service from day one that continues with his staff today. The dealership is often involved in community and charity events, playing a major role in helping others and establishing relationships with residents. Runner-up: Bill Utter Ford Bragging rights: Jim McNatt Auto Group

DOWNTOWN MINI MALL

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Your Local Food and Beverage Store Our Beer, Wine, Champagne and Port list is Denton’s largest and best priced. We also feature a full selection of Fischer’s Meats and Cheese

Thank you Denton Voters for voting us “Best Wine Store”! ADMIT TWO! GOOD FOR ANY FUTURE WINE TASTING www.metzlersfoodandbeverage.com 1115 E. University

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Thanks for Voting for Us! Best Auto Repair in Denton! Serving Denton Over 60 Years

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Charlie Beck’s Classic Oil & Lube Shop Denton County Emission & Inspection Center

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BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

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POINT BANK TOMMY’S HI-TECH AUTO 620 Fort Worth Drive 940-387-0070 www.tommyht.com

Across from the old Home Depot at the corner of Fort Worth Drive and Lindsey Street, Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto repairs just about everything except European vehicles. Opened in May of 1991, the then three-bay shop built up a list of satisfied customers one at a time, growing each year to enlarge its operations to now include a second business — Tommy’s Honda and Toyota Shop just down the road at 219 Fort Worth Drive. Teamwork and a commitment to customer service keep folks coming back. And their Web site is pretty fun, too. Check out the photos and biographies of the staff and the company’s history.

CHARLIE BECK’S GARAGE 505 N. Elm St. 940-382-8721 940-566-5569 www.charliebeckgarage.com

For 63 years, Charlie Beck’s Garage has been committed to top-quality service, returning for a second time to earn Best of Denton. Known for its good work, quality service and for some of the most creative and fun window displays ever during holidays, Charlie Beck’s Garage exudes a positive energy in the community. Family-owned and operated, the business offers general repair, emissions tests, inspections, oil and lube work, and often takes care of just about anything a customer needs. Offering service with a smile and a hearty handshake is what this company is all about. Runner-up: Dave’s Foreign Auto Bragging rights: Calvert’s Automotive

BEST BANK/FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

1700 N. Carroll Boulevard 940-686-7800 www.pointbank.com

Customer service is key at Point Bank. It’s in the friendly atmosphere at each of the bank branches and in the welcoming handshakes from Ray David, bank president. Point Bank offers a broad range of banking services including certificates of deposits, IRAs and a range of checking and savings accounts. Each bank also has a Jeremy David Insurance and Financial Services office, which also is a return winner for Best of Denton this year. Point Bank, formerly Pilot Point Bank, has more than 117 years of banking experience. Since receiving its charter in 1892, the bank has seen many changes and has taken the steps to grow with them and help customers adjust with the differences. Runner-up: DATCU Bragging rights: NorthStar Bank

out is your goal, then plan an extended stay at Sweetwater Bar and Grill. Dan’s Silver Leaf regulars come in thirsty — for good music, good friends and freeflowing booze. Here you’ll find a mix of all ages and back-

grounds who are drawn to Dan’s for its laid-back, letloose-and-be-yourself atmosphere. It’s also the place to take in some of the best bands touring through Denton on almost any night of the week. Dan himself is the host-with-the-

most who makes each person feel like a personal friend — and many of his customers are. Dan’s Silver Leaf is nothing fancy, but come as you are and you’ll be welcome. Runner-up: The Loophole Bragging rights: Lucky Lou’s

Thank you for voting Denton Regional Medical Center the “Best Hospital in Denton” for the fourth year!

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BEST OF DENTON 2010

SWEETWATER BAR AND GRILL

Affordable Dining

315 S. Elm St. 940-484-2888 www.sweetwaterdenton.com

DAN’S SILVER LEAF 103 Industrial St. 940-320-2000 www.danssilverleaf.com

Sweetwater Bar and Grill and Dan’s Silver Leaf tie for first place for the most hallowed watering-hole. Sweetwater customers come to this corner pub one block south of the Square to wash down a meal, belly up to the full-service bar or prop their feet on the patio — and to take advantage of happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. and $2 and $2.50 drinks specials available all day, every day. Try to nab a seat on the covered patio on Tuesday nights, if you can, when some of the best jazzers around town take the stage. If no deadlines loom and chilling

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BEST CAR WASH HERITAGE CAR WASH & DETAIL 2112 Sadau Court 940-484-5767 www.heritagecarwash.com

Heritage Car Wash & Detail keeps customers coming back for more – enough so that they have maintained Best of Denton status for eight consecutive years. It’s all in the detailing. Prompt, efficient service and special attention to each customer’s car is what is behind the “best” status. Whether inside or out, the cleaning service is thorough. From “clean car guarantees” to “early bird specials,” providing customers with special deals and top-notch service is what Heritage deems doing good business. Runner-up: Lone Star Car Wash

BEST CLOTHING STORE

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Best Car Wash: Heritage Car Wash & Detail

DILLARD’S At Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 I-35E 940-566-6210 www.dillards.com

Tucked inside Golden Triangle Mall, Dillard’s has long been a retail favorite among Dentonites who make regular trips to check out the latest — whether it be in fashion, jewelry, perfumes or a plethora of household wares. From Evan Picone, Oleg

Cassini and Anne Klein dresses to those “can’t do without” Antonio Melani shoes exclusively at Dillard’s, this store is all about the latest in fashion at affordable prices. And what about one of those bright yellow Gianni Bini handbags? Yep, it’s there too.

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BUSINESSES AT THEIR BEST BEST CONVENIENCE STORE/GAS STATION QUIKTRIP Multiple locations 321 Eagle Drive, 3300 E. University Drive, 3701 S. I-35E www.quiktrip.com

Just like its name states, QuikTrip supplies just about anything you would need in a quick trip to the convenience store. At three locations in Denton, traffic around QuikTrip is plentiful as patrons pop in for a bite to eat, top off a gas tank or pick up those lastminute items for a morning meeting — say a selection of doughnuts, some napkins, coffee, cups and orange juice. For the hungry traveler, there’s a wide selection of fast foods, from hot dogs and egg rolls to taquitos, microwavable meals and more. For the thirsty, just grab a to-go

cup filled with coffee, or pick from a selection of frozen beverages and celebratory spirits. The idea behind QuikTrip is to make it a convenience to stop by quickly and get just what you need. It fills that need just fine. Runner-up: Racetrac Bragging rights: Midway Mart

BEST ENTERTAINMENT STORE HASTINGS BOOKS MUSIC & VIDEOS 2311 Colorado Blvd. 940-565-1764 www.gohastings.com

Hastings Books Music & Videos is the “go to” place in Denton for anything in videos and music. Looking for the latest DVD releases or that album by Jewel or Bono? It’ll be there, filed

under the right heading in an easy-to-locate bin or aisle. Hastings employees are helpful and often offer advice when you’re not sure about a movie title or can’t quite remember the full name of that musician who just released your new favorite song on the radio. Specials are also the name of the game at Hastings, where you can find used DVDs, books and CDs available for very affordable prices. And often, you can find the hard-to-find arthouse movies and notso-new artist releases. And, while you’re there walking the aisles, amble on by the in-house coffee shop for refreshments. It’s a one-stop shop for entertainment. Runner-up: Recycled Books Bragging rights: Best Buy

BEST FLORIST DENTON FLORIST 2926 E. University Drive Suite 103 940-387-6191

Though we miss seeing Denton Florist on the Square, many of us have moseyed on down the road to order some flowers at its new location at the southwest corner of Loop 288 and East University Drive. This family-owned floral shop continues to please with its unique arrangements, plentiful options to build your own bouquet and its friendly, welcoming service. Denton Florist, owned by Christine Dear for 20 years, is a must for anyone looking for an affordable floral surprise for family, friends and loved ones. The family-owned store, which originally opened in the 1930s, delivers to Denton and

its surrounding communities. So, give them a call or stop on by and buy yourself some sunshine in a vase. Runner-up: Holly’s Gardens & Florist Bragging rights: Bloomfield Floral

BEST FRESH PRODUCE BEST MEAT COUNTER KROGER 500 W. University Drive 940-566-6791 1592 S. Loop 288 940-566-6075 www.kroger.com

OK, fess up. You, too, have squeezed the tomatoes, scooped up a few baskets of berries, and grabbed a few pounds of potatoes at Kroger. It’s just where we go in Denton for our produce.

Selected from growers around the world, the produce is always plentiful at Kroger all year round. You can find nectarines in the winter right beside those luscious peaches. And about that meat counter. Kroger continues to top competitors in their wide variety of meats and meat cuts, winning Best of Denton honors for six consecutive years. Need a special cut? Just ask and they’ll supply you with exactly what you envisioned for that special supper you’ve been planning. Best Fresh Produce Runner-up: Ken’s Produce Best Meat Counter Runner-up: Dan’s Meat Market Bragging rights: Albertsons and La Azteca

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BEST HOME Denton Time FURNISHING STORE

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THOMAS’ ETHAN ALLEN HOME INTERIORS 200 W. Oak St. 940-382-2125 www.ethanallen.com

Walk into Thomas’ Ethan Allen Home Interiors and you’ll want to take home a new living room, bedroom or dining set. You just can’t help yourself. At the corner of Oak and Elm streets, this home furnishing store has set the standard for style, pulling pieces together to provide a unique blend of styles to meet anyone’s tastes. Long established, this family-owned and operated store has furnished many residents’ homes, hitting the right notes with its blends of wood, upholstery, artwork and more. Owner Bill Thomas is oft quoted as saying his longtime employees are the reason behind his continued success in Denton’s historic Square. Service is the key, he says — the key that coupled with quality keeps customers coming back for more. Runner-up: The Room Store

Bragging rights: Bungalow Furniture

BEST HAIR SALON SALON LAPAGE 2900 Wind River Lane 940-380-1110 www.salonlapage.com

Now in a brand new location at Unicorn Lake, Salon LaPage has quickly settled in and set the pace for stylists around town, winning Best Hair Salon this year. Situated in the unique setting of a budding development, Salon LaPage offers a relaxing environment to sit back, relax and let someone else take care of you for a while. With its motto, “New York Style with Southern Hospitality,� Salon LaPage prides itself in total commitment to their clientele. Owner Daphne Arrington believes in providing top service to help everyone be their best. Salon LaPage is dedicated to the task of becoming each customer’s personal salon guru. Runner-up: SoHo Salon Bragging rights: Head Rush

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Providing financial planning and meeting insurance needs is what Jeremy David Financial & Insurance Services is all about. As a member of a longtime Denton County family, owner Jeremy David takes pride in making sure customers’ needs are met the moment they make a decision to plan for the future. After all, that’s what financial planning and buying insurance is all about — the future. Taking care of the “what if ’s” or putting plans together to reach personal goals is a big part of life. And making sure customers leave with the guarantee that they are well-covered or on their way to reaching their financial goals is what keeps Jeremy David and his team

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coming in to work every day. Runners-up: Century Insurance Agency, Hutcherson Insurance Services

BEST LANDSCAPING SERVICE

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BEST JEWELRY STORE

600 S. Elm St. 940-387-3164 www.frenchyslawns.com

NASR BROS. JEWELERS 1800 Brinker Road 940-565-8282 www.nasrbrosjewelers.com

A 22,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style store tucked just off Loop 288 on Brinker Road is the home of Nasr Bros. Jewelers and where Peter Nasr is always available to talk to customers. Offering service with impeccable style in an elegant setting sums up what this jewelry store brings to Denton after opening the first store some 32 years ago. The Brinker Road location opened in late 2005 offering more than jewelry. The store also has a coffee bar and piano. Runner-up: First People’s Jewelers Bragging rights: Ehrhart’s Jewelers and Kay’s Jewelers

FRENCHY’S LAWN & TREE SERVICE

While keeping lawns pretty and green is the business, bright orange is the color many associate with Frenchy’s Lawn & Tree Service. Maybe it’s the orange vans around town featuring the latest tidbits of life in Denton. Or maybe it’s the orange leather jacket that owner Andre “Frenchy” Rheault dons on occasion. Wherever you see the color orange, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Frenchy is somewhere close behind it. Known for their community service and commitment to quality service, Frenchy and his wife, Teri, are part of Denton’s fabric — their feeling for the community comes right back at them with the many fans and friends they have collected over the years. Runner-up: Subias Landscaping

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BEST MASSAGE CENTER/SPA

BEST MEDICAL CENTER

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STILLWATERS & CO. DAY SPA

DENTON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

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324 E. McKinney St. 940-243-7028 www.stillwatersdayspa.com

3535 Interstate 35E 940-384-3535 www.dentonregional.com

Don’t let the strip shopping center facade deter you. Once you step inside Stillwaters & Co. Day Spa, you know you’re waking into a day of pampering. Usually, the heavy scent of caramel or vanilla candles gives you the sensation that a bakery is tucked somewhere inside the spa, where you can get first-rate massages, facials and a salon treatments (the most luxurious is the sevenhour package for $350, including body scrub, 90minute massage, facial, pedicure, salon treatment, lunch and makeup). Couples can get a half-day massage-and-lunch package, and guys can get a one-hour massage, a facial and a manicure. If you don’t have time or the inclination for a full-body massage with the works, book an appointment for a haircut and color with Stillwater stylist Beth Lutz. Lutz is surely one of Denton’s best kept style secrets Runner up: Essentials Day Spa.

From cardiovascular care to trauma care, Denton Regional Medical Center has made a name for itself in the health community. Situated on the city’s southern boundary, the 200-bed hospital provides a full range of services for residents and their families. Chief Executive Officer Caleb O’Rear and his team are dedicated to providing top health care with friendly service to those who pass through the doors of the multi-storied hospital. As one of Denton’s main hospitals, Denton Regional Medical Center has also reached out to the community in many ways, offering everything from free health seminars to donating time for community service. Runner-up: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Open since 1998, the Greenhouse Restaurant has become a favorite for outdoor dining with its extended patio and array of tasty entrees. When memories of the cold winter season fade, customers flock to the outdoor dining area to enjoy the sunny skies and bite into flavorful fare always available at the Greenhouse Restaurant. Ever tried their cheddar mashed potatoes or the seared ahi tuna? Or the charbroiled shrimp? The restaurant also offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes, from spinach quesadillas to black bean chalupas and mesquite smoked poblano peppers stuffed with zucchini, onion, corn and Monterey Jack cheese. Hungry yet? Runner-up: Sweetwater Grill and Tavern Bragging rights: Hannah’s Off the Square

600 N. Locust St. 940-484-1349

Best Medical Center: Denton Regional Medical Center Pampering people is the primary goal at Spa Pedicures, voted Best Nail Salon in Denton for the second year in a row. That personal touch keeps customers coming back for more. From the special spa chairs to the relaxing atmosphere and the full-service salon care, Spa Pedicures has continued to grow its customer base, basically through word of

mouth. Just check out the online reviews. Customers cite the relaxing atmosphere, friendly service and good quality of service. Runner-up: Happy Nails Bragging rights: Salon LaPage

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BEST PET BOARDING SUPPLIES BEST PET GROOMING SERVICE PETSMART 1441 S. Loop 288 940-591-9845 www.petsmart.com

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BEST PLACE TO BUY PLANTS

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Runner-up: Fish N Chirps Pet Center Best Pet Grooming Service Runner-up: Pampered Pooch

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER & PHOTO STUDIO EAGLETON PHOTOGRAPHY

For the fourth year in a row, PetSmart has captured Denton voters in the annual Best of Denton campaign, placing it at the lead in its categories of best pet grooming and best pet supplies. Shopping to provide your pet the best in everything from food to bedding to grooming services makes PetSmart a one-stop shop. The retailer is known for its Top Dog service, which includes teeth brushing, shampoo, conditioner and breath freshener for the family pet. With several groomers in their employ, PetSmart provides seven-day-a-week service to Denton’s four-legged residents. Best Pet Grooming/ Boarding Supplies

1710 N. Elm St. 940-891-1534 www.eagletonphotography.com

Check out the Web site for Eagleton Photography and you’ll see why owner Walter Eagleton’s business has captured the hearts of many Denton voters in recent Best of Denton campaigns. From the settings to the smiles he teases from toddlers, Eagleton has proven he has an eye for detail and the patience to get just the right photo. Eagleton goes to locations to shoot photos to capture the moment for brides, graduating seniors, doting parents and more. Inside his studio, a variety of settings offer just the right touch to provide a background for a professional photo. Runner-up: Tom Judd

1601 Dallas Drive 940-591-8865 www.calloways.com

Drive casually past Calloway’s Nursery and you’ll know why they are tops in this year’s Best of Denton category for Best Place to Buy Plants. The landscaping at the shop on Dallas Drive tells the story. Every season, color jumps out to passersby as they head to and from along Interstate 35E. Those who stop in will find a wide selection of floral favorites and greenery, ranging from African violets to perennials and the ever popular annuals. The nursery tends carefully to its product to produce topquality plants for customers. Wind through the aisles and you will find an array of plants you didn’t know existed. Runner-up: Lowe’s Home Improvement Bragging rights: Home Depot

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BEST BOOKSTORE

Runner-up: Barnes and Noble Bragging rights: Hastings Bookstore

on mortgages, real estate tax issues, handyman or contractor referrals and much more. Runner-up: Tammy Metzler, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group USA Bragging rights: Pam Terronez

1900s, is filled with something that is just perfect for a gift. Runner-up: Spirit Station Bragging rights: Denton Costume & Dance World

BEST REAL ESTATE

BEST SPECIALTY SHOP

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Best Shop on the Square Runner-up: Beth Marie’s Bragging rights: Courthouse on the Square

RECYCLED BOOKS, RECORD, CDS 200 N. Locust St. 940-383-9876 www.recycledbooks.com

Denton has reason to be proud of its iconic used bookstore on the northeast corner of the downtown Square that fills 17,000 square feet and houses a half-million books and thousands more CDs, DVDs and cassettes. Its contents reflect our fair city’s tastes and interests, which are varied and many, and its customers come from miles away — across state lines even — to peruse its shelves. There’s no telling what you might find, be it centuries old or the latest release. Few leave empty handed, and most stumble on something they didn’t know they were looking for, which is why Recycled Books is Denton’s favorite bookstore and the best shop on the Square. Best Bookstore

2434 Lillian Miller Parkway 940-484-9411 www.mckissackrealty.com

The McKissack Group, a division of Keller Williams Realty, is led by Linda, Jim and Brad McKissack. Working with clients across Denton County from north to south, this real estate company believes in helping families to build a firm foundation. Their motto, “Families Helping Families,” sums it up. A full team of specialists focus their energy and effort to insure customer satisfaction. They not only assist in buying or selling real estate but also provide information

BEST VINTAGE SHOP 413 E. Oak St. 940-383-8267 www.twiceasniceresale.com

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

Since 1994, Sleeping Lizzards has been enticing passersby to park and stop on by. Who can pass up the eyecatching style of a pink shop replete with lizards? Not us. Inside, the funky and eclectic variety of wares invite the shopper to wander around, picking up a little of this or a lot of that. You just can’t help it. The one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces mingle with multi-textured fiber arts, home decor items, hand-made greeting cards and much more. Every nook and cranny inside the building, built in the early

Who doesn’t enjoy picking up a snazzy new outfit or the perfect item for that empty nook at home at an affordable price? Twice as Nice Resale of Denton offers the opportunity to do that and more. Not only can you find unique and upscale gently-used items but you also support a nonprofit organization with your purchase. The resale shop at the corner of Bell Avenue and Oak Street supports Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center of Denton. Since moving into its current location in January 2008, this shop has continued to draw customers who enjoy perusing the plethora of items to find something special.

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BEST WINE STORE METZLER’S FOOD AND BEVERAGE 628 Londonderry Lane 940-591-1652

With a wide selection of wines and one of the first wine clubs in Denton, Metzler’s Food and Beverage is this year’s top choice among residents for the Best Wine Store. Quality is key to Roy Metzler, who has built a following at the Londonderry Lane store in the past decade. The Denton Regional Wine Club meets twice each month for wine-tastings in a city where wine has become the beverage of choice. Metzler’s also has a second location on East University Drive to provide patrons on the north side a closer stop to pick up their favorites for an aperitif, an after-dinner gathering or to celebrate a special moment. Runner-up: Bushwacker’s Bragging rights: Wine Squared

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BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMER Local actor Justin Harmon is on a streak. And here’s why: He can go from tight, comic hijinks to dramatic reflection in 10 seconds. This year’s win is probably the result of Harmon’s face-off with another Denton stage favorite, Buster Maloney, in A Tuna Christmas, a two-man show that had Harmon and Maloney playing the whole town of Tuna, Texas — male and female. Harmon brought unexpected depth to the lawbending son Stanley Bumiller, and a pitch-perfect girlish flirtation as Helen Bedd. Harmon has dozens of local credits to his name. We wonder if he might try a local treatment of a classic — perhaps the title role in The Importance of Being Ernest? (If a local company put it on its season, we’d like Harmon to take a crack at it.) Best local actor/actress runners-up: Pat Sherman and Buster Maloney Best individual performer runners-up: Joe Tucker and Sarah Jaffe.

BEST PLACE TO HEAR/SEE LIVE BANDS DAN’S SILVERLEAF 103 N. Industrial St. 940-320-2000 www.dansilverleaf.com

Since opening in 2002 just east of the downtown Square, Dan’s Silverleaf has set the pace for development of what is now a budding entertainment hub. The first to set roots, this comfortable, hometown bar set its sights on re-establishing itself as the place to hangout for Dentonites. It not only has succeeded, but it has brought a lot of friends to put up roots nearby. In what was once a feed store, longtime grocery store and

other similar businesses, the likes of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Rooster’s Roadhouse, Andaman Thai, Cold Fusion, Hot Box Pizza and more now thrive. Dan Mojica, who started all of this with the help of a few friends, is now enjoying the fruits of his labors. Most nights are packed with residents seeking respite from a hard day’s work and to catch the latest local tunes. Runner-up: Boiler Room Bragging rights: Hailey’s

BEST PLACE TO SEE ART CAFÉ DU LUXE 3101 Unicorn Lake Blvd. 940-382-7070 www.cafeduluxe.com

We already knew Café Du Luxe was a great place to meet friends for conversation and a cup of coffee, a light meal or a glass of fine wine. But who would bet it would be the best place in Denton to view art? Obviously Denton voters did, because it topped the list of venues in town. Customers can’t miss the two-dimensional art displayed against a black background filling the north wall while they partake in something yummy. The show, which features North Texas artists, changes on a monthly basis, and patrons can meet the artist at an evening reception on the third Sunday. Café Du Luxe brings art to the people and tempts us with food — and that’s always a winning combination. Runner-up: University of North Texas Bragging rights: Art 6

BEST MOVIE THEATER DENTON MOVIE TAVERN 916 W. University Drive 940-566-3456 www.movietavern.com

Ever since it opened in Denton, the Denton Movie Tavern has brought a new style to the idea of seeing a movie. No longer is it just popcorn, Milk Duds and a large cola. It’s the whole shebang with

family meals and munchies along with a few spirits. And, it’s all while you enjoy the latest movies. No wonder it’s a local favorite. Runner-up: Cinemark Bragging rights: Rave

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This brand-new, gleaming gym can’t be missed — it shines from a comfortable corner at S. Loop 288 and Spencer Road, near all the big box retail stores at Denton Crossing. L.A. Fitness is a combination of economy and utility in terms of space — racquetball courts line the east side of the gym and a group exercise classroom with ergonomic suspended wood floors is tucked into the northeast corner of the building, with a line of punching bags. Free weights are at the northern side of the building, and universal fitness machines stretch from the entrance to the staircase. Those stairs lead to a second story stable of cardio machines — elliptical trainers, crossover machines (think a hybrid of an elliptical trainer, stationary bicycle and an inclining treadmill) treadmills, recumbent and stationary bikes. On the west end of the gym is a pool — water aerobics and lap swim happen here — and a spin cycle classroom. L.A. Fitness is wisely built; all of the group exercise rooms are soundproofed both for classes and those in the open gym. The gym is staffed with friendly, competent trainers. (We wish there were more women on the training staff, though.) Our favorite group exercise? The 5:45 a.m. spin cycle class. Yes, it’s hard. The gym runs affordable promotions every week, and you can track your workouts online. Runner-up: Brickhouse Gym

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THINGS TO DO/CREATIVE JUICES BEST PLACE IN DENTON TO TAKE THE FAMILY BEST PLACE TO GO ON A DATE DOWNTOWN SQUARE In Denton, we love our downtown Square. During the day, it’s the place for an afternoon of music during the spring and summer as well as the spot to pick up an ice cream cone, eat lunch, spend hours shopping and sipping a cup of java at any of several coffee shops. At night, a sense of transformation occurs and Denton’s Square becomes the happening hot spot for music, dinner, a late evening stroll. It comes alive with the white lights draping across tree limbs and the neon colors shining from the Campus Theatre sign and other business marquees. The sounds of music waft from nearby hangouts, whether it be the Boiler Room, J&J’s Pizza or Andy’s Bar or from down the street at Dan’s Silverleaf,

Hailey’s or Banter. Best Place in Denton to take the Family Runner-up: Water Works Bragging rights: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop Best Place to go on a Date Runner-up: Movie Tavern Bragging rights: Hannah’s

clean, safe and filled with trees. Hanging out at a Denton park is the perfect way to spend the day. See you there! Runner-up: Chuck E. Cheese

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BEST DENTON BAND BRAVE COMBO

BEST PLACE FOR KIDS’ ACTIVITY

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DENTON PARKS AND RECREATION PARKS 940-349-7218 www.cityofdenton.com

From North Lakes Park to Eureka Playground and, of course, Quakertown Park, not to mention Fred Moore Park and other neighborhood parks throughout the city, Denton has many venues for enjoying an outdoor picnic, playing a game of tag football or sitting under a tree to read a good book. Playing games and lounging at the park is a favored pastime for many around Denton, and the city pays close attention to its parks — keeping them

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Denton’s own Brave Combo is the heart and soul of this community — from the funfilled chicken dance many of us learned years ago to the hot polka replete with a lively beat. Longtime band members Carl Finch and Jeffrey Barnes are the familiar faces of a band that has been a part of our landscape for at least a couple of generations. We are proud of our favored band for its multiple Grammy nominations and for its continued mission to keep polka alive and well across the country. You just can’t sit still when listening to their music. It’s impossible. Runner-Up: Eli Young Band Bragging rights: Midlake

Best place for kids’ activity: Denton parks

Best place to go on a date: Downtown Square

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CONGRATULATIONS JUSTIN HARMON Voted Best Individual Performer and Best Local Actor

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CREATIVE JUICES

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BEST PARK OR PICNIC PLACE

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SOUTH LAKES PARK/EUREKA PLAYGROUND Off Hobson Road between Teasley Lane and FM1830 Denton Parks and Recreation 940-349-7218 www.cityofdenton.com

Situated in the heart of South Lakes Park, Eureka Playground has served as the setting for many a play date and afternoon make-believe session. It’s the perfect place for youngsters to climb, swing, slide and play. For families with youngsters, it’s the setting of choice for a birthday party complete with multiple picnic pavilions near the main attraction. And, being situated in South Lakes Park, there’s also a lot more to enjoy — the lake, fishing pier, tennis and play courts, a

nature center, creek, and a 2.5mile track for jogging, walking, hiking, riding bicycles or simply strolling to study a bit of nature. Runner-up: Northlake Park Bragging rights: Quakertown Park

BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL TEXAS 8 BALL 218 W. Oak St. 940-442-6145

Like to watch the game over a beer? Love a game of pool on a Friday night? Texas 8 Ball can do both. You can’t expect less from a club with a pool reference in its name. The crowd is mixed but gets more college age as the weekend approaches. Locals love this joint for the wealth of

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high-definition, flat-screen televisions tuned to ESPN and its properties. Locals also like the roomy tables and the frothy taps behind the bar. The pool hall also makes room for live music. The food is standard sports bar fare. If you want to knock the chalk off your cue, Texas 8 Ball beats the competition. Rack ’em up! Runners up: J.R. Pockets and Dusty’s

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JUSTIN HARMON “BEST LOCAL ACTOR” and

“BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMER” And NORTHSTAR BANK’S

Shining Star!

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