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Great Escapes

Get away from it all with these quick Texas trips.

Street Art

Take a tour of Denton's massive outdoor art gallery.

Best of Denton Winners

Explore 2020's best local businesses.

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Spotlight: Lewisville

This fast-growing city has something for everyone.


What defines our county today

11 Gnome Cones

Discover Denton's Street Art


Cool off this summer with Denton County's cutest treats.

12 Nonprofit Spotlight

The Sadie Keller Foundation brings hope to kids with cancer.

14 Bridging the Gap

Teen inventors help police safely interact with people with autism.

16 The Purple Door

Can you find Denton's most mysterious Instagram landmark?

Photo by Chris Oller

IN E V E RY ISSU E 8 About This Issue On the cover: Learn more about Rancho Pillow on page 27.

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he kids are home from school, your cruise has been canceled, and 2020’s got you stressed. What you need right now is a nice, relaxing vacation. Fortunately, there are some fantastic options right here in Texas. Turn to page 25 to find your new favorite getaway within a short drive of Denton County! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly vacay, a romantic retreat or a quick weekend break, you’ll find an escape that’s perfect for you — and they are all open this summer. Get up-to-date information on how these destinations are protecting visitors from COVID-19 as well as pricing and activities. If you’d prefer to stay close to home in Denton County this summer, check out this year’s 27th annual Best of Denton winners on page 44 to discover the best businesses for home and pet care, healthy living, dining, shopping and more. Another brilliant and safe way to spend a summer’s day during these strange times is to take a tour of Denton’s street art. Follow our guide to see just a few of the city’s many murals — and get some fresh air while you’re at it. It’s like getting free admission to a massive outdoor art gallery! There are so many brilliant options that we didn’t have space for on these pages, so take the time to do some exploring on your own as well. It’s worth it! This issue’s Community Spotlight focuses on Lewisville and its many options for outdoor summer fun. Take a dip in the lake, a hike in LLELA or enjoy a picnic in its 1,000+ acres of public parks. In this issue, you’ll also meet five truly inspiring young people: a 13-year-old cancer survivor and author who has used her experience to help thousands of other kids feel less alone and four teen inventors who have created a device to help law enforcement interact with people with autism. If you haven’t already, please visit dentoncountymagazine. com to get this magazine delivered to your home six times a year for just $25. As always, we welcome story ideas, photo submissions and feedback of all kinds. Email us at

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What defines our county today

INSIDE: u A revolutionary device from teen inventors u A cancer survivor helping kids nationwide u A quest for the mysterious Purple Door


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GNOME CONES Beat the heat with Denton County’s quirkiest frozen treats. BY ELLEN RITSCHER SACKETT


Photos by Kelly Sparks

ou don’t have to be a kid to love Gnome Cones — just a kid at heart. Inspired by kitschy bearded garden trolls, entrepreneurs Alex Sparks and Bret Hawkins created the snowcone concept in 2017. The childhood friends opened the Argyle location with investment from restaurateur and Radical Hospitality Group cofounder John “Sparky” Pearson then added a Denton location off The Square in 2019. What began as “a running joke and an obsession with gnomes” has turned into a serious business — but not too serious. Keep Your Cool On a hot summer’s day, it’s hard to beat these whimsical frozen treats, which are made daily in-house from fresh ingredients. Every flavor is free of artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors, and most are also gluten- and dairy-free. Favorites include Troll’s Blood, Sweaty Yeti (coconut and vanilla), Goblinberry (raspberry, blackberry, cranberry) and Pina Colada. “Kids really like Birthday Cake and Cotton Candy,” Alex says. “Apple Pie has been a longtime fan favorite and is one we always like people to try — especially with fresh cream.”

For a truly unique summer activity, order a 50- or 100-pack of snowballs and have a good old-fashioned snowball fight to beat the heat. The hand-crafted snowballs are made of the same soft snow used to make the cones — but are considerably less sticky to throw around. Calling All Gnomies Get your Gnome Cones fix to-go in Argyle from the tiny white cottage with turquoise shingles or in Denton from the Bavarian-style snow-capped indoor forest. The Denton location features soft serve and alcoholic Gnaughty Gnome cones and pops that can be enjoyed while strolling around the Square. The icy treats can also come to you! Bulk orders of Pop Packs and Snowballs are available for pick-up or free delivery within 10 miles of downtown or $5 delivery within 20 miles. “We know not everyone is capable or comfortable going out, so we don’t want those people to feel like they have to miss out on some gnome magic this summer!” Alex says. Gnome Cones, 205 N. Elm St., Denton, 940-320-7772; 421 US-377, Argyle, 940-320-9439;

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Hope Sadie’s new book helps kids feel less alone.


adie Keller was 7 years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. “I didn’t know what cancer was. I thought I was going to die,” the Bartonville resident says. “I was very scared.” “There were hard times — really scary,” her mother, Sarah, says. “But she never wanted to be sad about it. She wanted to make others feel good. That’s what helped her get through it. We didn’t have time to be scared about chemo because we were baking cookies.” Putting Smiles on Faces Sadie was the type of girl who would hide behind her mother’s legs if they were in a crowd, but during her illness, she would scroll through Pinterest to find recipes and crafts she could make for the doctors and nurses.


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Sadie — now 13 and cancer-free — continues thinking of others. She is a public speaker, advocate and activist who has made it her mission to help other families affected by childhood cancer. That mission led to the establishment of the Sadie Keller Foundation, which promotes laws to increase funding for research and provides gifts to families. “Kids always want to be happy,” Sadie says. “They get to play a lot, but when you have cancer you don’t get to do that. We just want to help out and put a smile on a face.” Just hours after her diagnosis, Sadie was admitted to the hospital to start chemotherapy. She ended up staying there for a month because she had an infection — and she had a port put in her chest.

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Sadie Keller turned her experience with childhood cancer into a foundation that helps others. BY JESSICA DELEÓN

A few months after her diagnosis, she crept into her closet and made a 17-minute video about the medical supplies she had to use. Her mother was surprised because Sadie was usually looking at her iPad or watching TV while her parents talked to doctors. “We couldn’t believe how much she knew about it,” Sarah says. “She was teaching what it was like to have cancer as a child and hoping to make others not be afraid.” A Little Girl With a Big Impact The video went viral, and Sadie began making more videos to help kids feel less alone during their cancer treatments. Soon she had more ideas to help other children. Today, there’s Sadie’s Sleigh, which has distributed 58,000 gifts to children in 11 states during Christmas; Milestone Gifts, which are given to kids when they reach markers such as finishing treatment or reaching remission; and Parent Packs to help caregivers.


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She also advocates for government legislation. She was invited to stand next to President Trump as he signed the Childhood Cancer STAR (Survivorship Treatment Access and Research) Act in the Oval Office in 2018 and participated in a roundtable discussion with the vice president. She has appeared on Inside Edition, Fox News, CNN’s Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer, NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt and other national programs. She has traveled around the world to promote her cause, including going to Africa in February to learn about the Global Hope Act, which addresses childhood cancer worldwide. Sadie, who attends online school, would like to go to Southern Methodist University and pursue a career working with animals. She writes about her experiences in her recently released book (available on Amazon), Better Angels, which serves as a guide to help others. “The book isn’t really about cancer,” she says, “it’s about hope.”

Now cancer-free, 13-year-old Sadie Keller speaks to young people around the nation.

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Denton teens have invented a device to improve interactions between people with autism and law enforcement officers. BY LESLIE J. THOMPSON


ommunication is sometimes hard for 24-year-old Larry Dierker, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Asperger syndrome, a condition on the autism spectrum. When confused or overwhelmed, he can respond inappropriately in social interactions, become extremely agitated or simply shut down. In one unfortunate incident, Dierker ended up behind bars after demonstrating increasingly erratic behavior during an encounter with a law enforcement officer who was unaware of his condition.


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“Larry was the inspiration for our project,” says Rhythm Garg, who, together with classmates Connie Wang, Jeffrey Chen and Wendy Rossi, invented a high-tech band designed to bridge the gap between people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and public safety officers. Introducing the Intrapod The student inventors conceived the 3D-printed device, called the Intrapod, last semester as part of Project Invent at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and

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Science (TAMS), a residential program at UNT for gifted high school students. They had met Dierker through UNT’s Kristin Farmer Autism Center and solicited feedback on the concept from the Center’s staff as they developed the prototype. In December, the team earned top honors and a $1,000 grant for their innovation at AT&T’s Inventor’s Challenge competition. More than 3.5 million Americans have ASD, which affects a person’s communication and social skills and ability to self-regulate. Because of these behavioral symptoms, people on the autism spectrum are frequently stopped for questioning by police. The TAMS team wanted to reduce the likelihood of negative encounters between individuals with communication disorders and law enforcement, Garg says. “We made a device that allows police officers to connect via a mobile application and find out that the person they’re approaching has autism” before any interaction, he explains. What’s Next? The UNT Police Department is lending its support, helping the teens further explore ideas for the Intrapod’s functionality. In addition to sharing relevant information about the wearer’s condition, the Intrapod includes a built-in microphone to record interactions with law enforcement and a GPS system to automatically notify caregivers of the wearer’s location. After winning last year’s Inventor’s Challenge, the students were invited to AT&T’s Pitches with Purpose event, where they gleaned insights about entrepreneurship during an on-stage discussion between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. Now, the enterprising teens plan to continue fine-tuning their invention as they look for additional funding. “We are applying for more grants,” says team member Connie Wang, adding, “Our main focus is getting the prototype to a state where we can release it for wide-scale testing” in the local community.

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e won’t disclose the location of Denton’s elusive and mysterious Purple Door here. After all, the journey of seeking — and finding — the door is a Denton rite of passage... and a whole lot of fun. Lillia Whittington, Denton resident of 20 years, heard about the door in high school but didn’t set eyes on it until after graduation. Then she found herself standing in front of it twice, completely by accident. “I happened to look up at just the right moment. It’s hidden in its spot!” Three years passed before the door presented itself again. “I actually forgot about it for many years and couldn’t remember where it was. It wasn’t until I was photographing for my blog that I stumbled upon it again,” says Whittington. “That’s one of the reasons I love the community: the power of adventure and excitement around every corner. You never know what this city will show you when you least expect it.”

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hen he looks out through the glass wall of his corner office at Classic Mazda of Denton, general manager Rick Wick sees the beautiful results of three years of planning and another six months of renovation work -- not to mention the dealership’s latest lineup of automobiles -- that has completely reshaped the dealership’s home facility. The expanded space and newly designed layout has made it the automaker’s first Retail Evolution facility in the North Texas area. In what is a nationwide effort by Mazda to overhaul and modernize its dealerships, the Retail Evolution program is geared toward the customer with the hope of making their facilities more welcoming and less intimidating. By updating and redesigning their dealerships, Mazda is also striving to make the whole customer experience more efficient with new amenities ranging anywhere from informative video boards to easy and open access between the sales and service areas. “It’s making it all user friendly,” said Wick. “It’s upscale in alignment with Mazda’s upscale, premium automobiles. The reception area for our service advisors is right across from the customer lounge. The customer lounge and the whole facility is open, so it’s commingling between sales and service. It’s all open and upscale.” Planning to make the Denton location the first in North Texas to satisfy Mazda’s Retail Evolution guidelines, Wick said, began in 2015. Architects worked with Mazda officials as well as Wick and his staff when it came to design proposals. A major change was expanding the outside walls of the main building by 12 feet to increase the facility’s overall square footage (larger showroom and more office space) to nearly 1,400 square feet. Also, the facility’s ceiling was lowered so customers don’t feel like they’re in a warehouse while walking through the building. One of the first changes longtime Mazda customers might recognize upon entering Classic Mazda of Denton is a new color scheme: gone is the old green and orange. Everything from the Mazda logos to the

furniture inside and out are now based in black, white and chrome. The use of glass is also prominent throughout the building, giving the main offices a more open look as well as providing upscale partisans between the individual sales offices on the main floor. The work stations for the sales staff are now updated with chairs and tables that follow the Retail Evolution requirements. That they are separated by the glass partisans also are in line with Mazda’s company design principals. Wick said that the dealership’s technology has also been completely redone to provide wireless service throughout the building. Customers can utilize their devices while waiting in the lounge area and if there’s a need for a quick recharge, Classic now has a table with electrical outlets for that option. Elsewhere, the dealership’s lighting is now programmed to be more efficient thanks to a motion detection system and it features cost-saving LED lights that require less voltage to use. While many of the changes at Classic Mazda of Denton are cosmetic, the dealership has maintained its successful approach to selling vehicles. Even during the construction process as well as the unique environment the recent pandemic has created, Wick proudly notes that sales are currently up compared to a year ago. For the month of May, in which the company sold 123 new Mazdas, the Denton outlet ranked No. 2 in overall sales in the company’s five-state Gulf Region. To recognize their new look and status, Classic Mazda of Denton is also currently offering a variety of purchase options, including zero percent interest on 60-month loans, zero payments for 90 days and an assortment of cash back programs. That Mazda has made its Denton location the first in the North Texas area to fulfill its new Retail Evolution status should really not come as a surprise. After all, back in 2006, the Denton dealership was also the first area Mazda outlet to qualify in the automaker’s then-new Retail Revolution program.

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ositioned on the banks of one of the largest man-made lakes in Texas, Lewisville is a hotspot for outdoor recreation. If you’re more of an indoor type, Lewisville also boasts an impressive selection of fine and performing arts groups plus more than 2,000 restaurants and retail stores (that’s more shopping and dining space per capita than any other city in the area). Come see why — no matter who you are — this one-time farming community is the place to be in Denton County.


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The Great Outdoors When Denton County residents think of Lewisville, many of them think of fun in the sun. That’s because about 6 million people visit Lewisville Lake each year to enjoy water and jet skiing, fishing, water sports, picnicking, camping and other family-friendly activities. The city has water activities galore, miles of hiking paths, 1,000 acres of public parks and 2,600 acres of wilderness, making it a dream destination for lovers of the great outdoors.

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With arts, entertainment, dining, shopping and family-friendly outdoor activities, the fast-growing city of Lewisville has something for every taste. BY ABIGAIL BOATWRIGHT

Hikers encounter a giant redwood at LLELA.

A view of City Hall from lovely Poydras Plaza

Lewisville Lake Marina

The “Lewisville 2025” plan — which includes big ideas for nearly every aspect of the town by the time it celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2025 — envisions a 4,000-acre greenspace in the heart of town that will connect with all other areas via parks and trails. Lewisville is also home to Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) — 2,800 acres of urban wilderness and trails located just a few miles from the highway. “You’re suddenly in the woods and there’s hiking, there’s rustic camping

An art exhibit at the Medical City Lewisville Grand

Kayaking is just one of the city’s outdoor activities.

and fishing — it’s truly a remarkable location,” says Director of Community Relations and Tourism James Kunke. “We’ve got wilderness right here in Lewisville, and great kayaking and canoeing on the trinity river.” “LLELA is one of our nice hidden gems,” says Public Information Coordinator Matt Martuccis. “People come to visit and they’re genuinely surprised by it.” Year-Round Entertainment If outdoor activities aren’t your thing, you can always find a concert or festival to suit your interests. Lewisville hosts more than a dozen major events during the year (at least during non-pandemic years), such as the famous Western Days festival, the Highland Village Balloon Festival, the Lebanese Food Festival and many others. The Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater (aka the MCL Grand) presents about 250 public performances and exhibits every year, including Broadway-style musicals, films, visual arts displays and live music.

“Lewisville knows how to party,” Kunke says. “There is year-round entertainment. We have a professional symphony right here in Lewisville and concerts and plays. There’s so much to do.” Dining & Shopping Once you’ve worked up an appetite playing on the lake or enjoying a festival, stop for a bite at one of Lewisville’s hundreds of eateries. Tierney’s Café and Tavern, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Starwood Diner, Korner Cafe, Alfredo’s Pizza & Pasta, Pie 314, Big Jack’s BBQ are just a few of the city’s tasty options [Note: Hours and availability may have changed due to COVID-19. Please contact all businesses to check hours before making a trip.] For a unique meal in an interesting building, Martucci suggests the J2 Steak House in Lewisville’s historic Old Town. The restaurant is housed in the old Lewisville Feed Mill, the city’s longest continuously operating business up until its closing in 2011. The steak house renovated the property and opened in 2018.

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year before the Republic of Texas joined the United States in 1845, the Holford and King families settled in the area that is now modern-day Lewisville. The settlement was formed thanks to land grants doled out from the government in an effort to populate the area. Lewisville was initially known for farming, particularly cotton, and its location was not an accident, says Director of Community Relations and Tourism James Kunke. “It was one day by wagon from here to the market in Dallas, which is basically where the Farmer’s Market is today,” Kunke says. “So people who wanted to sell their crops could load their wagon, leave at dawn to get to Dallas before it got dark and get back home the next day.” At one point, Lewisville had four cotton gins, but when the boll weevil arrived in the 1920s and destroyed the cotton crops, many farmers in the area turned to peanuts and pecans. There is still a nut factory there today. The town was incorporated in 1925 with about 200 residents. Lewisville was completely transformed by the creation of a Corps of Engineers reservoir, which began in 1948 and became Lewisville Lake upon completion in 1954. The lake


encompasses 29,000 acres with 233 miles of shoreline. In 1970, the town was home to about 9,000 residents, but the area saw a lot of growth in the 1980s and 1990s thanks to retail locations like the Vista Ridge Mall. “Dallas was expanding,” Kunke says. “The interstate was built, the airport opened in 1974, and we became a very popular location. Transportation has driven a lot of our growth, from the train in the 1880s to the U.S. highway in the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, to the airport.” Lewisville has also hosted some interesting events. Two weeks after Woodstock, in 1969, the town hosted the Texas International Pop Festival — a three-day concert with many of the same performers and audience members as the famous Woodstock event — at the Dallas International Speedway. “About 120,000 people came through, and a lot of them were hippies,” Kunke says with a chuckle. “We were not a hippie community in the 1960s. We were very much a rural Texas, meat and potatoes, ride our horses kind of community. But we survived, and now we get to talk about it.”

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Getting to Work The town’s proximity to Lewisville Lake, as well as to I-35 for a short drive to major North Texas cities, are big draws for prospective residents, says Martucci. “It’s a very business-friendly space but provides residents with easy access to get in and out of North Texas.” Although farming is no longer its primary industry, the town of 100,000 isn’t just a commuter city to Dallas/ Fort Worth either. Kunke says there are about 50,000 jobs in Lewisville. The city is home to major employers such as JP Morgan Chase, Xerox, Sysco, Med Fusion Laboratories, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kellogg’s, Mary Kay’s global manufacturing and research and development facility and Ericsson’s new 5G “Factory of the Future.” There are also more than a million square feet of new construction for office and industrial development in the pipeline. “Once we moved past the farm days, we’ve always had a really good, diverse mix in our economy,” Kunke says. Whether you’re stopping by for the day or making plans to stay awhile, Lewisville offers outdoor fun, culture and a solid family atmosphere that’s sure to put you at ease.

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Longhorns lead the parade at the annual Western Days.

“Pretty much everybody that lived in Lewisville back in the days of farming had to come to the feed mill to get items for their animals and for around the farm,” Martucci says. “The new owners were able to save the building and update its façade so it still looks like the feed mill of old, minus some of the grain silos.” Old Town is a historic area that includes Wayne Ferguson Plaza, an outdoor concert and festival venue, as well as upscale single-family condos, a whiskey distillery, boutique local businesses, coffee shops, a photography studio and much more. While you’re there, make sure to check out the four artistic benches; they tell a single coherent story related to the history and development of Old Town Lewisville. Music City Mall, which has more than a million square feet of shopping and entertainment, and Zion Market are great stops when you’re ready for some retail therapy.

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Your family trip to Disneyland or dream cruise vacation may have been canceled this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit at home. These seven great, COVID-19-safe getaways are right here in Texas. Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat, a kid-friendly vacay or a quick weekend break, one of these fun locations will cure your cabin fever. BY ABIGAIL BOATWRIGHT, RACHEL HEDSTROM, ANNETTE NEVINS AND LESLIE J. THOMPSON

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Wildcatter Ranch & Resort

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Arty Escape

Family Escape

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Wildcatter is an equestrian’s paradise.


or a refreshing Wildcatter Steakhouse, where you can Western­-style escape to the chow down on a juicy hand-cut mesquite great outdoors, mosey on grilled steak, cooked to perfection with a out to Wildcatter Ranch secret spice rub. Reservations are required. and Resort. And don’t At the end of the day, settle around forget your boots and hat! the campfire and listen to real stories of Romantic Escape “True Texas customer service is our Indians, outlaws and the oil boom. Tales language,” says marketing manager from the area have been dramatized in Tristan Boler Hampton. Everything is books and films such as Lonesome Dove done to cowboy code, including learning and The Sons of Katie Elder. the art of roping and herding cattle. Real This unique getaway is steeped in Texas cowboys guide activities at this Texas history dating back to the pioneer authentic 1,500-acre working ranch in days of 1851, and the ranch is just 20 the North Texas Hill Country. minutes from the Goodnight-Loving Wildcatter Ranch offers a variety of Trail, which was used to move Texas ways to relax and wind down. Saddle Longhorns in the 1860s. up for a horseback ride on 25 miles of Wildcatter embraces its past with more winding trails with incredible views, feed than a dozen cabins inspired by historical a Longhorn or canoe the Brazos. If four events. Tap into the pioneer spirit with wheels are more your style, hop on a jeep a stay at Fort Belknap or learn about the for a private tour up Kinsinger Mountain. Comanche, Kiowa, and Kowa Apache More competitive types can test their tribes in the Famous Chiefs cabin. No clay shooting skills, throw a tomahawk, matter which one of the 41 guest rooms try the rifle and pistol range or take aim you choose, high-quality cleaning at the bullseye with a bow and arrow at procedures remain standard. the archery range. A rocking chair on the porch is the It’s worth some time to wander away perfect spot to sip coffee and enjoy a from the ranch to stroll through Graham, stunning sunrise. Warm biscuits are in home to the largest courthouse square the oven for breakfast to start another in America. By the time you’re finished, beautiful day on the ranch. —Annette the dinner bell will be calling at the Nevins


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Location: Graham, Texas Distance from Denton: 96 miles (1 hour, 45 minutes) Lover’s Escape Prices: From $159/night for the hotel. From $199/night for cabin suites. Guest homes vary. COVID-19 updates: Restaurant reservations are required. Activities are always performed at least six feet apart. Wildcatter Ranch has been social distancing even prior to COVID-19. Activities: Clay shooting, tomahawk throwing, archery, Jeep tours, pool, trail rides, hiking, massage, pony rides, ranch tour, rifle and pistol range, roping, canoeing and more Website:

A true Western vacation includes roping pratice.

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Rancho Pillow

Arty Escape

Family Escape

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eclaim a sense of A three-story 18th century restored Rancho Pillow (Rancho Mercado for wonder at Rancho Pillow, Dutch barn stamped with a 1940s vintage artists, collectors and designers and a perfect place to social porcelain motel sign is just one of the Feasts in the Field for food and dance). distance on a 20-acre whimsical accommodation options. The —Annette Nevins Foodie Escape Animal Lover’s Escape poetic and playful barn was originally built in upstate New compound. Settle into one of the five York and was disassembled and moved to unique, colorful dwellings set among the its current location. farms and ranches of southeast Texas. Guests seeking more privacy and a Created as a family retreat in 2006, sacred night of slumber love the air-conit’s a dreamy place to rest your head and ditioned, king-sized teepee, which is just an idyllic shelter for Latin American steps away from an outdoor bathhouse folk art collected from trips around where you can pamper yourself. The the globe and years of hunting in the Treehouse is the perfect place for the backyard of Round Top. tiniest guests to climb and explore. The Folk art inside the restored Guests can spend the day shopping RedEscape House, built in 1896, is the largest Romantic 18th century Dutch barn or be sung to sleep by crickets and of the options. Everything is cleaned and frogs under a starry sky. This home to sanitized several times a day. artists, musicians, collectors, writers and You never share a house with someone Location: Round Top, Texas dreamers has its doors open to anyone you don’t know, and there’s plenty of Distance from Denton: 246 miles looking for a change of scenery or space to roam or take a dip in a saltwater (4 hours) renewed state of mind. wading pool. If you choose, you can Prices: From $300/night for The “At Rancho, we invite you into someconnect (with elbow bumps) with others Teepee (sleeps two) to $1,800/ thing deeper,” says Sheila Youngblood, around a crackling fire. night for The Red House (sleeps owner and designer. “Authentic and To nurture us in these challenging eight). The full property, which uninhibited, it’s a place where the heart times, meditative tea ceremonies and sleeps 30, is also available to rent. opens up. It’s been a great pleasure to workshops have been added for guests to COVID-19 updates: Limited watch that happen time and time again, celebrate our differences and reveal new number of reservations, complisometimes in the most unexpected ways.” possibilities through conversations and art. mentary concierge services, There’s nothing quite like Rancho The popular twice-annual Round 25% off all summer reservations Pillow. Top Antique Fair was canceled by the Activities: Antiques, art, food pandemic in the spring but hopes for a events, tea ceremonies, medcomeback in the fall, along with other itation, workshops, saltwater associated art and food events held at swimming, star gazing, connecting with nature, dancing, sports (Frisbee golf, volleyball, badminton, croquet, soccer, kickball) Website:

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek


ou’ve been cooped up offers a world of indulgence comfortably with the family for close to home. Family Escape months, navigating Built nearly a century ago, the former video calls and residential estate is one of Dallas’ binge-watching Jack most esteemed hotels, offering warm Ryan while trying to hone your culinary Southern hospitality in an opulent skills. You’re fed up, frazzled and in need setting. Inspired by European design, of pampering. A carefree afternoon by a the ornate interior has been lovingly cerulean pool. A relaxing massage in a restored to preserve historical details like luxury suite. A sumptuous meal with a marble floors, stained glass windows and glass of fine wine. Animal Lover’s Escapehand-carved fireplaces. Fortunately, you needn’t travel The Mansion has welcomed guests overseas to check these off your wish from the Lone Star State and across the globe for nearly 40 years, from those list. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek


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celebrating special occasions to business leaders, politicians and entertainers. The 142 spacious rooms and suites have been newly redesigned, with custom furnishings and modern amenities to create a timeless residential atmosphere. Yet, although the accommodations are exquisite, guests say that it is the hotel’s team of dedicated and passionate associates that sets The Mansion apart from its peers. Nestled between downtown Dallas and Oak Lawn, Rosewood Mansion also is convenient to numerous local attractions.

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Luxury Escape

Fitz, area director of sales and marketing. Weekend nights are extra special, he says, with live musical entertainment at the bar. Guests also can enjoy massage treatments at the Fitness Studio or in the comfort of their guestroom, and request poolside food and beverage service while surrounded by southern magnolias. After implementing intensified hygiene and safety measures, The Mansion is reopening in early August with several special offers for guests. The Summer at Rosewood package includes a $50 daily hotel credit, valet parking, breakfast for two and two tickets to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The package is available through September

Luxury, just 40 minutes from home

30 and is perfect for a quick getaway. So, whether you’re planning a kid-free weekend or a family-friendly resort experience, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek delivers a VIP escape in the heart of the Metroplex. —Leslie J. Thompson Location: Dallas, Texas Distance from Denton: 37 miles (40 minutes) Prices: From $430/night COVID-19 updates: Reopening early August with intensified hygiene and safety measures. Activities: Spa treatments, fine dining, wine, Lexus test drives, poolside beverages, nearby shopping, cultural attractions and more Website:

Rooms have timeless design and modern conveniences. Enjoy an expertly crafted cocktail at the bar.

Enjoy a day of shopping in the Dallas Arts District, explore our nation’s history at the George W. Bush Presidential Library or marvel at prehistoric beasts at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Hotel guests also can test drive a variety of Lexus vehicles during their stay. Of course, your visit would not be complete without a meal in the Mansion Restaurant, where executive chef Sebastien Archambault creates delectable seasonal menus using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. “The ambiance, cuisine, and service are unmatched,” notes Tracy

Savor sophisticated crab cakes at the restaurant.

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Rough Creek Lodge & Resort

Family Escape

Animal Lover’s Escape

Fresh air, award­-winning food and rustic charm


Experience 11,000 acres of the great outdoors.

Float down the lazy river with the little ones.


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Location: Glen Rose, Texas Distance from Denton: 109 miles (1 hour, 50 minutes) Prices: Packages for deluxe guest rooms and meals start at $366/ night per adult, or $732/night for a couple. Up to three children aged 15 and under can stay, play and eat breakfast and dinner for free when staying in the same room as adults. COVID-19 updates: Rough Creek is currently open Thursday through Sunday in response to pandemic restrictions. General manager Paul Boccafogli anticipates fully reopening sometime in November. Various activities and the restaurant have been modified to allow for social distancing, staff members wear masks and have their temperatures monitored, and there is an increased focus on sanitizing high-touch items. Activities: More than 80 activities including swimming, horseback riding, batting cages, paintball, tomahawk throwing, biking, hiking, nature trails, ziplining, rock climbing, golfing, hayrides, shooting sports and more Website:


ituated on more than 11,000 acres in picturesque Glen Rose, Texas, Rough Creek Lodge & Resort is the perfect family getaway. Guests can spend time in the great outdoors enjoying a wide variety of activities and return to comfortable accommodations and ZAGAT award-winning meals. Rough Creek is a resort adept at serving both corporate and family visitors, as well as weddings, hunting trips, girls’ weekends and more. But if you’ve got little ones, they’re really in for a treat. They’ll love roasting s’mores, flying complimentary kites, taking a hayride, visiting animals, hanging out at the Kid’s Ranch and riding a pony. “Our guests seem to most appreciate the personal service from our friendly staff,” says Paul Boccafogli, Rough Creek’s general manager. “There’s freedom for kids to participate in all kinds of activities. And we have a great food and beverage operation.” Packages include a room, three-course dinner, Rough Creek’s signature breakfast and many complimentary activities. Should you have time to venture off site, you can enjoy Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Dinosaur World and other nearby attractions. You can choose from one of 51 guestrooms and suites in the Main Lodge, or one of four cabins on site, all of which combine rustic charm with modern conveniences. Main Lodge rooms include private balconies with rocking chairs and walls of windows that overlook Mallard Lake. The accommodations are luxurious, and suites are spacious, with several layouts suitable for families. Cabins are located in a wooded area and include a playground, hammocks, grills, horseshoes and washer toss games. They feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms and screened-in porches. Other lodging options include two Airstreams set in a private area near the Main Lodge, and for longer stays for groups ranging from six to 12 people, The Residences at Rough Creek Lodge. “It’s a great place to be outdoors and have a good time with your family,” says Boccafogli. —Abigail Boatwright

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Texas Safari Ranch

Animal Lover’s Escape

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ot an animal lover in your family? You won’t find a better vacation spot than Texas Safari Ranch, and it’s spacious enough to bring the whole gang. There are three houses available on the 1,000-acre ranch: The two-story Log Cabin has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and sleeps seven; the Bunkhouse has four bedrooms, three baths and sleeps nine; The Seven Gables features five bedrooms, two full baths and sleeps 11 — it was built in approximately 1890 and restored to include modern conveniences. Only guests staying in the three cabins have access to the many points of interest at Safari Ranch. They are free to explore the caves of the Tonkawa tribe, a semi-­ nomadic group of hunters who relied on wild game such as buffalo and deer. The ranch is located on the historic Chisholm Trail, which was used by Native American hunting parties and became one of the largest trails for Texas cattle drives.

While most guests prefer to enjoy the scenery or just watch the animals, they are also welcome to accompany the staff during feedings, which involves providing more than 3,000 pounds of food every day to the animals on the ranch. If you’ve got some extra time, grab a pole and head to any of the five lakes on site for catch-and-release fishing. Guests staying at the most popular property, the Bunkhouse, are able to see blackbuck, oryx, zebra and axis deer daily from their porches, some coming within 50 feet of the decks. “One guest woke up to a red stag on the front porch!” recalls owner Jack Harvard. The Texas Safari Ranch is a working ranch, with the primary business of raising animals to sell to other wildlife ranches. As a breeding ranch, its mission is to expand the population of endangered animals. All proceeds from cabin rentals go toward feeding the animals and veterinary care. —Rachel Hedstrom

Meet wild and endangered animals!

Location: Clifton, Texas Distance from Denton: 121 miles (2 hours) Prices: From $450/night (twonight minimum) plus tax and cleaning fee for the three houses on site to $2,000/night for the “saloon,” which serves as a venue for reunions, weddings and other events. COVID-19 updates: Ranch owner Jack Harvard says, “With the three lodges spread over more than 1,000 acres and 10 miles of paved roads winding through the park, you will probably never see anyone else — except for the over 700 animals residing on the ranch, including a clever camel named Marsha, and the new kid in town, a giraffe named JM.” Activities: Animal watching, fishing, cave exploration, golfing and dining (just minutes away), fun on Lake Waco or Lake Whitney (20 minutes away) Website:

The oldest wildlife park in Texas

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Outdoor Escape

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Animal Lover’s Escape

Cotton Gin Village

Romantic Escape

One of the finest restaurants in Hill Country


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Bring your sweetheart to these charming cabins.


or the perfect romantic getaway in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, look no further than Cotton Gin Village. This beautiful collection of log cabins and rock cottages is located in Fredericksburg, which is known for its peaches, lavender farms and wineries. On the property and just on the other side of the cabins and cottages, you’ll find Cabernet Grill, where you can enjoy delicious Texas wine and Hill Country cuisine on the patio or inside the restaurant. Selections include the freshest seafood, certified aged Angus beef, wild game and local cheeses, peaches and produce. “We have unique, rustic, romantic-style lodging, and we have what’s considered probably the best restaurant in the Hill Country right here on the grounds,” Cotton Gin Village and Cabernet Grill Owner and Chef Ross Burtwell says. Cotton Gin Village rustic cabins and cottages are appointed with stone wood-burning fireplaces, large Jacuzzi tubs, rocking chairs on the porches, comfortable furnishings and all the little touches that make your stay memorable. These charming rooms make you feel like you’re going back in time. Guests at Cotton Gin Village receive individual attention from Burtwell’s kitchen. “One of the things that people love the most about staying with us is the fact that we do a hot picnic basket breakfast, which is delivered directly to their front door each morning,” Burtwell says. “So they don’t even have to go outside of their individual log cabins.” When they’re not relaxing in their cabins, visitors enjoy going to tastings at various wineries in the area. Nearby is Enchanted Rock, a huge pink granite dome in Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Hike through the park and even to the top of the legendary monolith. Fredericksburg offers unique shopping at locally owned businesses. In the summer, visitors enjoy the town’s peach harvest, and in September, the grape harvest begins. Despite coronavirus derailing vacation plans for many, Burtwell says his area is busier than he’d expected.

A hot picnic breakfast can be delivered to your cabin.

“Fredericksburg is a drive-to destination, and that’s exactly what people are looking for right now, to get out of a big city, not have to jump on a plane and go to Paris. They are looking for something local.”

Location: Fredericksburg, Texas Distance from Denton: 268 miles (4 ½ hours, a lovely drive through the beautiful Texas countryside and smaller towns along the way) Prices: Cabin rates start at $199 per night on weekdays and $229 on weekends. Big House rates start at $450 per day. Check site for rules and restrictions. COVID-19 updates: The cabins and cottages are ideal for social distancing. Breakfast is delivered to you, so you need not interact with other guests unless you want to. The restaurant patio is also a great spot for social distancing dining. Activities: Stargazing, Texas wine tasting, gourmet dining, hot picnic breakfasts, nearby state parks and shopping Website:

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Family Escape

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Elm Creek Manor

Foodie Escape

Animal Lover’s Escape

Every bite is true farm-to-table, produced on site.

Romantic Escape

One of the top 10 culinary inns in the world


pend a weekend at Elm Creek Manor, one of the top-10 culinary inns in the world and the only farm-to-table bed-andbreakfast in the country with a certified master chef on site. Marcia — the certified master chef — and Brad Scarborough created Elm Creek Manor with the aim of offering a romantic atmosphere, quiet relaxation and excellent food. The lodging design and décor reflects the couple’s love of European medieval inns and castles. And most notably, the bed-andbreakfast is completely farm-to-table. “Many inns will have a little garden, pick some things and serve some of it,” Marcia Scarborough said. “But we are exclusively farm-to-table. We produce all of our own meat, vegetables, fruit — everything that we serve, we raised.” In the afternoons, guests are treated to complimentary cheese and wine in the


library — in winter, the library’s fireplace will be cheerfully crackling. Summer guests enjoy a terraced outdoor area that descends to the pool where fresh fruit, water and chilled towels are circulated by staff. Hot dinner trays and charcuterie dinner trays prepared and plated by Marcia are available seven days a week and can be delivered to your cottage, the garden or the pool. Enjoy outdoor games such as giant chess and checkers, or take a walk through the inn’s 14-acre space, along the banks of two creeks and surrounded by towering pecan trees. Marcia says many guests enjoy picnics along the secluded creeks. You can also join Brad’s daily farm tours while staying on site. “He’ll milk the goats, and then he’ll talk about his unique way of gardening,” Marcia says. “He has one thing called ‘three sisters’

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Location: Muenster, Texas Distance from Denton: 46 miles (47 minutes) Prices: Room rates start at $279 a night. COVID-19 updates: All suites and cottages are unattached with private entrances, independent air circulation and no shared corridors. High standards of cleanliness and sanitation are employed throughout the property. Social hour, usually served in the library, is being delivered to your cottage until bars are opened to 100% capacity by the governor. Activities: Eating farm-to-table food created by a certified master chef, swimming, peaceful walks, picnics, farm tours, outdoor games and more Website:

where three plants grow together and thrive together. It’s corn, green beans and squash, and they grow symbiotically, climbing up each other and protecting each other. He’ll also feed the chickens, and guests can gather the eggs.” For further exploration, visit one of the three wineries within 20 miles of the inn or peruse the shops in Muenster, a charming small town that embraces its German heritage. Elm Creek Manor is a popular destination for ladies’ groups and couples looking for an adult getaway. The space offers six different rooms and suites. —Abigail Boatwright

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Take a socially distant, 10-stop tour of some of the city’s best murals with art lover Chris Oller.



riving around Denton, it’s easy to spot murals. Street artists have used the sides of buildings as canvases all over town, but for every piece of art you see, there are probably three more you missed. That’s because so many are off the beaten track and hidden from view — unless you’re on foot or riding a bike. Chris Oller knows them well. “I’ve traveled up and down just about every road in Denton County,” he says. His interest in murals is fueled, in part, by his background in art and drawing at the University of North Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. You’d probably know Chris if you saw him — long and lean, wearing a do-rag, Chaco sandals and a smile that says he’s glad to see you. I first met Chris when he was head chef at The Cupboard


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Natural Foods Café. He was one of the founders of Denton’s Peace Kitchen as well as the Denton Vegan Cooperative. More recently, he has become a local legend among geocachers, climbing Denton County’s tallest trees to reach carefully placed capsules hidden within their highest branches. But most likely, if you bump into Chris, he’ll be pedaling around town on his pale green Salsa Marrakesh bike. The bike kept him going through a year of grueling radiation and chemo after he was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer of the neck and tongue. “Every day was a struggle,” he recalls. “The bike was my motivation. I bought it and kept [it] in my room with the promise that I would ride it someday.” Chris guided us through some of his favorite murals, so you can take your own outdoor art tour. Who knows? Maybe it’ll inspire you to explore some of the (many) other pieces of impressive public art that we couldn’t fit on this tour.




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Construction Fence 100 Block N. Austin Street


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Industrial and Mulberry Streets


E. Sycamore Street and Railroad Avenue


1207 W. Hickory Street


708 N. Locust Street


N. Bell Avenue and E. Sherman Drive



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Downtown Denton

There are plenty of murals within walking distance of the Square; those stops are starred with asterisks (*). We’ve also added a few extra stops that are more easily explored by bicycle. If you don’t have two wheels of your own, take advantage of Denton’s VeoRide bike-share program. While VeoRide bikes are scattered around town, you can most likely find one on the southeast corner of the Square next to Wells Fargo bank.

*Denton Square: Locust and E. Oak Streets (northeast corner)

The unmistakable outline of the Denton County Courthouse on the Square is central to our first welcoming mural, painted by the Denton High School Art Club on the side of Recycled Books and Records. Look behind you for Daniel Black’s 2018 masterpiece wrapped around the north side of Andy’s Bar. Called “Band on the Run,” the painting of two guitarists escaping on motorcycles is one of more than 60 Denton murals painted by this prolific artist. (Another Dan Black mural on the Square can be seen on the south side of the Discover Denton Welcome Center.)

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*111 W. McKinney Street

“Cutting through alleyways and parking lots is part of the adventure,” Chris says. Take a shortcut through the alley between Pecan and McKinney Streets toward the Courtyard to see more of Dan Black’s work. On the way, catch a glimpse of Black’s portrait of “Howard,” a tribute to the father of B & O Towing owner Danny Byington. (Note the little bird on Howard’s shoulder — a nod to the St. Louis Cardinals, his favorite baseball team.) The courtyard is easy to miss. Dan Black’s two murals are strikingly different. One is a monochrome portrait of a woman; her head, slightly turned, is adorned by a cascading trumpet vine growing from the top of the building. The other is a capricious pipe-smoking bird sporting a purple stocking cap who shares a Denton secret. Oftentimes, murals are partially hidden, in this case, by a trash dumpster and air-conditioning units. “That’s the problem with urban art,” Chris says, “There’s urban stuff in it.”



*Construction Fence 100 Block N. Austin Street

An iconic piece of Denton was forever lost when the Downtown Mini Mall was engulfed in flames, and to date, nothing has replaced the now-vacant lot where the building once stood. Kelsey Heimerman’s joyful murals, which stretch the length of the property on the front and back, brought salve to the Square where there was once deep sadness. “It’s a monument to the Mini Mall experience that people loved. Eventually, those murals will go away — hopefully somewhere else. It’s a temporary structure – but it may be years.” Turn around, and you’ll find flying unicorns, wild-eyed half-human beasts armed with hair tools and galloping white horses painted in cotton-candy colors. Travis Sykes’ fanciful mural, “My Lucky Locks,” is painted on the side of Studio One 16. For more of Sykes’ work, pop inside Andy’s Bar on the Square or keep taking this tour.


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*N. Austin and E. Pecan Streets

“Be authentic” and “In this space all things are possible.” These feel-good messages are incorporated into Erika Tolbert’s rich, mandala-inspired mural, completed in July 2017. Painted in vibrant purples and greens, this mural can be found on the backside of Bloom Yoga. If anyone needs an excuse to kick back a cold one, Roy Warren Lunt’s whimsical “How to Brew Beer” on the east side of Bearded Monk is the perfect reason. Lunt is credited as being among the first Denton muralists. His Texas-themed mural inside Sweetwater Grill and Tavern is an abbreviated version of his original from the first incarnation of the restaurant opened in 1996. In 2018, when Sweetwater reopened, Lunt recreated the Sweetwater Snake mural on the Cedar Street side of the restaurant. STOP


*E. Hickory Street and Industrial Street

Another Dan Black work of note commemorates Denton’s annual Day of the Dead celebration. The coffin races that start at the top of the hill pass this mural and end at Industrial Street. “It’s beautiful with red roses on all four corners,” Chris says. Other murals near the Square by Dan Black can be found surrounding Bullseye Bike Shop, Cross Timbers Church and Free Play Arcade.





*Industrial and Mulberry Streets

Murals popped up all over town as part of a public art initiative that coincided with 2012’s 35 Denton Music Festival. Street artist Cut Throat’s homage to the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix is one of the pieces from that era.

*E. Sycamore Street and Railroad Avenue


Trek toward the train tracks to find art by Eric Mancini, whose work can be recognized by its signature stylized Xs and Os. The tiny square building has a different painting on three of its four sides. Then turn back to look at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio. The mural on its east side represents “the heart of Denton.” It was created by Nevada Hill, an illustrator, printmaker and musician of international repute. Hill, a fixture at Rubber Gloves and a vanguard of Denton’s visual and musical arts scene, passed away far too soon at age 34 in 2016 after a lengthy and courageous bout with cancer.


1207 W. Hickory Street

The side-by-side creation at Lucky Lou’s is another Eric Mancini creation in his iconic style. “Mancini’s work is all over town,” Chris says. “It’s very recognizable.” There are several other nearby murals as well. Try to spot them all.





N. Bell Avenue and E. Sherman Drive

708 N. Locust Street

“Thousands of cars drive by this mural every day and don’t know it’s there,” says restaurateur Ken Currin. “Forgotten Future,” created by ArtLab3000, is only accessible from the Juicy Pig parking lot. The 91-foot-wide by 17-foot-high mural combines flying pigs with Monty Python, 1950s imagery and iconic Denton personalities.

This mural by Travis Sykes and Lauren Naples was completed in 2016 as part of Artscapes, a community beautification initiative by Keep Denton Beautiful.

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Auto Dealership (New)

Winner: James Wood Autopark Runner-Up: Bill Utter Ford Honorable Mention: Classic of Denton

Auto Dealership (Pre-Owned)

Winner: James Wood Autopark Runner-Up: Bill Utter Ford Honorable Mention: Classic of Denton

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Karaoke Night


Auto Inspections

Winner: Kwik Kar Runner-Up: James Wood Autopark Honorable Mention: North Texas Sticker Station

Auto Service/Repair

Winner: Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto Repair Runner-Up: J & M Automotive Honorable Mention: Calvert Automotive, Inc.

Car Wash

Winner: The Wash Factory Runner-Up: Buc-ee’s Honorable Mention: Kwik Kar

Oil Change

Winner: Kwik Kar Runner-Up: James Wood Autopark Honorable Mention: Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto Repair

Paint and Body Shop

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Live Music Venue

Winner: Dan’s Silverleaf Runner-Up: Harvest House Honorable Mention: LSA Burger Co.


Winner: East Side Denton Runner-Up: Harvest House Honorable Mention: LSA Burger Co.

Pool Tables

Winner: JR Pockets Runner-Up: Harvest House Honorable Mention: RT’s Neighborhood Bar

Sports Bar

Winner: East Side Denton Runner-Up: The Dive Honorable Mention: RT’s Neighborhood Bar

Wine List

Winner: Steve’s Wine Bar Runner-Up: Wine Squared Honorable Mention: Hannah’s Off the Square


Barber Shop

Winner: The Bearded Lady Runner-Up: Denton Color Lab Honorable Mention: Salon NV

Winner: Caliber Collision Runner-Up: James Wood Autopark Honorable Mention: Gene’s Paint & Body Shop

Hair Salon

Winner: B & O Towing Runner-Up: Akers Towing Honorable Mention: Pro-Tow Wrecker Service

Winner: LashUp BrowDown Runner-Up: Denton Color Lab Honorable Mention: The Lash Room

Winner: Salon LaPage Runner-Up: Denton Color Lab Honorable Mention: Davanti Salon and Spa

Towing & Wrecker Service

Lash and Brow

Massage Center/Spa


Every year, Denton Record-Chronicle readers vote for their favorite local businesses, from healthcare providers to dining and entertainment options. Here are the winners of the 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Winner: Crossroads Cocktails and Karaoke Runner-Up: Denton County Brewing Company Honorable Mention: Andy’s Bar


Winner: Soma Massage Therapy Runner-Up: Massage Envy Spa Honorable Mention: Essentials Day Spa

Winner: East Side Denton Runner-Up: Harvest House Honorable Mention: Paschall Bar

Nail Salon

Winner: East Side Denton Runner-Up: Miss Angeline’s Honorable Mention: Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor

Specialty Services

Bartending Staff

Winner: Bella Salon & Spa Runner-Up: Deluxe Nails & Spa Honorable Mention: DFW Nail Bar

Beer Selection

Winner: Denton Color Lab Runner-Up: Laser Loft Honorable Mention: LashUp BrowDown

Winner: East Side Denton Runner-Up: Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor Honorable Mention: Denton County Brewing Company

Drink Menu

Winner: Miss Angeline’s Runner-Up: Paschall Bar Honorable Mention: East Side Denton

Happy Hour

Winner: Chuy’s Runner-Up: East Side Denton Honorable Mention: Miss Angeline’s

Tanning Salon

Winner: Palm Beach Tan Runner-Up: Tantrum Airbrush Tanning, LLC Honorable Mention: Planet Tan

Tattoo Shop

Winner: Aces Tattoos Runner-Up: Dark Age Tattoo Studio Honorable Mention: Smilin’ Ricks


Winner: First United Methodist Church (Children’s Day Out/ FunStop) Runner-Up: First Baptist Child Development Center Honorable Mention: Countryside Montessori Honorable Mention: Wellspring Christian Academy

Children’s Birthday Party Vendors

Winner: PJ’s Party Rental and Essentials Runner-Up: Joe’s Jumps Honorable Mention: My Repertoire Face Painting

Children’s Birthday Party Venues

Winner: Explorium Denton Children’s Museum Runner-Up: Altitude Trampoline Park Honorable Mention: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain

Community Event

Winner: Arts & Jazz Festival Runner-Up: Denton’s Day of The Dead Festival Honorable Mention: Denton Community Market

Dance Studio

Winner: A Time to Dance Studio Runner-Up: Denton Dance Conservatory Honorable Mention: Denton Ballet Academy


Winner: Achievers Gymnastics Center Runner-Up: Denton Gymnastics Academy Honorable Mention: Corinth Gymnastics

Health & Fitness Club

Winner: Camp Gladiator Runner-Up: Planet Fitness Honorable Mention: North Lakes Recreation Center

Live Theater

Winner: Denton Community Theatre Runner-Up: Denton High School Theatre Honorable Mention: UNT Dance & Theatre

Martial Arts Studio

Winner: Denton Taekwondo Academy Runner-Up: Reding Martial Arts Honorable Mention: Aikido of Denton

Movie Theatre

Winner: Alamo Drafthouse Runner-Up: Denton Movie Tavern Honorable Mention: Cinemark

Place to Create Arts/Crafts Winner: SCRAP Denton Runner-Up: Painting With a Twist Honorable Mention: Wildflower Art Studio

Private Golf Club

Business Lunch

Private/Group Music Lessons

Candy Store

Winner: Denton Country Club Runner-Up: Lantana Golf Club Honorable Mention: Oakmont Country Club Winner: Bonduris Music Runner-Up: The Ghost Note Honorable Mention: UNT String Program

Public Golf Course

Winner: Robson Ranch Wildhorse Golf Course Runner-Up: Timberlinks at Denton Honorable Mention: Lake Park Golf Course

Recreational Vehicles & Equipment

Winner: McClain’s RV Superstore Runner-Up: Cycle Center of Denton Honorable Mention: Camping World

Wedding & Event Venue

Winner: TWU’s Little Chapel in the Woods Runner-Up: Ashton Gardens Honorable Mention: Barnett Estates

Yoga Studio

Winner: Twisted Bodies Runner-Up: Karma Yoga Denton Honorable Mention: Denton Yoga Center



Winner: Boca 31 Runner-Up: New York Sub Hub Honorable Mention: El Matador Restaurant


Winner: Mr. Chopsticks Runner-Up: Komodo Loco Honorable Mention: Blue Ginger


Winner: Juicy Pig Runner-Up: Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q Honorable Mention: Metzler’s BBQ

Best Kept Secret Restaurant Winner: Boca 31 Runner-Up: Komodo Loco Honorable Mention: Seven Mile Cafe


Winner: OldWest Cafe Runner-Up: Seven Mile Cafe Honorable Mention: Egg House Café

Bubble Tea

Winner: Kung Fu Tea Runner-Up: Naranja Café Honorable Mention: Bubble Well


Winner: Chinatown Cafe Runner-Up: Double Dave’s Honorable Mention: Buffet King


Winner: Barley & Board Runner-Up: Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar Honorable Mention: Hannah’s Off the Square

Winner: Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant Runner-Up: Don Camillo Italian Cuisine Honorable Mention: J & J’s Pizza

Winner: Atomic Candy Runner-Up: Candy Haven Honorable Mention: Du Pop In Popcorn & Candy Co.

Winner: La Azteca Meat Market (I-35) and (Sherman Dr.) Runner-Up: Sprouts Honorable Mention: Cain’s Meat and Produce


Meat Counter

Winner: Milpa Kitchen & Cantina Runner-Up: The Chestnut Tree Honorable Mention: Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q


Winner: Jupiter House Runner-Up: Zera Coffee Company Honorable Mention: Golden Boy Coffee Co.

Most Romantic Restaurant


Cookie/Cupcake/Cake Shop Winner: Ravelin Bakery Runner-Up: Nothing Bundt Cakes Honorable Mention: Candy Haven

Deli/Sub/Sandwich Shop

Winner: New York Sub-Hub Runner-Up: New York Sub-Way Honorable Mention: Jersey Mike’s Subs

Donut Shop

Winner: Denton Donuts Runner-Up: The Back Dough Honorable Mention: Unicorn Donuts & Café

Eats & Drinks on the Denton Square

Winner: Milpa Kitchen & Cantina Runner-Up: El Matador Restaurant Honorable Mention: Mazatlan Restaurant Winner: Hannah’s Off the Square Runner-Up: Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant Honorable Mention: Queenie’s Steakhouse

New Restaurant Opened in 2019

Winner: Cotton Patch Runner-Up: Gyro 360 Honorable Mention: Zoe’s Kitchen


Winner: J & J’s Pizza Runner-Up: Mellow Mushroom Honorable Mention: Pizza Snob


Winner: Hoochie’s Oyster House Runner-Up: Frilly’s Seafood Bayou Kitchen Honorable Mention: Komodo Loco

Winner: LSA Burger Co. Runner-Up: Barley & Board Honorable Mention: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain

Smoothies & Juice

Winner: Barley & Board Runner-Up: Hannah’s Off the Square Honorable Mention: Queenie’s Steakhouse

Winner: Texas Roadhouse Runner-Up: Queenie’s Steakhouse Honorable Mention: Outback Steakhouse

Fine Dining

Food Truck

Winner: The Pickled Carrot Runner-Up: El Taco Taxi Honorable Mention: Freddy’s Tacos

Frozen Treat

Winner: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain Runner-Up: Gnome Cones Honorable Mention: Mr. Frosty’s

Winner: Juice Lab Runner-Up: Smoothie King Honorable Mention: Harvest House



Winner: I Love Sushi Runner-Up: Keiichi Japanese Restaurant Honorable Mention: Komodo Loco


Winner: Torchy’s Tacos Runner-Up: Rusty Taco Honorable Mention: Boca 31

Veggie Fare/Health Food


Winner: Spiral Diner Runner-Up: Seven Mile Cafe Honorable Mention: Juice Lab


Winner: Wingstop Runner-Up: BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar Honorable Mention: Buffalo Wild Wings

Winner: LSA Burger Co. Runner-Up: Denton Independent Hamburger Honorable Mention: RG Burgers & Grill Winner: Babe’s Chicken Dinner House Runner-Up: Cartwright’s Ranch House Honorable Mention: Old West Café


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Architects/Building Designers

Winner: Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio Runner-Up: Bates Martin Architects Honorable Mention: Design Services


Winner: Key Custom Homes Runner-Up: Manning Construction and Roofing Honorable Mention: Tim Beaty Builders



Pool Builders

Family Physician/Clinic

Winner: Strittmatter Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Runner-Up: BCI Mechanical, Inc. Honorable Mention: AM Plumbing Winner: Gohlke Pools Runner-Up: Denton Pools Honorable Mention: Vega Pools

Pool Service

Winner: Gohlke Pools Runner-Up: Super’s Pool Service Honorable Mention: Brakefield’s Pool Service


Winner: Smitty’s Floor Covering Runner-Up: The Design House Honorable Mention: My Flooring America

Winner: Gillean Brothers Roofing Runner-Up: Denton Trinity Roofing Honorable Mention: Manning Construction and Roofing

Winner: Denton County Carpet Cleaning Runner-Up: O’Bryan’s Carpet Cleaning Honorable Mention: Champion Carpet Cleaning

Winner: Samuel’s Tree Service, LLC Runner-Up: Longhorn Solar Screens Honorable Mention: Stonemeyer Granite

Winner: Maid in America Runner-Up: Molly Maid Honorable Mention: Maid Pro

Winner: Macho Self Storage Runner-Up: Bell Avenue Self Storage Runner-Up: Budget Self Storage Honorable Mention: Advantage Storage

Carpet/Flooring Store

Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning Service for the Home


Winner: Denton Electric, Inc. Runner-Up: Ferguson Electric Honorable Mention: C & G Electric, Inc.


Winner: All Texas Fence, LLC Runner-Up: J&J Fencing Pros LLC Honorable Mention: Texas Roof and Fence

Heating & Air Conditioning Company

Winner: Work Environmental Runner-Up: BCI Mechanical, Inc. Honorable Mention: Strittmatter Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing & Roofing

Home Furnishing Store

Winner: Adams Furniture Runner-Up: Rooms to Go Honorable Mention: Home Zone

Kitchen/Bath Remodeler

Winner: The Design House Runner-Up: Manning Construction and Roofing Honorable Mention: Imagine Renovations

Landscaping Service

Winner: Frenchy’s Lawn and Tree Service Runner-Up: Meador’s Garden Center & Landscaping Honorable Mention: Samuel’s Tree Service, LLC

Nursery/Garden Center

Winner: Meador’s Garden Center & Landscaping Runner-Up: Calloway’s Nursery Honorable Mention: Dennis’ Farm Store


Specialty Services

Storage Facility

Winner: Total Eyecare Runner-Up: Advanced Eye Care Center Honorable Mention: Ragsdale Vision Center Winner: Texas Health Family Care - Timothy McGuire, MD and McLean Sanborn, MD Runner-Up: Health Services of North Texas Honorable Mention: Anna Burke, MD

Hearing Care

Winner: Denton Hearing Health Runner-Up: Connect Hearing Honorable Mention: Livingston Audiology & Hearing Aid Center

Home Care

Winner: Living Well Senior Care Runner-Up: Unlimited Care Honorable Mention: Visiting Angels

Home Health

Winner: Heaven at Home Care Runner-Up: ARC Home Healthcare Honorable Mention: DFW Home Health

Hospice Care

Winner: VNA Ann’s Haven Runner-Up: Heritage Hospice Honorable Mention: Ardent Hospice

Medical Center


Winner: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton Runner-Up: Medical City Denton Honorable Mention: Baylor Surgicare of Denton

Winner: North Texas Allergy & Asthma Center Runner-Up: Family Allergy and Asthma Care Honorable Mention: North Texas ENT and Allergy

Winner: Willow Bend Assisted Living and Memory Care Runner-Up: The Village Assisted Living and Memory Care Honorable Mention: Autumn Leaves Denton

Allergy Specialist

Assisted Living Facility

Winner: Good Samaritan Society - Denton Village Runner-Up: The Village Assisted Living and Memory Care Honorable Mention: Brookdale Senior Living Solutions


Winner: Denton Sports Chiropractic Runner-Up: Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center Honorable Mention: Denton Chiropractic Center

Dentist/Dentist Office

Winner: Norman Pomerance, DDS Runner-Up: DePalma Family Dentistry Honorable Mention: Marc Q. Morris, DDS


Winner: Dermatology Center of Denton Runner-Up: Denton Dermatology Honorable Mention: Epiphany Dermatology

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Memory Care


Winner: Caring for Women Runner-Up: be. Women’s Health & Wellness Honorable Mention: Inanna Birth and Women’s Care

Pain Management

Winner: WolMed Runner-Up: Premier Pain Care Honorable Mention: Pinnacle Pain Medicine


Winner: Cook Children’s Pediatrics - South Denton and North Denton Runner-Up: Nuby Pediatrics Honorable Mention: Amy Adams, MD


Winner: Community Pharmacy Runner-Up: Drug Emporium Honorable Mention: S&J Pharmacy & Gifts Honorable Mention: Allen Pharmacy

Physical Therapist

Winner: D & D Sports Med Runner-Up: Velocity Physical Therapy Honorable Mention: Denton Sports & Physical Therapy Center

Retirement Facility/ Independent Living

Winner: Good Samaritan Society - Denton Communities Runner-Up: Dogwood Estates Honorable Mention: Attiva Denton Active Living Apartments by Cortland

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Winner: Good Samaritan Society - Denton Communities Runner-Up: Select Rehabiliation Hospital Honorable Mention: Denton Rehabilitation

Urgent Care

Winner: CareNow Urgent Care Runner-Up: Minor Emergency of Denton Honorable Mention: Code 3 ER & Urgent Care at Denton Honorable Mention: Pediatric Urgent Care Center


Pet Boarding

Winner: CMC Dog Training Runner-Up: American Pet Spa & Resort Honorable Mention: Lucky Dog Ranch

Pet Grooming

Winner: Beau’s Bath House and Doggie Spa Runner-Up: Pampered Pooch Honorable Mention: Fish n’ Chirps Pet Center

Pet Rescue Organization

Winner: Denton Animal Support Foundation Runner-Up: Denton Humane Society Honorable Mention: Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP)

Pet Supplies

Winner: Susie’s Snack Shop Runner-Up: Fish n’ Chirps Pet Center Honorable Mention: Pet Supermarket


Winner: CMC Dog Training Runner-Up: On The Ball K9 Training Honorable Mention: Quinntastic Dog Training & Grooming


Winner: Seymour Animal Care Clinic Runner-Up: South Denton Animal Hospital Runner-Up: Denton Veterinary Center

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Apartment Complex

Winner: Urban Square at Unicorn Lake Runner-Up: UC Denton Honorable Mention: Woodlands of Denton Apartments

Commercial Real Estate Company

Winner: Keller Williams Realty Runner Up: M Squared Real Estate Honorable Mention: The Martino Group

Mortgage Company

Winner: DATCU Mortgage Runner-Up: Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Honorable Mention: PointBank Mortgage

Moving Services

Winner: Little Guys Movers, Inc. Runner-Up: Brown Box Movers Honorable Mention: Duryea Moving & Storage

Property Management

Winner: Denton County Property Management Runner-Up: Carrico and Associates Honorable Mention: The Martino Group

Real Estate Agent

Winner: Chrissy Mallouf, M Squared Real Estate Team Runner-Up: Marla Carrico, Carrico & Associates Honorable Mention: Lydia Crawley, Keller Williams Realty

Real Estate Brokerage

Winner: Keller Williams Realty Runner-Up: Carrico and Associates Realtors Honorable Mention: Newland Real Estate

Real Estate Group/Team

Winner: M Squared Real Estate Team Winner: The Bryce is Right Team, Fathom Realty Runner up: Bachman Realty Group, Fathom Realty Honorable Mention: McKissack Realty Group

Real Estate Services

Winner: KAZ Surveying Runner-Up: McKissack Realty Group Honorable Mention: Bachman Realty Group, Fathom Realty

Title Company

Winner: Title Resources Runner-Up: Freedom Title Honorable Mention: Stewart Title of Denton


Attorney/Law Firm

Bail Bonds

Winner: Shawn Cagle-City Hall Bail Bonds Runner-Up: Webb’s Country Wide Bail Bonds Honorable Mention: Big Bubba’s Bail Bonds

Bank/Financial Institution

Winner: PointBank Runner-Up: Wells Fargo Honorable Mention: Chase Bank

Bed and Breakfast

Winner: Wildwood Inn Runner-Up: Old Irish Bed & Breakfast Honorable Mention: Locust Street Inn

Business IT Services

Winner: Techvera Runner-Up: Austin Lane Technologies Honorable Mention: Local Circuit

Commercial HVAC and Refrigeration

Winner: BCI Mechanical, Inc. Runner-Up: Work Environmental Honorable Mention: PRK Services

Computer Service Repair

Winner: Techvera Runner-Up: Geek Squad Honorable Mention: Local Circuit

Credit Union

Winner: DATCU Runner-Up: Neighborhood Credit Union Honorable Mention: Life Credit Union

Dry Cleaning

Winner: Marky’s Dry Cleaners Runner-Up: Zenith Dry Cleaners Honorable Mention: Lee Cleaners

Event Vendor

Winner: 5 Star Rental Runner-Up: PJ’s Party Rental and Essentials Runner-Up: C&J’s Party Rentals and Entertainment Honorable Mention: Callie Gray Weddings and Events

Financial Planning

Winner: Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kyle A. Nayfa Runner-Up: Canopy Capital Strategies (formerly Soulier Financial Group) Honorable Mention: Grunden Financial Advisory Inc.


Winner: Denton Florist Runner-Up: Flowergarden 118 Honorable Mention: Holly’s Gardens and Florist


Winner: Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center Runner-Up: Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites Honorable Mention: Hilton Garden Inn

Winner: Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP Runner-Up: Sawko & Burroughs, P.C. Honorable Mention: Minor & Jester, P.C.


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Independent Insurance Agency

Winner: Hutcherson Insurance Services Runner-Up: Ramey King Insurance Honorable Mention: Tim Shoopman, State Farm Insurance Agent


Winner: Denton Animal Support Foundation Runner-Up: Serve Denton Honorable Mention: Denton County Friends of the Family

Pest Control

Winner: Adams Exterminating Co. Runner-Up: Affordable Pest Control Honorable Mention: ABC Home and Commercial Services

Photographer/ Photography Studio

Winner: Eagleton Photography Runner-Up: Timeless Images Photography Honorable Mention: Miranda Longoria Photography

Print/Copy Shop

Winner: Cooper’s Copies & Printing Runner-Up: Orbit Press Honorable Mention: AlphaGraphics

Promotional Products

Winner: Groggy Dog Sportswear Runner-Up: PINT Services Honorable Mention: Pan Ector Industries

Tree Services

Winner: Samuel’s Tree Service, LLC Runner-Up: Frenchy’s Lawn and Tree Service Honorable Mention: Woody’s Tree Services


Antique Store

Winner: Downtown Mini Mall II Runner-Up: Vintage Bleu Home Honorable Mention: Shop the Barn Honorable Mention: Faded Blue Vintage

Beer Store

Winner: Total Wine & More Runner-Up: Midway Mart Honorable Mention: Applejack’s Liquor Store

Book Store

Winner: Recycled Books Runner-Up: Barnes & Noble Honorable Mention: Mardel Christian & Education

CBD Retailers

Winner: Nature’s Mercantile + CBD Store Runner-Up: The Green Botica Honorable Mention: Lone Star Naturals

Clothing Store

Winner: Palm Tree Boutique Runner-Up: J.T. Clothiers Honorable Mention: La Di Da

Gift Shop

Winner: Sleeping Lizzards Runner-Up: DIME Store Honorable Mention: Vintage Bleu Home

Health Food Store

Winner: Sprouts Runner-Up: Drug Emporium Honorable Mention: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Jewelry Store

Winner: First People’s Jewelers Runner-Up: Ehrharts Jewelers Honorable Mention: Nasr Bros Jewelers

Liquor Store

Winner: Total Wine & More Runner-Up: Applejack’s Liquor Store Honorable Mention: Spec’s Wines, Spirits, and Fine Foods

Music/Movie/Gaming Store Winner: Recycled Books Runner-Up: Freaks & Geeks Honorable Mention: More Fun Comics and Games

Resale Shop

Winner: Twice as Nice Resale Runner-Up: SCRAP Denton Honorable Mention: Denton Thrift

Specialty Store

Winner: Atomic Candy Runner-Up: Rose Costumes Honorable Mention: DIME Store

Sports Store

Winner: Denton Second Hand Sports Runner-Up: Denton Bicycle Center Honorable Mention: Sprockets Bicycle Shop

Store on the Denton Square Winner: Recycled Books Runner-Up: Atomic Candy Honorable Mention: More Fun Comics and Games

Thrift Store

Winner: Twice as Nice Resale Runner-Up: Denton Thrift Honorable Mention: Thrift Giant

Vapor Shop

Winner: Denton Vape Shoppe Runner-Up: Mad Lab’s Vapor Honorable Mention: Vaporescence

Vintage Shop

Winner: Rose Costumes Runner-Up: Downtown Mini Mall II Honorable Mention: Vintage Bleu Home

Western Wear

Winner: Foster’s Western Wear & Saddle Shop Runner-Up: Cavender’s Boot City Honorable Mention: Duluth Trading Co.

Wine Store

Winner: Total Wine and More Runner-Up: Wine Squared Honorable Mention: Steve’s Wine Bar