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A Med Spa That is

Best Friend Your

Pictured above from left to right: Jennifer Buck, Kara Eveleth, Dr. Deanna Dial, Jessie Hoogerwerf, Renee Harless.

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The Med Spa at Flower Mound specializes in advanced skin care, cosmetic injectables, dermal fillers, Coolsculpting and laser technology that combines both aesthetic and medical procedures in a med spa setting. At our facility, you will find under the guidance of our medical director, Dr. Deanna Dial, a great team of professionals including estheticians & nurses working together to achieve the best result for a natural-looking, beautiful you. It is our mission “to provide industry leading products and highest quality services at affordable prices utilizing a conservative approach and upholding our values to help our clients get more out of life”.

relaxing environment for all your cosmetic

We take a conservative approach to bring out

women and men look as good as they feel –

our client’s own natural outer beauty utilizing

and feel as good as they look! Whether you’re

the most up to date products and technologies.

needing our laser treatments, a HydraFacial,

We provide an atmosphere that makes each

a chemical peel, Coolsculpting, cosmetic

and every client feel like family. We specialize

injections, skin resurfacing or tightening,

in facial aesthetics and utilize a conservative

The Med Spa of Flower is

approach to cosmetic enhancement, so that you

bound to exceed

enjoy a younger, refreshed and more attractive

your expectations.

procedures ensuring comfort every step of the way. Likewise, The Med Spa owners, Phil and Margaret Rodgers, believe that all cosmetic injectables and medical laser treatments should be performed by licensed laser professionals, estheticians, nurses and doctors experienced in skin care, rather than ancillary staff for maximum benefit and minimum risk. Compassionate and dedicated, the team’s straight-forward, unpretentious style has a comforting effect on even the most anxious patients. Patients can count on recommendations being proven, safe and effective. Everyone has unique needs, and with years of combined experience The Med Spa of Flower Mound meets each patient’s individual expectations.

With a female

perspective and a keen interest and passion for aesthetics, the team has a unique viewpoint on aging and conservative rejuvenation. This approach assures that patients are happy and satisfied with their results. The goal is to help

Cosmetic Injections of Botox Dysport Juvederm Kybella Restylane Laser Hair Reduction for Face Upper Body Lower Body Bikini Legs Also Offering Hydrafacials PCA Chemical Peels IPL/Photofacials Acne IPL Venus Viva Venus Freeze CoolSculpting

appearance. We believe that these treatments reflect not only your external appearance but can improve how you feel about yourself and the image you portray to others. No one’s face should be expressing emotions that they aren’t feeling. Our staff is highly trained in every procedure in our full range of non-invasive offerings. The experienced team prides itself

Everyone has unique needs, and with years of combined experience The Med Spa of Flower Mound meets each patient’s individual expectations.

on offering a confidential and

Best Beauty Endermologie, Best Med Spa, & Best Laser Hair Removal The Med Spa of Flower Mound (972) 874-0008 3051 Churchill Dr., Ste. 120 Flower Mound, TX 75022

Specials Available at

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are committed to offering you the BEST of our county. As a business owner who is highlighted in the pages of this magazine, you should take pride in being a part of it. As an aspiring business

to our readers

owner who one day wants to grace the pages of this magazine, this should be used as an example of how we operate here in Denton County. Lastly, as a consumer you can feel confident that these business owners will take care of your needs. Not some of the time, or most of the time

We are surrounded by the best business owners in the country! At Murray Media Group, we can say that with absolute confidence because we get to work with each and every one of you every single day.

– ALL of the time.

Over the years we’ve become friends, colleagues,

and trust. We encourage you to keep this directory






As you shop for goods and services in our county, or are faced with a buying decision, selecting a business to trust with your money is very important. We encourage you to look for and shop with those businesses where the Best of Denton County logo is prominently displayed. Consumers can use this as a guide for excellence


handy and use it throughout the year. If you don’t

businesses grow – right here in our own backyard –

have the magazine available, you may also visit

and we’re all equally committed to the betterment

our website at to

of our community and economy. We love what we do, and we can tell you do, too! We look forward to discovering other local business entrepreneurs who have that same love and passion. That’s what makes Best of Denton County great, right!? For the last 14 years, the Best of Denton




local businesses that demonstrate a



“...we are surrounded by perfect examples of that selfless drive, urgency, and integrity.”


find the small local business you need the most when faced with a purchasing decision. Steve





Editorial PUBLISHER Murray Media Group EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Kelly & Scott Murray SENIOR EDITOR Jana Melton SUB EDITORS Bobbi Byrne Savannah Halfmann CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steve Gamel Susan Neuhalfen

Art ART DIRECTOR Lizeth Wallace SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Stephanie Hansen GRAPHIC DESIGNER Caroline Brock PHOTOGRAPHERS Your Candid Memories Photography Scott Young Photography WEB DEVELOPER Murray Media Group



owning a business is tough. He

Special Thanks

believed business owners needed to

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be passionate about the service they were providing in order to stick with it and continue growing. Like him, we also believe that small businesses are the driving force of our communities,

professionalism and customer service along

and we love meeting people with the passion and

with traditional southern charm. Unlike most

drive that owning a business requires. Like we said

“BEST OF” publications, the Best of Denton

earlier, we are surrounded by perfect examples

County is not a readers’ choice award where the

of that selfless drive, urgency, and integrity. This

publication itself picks their top 3 advertisers

is why we’ve developed this award and continue

Publisher: Murray Media Group • Presidents: Kelly & Scott Murray

and then allows their readers to vote for their


favorites. OUR award allows residents from

businesses every year.

1011 Surrey Lane, Bldg. 100, Ste. #101 • Flower Mound, Texas 75022 972.899.3637 •






Best of Denton County Magazine is published once a year for Denton County residents, students and businesses. All nominations were voted on Winners were chosen by the residents of Denton County. The editor, publisher, owner and staff were not responsible for choosing winners nor did they participate in voting.

the county to nominate their favorite local businesses by voting online over the course of one month. After the nomination period is over, the three businesses with the most nominations

Over 400 business categories were available and residents nominated or voted on no more than one business per category and required a valid email address and name. The businesses and institutions with the most votes were named Best of Denton County 2017 by Murray Media Group Publications and an additional award for Student's Choice was crowned from the students of Denton County. Additional rules and regulations can be viewed at

for each category are then placed on the ballot for voting. From there, the community votes for their favorite. It is our unique selection process – and the competition that has been spurred from

All Rights Reserved ©2017. This magazine may not be reproduced in whole, in part, or by any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, without permission from the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for care and return of unsolicited materials. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for advertisements printed or the views and opinions of the advertisements.

having so many great businesses to choose from in a small but vibrant area – that has made this award prestigious, coveted, and respected in our county. We are honored to present this unique magazine as a testament to all the hard work you as business

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owners put in each and every day. The goal of the magazine is to spotlight business owners who are excited about their services and products, and

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On The Cover

Business & Professional Services BRNB Cnstruction: Making Dreams a Reality . . . . . . . . . . 69 Carnival Custom Painting: A Friendly Approach to Painting Your Home Clark has a knack for being able to put his customers at ease with the painting process.


David Ryan Salon: An Explosion of Teamwork & Creativity David Ryan, his friends and clients call him Ryan, learned a long time ago that the best way to build trusting relationships with his clients was to put their needs above his own. That seems simple enough, but finding a team which shares that same vision is not always easy. In many cases, it can take a business owner years to find that right mix of passion and selflessness.

Mixed Media Creations: Your Powerhouse Marketing Team . . . . . 65


Automotive Services

Beauty Services

Classic of Denton: There Really IS a Difference

Amber Michelle Salon: Thank You . . . . . 40

Classic of Denton, which was already the one-stop comprehensive shop for all Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and Mazda enthusiasts, won three Best of Denton County awards this year in the Auto Service, New Car, and Pre-Owned categories.

Envy Nails: The One and Only . . . . . . . 41 Perpetual Glow Skin Spa: A Perpetual Glow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Salon Sage: Passion and Friendship, A Winning Combination! . . . . . . . . . . 42 The Med Spa of Flower Mound: A Med Spa that is Your Best Friend


The Med Spa at Flower Mound specializes in advanced skin care, cosmetic injectables, dermal fillers, Coolsculpting and laser technology that combines both aesthetic and medical procedures in a med spa setting.

Community & Non-Profit TCAP: Changing Lives is Just Part of What We do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Financial & Real Estate Chrissy Mallouf: Smile. Everyone Will Wonder What You Are Up To . . . . . . 88 Jeff Brand: Real Estate Vitality Prevails . . . 11 Jim Bridges - State Farm: Blending Family with Business . . . . . . . 89 Noble Classic Homes: Let us Build Your Dreams! . . . . . . . . . . 90 PointBank: Denton County’s True Treasure In many ways, Ray David Jr. and his team at PointBank feel like that lovable band of pirates you always see outwitting bad pirates in the movies.

Kwik Kar: What You are Looking for in a Car Wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Sam Pack’s: Five Star for a Reason . . . . . 58

Bar & Nightlife What’s on Tap: The Beer Café in Highland Village . . . . . 85 8 |

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PRMI: Lending with Passion . . . . . . . . . 93 The Brandes Insurance Agency Are You Covered Correctly? . . . . . . . . 91

Medical & Health Services Bradley Axline, MD: Complete Wellness in One Location . . .


Tom Tevis - Fairway Independent Mortgage: Your Homebuying Caddy . . . . 92

Caring for Women: Exceptional Leading Edge Care . . . . . . 108

Home Services

Country Lakes Family Dental: A Breath of Fresh Air . . . . . . . . . . . 110

ABC Home & Commercial Services A Family Grown Business . . . . . . . . . . 27

Heaven at Home: Providing Quality Care at a Moment’s Notice . . . . . . . . 112

C&W Plumbing: Service You Can Rely On . . . . . . . . . 25 Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape: Great Lawn Care for Great Customers

There are many reasons why Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape is the popular choice in Denton County for all your lawn maintenance needs: dedication to providing a great customer experience and being family owned and operated for 17 years may come to mind

Lantana Pediatrics: Staff Expansion Will Continue Their Vision . . . . . . . . . 113 ROOT - Periodontal & Implant Center Make Your Smile the Best . . . . . . . . . 104 Why Choose Titensor Dental?

Winner’s Party by Picture This!

At this year’s Best of Denton County Winner’s Party on September 15th, 2017 guests enjoyed a fun photo booth courtesy of Picture This! Photography.

(817) 300-7469 •

Why should you choose Titensor Dental? Read several testimonials from satisfied patients that prove they are the Best in Denton County.


24 Northside Air Conditioning: Need Superior A/C Service? . . . . . . . 26

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Restaurant & Food Services Bistecca: Your Favorite Steakhouse . . . . . 80

Legal Services Brent D. Bowen: The Law is in His Blood . . 76 Brett Nelson: Focused on Serving Clients and Providing Guidance . . . . . . . 72 CokerLegal: Embracing Traditional Community Values

Choosing the right law firm for your family’s legal needs can be an overwhelming task in an age where options are literally around every corner.

Specialty Services Edit This: The Local Writer Every Business Owner Needs . . . . . . . . 13 JKL Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tempus Transportation: A Thriving Business Built from Scratch . . . 12 Your Candid Memories: Where You’re Not a Client, You’re Family . . . . . . . . . 14

Sports, Fitness & Nutrition D-BAT Lewisville: It’s Where the Players Go . . . . . . . . . . 52 70 Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant LLP In the Community, For the Community . . . 74

Jesse James Fit: We Grow Stronger Together . . . . . . . 48 Seven years ago a client sheepishly approached Jesse James Leyva to ask a favor, they wanted to be on the infamous body transformations wall.

Law Office of Kimberly Shanklin: Quality Over Quantity . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Lloyd & DuPuy Law: Your Aggressive & Effective Personal Injury Lawyer . . . . . 77 Minor & Jester: The Legacy Continues . . . 75

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MIXER August 7, 2017

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The Top 3 were invited to a mixer hosted by the Best of Denton County staff. Guests enjoyed appetizers and drinks courtesy of Fresco’ s Mexicana.


Real Estate Vitality

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Facing a life-threatening illness proved the catalyst for Jeff Brand’s real estate success. After spending his early career managing and owning restaurants throughout the DallasFort Worth Metroplex, the San Antonio-born, Dallas-bred Brand grew tired of the manual labor and long days with little financial gain. That all changed dramatically in February 1995. While trying to decide on his next career move, Brand was diagnosed with advancedstage Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes. During his radiation and chemotherapy treatment, the long-time Flower Mound resident realized his interest in real estate and began correspondence classes, becoming a licensed agent by the following September. With a positive attitude and by the grace of God, Brand remains in remission. With his new license, Jeff applied his strong work ethic, organizational skills, and business mindset from his restaurateur days. Quickly, he built a wealth of knowledge about the local real estate market and developed an evergrowing rapport with people who remain confident in his abilities to buy and/ or sell their homes. It’s that trust that netted Brand and his highly-esteemed team of professionals “Best Real Estate Agency” by Best of Denton County voters. Jeff Brand & Associates is a four-time winner of the annual contest. A key to their success is the ability to price homes correctly, and a keen focus on proper home staging. Other areas of expertise include understanding home values and property features, what’s happening in the local real estate market and the prices buyers are willing to pay. “I’m most proud we are helping families get the most money for their current home while finding their next dream home all while making the experience enjoyable and as hassle-free as possible,” he said. “My team and I take a personal interest in our clients’ lives. This is why we have so many repeat clients, clients for life, and referrals.” In the 24/7/365 world of real estate, Brand makes spending time with his wife, Melissa, a top priority, and after church likes to dedicate his Sundays to watching football. Brand is a published author, a frequent speaker at real

Top 3 Best Real Estate Agency Jeff Brand & Associates (972) 539-6555 2900 Long Prairie Rd. Ste. C Flower Mound, TX 75022

estate conventions and RE/MAX training events, and a coaching mentor for new real estate associates. Jeff Brand remains a positive influence, trying to “not sweat the small stuff” and is happy to help others in whatever way he can.

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by Steve Gamel

Jon and Justine Morales were living the traditional American family life in Flower Mound: Justine a stay at home mom with two kids, and Jon a hard-working dad who traveled often for work. They even had a mini van parked in the driveway.

But then came the fateful day when Jon told Justine he was tired of working in Corporate America and wanted to find a new angle for their lives that would give them more flexibility and happiness. He left the house with Justine’s minivan — their only car at the time — and traded it in for a Black SUV. His idea: start a luxury transportation company for local residents and business professionals who need a reliable option for everything from trips to the airport to entertaining clients or having a fun night out on the town. And Tempus Transportation LLC was born. “We started this business not really knowing what we were doing,” Justine said with a laugh. “I remember Jon took my car and came back with this SUV and said, ‘This is it. This is what we’re going to do.’ Now we have five vehicles and a thriving business. It’s been a great move for us.” 12 |

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Jon, who also goes by Juan, and Justine never say “no” to customers. Their business picks up where companies like Uber and Lyft leave off by providing great service at affordable prices. Tempus provides transportation to and from sporting events, concerts, the airport, meetings, and more. They aren’t just a neighborhood car service, they really are your neighbors. “I used to be the guy sitting in the back of the car, and I got to know my driver extremely well,” said Jon, a Marine veteran. “I remember telling him, ‘Man, I’m going to get out of the rat race and become a driver like you.’ I never really looked back.” Justine and Jon are the full-time drivers, though they have 10 part-time drivers and are looking to hire several full-time drivers. Having the best staff is an important piece in that repeat customers get to know their driver on a more intimate level

while building trust. As a result, Tempus was voted Best Airport Transportation Service for the second year in a row. “We are in this for the long run, and we can’t begin to express how huge Best of Denton County has been for us,” Justine said. “This is a business we hope to pass down to our kids. We want to be known as the best transportation business, and don’t forget we are not just your neighborhood business, we are your neighbors.”

Best Airport Transportation Service Tempus Transportation, LLC (972) 232-7741 Flower Mound, TX




When you’re a business owner, it’s difficult to let go of even the most time-consuming tasks. Take writing for instance. Most businesses have a website, Facebook page, blogs, articles, and social media posts to keep up with. The owner wants to craft the perfect message to communicate with clients in a way that builds lasting relationships. But they either don’t know where to start or simply don’t have time. Who do you trust to handle this? Hiring a professional writer could solve a lot of problems and bring in business. Hiring an award-winning writer with a unique third-person experience in storytelling would solve everything. Meet Steve Gamel, owner of Edit This®. Edit This provides writing and editing services for business owners who need help giving their business a voice. He handles everything from website content to blogs, press releases, freelance writing, ghostwriting, and more. He handles anything involving the written word. “I offer a service that truly helps business owners,” Steve said. “Many of them don’t have time to write or double-check their own work. This leads to mistakes in grammar or an important message not coming across the way they hoped. Business owners might say they can’t afford to hire a professional writer. I say, you can’t afford not to.” With more than two decades of experience, Steve can relay your message to any audience. He graduated with a journalism degree from the University of North Texas and has written for several newspapers and magazines, including the Dallas Morning News and Denton RecordChronicle. No doubt you’ve seen his byline in the Murray Media Living magazines as well as this Best of Denton County magazine.

“Every business and its owners have a story, and it’s my job to help communicate that. . .”

He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for his work. In 2017, Edit This was named Best Writing and Editing Service and Best Blogger in Best of Denton County. Bottom line: It takes someone looking at your company from the outside to be able to explain exactly what it is that your business does better than anyone else. Let Edit This help market your business to just the right consumer with just the right message. “My passion is storytelling,” Steve said. “Every business and its owners have a story, and it’s my job to help communicate that to customers. I took a leap of faith starting my own business, and I’m proud to say I’ve worked with a lot of great business owners in Denton County.”

Best Blogger Best Writing & Editing Service Edit This® (469) 360-3611 Edit This

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Where You’re NOT A CLIENT


I It’s

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Holsclaw-Francis of Your Candid Memories

Photography is struggling to find the right words to not only describe her business, but just how much her clients mean to her.

In an instant she tells two stories that – much like her one-of-a-kind photography – will melt your heart. The first was a text she got from a long-time client, who anxiously wanted to remind Cynthia that it’s their 10-year anniversary of family photos with YCM. The second was a cute story about a little girl who cried during her school picture day – all because “Miss Cynthia” wasn’t the one taking them. 14 |

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“Yeah, that [second] one got me in the feelings,” Cynthia said. “I don’t even call them clients – I say friends and family because I’m emotionally invested in all of them. Some of these people I’ve been working with from the moment they were pregnant to years later and the kids are walking and talking ... and the kids know me. They run up to me and give me a hug because they’re excited to be there.” Cynthia added, “That’s what I want to get across. We love what we do. Without our families, we wouldn’t be here.” Your Candid Memories Photography has been an award-winning business since 2007 and was recently voted Best Photographer in the Best of Denton County awards. They specialize

in family portraits, maternity, newborns, and children. But their amazing portfolio includes weddings, high school senior photos, and various special occasions. Their goal is to create colorful and relaxed images of you and your family to cherish for generations to come. They are available for outdoor sessions with natural light, or in your home or at the YCM studio in Old Town Lewisville. Newborn portraits can also be in your home. They are available for destination weddings and portrait sessions. But the true kicker is the way Cynthia and her assistant, Lyndi Augustine, approach each session. “We like to bring excitement to each session,” Cynthia said. “Everyone loves Lyndi and there is an instant comfort level with everything we do. I think that shows even more in the personality of the photos we take. We never take any of that for granted. We are all about building lasting relationships. That’s why we do what we do.”

Best Photographer Cynthia Holsclaw-Francis Your Candid Memories (469) 583-2819

by Steve Gamel

jkl art


House Gallery, and is on display at the Gables Park 17 building in Dallas alongside many other Dallas artists. But he’s not just an artist, folks. Recently, Jack

We want you to do us a favor: Go to the JKL Art page on Facebook and look at one piece of artwork Jack Lee has poured his heart and soul into. We’re betting the majority of you won’t be able to look at just one – or two or even three.

there. Installation day is always fun ... getting to

hosted a charity art show with other local artists

see the finished work in its new home.”

at Art House Gallery in Highland Village. The

Jack added, “I create because it’s who I am, and I

event raised close to $10,000 for The Cancer

Facebook is one place where you can find

noticed, but Jack has endeared himself in the

as someone who cared deeply about others,”

hearts of Denton County residents. Jack was

Jack said.

a seemingly never-ending stream of Jack’s

love to share my passion with others.”

Research Institute.

It can take years for artists to get their work

“At the end of the day, I want to be remembered

paintings, 3D mixed media






mesmerizing projects. They’re guaranteed to give you an insatiable




scrolling, and within a few seconds you’ll likely want one for your home or office. If





“I need to create as an outlet, and I get excited when installing artwork . . .”

impassioned work really comes



Artist County


Best voters,

and his work can be seen in many homes throughout the Metroplex, state, and country.

the community is in his blood. “I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was in elementary school,” Jack said. “I need to create as an outlet, and I get excited when installing

Jack is known for his use of

artwork for the first time for customers – knowing

texture. His palette knife oil

that they will look at it daily.”

paintings are 3D in nature, allowing the paint to stand full strength off the canvas. His wall

to life.

sculptures are another signature style. Over the

“I love taking a client’s ideas and creating a one-

last year he’s worked primarily with two patrons

of-a-kind work of art that becomes the focal point

who have commissioned many original paintings

in their home,” Jack said. “I listen to their needs,

and sculptures. His work has been represented

look at the style of the home, and work from

in the Cross Timbers Artist Guild Gallery, Art

Being an artist who also is an avid supporter in

Best Artist Jack Lee Art (972) 978-3023 See My Artwork on Facebook JKL Art

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Custom Window Treatments Home Renovations • Interior Decorator Patio & Outdoor Living Contractors

Make your Dream Home

INTO REALITY Custom Stonework • Second Stories • Interior Design & Decorating Interior Remodels • Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels • Commercial Remodel

(972) 539-8258 4401 Long Prairie Road, Suite 400 • Flower Mound, TX 75028

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Custom Pools | Custom Spas Pool Remodeling | Patio Covers | Cabanas | Arbors Outdoor Kitchens | Fireplaces | Fire Pits | Water Features Fire Features | Outdoor Lighting

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LAWN CARE For Great Customers by Steve Gamel


There are many reasons why Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape is the popular choice in Denton County for all your lawn maintenance needs: dedication to providing a great customer experience and being family owned and operated for 17 years may come to mind. Even stories of how founder Brian Gasperson developed his entrepreneurial spirit cutting lawns as a 12-year-old have endeared themselves into the hearts of residents and fellow business owners.

Lawncare & Landscape. Earlier this year, he sold the company to Jack and Ann Moore, a husband

evolves as a company, our commitment to our clients is unchanged.”

and wife team with a passion for being involved

with customer-oriented service businesses. It

After all, Grassperson wouldn’t be where it is today without great customers like you!

The biggest reason is the company’s relationship with its clients. How else do you suppose it recently took home its fifth Best of Denton County award for Best Lawn Maintenance Company?

that Jack and Ann will create meaningful

“This would have never been possible without you and the many relationships we have created,” Gasperson said. “My sincerest appreciation to each of you for trusting us with your lawncare needs. Your home and/or business is no doubt your pride and joy, and I am thankful for the privilege to work with you.” Because of the admiration they have for their friends and clients, Brian is excited to announce a change in the ownership of Grassperson 24 |

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wasn’t an easy decision, and everyone knows

Brian wouldn’t sell his pride and joy to just anyone. But he believes in Jack and Ann – and so should you.

“We are very thankful to all our great customers for entrusting us with your lawncare needs,” Ann said. “Our clients are top priority and we hope to serve you for many years to come.”

“In recent years, I have had a desire to charter new adventures, and the excitement to build

something new has intrigued me beyond

measure,” Brian said. “I have full confidence relationships with each of you, as I have done over the years.”

The good news is everything is business as usual, Jack added. The same dependable employees

you have come to count on continue to provide exceptional




provides lawn maintenance, fertilization, weed

control, irrigation repair, flower bed cleanups, landscape design & build, and Christmas light installations.

“Rest assured, Brian is still very much a part of the team and we rely heavily on his expertise

Best Lawn Maintenance Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape (972) 221-5296 1565 W. Main St., Ste. 208-255 Lewisville, TX 75067

and support,” Jack said. “As Grassperson



by Steve Gamel

Every homeowner has faced a plumbing emergency. Maybe it’s the water heater on the fritz just as you’re getting ready for work, a busted pipe in the backyard, or a complex slab repair. When disasters like these strike, the folks at C & W Plumbing want to be your first call — every time. Started by the father-son duo of Chris and Wiley Edmonds, C & W Plumbing has been serving Denton County with pride since 1999 and was recently voted Best Plumber by Best of Denton County voters. They focus on residential home plumbing repairs and have had the pleasure of servicing more than 20,000 homes in Denton, Tarrant, and Dallas Counties. In doing so, C & W Plumbing stands behind their core values to be the W.I.S.E. choice: “Wow” Service, Integrity, Safety, and Excellence. Every homeowner could use a plumber with that type of commitment, right?


Service You Can Rely On “We love being the plumbing company people can rely on,” Chris said. “We’re small compared to some of our competitors, and that means our regular customers get to know our technicians by name. They can count on all of us to be there when they need us. We love getting issues resolved quickly, so homeowners can get back to living and not worrying about their plumbing.”

can trust and count on. C & W Plumbing’s awardwinning staff believes in service with a smile, which you will hear from your first encounter with them and experience throughout the entire job. The company knows how inconvenient and sometimes unexpected plumbing emergencies are and want to be available to assist you during those inopportune times you have an emergency.

C & W plumbers are experts at everything from large jobs like slab repairs, where they tunnel under homes or penetrate through foundations, to water heater replacements and smaller jobs like clogged drains and toilet or faucet repairs. Some of the other services they provide include drain cleaning, shower and toilet repair and/or installation, sewer pipe repair and installation, gas line repair, water heaters, garbage disposals, and water filtration.

“Plumbing and solving people’s plumbing problems really is our passion,” Chris said. “We’ve been doing it for almost 20 years, and we see no sign of stopping. As long as our customers are happy, we are here to help.”

Because of all this and more, customers have been raving over finally having someone they

Best Plumber C&W Plumbing (972) 395-2597 1890 Midway Rd. Lewisville, TX 75056 Best of Denton County 2017


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Need superior A/C service?

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There’s nothing worse than waking up late at night drenched in sweat because your air conditioner stopped working. Well, actually there is – how about being stuck without cool air during the middle of a hot summer day in North Texas? There are plenty of companies you can call when air conditioning and heating troubles strike, but when you need superior A/C service done right, and with a local touch, Northside A/C is your go-to choice. “We are known for reliability and great customer service,” Northside A/C co-owner Jerry Grote said. “We have a knack for treating each customer as if they were the most important – because they are.” Jerry, co-owner Bobby Pope, and the impressive staff at Northside A/C in Lewisville were voted Best Heating/Air Repair Company in this year’s Best of Denton County awards for a reason. They put their customers first. Add to that their combined industry knowledge – a collective 100plus years – and you will find an operation that is second to none. They’ve been keeping Denton County residents comfortable and top of mind since 2004, offering everything from routine maintenance and new construction installations 26 | Home Services |

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to commercial and residential consultation as well as design, diagnostics, repairs, replacements, and 24/7 service.

Northside A/C employs some of the most highly trained staff in the area that are background checked and drug tested so you feel confident and secure. Their repair and installation technicians have gained numerous certifications from prominent organizations including American Standard, North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), as well as in specialties such as variable speed systems, geothermal systems, and ductless systems. More importantly, they buck the trend of the impersonal service, unreliability, and pushy sales tactics that can be found in much bigger HVAC companies.

and some customers get lost with all the options available. We offer a sense of calm decisionmaking to guide clients through this. We have assisted countless homeowners in navigating the service and replacement process. We strive to put customers in a better situation, and for some, we have helped reduce their electric bills in half.”

Over 50 Years Experience Locally Owned & Operated Sales • Service • Installation • All Makes & Models

For Jerry, Northside A/C was started in order to fill a void in the industry, by focusing on the needs of the customer. And they are here to stay. “I like to create stability and consistency for my employees and customers,” Jerry said. “By creating systems and processes that focus on our customers’ needs, we are also raising the industry standard. Northside excels at giving our customers a sense of direction. HVAC repairs and replacements can be unexpected and costly,

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D A Family-Grown BUSINESS

Dennis Jenkins’ earliest memories include putting fliers on homes to advertise his dad’s pest control business. While growing up in the business might have given him an edge over someone just starting out, don’t think for one minute that his father just passed down his business to him.

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“My father had three sons and each went to a different city in Texas to start a similar business,” said Dennis. “We all used the ABC name but had separate ownership.” In fact, when Dennis came to the DFW area in 1989, he began ABC Home and Commercial Services of DFW in his garage. Since that time they have grown the customer base to over 27,000 active clients all over North Texas and expanded their service offerings to include not only all things pest control, but lawn fertilization and lawn mowing as well. ABC has always been on the cutting edge of treatment solutions. With a degree in entomology from A&M, Dennis prides himself and his company on finding the right solutions to pest problems without overcharging clients. In fact, they were instrumental in moving clients with termites from a full treatment to a much more cost-effective spot-treat technology. ABC’s greatest strength, however, lies in its people. Dennis makes it a point to look for people who are likeable, hard-working and trustworthy. “I would never hire someone that I would not let babysit my children,” said Dennis. “It’s important also that they fit the culture of giving back which is a vital part who we are.” ABC has a company program called “Anteater Advocates”, and donates pest control services to over 100 charitable organizations. They also started for local businesses NPMA Gives (National Pest Management Association) to encourage others in the business to do the same. Probably their biggest event to date is BrothersBike, where Dennis and his two brothers rode their bicycles from Seattle to NYC to raised $550,000 for charity in the process. “I love what I do, but my family and my community come first,” said Dennis. “It’s not just about what you do, it’s about who you are.”

Best Exterminator ABC Home & Commercial Services of DFW (469) 549-7300 997 Grandys Ln. Lewisville, TX 75077

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Creativity An Explosion of

Teamwork &

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David Ryan, his friends and clients call him Ryan, learned a long time ago that the best way to build trusting relationships with his clients was to put their needs above his own. That seems simple enough, but finding a team which shares that same vision is not always easy. In many cases, it can take a business owner years to find that right mix of passion and selflessness. Clearly, Ryan has been blessed. Since opening David Ryan Salon in 2013, teamwork has been his salon’s greatest strength. And in an age where most salons can’t say the same thing, his customers are reaping the benefits. Sure, David Ryan’s name is on the marquee and he is still one of the more sought after stylists in Denton County, but it’s each team member’s individual artistic talent and a family atmosphere that, when placed together, creates an explosion of creativity. “I want to make sure that when talking about David Ryan Salon, the first thing mentioned is my team,” Ryan said. “It’s tough to find people in this industry who are willing to put family and clients first, and themselves last. We couldn’t do any of this without this team. Ryan added, “Family always comes first, and we make sure our clients feel like family, too. “I feel truly blessed to work with such a selfless, talented team of individuals who are truly like family.” This TEAM has built a level of trust that, quite simply, is unmatched in Denton County. David Ryan Salon was voted Best Color Salon in this year’s Best of Denton County awards. It’s the fourth year in a row that the salon has taken home a top honor among Denton County voters.

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Pictured below from left to right back row: David Ryan Smith and Stephanie Fuller. Middle row from left to right: Shera Loose, Lauren Cox, Teri Feldman, Diane Flowers, Emily Neihart, Jordyn Mosley, and Brittni Wells. Seated front row from left to right: John Blanton, Alisha Squier, Delaney Webber, and Alex Heineman

They did it with teamwork, through creating a full-service salon that can cater to the needs of any customer. Their services include everything from full highlight and color correction to extensions, root touchup, and cut and style for men and women. They can get you dolled up for a night out just as easily as they can handle special events. “We love the artistic side of hair, especially hair color,” Ryan said. “We love to be able to take a person’s natural beauty and combine that with their personality to give them a color and style that makes them know how beautiful they are.” David Ryan Salon only uses premium product lines such as Oribe and Bumble and Bumble, and they pride themselves on creating an environment where they work with the client to solve any concern or match any desired look. “When it comes to problem solving for our clients, two things come to mind,” Ryan said. “For new clients, it usually means having to fix mistakes that have occurred in the past that might have damaged their hair. We are skilled to be able to correct mistakes that others might have made and turn it around for them to help them enjoy the hair they’ve been blessed with. Secondly, we are really good at being creative. Most times people don’t know exactly what they want without some guidance. We excel at this. We take time with each client to get to know them, their personality, what they do, how they want to look, and what will make them feel truly beautiful.”

just not the case. In fact, his journey to owning his own salon didn’t start where you might think. When he was 17, Ryan was planning on going into the military when a friend asked him for a ride to cosmetology school. While his friend was in another room, Ryan ended up getting into a conversation with another student. To make a long story short, he signed up for school within that same week because he recognized this would be a great way for him to serve others. That was 16 years ago. He went on to work at a few different well-known salons and was blessed to learn a lot of the business through them. He took everything he learned from the industry during that time and began mapping out the perfect salon in his head — a salon that not only served its customers, but also served God. “I am passionate about my amazing wife and about God’s love for me through Jesus Christ, and I try to help anyone I can,” Ryan said. “The hair industry can be a tough place to keep yourself grounded into reality, and God has done amazing work in my life to be able to see that what I do every day is a gift and has purpose for something greater than myself.”

“We love to be able to take a person’s natural beauty and combine that with their personality. . .”

Also, each customer has the opportunity to choose the right stylist to fit their personality, style, and budget. Looking for a budget-minded cut with the same top-notch quality and service? David Ryan Salon has the answer for you. Want a little more experience, or a master stylist like Ryan handling your experience? They can do that, too.

David Ryan Smith, Owner of David Ryan Salon

“I love the education side of things,” Ryan said. “That’s really what drove me to open my own salon. I wanted to be able to take talented stylists and teach them the higher-level skills on what it takes to be successful for your clients. We have the highest level of continuing education in the industry because we know there is ALWAYS the ability to grow in your art.” Ryan talks like the type of guy who knew he wanted to be a hairstylist all his life, but that’s

When you talk to his clients, they will testify that Ryan’s selfless and servant mindset, coupled with a team that truly is a family, has created that perfect salon. The people he works with every day have helped make that vision a reality. “It is so important to build a team of people you can really count on,” Ryan said. “We can’t do everything ourselves. There will be a day we need someone to lean on, not only at home, but at work, too. And we have built just that here at this salon. When you can learn to work with others and depend on others, it’s amazing how much further we can go and how much freedom there really is in that.”

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Cloud 9 is located in a beautiful 8,000 square-foot salon that blends the high energy of a Salon downstairs with the serenity of a Spa upstairs. Cloud 9 Salon and Spa offers spa treatments that are typically only found in destination spas. With a team of over 40 full time professionals, from hair stylists and colorists to massage therapists, nail technicians, and estheticians, Cloud 9 provides you with the highest quality of services available in North Texas. The people of Denton County consistently vote Cloud 9 Salon and Spa the # 1 Salon, Spa, and Nail Salon. Salon Today magazine has recognized Cloud 9 Salon and Spa as one of the Top 200 fastest growing salons in the nation.

Kim Cloud, owner and stylist of Cloud 9 Salon and Spa, has been in the business since 1980. The Salon Coordinators will always greet you with a smile and ensure you are satisfied with the services at the salon.

Nathan Dean Best Hair Stylist

Kim Cloud Salon Owner

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RELAXATION BEAUTIFICATION At Cloud 9 Salon, Spa & Boutique SALON Be pampered and primped “To The Nines” by our professional staff. For any reason or occasion come in and get just the right hair style with new nails and fresh makeup, giving you that terrific feeling of confidence and exceptional look.

SPA Body Treatments Massage Skin Treatments Hair Removal Waxing Other Treatments Include Hand & Foot Therapy Eyelash Extensions



C9 Boutique is the best kept secret in town! With a fun selection of clothing and jewelry, it is the perfect place to pick up a great gift!

Kim Cloud is founder of Cloud 9 Charities and along with an active Board they hold numerous fundraisers for nonprofit organizations each year. Fundraising events for charities include the Best Little Brewfest in Texas, Bedtime Rescue for the Homeless, and the annual Golf Tournament.

(972) 317-4384 • • 1651 Justin Rd., Flower Mound, TX

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Thank You From Amber Michelle Salon


We are so excited to be named The Best

Women’s Salon in Denton County and proud

to have our business highlighted! We could

not have reached all of our goals without our amazing team of talented individuals.

Amber Russell (The Owner), Mariah Ferrell, Jessica Loth, Emily Stringfellow, Jendi Gibbs, Jessica Howell, Amber Gallagher and Kara Coker make up our incredible staff, each with her own

by Susan Neuhalfen

As a native Texan, I have been in the Flower Mound area since 1988. I met my husband while attending Lewisville High School and we have two children. As I developed my skills as a stylist, my husband, D.J. and I had the idea to open a thriving salon that would benefit the community. I am a full time stylist and salon owner while my husband works full time and behind the scenes of the salon.

personality and passion for making our clients

Our business has surpassed all the goals we

look and feel their best. We are color specialists

mapped out for it and as we continue to grow

and excel at every service we offer, including

we see much more to come. We donate hair to

haircuts, makeup, extensions, etc. Our stylists

an amazing non-profit called “Wigs for Kids”.

have been featured for their amazing work on

They create wigs for children who need them

several prestigious hair forums. As a salon it is

due to illness. It is important to my husband and

our mission to make people feel good about

I that our salon is remembered for what we have

themselves. We pride ourselves in creating an

done for our community and that we used our

environment where our clients leave feeling

skills and creativity to enhance people’s beauty.

happier and more beautiful. When you look

My team and I look forward to seeing you in our

good, you feel good and that is what we do.

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Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 - 7
• Saturday 9 – 6

(972) 691-9500 Best Women’s Salon

Amber Michelle Salon (972) 691-9500 2500 Lakeside Pkwy., Ste. 140 Flower Mound, TX 75022


For 19 years, Thang Vu and wife, Vanessa Nguyen, have owned awardwinning Envy Nails in Flower Mound. It’s the only location they have, and they plan to be there for years to come.

Nguyen added, “Our customers are sold on our employees. It’s the relationships. We are really good at what we do. Everyone knows us, and we’re always busy.”

Envy Nails is a full-service salon and handles everything from manicures to pedicures while But recently, there have been salons with similar incorporating the latest industry trends and names sprouting up nearby. This has created techniques to make the customer confusion among loyal customers experience as complete as who are now wondering if Vu and “People ask how possible. At each pedicure, the Nguyen expanded or moved. customer is given a disposable our service is Don’t be fooled: there is only Footsie Bath plastic liner. one Envy Nails, and it is still the so good, and it’s All equipment is sterilized using ENVY of its industry. the same machines found in because we many hospitals. Furthermore, “They can try to copy us, but it’s take care of all work is detailed and bent on not the same,” Vu said. “There is our employees,” quality first. only one Envy Nails.” The average time spent with Envy Nails, located at 2221 Cross Timbers Road in each customer is one hour. In comparison, Vu Flower Mound, was again voted Best Nail Salon and Nguyen said most other salons work with this year by Best of Denton County voters. There four customers in that same time frame. are several reasons for that, and it starts with how “We go above the norm to make it right for our Vu and Nguyen take care of their employees, customers,” Nguyen said. “There are other salons most of whom have been there for the better part close by, but it’s not the same thing. We know all of the last decade – and in some cases longer. our customers’ names, and they trust us.” Simply put – happy and attentive employees equals satisfied and loyal customers!

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“People ask how our service is so good, and it’s because we take care of our employees,” said Vu, who pays employees roughly $25 an hour with full benefits. “At other salons, employees work 67-70 hours and aren’t always paid as well, and then customers aren’t happy. Most salons change owners and employees every few years, but we don’t.”

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Passion and Friendship,

A Winning Combination!


by Kelly Murray

Salon Sage seemed like a dream to Shauna McCabe and Kendra Schmidt when they started doing hair 12 years ago. Having been friends for nearly 20 years, the two women turned their passion for making women feel beautiful and special into an award winning salon. Shauna and Kendra help others by offering salon services that customers are truly satisfied with, something that they are passionate about. Thanks to their commitment to continuous learning Salon Sage won Best of Denton County four years in a row, 2013 - 2016. "It's very flattering," Shauna said. One of the biggest reasons they're able to give their clients beautiful hair is their dedication to keeping up to date on current trends and fashions. Another key to their success is the enjoyment that they get from hair styling. "Going to work doesn't feel like work when you truly love what you do and you get to do it with your best friends every day while making new ones with all our clients." is how Shauna and Kendra explain it. It is easy for them to put their heart and soul into their work when it is something they are so passionate about.

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The women take a welcoming, laid back approach to hair styling, something else that makes the Salon Sage unique. They make sure that anyone can enjoy time at their salon thanks to this relaxed attitude and their sincere desire to help each customer feel their best. This plays a big part as to why they are considered the best in Denton County for the second-straight year. "One of the biggest reasons they're able to give their clients beautiful hair is their dedication to keeping up to date on current trends and fashions." Shauna and Kendra enjoy spending time with their husbands and children as well as staying active in their church when not at the salon working hard to make their customers feel special and beautiful. Shauna is from Tennessee and Kendra grew up right here in DFW. It should be noted that Shauna loves it here and has quickly adopted DFW as her home stating that "Texas is better!" The salon is a place where these two have the privilege of helping women feel beautiful, important, and confident. Salon Sage is Shauna and Kendra's dream come true and they are committed to ensuring that all women who take advantage of their services also have their dream of looking and feeling their best come true as well.

Top 3 Best Women’s Salon Salon Sage (972) 436-7243 3301 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 145 Flower Mound, TX 75022


a perpetual by Steve Gamel


Shweta Kolatkar grew up facing the same skin issues as every other teenager – acne, skin sensitivities, hyper pigmentation, etc. We’re sure many of you have been there, too. It’s not fun. But rather than sit back and remain insecure, Shweta took charge and began learning all she could about organic ways to care for her skin. She eventually became a licensed esthetician, and later a business owner who prides herself on helping others find that “perpetual glow.” Shweta is the owner of Perpetual Glow Skin Spa, an individually-owned skincare spa located inside Whole Health Wellness Center in Flower Mound. At Perpetual Glow, clients will benefit from a full skincare experience that includes everything from a variety of organic facials to Hungarian facial massage, Fire and

Ice technique to firm and soothe the skin, Reiki (energy healing), and waxing. Perpetual Glow uses Eminence organic skincare products, and is the only authorized provider of those products in Flower Mound. And when Shweta says her customers get the “full” treatment – they get the full treatment. “We are not a cookie-cutter franchise spa,” Shweta said. “When they come in for a 60-minute facial, they should get the full hour, not 50 minutes. Think about it as a sit-down restaurant compared to fast food. Taking care of the customers and giving them the full skincare experience has always been my passion, and that is what drove me to start my own business.” For that reason, Perpetual Glow Skin Spa is quickly catching the attention of Denton County residents, who voted the spa as a Top 3 finisher

“This was by far the best facial I’ve ever received before,” one satisfied client shared. “Shweta was extremely professional, sweet, and knowledgeable. I loved how all the products are organic, as I am pregnant and truly only go organic these days. The atmosphere was relaxing and higher class than most places. I loved it so much I got gift certificates as presents because I feel every woman should have this fabulous facial massage done.” Shweta began her career as a cosmetologist, but her passion for skincare inspired her to pursue a certification and license as an esthetician. Her understanding of corrective skincare and relaxation makes her treatments special and unique, and her desire to help people attain beautiful skin shows in all her treatments. “We focus on a multitude of skin care issues, though anti-aging is my biggest focus,” she said. “I love it when I see my client’s happy and relaxed face after the facial. I love to help people attain their skincare goals, and that keeps me going to work everyday with more passion and excitement.”

Top 3 Best Facial Perpetual Glow Skin Spa, LLC (814) 504-1554

3201 Cross Timbers Rd., Bldg. 1, Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

in this year’s Best of Denton County awards.

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Is Just Part of What We Do Each year, 6-8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters throughout the United States. Due to low adoption rates, most of these animals never find a forever home. Animal shelters are forced to cope with animal overpopulation through euthanasia. That’s where Texas Coalition for Animal Protection steps in to make a difference.

A Message from TCAP: Thank you for Voting Us Best Animal Non Profit 5 Years in a Row!

“The answer to stopping euthanasia and overpopulation says








Schumacher. The Texas Coalition for Animal

Protection (TCAP) has been a leader in animal welfare since its formation in 2002. TCAP provides compassionate solutions to

pet overpopulation and euthanasia. As a

cannot always make the drive to one of our main clinics, so we make ourselves available throughout DFW at local animal shelters and community centers,” says Schumacher. In addition to providing an invaluable service

care throughout North Texas.

Protection strives to provide its support to

to pet owners, the Texas Coalition for Animal

the Humane Society of the United States

animal shelters and rescue organizations.

In 2007,

“We truly value these institutions for their contribution to their communities. We want to

TCAP’s skilled and caring veterinary team has

be there to help make their rescued animals

Texas animals and has vaccinated more than

of animals they can help as a result” says

spayed/neutered more than 350,000 North

650,000 animals against the deadly rabies virus. TCAP’s ultimate goal is to substantially reduce




euthanasia throughout North Texas, while promoting animal welfare. Spaying and neutering pets is the most effective way

to reduce animal overpopulation and many

problems that result from overpopulation

such as malnutrition, abandonment, high

euthanasia rates, and neglect.

more adoptable and improve the number Schumacher. TCAP’s Executive Director goes on to state that the combination of reducing animal overpopulation and increasing adoption rates can actually lower the cost of city-funded programs and in-turn lower the cost to North Texas taxpayers. If you have a pet that you would like to get sterilized,





easy. You can call TCAP at 940-566-5551 or

“The staff was very friendly and professional.

visit their website at

I will continue to use Texas Coalition for

for sterilization begin as low as $35.00.

The whole process was quick and simple.

and click “Request Appointment”. Prices

Animal Protection for my vet pet needs.”

Annual vaccinations for a dog or cat can be

– Jessica O. TCAP

purchased for $25 on a walk-in basis from standalone

9am - noon at all six TCAP locations and

Burleson, Hurst, Allen, and

can learn more by visiting TCAP’s website at



clinics in Denton, Fort Worth, Weatherford, but chances


“We understand that people have jobs and

the lowest prices for preventative animal

approach to animal welfare in the nation.”

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with one of their travel “MASH”-style clinics.

Denton-based non-profit, TCAP provides

named TCAP as the “Most innovative

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Seven years ago a client sheepishly approached Jesse James Leyva, owner of Jesse James Fit in Flower Mound, to ask a favor. Inside JJF there is a large wall, growing each year full of client photos who have competed in various bodybuilding and fitness shows. The pictures were for everyone to see – like a wall of fame – and the men and women in them were sculpted from head to toe. Everyone loved the display. This particular client wanted to be a part of it. “I remember the client saying ‘I don’t want to do a show, but it’s a goal of mine to get on that wall!’” “You don’t have to be a competitor to get on the wall and I thought it was an awesome idea,” replied Leyva. So the next year Leyva helped his client work towards the goal of joining the rest of the fit bodies and display of accomplishments featured on the wall. 48 |

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Over the years, getting on “the wall” has become a bit of a goal setting for clients at Jesse James Fit that Leyva and his personal trainers work hard to make a reality for others. “We train a variety of clients from husbands and wives, even a mom and her two sons,” Leyva said with a smile. “These are regular people who made big changes. I get goosebumps every time I think about it.” Jesse James Fit is celebrating its 10 year anniversary! 10 years ago Leyva opened with the goal of being different from the big box fitness centers surrounding him. He envisioned a safe environment for people dedicated to making big changes in their lives to feel comfortable doing so. The JJF motto is success is not what you do for yourself but what you do for others and Leyva encourages his team to deliver this thought to each client they get the pleasure to work with.

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training, couples training, youth programs, senior programs, and military prep training and transformation challenges. There are 16 trainers at Jesse James Fit – and all of them are salaried employees including Leyva and partners Kay Simms and Flossie Stiles. Combined, this trio offers over 50 years of experience in the fitness industry. Their attitude of inclusiveness, respect, and good old-fashioned hard work has helped Jesse James

Jesse James Fit is roughly 7,700 square feet of pure awesome. It is not a gym, rather a personal training studio that focuses on anything fitness related from weight loss programs, boot camps, individualized training, group

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Personal Trainer Personal Training Facilities Fit become a trendsetter in the fitness industry. Leyva and his team land multiple awards year after year – including those from you, our loyal Best of Denton County voters. From 2012-2017, Jesse James Fit has been recognized as Best Personal Trainer, Personal Training Facility, and Weight Loss Facility, as well as Best Indoor Bootcamp for his sister company, Outlaw Bootcamp. “We are a big family,” Leyva said. “I love people and I could tell from the very beginning that we had something different. Everyone here is trained by someone, and they have that individualized attention and accountability. It has become a safe place for many people.” Leyva’s passion for health and fitness began with him taking a heavy interest in bodybuilding even earning the title Mr. Texas in 2010. He has also been candid about the fact he grew up the son of a single mom in a poor family from Los Angeles. He eventually moved to Texas to open his first gym Nu Body Gym & Tan then Texas Sports Club. Leyva had always instilled passion, discipline, hard work and dedication into each of his clients. Working with people towards meeting their goals and self-betterment with amazing retention as a personal trainer, he used his strengths and passion to create Jesse James Fit in 2007. At the heart of his new venture was individualized training with a focus on family fitness. Unlike big box gyms, everyone at Jesse James Fit is paired with a trainer. Those trainers share the same core values that Leyva has, and they are in it for the long haul. Some trainers even left corporate America to pursue their passion and make a career in fitness. In 2016 Leyva introduced a new adjustable tiered salary structure for his employees that creates a team culture for success. That’s practically unheard of in the fitness industry. Jesse James Fit

indoor bootcamp Weightloss Center was the first in the country to do a salary-based structure for personal trainers and as of 2017, Jesse James Fit also offers health insurance for their employees. Jesse James Fit is one of the largest personal training studios in North America as well as the corporate location for Outlaw Bootcamp. Outlaw Boot-camp is Jesse’s newest development, launching in Little Elm in 2014, adding another in Hickory Creek, and another in McKinney in 2017. By January 2018 Outlaw Bootcamp will be developed for franchise with a goal of 10 pre-sold locations.

“I never thought I’d have this many cool stories come out of one place in Flower Mound,” Leyva said. “Looking at the wall of photos sometimes others see someone up there and think, ‘Oh, that guy’s just lucky.’ They don’t know the story behind the guy in the photo or his journey to accomplish the 35 pounds weight loss and the fit physique displayed. Or the lady who lost 60 pounds, got off medications, and gave it her all for weeks and weeks, sweat, and tears to overcome her obstacles. These people weren’t perfect or lucky; they worked hard and persevered through the tough workouts. We’re happy to be able to offer the atmosphere to help them accomplish their goals.”

At this rate, he may need another big wall for more client success stories.

“I have a team here who wake up ready to dominate. This is what they do, and they not only care about their clients, but they all do things in a team effort,” Leyva said. “Some personal trainers have been with me for over 10 years now.”

Best Personal Trainer Best Personal Training Facility

Never one to stay stagnant, Leyva said he is always looking for ways to make his product better for clients & employees. Each year he does something different, whether it is adding new equipment and various remodels, to opening a new location and adding more incentives for his team. He and his team are heavily invested in the community, and will continue to march to the beat of their own drum, making a fitness impact on anyone who is ready to make changes towards their health and lifestyle.

Jesse James Fit (972) 846-4780 1001 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 1200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Best Indoor Bootcamp Outlaw Fit Camp - Hickory Creek (940) 222-4390 1039 Hickory Creek Blvd Hickory Creek, TX 75065

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by Susan Neuhalfen


It is said that life is a metaphor for baseball. The folks of D-BAT and STRIKE Performance couldn’t agree more. D-BAT Lewisville owner Cory Legner and STRIKE Performance owner Dan Ortmeier both have a true passion for baseball which translates over to everything they do, not just in sports but in life as well. Cory played baseball at the collegiate level while Dan played professionally. According to Cory, they both have the same passion that fueled the coaches who trained them as young athletes.

professionally. In addition to baseball and softball

The staff at D-BAT is a very close-knit crew. Cory

lessons, they offer pitching machines for those

and Dan think of them as family. They also treat

looking for additional reps, a fully stocked pro

their clients like family, especially the younger

shop as well as a variety of camps and specialty

athletes whom they hope to influence in a positive

clinics throughout the year.

way as they continue through their schooling and

Once athletes reach middle school age, they

their careers.

expand their training options to include STRIKE

“We hope one day when these young athletes

Performance, created by Dan. These programs further expand the athletes baseball training while also incorporating strength and agility which athletes need at that particular age to become more competitive players.

“Baseball is a tool we get to use to prepare these young athletes for life,” said Dan. “We look to share and give back that same passion we were taught throughout our baseball careers.”

“The goal is to get an athlete to the “next”

D-BAT Lewisville is a premier baseball and softball training facility. They train players of all ages and skill levels, from age 6 to those playing

the incorporation of the STRIKE Performance

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level whatever that next level is,” said Cory. “We strive to make the athlete better today than they were yesterday. Through all our instructors and programs we are able to offer the most complete

are sharing their baseball and softball memories with their families, our facility is something they look back on as having an influence on their success and love for the game.”

Best Batting Cages D-BAT Lewisville (972) 353-3322 1500 Fairway Dr., Ste. 1201 Lewisville, TX 75057

training facility in the area.”

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Classic of Denton:

There Really IS A Difference by Steve Gamel

Rick Wick

General Manager

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Car dealerships seem like they are a dime a dozen, don’t they? From Mazda to Dodge, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Jeep, and BMW, consumers are never short on options on where to find their must-have makes and models. But when you consider superior and quality automotive services in Denton County, only one dealership has cornered the market. Classic of Denton, which was already the one-

amount of employee turnover, which means you

Authorized Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and

have a great chance of working with the same

Mazda Dealer in North Texas.

smiling faces from the day you bought your

Beyond the business side of things, the folks at

vehicle to several years later when you bring your

Classic of Denton would be nothing without their

young teenager in for his or her first vehicle.

community outreach and volunteer efforts. This

“I’m a people person, and I love it when someone

is an organization that continues to give while

comes in and they say, ‘Hey Rick, this is my fifth car

partnering with such entities as Hope Denton,

from y’all.” Or they come in and say, ‘I’m bringing

Serve Denton, The Wheeler House, and Friends

my wife to you for her car because of the way

of the Family – just to name a few.

you’ve always taken care of us.’ It’s also cool when

Last Christmas, the dealership stepped up its

you drive around and you see that Classic logo

efforts by donating clothes and necessities to

on a car driving by. We know right then that it’s

67 homeless children who attend school in the

one of ours.”

Denton Independent School District. During

stop comprehensive shop for all Chrysler,

Rick added, “We believe in taking care

Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and Mazda enthusiasts,

of our customers and our employees. At

won three Best of Denton County awards

Classic, it’s customers, employees, and then

this year in the Auto Service, New Car, and

profitability. At other places, it’s profitability,

Pre-Owned categories.


To put that haul into proper perspective, Classic

a difference.”





that stretch, Classic provided seven turkey dinners, $500 in gift cards, and essential items to Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home in Denton. The dealership also donated cash and bedding, blankets and towels, and toiletries to the Monsignor King Outreach Center, which opens its doors to the homeless every year.

of Denton was the ONLY dealership to win

The biggest gift of the season came in the

multiple awards.

form of a brand new 2016 Ram Promaster

And this was their first year to be involved in

15-passenger van for Denton

the competition. “We’ve



missing out all these years on Best of Denton County,” general manager Rick Wick said with a laugh. “This is what the customers in Denton County are saying



Friends That




which was founded in 1980, provides services to those impacted




abuse, and domestic violence, including



legal counsel, case management and a 24-hour crisis hotline. The

about us, and it’s huge. We

donation was presented on December 22 at

know the community already


knows about us, but it’s nice to know



perfect example of

all the customers and public are recognizing how hard we work for them.”


enter C e ic v r e S o Aut rship e l a e D r a C New alership e D d e n w O Pre

the tradition that Classic of Denton has established, and the car business

the dealership. “We do a lot for the community,” Rick said. “I remember Richard asking me if I’ve ever put a dollar amount on how much we give back to

With that type of attitude, it’s no wonder their

is in his blood. He’s been in the car business

catchy slogan has always been, “Relax ... and

since 1972 and started out as a porter making

enjoy the difference.”

and weeks to calculate, but I’d say it’s probably

$1.65 an hour. Now he’s the general manager

in excess of $500,000. And that’s straight to the

Since 2004, Classic of Denton’s goal has been to

for a company that, like Rick, has grown with

community. We don’t take expenses out of that.

make the vehicle buying experience second to

the times. Classic started out in 2004 with 35 to

It’s all volunteerism.”

none with prices and service that can’t be beat.

40 employees and now has 106. The company

Classic Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mazda’s virtual

started off on five acres of land and since has

dealership offers a wide variety of new and used

mushroomed to 26 acres. In its first year, Classic

cars, incentives, service specials, and parts savings.

sold an average of 40 to 60 vehicles per month.

What’s more, Classic is family owned. For the customer and the community, that means you

Now, the dealership averages 350 to 400 per month – new and used.

can still walk in the front door and shake Rick’s

Classic Mazda of Denton was awarded the 2016

hand or meet owner, Richard Allen. Rick boasts

Dealer of the Year award by Dealer Rater, the

that he makes himself accessible as much as he

2016 Mazda President Cup Dealer award, and

can and even has his cell phone number on his

the 2017 Mazda Gold Cup Dealer honor. Classic

business card. Classic also doesn’t have a high

of Denton is the only Jerry Reynolds “Car-Pro”

the community each year. It’d take me weeks

Which is why at Classic of Denton, whether you are looking for a community partner or someone to sell you a vehicle, there truly is a difference.

Best New Car Dealership & Best Auto Service Center - Dealership Classic of Denton (940) 498-9800 4984 South I-35E Denton TX, 76210

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five star for a reason S

Sam Pack knew exactly what he was getting into when he purchased his first Ford dealership over 30 years ago. The car dealership business was booming and – much like today – was so highly competitive that standing out among the crowd seemed like a daunting task. Not to be cliché, but Mr. Pack thrives off a good challenge. He turned Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford into one of the top dealers of cars and trucks in the nation with four Ford locations throughout the Metroplex. He created a brand every customer could trust because he stayed true to the one thing that so many big businesses let fall to the wayside – live and die by the customer experience.

by Steve Gamel

And that’s not just lip service, because there’s no way to fool the great residents and business owners of Denton County. This year, Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford in Lewisville was voted Best Truck Dealership by loyal Best of Denton County voters. The latest honor added to an already impressive trophy case. Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford – which has locations in Lewisville, Carrollton, North Richland Hills, and Plano – also has Five Star Chevrolet in Carrollton and Five Star Subaru of Grapevine. Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville this year was named 2016 F&I Magazine Dealer of the Year, Ford Credit’s Partner in Quality, a Ford Motor Company President’s and Top 100 Ford Dealer Award winner, and Star Media’s Best Dealership in Flower Mound Award.

“Every staff member

Five Star Ford is the only Ford dealer in the world

at Sam Pack’s Five

to have won the Triple

Star Ford Lewisville is

Crown Award for sales,

passionate about each


new person walking through our doors,”

since its inception.

Mr. Pack said. “We love building relationships where people want to come back.” While other dealerships may have earned themselves a reputation for seeing nothing but dollar signs when a new customer walks through the door, the folks at Sam Pack’s Five

Denton County area – not to mention the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area. People clearly have choices, but they all keep

friends, family and neighbors. They flipped the

“We would not be here today if it weren’t

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sales and service dealerships there are in the

coming back to Sam Pack.

the window, opting instead for a no-pressure,

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Those are some hefty honors when you consider how many

Star Ford Lewisville treat everyone like their script by throwing the aggressive sales pitch out

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and parts every year

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for our wonderful customers, great staff and the best community,” Mr. Pack added. “We aren’t planning on going anywhere, so plan to never forget us.”

If you don’t believe us, or Mr. Pack, check out

And let’s not forget about our recently opened

this anonymous review we found from

Pre-Owned center, just south of our New car

“I purchased my 2017 Ford Explorer recently from Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville and could not be more pleased with the entire transaction. I needed a car with plenty of space in the back for my kids and business items and wanted a specific look on my car.

I worked

with Michael Bratcher and he worked diligently on finding the exact model I wanted (it was a harder to find model) and he was able to do so efficiently and exceeded my expectations. He had no issue dealing with me knowing exactly what I wanted.

I have so much room in my car

store in Lewisville.

more than ever before, an increasing number of Lewisville drivers are finding that their ideal automotive match actually resides somewhere within the realm of pre-owned inventory. They

it’s pre-owned will retain much more of its value over time. mention the commitment to the community Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville has shown over the years, both

performance on a pedestal. Whether it’s a super duty truck, a car with off-road finesse, a new hybrid, or something else with exceptional fuel economy, you can bet Sam Pack Ford has the vehicle for you.





and Habitat for Humanity. Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville

inventory, which includes new

are members of 5 local Chambers, including Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, The Colony Chamber of Commerce, Flower Mound Chamber


stability and integrity. It’s a credo they’ve lived

by since the very beginning, and it’s a credo they

“The Sam Pack Auto Group is known for “Sam


Kraddick Foundation – Kidds Kid

Sam Pack does have an extensive

the staff is a true team that has built a culture of

Is there any other way to do business?


Star experience! “

Together with General Manager Kerry Cardwell,


Dallas Shared Ministries, and the

“Thank you for the incredible Five

that has helped separate Sam Pack’s Five Star

generous staff members. Their

including all Lewisville ISD, North

went smoothly”

showroom floor and out in the community –

will continue to operate under for years to come.

to a list of other organizations,

new car purchase!” “Everything

the Expeditions, Mustangs and Escapes that put

much fun! From the golf outings to the schools,

as a company and through its

is wide spread from local schools

Five Star Ford Lewisville for their

V6 Eco Boost engine to various other models like

community. All the volunteer activities are so

Ford Lewisville from the rest of the competition.

Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t

friends to Michael and Sam Pack’s

the 2017 /2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch Truck with

holds a high commitment to the Denton County

It’s that level of commitment – both on the

price, but they’ll own a vehicle that – because


prices. The inventory includes everything from

Pack said. “Besides Ford vehicles, our dealership

and not only save money on the initial sticker

work was fast and easy. I have

and used cars and trucks at the most affordable

high commitment to the local community,” Mr.

it is hard to pick one type of event.”

finding the car to singing the paper recommended

offering renown customer service and having a

can come to Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville

it’s amazing and the service from


Mr. Pack says that now

“We are considered one of the top dealers for




Business Association & Argyle Chamber of Commerce. Holy Angels Residential Facility also receives a ton of attention, and recently, Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville’s PR & Community Relations Manager, Sue* Bowman, was named Business of the Month and Ambassador of the

Pack Cares” for sales and service of cars, trucks,

customers and community” Mr. Pack stressed. “The one problem we are best at solving for

customers is offering them a truly fun and honest car buying experience. A true friend and family relationship is felt amongst the staff

and our customers – making it an enjoyable experience for all.”

All of us here at Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford

Lewisville want to thank all of Denton County for voting us the Best Truck Dealership for 2017.

Best Truck Dealership Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford (972) 221-2900 1144 N Stemmons Fwy. Lewisville, TX 75067

Month by the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce.

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What you are looking for in a

CAR WASH by Steve Gamel


It can be difficult finding time to wash and detail your own vehicle. Busy work schedules, kids’ activities on the weekend, and even pressing chores around the house occupy any free time we have. Even when there are a few fleeting minutes for yourself, the last thing you want to do is break out the bucket of soapy water. Our friends at Kwik Kar Wash & Detail Center of Flower Mound have more than 18 years of car wash experience, and they know exactly what you’re looking for in a car wash. Let them take this chore off your hands today! “Our staff’s hard work and dedication to detail defines our business,” owner Bill Mitchell said. “Every day they strive to deliver an amazing customer experience, quality services, and value to our customers.” Bill added, “We have packages to suit every vehicle and owner, whether you are chauffeuring kids and dogs all day, commuting back and forth to work, or you’re just a proud car enthusiast. At our business, you can expect a staff that takes pride in a job well done.” Kwik Kar Wash & Detail Center of Flower Mound was not only voted Best Full Service Car Wash in Denton County for a fifth year in a row, but it is also two award-winning businesses in one between their Lube & Auto Repair Center on FM 2499 and the Car Wash & Detail location on Flower Mound Road.

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supports local schools and various community

don’t use brushes or chemicals that are not safe

organizations through donations, sponsorships,

for a car’s finish, and the soaps and paint

“Every day they strive to deliver an amazing customer experience, quality services, and value to our customers.”

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detailing, and express exterior car washes. They

protection products they use are the best in the industry.

and fundraising. “It’s important for us to not just be another business in the community, but to be a partner

“It’s important to us that the

in the community,” Mitchell said. “We are

products and equipment we

very proud of the fact that we’ve been able to

use are safe for your vehicle

accomplish that, as well as win Best Full-Service

and safe for the environment,”

Car Wash in Denton County five years in a row.”

Mitchell added. “We only use mild soaps and soft cloths – you won’t find any brushes here.”

Mitchell and his staff have worked hard to create a well-appointed lobby that will make the time you spend with them fly by.

Best Full Service Car Wash Kwik Kar Wash & Detail Center   (972) 724-2929 2801 Flower Mound Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75022

They are also a partner in the community that

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marketing team P Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “It’s just business.” That phrase can get thrown around a lot these days, mostly in corporate settings where it’s easy to fall into the trap of not being as invested in what you do for a living - or in your client’s needs.

While MMC began with Susie, it has grown

Susie Carter of Mixed Media Creations has

so much more than that. The team crafts award-

always had the opposite mindset.

winning work in creative print, branding, web

“To me, it’s never just business. It’s so much

design, digital media, photography, aerial, and

more,” Susie said. “It is about serving others and

360-degree videography.

doing what I love. I am passionate about what

“We’re always growing and expanding our

we do and how we invest our efforts. We are

capabilities,” Susie said. “We pride ourselves

intentional about our commitment to our clients

on our full-service abilities and the quality

exponentially in strength and talent to an existing powerhouse team of 28. The highly integrated

team works in tandem to create brands that genuinely thrive.

MMC can easily be characterized as a robust graphic design & marketing studio, but they are

and the delight in their experience.

of our results. Our work is both

I am committed to creating a

beautiful and powerful; we tell

workplace where people and their values are honored. For example,



offered health care, paid time off, savings plans, we encourage new parents to bring their babies to work, and dogs are always welcome.

your brand story by utilizing

“We pride ourselves on our full-service abilities and the quality of our results”

We are passionate about giving back and being good stewards in our community.”

all our in-house talents. We strive to work alongside our clients in tandem to create an experience that is empowering, seamless, and enjoyable.” MMC has both a local and nationwide presence - all with an eye on doing what they are passionate

Susie felt her creative soul had been hijacked

about. Their client base is diverse and wide-

while working with traditional agencies, as most

ranging, including Greystar Real Estate Partners,

lacked the passion, authenticity, and relationship-

Lincoln Properties, Trammell Crow Residential,

minded focus that clients crave. So, 10 years ago,

CRBE, Lewisville and Flower Mound Chambers of

she set out to create a one-stop shop for design

Commerce, The City of Lewisville, The University

and marketing by gathering all the elements she

of North Texas, and the Texas Department of

felt were lacking from the conventional model.

Transportation (LTAP Division).

by Steve Gamel

Best of Denton County 2017

Top 3 Best Marketing Specialist Mixed Media Creations (972) 221-1600 |

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A Friendly Approach to

Painting Your Home by Steve Gamel


Clark Pittman was working for a large software development company in 2000, applying his knowledge and skills in the high technology field. The work entailed a lot of travel – and way too much time away from home and his young family. Searching for a career that would provide

a richer, fuller home life, Clark discussed his aspirations with a friend, Steve Long, who had

see a color differently in their minds, so they

want to make color changes. Clark understands this can happen and says, “I’m there to intercept

that and keep the project moving. The last thing I want is for a customer to settle for a color

they don’t love.” Close communications with the homeowner allows him to be flexible and

keep costs down when changes are made early in the project.

founded Carnival Custom Painting a decade

“We just want our customers to be delighted

became the first franchisee of the business and

the visions of his customers and strives to






has been successfully spreading his business, one paint job at a time, in the area since then.

He painted his first house in Flower Mound in 2000, and is known today for many quality painting projects in and around Flower Mound,



surrounding communities.


when we’re all done,” Pittman says. He shares

complete each project on time and within

budget expectations. “We like to under-promise and over-perform,” he says. Clark and his team

at Carnival Custom Painting deal with every job as if it is the only one they have.

" attentive manager, visiting each project several times each day to check progress..."

Clark has a knack for being able

to put his customers at ease.

He knows his clients can be

disturbed to see a large army of

painters come into their homes, so

He believes painting a house is a

relatively inexpensive change that

how the painting project will proceed. Pittman

says he helps to “manage expectations - that

is probably the most important thing I do for my customers.” He is an attentive manager, visiting each project several times each day

can have a dramatic impact, not

only in the appearance of the home, but also on how each

family is affected by the renovation

of their home. “It’s gratifying to see

homes in a whole new light,” Pittman says.

He is passionate about his business, especially working





Glowing testimonials from his customers attest to his commitment to excellence.

to check progress and communicate with the

At home with his wife, Dina, Clark is perfectly

may have second thoughts after selecting a paint

garden, or harvest honey from the honey bee

homeowners. It is not unusual that a customer

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When asked how he would like to be remembered, Pittman says, “In one sense, I’d rather not be remembered. I would rather be the one contractor that did what they said they would do and completed the project as expected and went away with no issues.” On the other hand, he might be remembered for his joyful exuberance. Clark remarked, “On numerous occasions, I’ve ridden a dirt bike while wearing a kilt. Ask to see the pictures sometime.”

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he meets with his customers to explain

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have chickens, a boxer, and regular visits from indigenous deer and wild turkeys. Lucky neighbors and friends are treated to the sweet nectar of the bees when Pittman collects the honey in July. The quasi-rural location reminds him of his Yukon, Oklahoma roots, but life is a little faster these days. He doesn’t go anywhere without his cell phone so he can stay in touch with his customers at all times.


content to work on home projects, tend the hives on his Denton County acreage. They

Best of Denton County 2017

Best Commercial Painting Carnival Custom Painting (214) 616-2206 Over 30,000 Painting and Counting. . .

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The hallmark of any successful business

by Steve Gamel wants to go to or live in,” Robert said. “Seeing people’s faces when we are done keeps me coming back.”

apartment complexes. Some of the companies BRNB has worked with include Fort Capital and Amick Storm Management and Construction. Despite all this professional success, Robert insists what keeps BRNB Construction coming back is the goal of producing a satisfied client – no matter how big or small the project.

For 25 years, Robert has built his reputation on combining small-town friendliness and service with professional results done right the first time – every time. So if you are looking for good oldfashioned, hard-working folks to help turn your next construction project dream into a reality, then BRNB Construction is for you.

BRNB Construction was voted Best Commercial Construction company in this year’s Best of Denton County awards. And it’s easy to see why. The company’s extensive portfolio of completed projects includes everything from residential kitchen and bathroom remodels to backyard decks and gazebos, mold restoration, fence repair, commercial additions, new commercial, new residential, and everything in between.

“I love taking something that is old or just an empty lot and creating something everyone

Some of their larger projects include partnering with developers on new

When not out and about working on a project, Robert can be found spending time with his family watching sports, cooking good food on the grill, being a coach in Flower Mound Youth Football, and taking part in various church activities.

is an owner who is not only invested in the communities he serves, but also

takes pride in the products and services he provides. That statement fits Robert

Williams and BRNB Construction LLC to a tee.

Pictured from left to right: Mary, Braxton, Brantley, David, Robert (Owner), Blaize, Nicole (Co-Owner), Cruize

“I am very good at solving problems and coming up with unique ideas by thinking outside the box to make what looks like an impossible situation possible,” Robert said. “We never advertise, so we’ve built our business on lots of referrals and word of mouth.”

“I am passionate about everything I do, but I’m most passionate about my family,” he said. “Everything I do is for them.”

Best Commercial Construction BRNB Construction (972) 355-0006 View Our Jobs on Our Facebook Search: BRNB Construction

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Pictured from left to right:

Shelby Hart, Malorie A. Crosley, Soheyla Dixon, Kelly K. E. Robb, Duane L. Coker, Jacqueline D. Cannon, Mike M. Youngberg, Jacob C. Jeffries, and Jennifer S. Hicks Not pictured, Matt Davis

And after nearly 20 years, CokerLegal’s level

Embracing traditional



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law, divorce law, and family law in this year’s Best of Denton County awards. Mr. Coker was also a finalist this year in the Family Lawyer Category. “Our clients are often in a very difficult stage of their lives,” founding shareholder Duane L. Coker said. “We are dedicated to helping our clients navigate this trying time and to achieve a positive outcome for their families in a cost-effective way.” Mr. Coker added, “While we always counsel clients about reasonable expectations, we always love helping them achieve a win that even we thought was difficult or impossible. Those cases

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unmatched. The firm was a Top 3 finalist in civil

by Steve Gamel


of service, sensitivity, and core values remain


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CokerLegal is that family law firm. Rather than make empty promises while chasing the mighty dollar, this family-first firm – which has offices in Denton and Collin Counties, including the recent addition of its third office

are truly memorable.” CokerLegal specializes in all areas of family law, including divorce, child support, child custody, collaborative divorce, modifications, enforcement of court orders and adoption.

in Little Elm – has separated itself from the

CokerLegal has ten attorneys with more than

pack with knowledgeable and compassionate

60 years of combined experience. They include

representation. They continue to focus their

Kelly K.E. Robb, Jacqueline D. Cannon, Jacob

growth and business in Denton County because

C. Jeffries, Mike M. Youngberg, Shelby Hart,

it’s a place that embraces traditional community

Soheyla Dixon, Malorie A. Crosley, Jennifer S.

values, which is the hallmark of CokerLegal.

Hicks, Matt Davis, and Mr. Coker. Three of those

attorneys (Coker, Robb and Cannon) are Board

They expanded a short time later with a second

Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of

office at the Dallas North Tollway and Main St. in

Legal Specialization.

Frisco. Recently, the firm added a third office –

Mr. Coker has been named a Texas SuperLawyer seven times while Mrs. Robb was named a

their second in Denton County – in Little Elm at 407 W. Eldorado Pkwy, Ste. 100.

Texas SuperLawyer Rising Star. Mrs. Cannon has

Despite that growth and success, CokerLegal

been named a Texas SuperLawyer Rising Star

never once changed its mindset with clients.

four times.

“We’ve had nice growth over the last year, almost

Individually, and as a firm, they’ve been so

doubling the size of the firm,” Mr. Coker said.

successful because they don’t believe in cookiecutter solutions. Each attorney works hard to determine the clients’ goals while assisting them in developing

“But we strive to return phone calls, answer emails, remember appointments, and treat our clients like the important person that they are to our family law practice. This might sound like common sense, but we find that the number one

expectations, counseling them on their options,

complaint of clients who come to us after working

and representing them in their efforts to reach

with other divorce attorneys is that they did

their ideal scenarios. Because no two cases

not receive the customer service they felt they

are the same, CokerLegal counsels clients to

deserved and, in many cases, couldn’t even get

preserve relationships to

someone to return their

the extent possible and

call. We don’t have that

act in a dignified, child-

problem here.”

centered way to preserve and




interest of their families. Their



insight can prove to be a great asset in your case. Whether your case can be settled outside of court

Individually, and as a firm, they’ve been so successful because they don’t believe in cookiecutter solutions.

The attorneys, paralegals, and support staff who work at CokerLegal are far






doing their utmost for their clients, they are very giving and do everything

or requires litigation, you can feel peace of mind





Law Professionals of Denton County, the Collin County Bar Association, and others.

they can to give back to

It’s all in the name of being a well-rounded,

the community.

family-first law firm. proud

“We would like to be remembered for helping

expert legal team on your side, protecting your

to be a part of the Denton County Alternative

our clients to get through very difficult, and

rights and interests.

Dispute Resolution program. Their attorneys

sometimes very joyous, times in their lives in the

also volunteer to do mediations several times a

best way possible,” Mr. Coker said. “If you need

year. They also support Denton County Adoption

help resolving a family law case, our Denton and

Day and enjoy supporting area organizations

Collin County family law attorneys at CokerLegal

and events focused on families and fitness such

are ready to get you through this. Our clients


in knowing you have an

“If clients are looking for a law firm that is vindictively litigious, then CokerLegal is not the firm best suited for their needs,” Mr. Coker said. “We counsel our clients to be reasonable and to preserve relationships. We do not run up the bill for our clients, nor the opposing party.”


as Little Elm’s Mayor’s Fitness Challenge and Mardi Gras 5K, theTriSherpa triathlon group, Dirt Side Sisters Women’s Mountain Biking

After graduating from Baylor Law School in 1992,

organization, and the Shawnee Trail Cycling Club,

Mr. Coker began his legal career in Wisconsin.

to name a few.

But he and his wife were native Texans who grew

They also are active members of the Denton

up right here in North Texas, so they decided to move back to this area and quickly began looking into locations for a new practice.

County Bar Association. Denton County Bar Association’s




mean everything to us.” Top 3 Best Civil Law Firm, Top 3 Best Divorce Law Firm, Top 3 Best Family Law Firm & Family Lawyer

Coker Legal • (940) 566-6649 2200 San Jacinto Blvd., Ste. 230 Denton, TX 76205


As they were driving down McKinney Street in Denton, they spied a “space for rent” sign at what would be the first home of CokerLegal. Duane hung out his shingle in August 1998 and over the years the practice has grown and moved to its current location.

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by Steve Gamel

One of the earliest memories Brett Nelson has of lawyers was listening to his father describe the distaste he had for them, and how his particular attorney relied on a stopwatch to keep track of the billing in his case.

“My dad’s comments stuck with me for a long time,”

with him – especially if it meant saving a marriage

Brett said. “I decided to do things differently by

– than make an extra buck.

creating value for my clients and to create positives

It was an intricate and distracting process where his dad’s lawyer recorded every second spent on their conversation, clicking and un-clicking multiple stopwatches ad nauseam. If his assistant came in, he’d click on a stopwatch to start that timer. It was the same with a different stopwatch when the phone rang, or if he needed to work on another client case.

own practice, Nelson Law Group PC. Nelson Law

“My approach is that this is a servant relationship,” Nelson said. “My obligation to clients I work with is to provide value to them in whatever circumstances they are facing. I have found that lawyers often look past the economics of a case and look at just the legalities. Can you win? I focus on the solutions the client needs and what the opportunity costs (time and money) are in pursuing a particular legal strategy.”

Every ... second ... accounted for.

of families – especially kids.

“Whether this is a true story or a figment of my imagination, I don’t know. But i recall my father talking very negatively about the experience he had with his lawyer,” Nelson said. “The specifics aren’t important. I just remember the significance of it as I was determined to utilize our family values in whatever career choice I made.”


Brett graduated from Drake University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He figured he would go into investment banking, but ultimately chose to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and did well. He told his proud and wise father that he wanted to be a lawyer instead, and the elder Nelson was not too excited. His next words to his son were poignant,

yearly accolade for the firm.

“Lawyers divide wealth. They create none.”

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out of what are otherwise difficult situations.” It is with that backdrop that Nelson moved from Iowa to Flower Mound and eventually started his Group provides legal services in the areas of family law, civil litigation, estate planning, and business legal needs. It was a successful move for Nelson, who had practiced law and operated his own firm in Iowa and Illinois for 16 years before moving to Flower Mound. While there, he gained a reputation for being a tireless defender Law



grown along the way. In 2017, Brett and his staff were named Best Family Lawyer by Best of Denton County voters. In fact, the

Nelson added, “I do this because I’m passionate about helping people. I want to provide value.” Brett has always looked for ways to be a different type of lawyer by learning from situations around him. After he graduated from Drake Law School, Nelson was hired by the 7th Judicial District Court in Davenport, Iowa. It was there he gleaned first-hand experience in the courtroom – seeing the good, the bad and the ugly. He also was able to discuss what he had witnessed in the courtroom with the presiding judge, which allowed him to peer behind the curtain in terms of how judges do things, what they view as effective advocacy, and what they see as credible or not.

My obligation to clients I work with is to provide value to them in whatever circumstance they are facing.

awards are becoming a But for Nelson, working hard for his clients and gaining a popular following along the way goes much deeper than that, and certainly doesn’t involve a stopwatch. Nelson explained that his philosophy is about treating his clients as people. In many instances, he

“It was invaluable insight,” Nelson said. “Looking back, all of it enabled me to understand the

perceptions we all hold. Sometimes we come into events in our lives with preconceived notions of who people are. Through that, I became interested in providing value to the practice of law.” Success came fast, but Nelson admits he still had some valuable lessons to learn as the years went on – especially outside the courtroom and office. There were times in the past, Brett said, where he would get up at 3:30 a.m. and stay at work all day – oftentimes not coming home until after 8 p.m. That, he said, put a ton of pressure and strain on his family. So he set out to learn how to juggle a successful practice with a more important family life. Sure, Nelson Law Group is a big part of his life. But work life isn’t what makes this man tick, and he’s intentional about it. It’s obvious when he starts talking adoringly about his family. Nelson and wife, Karma, have been married for 17 years and have three beautiful children in Lucy (15), Pierce (13), and Peyton (10). Karma owns her own health and fitness coaching business and, as Brett puts it, she is the most attentive mother and caring wife he could ever hope to have. Add in their dog JoJo, and the Nelsons are your All-American family. None of that happened without plenty of soul





and commitment. Not only did Brett see what it was like to live a life without stability, but so did Karma. Her father passed away when she was 5 years old. Both Brett and Karma had to carry with them that stinging pain of being caught in the middle while trying to move forward. That perspective has helped them grow as a couple and as parents. They juggle their careers with obligations at church, various sports commitments

Best Family Lawyer Brett Nelson, Nelson Law Group (972) 808-7227 700 Parker Square Rd., Ste. 145 Flower Mound, TX 75028

for their two boys, cheerleading for Lucy, and the typical trials and tribulations that go along with any marriage. That’s quite a load, and it’s not hard to see why their calendar fills up so quickly. But they are committed to one another, and insist on beginning and ending each day with family time. It’s the sort of balance most families may be lacking. For those reasons – and plenty more – it’s no wonder why Nelson Law Group is your favorite family law firm. Because the man behind the business is so much more than a run-of-the-mill lawyer. “When people think of me, I want them to think of me as a man who cares about his clients, is passionate about his wife and kids, and is a loyal friend.”

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Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant:

Community In The Community, For The


by Steve Gamel

There are plenty of Denton County law firms whose attorneys deeply care about the community they serve. That’s what makes doing business in this area great. But perhaps few have lived and worked alongside their clients as long as the lawyers at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P.

Hayes was named Best Oil & Gas Lawyer and we

Outside the courtroom, each attorney serves

received top 3 for Best Law Firm, Don White Best

on various boards and charitable and service

Business Lawyer and Best Oil & Gas Firm.

organizations. You can find them coaching the

Since 1985, Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P.

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P. has offices

has provided comprehensive and sophisticated

in Denton and Gainesville. Rather than focus

legal counsel and representation in North Texas.

on one area of law, their knowledge spans



several practice areas, including Real Estate


and Condemnation, Family Law, Oil and Gas,

– and in an area where legal options are the

Municipal Law, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Civil

norm, this one law firm continues to stand out in

Litigation, Criminal Law and Business Law.







its hometown.

“Our attorneys are mainly from Denton County,” said White, who is from Krum. “One is from Cooke County and one lives in Celina. For the most part, all of us grew up in the area and have remained here. There’s no place like home.”

Each attorney is a staunch advocate

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P.

for the client, and they see the

was voted Best Bankruptcy Law Firm

whole picture when building a case.

this year by Best of Denton County

Each case is well-researched and

voters. Byron Berry was named

executed efficiently, which equals

Best Bankruptcy Lawyer, Richard

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Parli Pro teams at Ryan High School and Texas Woman’s University, giving their time to the Denton County Young Lawyers Association, and supporting organizations like the Denton County Animal Support Foundation and Serve Denton. It’s all in the name of being a trusted legal partner and servant of the community. “We are genuinely interested in helping people solve problems,” White said. “We recognize this is a service industry, and we strive to serve our clients’ needs in a prompt and reliable manner. We would appreciate being able to serve you in the future.”

Best Bankruptcy Law Firm Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant LLP (940) 387-3518 • 512 W. Hickory Street, Ste. 100 Denton, TX 76201

better results.

2017 Best Business Law Firm Minor & Jester, P.C. – Denton Best Civil Law Firm Minor & Jester, P.C. – Denton Best Civil Lawyer Jill Jester, Minor & Jester, P.C.

Christopher Henry

Jill Jester

LEGACY CONTINUES at Minor & Jester Minor, who died in 2014 and 1976, respectively. The trust earned from individual and corporate clients was duly noted when Minor & Jester, P.C. won the Best Civil Law Firm and Best Business Law Firm categories, with Jill Jester winning the Best Civil Lawyer category of the Best of Denton County contest.


Walk into the downtown Denton office of Minor & Jester, P.C., and you can immediately feel the law firm’s great history. On display are a relic typewriter and an adding machine from Fred Minor, speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, who founded the firm in the 1920’s and an early bag-mobile phone of partner and former Denton Mayor, Tom Jester, Jr. On the wall is a photo of Mr. Jester and daughter Jill, who joined the firm in 2010. Attorneys Jill Jester and Chris Henry are proud that they and Minor & Jester, P.C.’s staff continue carrying on the legacies of Jill’s father and

“It’s flattering,” she said of the honors. “And we are grateful for the people who cared enough to cast their vote for us. “We take that kind of response to heart. Our reputation means a lot to us. We’re here for the long haul. One of our big priorities is commitment to people and the relationships we have. Minor & Jester has been around for a long time and we plan to be around for a long time. We would rather shoot you straight, be honest, look out for clients’ best interests, and hopefully they will come back the next time they need something we do.” Minor & Jester, P.C. specializes in civil matters such as bankruptcy, business law, litigation, family law, probate and estate administration, and real estate. The eight overall employees include three attorneys.

Attention to detail, customer service, and taking care of people are the keys to continued success, Jester said. And as Denton and the surrounding area grow, Minor & Jester, P.C. is poised to grow with them. “Everyone here enjoys the practice of law,” she said. “We enjoy working with people. We enjoy the challenge each new case presents. I’m really lucky with the group we have here that we’re all like-minded in that we want to put the client first and be passionate advocates.” Just like Fred Minor and Tom Jester Jr.

Best Business Law Firm Best Civil Law Firm Best Civil Lawyer, Jill Jester Minor & Jester • (940) 387-7585 502 W. Oak St., Suite 200 Denton, TX 76201

Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Personal Injury, Probate & Estate Administration & Real Estate Law

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His Blood


Anytime the law is mentioned to Brent Bowen, family immediately comes to mind.

criminal law career as an intern prosecutor in

Maybe it’s because he’s a fourth-generation lawyer

his experience over the next two years with the

who received his Juris Doctorate from the same school – Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. –

Topeka. He returned to Texas as an assistant county attorney as the juvenile prosecutor for the Johnson County Attorney’s Office. He expanded Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s office, where he rose to the level of misdemeanor

as his stepfather, uncle, grandfather and great

chief. He then went into private practice doing

grandfather. “As a child I was surrounded by legal

criminal defense work. In 2006, he

minds and was always listening

opened his own practice, working

and learning from my family who was so passionate about the law” said Brent. While criminal law is one of the firm’s focuses and Brent Bowen believes that is why his firm won for Best Juvenile Law Firm in 2015 Best of Denton County, Best Criminal Lawyer in 2016, and

“We enjoy helping our clients,” he said. “Whether it is keeping them out of jail, or getting them custody of their kids.”

Best Juvenile & Defense Attorney

with another attorney, before returning to practice in his own name in 2016.

referrals from friends’ word of mouth, referrals from community members,




attorneys. “We work very hard to do what is best for our clients and

Brent himself has also been recognized as a

for others to feel comfortable referring people

Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers in the area of

to us” Brent said.

criminal law and also as a Top 100 Trial Attorney

Brent Bowen’s work goes beyond the law and

by American Trial Lawyers.

into the community.

Brent Bowen played two years of college football

“We enjoy sponsoring events with Children’s

at Samford University before transferring to

Advocacy for Denton County,” Brent Bowen

graduate at Baylor University. Brent started his

said. “We have sponsored their annual golf


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Brent is not eyeing a run for Denton County Criminal District Attorney.

he earns most of its clientele from

I believe that is what has helped us to grow and

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“We enjoy helping our clients,” he said. “Whether it is keeping them out of jail. We want to help understand what our client is going through, assessing their goals and working hard to reach them by connecting our clients with community resources.”

Like most good business owners,

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tournament for several years. We have also worked with Friends of the Family and Legal Aid. It all boils down to family-provided personal service.

Areas of Practice Include Criminal Law • Juvenile Defense • DUI/DWI White Collar Crimes • Adoption Child Support • Divorce Call for a Free Criminal Consultation & Reduced Rate Family Consultation I am a graduate of Leadership Denton.

Best Juvenile & Defense Attorney Brent D. Bowen Attorney at Law (940) 222-2488 • 101 S. Woodrow Ln., Ste. 102 Denton, TX 76205


AGGRESSIVE & EFFECTIVE Personal Injury Lawyer by Steve Gamel

Personal Injury • Family Law • Criminal Defense led to multi-million dollar awards for his clients. Meanwhile, Andrew has been practicing law for 15 years in the areas of family and criminal law. He has a knack for balancing daily courtroom brawls with his otherwise cheerful demeanor. They’ve also added a new associate to the team in Tiffany Taylor, who adds even more experience and compassion to the team. All three are extremely active in their family and community. Andrew serves his congregation as a Bishop for his local church and Devon, who is


Andrew Lloyd

Devon DuPuy

happily married with a baby girl, loves getting out into the community. And the law firm they’ve partnered to create is

Andrew Lloyd and Devon DuPuy of Lloyd & DuPuy, PLLC are convinced clients in Denton County are committed to hiring only the most aggressive and effective personal injury lawyers to handle their cases. How else would you explain the fact that their Lewisville-based firm cruised to back-toback Best of Denton County awards?

in our hands, and we treat that with the gravity it deserves.”

second to none.

Lloyd & DuPuy offers unrivaled counsel when

in us,” Devon said. “These injuries are often life

it comes to personal injury cases. That can

changing, and I want each client to know that

include everything from auto, motorcycle, and

we’re fighting just as hard for them as we would

truck wrecks to drunk or impaired driving and

for our own family.”

Bottom line: you want a law office that caters to your individual needs while at the same time bringing a local and well-established kick butt attitude to the courtroom. Lloyd & DuPuy delivers on those expectations.

suffered, and they are staunch advocates in

“When Andrew and I heard that Lloyd & DuPuy was recognized as the best Personal Injury law firm in Denton County for the second year in a row, we were blown away,” Devon said. “We are honored by the trust of our clients and the reputation God has given us in our community. We understand our clients are putting their lives

litigation, and probate.

workplace injuries. They focus on righting the wrongs you and your family members have the courtroom. Lloyd & DuPuy has also been trusted to handle cases in the areas of family law, criminal law, civil

“I’m humbled every time a client puts their trust

Best Personal Injury Law Firm Lloyd & DuPuy Law (940) 381-2600 560 W. Main St., Ste. 200 Lewisville, TX 75057

“This is a service-oriented firm,” Andrew added. “Our motto is honor, integrity, and justice.” With 10 years of experience in personal injury and civil litigation, Devon is used to going toeto-toe with insurance companies. His tenacity has Best of Denton County 2017


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Kimberly Shanklin:

Quality over Quantity by Steve Gamel

decision making. Kimberly represents clients in all types of family law cases, divorce, child custody, adoptions, and most misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, to name a few. Shanklin is tough in the courtroom, and what makes her tick is her clients. “Often people come to me lost, scared, anxious, and at their worst,” Shanklin said. “I love being able to show them a plan to help them out of it.”


Before opening her own law office, Kimberly Shanklin spent 13 years working for a larger firm representing thousands of clients. While gaining valuable experience is important, she desired to scale down a bit and focus on personal attention. Kimberly understood many of her clients were coming to her for help during a very stressful time in their lives. They needed a lawyer willing to make their individual needs a focus. So Shanklin did what any client-driven lawyer would do ... she opened her own law firm. “It’s been the most rewarding decision of my career,” said Shanklin, the proud owner of the Law Office of Kimberly Shanklin, PLLC. “Quality and individualized representation is my focus, and I love that I know my clients and they know me. I’m proud of my strong reputation for delivering results.” Kimberly’s team at the Law Office of Kimberly Shanklin, PLLC provides a comprehensive stop for all your legal needs with a focus on specialized attention, superior representation, and efficient

That mindset has helped her stand out among a growing list of quality lawyers, as her office was voted Best Criminal Law Firm in 2016 and 2017 by Best of Denton County voters. It’s all in an effort to help their clients get back to leading a normal life. “In criminal matters, in order to get someone out of a jam, it takes them accepting how they got there in the first place and focusing on how to keep from repeating a bad decision,” Shanklin said. “In family matters, it takes a well thought out plan that will continue to work for the family dynamic in the future so that the client is comfortable and ready to move on in a positive way. I love solving problems and bringing a positive resolution to a difficult situation.”

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Favorite BISTECCA:

Still Your

Italian Steakhouse


by Steve Gamel

“I love cooking and making people happy,” said Chef Morris Salerno. “If I’m remembered for anything, it should be that I made people happy, and that I have a big heart.”

Behind every successful restaurant is a great staff

If his name sounds familiar, it’s because Chef

together for so long and work so well together

Morris Salerno is an award-winning chef, author

that he often refers to her as his “work wife”.

supporting it. Beyond Morris himself, the most integral part of the team is General Manager, Stacey Miller Mahieu. She is the heartbeat that makes this powerhouse restaurant operate so smoothly. Stacey and Morris have worked

and mentor to many in the restaurant business.


He has cooked for presidents, and


received accolades for his culinary work all over the world. His food is legendary here in North Texas and he’s been making people very happy in our area for over 20 years with his highly succesful Salerno’s Italian


Flower Mound.



“. . . everything from fresh seafood, veal, lamb and highquality steaks”

awards Morris

and and

great Stacey

are actively involved in the community their


and on




charity boards. “We love this community as if they are all our family,” said Morris whose smile and warm hugs have become as familiar to

Instead of resting on his laurels as a successful

the customers as the great food and service. “We

restaurant owner, he decided to take things a

love serving our family here in Denton County.”

step further and open yet another restaurant called Bistecca in Highland Village which has been voted the Best in Denton County for over a dozen years. Bistecca is the best Italian-American steakhouse cuisine around. The exquisite menu includes fresh seafood, veal, lamb and high-quality steaks.

Be sure to purchase Morris’ cookbook which is now available!

It’s perfect for celebrating any occasion and when the weather is right, you won’t find a more inviting patio for al fresco dining. The Grotto Bar and Patio outside Bistecca serves Chef Salerno’s delicious food as well as some of the best drinks in Denton County. Bistecca won Best Fine Dining Restaurant for the Best of Denton County in 2017 and is hands down the most romantic restaurant in the area. It’s the perfect date night without the long drive. Between the incredible food and the romantic atmosphere it’s no wonder it has been a favorite among locals as well as residents all over

Best Fine Dining Bistecca - An Italian Steakhouse (972) 318-0515 • 2300 Highland Village Road Highland Village, TX 75077

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Local business owners joined us for the Best of Denton County Launch Party on June 13th, 2017 at Verf’s Restaurant. Photos courtesy of Picture This! Photography

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by Susan Neuhalfen



If you are a beer connoisseur you love to change it up. It used to be you had to go into downtown Dallas to find a great selection of unique beers but Brad Trapnell, a resident of Highland Village, decided to change all of that. After 15 years in mortgage loan servicing, Brad left the corporate world to open What’s On Tap, a “Beer Café” as he calls it, featuring 36 taps of craft beers from all over the world, rotating continually. “We are changing out beers all the time,” said Brad. “We have seasonal and limited release beers so choosing can be hard, but it’s a fun kind of hard.” What’s on Tap has been voted Best craft beer selection for the Best of Denton County for two years running. The beer menu is placed on electronic boards at the front of the bar. That way, if a tap runs out, it can be changed at a moment’s notice. They also serve a huge variety of beers, wines, ciders and even root beer. Sure, you can get pint, but you can also take your beer home in a 32 oz. or 64 oz. growler. “It’s not unusual on a Friday or Saturday to have 8-10 taps change hands,” said Brad. “At any given time, you can come in and have a beer or fill a growler and take it home.”

Every Wednesday night is pint night, highlighting a craft beer or a few from a particular brewery. They bring in food trucks on Saturday afternoons and there’s even live music on weekends.

This location has been so successful they’ve opened a second location in Keller.

It’s the

perfect place for a date night, event or to just take home a growler. Need another reason to

Besides the huge selection of beers, the best thing visit? We can give you 36 right off the top of our about What’s on Tap is the inviting atmosphere. heads…or taps. It has the quaintness and friendliness of a dive bar (complete with friendly clients on a first name basis) with the look of an upscale restaurant. Best Craft Beer Selection It’s even family-friendly. You can bring the kids What’s On Tap in for handcrafted root beer floats while playing (972) 966-2400 board games. “The little girl that lives behind us comes in with her dad every Sunday,” smiles Brad. “She has a root beer float while he fills a growler to go.”

2570 FM 407, Suite 170 Highland Village, TX 75077

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True Treasure Denton County’s

by Steve Gamel

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In many ways, Ray David Jr. and his team at PointBank feel like that lovable band of pirates you always see outwitting bad pirates in the movies. While David seemingly always has the true lay of the land, the other ships on the island – in this case, competing banks in Denton County – have captains who are blinded by the myths of buried treasure. They even make empty promises offering your weight in gold to anyone who helps them find it.

that tend to dominate most too-big-to-fail banks,

All the while, David laughs like a swashbuckling hero with a heart of gold. What those other pirates don’t realize is that the true treasure is the island itself – and PointBank calls this island home.

they need loans to start, grow, or even save

“There’s a reason why Denton County is as prosperous as it is, because its true treasure is the residents and honest business owners who live and work here,” David said. “Those who can’t immediately see that will never find what they’re looking for. PointBank has been here for more than 130 years, and our foundation was built on family. We’ve put our anchor down and it’s not going anywhere. This is our true treasure.”

PointBank has endeared itself in a community that simply wants a bank that looks out for you. Sitting in one of the nine PointBank branches is a little different, because they truly do make every effort to cover customers from every possible angle – whether that is commercial banking, business banking, loans or personal banking. The bank has grown and adapted to its customers’ needs. For area entrepreneurs, that means having a bank willing to be there when their businesses. Not to mention their impeccable customer service. In this year’s Best of Denton County awards, PointBank again took home the top prize in three categories (Best Business, Personal, and

PointBank (940) 686-7000 (972) 434-3200

Student Bank). “The biggest thing is the

“We’ve put our anchor down and it’s not going anywhere. This is our true treasure.

PointBank is Denton County’s oldest community bank and a true representation of the phrase, you reap what you sow. By continuing to buck the trend of the stodgy and impersonal styles

Best Business Bank, Best Personal Finance Bank and Best Student Bank

community involvement,” David




have great products and services, but I can’t tell you the last time any of my managers or I sat

PointBank has 9 Convenient Locations and 21 ATM’s to Serve Our Community Argyle • Aubrey • Denton • Flower Mound Lake Cities • Lewisville • Little Elm • Pilot Point

behind an office desk for an entire day. We are

selflessly giving our time, talent, and treasure to this community – every day. Our customers see that, and they crave it.” PointBank truly does live and breathe in Denton County – its true treasure.

Swashbuckling business owners from left to right, back row: Marsha & Bill Thomas from TNT Promotions, Rick Troutman from The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas, Tiffany & Jesse Leyva from Jesse James Fit, Max Miller from The Cross Timbers Gazette, Mike Winburn from Win Kids Sports and Leaning Center, and Giuseppe Brownell from Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant Swashbuckling business owners from left to right front row: Jenny Murdoch from Jenny Layne Bakery, Ray David Jr. from PointBank, and Dr. Nick Ponomarenko from Flower Mound Chiropractic

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by Susan Neuhalfen

This quote fits no one better than Chrissy Mallouf of Keller Williams.

Winner of

the Best of Denton County’s Real Estate

Buyer’s Agent, Mallouf always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude about everything she does.

In addition to winning the Best of Denton County, she has been voted one of Denton’s most influential people and won Best of Denton for four years. She’s also been awarded the Top Agent as well as the Most Positive Award at Keller Williams. One of the most giving people you’ll ever meet, Mallouf is especially proud of serving on the Denton Parks Board chairing the rebuild of Eureka Park. She works with the Denton Benefit League, Denton ISD Foundation, the United Way and several other organizations. She is a huge

“Some people think the top realtors are too busy for new clients, but actually the opposite is true,” said Mallouf. “We know how to manage time and pool our sources, that’s why we’re top producers.” Mallouf lives in Corinth with husband, John, and two kids Madison (12) and Holden (9). She loves to watch her kids play sports, post positive messages on social media and dance like nobody’s watching. She’s also a reigning hula-hoop champion. At the end of the day, though, she is known for her positive attitude and her giving heart. “I’m grateful to be in a position to help people,” said Mallouf. “No matter what roadblocks we hit, I remain positive.”

volunteer advocate who wishes she had more time to volunteer for everything. “I grew up in Denton,” said Mallouf. “I love that I can give back to the Denton County community.” Growing up here has also given her an advantage as a realtor. Having all of the connections that she does, she can find homes for clients before they even hit the market. In addition, she knows all about the doctors, stylists, restaurants and more so she’s a great source for all things Denton County. With all of this on her plate, she still makes sure that all of her clients get the specialized attention

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or two people, but instead draws on a wider spectrum of local people. It often

emerges from a real community need, whatever that may be. Local people

come together maybe to campaign,

provide a service, or create local

opportunities for local people. For Jim Bridges of State Farm in Bartonville, he

wanted to grow a family and a business in his own backyard.

As a community business leader, Bridges understands that the organization can only be as good as its engagement with members, its community involvement, and to deliver consistently above-average service! You need to act and integrate with all these things in mind, running the operational side of the business while prioritizing inclusiveness. After all, your community business will most certainly

have been started and continues to be powered by volunteers – people who are passionate about your cause and want to contribute something to it. “As a community business leader, I don’t have all the skills or the answers to make our community or business a success. However, I never waiver from surrounding myself with the best team to achieve this. I encourage those with the passion and skills to make a difference, whether staff or volunteers in our community” Jim Bridges said. While State Farm offers decades of superior services for your insurance needs, Jim believes its successes both locally and nationally are merely the outcome of good people doing good for others. Marrying community and business is a huge part of the team’s success and growth, as is incorporating his family. Morgan Bridges








A community business is not led by one

with Business


Blending Family

has been the behind-the-scenes backbone for Jim. He takes every opportunity to give credit where it’s due! “Morgan is the rock of our family. When I’m called to help a client or neighbor, she is the constant to our children – which allows me to serve others.” Jim Bridges State Farm is honored to be a trusted name in the community and awarded by Best of Denton County. The Bridges family says, “The public recognition is certainly humbling, but the generosity in challenging times within our community is the greatest team to be a part of!”

Best Auto Insurance Agent Jim Bridges - State Farm (940) 241-2060 2648 FM 407 E, Ste. 105 Lantana, TX 76226

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Thank You Denton County for Voting Us #1!

Let Us Build

YOUR DREAMS! For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. —Hebrews 3:4 Noble Classic Homes has been building quality

custom homes in Argyle, TX and surrounding areas since 1998. As Certified Master Builders

and Certified Green Professionals, Noble Classic Homes has a reputation for building homes of superb craftsmanship and unique design.

“Each home we build is distinctively different based on the needs and desires of each family. Our mission is to build homes of value, to construct them with quality, and to market them fairly. We are committed to personal responsibility, integrity and honesty.” - John Michaels, President

customers a consistent level of excellence. Additionally, each subcontractor and supplier for Noble Classic Homes is carefully screened and selected based on their reputation for consistent production of quality, precision skills, and proven value. Our team is fortunate to be in a business where we can share in the excitement of our customers as they watch their dream home become a reality. Construction should be a pleasurable experience before, during, and after the homebuilding process. Because of our commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations, most of our business comes from their referrals.

Noble Classic Homes would love to build the dream that your family will call Home. “Let Us Build Your Dream”

With a professional Project Manager and Decorator to supervise all stages of the construction process, we can assure our

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Noble Classic Homes (940) 240-5332 9998 Hilltop Rd. • Argyle, TX 76226

Are You by Steve Gamel

Tisha Brandes learned a long time ago that the best way to build trusting relationships with her clients was by putting their needs above her own. That seems simple enough, and in a day and age where insurance agents are everywhere, it’s a tried and true way to differentiate yourself. Brandes, who owns The Brandes Insurance Agency in Flower Mound, knows her clients have options with their personal and life insurance needs. That’s why she works as hard as she does, and she’s elated each time they choose her as their trusted advisor. Tisha’s agency has a long record of reliability and a reputation for exceptional service. This year was no different, as it was nominated Top 3 Best Insurance Agency by the Best of Denton County voters.

The Brandes Insurance Agency is the culmination of all that hard work, and she can safely say she has all bases covered for her clients. The Brandes Insurance Agency handles all types of insurance, including auto, boat, home, life, renters and commercial. The knowledgeable staff specializes in finding the best coverage at competitive rates, eliminating the need to call multiple agents for multiple quotes.

“We love to sit down with our clients and review their coverage every year or when their needs change,”

“We love to sit down with our clients and review their coverage every year or when their needs change,” said Tisha, who lives locally with her husband of 17 years and two children. “This is my favorite part of what I do, building friendships, relationships and helping protect what matters most to them. We demystify insurance by taking time to explain why each coverage is important and the benefit it can provide.” Customers count on The Brandes Insurance Agency because Tisha is sincere, and she’s been

doing this for a long time. Insurance is in her blood! Tisha grew up watching her father run his own Allstate agency and naturally followed in his footsteps. She got her start working in the claims office at Allstate, then worked at three different agencies before starting her own in 2002.

Because The Brandes Insurance Agency is an insurance broker, her agency isn’t associated with just one insurance company. Instead, she represents many of the major A-rated carriers in Texas so her team can then customize coverage for each client they meet with. “We want to make sure they have the right coverage so when they do have a claim, they are taken care of fast,” Brandes said. “We strive to find gaps in their current coverage. We are a premier advisor, not just insurance agents. It’s all about educating our clients.”

Thank You For The Vote of Confidence, Denton County! Protecting The Blessings You Have Been Given Representing 32 of the TOP RATED insurance companies in Texas We represent our client, NOT the insurance company!

Top 3 Best Insurance Agency

Because at the end of the day, we could all use someone to watch our back! Best of Denton County 2017

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by Susan Neuhalfen

For seventeen years, Tom Tevis has loved his job. We don’t just mean he enjoys it, we mean he loves it and gets up every morning chomping at the bit to help someone buy a house. That’s why he’s been voted Best Of Denton County mortgage banker for three years in a row now. “I make the process of buying a home fun and with the least amount of stress,” said Tom. “If they have credit issues, I love getting them to qualify for a home.” In fact, most of his clients say that he made the whole process fun and easy. When was the last time you said that about getting a loan? Tom says that when people easily qualify he makes sure the rest of the process goes smoothly. But when they need help, that’s when he really goes to work to follow up until he can get them to the closing table. His true passion is helping people and even if they need extra help, that’s just an exciting challenge to Tom. Tom grew up in Lubbock where his mother was a professor at Texas Tech. Once he got to the Dallas area however, he knew he was home. “My beautiful wife, Jacki and I love it here,” he said. He also loves to go golfing as often as possible. Hence the name, Fairway Independent Mortgage. He supports his church, Feed the Hungry, First Refuge Ministries and Sea Partners, which serves and educates the people of south Sudan. Serving people is a passion. “I am passionate, caring and fun and that shows in my work life and my personal life,” said Tom.

Best Mortgage Loan Banker Tom Tevis • (972) 754-4677 Fairway Independent Mortgage 2500 Lakeside Pkwy., Ste. 130 Flower Mound, TX 75022

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Lending with Passion P

Primary Residential Mortgage is not just another mortgage company. It is a company that fosters the belief that people come first and a mortgage isn’t just a mortgage – it represents a dream and a lifegoal that people work hard to achieve. Primary Residential Mortgage believes that relationships should be long-term and that honesty is paramount. If it doesn’t make financial sense for a customer to refinance their home, they will tell you. If a certain home doesn’t fit into your family’s long term financial plan, they will have that honest discussion and work towards helping you achieve your dream.

“We’ve worked hard to build a team that understands long term relationships with clients and work with the belief that people aren’t just buying a home Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. We will take your call on Saturday after you’ve just seen your dream home at an open house or Thursday evening when you think of a question while watching your kids at soccer practice,” said Jim Mitzel, Branch Manager at Primary Residential Mortgage. “We are always happy to help.” Jim and his team believe in the local community and are often seen volunteering at events to raise money for various organizations, hosting holiday meet-n-greets, and even creating a Readers are Leaders program for children during the summer. “Denton County

“We are here to help our friends, families, and neighbors.”

is our home and we love our community. We are here to help our friends, families, and neighbors.” Primary Residential Mortgage is one team with one dream and always believes in lending with passion.

Best Mortgage Company

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to one doctor for everything? Someone who does a full panel, giving you a complete view of your health status all at once and then putting together a plan not just for wellness, but for prevention? Sounds too good to be true?

Meet Dr. Bradley Axline.

view of a patient’s health status and recommend

He’s a board certified OB/

the wellness services needed. His tests serve

GYN whose mission is to

to not only help prevent disease, but he does

utilize the latest medical

a complete metabolic profile on his patients to

technology in order to

help recommend the best nutrients, medical



grade nutraceutical supplements if necessary and


any additional services available to get them to


disease lifelong


optimal health. He will present an entire wellness

approach to accomplish this

plan custom to each individual patient and make

which begins with a full workup

sure the patient is completely satisfied with the

of tests including cardiac and

plan before starting any treatment. Also, he will




hormonal testing.

tailor the plan as needed.

“More than once he has found the existence of thyroid cancer in patients by utilizing some of these tests,” said Meredith Axline, an RN and the wife of Dr. Axline. “This may not have been caught at your typical gynecological appointment with limited testing.” By performing an entire list of tests that could include a basic complete blood count and could be more extensive to include a cardiac panel, hormone panel, or even insulin and insulin resistance testing, Dr. Axline may get a thorough 102 |

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Dr. Axline’s goal is to enhance his patients’ happiness by helping them to be the best health of their lives NOW inside and out. As a dedicated health partner, he wants to be your lifetime time doctor for your outlook, wellness and overall health.

Your Doctor for A Lifetime

As a skilled board certified physician, Dr. Bradley Axline partners with his patients to help them achieve total body wellness. Dr. Axline and his staff are committed to delivering top-notch treatment to patients throughout every phase of life.



Voted best Men’s Wellness & Hormone Therapy physician & Voted Best OB/Gyn Physician Dr. Axline’s office offers many state of the art

Fit to help develop the best exercise plan for

solutions that cover all aspects of health not

each of his patients.

just for women but for men as well, beginning with medical grade nutraceuticals and other supplements to get the body back on the track to complete wellness. He also offers hormone and testosterone replacement therapies, as they affect many aspects of a person’s health including sexual health, mood and weight loss.

in addition to the many weight loss programs offered, Dr. Axline also offers an array of skin care services including injectable products such as Botox, Juvederm, Kybella, Voluma. He also offers Skin Pen microneedling, skin peels, and medical grade skin care products. These services are all performed by our Registered


Nurse who is a Certified Cosmetic Skincare and





Bradley Axline, MD (972) 538-2100 2560 Central Park Ave., Ste. 340 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Because how you look affects how you feel,

His weight loss methods are what are truly believe one size fits all, there are many methods

Best Men’s Wellness & Hormone Therapy Physician & Best OB/GYN Physician

Injection Specialist.

Our skilled team welcomes patients, offers assistance with insurance and necessary paperwork, and provides comprehensive health care. We are available to help you manage your overall health and wellness and to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

offered, from diet, to exercise to non-surgical procedures and injections, overseen by a medical professional. His office is now offering CoolSculpting, the only FDA cleared device to permanently freeze fat and eliminate it without the need for surgery or downtime. Unlike some spas that offer CoolSculpting, it is performed by a registered nurse and overseen by Dr. Axline personally. Dr. Axline is an expert on the HGC diet plans and even offers Complex Vitamin B Lipotrophic injections. Dr. Axline partners with Jesse James

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Make Your


with The Best Periodontist in Denton County Dr. Amit M. Patel earned his Bachelor in Science (BS) degree in Psychology and Biology as well as his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Dr. Patel furthered his graduate training by earning his Certificate in Periodontics from Indiana University School of Dentistry, while concurrently earning his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree along with a minor in Oral Pathology.

SERVICES INCLUDE • Dental Implants

Throughout his educational career, Dr. Patel held numerous leadership positions and presided over several committees. He has also been involved in various research projects which have led to several publications, and has presented his findings at both the national and international level.

• All-on-4® Treatment Concept

The training that Dr. Patel has received has given him a wide range of experience in treating advanced periodontal disease, placement of dental implants, bone regenerative procedures, as well as in periodontal plastic surgery/cosmetic procedures. Dr. Patel offers IV sedation for the comfort of the patient and to relieve any anxiety that one may have. His goal is to provide the best treatment possible to satisfy the patient’s needs and desires, as he believes that an ‘ideal’ smile is not what is seen in magazines and in textbooks, it is what the patient believes is perfect in his or her own eyes.

• Periodontal Disease Treatment

Dr. Patel is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, Vistage International and the Texas Dental Association. He is also a Director of the local Seattle Study Club, a prestigious organization that currently has over 30 doctors from the DFW Metroplex as members.

• Gum Grafting • Extractions and Bone Grafting

Dr. Patel was raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He lived in Austin, TX for some time and is excited to be back in the state of Texas. His future goals include continuing to treat patients in private practice, earning his Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree, as well as becoming a part-time faculty member at the Baylor College of Dentistry.

• Crown Lengthening • Oral Cancer Screening and Biopsy • Sedation Dentistry • Laser Gum Surgery (LANAP)

• Correction of “Gummy” Smiles

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COMPLIMENTARY Initial Consultation and Discussion About Your Dental Treatment Options

• Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation

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Best Periodontist Amit M. Patel ROOT - Periodontal & Implant Center (972) 434-8050 • 651 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028 |

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ENHANCE and PROTECT the Quality of Your SMILE with ROOT Periodontal and Implant Center! Our ROOT Family is Devoted to Making Your Experience the Best In Denton County!

Achieve Your Ideal Smile with Minimal Pain and Discomfort with Help from Dr. Amit M. Patel

Flower Mound Office — (972) 434-8050 • Fax (972) 434-2043 651 Cross Timbers Road, Ste. 102 • Flower Mound, TX 75028 Carrollton Office — (972) 242-7603 • Fax (972) 242-0925 2440 N. Josey Lane, Ste. 202 • Carrollton, TX 75006 Please See What Other Patients Have Said about Our Offices on GOOGLE!

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2017 Best of Denton County Winner for


Chiropractic Practice

2016 and 2017 Living Best Chiropractor

Has Nerve Pain got you depressed? Are you on PAIN MEDS that are just covering the symptoms? Is the pain stopping you from living life the way you want? If these things describe you, you are suffering from nerve damage. Nerve damage is an epidemic that is destroying the lives of million of Americans everyday. Nerve damage can occur from: • • • • • • • • • • •

Best Nerve Treatment

2017 Living Best Pain Management

2017 Harvard University Pain Innovations Award

Diabetes Chemotherapy Spinal Stenosis Disc Herniations Surgery Related Medication Side Effects Stroke Autoimmune Heart Problems Arthritis Many More

If you have a chance of a better quality of life, why wouldn’t you take the opportunity? Nerve damage was a condition that could only be managed before. Thanks to research and technology we have been able to help our patients finally reverse their nerve damage. So what’s the secret?

2017 SuperDoc

It’s SIMPLE!!! The human body wants to repair damaged nerves and damaged tissues. The problem is that it can’t because of: • Age • Health Conditions • Medications • Aftermath of Surgical Procedures • Nutrition Deficiencies So what is my process? It’s an 8 step proprietary process that I have developed that NO one is doing anywhere in the world. My process simply helps create the environment for your body to repair and regenerate damaged nerves and damaged tissues. IT INVOLVES NO SURGERY AND NO MEDICATIONS!! THIS IS HOW WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HELP SO MANY PEOPLE WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE HAS FAILED!! If you are suffering and are depressed because your pain is only getting worse. If you can’t feel your hands or your feet and you’re worried about falling or hurting yourself. If you finally realized that the medications you are taking for your nerve problems are never going to help reverse your nerve damage. I have a better answer for you.

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1. A 5 minute phone consultation to see if it’s even worth your time to come 2. A FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION to see if you are a good candidate for my process. Space is limited and you must mention the BODC WIN!! (940) 202-1196 CALL TODAY!!

To book the BODC special, the individual must leave a credit card to secure hisher consultation. The card will not be charged. It is just to hold a spot much like when booking a hotel.

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Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. “

STOP waiting for the medications to do what they won’t do. It’s time to get on with your life. It’s time to live and feel again. It’s time for you to be HAPPY!

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If you are ready to explore and see if there is more to your life than pills, I want you to call (940) 202-1196 and take advantage of our BODC WIN. For the FIRST 17 CALLERS that schedule their appointment, they are going to receive 2 very important things:

Dr. Bao Thai

Call Us Today at (940) 202-1196 • Best of Denton County 2017

2017 Best of Denton County Winner for

BEST WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM IF YOU ARE 60 YEARS AND OLDER AND CAN’T LOSE WEIGHT, I know how frustrated you are. Everyone including your doctor keeps telling you that if you don’t lose weight you’re going to have some major health problems! • Diabetes, • High Blood Pressure, • Heart Attacks, • and Even Cancer So you go on a diet and start exercising, only to find that you can’t lose weight. Does this sound familiar? You get discouraged and go an eating binge. Which in turn causes you to gain more weight? The next thing you know, you’re a diabetic and on 3 different medications for blood pressure and cholesterol now! This is unfortunately, what happens to most people over 60. So what do you do? If you are tired of feeling this way and have made up your mind that this is not how you want to spend the rest of your life, I want you to pay close attention. I HAVE DISCOVERED THE SECRET FOR PEOPLE to finally LOSE their FAT! I am Dr. Bao Thai DC with the Advanced Nerve and Laser Center. You see my specialty is nerve damage. I created a proprietary process that will help your body repair and regenerate damaged nerves and tissues. Almost all of my patients are over the age of 60. You’re probably wondering how in the world does this have to do anything with me losing weight? Part of my process involves creating the perfect environment for the nerves and tissues to repair themselves. What we didn’t expect to see, is that environment also made our patients lose weight SAFELY and FAST. We have people in their 60’s,

70’s and 80’s losing 20 to as much as 70 pounds!! AMAZING!! The secret was creating a perfect metabolic environment that helps your body do what it wants to do. Your body is complicated! That’s why diet and exercise has not worked. You have to be able to help your body safely and effectively overcome its metabolic insufficiencies. That’s they key to success!!


Losing weight for our patients meant that they:

years old and losing 69 pounds in

• Had more energy


Let’s look at Peggy. Peggy is 69 years old and has struggled with weight. We put Peggy on our program and LOOK AT THE RESULT. SHE LOST 69 POUNDS!!!! Imagine being 69

Weight Loss Center

a short amount of time!!! IT CAN BE DONE!!! LOOK!!!

• Are healthier • Were able to reduce or eliminate a lot of their medications • Are Happy!


2016 and 2017 Living Magazine Best Weight Loss Program

CALL (940) 202-1196 TODAY to get scheduled for your BODC Weight Loss Special!! Mention BODC and get:

1. A 5 minute phone consultation to see if our program could be right for you 2. A FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION to see if you are a good candidate for my process. Space is limited and you must mention the BODC WIN!! Call (940) 202-1196 TODAY!! WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO SHOW YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THE NEW YOU!?

If you want to be like Peggy and finally lose that stubborn weight here is what we are looking for: •

Men and Women 60 years and over only

Mentally and physically ready to get healthy

Tired of taking medications for problems caused because of their weight

Visit Our Office at 3941 FM 2181 • Corinth, TX 76210

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When you’re a woman, medical

care can get complicated, and the search for exceptional care, which is also leading edge, might seem to

be difficult or impossible. At Caring

for Women, a woman finds both: exceptional leading edge care.

“We have designed our patient care approach so

our diagnostic capabilities. “To our knowledge,

that women are able to get all of the care they

we are the first obstetrics and gynecology clinic

need without taking multiple days off work,” said

in Texas to provide this diagnostic approach”

Mark Trippel, CEO of Caring for Women. “Spend

says Wendy.

a portion of a day with us, get everything done, and our staff will take great care of you.” Roughly a year ago, Caring for Women found themselves in the unique position to research new equipment for mammography. This research

Providing exceptional care to each of our

was lead by Wendy Winfrey, Director

patients throughout their entire patient care

Breast Imaging, who leads the

lifecycle is the essence of Caring for Women’s

new mammography services

patient care philosophy.

This includes every

interaction with each member of the clinical and administrative team.

The goal was to find the absolute best solution for their patients, and they have completed

following diagnostic capability:

the installation of their

• Genetic testing to determine cancer risk level




The Genius

• The Genius 3D mammography system


• 3D diagnostic mammography

which is now the only

• Contrast Enhanced Mammography • Diagnostic ultrasound • Pharmacogenetics to determine how a

patient metabolizes specific medications and

combinations of medications

• Blood tests, including allergies • Bone density

learn more about a suspected area of interest ofbreast tissue, and this approach holds great promise in addressing clinical indications similar to breast MRI.







expect this new approach to be key for women who are claustrophobic or, for some reason, unable



to have an MRI,” said Wendy.

As with all

cancer, early detection is the key.


enhanced mammography is a diagnostic approach

mammogram FDA approved

specifically utilized to achieve


dense breast. In addition, this system is

earlier detection.

leading edge as it provides the ability to perform

The convenience of providing all of this care

Contrast Enhanced Mammography, which refers

under one roof should be reason enough to

to imaging a drug, know as a contrast agent,

come to Caring for Women. However, a woman

using the mammography x-ray equipment to capture a series of images. The series of images highlight areas of high blood flow and increased vascularity, which is often associated with the

• All of this care at one place, during a

rapid growth of tumors.

Mammography is a very important addition to

single appointment.

following a mammogram and/or ultrasound to

“Our goal is to always treat the women in our care the same way we would our mothers, our sisters or our daughters.”

at Caring for Women.

Leading edge at Caring For Women includes the

Contrast enhanced mammography is performed

Contrast Enhanced

knowing she is getting exceptional and leading edge care is a wonderfully powerful combination. “Our goal is to always treat the women in our care the same way we would our mothers, our sisters or our daughters,” said Mark.

Students’ Choice Best OB/GYN Practice Caring for Women (940) 591-6700 2805 S. Mayhill Road Denton, TX 76208

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Not only is the team at Country Lakes Family Dental enjoying their time caring for patients, but they are thrilled that their patients are also singing their praises about their dental experiences. With overwhelming reviews like “Our whole family loves this office!” or “Another great experience!” the staff’s favorite responses come from those patients who have overcome their fear of the dentist because of their care.

by Paul Colby

Dr. Matthew Artho, and his staff at Country Lakes Family Dental must be doing something right. Since opening the doors to his dental practice in 2012, Dr. Matt (as he is affectionately known by his patients) has grown a family dental practice that is beloved by his patients, staff, and community. In an area where dentistry is overwhelmed with corporate practices, Country Lakes Family Dental has offered a breath of fresh air as a true family dental practice. Voted as a five time winner of Best of Denton County, Dr. Matt’s focus remains in providing quality dental care using state of the art equipment with a gentle touch for the entire family. “I am always humbled by the response I get from my patients, and I am extremely grateful 110 |

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to them,” says Dr. Matt. “My goal has always been the same: to give all family members a place where they know their dentist and know they can trust they are receiving great dental care.” Dr. Matt continues to brilliantly blend advanced dental care with a personal touch. Having completed an additional residency following dental school, Dr. Matt received an Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate that allows him to provide multiple dental services from basic pediatric dental care to Invisalign and dental implants. However, Dr. Matt accredits his accomplishments to his sincere value for individuals and families founded from his own experiences. As a father of eight, family logistics is his forte and his consideration for both young and old radiates within his office.

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There is no doubt that Dr. Matt and his team at Country Lakes Family Dental have found their niche in the Denton County community, and local dental patients can rest assure they will be in good hands for years to come.

Same-Day Crowns Implants • Root Canals • Bridges Dentures •Orthodontics Invisalign • Cosmetic Dentistry Best Family Dentist Dr. Matt Artho Country Lakes Family Dental (940) 455-7645 74 McMakin Rd., Ste. 200 Bartonville, TX 76226

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by Steve Gamel


Scott Vanderhoef remembers what it was like searching for quality senior care for his grandmother. Not only was the process emotional and overwhelming, but the agencies his family ultimately worked with were mostly unreliable. “They didn’t do anything but sit ... they were sitters,” Scott said. “I knew I could do better providing real customer service.”

In-home care is becoming an increasingly logical option for those who are unsure about making the transition to a nursing home or assisted living

Fast forward to today and Scott is the proud facility, but trying to handle it on your own can owner of award-winning Heaven become a burden that makes it at Home Senior Care. Heaven at impossible to maintain the life “The senior population Home, which was started in 2002 you want for yourself and your is one of our most right here in Denton County, does valuable resources, and family. Heaven at Home eases exactly what the name suggests. It being able to help them that burden with quality care is a licensed caregiving company live safely and securely at a moment’s notice. Other that offers a wide array of personal in their own home is assistance services for your loved services include meal planning incredibly rewarding.” ones – right in the comfort of their and preparation, transportation own home. They handle everything to appointments, grocery from light household duties and companionship shopping, bed bound and end of life care, care to post-hospitalization care, respite care, impaired mobility assistance, and monitoring Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. and reporting of vital signs. In 2017, Heaven at Home was voted Scott said they also work with numerous facilities Best Alzheimer’s Care by Best of Denton County voters. 112 |

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and clients, which means even when colleagues and counterparts have trouble meeting their staffing needs, they call Heaven at Home. For Scott and his staff, it’s personal. “We often have clients call us at the last minute on a Friday evening when their loved one is getting discharged from the hospital. They need help now,” Scott said. “Not only do we dedicate the time to get to know their specific needs, but we will provide well-trained and personalitymatched caregivers at the last minute.” Scott added, “The senior population is one of our most valuable resources, and being able to help them live safely and securely in their own home is incredibly rewarding.”

Best Alzheimer’s Care Heaven at Home (940) 380-0500 623 Londonderry Lane Denton, TX 76205

and agencies to provide staff for their residents


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Continue Their


After realizing she did not want to work in a large medical center or a hospital, Dr. Rebecca Butler wanted to find the perfect place to build a pediatric practice within a growing, close-knit community. Lantana fell into her lap in the summer of 2011 and she has never looked back.

Dr. Butler is very passionate about providing individualized care and setting herself apart from the ‘big-box” clinics that have taken over primary care. She and her staff strive to know and understand each family’s individual circumstances and specific needs. Lantana Pediatrics was established almost four years ago and thanks to

Science from Texas Women’s University, she continued her career as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care in Dallas and there she has been exposed to a large volume of patients with

the incredible support from the community, it is time to add to their team.

a variety of pediatric conditions. All of these

Lantana Pediatrics is very excited to welcome Melanie Bitzer, RN, MSN, CPNP to its family in 2016. This will result in a larger office and expanded hours to better accommodate their patients.

commitment at Lantana Pediatrics. She is excited

Dr. Butler is very confident that Melanie is the perfect fit for Lantana Pediatrics. Melanie is a mother of three wonderful children and has lived in the Flower Mound area for more than 15 years. She has 24 years of nursing experience in the pediatric intensive care unit, newborn nursery, neonatal intensive care unit, general pediatrics and ambulatory care. Melanie obtained her nursing degree at Southern University in Tennessee in 1992. After completing her Master of

experiences have prepared her for a new to join Dr. Butler in providing quality care for our community’s children and in fostering health for the entire family. Dr. Butler remains very excited to continue the Lantana Pediatrics tradition of comfortable family-oriented care in a welcoming and healing environment. You still will see her in and around the neighborhood with her two furry friends and loving husband Gus, who also pours his heart and soul into the practice. Dr. Butler loves yoga and is learning to enjoy and appreciate



with which she has been blessed. She especially finds joy in watching her patients grow up and discover the world. Dr. Butler loves the honesty and simplicity of childhood and learns so much from children everyday. Working with children has been the perfect place to rediscover the wonders of life.

Best Pediatrician Dr. Rebecca Butler

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Denton County Offices: 2200 San Jacinto Blvd., Ste. 230 • Denton, TX 76205 407 W. Eldorado Pkwy., Ste. 107 • Little Elm, TX 75068 Collin County Office: 9320 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 190 • Frisco, TX 75033 Phone: (940) 566-6649 |

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OUR PRACTICE AREAS Divorce • Child Custody • Family Law Adoption • Enforcement • Modification Child Support • Collaborative Law CokerLegal is honored to be voted as the Top 3 Best Family Law Firm, Divorce Law Firm and Civil Law Firm Opened by founding shareholder, Duane L. Coker, CokerLegal has been providing expert advice for families since 1998. CokerLegal is a full service, family law firm representing divorce, family law, and guardianship clients primarily in Denton County and Collin County, Texas. Our family law and divorce attorneys have nearly 75 years of combined experience and always counsel our clients to preserve relationships to the extent possible and to act in a dignified, child-centered way to preserve and protect the best interests of their families. Our offices in Denton (recently relocated to just behind the Golden Triangle Mall on San Jacinto Boulevard), Little Elm (in the heart of the Little Elm Lake Front District), and Frisco (next door to the Boardroom Salon for Men in the World Cup Plaza) are conveniently located. We are happy to meet with our clients at whichever location that accommodates their busy schedules.

\ Duane L. Coker — Founding Shareholder Texas Super Lawyer for 2011-2017 Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Best Family Lawyer in Denton County 2016

Jacqueline D. Cannon — Shareholder Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2014-2017 Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Kelly K. E. Robb — Shareholder From left to right: Kelly K. E. Robb, Duane L. Coker, & Jacqueline D. Cannon

Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2013 Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Winners Directory Automotive Services Auto Body Shop

Pro Care Collision “Your Neighborhood Collision Center” 2 Convenient Locations (972) 724-4434 (940) 243-1010

Boat Dealer Phill Dill Boats

We are proud to announce the winners of Best of Denton County 2017! Nominations were made by the residents of Denton County. Nominations took place June 14 – July 12, and afterwards, the top 3 nominees went on to the final voting which took place July 26 – August 23. All nominations and voting were held at Every winner is listed in the print and online directory for free so that the whole county knows who’s the best of the best! Final voting was hosted by an independent third party to ensure fair and accurate results.

Truck Dealership

Margaritas Gloria’s Latin Cuisine

Custom Paint Color Customs Collision Repair Domestic Car Dealership James Wood Auto Group Drive-Thru Car Wash Kwik Kar Wash, Denton

Full Service Car Wash Auto Repair Shop

Live Music Dan’s SilverLeaf

Mixed Drinks Paschall Bar

Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Thank You for Voting Us Best Truck Dealership in Denton County 1144 N. Stemmons Fwy. Lewisville, TX 75067

Places to Dance Rockin Rodeo Sports Bar Rusty Beagle Wine & Spirits Grapes to Wine, Bartonville

(972) 382-9987 Beauty Services

Kwik Kar Wash & Detail Center Lorentz Automotive Family Owned & Operated Since 1982. Built on Integrity, Knowledge & Honesty. 600 N. Mill St. Lewisville, TX 75057

We use state-of-the-art equipment and best in the industry soaps & paint protection products that are safe for your vehicle & the environment. 2801 Flower Mound Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 724-2929

(972) 353-2100 Auto Service Center - Dealership

Classic Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Mazda. Our goal is to make your vehicle buying experience the best possible with prices and service that can’t be beat. 4984 S. I-35E Denton TX, 76210

(940) 498-9800 Boat & RV Storage Lakeview Marina

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Beauty Endermologie The Med Spa of Flower Mound

Bar Patio The Bearded Monk, Denton

Cellulite Removal Molly’s Skin Fix

Bar Staff The Bearded Monk, Denton

Children’s Salon Pigtails & Crewcuts, Highland Village highlandvillage

Beer Selection East Side Denton

Color Salon

Craft Beer Selection Import Car Dealership Toyota of Denton Motorcycle Dealer American Eagle Harley Davidson

Classic of Denton

Bar & Nightlife

New Car Dealership Classic of Denton Oil Change Kwik Kar Lube and Tune, Denton Paintless Dent & Hail Repair DFW Dent Repair Pre-Owned Car Dealership Classic of Denton Tire Store Goodyear – TAS of Denton

David Ryan Salon Hair Color Specialists What’s On Tap Choose from many samplers or grab a pint from our selection of over 36 rotating taps. Bring your friends and family to experience a selection of rare and hard-to-find bottled and canned beers. 2570 FM 407, Ste. 170 Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 966-2400

Thank You for Voting Us Best Color Salon in Denton County! 4151 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste.150 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 691-0022

Day Spa Sutera Spa, Flower Mound

Drink Menu Harvest House

Eye Lash Extensions Crystal’s Essentials, LLC

Happy Hour Steve’s Wine Bar

Facials Mod Facial Bar

Hair Extensions Lucky Locks Beauty Bar index.html

Med Spa

Nail Salon

Business & Professional Services Business Bank

Hair Stylist

The Med Spa of Flower Mound Nathan Dean, Cloud 9 Salon & Spa Specializes in all aspects of color. 1651 Justin Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

The Med Spa for the Sophisticated Woman and Distinguished Man. The Look You Want through a Conservative Approach 3051 Churchill Dr., Ste. 120 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 874-0008 Men’s Salon

(972) 317-4384

Envy Nails Manicures & Pedicures Solar • Shellac Gel Eyebrow, Lip, & Chin Waxing Spa Pedicures Hand, Arm, & Shoulder Massage Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County 2221 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 145 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 691-3327 Tanning Salon Tan Evolution

Women’s Salon

Laser Hair Removal The Med Spa of Flower Mound Makeup blo (blow-dry bar), Flower Mound Massage (Drop-In) Institute of Bodywork Studies Massage Spa Massage Green Massage Therapist Birgit Christ Massage Therapy – Cloud 9

PointBank Thank You for Voting Us Best Business Bank, Best Personal Finance Bank and Best Student Bank (940) 686-7000 (972) 434-3200 Argyle • Aubrey Denton • Flower Mound Lake Cities • Lewisville Little Elm • Pilot Point Business Coaching Services Demi Prentiss Business IT Solutions GWK Technologies

Mel’s Barber Shop Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County. 5801 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 840 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 355-4767 Microblading Brow & Blade, Highland Village

Business Networking Local Business Network, Savannah (469) 481-6916

Amber Michelle Salon Cut, Color, Style and Make Up. We’re Dedicated to Making You Look Your Absolute Very Best! 2500 Lakeside Pkwy., Ste. 140 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 691-9500

Chamber of Commerce Flower Mound Chamber Commercial Construction BRNB Construction Commercial HVAC Southern Comfort Mechanical Commercial Landscaping Frenchy’s Lawn & Tree Commercial Painting Carnival Custom Painting

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Commercial Printing Portside Marketing, LLC, Flower Mound

Animal Non-Profit

Recreational Club

Public Middle School McKamy Middle School

Commercial Real Estate Bridge Realty of Texas Commercial Real Estate Agent Todd Weaver Graphic Design Image Center Marketing Specialist Portside Marketing, LLC, Flower Mound Notary Services Dash Notary Office Cleaning Service Med Sterile Clean, LLC Postage & Mailing In the Box Pack & Ship Promotional Products TNT Promotions, LLC

Sign Company

Thank You For Voting Us Best Sign Company in Denton County. Print • Signs • Banners Direct Mail • Vehicle Wraps 733 Fort Worth Dr., Ste. 100 Denton, TX 76201

(940) 442-6612

Low Cost Spay & Neuter Vaccinations Dental Cleaning Heartworm Prevention Flea & Tick Prevention 713 Sunset St. Denton, TX 76201

(940) 566 - 5551 Charity Organization Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home Church The Village Church Church Youth Group Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church

Firefighter / Fire Station Mel Harper - Highland Village Fire Department Fire-Department Health Organization Youth and Family Counseling

Web Designer Square 205, Denton Web Developer & SEO Koda Digital Design, LLC

Mayor Charlotte Wilcox - Highland Village

Outreach / Missionary Organization Habitat for Humanity of Denton County Pastor Matt Chandler - The Village Church, Flower Mound Police Officer Corporal David Harney - Highland Village Police Department Police-Department

Community & Non-Profit Advocacy Organization Denton County Friends of the Family Animal Advocacy Organization Humane Tomorrow (formerly Humane Society of Flower Mound)

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Cross Timbers YMCA We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Youth Sports, Wellness Classes and More. 2021 Cross Timbers Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 539-9622 Rotary Denton Morning Rotary Club RotaryClubOfDentonMorning Vacation Bible School Argyle United Methodist Church Veterans / Military Organization Denton County Veterans Coalition Youth Club Boys & Girls Club of North Central Texas

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The Tutoring Center Flower Mound 1121 Flower Mound Rd., Ste. 550 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 874-1999

Bartonville 3600 FM 407 E, Ste. 140 Bartonville, TX 76226

(940) 455-2800

Tutoring: In Home Club Z! Flower Mound Tutoring: Math Mathnasium of Flower Mound Tutoring: Reading The Tutoring Center

Education Entertainment & Travel College Planning Guru Academic Advising


Acting Studio

Studio B Performing Arts

Magazine Lake Cities Living, Corinth

Online Publication The Cross Timbers Gazette Staffing & Recruiting Texas Lonestar Staffing, LLC

Tutoring: General

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection

Community Liaison Keep Denton Beautiful

IMPress Graphics

Public Kindergarten Wellington Elementary School

Studio B Preforming Arts

Primrose School of Lantana Call Us Today to Schedule a Tour and Learn More About Our $500 Gift of Education Credit 7020 Justin Rd. Lantana, TX 76226

(940) 455-2550 Drop In Daycare Adventure Kids Playcare, Flower Mound locations/flower-mound Private Preschool - K Lewisville Christian School Private School: Pre-K – 12th Liberty Christian School

Acting • Musical Theater Classes • Community Theater Event Rentals • Workshops 10+ Live Theater Performances Per Year VOTED BEST OF DENTON COUNTY 9 YEARS IN A ROW 1 Nelson Pkwy. Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 966-2787 Birthday Parties - Kids Painting with a Twist Bounce House Rental Jump City Inflatibles Country Club Denton County Club

Public Elementary School Bluebonnet Elementary School

Event Facility Circle R Ranch

Public High School Flower Mound High School

Friendliest Staff Christian Youth Theater of DFW

Gaming Store Freaks & Geeks, LLC

Custom Home Builder

Mortgage Loan Banker

Title Company

Movie Theater Moviehouse & Eatery, Flower Mound Place for Live Music Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater (MCL Grand) Place to Meet People The Shops at Highland Village Skate Park Lone Star Indoor Skating Rink Team Building Escape Room HQ Theater (Performance) Studio B Performing Arts Center Travel Agency Travel Creations, Denton Travel Agent Edel Seagren - Cruise Planners, Flower Mound

Financial and Real Estate Services Architect The ML Group Architects Architecture Firm The ML Group Architects Auto Insurance Agency Tim Shoopman - State Farm

Auto Insurance Agent

Noble Classic Homes As Certified Master Builders and Certified Green Professionals, Noble Classic Homes has a reputation for building homes of superb craftsmanship and unique design. 9998 Hilltop Rd. Argyle, TX 76226

Thank You for Voting Me Best of Denton County 2500 Lakeside Pkwy., Ste. 130 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(940) 240-5332

(972) 754-4677

Financial Advisor

Visionary Financial Group

Thank You Denton County for Voting Me Best Auto Insurance Agent 1st Elected Resident to Lantana HOA Board DCFWD Safety Committee Member 2648 FM 407 E, Ste. 105 Lantana, TX 76226

(940) 241-2060

3305 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 140 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 539-0002 Home Inspection Company Jeff Smith - Smith’s Complete Home Inspection, Inc Insurance Agency McManis Insurance Agency, Lantana

Mortgage Company

Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. Thank You for Voting Us Best Mortgage Company 2800 Corporate Dr., Ste. 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(214) 736-9466

Certified Public Accountant Beth Williams Certified Public Accounting Firm Ken Hughes & Associates PC Credit Union Denton Area Teachers Credit Union (DATCU)

Personal Finance Bank


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Home Services Alarm Company ADT Security Services

Cabinet / Granite Company

Thank You for Voting Us Best Business Bank, Best Personal Finance Bank and Best Student Bank (940) 686-7000 (972) 434-3200 Argyle • Aubrey Denton • Flower Mound Lake Cities • Lewisville Little Elm • Pilot Point

Real Estate Agency The Rhodes Team

Chrissy Mallouf Sold by Chrissy Voted Best Denton Realtor in 2009, 2015 and 2016. Specializing in residential, corporate relocation, commercial, luxury, foreclosure, farm, and property management. 2434 Lillian Miller Pkwy. Denton, TX 76210

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Freedom Title Flower Mound - (972) 899-5950 Denton (South) - (940) 380-8822 Denton (North) - (940) 220-4575 Highland Village - (972) 966-8485 Lewisville - (972) 436-8141 Thanks for 5 Years in A Row

Appliance Repair J & J Appliance Service

Real Estate Buyer’s Agent

Bookkeeping Mary Smith - Chandler & Knowles CPAs

New Home Builder Noble Classic Homes

Financial Planning & Investment Management

Insurance Agent Courtney McManis - McManis Insurance Agency, Lantana

Jim Bridges State Farm

Tom Tevis Fairway Independent Mortgage Co.

Real Estate Seller’s Agent Cassandra Homer - RE/MAX Elite cassandra-homer

Silver Creek Custom Cabinets & Millwork Complete Kitchen & Bath Remodeling. Everything is Hand Crafted in Our Shop, Including Custom Doors, Wood Countertops, Furniture Pieces, and Barn Doors. Everything Crafted from Hardwood & Plywood Only.

(940) 218-0005

Carpet Cleaning Prestige Carpet Cleaning, Flower Mound Computer Repair Techvera Custom Decorative Painting Carol Stoecker, Dabble & Design Custom Window Treatments Complete Solutions Dry Cleaner GK Cleaners Electric & Natural Gas Provider CoServ Electrical Company TLC Electrical

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Home Lighting CW Floors & Lighting

Lawn Maintenance

Home Renovations

ABC Home & Commercial Services of DFW Pest & Rodent Control Lawn Service & Fertilization Commercial Services 997 Grandys Ln. Lewisville, TX 75077

(469) 549-7300 Fence Builders Texas Best Fence Fence Staining & Refinishing Fenceworks Fence Co. Fireplace / Chimney Service Up Your Chimney Flooring Company CW Floors & Lighting Garage Door Company Genie Sales and Service Garden Center Schmitz Garden Center Handyman Services Mr Handyman keller-flower-mound-alliance

Heating / Air Repair

Complete Solutions We offer full interior and exterior showrooms displaying everything; whether you’re starting a new build or simply updating your home we can take it from start to finish. 4401 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 400 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 539-8258

Swimming Pool Builder BMR Pool and Patio

Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape A Full Service Lawncare, Maintenance & Landscape Installation Company Serving the Commercial & Residential Needs of the North Texas Metroplex. 1565 W. Main St., #208-255 Lewisville, TX 75067

(972) 221-LAWN Mosquito Control Mosquito Joe of Northwest DFW

Home Theatre / Home Entertainment Charlie Brown Sound

Moving Service Carte Blanche, Moving Services, Flower Mound

Interior Decorator Complete Solutions

New Home Owners Service Wendy LeSage - Your New Neighborhood

Interior Design Studio Decor to Your Door

Outdoor Lighting Company TLC Electrical

Internet Service Provider Spectrum Irrigation / Lawn Sprinkler Repair American Sprinkler Repair www.americansprinklerrepairand

Kitchen / Bath Remodeling

Paint Store Flower Mound Paint - Benjamin Moore Painter Nathan’s Painters Patio & Outdoor Living Contractors Complete Solutions


The Right Job, With Excellence, Every Time Over 30 Years of Experience. Locally Owned & Operated. Financing Available O.A.C. 619 Hembry St. Lewisville, TX 75057

(972) 318-5097 Home Cleaning Service Buckets & Bows Maid Service

Home Renovations Kitchen & Bath Design Center Design. Build. Remodel. Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County.

2920 Justin Rd., Ste. 600 Highland Village, TX 75077

(469) 865-0032

Landscaping Green Meadows Design & Landscaping

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Swimming Pool Remodelers Gohlke Pools Weed Control Weedex Window Cleaning Windows by Will Wireless Mobile Provider AT&T

Legal Services

Bankruptcy Law Firm

Hayes, Berry, White, & Vanzant, LLP Real Estate • Condemnation Family Law • Business Law Estate Planning & Probate Municipal Law • Criminal Law Oil & Gas • Bankruptcy 512 W. Hickory St., Ste. 100 Denton, TX 76201

(940) 387-3518 Bankruptcy Lawyer Byron Berry - Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Eco Construction Group, LLC Northside Air Conditioning

Storage Units McGee Lane Self Storage, Lewisville

Business Collections Firm Biggs Law Firm, PLLC

C&W Plumbing Plumbing repair, leak detection, water heaters and remodeling. Simple, upfront pricing. Prompt, courteous service. Superior warranties.

(972) 395-2597

Business Law Firm Minor & Jester PC Business Lawyer Chuck Elsey Civil Law Firm Minor & Jester PC Civil Lawyer Jill E. Jester

Pool Maintenance No Worries Pool Care Roofer Anderson Roofing, Inc Solar Screens Longhorn Solar Screens Stonework BMR Pool and Patio

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Criminal Law Firm

Juvenile & Defense Attorney Brent Bowen

Law Firm

Medical Services

Family Dentist

Allergist Family Allergy & Asthma

Alzheimer’s Care

Law Office of Kimberly Shanklin We are a full-service law firm focused on fulfilling each client’s specific needs and exceeding their expectations. 400 West Oak, Ste. 204 Denton, TX 76201

(940) 382-8216 Criminal Lawyer Ben Hunsucker

Divorce Law Firm

Matthew Artho, DDS The Wright Firm, LLP The dedication of our attorneys and staff are the foundation for our Firm’s strong commitment to the DFW Metroplex. 1517 Centre Place Dr., Ste. 250 Denton, TX 76205

(940) 387-5300

Oil & Gas Law Firm Kelsey, Kelsey & Hickey, PLLC Oil & Gas Lawyer Richard D. Hayes

KoonsFuller Family Law

Personal Injury Law Firm

Divorce Child Custody Complex Property Division Prenuptial Agreements Paternity 320 West Eagle Dr., Ste. 200 Denton, TX 76201

(940) 442-6677 Divorce Lawyer Patrick A. Wright Family Law Firm Elsey & Elsey

Family Lawyer

Lloyd & DuPuy Personal Injury • Family Law Criminal Defense We will exceed your expectations with zealous representation we will get you justice. 560 W. Main St., Ste. 200 Lewisville, TX 75057

(940) 381-2600 Personal Injury Lawyer Rocky Haire Traffic Tickets Law Firm Christopher M. Jones, Attorney at Law

Brett Nelson Nelson Law Group, PC Brett Nelson is a Texas attorney with nearly two decades’ worth of experience and the founding partner of the Nelson Law Group. 700 Parker Square Rd., Ste. 145 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 808-7227 Judge Brody Shanklin District-Courts/211th-District-Court.aspx

Traffic Tickets Lawyer Brett Nelson Wills & Estate Planning Law Firm Leigh Hilton Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney Wills & Estate Planning Lawyer Leigh Hilton

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Heaven at Home Senior Care We provide a wide array of home care services, whether you need 24/7 round the clock care or just part time assistance to relieve a family member who is acting as the primary caregiver. 623 Londonderry Ln. Denton, TX 76205

Country Lakes Family Dental is family owned and operated providing quality care with a gentle touch. 74 McMakin Rd., Ste. 200 Bartonville, TX 76226

(940) 455-7645 General Dental Practice

(940) 380-0500 Swisher Dental Chiropractic Practice Advanced Nerve & Laser Center Chiropractor Dr. Nick Ponomarenko Flower Mound Chiropractic Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Titensor Titensor Dental

Dental Implant Dentist

Dr. Suzanne Thai Cosmetic Dentistry Adult & Children Dentistry Digital X-Rays Perio Disease Treatment Implants • Extractions Root Canals • Veneers • Sleep Apnea Dentures • Crowns & Bridges Night Guards / Mouth Guards 3941 FM 2181 Corinth, TX 76210

(940) 242-2349 General Practice Physician Dr. Lowell Phipps Medical Clinic of North Texas, Flower Mound

Titensor Dental Steven Titensor, DDS, PA Brett Titensor, DDS Thank You for Voting us Best Cosmetic Dentist & Best Dental Implant Dentist in Denton County 1901 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 320 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 325-7502 Dermatologist Dr. Michael McGuiness McGuiness Dermatology Doctor Dr. Marla Conger, FAAPKids First Pediatrics Emergency Care Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Flower Mound Endodontist Dr. Sandy Wang Flower Mound Endodontics

General Surgeon Dr. Patrick Shovlin, FACS Associates of Surgery


Aspen Healthcare Skilled Nursing • Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Pulmonary Rehab Services Speech Therapy Medical Social Services Home Health Aides Companion Services Personal Assistance Services Hospice Services 314 W. Main St. Lewisville, TX 75057

(972) 316-2035

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OB/GYN Physician

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound Making stays restful and comfortable and visits smooth and enjoyable is the goal for employees and physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound.

Dr. Bradley Axline, MD Wellness for Women & Men


Lantana Pediatrics 4400 Long Prairie Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County 2560 Central Park Ave., Ste. 340 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Dr. Rebecca Butler Would like to Thank You for Voting Her Best Pediatrician. 74 McMakin Rd., Ste. 100 Bartonville, TX 76226

(469) 322-7000

(972) 538-2100

(940) 455-7200

In-Home Care Home Instead Senior Care Labor & Delivery Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Flower Mound Medical Massage Dawn Lee, LMT, MMP Flower Mound Medical Massage Men’s Wellness & Hormone Therapy Physician Dr. Bradley Axline Mental Health Professional Youth and Family Counseling Midwifery Care Heather Caudell OB/GYN Associates of Flower Mound Myofunctional Therapy Kimberly White Speech and Myofunctional Therapy (940) 380-1457

Nerve Treatment

OB/GYN Practice Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates

Ogletree Eye Care Comprehensive Vision and Eye Health Examinations for the Entire Family. 3551 Justin Rd., Ste. 150 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 355-5152

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. John Shillingburg DFW Oral Surgeons


Dr. Kimberly Gronberg Gronberg Orthodontics We specialize in orthodontics. Call us for a complimentary consultation today! 3000 Village Pkwy., Ste. 430 Highland Village, TX 75077

Orthopedic Physician Dr. James R. Heerwagen Orthopedic Associates 3941 FM 2181 Corinth, TX 76210

(940) 202-1196

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Orthopedic Practice Orthopedic Associates Pediatric Dental Practice Pediatric Dental World Pediatric Dentist Dr. Debra C. Duffy Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic Stepping Stones Therapy, Flower Mound Pediatric Practice Kids First Pediatrics

Hopemead Counseling & Trauma Center Specializing in Trauma Resolution and Healing, PTSD, Trauma Brain Injuries, Phobias, Depression, Anxiety, Family Origin Issues, Couple Conflict Resolution, Teen Issues, and Much More. 4315 Windsor Centre Tr., Ste. 100 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 268-1058 Urgent Care Rapid Med Urgent Care Wellness Studio Pure Synergy Wellness Studio


(972) 966-2326

Dr. Bao Thai Advanced Nerve and Laser Center


Trauma Counseling Outpatient Center

Amit M. Patel, DDS MSD ROOT - Periodontal and Implant Center Thank You for Voting Our Team as Best Periodontal Practice for 3 Years In a Row! 651 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 434-8050

Pet Services Aquarium Store Supplies Fish n’ Chirps Pet Center Equestrian Services Flower Mound Farm

Feed and Hardware Store

Pharmacy Flower Mound Pharmacy Physical Therapist Eric Huffman, PT, BS, MBA Joints in Motion Physical Therapy Physical Therapy Practice Joints in Motion Physical Therapy Plastic Surgeon Dr. Drew Sanderson Flower Mound Plastic Surgery Podiatrist Davey Suh, DPM DFW Foot and Ankle Senior / Assisted Living Facility Avanti Senior Living at Flower Mound Speech Pathologist Kimberly White Speech and Myofunctional Therapy (940) 380-1457 Sports Massage Carrie Zala, LMT Sports Massage & Wellness Coaching TherapeuticMassagebyCarrieZala

Argyle Feed & Hardware Thank You For Voting Us Best Feed and Hardware Store 1832 FM 407 E. Argyle, TX 76226

(940) 241-2444

Mobile Pet Grooming/Washing Shampooch Mobile Grooming (972) 539-1730 Pet Boarding Canine Courtyard Pet Food & Supplies Hollywood Feed Pet Grooming Happy Dog Spa Pet Photography Heads or Tails Pet Photography Pet Sitting / Dog Walking Angel Pet Watch

Pet Training Quinntastic Dog Training, Lake Dallas

Dinner Fresco’s Mexicana

Veterinarian Dr. Leigh Anne Robertson Lantana Animal Hospital

Donuts Sara Donuts

Veterinary Clinic Corinth Veterinary Clinic

Family Dining Fresco’s Mexicana

Veterinary Hospital Corinth Animal Hospital

Fine Dining

Restaurant and Food Services

Bistro Sidewalk Cafe, Denton Breakfast Old West Cafe Buffalo Wings Rusty Beagle, Lewisville Buffet Tierney’s Cafe & Tavern Cake Bakery The Flour Shop Bakery


Bistecca Formerly the Grotto Award Winning Dining Catering & Bar 2300 Highland Village Rd. Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 318-0515

Gluten Free Menu Salata Guacamole Fresco’s Mexicana

Swirl Bakery Thank you for voting us Best Catering & Best Dessert Menu. Catering menus available for pick up and online. Gift cards available. 3634 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 100 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(214) 513-1334 Cheesesteak Burgers & Brats Chinese Restaurant Empress of China

Hamburger LSA Burger Co.

Deli The Original Joey O’s Dessert Menu Swirl Bakery Cafe Takery & Catering

A Local Tradition for 30 Years Award Wining Dining Newly Remodeled Bar Catering Available 3407 Long Prairie Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

Japanese Hibachi Asahi Teppenyaki & Sushi

Thai Restaurant Thai Ocha (940) 566-6018 Vegan Restaurant Juice Lab

Shopping & Retail

Cards & Gifts Extravaganza Consignment Store Encore Encore

Fresco’s Mexicana Celebrating Fiesta Foods Private Dining Rooms Available Patio & Cabanas for Semi-Privacy Brunch Sunday 10am - 2pm Happy Hour Tue - Fri 4 - 7pm Black Angus Steaks & Fajitas 2420 Justin Rd. Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 317-3628

Patio Dining

Eyewear Ousley Vision Center Fashion Accessories Jack’s Outfitters Fashion Shoe Store Brightside Boutique Furniture Consignment Store Furniture Buy Consignment

Furniture Store

Adams Furniture in Justin Thank You for Voting Us BEST Furniture Store in Denton County Making Happy Customers Since 1938! 417 FM 156 Justin, TX 76247

Hot Dogs Burgers & Brats Ice Cream Shop Epic Gelato

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Sushi Prianha Killer Sushi

Mexican Restaurant

Healthy Menu Salata

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Steakhouse Yellow Rose Steak & Chop House

Book Store Barnes & Noble

New Restaurant (open under 12 months) Komodo Loco

Indian Restaurant Curry’s Indian Cafe

Seafood Logan’s Fish House

Lunch Sidewalk Cafe, Denton

Happy Hour Food Rusty Beagle

Cup of Coffee Edison Coffee Co. Cupcake The Flour Shop Bakery

Salerno’s Italian Restaurant

French Fries Mooyah Frozen Yogurt Yogurt Story

Queso Torchy’s Tacos Salad Salata

(972) 539-9534

Bagel Royal’s Bagels & Deli Barbecue Fat Cow BBQ

Italian Restaurant

Verf’s Grill & Tavern

We use our hands and knives to create our food from scratch and never compromise any of our dishes by taking shortcuts. 2221 Justin Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 317-3390 Pizza Enzo’s NY Pizzeria

(940) 648-3145 Gold & Silver Exchange Diamond & Gold Exchange Home Decor & Gifts Lisa’s Resale Gone Upscale Interior Decorating Shop Decor to Your Door

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Jewelry Store NASR Brothers Jewelry Jewelry Store - Consignment Beasley’s Jewelry Kid’s Clothing Store Small Fry Childrens Clothing Resale Shop Kid to Kid, Lewisville

Shopping Center

Birthing Doula Dana Cluff Bump to Baby Birth Services

Ceramic Studio Color Me Mine, Highland Village Coaching Service - Personal Excite! Gym & Cheer

Embroidery Kris Tee’s

Style In Store NW Corner Of FM 2499 & FM 407

Firearms Training Scott Smith Eagle Gun Range, Lewisville

Floral Shop

(972) 317-7500 Specialty Shoe Store Foot Solutions, Flower Mound Specialty Shop Celebrations & Invitations (972) 906-7282 Supermarket Market Street Women’s Clothing Store Hello Daffodil

Specialty Services Airport Transportation Service

Dalton Flowers Locally Owned & Operated Personalized for Every Occasion Traditional & Modern Arrangments, Plants, & Gifts Delivered to You Proudly Serving Your Community Since 1985

(972) 691-2806 (800) 633-3861

Home Parties Awesome Parties & Events

Tempus Transportation Solutions for all transportation needs both large and small! And don’t forget, we are not just your neighborhood business, we are your neighbors.

Flower Mound, TX

(972) 232-7741 Art Studio Painting with a Twist, Flower Mound Artist Jack Lee - JKL Art

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Batting Cages

Aaron Brothers Art & Framing We deliver more than a framed masterpiece, we deliver a commitment to excellence. Winner 3 Years in A Row 6101 Long Prairie Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 691-5481 Professional Organizer Blissfully Organized, LLC Screen Printing Groggy Dog

Party & Event Supplies PJ’s Party Rental & Essentials Party DJ David Hodges DH Productions 214-546-8129 Party Rentals PJ’s Party Rental & Essentials

D-BAT Lewisville Indoor Baseball & Softball Academy Professional Instruction STRIKE Performance Programs & Personal Training Batting Cages | Pro Shop Wilson Glove Care Center 1500 Fairway Dr., Ste. 1201 Lewisville, TX 75057

(972) 353-3322

Special Occasion Deliveries Baskets by FrankieLynn

Bicycle Shop Bicycles Plus, Flower Mound

Summer Camp Win Kids

Cheer Studio Excite! Gym & Cheer

Tattoo Artist Timmy Dykes

Coaching Service - Sports Scott Wissel

Tattoo Studio Rebel Muse Tattoo

CrossFit CrossFit, Flower Mound

Wedding & Event Florist Mickey’s Florist

Cryotherapy Clinic Cryo Clinic

Wedding & Event Venue Chapel Creek Ranch Wedding Venue

Dance Studio Top Hat Dance Centre, Inc

Wedding Planner Pop & Go Weddings

Fitness Center Life Time Fitness

Writing & Editing Service

Golf Course - Private Denton Country Club Golf Course -Public Old American Golf Club

Music Instructor Heather Boyce Parks newsongschoolofthearts Music Lessons Lone Star Music Academy

Baseball Association Flower Mound Youth Sports Association Basketball Association Cross Timbers YMCA

Blogger - Writing Service Edit This

Delivery Service Marky’s Dry Cleaners

The Shops at Highland Village

Picture Framing

Golf Instructor Scott McClinton

Edit This® Writing / Editing / Proofreading Content writing for websites, blogs, resumes, newsletters and more. Edit This

(469) 360-3611

Photobooth Rental Picture This! Photo & Video Booth Rentals

Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

Photographer Cynthia Holsclaw-Francis Your Candid Memories Photography

Barre Studio Pure Barre, Flower Mound


Win Kids Gymnastics • Karate • Dance Parent & Child Classes WK Ninja Warriors • Tennis Swimming • Sports Kids Tumbling & Trampoline Academic Preschool Birthday Parties • Summer Camps Holiday Camps • Parent’s Night Out 3000 Waketon Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 355-9988

Health Food Store Cupboard Natural Foods

Pilates Instructor

Automotive Services

Indoor Bootcamp

Auto Mechanic Shop Lewisville Truck Center Auto Repair Shop Advanced Auto Repair

S2S Functional Performance Outlaw Fit Camp - Hickory Creek Indoor Bootcamp Classes Group & Family Personal Training 24 Hour Gym 1039 Hickory Creek Blvd. Hickory Creek, TX 75065

(940) 222-4390

Physical Therapy, Stott Pilates and Small Group Fitness Classes! Train to live healthy, energetic, and injury free! 4040 Bryce Ln. Flower Mound, TX 75077

(940) 241-1215 Pilates Studio The PilatesBarre, Highland Village highland-village

Kickboxing 9 Round Flower Mound 30-Min Kickboxing Fitness flowermound-texas

Soccer Association Greater Lewisville Area Soccer Association (GLASA)

Lacrosse Association Flower Mound Lacrosse Association

Sporting Goods Store Academy Sports + Outdoors

Martial Arts Studio Flower Mound Taekwondo

Sports Facility STRIKE Performance - D-BAT Lewisville

Nutrition & Supplements Store Precision Sports Nutrition Nutritionist / Dietitian - Certified Complete Health & Wellness Outdoor Bootcamp Camp Gladiator Personal Trainer Jesse Jame Leyva

Personal Training Facility

Swimming Instruction Emler Swim School of Flower Mound Weight Loss Center Dr. Bao Thai Advanced Nerve & Laser Center Yoga Instructor Bethany Pilat

Yoga Studio

Inspire Yoga Thank You for Voting Us Best Yoga Studio in Denton County Since 2011! 1401 Shoal Creek, Ste. 268 Highland Village, TX 75077

Drive Thru Car Wash Prestige Car Wash


to All Winners The Students’ Choice Award was given to businesses to whom student’s in Denton county chose as the best. Voting was open to Students of all ages from Elementary to University for businesses that related to them. You can also view all of our winners online at

(972) 846-4780

Wanting to Shed Some Pounds for the New Year? Visit for Special Discounts

Beer Selection East Side Craft Beer Selection What’s On Tap Happy Hour Lucky Lou’s Live Music Dan’s SilverLeaf

Beauty Services Eyelash Extensions Amazing Lash Studio Facials Crystal’s Essentials, LLC Hair Salon Cheveux Color Company (972) 539-3555 Massage Spa Essentials Day Spa

LA Sunset Tan We have the absolute best tanning bed and sunless tanning systems. Create your perfect glow at sunset tan. 5891 Long Prairie Rd., #130 Flower Mound, TX 75028

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Bar Staff Yellow Rose Steak & Chop House

Tanning Salon

Jesse James Fit

Best Sports, Fitness & Nutritional Professionals in Denton County

Bar Patio Lucky Lou’s

Nail Salon Majestic Nail Spa, Flower Mound

(972) 505-9764 Individual Personal Training Group & Family Personal Training Athletic Performance Training Couples Performance Training 1001 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 1200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Bar & Nightlife

(972) 355-2826

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Community & Non Profit Charity Organization Hearts For Homes

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Legal Services

Family Dining Cartwright’s Ranch House

Martial Arts Studio Stricklands Taekwondo, Flower Mound

Elementary School Liberty Elementary School

Criminal Law Firm Bowen Law Group

Fine Dining Giueseppe’s, Denton

Nutrition & Supplement Store Precision Sports Nutrition

High School Flower Mound High School

Criminal Lawyer Brent Bowen

Hamburger Lone Star Attitude Burger Co.

Personal Trainer Amanda Morris amandamorrisfanpage

Middle School McKamy Middle School Principal Kelly Hayunga Old Settlers Elementary School Teacher/Professor Laura Fackler Wellington Elemenatry School Tutoring Mathnasium of Denton University University of North Texas

Entertainment & Travel

Medical Services Chiropractor Dr. Gordon Payne Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Vo, Denton Smiles Dentistry Dental Practice Norman J. Pomerance, DDS, Denton Family Dentist Norman J. Pomerance, DDS, Denton Hospital Medical City Denton


Birthday Party Venue Altitude Trampoline Park

Movie Theater AMC Highland Village 12 dallas-ft-worth/amc-highland-village-12 Trampoline Park Altitude Trampoline Park - Denton Travel Agency Cruise Planners ~ Sheree Harris & Associates Travel Agent Sheree Harris

Financial & Real Estate Insurance Agency Century Insurance Agency, Inc

Student Bank

PointBank Thank You for Voting Us Best Business Bank, Best Personal Finance Bank and Best Student Bank (940) 686-7000 (972) 434-3200 Argyle • Aubrey Denton • Flower Mound Lake Cities • Lewisville Little Elm • Pilot Point

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Pizza Enzo’s NY Pizzeria Thai Restaurant Thai Ocha (940) 566-6018

Shopping & Retail Consignment Store Once Upon A Child, Flower Mound

Personal Training Facility Jesse James Fit Pilates Instructor Khristen Stanley Pahler Sports Facilities YMCA Weight Loss Center Amazing Weight Loss & Wellness Yoga Studio Twisted Bodies Pilates and Yoga

Fashion Accessories Jack’s Outfitters Health Food Store Cupboard Natural Foods Women’s Clothing Store The Palm Tree Boutique

Event Facility 1 Hour to Escape Games & Arcades Main Event Entertainment

Mexican Food Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Caring for Women The most diverse and advanced OB/GYN private practice in North Texas. Three Convenient Locations: Denton, Flower Mound/ Highland Village and Frisco. 2805 S. Mayhill Rd. Denton, TX 76208

(940) 591-6700 Orthodontist Smiles for Life Orthodontics

Restaurants Barbeque Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Lewisville

Specialty Services Floral Shop Mickey’s Florist IT Specialist The Local Circuit Music Instructor Jennifer Escue Lone Star Music Academy, Flower Mound Photographer Jordan Blalock Photography Tattoo Studio A Living Canvas Tattoo

Sports & Fitness

Brats Burgers & Brats

Baseball Association D-BAT Lewisville

Breakfast Old West Cafe

Batting Cages D-BAT Lewisville

Buffalo Wings Buffalo Wild Wings

Cheer Studio Excite! Gym & Cheer, Highland Village

Buffet Chinatown Cafe

Coaching Service - Sports D-BAT Lewisville

Cake Bakery Heavenly Taylored Sweets, Denton

Dance Studio Top Hat Dance Centre, Inc

Cheesesteak Jersey Mike’s Subs

Fitness Center Legacy Fitness & Gym, Denton

Deli Jersey Mike’s Subs

Gymnastics Win Kids

We’d like to thank all the residents in Denton County who nominated and voted for their favorite businesses. It is because of your support and dedication that these winners are able to shine. We hope that you join us again in 2018 during our summer nominations. If you are a business owner in Denton County who would like to participate please feel free to join our newsletter on our website for exclusive updates, news and information regarding voting. Thanks from the Best of Denton County Team.


Photo Booth @

Winner’s Party by Picture This!

Denton County nominated businesses for Best of Denton County and from those nominations the Top 3 with the most nominations were crowned Top 3 Best. Below are a few of the outstanding businesses who received this award.


At this year’s Best of Denton County Winner’s Party hosted on September 15th, 2017 at Bistecca, guests enjoyed a fun photo booth courtesy of Picture This! Photography. (817) 300-7469 •

Marketing Specialist

The Spinal Decompression Center 20 Years of Providing Lasting Pain Relief 2500 Lillian Miller Pkwy. Denton, TX 76210

(940) 484-6336 Family Law Firm

Mixed Media Creations Design. Photography. Web. 2300 Rockbrook Dr., Ste. D Lewisville, TX 75067

(972) 221-1600 CokerLegal Family Lawyers Specializing in Divorce, Child Custody, Family Law, Adoption, Enforcement Orders, Modification Orders, Collaborative Law & Child Support 2200 San Jacinto Blvd., Ste. 230 Denton, TX 76205

(940) 566-6649 Heating / Air Repair

Calvin’s Climate Air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps. Air Cleaners & Humidifiers. Carbon Monoxide Testing 6101 Long Prairie Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

Swimming Pool Builder

Outdoor Living Pool & Patio Call for your FREE design consultation & estimate to create your own vacation with the best. Custom pools & spas, outdoor lighting, patio covers, outdoor kitchens.

9067 Teasley Ln. Denton, TX 76210

(972) 317-3500

(972) 691-4000

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