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Our philosophy is to take a conservative approach to bring out our client’s own natural by our customers, being voted The Best of outer beauty utilizing the most up to date Living and Best of Denton County for the third products and technologies. We provide an straight year. These achievements and your atmosphere that makes each and loyal support have led to the every client feel like family. Flower Mound’s Premier need for us to expand our staff Med Spa for the Our staff is highly trained in every to include more providers, procedure in our full range of Sophisticated Women additional Medical Director and non-invasive offerings and all of and Distinguished Man larger space. For this reason, our providers are all Medically we will be relocating from our “The look you want Certified. Our cosmetic injectors current location to a brand through a conservative are all nurses utilizing the latest new space located in Flower approach” and medically safe techniques. Mound’s Lakeside DFW in We offer no obligation early January 2019. Watch our website and consultations and you can be assured that our Facebook for details. Your continued support staff will be honest in their assessment and that will only help to motivate us to achieve greater we will never do any procedure that puts you at heights in the future. risk or for monetary gain. This year again we were given a great gift

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Services Offered Cosmetic Injections Botox/Dysport Full Line of Fillers Kybella CoolSculpting AquaGold Hydrafacial MD Skin Tightening Cool IPL/ Photofacial Laser Hair Removal RF Skin Resurfacing/ Scar Removal PRP Medical Grade Chemical Peels Dermaplaning Vaginal Rejuvenation - FDA Cleared Best Cellulite Removal, Best Med Spa & Best Laser Hair Removal The Med Spa of Flower Mound (972) 874-0008 Flower Mound, TX

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and are committed to offering you the BEST our county has to offer. 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

to our readers As we all know, Denton County is one of the

aspiring business 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 – ALL of the time.

fastest growing areas in the country. With this

As you shop for goods and services in our

kind of explosive growth, we, of course, see more

county or are faced with a buying decision,

and more businesses opening their doors to

selecting a business to trust with your money

service the demand. What we may not be aware

is very important. We encourage you to look

of, however, is the countless hours and the highs

for and shop with those businesses where the

and lows that each business owner experiences

Best of Denton County logo is prominently

in their journey to be an entrepreneur. Owning a

displayed. Consumers can use this as a guide

business is not for the faint of heart, and success

for excellence and trust. We encourage you to

does not happen overnight. In today’s world

keep this directory handy and use it throughout

of social media, it is easy to go “review” a bad experience, but very few take the time to pat business owners on the back for a job well done. As you use this directory for the next 12 months, I encourage you to take the time to congratulate these businesses and frequent them with confidence. For nearly 20 years, we have

the year. If you don’t have the

“I encourage you to take the time to congratulate these businesses”

showcased local businesses that demonstrate a combination of outstanding customer service, commitment to our community, professionalism, as well as having some traditional southern charm. Unlike most “BEST OF” publications, the Best of Denton County is not a readers’ choice award where the publication itself picks its top three advertisers and then allows readers

magazine available, you may also visit our website at to find the local business you need the most when faced with a purchasing decision. In closing, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite quotes, as there could not be a better way to describe why you should

support small local business.

V.P. OF OPERATIONS Jana Melton EDITORS Bobbi Byrne Emily Mitchell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steve Gamel Susan Neuhalfen

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home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy gets his team jersey, a mom or dad put food on the table, a family pays a mortgage or a student pay for college.”

Publisher: Murray Media Group • Presidents: Kelly & Scott Murray 3513 Yucca Drive, Suite 200 • Flower Mound, TX 75028 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.

favorite local businesses by voting online over the course of one month. After the nomination

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 2018 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

period is over, the three businesses with the most nominations 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

All Rights Reserved ©2018. 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.

that has been spurred from having so many great businesses to choose from in our vibrant area – that has made this award prestigious,

as a testament to all the hard work these business

EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Kelly & Scott Murray

you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation

residents from the county to nominate their

We are honored to present this unique magazine

PUBLISHER Murray Media Group

“When you buy from a family owned business,

to vote for their favorites. OUR award allows

coveted, and respected in our county.


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

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Business & Professional Services Silver Oak Commercial Realty: Russell Webb

Russell Webb began his career in the oil business in sales and management. He would enter the commercial real estate business a month before September 11th of 2001 with Stream Realty Partners which is owned by fellow Texas Tech graduate Mike McVean, who he served with Russell on the Rawls Business Scholarship board.

Titensor: The Gold Standard in Local Cosmetic Dentistry Written across a large framed picture behind the front counter at Titensor Dental in Flower Mound is the question, ‘Who doesn’t like a nice smile?’ The answer is a no-brainer – of course, everyone would love to have one of those. But in an age where there are plenty of dentist offices to choose from, it can be challenging to find that one practice.



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David Ryan Salon: Teamwork, Creativity, & Education Create The Perfect Salon . . . . 72

Classic of Denton: There Really Is A Difference

Mel’s Barbershop: Book Now For The Best Haircut . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

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.

Community & Non-Profit TCAP: Changing Lives 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.

Salon Sage: Passion & Friendship A Winning Combination! . . . . . . . . . . 77 The Lash Lounge: Superior Lashes . . . . . 79 The Med Spa of Flower Mound: Thank You For Your Continued Support


This year again we were given a great gift by our customers, being voted The Best of Living and Best of Denton County for the third straight year. These achievements and your loyal support have led to the need for us to expand our staff to include more providers, additional Medical Director and larger space.


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Education KD College Prep: Test Prep Program That Meets Your Child’s Unique Needs . . . . . 68

Sam Pack’s Five Star Built Ford Proud . . . 82

Amber Michelle Salon: Thank You From Amber Michelle Salon . . . . . . . . . 76



Expedia CruiseShipCenters: Travel With The Best . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Financial & Real Estate

Calvin’s Climate: Working With People Who Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

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Fairway Independent Mortgage: Your Homebuying Caddy . . . . . . . . . . 40

Carnival Custom Painting: A Friendly Approach to Painting Your Home . . . . . 112

Animal Medical Center of Highland Village: Unrivaled Care & Compassion For Your Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Jay Marks Real Estate: Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate . . . . . 38 Jeff Brand: Real Estate Vitality Prevails . . . 43 Jim Bridges State Farm: A Legacy of Family Success . . . . . . . . . 39

Castle Painting & Home Services: Make Your Home a Castle . . . . . . . . . 109 Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape: Get The Best Lawn On The Block . . . . . 110

M Squared Real Estate Team: Invested in Finding Your Next Home . . . . 36

Made In The Shade Blinds: Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful, High-Quality Window Treatments . . . . . 118

Noble Classic Homes: Let Us Build Your Dreams! . . . . . . . . . . 41

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PointBank: Timeless Service Full Steam Ahead

Few people use banking and timeless in the same sentence. Sure, the industry has been around for centuries, but it’s no secret it has changed over time. Some of you may even believe as we move into the future, the days of small-town service from a community banker are relics of times long since passed.

Restaurant & Food Services Bistecca - An Italian Steakhouse: Bistecca & Salerno’s Becoming Neighbors in The New Year! . . . . . . . . 28

Specialty Services Your Candid Memories: Teamwork Makes The Dream Work . . . . . 96

Brent Nelson of Nelson Law Group: Focused on Serving Clients & Providing Guidance

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.

Edit This: The Local Writer Every Business Owner Needs . . . . . . . . 97 Tempus Transportation: A Thriving Business Built From Scratch . . . 99

Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Brawley Farms: A Top-Of-The_Line Equestrian Center Right In Your Backyard 12

32 Primary Residential Mortgage: Opening Doors In Denton . . . . . . . . . . 37 The Staging Company: Creating Style and Inspiring Vision . . . . . 42 Visionary Financial Group: Your Local Smart Vestor Pro . . . . . . . . . 34

Christman Attorneys, PLLC: Guided by Principles Driven by Excellence . . . . . . 15 Law Office of Kimberly Shanklin: Quality over Quantity . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Medical & Health Services Country Lakes Family Dental: Everyone’s Dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Home Services 1-2-Tree: Your Go-To Choice For Tree Care and Removal . . . . . . . . 119

DFW Oral Surgeons: Keeping The Community Smiling With Teeth in a Day . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

ABC Home & Commercial: A Family Grown Business . . . . . . . . . 108

Gronberg Orthodontics: Experience The Difference . . . . . . . . . 62

Model Home Furnishings: Everyone Deserves A Beautiful Space

Heaven at Home: Providing Quality Care at a Moment’s Notice . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

If you haven’t heard of Model Home Furnishings Frisco, and you’re looking for quality, affordable furnishings by the piece or need help with tackling a complete design project, then you will want to make them your new go-to!

Lantana Pediatrics: Compassion & Care . . 54 Norman Pomerance DDS: Do You Have Sleep Apnea? . . . . . . . . . 58 Root - Periodontal & Implant Center: Make Your Smile The Best with The Best Periodontist in Denton County . . . . . . . 50


Bob and Dana Brawley of Brawley Farms are on the road 25 weeks out of the year traveling the country to various competitive horse shows. Along the way, they’ve built a stellar reputation both on the road and at home and are known for running a full-service equestrian facility that can cater to the needs of horses and riders at any skill level.

The Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center: Providing Lasting Pain Relief for Over 20 Years . . . . 56

86 Jesse James: Making Fit Happen . . . . . . 90 Visit the Winners Directory on Page 126 for The Full List of Winners

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MIXER August 13, 2018

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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.

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Focused on Serving Clients & 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

It was an intricate and distracting process where

Law Group provides legal services in the areas

his dad’s lawyer recorded every second spent

of family law, civil litigation, estate planning, and

on their conversation, clicking and un-clicking

business legal needs. It was a successful move

multiple stopwatches ad nauseam. If his assistant

for Nelson, who had practiced law and operated

came in, he’d click on a stopwatch to start that

his own firm in Iowa and

timer. It was the same with a different stopwatch

Illinois for 16 years before

when the phone rang, or if he needed to work

moving to Flower Mound.

on another client case.

While there, he gained

Every ... second ... accounted for. “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

time,” Brett said. “I decided to do things differently by creating value for my clients and to create positives out of what are otherwise difficult situations.” It is with that backdrop that Nelson moved from Iowa to Flower Mound and eventually started his own practice, Nelson Law Group PC. Nelson

a reputation for being a tireless defender of families – especially kids. Nelson Law Group has grown along the way. In 2018 Brett and his staff were named Best Divorce

Attorney by Best of Denton County voters. In fact, the awards are becoming a yearly accolade for the firm. 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

wanted to be a lawyer instead, and the elder

treating his clients as people. In many instances,

Nelson was not too excited. His next words to

he would rather talk a potential client out of

his son were poignant, “Lawyers divide wealth.

working with him – especially if it meant saving a

They create none.”

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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.

well. He told his proud and wise father that he

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“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.”

“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, Karmaw, have been married for 18 years and have three beautiful children in Lucy (16), Pierce (14), and Peyton (11). 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 searching, old-fashioned hard work, 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 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.

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

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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Kimberly Shanklin:

Qua nt i t y


by Steve Gamel


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.

“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

Kimberly understood many of her clients were coming to her for help

comprehensive stop for all your legal needs with a focus on

during a very stressful time in

specialized attention, superior

their lives. They needed a lawyer

representation, and efficient

willing to make their individual

decision making. Kimberly

needs a focus. So Shanklin did what any client-driven lawyer would do ... she opened her own law firm.

represents clients in all types of family law cases, divorce, child custody, adoptions, and most misdemeanor and felony criminal

“It’s been the most rewarding decision

cases, to name a few.

of my career,” said Shanklin, the proud owner

Shanklin is tough in the courtroom, and

of the Law Office of Kimberly Shanklin, PLLC.

what makes her tick is her clients.

CRIMINAL LAW: Assault, Boating While Intoxicated, Child Protective Services, Computer Crimes, Domestic Violence, Drug Crimes, Driving While Intoxicated, Expunction, Internet Crimes, Non-Disclosures, Occupational Drivers Licenses, Probation Violations/Revocations, Theft Crimes, Trespassing & White Collar Crimes FAMILY & CIVIL LAW: Adoptions, Business Disputes, Child Custody, Child Support, Contract Disputes, Divorce, Enforcement Actions, General Civil, Litigation, Modifications & Property Disputes

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“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.” 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, 2017 and 2018 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.”

Best Criminal Law Firm Law Office of Kimberly Shanklin (940) 382-8216 400 West Oak St., Ste. 204 Denton, TX 76201

Guided by Principles

Driven by



by Steve Gamel

It can be difficult, and at times overwhelming, to navigate the waters of small-business ownership. Maybe you’re a new entrepreneur thinking about buying or starting a company, or you’ve been in business for a few years and have questions about expansion, settling a dispute over real estate, or how to handle a partner who is in breach of contract. What you need is a law firm in your corner providing intelligent solutions and strategic guidance no matter the issue so that you can grow your business with confidence. Christman Attorneys, PLLC in Highland Village is that business law firm. Christman Attorneys is a boutique, faithbased firm known for tackling a wide variety of complex business issues for corporate clients and individuals right here in Denton County and all across the country. Their robust list of business services includes everything from simple business formation to employee relationships and disputes, fraud, commercial real estate, non-compete and confidentiality suits, and everything in between.

The firm was voted Best Business Law Firm by Best of Denton County voters, but also handles cases involving family law, entertainment law, and lawsuit mediation. Again, whatever the issue, Christman Attorneys can handle it. “The problems we are best at solving for our clients are issues related to business setups, strategic implementation, and resolution of disputes,” said Andrew Christman, Managing Partner of Christman Attorneys. “We believe our clients would say we are highly strategic, thoughtful, and able to apply foresight to business strategy and relationship management to both avoid conflict and resolve conflict once it begins.” He added, “We practice law in a unique and unusual way. Our family practice comes from a faith-based perspective, and the vast majority of our clients are from faith-based referral sources.” That faith-based perspective is something Mr. Christman lives and breathes every day, even when he’s not at work. He and wife, Clarissa, have two boys and are both actively involved in their church and the local community, with

Andrew serving on the board of directors of Serve Denton, as faculty of BYX COR leadership training, as a worship leader for Recovery, and as a home group leader at The Village Church. That eye for mentorship combined with attention to detail, responsiveness, and a wealth of knowledge are the keys to this firm’s continued success – and ultimately the success of its clients and friends.

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Russell Webb


Russell Webb began his career in the oil business in sales and management. He would enter the commercial real estate business a month before September 11th of 2001 with Stream Realty Partners which is owned by fellow Texas Tech graduate Mike McVean, who served with Russell on the Rawls Business Scholarship board. Russell grew up in Abilene, Texas and during high school, he and his brother Glen, helped in their Dad’s (David Webb Realtors) property management business which included mowing lawns, janitorial work, and painting rental houses. Russel graduated from Texas Tech in 1991 with a BBA in Business Administration and started his own business Silver Oak Commercial Realty in June 2011. Silver Oak Commercial specializes in Seller/ Buyer Representation, Land Site Selections, investments sales, 3rd party leasing, and some property management. Russell has brokered many land deals in and around the Flower Mound/Lewisville submarket for almost 18 years. He helped develop what is now known as Waketon Ranch on Long Prairie Road. He and his fellow partner Jim Leatherwood helped put Quick Trip in their first Flower Mound location at the corner of Waketon and 2499 which took almost five years to accomplish from start to finish. He currently leases The Forums at Riverwalk and Westside Professional Office Condo Development across from Texas Health Presbyterian on 2499.

He believes that commercial real estate is a matter of communicating with all types of people. According to Webb a good real estate broker must be the magnet between city planners, engineers, attorneys as well as some banking institutions.

Lewisville Chamber. Webb helped start the

Russell says his keys to success have been through long term loyal clients he has worked with over the years that trust him to market and advertise their listings. He plans his week on Sundays and tries to manage his time wisely between 8 AM – 5 PM each weekday and if need be he works a few late hours. That is part of having your own firm and real estate company. Webb says you have to have a set amount of patience in the commercial real estate business because the sales and timelines run so long. When he entered into the oil business after graduating from Texas Tech, things seemed to move faster but being in the commercial real estate world has taught him to be patient at times. Chairman of both e Rawls Dallas and Ft Worth scholarship fundraisers the last 18 years and his Mother Becky was a long time school teacher and college/high school counselor in Abilene,TX who helped instill a work ethic into both of her sons.

of Denton County in 2017 and holds the

Silver Oak is owned by Webb, LeAnn Brown, Jim Leatherwood and Deb Perryman. Their combined experience is more than 75 years. Their company gives back to the community also. Russell helped charter and start the local Cross Timbers Rotary Club in Flower Mound, past board member of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce and involved in the

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Economic Development meetings through the Flower Mound Chamber that invites local businesses to see first hand what is going on with development in the Flower Mound submarket. He was Top 3 last year for Best prestigious CCIM Designation which is the highest designation in commercial real estate worldwide. He is also a licensed real estate broker in the State of Texas since March 2011. His firm has been awarded the D Magazine CEO Power Broker award two years in a row. Webb serves on the Texas Tech Rawls College of Business Advisory Council where he is now an Emeritus member and serves on the Texas Tech Alumni Association National Board of Directors at Texas Tech University. Russel has 2 children, Matthew - Sophomore at Texas A&M and Macie Junior at Flower Mound High School.

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Unrivaled care &


Pets for your


by Steve Gamel

It’s not every day that you can find a compassionate and knowledgeable

veterinarian who has lived and worked in the same area for over three

decades. It’s even rarer to find two under one roof.

But that’s exactly what clients of Animal Medical Center of Highland Village and their furry family members are accustomed to with co-owners Dr. Austin Strauch and Dr. Paul McCullough. Dr. Strauch was the first veterinarian in Highland Village in 1984, but seven years later, Dr. McCullough opened his own practice nearby. In 2002, they merged to form the amazing practice you’ve grown to love, and they haven’t looked back. Together with associates, Dr. Lorien Schoelkopf and Dr. Lauren Carnes, their office was named Best Veterinarian Clinic by Best of Denton County voters.

“Our compassion and purpose are to solidify and dogs. Dr. Strauch likes more soft tissue surgery and thoroughly enjoys spending more the human-animal bond by treating disease, time in the room touching on the various relieving suffering, and easing pain,” Dr. aspects of a pet’s everyday needs for a happy, McCullough said. “I can speak for all the healthy life,” Dr. McCullough veterinarians here at Animal said.” Dr. Schoelkopf Medical Center of Highland All of these received her Masters in Village when I say we truly love Veterinary Parasitology at our patients and their owners.” services are Texas A&M University and her professionally Dr. Strauch agreed, adding, “I Doctorate from Oklahoma will keep doing this until I’m done, affordable, State University. Dr. Carnes physically or mentally unable to also received a Masters of and utilize do so. I still love coming to work, Veterinary Physiology and the latest and it’s because I love to help Pharmacology from Texas technology and serve people in a profession A&M University before going that can touch hearts.” on to receive her degree in possible. Veterinary Medicine from the Animal Medical Center is same university. head and shoulders above its competitors thanks to the team they’ve assembled and their vast array of services, which range from routine and preventative care with vaccinations to hospitalization, surgery, radiology, dental services, boarding, and so much more. “I enjoy orthopedics, especially ACL repairs and dealing with structural problems in cats

That level of expertise is important for any pet lover, many of whom can be confused about where to seek care for their pets. “Education is what is most important,” Dr. Strauch said. “We want to educate and provide options so each client can personally decide the course of action that is best for their pet’s needs.”

Best Veterinary Clinic Animal Medical Center of Highland Village (972) 317-7387 2810 Justin Rd. Highland Village, TX 75077

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Expedia CruiseShipCenters was voted Best Travel Agency in this year’s Best of Denton County awards and specializes in cutting through all the travel clutter found on the Internet and piecing together a memorable vacation. It’s a one-stop shop experience, as Tom and his team can help with everything from picking the right cruise to finding the right deals on flights and hotels, vacation packages, immersive tours, and more. What’s more is they do not charge for helping plan the vacation, which can be massive cost savings for the client.


Planning your own cruise vacation can sound like a great idea at first, but the reality for many people is that it can be more work than they signed up for. Not only are there multiple ships to choose from, but depending on how many people you’re traveling with, there are different budgets, activity interests – and oh yeah, where do you want to go? The answer, especially if you are a first-time cruiser, is to find a local travel agent who is experienced in booking cruises and ensuring you and your family have FUN from start to finish.

by Steve Gamel Tom Muench of Expedia CruiseShipCenters should be your first call – every time. “I love helping clients. I love learning about where people have gone and where they want to go next,” said Tom, a Flower Mound resident who bought the franchise in 2017. “Travel is an easy topic to talk about, and I look for an opportunity to engage with someone almost anywhere I am, whether it’s when I’m standing in line at the grocery store, at a networking event, or settling my doctor’s bill. People love to talk about where they just came from or where they want to go next, and I hope my team was the one who helped them.” He added, “We offer additional ideas and options to make the complete vacation.”

Tom, a native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, spent most of his career in outdoor advertising and eventually a software company. While exciting, he knew it wasn’t his true calling in life and eventually jumped at the chance to own a travel agency. He hasn’t looked back since. In fact, he’s looking to grow his team of Vacation/Travel Consultants. If anyone is interested, please visit his website at “Travel, travel, travel,” Tom said if his passion in life. “I like exploring. I like learning new things. I like to share these with my wife and kids. Expedia CruiseShipCenters offers me the opportunity to own my own business and fulfill the desire to travel more. Wow – sign me up!”

Best Travel Agency Expedia CruiseShipCenters (972) 449-0707 1221 Flower Mound Rd., Ste. 350 Flower Mound, TX 75028

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Becoming Neighbors in the New Year! by Steve Gamel


Chef Morris Salerno doesn’t need catchphrases or a poignant sales pitch to convince us that BISTECCA is the best Italian-American steakhouse cuisine around. Trust us; just taste the food, and you’ll be hooked from the first bite.

Highland Village in January – a stone’s throw from BISTECCA. “We both love cooking and making people happy,” Morris said. “Having both restaurants so close to each other will allow us to partner up again. It’s a really good thing.” BISTECCA offers fine dining in the heart of Highland Village. That includes everything from savory pastas to fresh seafood, veal, lamb and high-quality steaks. With its inviting atmosphere, the restaurant is regarded as one of the more romantic restaurants in Denton County. BISTECCA is perfect for the local couple who want to get away and celebrate a special occasion.

You can also say the same thing about Salerno’s restaurant, which has been run by Morris’ cousin, Mike, for more than 30 years. Both were named Best of Denton County winners in 2018, with BISTECCA taking home Best Fine Dining and Salerno’s hauling in Best Italian Restaurant.

Salerno’s will continue to offer many of the Salerno family classics, including Carolyn’s Manicotti, Bob & Sue’s Seafood Linguine, and Chuck’s Chicken Mogia, as well as some new innovative menu items created by Chef Morris.

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in Highland Village way back in 1994 as a New American adjunct to his highly-successful Salerno’s Italian cuisine restaurant in Flower Mound. In that time, he has become known as a mentor, an author, and an award-winning chef in his own right. He has cooked for presidents, and his culinary style is legendary among local residents. Beyond Morris himself, the most integral part of the staff is Morris’ right hand and General Manager, Stacey Miller Mahieu. She is the heartbeat of the truly fantastic staff that makes this powerhouse restaurant operate so smoothly. “I love cooking and making people happy,” Morris said. “If I’m remembered for anything, it should be that I made people happy and that I have a big heart.”

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

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Timeless Community Service



Few people use banking and timeless in the same sentence. Sure, the industry has been around for centuries, but it’s no secret it has changed over time. Some of you may even believe as we move into the future, the days of smalltown service from a community banker are relics of times long since passed.

pride ourselves on timeless customer service,

or futuristic welder’s goggles, visiting one of

technology. Our customers see that,

in time to the days of handshake deals with

But timeless community and customer service

held at each branch. PointBank

from a bank you can trust is alive and well at

PointBank – then, now, and well into the future. And the many customers in these photos weren’t shy when praising it, either.

“Our mindset has always been full-steam

ahead, but what we do today and 20 years

down the road will always be guided by the

community involvement, and advanced

the bank president and employees who know

and they crave it.”

The 130-plus-year-old bank was again voted Best Business Bank, Student Bank, and Personal Finance Bank in this

year’s Best of Denton County contest. They also finished Top 3 in the Best Business

Networking category for their monthly business breakfasts

is a leader in Denton County while serving more than 100 non-profit organizations a

year. There are also numerous

the nine PointBank branches takes you back

you by name, yet also into the future through continuous product advancements in online banking and account/loan applications and mobile options for both your

“Our mindset has always been full-steam ahead. . .”

community events going on each week where PointBank employees are often leading the way.

deposit and lending needs. “We’ve taken a different

approach in the way we’ve

operated and run things for our

customers,” said Jonathan David, the bank’s Chief Lending Officer. “We try to turn answers around quicker, make closings happen

faster, and provide good service.

I think being side-by-side with our customers in the community helps us do that.”

It is in continuing to hire individuals who fit this

timeless principals we put in place years

It’s simply the way they prefer to do business.

culture that PointBank remains as timeless as

“We want to be a partner in all aspects; we

loan officer dressed up in a Victorian top hat

isn’t a bank better than PointBank.

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While it’s unlikely that you’ll see a banker or

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ever. With that type of timeless mindset, there

“My grandparents grew up during a time where banking was exactly what it is now at PointBank – honest, friendly, and local. It amazes me how so many banks have gotten away from that mindset, but PointBank never changed.” — Morris Salerno & Stacey Mahieu of Bistecca “I’ve known the David family for as long as I can remember, and they are a true representation of what community banking is all about. And it’s not just them; their employees are just as giving and don’t think twice when it comes to stepping out on a limb for their customers and neighbors. It’s just the right way to do business, and it’s not going unnoticed.” — Jill Jester of Minor and Jester, PC “I’m very glad I moved my company banking a few years ago from a large national bank to PointBank. I wasn’t sure Point Bank would have the same technology and convenience, but it turns out they certainly do. I’ve seen firsthand that they are dedicated to supporting local business and events that make this community stronger. Best of all, I’ve got a close, personal banking relationship that helps me grow my business.” — Michael Winburn of Win Kids “Growing up on a farm and living in a town for 30 years, means I still look for those small town values when conducting business. For someone to know my name when I enter a building, be greeted with a smile, collaborate on projects outside of banking, like volunteering, fundraising, and service work, is what brings me a sense of community, honesty, and integrity with PointBank. That’s why I choose to bank with them and fell in love with their banking family.” — Jenny Fallis of The Jenny Layne Bakery “I am blessed to have such an amazing relationship with Ray and the staff at PointBank. I can’t imagine banking anywhere else. They are good people who go above and beyond for us everyday. Point Bank is a very important partner for us at Ranch Hand Rescue. Thank you for all you do for us and for our community.” — Robert F. Williams of Ranch Hands Rescue

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

“PointBank exemplifies the meaning of community, giving back and customer service. They have a legacy of helping those around them and building productive relationships so we all can be successful together.” — Max Miller of The Cross Timbers Gazette

“We are so blessed to partner with PointBank because they truly care about our community!” — Kimberly Hinkle of Journey to Dream

“Honestly, I can’t imagine banking anywhere else. Why would I go anywhere and feel like a stranger? It just doesn’t seem right.” — Ken Currin of Greenhouse

“When you think ‘timeless,’ your mind instantly thinks PointBank. From the customer service to the community involvement and everything in between, they’ve got that ‘it’ factor.” — Kelly Murray of Murray Media Group

Pictured from left to right: Kelly Murray, Ken Currin, Morris Salerno, Stacey Mahieu, Max Miller, Jill Jester, Michael Winburn, Kimberly Hinkle, Robert F. Williams and Jenny Fallis.

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Your Local

Smart Vestor Pro


Shelly Dodge was born for a

managing high net-worth

available to you and to help you

career in investments. Over

clients. She deepened her

the course of many years in

knowledge of the world of

stay on track, even during difficult

the financial industry, she

investments and learned what

developed a strong sense of

it meant to really put the

commitment to her clients

customer first. She saw the

and their long-term

need to provide independent,

financial goals.

objective, financial advice to

Shelly began her investment

her clients, and that lead her to

times. Your VISION for your financial future is her priority, and she prides herself in excellent customer service. Your financial future is important to Shelly. Learn more

start Visionary Financial Group

about Visionary Financial Group

shifted her focus to Trust and

in August 2012.

and the services they offer on

Estate planning where she

Shelly’s VISION is to help you

their web site at

gained extensive experience

understand the financial options

career in 1986, and early on

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Best Financial Advising Firm Visionary Financial Group (972) 539-0002 3305 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 140 Flower Mound, TX 75022


Shelly R. Dodge, CWS®


NEXT Financial Group, Inc. does not sponsor or endorse the SmartVestorTM program. Securities and investment advisory services offered through NEXT Financial Group, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC None of the named entities are affiliated. Winners are chosen by Denton County residents. Residents from around Denton County were asked to nominate their favorite businesses. The top 3 from each category are voted by Denton County residents for “Best of Denton County”.

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Finding Invested in

Your Next Home D by Steve Gamel

Darby Merriman was told a long time ago by a real estate mentor that her job as a realtor is always to be the calmest person in the room. And why? Well, as any homebuyer will tell you, finding the perfect home can be challenging and stressful, and corralling all those emotions throughout the transaction is easier said than done.

media presence, marketing, and ability to sell homes quickly. She got her real estate license in 2016 and was awarded Rookie of the Year by Keller Williams last year.

All the buyer wants is to have the keys to the

More importantly, they are committed to their communities and do a number of communitybased events throughout the year, especially with organizations that positively impact children. This is a duo that lives and breathes Denton County, and they are invested in helping you in your next real estate journey.

front door. All a seller wants is to get the most for their property. In each case, they trust Darby to be the steady hand that gets them there. “I hear that I do a good job of making something that seems like it should be very stressful and complicated a stress-free and easy experience for my clients,” Darby said. “I think a huge part of that is being available and responsive. I’m sure my family would like it if I had more boundaries when it came to time, but I know how it feels to be on the client side.” Darby and Chrissy Mallouf formed the M Squared Real Estate Team with Keller Williams Realty early this year and have positioned themselves as one of the top realtor teams in Denton County and beyond. They are known

Darby has also been voted Carrollton’s Best Realtor the past two years and was recognized as a Best Real Estate Agent by D Magazine in 2018. M Squared Team has won numerous production awards through Keller Williams and Chrissy and Darby have both been recognized individually by Keller Williams as top producers.

“I am passionate about finding my clients not only the right house but also that feeling you can only get when you know you are home,” Darby said.

for maximizing your real estate experience as they skillfully represent buyers, sellers, renters, and investors. Darby, a UNT graduate, grew up watching her relatives flip houses in Arkansas. With that came a love for helping people and a keen eye for detail. She is perfect for buyers and sellers

Best Real Estate Seller’s Agent Darby Merriman - M Squared Real Estate Team (469) 682-3455 2434 Lillian Miller Pkwy., Denton, TX 76205

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program, annual Trunk or Treat, Baskets for Good, Backing the Blue and Climb for a Calling.


in Denton

DOORS Planning a mortgage is likely the most important financial decision of your life, and Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. is here to make sure that financing the home of your dreams is the stressfree and personalized process it should be.

Our hard work pays off. For five years, we’ve been featured in Texas Monthly magazine as a 5-Star Mortgage Professional. This year our Division President, Jim Mitzel, was named in the Top 40 Under 40 Mortgage Professionals in the National Mortgage Magazine. These awards are proof of how our advocacy for customers makes a difference. When people find homes they love, we can help them take that final leap with confidence.

Our focus on “lending with passion” means that we’re devoted to making sure homebuyers are empowered and informed. We’re honored to be trusted by so many customers with funding the places they call home.

We’re growing our team every day to make sure we can help as many members of the community as possible. Our entire loan team is service-oriented, and we’ve involved ourselves in the community through our summer reading

We will be there for you every step of the way, and every time of day, until you confidently sign on the dotted line. Everyone deserves a home they love. Call us today to open that door. PRMI NMLS 3094. PRMI is an Equal Housing Lender. This is not a commitment to lend. This office is licensed and examined by the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner of the State of Texas.

Best Mortgage Company

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“I’ve assembled a team of top-tier professionals who are each highly trained in their specialized role of the sales process to make the experience as seamless as possible for our clients.” Jay will probably be selling homes until the day before his funeral, but at the end of the day he wants to be remembered by making a difference where he lived and worked. And with his Foodie community from his family, specifically from his dad and his grandmother who owned and operated the family’s gas station business.


“Mr. Make It Happen.” That’s Jay in a nutshell. Whether it’s as a

top-selling real estate broker, a

community man, the founder of

Foodie Friday DFW - Jay will make it happen, whatever the “it” is.

And at the end of the day, that’s exactly who you want to hire as your Realtor.

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Jay reflected on memories of his dad, keeping the store open late for one customer or going out of his way to help someone in need. Caring for the one. That’s a philosophy you’ll find at Jay Marks Real Estate today. Each client matters. Every home matters. 25 years ago, Jay received his real estate license and quickly became known as a “top producer” in the area of Oklahoma in which he was living. Then in 1996, he visited DFW for a work conference and instantly fell in love. He knew that this was where he’d be able to take his business to the next level. In the last 25 years, Jay says there’s nothing he hasn’t seen before. Real estate transactions always bring a unique set of challenges, so you want a real estate team who’s always thinking ahead and thinking creatively.

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Friday DFW and Denton County Giving video series where he highlights local businesses and nonprofits, he really is making a difference here in our community beyond just selling homes. “But,” Jay says, “don’t get me wrong. I also want to be known as the guy who sells a lot of homes.”

Best Real Estate Agency Jay Marks Real Estate (972) 724-2540 1013 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 102 Flower Mound, TX 75022


of Family Success by Steve Gamel


Neatly displayed on a bookshelf in Jim Bridges’ office are two hats. The first appears to be barely worn and has Jim Bridges State Farm stitched on the front. The other, much older in comparison, is a Jim Bridges Sporting Goods hat.

been the behind-the-

For those who are longtime clients and friends of Jim’s popular insurance office in Bartonville, don’t worry – he’s not moonlighting in his spare time. But there is a story between the two hats, which go a long way in proving this is a man who cares more about family and having a positive impact on his community than being just another insurance salesman.

family business, and I want

As the story goes, the two hats are Jim’s way of honoring his grandfather, who went by the same name and owned several sporting goods stores in Fort Worth. The elder Jim and wife, Helen, were the true representation of what it means to be a family-owned business. They worked together for 50 years, and many family members, including their children and spouses, all had a role in the company. That included young Jim, who went by “Jimmy” at the time.

he was named Best Auto

While he never got into the sporting goods business, Jimmy honored his grandfather by shortening his name to Jim and proudly displays the two hats in his office. Between them is a framed photo of his grandfather.

“We want to be the person who explains the

“He’s why I do what I do,” Jim said. He and wife, Morgan, have three children in Katelyn, 11, Jake, 8, and Cary Grace, 4. Morgan has

scenes backbone of his agency since Jim first started following in his grandfather’s footsteps in 2011. “I’ve branded myself to be more than just an insurance guy. This is a to be known as the type of guy who looks out for his community.” The community continues to flock to Jim’s agency, as Insurance Agent and Agency in this year’s Best of Denton County awards. State Farm has a myriad of products to


meet any coverage need and targets clients who crave a relationship-based way of doing business and want their own insurance advisor at their fingertips. coverages to you, helps you build the right policies, and protects all the things that are

Best Auto Insurance Agency & Best Auto Insurance Agent

important to you,” Jim said. “I want to have those relationships. That’s how we are built.” And that’s a selfless business mindset any

Jim Bridges State Farm (940) 241-2060 2648 FM 407 Bartonville, TX 76226

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Your Homebuying



by Susan Neuhalfen

For eighteen 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 four 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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NCH Team

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

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 home-building 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”

To Best Custom Home Builder & Best New Home Builder Noble Classic Homes (940) 240-5332 9998 Hilltop Rd. • Argyle, TX 76226

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Kim said. “I want them to know how much I appreciate them, so I always do a little something extra each time.” She added, “I love working on different projects and can usually make something out of nothing.”

Creating Style and inspiring vision


by Steve Gamel

One could argue Kim Lyles has been a professional at staging and decorating since she was five years old. As the story goes, Kim’s parents would put her to bed each night naively thinking their cute-asa-button daughter would go right to sleep. But without fail, they’d wake up the next morning and find her entire room rearranged.

While that story can easily be chalked up to

“It would take me a few hours, and I might have broken the legs off some of the heavier furniture like my bed, but I did it,” Kim said with a laugh. “Even now, we go on vacation, and I walk into the condo thinking, ‘Oh Lord, I have to change this.’”

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child’s play, it proves Kim has always had an eye for style – and she’s exactly who home sellers in Denton County need in their corner.

Those are valuable skills to have in your corner. Most potential homebuyers struggle to envision what a living space could be when it’s empty – it’s a lot easier to be dazzled when the home is set up with cozy furniture and color-coordinated accessories. Kim and assistant, Kelly Stark, handle it all for you while creating a level of sophistication unmatched by other designers. That means the buyer doesn’t have to guess if the home works for them, and the seller is confident they’ll have stronger offers. With that type of passion and attention to detail in your corner, how can you go wrong? “I want to be remembered as a generous, kind person with a servant’s heart – and maybe that I also made things beautiful,” Kim said.

The Lantana resident and proud owner of The Staging Company has made a career of inspiring vision for realtors, sellers, and homebuyers. The Staging Company specializes in developing a customized style with personal items that you love – mixed with a few new pieces to wow your guests. Whatever your home staging needs are, joy in your home. “I go over and beyond the expected,” Kim said. “I love for people to walk into a room,

Top 3 Best Home Staging Kim Lyles - The Staging Company (817) 751-8446 Home Staging • Home Redesign Occupied or Vacant Properties

and they are so surprised by the outcome,”

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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 advanced-stage 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

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

to watching football. Brand is a published author, a frequent speaker at real 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


Written across a large framed picture behind the front counter at Titensor Dental in Flower Mound is the question, ‘Who doesn’t like a nice smile?’ The answer is a no-brainer – of course, everyone would love to have one of those. But in an age where there are plenty of dentist offices to choose from, it can be challenging to find that one practice whose doctors have the vast experience, training, and talent needed to professionally tackle anything that stands between you and a confident smile.

Although the Titensors offer a one-stop shop,

Dr. Steven Titensor graduated in 1986 from the

they excel as smile restoration specialists in the

Baylor College of Dentistry as a general dentist

area of cosmetic dentistry. In fact, Dr. Steven

and has built a solid reputation as a master of

Titensor was named Best Cosmetic Dentist in

family, implant, cosmetic and sedation dentistry.

this year’s Best of Denton County awards, an

He has obtained the International Dental

award he has won for the last six years!

Implant Association’s highest accreditation

What is cosmetic dentistry, exactly? This

training in dental implants, TMJ, root canals,

Trust us when we say getting all your

proud to offer is DURAthin, which are ultra-thin

of Diplomate status and has emphasized his

area of dentistry is focused on improving the

Invisalign, oral/IV sedation and advanced

appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, and bite,

cosmetic dentistry including DURAthin

particularly improving their color, positioning,

prepless veneers.

shape, size, and alignment for an overall better smile. There have been many advancements over the years in this department, including dentures, dental implants, CEREC same-day crowns, porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays, and

Meanwhile, Dr. Brett Titensor followed in his father’s footsteps and is bringing the next generation of dentistry – innovation, technology, relationships, and service - into Titensor Dental with full enthusiasm. His extensive training in

dental bonding to name a few.

CEREC same-day crown technology paired

One of the advancements Titensor Dental is

with his skill and passion for art and aesthetics

dental needs taken care of under one roof is

veneers that bond directly to the enamel on the

possible, and finding that practice doesn’t have

outside layer of the tooth. In most cases, this

has enabled Titensor Dental to offer beautiful, modern dental lab results in a fraction of the time. Seeing his talent, the CEREC Company selected Dr. Brett to be a mentor who trains

to be like pulling teeth. All

process eliminates the

you have to do is visit

need for drilling into the

Titensor Dental.

teeth, which often causes

By working together, the Titensors offer patients

a loss of enamel, a weaker

an unrivaled level of care.

structure, and discomfort

“When our patients come in for a consultation,

for the patient.

they are going to meet the entire team, and we

The award-winning fatherson duo of Dr. Steven Titensor and Dr. Brett Titensor are highly skilled in all forms of dental care, from checkups to dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions, same-day crowns, veneers, tooth restoration, biological dentistry, Invisalign, and

Everything we do is about catering to the individual; it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.

DURAthin is a minimallyinvasive approach to cosmetic dentistry that helps maintain the overall integrity of the teeth. “Teeth have evolved to last around 50 years,

other dentists nationwide in the technology.

are going to take a CT scan and digital photos,” Dr. Brett said. “We talk about their wants and desires and show them what we see. Everything we do is about catering to the individual; it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. But we do show them what’s possible.” He added, “We’ve won these awards because we have the best patients. They are the reason

more. Dr. Steven Titensor

which has been more

started the practice 32

than adequate for most

want to be able to do all we can to give them

years ago, and they’ve

of human history. We

something to smile about!

rarely had to refer work out to other offices.

died before our teeth fell out. But in the last

This is due to their thirst for knowledge – both

century, life expectancy has doubled to almost

doctors regularly travel across the country and

90. Teeth are subject to damage and decay from

abroad to teach and learn alongside the best

childhood and have minimal capacity to repair.

in the industry. Their goal is to uphold the gold

That’s where cosmetic dentistry can change

standard of care we all expect for our family.

your life,” Dr. Brett said. “The problem is that

“We’ve worked on thousands of cases and

many dentist offices call themselves a cosmetic

enthusiastically seek advanced continuing

dental practice, but technically, anyone can put

education so we can properly care for our

that on their sign despite not having adequate

patients,” Dr. Brett Titensor said. “A better smile

training. The Titensor Cosmetic Model has been

is something everyone deserves; it’s the first

developed over the last three decades through

thing people look at, and there’s a confidence

advanced education, cutting-edge technology,

that comes with a great smile.”

and the desire to help people smile.

why we do so much education – because we

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Make Your

SMILE THE BEST with The Best Periodontist in Denton County SERVICES INCLUDE • Dental Implants • All-on-4® Treatment Concept • Periodontal Disease Treatment • Gum Grafting • Extractions and Bone Grafting • Crown Lengthening • Oral Cancer Screening and Biopsy • Sedation Dentistry • Laser Gum Surgery (LANAP)

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

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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. 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.


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is seen in magazines and in textbooks, it is what the patient believes is perfect in his or her own eyes. 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 25 doctors from the DFW Metroplex as members. 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 continually giving back to the community.

Schedule an Appointment Today with Dr. Patel For a

COMPLIMENTARY Initial Consultation and Discussion About Your Dental Treatment Options Best Periodontist Amit M. Patel - ROOT Periodontal & Implant Center (972) 434-8050 • 651 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Our ROOT Family is Devoted to Making Your Experience the Best In Denton County! Flower Mound Office — (972) 434-8050 • Fax (972) 434-2043 651 Cross Timbers Road, Suite 102 • Flower Mound, TX 75028 Carrollton Office — (972) 242-7603 • Fax (972) 242-0925 2440 N. Josey Lane, Suite 202 • Carrollton, TX 75006 Please See What Other Patients Have Said about Our Offices on GOOGLE!

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From the moment she became a pediatrician 11 years ago, Dr. Rebecca Butler knew she wanted a practice where her patients felt at home. She wanted to build an office that was comfortable for both kids and parents with the feel of a “small town” doctor despite an ever-changing medical system. At Lantana Pediatrics she has built this type of family practice with the compassion and care that her clients need while utilizing the latest in medical practices and technology.

surroundings. She believes that treatment

“It is important that a family is listened to and

should include mind and body.

that their concerns are adequately addressed

“I deal every day with parents’ frustrations with regard to their child’s health and behavioral well-being,” explains Dr. Butler. “Treating the

built this practice.”

standpoint, is vital in caring for the growing and developing minds of children. My goal is to give parents piece of mind and help them raise amazing and successful children.” As a matter of fact, Dr. Butler has a tendency to be meticulous about the care her patients receive, spending sometimes more time than necessary, but it’s important to her to know that she has provided the most comprehensive care possible.

one-on-one relationship with

One aspect that truly excites Dr.

families amid big business and

Butler is staying on top of

advancing technology,”

the latest in the field of

said Dr. Butler. “We strive

medicine. She loves to

every day to give our

learn and apply all of the

families the personalized

latest medical practices to

care they deserve.” One of Dr. Butler’s core beliefs is in treating the patient as a “whole”. That means, in addition

give her patients the best care possible. She believes the most important quality in her

to treating the sum of their systems, she looks

profession, however, is in the ability of the

at the impact of social and environmental

doctor to listen to patients.

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“It is difficult to maintain a personal

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It’s hard to believe that a dentist that is as good as Dr. Matt Artho at Country Lakes Dental hasn’t always been a dentist. He actually started out his career as an engineer, which he believes taught him two things that made the difference in how he practices dentistry: design skills and problem solving skills. “I worked as an engineer before realizing that I wanted something personal and more hands-on,” said Dr. Artho. “I was able to take my design and problem solving abilities into dentistry which is the best of both worlds.” In fact, his design and problem solving skills have helped him to build not only a versatile practice, but a state of the art facility, offering the latest in dental equipment and technology. Dr. Matt, as he’s known to his patients, is up to date on all of the latest techniques as well, offering his patients a variety of options for their dental work. He even goes so far as to designing some pieces especially for individual patients.

by Susan Neuhalfen Every part of Country Lakes Dental is designed for comfort from the waiting room to each of the dental chairs that come with their own television set. Kids watch a cartoon or children’s show and adults indulge in HGTV while getting their teeth cleaned and dental work done. It’s a relaxing atmosphere for patients at any level. “At Country Lakes Dental we constantly focus on solving the issue of dental anxiety,” said Dr. Matt. “My staff and I work hard to create an atmosphere that caters to the comfort of the patient.” Dr. Matt and his staff carefully read every review of the practice, working hard to accommodate even their most anxious patients. He takes pride in helping clients after they have had issues with a previous provider, whether it dates back many years or just the week before. These are people who are scared, nervous and hate going to the dentist. These same people end up overcoming their fears and loving their experiences at Country Lakes Family Dental.

Believe it or not, dentistry isn’t his most important nor his only passion. He is most passionate about his faith and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Leigh Ann, are busy raising eight children with the oldest in 9th grade at Argyle High School, and the youngest, still a toddler. A native of Hereford, TX, Dr. Matt loves all things exercise-related including running, swimming and cross-training, especially when it involves his family. He is also a Major in the Army National Guard and has been called out a few times to help in disasters across the United States including helping the folks in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Argyle Education Foundation. As a husband, father of eight, Army Major, volunteer and friend to so many in our community, at the end of the day, Dr. Matt is known by the people of Denton County as an honest and caring dentist that anyone can put their family’s trust in.

Dr. Matt said that he loves seeing how much his patients enjoy their dental visits. It’s no wonder his dental practice has been named the Best of Denton County every year since 2012.

Best Family Dentist Matthew Artho DDS - Country Lakes Dental (940) 455-7645 74 McMakin Rd., Ste. 200 Bartonville, TX 76226

“I am passionate about expanding my knowledge and abilities on new ways to treat my patients,” said Dr. Matt. “I’m known for providing multiple treatment options for patients of all ages.“

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Pain Relief Providing Lasting

For Over 20 Years


Inspired by his mother’s miraculous recovery from epilepsy at the hands of a chiropractor, Dr. Vince Baugher pursued a career in chiropractic. After moving from Alabama to Denton with his wife, Dr. Baugher opened his own practice, The Spinal Decompression and Chiropractic Center, in 1998. The clinic is named as such due to Dr. Baugher’s expertise in Spinal Decompression. “I was really blessed to stumble into the field of Spinal Decompression,” says Dr. Baugher. “It has given me the ability to treat herniated discs of the neck and low back, which are the most severe spinal conditions which can often be treated without surgery.” Dr. Baugher and his team have been extremely successful at saving thousands of patients from spinal surgery. However, don’t get the impression that this is just a stodgy, sterile clinic. Dr. Baugher and his team take pride in cultivating a genuine connection with the patients. “Patients say that they really enjoy coming here,” says Baugher. “They love being recognized and called by name.” Each patient is welcomed warmly with a smile every time they come in and are always treated like family as opposed to just a number. Dr. Baugher emphasizes the importance of focusing on the details, saying “every

little step plays an important role in patients having the experience of being taken care of efficiently with quality undivided attention when they are here.” The welcoming atmosphere of the clinic can be attributed to the spiritual nature of the staff. “God is very much behind who we are and what we’re up to,” explains Baugher. “We pray together for our patients every morning. I really think that’s part of why we get such great results.” The Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center added to the welcoming atmosphere in 2015 when Dr. Laughlin joined. Dr. Laughlin followed in his father’s chiropractic footsteps and enjoys discussing the latest chiropractic techniques with him. Dr. Laughlin’s commitment to service of both the patients and the community brings so much joy and compassion to the clinic. As The Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center continues to grow, they remain grateful for their continuous patient support and humbled by the repeated award recognition. They look forward to helping people in Denton County feel great for another 20 years.

Dr. Vince Baugher D.C. - The Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center (940) 484-6336 2500 Lillian Miller Pkwy. • Denton, TX 76210

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handle it on your own can become a burden that makes it impossible to maintain the life you want for yourself and your family. Heaven at Home eases that burden with quality care at a moment’s notice. Other services include meal planning and preparation, transportation to appointments, grocery shopping, bed bound and end of life care, impaired mobility assistance, and monitoring and reporting of vital signs.


Scott said they also work with numerous facilities and agencies to provide staff for their

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.” Fast forward to today and Scott is the proud owner of award-winning Heaven at Home Senior

residents and clients, which means even when Care. Heaven at Home, which was started in 2002 right here in Denton County, does exactly what the name suggests. It is a licensed caregiving company that offers a wide array of personal assistance services for your loved ones – right in the comfort of their own home. They handle everything from light household duties and companionship care to posthospitalization care, respite care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. In 2018, Heaven at Home was voted Best Alzheimer’s Care and In-Home Care by Best of Denton County voters.

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 personality-matched caregivers at the last minute.”

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 facility, but trying to

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 & Best In-Home Care Heaven at Home (940) 380-0500 623 Londonderry Lane Denton, TX 76205

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Do You Have

And Why is your Dentist Asking?


Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep disorder and causes interruption in healthy sleep for as many as 1 out of every 5 adults. Diagnosis and treatment can restore healthy sleep, improve overall health, improve quality of life, prevent one from many major health complications, and even prevent early death. OSA is also responsible at times for night time clenching and tooth grinding. As a dentist trained in the identification of OSA and its treatment, we are in a position to catch early warning signs and symptoms, as we often see our patients more regularly

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or are intolerant of a CPAP, you may be a good candidate for an Oral Appliance to treat your OSA. The Oral Appliance is worn during sleep. It advances your lower jaw forward to open your airway and allow for easier breathing without the facial mask and tubing of a conventional CPAP.

than their primary physicians. Initially, we screen all are patients using a simple airway management questionnaire which assesses the patient’s risk for OSA. If the patient’s scores indicate a possibility of OSA, we discuss the next steps indicated for the proper diagnosis and treatment. If warranted, we initiate the process of obtaining a sleep study, whether it is conducted in a sleep lab or at your home. We refer you to your primary physician to order and follow through with the reading and interpretation of your sleep study by a certified sleep physician.

Only a dentist with advanced training in OSA is able to construct this oral device and properly fit it in your mouth. In addition, if you have Medicare, we are able to bill Medicare directly for the oral appliance as we are a certified Medicare dentist. Please call us for your free consult.

After your sleep study is read, you will be offered a treatment in line with the severity of your OSA. The Gold Standard for OSA has always been a CPAP device (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), however, if you are found to have mild to moderate sleep disturbance breathing

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Kimberly Gronberg loved having braces when she was growing up. OK, so maybe she didn’t love them, but she didn’t hate them, either, and much of that was because she knew she had the right orthodontist in her corner. Kimberly was only 13 years old at the time but felt a sense of

Davis, and Dr. Charlene Sugay completed two to three years of extra training beyond the four years of dental school in an orthodontic residency program at Baylor College of Dentistry and pride themselves on a having a relaxing atmosphere no matter if you are a young child or

Gronberg DDS MS now – follow through

Their individualized services includes clear

with that plan, but she worked in several

braces, self-ligating braces, Damon®

orthodontists’ offices after she graduated from

brackets, and Invisalign® along with digital

dental school and used all the great things she

X-rays and models and the highest quality in

learned to her advantage in opening Gronberg

products and materials. Beyond the doctors,

Orthodontics 10 years ago. In that time, she

the entire staff at Gronberg is knowledgeable

has created what many believe is the ultimate

and truly cares about the customer.

practice. Proof of that came in September when she was named Best Orthodontist by Best of Denton County voters.

was going to

“In orthodontics,

take care of

there are a

her and make

lot of moving

sure she had

parts. I think our

the best smile

patients feel

possible. In fact,

good knowing

their entire team

we only have

made such a memorable impression

one location, so we are always at our Highland

that Kimberly saw herself following in their

Village office for any repairs instead of having to

footsteps someday.

drive or wait to be seen,” Kimberly said. “I think

“My orthodontist’s office was a great

we are known for being a caring office. We don’t

environment,” she said. “I started thinking that it

just care for our patients’ teeth – we care about

would be a great profession to go into.”

the whole person.”


makes a difference. Dr. Gronberg, Dr. Lauren

an adult.

her orthodontist

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community partner and the kind of care that

Not only did Kimberly – that’s Dr. Kimberly

calm knowing

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“I love being a part of the community I live and work in,” Kimberly said. “My family and I have lived in Highland Village for 14 years now; this community feels like a small town, and I love being a part of our patients’ lives in many areas.”

Best Orthodontist Dr. Kimberly Gronberg, DDS, MS of Gronberg Orthodontics (972) 966-2326 3000 Village Pkwy., Ste. 430 Highland Village, TX 75077

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test prep

PROGRAM that meets your child’s unique needs


David and Karen Dillard of KD College Prep have seen and worked with every type of student with every type of goal over the last 26 years. How many students is that, you may ask? Oh, around 70,000! That’s a really high number to wrap your brain around, but if you were a student looking to gain an upper hand on college admissions tests while also having the opportunity to eliminate the stress that can come with college planning, wouldn’t you go to KD, too? The answer for everyone in Denton County is a resounding yes!

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KD College Prep is a wildly-popular local test prep program geared toward helping students of all academic levels achieve their personal maximum scores to reach their college admissions and scholarship goals. This includes everything from one-on-one tutoring to college admissions essays, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, and ACT test concepts, workshops, and more. Unlike many programs with cookie-cutter solutions, KD College Prep has a relentless commitment to meeting students where they are at academically and then tailoring its approach to meet those needs. “We have helped a huge number with acceptances, merit-based scholarships, and honors programs at elite universities,” David Dillard said. “But some of the most rewarding have been those kids who did not think any college dream could be achieved when they first came to us. I cherish

the look on their faces as they announce their college acceptances.” Once the votes were calculated for this year’s Best of Denton County awards, KD College Prep won in two categories – Best College Planning and Best General Tutoring. Karen and David are natives of the DFW area and products of the local education system. Their desire to give students a leg up during the most critical time in their academic lives drives everything they do. Every executive, campus director, instructor, and team member has worked diligently to make KD College Prep what it is today. They’ve worked with 250 National Merit Semifinalists this year and are responsible for 200 perfect test scores since 2010. Over the last four years, their students have earned $50 million in scholarship offers to more than 130 colleges. “Unlike many professionals, we get to see the results of our efforts – at least the initial impact,” David said. “The most rewarding moments are the families who track us down at the mall, at the grocery store, or church to tell us about grad school, their first job promotion, or their successful career path. It warms our hearts to share their success.”

Best College Planning, Best Tutoring - General, & Student’s Choice Best Tutoring KD College Prep Flower Mound Campus (214) 285-3500 Coppell Campus (972) 906-8825

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Changing Lives 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 6 Years in a Row!

“The answer to stopping euthanasia and overpopulation starts with prevention” says TCAP Executive Director, Stacey

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

Denton-based non-profit, TCAP provides the lowest prices for preventative animal

care throughout North Texas. In 2007, the

Humane Society of the United States named TCAP as the “Most innovative approach to animal welfare in the nation.”

TCAP’s skilled and caring veterinary team has spayed/neutered more than 402,000 North

Texas animals and has vaccinated more than 753,000 animals against the deadly rabies

virus. TCAP’s ultimate goal is to substantially

reduce animal overpopulation and 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.

“The staff was very friendly and professional. The whole process was quick and simple. I will continue to use Texas Coalition

for Animal Protection for my vet pet

needs.” – Jessica O.

TCAP currently operates standalone clinics in

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Burleson, Hurst, Garland, Allen, and Weatherford, but chances are that TCAP is never far from your home with one of their travel “MASH”-style clinics. “We understand that people have jobs and 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 to pet owners, the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection strives to provide its support to animal shelters and rescue organizations. “We truly value these institutions for their contribution to their communities. We want to be there to help make their rescued animals more adoptable and improve the number of animals they can help as a result” says 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, scheduling an appointment is easy. You can call TCAP at 940-566-5551 or visit their website at and click “Request Appointment”. Prices for sterilization begin as low as $35.00. Annual vaccinations for a dog or cat can be purchased for $25 on a walk-in basis from 9am - noon at all seven TCAP locations and 10am - noon at all travel locations. North Texans can learn more by visiting TCAP’s website at

Best Animal Non-Profit TCAP • (940) 566-5551 713 Sunset St. Denton, TX 76201

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TEAMWORK, Creativity, & EDUCATION Create The Perfect Salon by Steve Gamel


Finding a hairstylist you completely trust can be tricky. Sure, there are salons practically on every street corner – so options are not an issue. But if you’re new to the area, or maybe you had a bad experience with a previous stylist or color artist, the idea of walking blindly into a new place makes you cringe with nervousness.

“Will they listen to what I want?” you may be saying to yourself. “Can they handle all these curls?” is another thought running through your mind. Finally, you say to yourself, “Will I leave with the worst haircut and color ever?” We’ve all been there. But finding the best place to find a great hairstylist isn’t rocket science – simply ask people around you. Ask any friend, family member, coworker, acquaintance, or stranger in Denton County, and they’re going to give you a single name who they all trust implicitly: David Ryan Salon in Flower Mound. “We pride ourselves on being able to relax our clients and put them at ease,” owner David Ryan said. His friends and clients call him Ryan. “That makes the experience of coming to us what it should be – comfortable and pampering. We 72 |

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are happiest when our clients say they trust us with their hair, because they feel throughout the entire process – from consultation to completion – that we genuinely listen to their needs and desires and apply years of experience and expertise in order to build a service plan that will get our clients to their desired results.”

David Ryan Salon has built a level of trust that, quite simply, is unmatched in Denton County. The salon was voted Best Color Salon in this

year’s Best of Denton County awards, marking the fifth year in a row they’ve taken home a top honor. Their knack for balancing a high level of professionalism and at the same time making people feel like family could be the main reason they continue to win the hearts of the community year after year. Ryan says, “Family always comes first, and we make sure to create a culture where our staff and clients feel like family, too.” When you have such a close family to work with side-by-side every day, you want to make sure you take care of them. That brings us to the education piece because Ryan’s biggest passion is education and growing a business that provides increasing opportunities for stylists to grow their own careers and success. As someone who was a young stylist struggling financially and struggling to maintain passion, it was a major game changer for Ryan to have a mentor step in and provide him with

education and opportunity, but even more than that, to push and expect great things from him. Being that person for a team of stylists or proteges, igniting their passions, pushing them outside of their comfort zones to greater things, and building a team around himself of other educators all working together to create an atmosphere of growth and career development for the whole staff – that is what keeps Ryan’s drive for greatness strong.

that can cater to the needs of any customer,

“I am not very understanding of people who are not team players or do not hold themselves accountable to a high standard of excellence,” Ryan said. “I hold myself to a high standard for the good of the team, and in return I expect others to hold themselves to the same high standard. If someone is comfortable where they are and do not have a strong desire to grow and evolve, they would most likely quickly grow tired of working with me.”

any desired look.

Since opening David Ryan Salon in 2013, teamwork has been this salon’s greatest strength. And in an age where most salons can’t say the same thing, Ryan’s customers are reaping the benefits. This is a full-service salon

including everything from full highlight and color correction to extensions, root touch-up, and cut and style for men and women. On top of that, 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

So ask around. We bet you’ll never want for another hairstylist. “I am passionate about my amazing wife and very excited about the arrival of our first son,” says Ryan. “With a little one here and a growing business to continue to develop, it has me thinking a lot about legacy. I hope to be remembered by my family and the community

“We pride ourselves on being able to relax our clients and put them at ease...” Best Color Salon David Ryan Salon (972) 691-0022 4151 Cross Timbers Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

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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.

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Thank You From Amber Michelle Salon


Thank you to all who voted to make us Denton County’s Best Makeup and, for the second year in a row, Best Women’s Salon! We could not get to this point without our amazing devoted clients. Because of you and our outstanding team of stylists, we have surpassed all of our goals we have set for the salon. Our stylists are professionally trained in the services we offer, such as makeup, hair color, cutting, extensions, and more. We pride ourselves in providing the best services to our clients and increasing our own skills through continued education. We know we’ve done our job right when you leave

salon with the purpose of bringing happiness and beauty to our hometown and growing area of Flower Mound, Texas. By having myself as the owner and a full-time stylist and my husband as the man behind the scenes, we are able to maintain a focus for family and community. Not only have we built a business from the ground up, but are also extremely proud to support amazing non-profits, such as Wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illnesses. My family and I want to be remembered for all we have done for the community and love we share. We consistently live by the mission to treat others as we would want to be treated. D.J. and I are excited to announce, after three years of business, we will be expanding the

After finishing cosmetology school, I furthered

current area into a lash and brow bar! Keep up

my education through work experience and

with the salon on social media to get a sneak

advanced training. Fast forward 10 years, my

peek into our progress. Our stylists and I look

husband, D.J., and I decide to open our own

forward to taking care of you soon!

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

Kids, who create wigs from donated hair for

feeling as gorgeous as you look.

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salon into a new space and transforming this

Passion & Friendship A Winning Combination!


Salon Sage seemed like a dream to Shauna McCabe and Kendra Schmidt when they started doing hair 13 years ago. Having been friends for over 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, was a Top 3 contender in 2017 and took the crown again in 2018. “It’s very flattering,” Shauna said. “Last year was amazing, and to be able to do it again is so exciting.” 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. 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. 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.

Best Hair Stylist Shauna McCabe - Salon Sage (972) 849-6213 3301 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 145 Flower Mound, TX 75022

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nothing they haven’t tried. Need a stylist you can build a relationship with? You found them.



For The

Haircut by Steve Gamel


These days, it seems like men can jump in their car and go get a haircut anywhere. There are convenient options on nearly every street corner, especially right here in Denton County, and they can be in and out in as little as 15 minutes. But trust us when we say men don’t just want any haircut – they want a haircut from the award-winning Mel’s Barbershop. Mel’s Barbershop, located at 5801 Long Prairie Rd. in Flower Mound, has been in business for 10 years and has become known for its laidback, friendly atmosphere and a team of stylists who

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have mastered every cut option out there. For the last five years in a row, this local treasure has been named Best Men’s Salon by Best of Denton County voters. Are you looking for a vintage look? No problem. Are you more of a modern kind of guy? Mel’s can do that, too. Want to go wild with a mohawk? There’s

“I am passionate about the relationships I have and continue to build here,” owner Melanie Lopez said. “I find it exciting when I become a part of my clients’ lives, and they want to reach out and update me on jobs, college successes, weddings, etc. We’ve created a family atmosphere where our clients feel comfortable and become our friends.” Melanie has built a solid reputation during her 30 years in the industry. But she insists she’d be nothing without her team of stylists, including Stuart, Rachel, Nikki, Jenn, Ashley and Trece. All of them are incredibly talented and can handle any customer style request. On top of that, they offer a hot neck and lather shave, hair coloring, beard trimming, and a face shave. That means no matter who you choose to work with, you’re going to get a great cut and pampering experience – not some of the time or most of the time, but all the time. “All of my stylists are well-rounded,” Melanie said. “They are why my business is successful. They are my backbone, and I am so thankful for each of them. Take care of your employees, and they’ll take care of your customers.”

Best Men’s Salon Mel’s Barbershop (972) 355-4767 5801 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 840 Flower Mound, TX 75028




Providing great customer service is the number one goal of all successful businesses, but Yvonne Hemphill of the Lash Lounge believes in taking this concept much further. “I believe in not only helping my clients look good, but feeling good as well,” said Hemphill. “I love helping women feel confident in who they are and identifying the special gifts they have.”

by Susan Neuhalfen

This is a woman (and a business) on a mission. They believe in customizing service to meet each individual client’s wants and needs. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to taking special care of each and every one of their customers. They go out of their way to provide a welcoming atmosphere and a unique experience. “Our guests consistently tell us they love how we take care of their lashes,” said Hemphill. “But most importantly they tell us how we make them feel like they’re visiting their best friend.”

This desire to help women be their best does not stop at customer service. This also extends to The Lash Lounge’s staff. After 20 years as an education manager for a retail hair salon chain and 2 years at the Lash Lounge Corporate office as Vice President of Operations, Yvonne knows a thing or two about helping her staff reach their goals. “I believe in women’s empowerment through education, skill building and self efficacy,” said Yvonne. “We are all capable to achieve our goals yet many of us do not utilize our gifts to their full potential.” While working for Lash Lounge Corporate, Yvonne was given an opportunity to relocate and open her own Lash Lounge salon in Flower Mound. She and her husband decided it was the prefect location. After teaching others to build high performance teams and provide superior customer service, she decided it was time to focus her efforts on a single location. Yvonne notes that helping their guests and staff feel beautiful, confident and cared for is what brings her to work each day. “If you can, I advise everyone to chose a career where you can bring happiness to your guests through your work,” said Yvonne.

Best Eyelash Extensions The Lash Lounge (972) 808-5274 5801 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 830 Flower Mound, TX 75028

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Classic of Denton:

There Really

IS A DIFFERENCE by Steve Gamel

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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-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 PreOwned categories. To put that haul into proper perspective, Classic of Denton was the ONLY dealership to win more than two awards – and they impressively did so in back-to-back years 2017 and 2018. “To win all three categories in back-to-back years like that is huge,” general manager Rick Wick said with a laugh. “This is what the customers in Denton County are saying about us, and it’s huge. We know the community already knows about us, but it’s nice to know all the customers and the public are recognizing how hard we work for them.” With that type of attitude, it’s no wonder their catchy slogan has always been, “Relax ... and enjoy the difference.” Since 2004, Classic of Denton’s goal has been to make the vehicle buying experience second to none with prices and service that can’t be beaten. Classic Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mazda’s virtual dealership offers a wide variety of new and used cars, incentives, service specials, and parts savings. What’s more, Classic is family owned and operated. For the customer and the community, that means you can still walk in the front door and shake Rick’s hand or meet owner, Richard Allen. Both live in the area too, with Richard living in Argyle and Rick having settled down in Denton. Rick boasts that he makes himself accessible as much as he can and even has his cell phone number on his business card. Classic also doesn’t have a high amount of employee turnover, which means you have a great chance of working with the same smiling faces from the day you bought your vehicle to several years later when you bring your young teenager in for his or her first vehicle.

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

House, Denton Independent School District,

someone comes in and they say, ‘Hey Rick, this

Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home

is my fifth car from y’all.” Or they come in and

of Denton, and Friends of the Family – just to

say, ‘I’m bringing my wife to you for her car

name a few.

because of the way you’ve always taken care of

Last Christmas, the dealership stepped up its

us.’ It’s also cool when you drive around, and you see that Classic logo on a car driving by. We know right then that it’s one of ours.”

efforts by donating clothes and necessities to 117 homeless children who attend school in Denton ISD. During that stretch, Classic

Rick added, “We believe in taking care of our

also provided essential items to Cumberland,

customers and our employees. At Classic, it’s customers, employees, and then profitability. At other places, it’s profitability, profitability, and

adopted 30 families through Giving Hope of Denton.. The dealership also donated bed sheet sets, long underwear, and miscellaneous items

profitability. It makes a difference.”

to the Monsignor King Outreach Center, which

Rick is a perfect example of the tradition that

opens its doors to the homeless every year.

Classic of Denton has established, and the car

Classic Mazda also with the help of Mazda Gulf

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

Region refurbished a 2004 Mazda MPV owned

business since 1972 and started out as a porter

by Donna and John Marsh of Denton. If that weren’t enough, they donated books and learning toys to the Gonzalez School for Young Children in



Denton and also adopted 123 families being served by Friends of the Family. That organization, which was founded in 1980, provides services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, including shelter, counseling, legal counsel, case


management and a 24-hour crisis hotline.

$1.65 an hour. Now he’s the general manager for a company that, like Rick, has

“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

grown with the times. Classic started out in 2004 with 35 employees and now has 110. The

back to the community each year. It’d take me

company started off on five acres of land and

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

since has mushroomed to 26 acres. In its first

probably in excess of one million dollars over

year, Classic sold an average of 40 to 60 vehicles

our 14 year history. And that’s straight to the

per month. Now, the dealership averages 350 to

community. We don’t take expenses out of

400 per month – new and used.

that. It’s all volunteerism.”

Classic Mazda of Denton was awarded the 2018

Which is why at Classic of Denton, whether you

Dealer of the Year award and the Consumer

are looking for a community partner or someone

Satisfaction Award by Dealer Rater for Chrysler

to sell you a vehicle, there truly is a difference.

Jeep Dodge, and the 2018 Mazda Gold Cup Dealer honor. Classic of Denton is the only Jerry Reynolds “Car-Pro” Authorized Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Mazda Dealer in North Texas. Beyond the business side of things, the folks

Auto Service Center Domestic Car Dealership Pre-Owned Car Dealership Classic of Denton (940) 498-9800 4984 South I-35E Denton TX, 76210

at Classic of Denton would be nothing without their community outreach and volunteer efforts. This is an organization that continues to give while partnering with such entities as Giving Hope of Denton, Serve Denton, The Wheeler Best of Denton County 2018


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Sam Pack knew exactly what he was getting into when he purchased his first Ford dealership more than 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.

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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. On top of that, 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 – the customer experience. “Every staff member at Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville, including General Manager Kerry Cardwell, is passionate about each new person walking through our doors,” 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 customer walks through the door, the folks at Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville treat everyone like friends, family, and neighbors. They flipped the script by throwing the aggressive sales pitch out the window, opting instead for a no-pressure, fully transparent car buying experience from start to finish. 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 and Best New Car Dealership by loyal Best of Denton County voters. The latest honor added to an already impressive trophy case. Five Star Ford is the only Ford dealer in the world to have won the Triple Crown Award for sales, customer satisfaction, and parts every year since its inception. Locally, the dealership was named Business of the Month and Year by the Flower Mound Chamber, and PR & Community Relations Manager, Sue* Bowman, was named Ambassador of the Month for both the Flower Mound and Lewisville Chamber of Commerce. Those are some hefty honors when you consider how many sales and service dealerships there are in the Denton County area – not to mention the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area.

If you don’t believe us, or Mr. Pack, check out this anonymous Ford Survey review: “I purchased a new F150 tonight from Sam Pack Ford in Lewisville. I, along with my wife and family, have been customers for over 14 years. I contacted Tom Martin, who is my salesman, for many years and found that he is now a Director of Internet sales. Tom worked up my deal and offered me several options to choose from. We arrived at the F150 I purchased mostly by phone and email. Tom has been my go-to guy on several deals, and this time due to his position, he had me work with Eric Karban, a senior salesman. We had worked once before with Eric when my wife purchased an Explorer. Eric was great and assisted us in getting the deal completed and getting the truck ready for delivery. Eric turned us over to Ben in Finance who did a great job of explaining all the numbers and other additions if we wanted them. He was fast and very efficient. We were in an out under 2 hours (fastest ever for us). I can not say enough good things about Tom, Eric, and Ben. I trust them with my family, friends, and co workers.” Sam Pack does have an extensive inventory, with more than 3,200 new Fords available. The inventory includes everything from the 2017/2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch Truck with V6 Eco Boost engine to various other models like the Expeditions, Mustangs and Escapes that put 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. Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Sue* Bowman’s role as Community Relations/PR Manager, as she and Sam Pack Five Star Ford Lewisville have a commitment to the community that has consistently been shown over the years, both as a company and through its generous staff members. Recently, they participated in three FORD sponsored Drive4URSchool Events where both Marcus and Flower Mound High Schools received $6,000 from the dealership. Lewisville High School received $8,000.

They also gave out a total of $10,000 in FORD Scholarships to Lewisville, Marcus, Flower Mound, and Hebron High Schools. A fourth Drive4URSchool will be taking place where FORD will be donating a vehicle to the LISD Automotive Career Center East, as they too did a Drive4URSchool FORD fundraiser. Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville are members of four local Chambers, including Lewisville, Flower Mound, The Colony, and Highland Village Business Association, and is active in the Lunch with Leaders Program at Hedrick Elementary and the Lewisville Noon Rotary. Holy Angels Residential Facility also receives a ton of attention. “We are considered one of the top dealers for offering renown customer service and having a high commitment to the local community,” Mr. Pack said. “Besides Ford vehicles, our dealership holds a high commitment to the Denton County community. All the volunteer activities are so much fun! From the golf outings to the schools, it is hard to pick one type of event.” It’s that level of commitment – both on the showroom floor and out in the community – that has helped separate Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville from the rest of the competition. Is there any other way to do business? “The Sam Pack Auto Group is known for “Sam 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.”

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

People clearly have choices, but they all keep coming back to Sam Pack Five Star Ford Lewisvile. “We would not be here today if it weren’t 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.”

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A Top-Of-The-Line


BACKYARD by Steve Gamel


Bob and Dana Brawley of Brawley Farms are on the road 25 weeks out of the year traveling the country to various competitive horse shows. Along the way, they’ve built a stellar reputation both on the road and at home and are known for running a full-service equestrian facility that can cater to the needs of horses and riders at any skill level.

Brawley Farms, which resides in the small

Bob has more than 30 years of experience

“We want to let prospective clients know that

town of Double Oak, is a hidden gem.

on the hunter jumper circuit and is known for

if they (or their child) want to learn how to ride,

Well, at least for now…

his classic style, quality horsemanship, and

they don’t have to spend thousands of dollars

Located off Simmons Road right across the

unwavering attention to detail. He started

to see if they like the sport,” Dana Brawley said.

street from Lantana, Brawley Farms was recently

showing and training in Oregon under the

“Lessons are $55 a pop; that’s very similar to

named Best Equestrian Center in the 2018 Best of Denton County Contest and is quickly endearing itself to both riding and non-riding residents as an equestrian’s dream. With more than 17 acres of lush pastures and scenic trails, the farm includes a large covered arena that is directly accessible

“The only equipment a new rider needs is a pair of snug fitting jeans and close toed shoes with a heel.”

to the barn, an outside derby

direction of his mother, Judy Brawley, and after moving to Southern California, where he met Dana, he relocated to Texas in 2011.

or fitness programs for adults. We supply the horses and the tack, and if the rider ends up wanting to pursue horse showing, we can help them expand out of the lesson program as well. There are plenty of barns in this area who do

When building Brawley Farms,

what we do, but there aren’t many that provide

Bob and Dana literally thought

as comprehensive a program as ours.”

of everything … from a massive observation room for guests to a fully-stocked equipment

field with natural jumps, and ample turnout

room. In addition to supplying saddles, bridles,

paddocks. They offer a lesson program for riders who do not own their own horse, junior and amateur hunter, jumper, and equitation training for all levels of competition, exceptional full-service equine boarding and training for competition horses, and more.

and helmets, Brawley Farms owns five lesson

many karate or gymnastics programs for kids

Best Equestrian Stables Brawley Farms (760) 801-6655 200 Simmons Rd. Double Oak, TX 75077

horses that are available to lesson program riders. The only equipment a new rider needs is a pair of snug fitting jeans and closed-toe shoes with a heel. Best of Denton County 2018


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For several years the community has voted Jesse James Fit as Best of Denton County, in the categories of best personal trainer, training facility and weight loss facility. Our sister company Outlaw Fitcamp has been titled best indoor bootcamp and fitness facility. We are incredibly honored and believe the community continues to select Jesse James Fit and Outlaw FitCamp mostly due to the impact our facilities have made in their lives, also their friends and family’s lives during the last 11 years.

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Jesse Leyva started working on Jesse James Fit in early 2007. Jesse’s vision was to be different than other area big box fitness centers. In 2017 Jesse James Fit celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary serving the community in health and fitness. Our atmosphere is inclusive, high energy, family-friendly, motivating & encouraging for people of all ages and fitness levels to join together in healthy activity. Personal training clients receive a tailored exercise and nutritional plan guided by our professional trainers to focus on achieving their specific fitness goals. We also

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offer a variety of budget friendly programs like VIP coaching, The Total Body Transformation Challenge, and our classes. As a result, we have helped clients transform their physical health and mindset for success year after year. We encourage families & couples to train together and practice a healthier lifestyle together which builds stronger bonds and relationships at home. The stories speak for themselves. Couple Cindy and Tim Vanderwater have been training together for almost 2 years

now and they’ve become much stronger

event they are absent, ill, have an emergency

medications was a huge accomplishment.

is uncommon in the fitness industry. Also

despite physical ailments.“Getting off all of I have been fighting high-blood pressure and on medications

or on vacation they are compensated which

JJF & OFC provide a flexible work

environment. Trainers determine

for the last ten years.

the hours they wish to work

Losing inches in the waist,

during the weekly hours of

and having a better

445am-7pm rather than a

physique is another major

required set 8 hours.

accomplishment, especially

has been proven successful

problems.” Tim explains.

and Jesse wanted to reach

Robert Moore began training

at Jesse James Fit with his son

over a year ago and shares this, “I

am comfortable working out at JJF, it feels like a family environment, it’s a safe place that encourages growth.” With Robert’s success, his parents followed his lead and joined Jesse James Fit where they have transformed their

more families, couples and

individuals with his program. He also

saw a need for a personalized approach to

large group type workouts which provides safe, effective and efficient exercise for a

Jesse James created Outlaw FitCamp.

He included the group fitness aspect as well as fine tuned what he

was known for best, personal

At 7,700 sqft, Jesse

training programs. Outlaw,

James Fit is one of the

similar to the culture at Jesse

largest private personal

James Fit in that it provides a

training studios in North

unique inclusive and motivating

America. Providing individual

fitness environment for members.

and small group training, youth

More career opportunities for

training, senior programs,

couples/family training, military

prep, and specialize in weight loss! Breaking the law of conventional fitness, we embrace all styles of fitness training and protocols to maximize results

professional fitness trainers to

help husbands and wives, friends, families, coworkers bond together through healthy activity. Outlaw FitCamp has 4 locations

across the DFW metroplex. Little elm, McKinney, Hickory Creek and

for every individual client. At

Flower Mound.

Jesse James Fit we use more of training styles in our

some very exciting news;

and aerobic training state.

move away from the word

workout to create anaerobic

results than other methods they have tried in the past and have fun doing it in a inclusive, encouraging social setting!

Jesse James Fit & Outlaw Bootcamp lead the personal training industry by offering

health insurance to full time trainers, along

with salaries rather than the common hourly pay providing a steady income. We have a teamwork system for our trainers if in the

advanced members to unleash their inner BEaST each and every workout!

Finally our very own word which precisely

why it sets us apart! This rebranding is a result of the preparation to launch Outlaw Fitcamp for franchise opportunities this November

2018! We are proud to serve our community in health and fitness for more than 10 years and

look forward to our future growth! Our hope is to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals and families through Outlaw done here locally in Flower Mound Texas.

STOP BY AND VISIT US AT JESSE JAMES FIT, WE WILL WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS AND MAYBE A BURPEE OR TWO. ALWAYS READY TO BE OF SERVICE TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS GOALS, For more information or to set up a free consultation, try a personal training session or visit us for a Fitcamp class visit us online at or For information on franchise opportunities visit or call us at 972-355-2639.

bootcamp because we were

our clients incredible results in

us consistently for years have seen faster

and our trainers are able to challenge

We made the decision to

This method has provided

a week. Clients who have been with

don’t get overlooked or lost in the crowd

Currently Outlaw is releasing

than 7 different modalities

just 30 minute sessions 3-5 time

on quality over quantity. New members

Fitcamp Franchise, just as Jesse James Fit has

variety of ages and fitness levels. In 2014

lives as well!

effective workout experience focused

describes the Outlaw workout experience and

The Jesse James Fit formula

doing so with lower back

• TRAINING: We provide a safe and

commonly associated with the

typical idea of what a bootcamp is-

many would expect it to be outdoors, large

class sizes, lack of equipment, instruction and

the same familiar redundant exercises. Outlaw

is excited to ditch the bootcamp and introduce FITCAMP!

Best Fitness Center, Best Indoor Bootcamp, Best Personal Trainer, Best Personal Training Facility and Best Weight Loss Center

• FUNCTIONAL: Full body movements

Jesse James Fit • Outlaw Fitcamp (972) 355-2639 1001 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 1200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

maximizing multiple muscle groups through multi directional exercises. •

• INTERVAL: Intense bursts with short

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Top Three Local business owners joined us for the Best of Denton County Winners Party on August 13, 2018 at Fresco’s Mexicana. Photos courtesy of Picture This! Photography

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TEAMWORK makes the

Dream Work by Steve Gamel


It’s a typical weekday afternoon, and Cynthia Holsclaw-Francis of Your Candid Memories Photography is struggling to find the right words to describe her business and how much her clients mean to her and teammate Lyndi Augustine. In an instant, she’s reminded of two stories that, much like their one-of-a-kind-photography, will melt your heart. The first was an older text she got from a longtime client who anxiously wanted to remind Cynthia that their 11-year anniversary of family photos with YCM was coming up soon. The second was a cute story about a 6-year-old girl who told her mom, “Please tell me it’s Miss Cynthia taking our pictures again?!” “Yeah, that [second] one got me in the feelings the most,” Cynthia said with a smile. “I don’t even call them clients – [Lyndi] and I say friends and family because we’re emotionally invested in all of them. I’ve been working with some of these people from the moment they were pregnant to years later when the kids are walking and talking and know who I am. They run up to me and hug me because they’re excited to be there.” Your Candid Memories Photography is still the same award-winning business it’s been since 2007 and was yet again voted Best Photographer in the Best of Denton County 96 |

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awards. At the heart of that is the teamwork Cynthia and Lyndi have created. Lyndi joined the company two years ago and shares the same eye for detail and caring nature that Cynthia is known for. This dynamic duo is the go-to choice for everything from family portraits and photos for maternity, newborns, and children to wedding images, high school senior photos, and various special occasions. They are available for outdoor sessions with natural light, 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. “We are humble and busy, and while there are plenty of photographers out there, it’s rare that you find someone that sees the same details as you do,” Cynthia said. “Lyndi notices everything, and we’re best friends outside of work, too.” Lyndi agreed, adding that their goal is not only to create colorful and relaxed images of you and your family to cherish for generations to come but also make the process easy and fun. “Sometimes I sit back and just watch Cynthia work with a family or a newborn, and it’s exactly how I would do it or would want the session to go if it were me in front of the camera,” Lyndi said. “We both have a heart for this. It’s our passion.”

pictured above is Cynthia Holsclaw-Francis (left) and her teammate Lyndi Augustine (right)

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




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 2018, 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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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 often-traveled for work. They even had a minivan 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.”

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.

It’s been a wild ride, and even after another year has come and gone, everything they still believe in from the very beginning is still the priority: working as hard as ever to be the best they can be for their customers. “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.”

“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 12 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 Limousine Transportation in this year’s Best of Denton County contest. In 2016 and 2017, they were named Best Airport Transportation Service.

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

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Beautiful Space Everyone Deserves A

by Steve Gamel


If you haven’t heard of Model Home Furnishings Frisco, and you’re looking for quality, affordable furnishings by the piece or need help with tackling a complete design project, then you will want to make them your new go-to!

and don’t know where to begin. Plus there’s no

Design Studio in this year’s Best of Denton

guarantee they’ll still love what they bought

County voting. That combination makes it a

once it’s off the showroom floor and in their

furniture-buying Utopia. They work with the

home – likely because they haven’t quite defined

everyday Jane and Joe and have the versatility

what their “style” is.

to partner with commercial and residential

Whether you’re new to the home furnishing buying experience, or you’ve lived in the same house for years and it’s time for a fresh look or style overhaul, we know it can be very overwhelming! Selecting great pieces that you won’t grow tired of, undergoing a design project like one you’ve seen on Pinterest, Houzz, or your favorite magazine, and doing it on your own while staying within a budget can be a challenge for many. Most people believe a trip to the nearest big-box volume furniture store will solve everything, but they walk in to those places

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Model Home Furnishings seeks to change that way of thinking and bring the fun back to

builders, realtors, stagers, designers, apartment complexes, boutique stores, and more.

buying furniture and taking the stress out of

Their selection includes all the latest mid to

designing spaces.

high-end furniture and accessory lines to satisfy

homes. We can, but our specialty is making your home look like a model home,” owner Jaymi L. said. “We believe everyone’s home can look like a model home with our help.” Owner Sam H. added, “We’ve worked on thousands of projects from as small as helping select a single bed that changes the feel of the room to as large as an entire home redesign.”

everything your home needs and everything you want, from designer rugs to furniture, bedding, pillows, lighting, accent pieces, and decor for any room in the house and any living space outside the home. With the help of their talented and fresh designers, they can help you pull it all together and make your home the inviting place you’ve always wanted it to be, while working within your budget. This includes something as simple as

Model Home Furnishings is a retail furnishings

walking you through a complimentary in-store

showroom but was also named Best Interior

appointment where they’ll make suggestions for

each room in your house to providing a top-tobottom, in-home visit where they will measure, take pictures, and do the design work for you. “We believe we’ve developed one of the most affordable, comprehensive design services in DFW, and have relationships with great vendors who we’ve been able to negotiate awesome prices with throughout the years to make the process affordable for the customer,” The MHF team said. “After the initial in-home consultation fee, which is minimal, we only charge based on what the customer selects and loves. In most instances, even if our price could be beat on certain pieces, which doesn’t happen often, most of our customers won’t shop anywhere else because of our people. We have a designer for

everyone. The majority of our customers know us by name because there is a relationship and trust factor there,” They added, “MHF is a family-owned business that was started because we felt everyone would appreciate the same


metroplex, Austin, Houston, Oklahoma, and even surrounding states. “We don’t just sell furniture, we sell you an aesthetic. Everybody deserves to live and work in a beautiful space, and we want to be the ones to help them get there.” The MHF team said.

for our size.”

If you’re tired of the same old way of shopping for furniture, or you need someone with experience to come into your home and design it for you at a price that won’t break the bank, do what thousands of residents from Denton County and beyond are doing and give Model Home Furnishings Frisco a try.

That’s not lip service on

You’ll be happy you did.

savings and complete design concept that the builders were receiving for their model homes – and we pack quite a punch

the company’s part. Their Facebook page has well over 108,000 likes and even more who follow their page for design inspiration or to see what’s new. Their reputation for quality work and a no-hassle approach has garnered them thousands of satisfied clients

Best Interior Design Studio Model Home Furnishings (469) 252-1783 124 Rose Ln., Ste. 401 Frisco, TX 75034

in not just Denton County but the entire

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Kitchen / Bath Remodeling Interior Decorator • Stonework Swimming Pool Remodelers

Make Your Dream Home

A REALITY Patio & Outdoor Living Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Additions Pool Remodel Landscape Design and Installation Blinds, Shutters, Shades (Hunter Douglas)

Exterior (214) 735-1363 Interior (972) 539-8258 3513 Yucca Dr., Ste. 100 • Flower Mound, TX 75028

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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. “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.”

“I would never hire someone that I would not let babysit my children when they were little,” said Dennis.

In fact, when Dennis came to the DFW area in “It’s important also that they fit 1989, he began ABC Home and Commercial the culture of giving back which is a Services of DFW in his garage. Since that time vital part who they have grown the we are.” customer base to over ABC has always been 29,000 active clients all ABC has a company on the cutting edge of over North Texas and program called “Anteater expanded their service treatment solutions... Advocates”, and donates pest offerings to include Dennis prides himself and control services to over 100 not only all things his company on finding charitable organizations. pest control, but lawn

the right solutions to pest problems without overcharging clients.

fertilization, lawn mowing, plumbing, handyman and pool services as well.

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. Home Services for local businesses NPMA Gives (National Pest Management

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.

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Association) to encourage others in the industry 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 $560,000 for charity in the process. “I love what I do, but my family and my community come first,” said Dennis. “It’s not just

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

about what we do, it’s about who we are.”


Make Your Home a

Let’s talk about reputation. It means a lot to us as individuals. We want to have a good reputation among our friends, neighbors and community. It means that people know us, and they can trust that we are going to do what we say we are going to do. It’s even more important in business. A business with a good reputation in the community is going to be one that will always do their best, will have happy repeat customers, will have a list of references for future customers, and most of all, can be TRUSTED.

Castle Painting and Home Services is working hard to change the “face of home contracting” as you know it. Since day one of their company, they observed that customers were tired of the same old experience…Renovators showing up late or not at all, getting gouged with extras, and projects taking way longer than

promised. They knew that to stand out from their competition they needed to change things up a bit, so they created a simple but effective business philosophy which has been the foundation for all their projects to this day: • Show up when you say you will show up. • Do what you say you will do. •

Charge what you say you will charge.

• Don’t promise anything you can’t deliver. • Stand behind your work. • Maintain superior communication with your customer before, during and after each project. Castle Painting and Home Services is proud of their reputation in this community and throughout the DFW Metroplex. “We honor our customers with our very best work at the best prices because they honor us with their trust,” said owner Clay Kinser. That is why consumers have voted them as one of the top three painting companies in all of Denton County for the past five years. This year they have won Best Custom Painting and Best Home Renovations. “We certainly don’t take this honor lightly,” Clay said. “We appreciate it more every year. It means we are doing it right.”

Castle Painting and Home Services

can meet all your remodeling needs: Interior and Exterior Painting Replacement Windows and Screens Seamless Gutters Bathroom Remodels Cabinet Refacing Crown Molding and Baseboards Wood Replacement Wallpaper Removal Popcorn Ceiling Removal Countertops • Ceramic Tile • Flooring

Clay said he loves to see the look on a customer’s face when their project is completed. “They tell me how thrilled they are and that it looks even better than they imagined. That’s our goal for every single project we do,” he said. “We treat every project, no matter what size, as if it’s our most important one. It’s kind of like if I were doing it for my mom. And I really love my mom,” Clay smiled. Castle Painting and Home Services is a complete remodeling team with some of the best experts in the business. Call them today if you have a remodeling or painting project for your home. When you make an appointment, you can be assured that Clay himself will personally come to your home, discuss your needs and give you a free estimate on the spot. You have his word on it.

Best Custom Decorative Painting & Best Home Renovations Castle Painting & Home Services (214) 725-3464 Call Today and Let Us Make Your HOME Your CASTLE!

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by Steve Gamel

Many people may not know this little detail, but Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape is gearing up for its 20th year as the go-to choice in Denton County for all your lawn maintenance needs. But owners, Jack and Ann Moore, and their 60 loyal employees aren’t resting on their laurels. In fact, they’re just getting warmed up. They are continually looking at different ways to provide high-end service for the rest of 2018 and beyond, and that starts by partnering with customers to achieve what everyone wants – to have the best-looking yard on the block. “We appreciate the recognition of being named Best of Denton County for the sixth year in a row, but it’s really never been about us,” Jack said. “The real hero is the customer. It’s our customers who are taking ownership of their lawn care needs, and we’re excited they continue to put their trust in us every day of the year.”

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expect to have the best yard on the block when you hire the Grassperson team

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quality of their work and unrivaled attention to detail. “We recently surveyed our customers, and one of the main words they used to describe our value was responsiveness,” Jack said. “They can guarantee they’ll hear back from us quickly after they call or write in to us. And

this starts with our initial engagement and continues throughout the relationship. People

and you just can’t say that about other lawn care companies out there.” The bottom line is that Grassperson Lawn Care & Landscape is here for the long haul. If you are one of the over 2,000 existing clients who has used them for years, expect nothing but the best moving forward. For those of you who are in the market for a new full-service lawn maintenance company – expect to have the best yard on the block when you hire the Grassperson team.

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

can count on us to respond and act quickly,

Calvin’s Climate:

Working With People Who Care C by Steve Gamel

Calvin Schoessler is one of those guys who believes that a job

comfort surveys, carbon monoxide testing and spring/fall safety clean and checks.

As the proud owner of Calvin’s Climate, a popular heating and air conditioning company in Flower Mound, Schoessler prides himself on running a business that lives up to everything a true mom-and-pop company should be – honest and dependable with no-nonsense advice and skill.

Technical expertise is where Calvin excels, and quality new equipment installations is their hallmark. If upgrades and replacements are required, they offer financing options.

worth doing is worth doing well – and fair.

“Not every problem is simple, but I enjoy being knowledgeable about my trade and working hard to make sure my clients are taken care of,” said Schoessler, who prefers “shooting it straight” to customers. “Our clients say, ‘You don’t charge enough,’ but they appreciate that they feel they can place their trust in us.” Schoessler has 27 years of knowledge in HVAC. He opened Calvin’s Climate in 2000 when he became disenchanted with the idea of continuing to work for companies that sold over-priced repairs and replacements – even when clients didn’t need them. He saw himself being able to provide better services in an ethical and affordable way, and he’s been serving the greater Flower Mound, Lewisville and Highland Village area ever since. His company is a one-stop shop, handling everything from service and repair for all makes and models of AC’s, furnaces and heat pumps to providing whole-home

Bottom line: There isn’t much Calvin isn’t good at fixing. “Personally serving my clients by using my skills and talents to help them when they need it is satisfying work,” Calvin added. “We take great pride in those times we can revive a unit that a customer may have thought was dead.” Calvin’s wife, Angela, came on board full time in 2008 after a sales career. Together, they enjoy camping and raising their five beautiful children. “For us, the most important part of our life is our family, and everything we work for is centered around what’s best for our family,” Calvin said. “We know that the home is the heart of the family and helping our clients maintain a comfortable, clean home environment is our priority.”

Top 3 Best Heating/Air Repair Calvin’s Climate • (972) 691-4000 2809 Justin Rd., Ste. G Flower Mound, TX 75028

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Clark Pittman was working for a large software development company in 2000, applying his knowledge and skills in the high technology field.

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.

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, “We just want our customers to be delighted Steve Long, who had founded Carnival when we’re all done,” Pittman says. He shares Custom Painting a decade before. After the visions of his customers and strives to some deliberation, Pittman became the first complete each project on time and within franchisee of the business and has been budget expectations. “We like to undersuccessfully spreading his business, one paint promise and over-perform,” he says. Clark and job at a time, in the area since then. He painted his team at Carnival Custom Painting deal with his first house in Flower Mound in 2000, and every job as if it is the only one they have. He is known today for many quality painting believes painting a house is a relatively projects in and around Flower Mound, inexpensive change that can have Frisco, Lewisville and " attentive a dramatic impact, not only in surrounding communities. manager, the appearance of the home, visiting each Clark has a knack for being able but also on how each family is project several to put his customers at ease. affected by the renovation of times each He knows his clients can be day to check their home. “It’s gratifying to see disturbed to see a large army of progress..." families experience this; to view painters come into their homes, their homes in a whole new light,” so he meets with his customers to Pittman says. He is passionate about his explain how the painting project will business, especially working one-on-one with proceed. Pittman says he helps to “manage his customers. Glowing testimonials from his expectations - that is probably the most customers attest to his commitment important thing I do for my customers.” He to excellence. is an attentive manager, visiting each project At home with his wife, Dina, Clark is perfectly several times each day to check progress and communicate with the homeowners. It is not content to work on home projects, tend the unusual that a customer may have second garden, or harvest honey from the honey bee thoughts after selecting a paint color. Once a hives on his Denton County acreage. They wall is covered, people sometimes see a color have chickens, a boxer, and regular visits 112 |

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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. 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.”

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

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Window treatments jaw-droppingly beautiful, high-quality


Unfortunately for Lana, it didn’t work out that way. “The products out there were not the quality I was expecting, and I just wasn’t getting the effect I desired,” she said.

warranty and price. Not only do they provide blinds, shades, shutters and draperies but Lana will also personally help you choose the perfect area rugs and accessories. In addition to working with her own clients, she works with home stagers, realtors and homebuilders to bring even more value to their clients.

Luckily for us, her lifelong fashion and design obsession coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit decided her fate, and Made in the Shade Blinds North DFW was born. Made in the Shade Blinds is the only window covering provider that stands by a five-point value system: quality, customization, service,

Her real expertise, though, is in listening. She listens to exactly what her clients want and need, and she narrows down the choices for them.


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Best Custom Window Treatments Made In The Shade Blinds (940) 600-1321 4251 FM 2181 Corinth, TX 76210

There is nothing she loves more than a great challenge. Whether it’s a lighting issue or an odd shaped window, she loves finding the solution. Most homeowners think they have a difficult issue only to find out that it’s really easy to solve once Lana gets there. In addition to working in the fashion industry, Lana’s career took many twists and turns into account management, business development and construction. All of which taught her skills and talents that are the perfect fit for Made in the Shade Blinds.

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“If you’re looking for great service and quality products, and the very best value, then absolutely, Made in the Shade Blinds is for you.”

by Susan Neuhalfen

When Lana Smith, owner of Made in the Shade Blinds, built her own home, she had a vision. With a background in fashion, she wanted jaw-droppingly beautiful, highquality window treatments that complemented the colors of her floors and walls.

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“There are so many window treatments options to choose from it can be daunting for homeowners,” said Lana. “My ability to listen to clients’ needs and wants and then narrow down the selection to exactly what they are looking for makes the process easy.

Your Go-to for tree care and removal by Steve Gamel


Everyone loves having big, healthy trees in their front yard. Not only are they a perfect reminder of the amazing gifts that nature provides to us every day, but if properly maintained, they also create a great first impression for guests and neighbors and are a reflection of the amazing people who live there.

The 1-2-Tree team in Flower Mound is dedicated to the utmost care and integrity of your trees and landscape. At the same time, some situations arise where trees either need to be trimmed to improve their growth pattern and overall lifespan or removed completely to create more visibility for your house, building, or signage. 1-2-Tree knows you have options when it comes to these needs, and is honored to be that No. 1 choice for so many people.

Proof of that came this year as they were voted Best Tree Removal Service by Best of Denton County voters.

Perhaps the biggest selling point to 1-2-Tree is

“I love seeing an overwhelmingly satisfied customer,” owner Patrick Koch said. “We understand trees and what’s best for them, and I feel like I also know how to decipher our clients’ needs and wants when they don’t have the technical knowledge to express them. We want to be the No. 1 tree service in the Flower Mound area.”

and lives in Flower Mound with his own family.

There are a variety of services 1-2-Tree provides, including pruning, removal, stump grinding, emergency services for fallen branches and brush removal, and lot clearing of unwanted growth, scrub brush, and trees. They offer free estimates and have built partnerships with several area businesses such as tree nurseries, construction and restoration specialists, sprinkler repair companies, and more to provide a turnkey product for customers.

that it is trusted and family-owned and operated. Patrick has been in the profession since 1992 His daughter, Bree Neal, is the company’s bookkeeper, and his son-in-law, Mark, is the general manager. Bree’s daughters, Collins and Heidi, also love to be in the office running around at the shop. 1-2-Tree is also a regular contributor to CASA and the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. “I just want to be remembered as a loving husband, father, and friend who was fair and hardworking,” Patrick said.

Best Tree Removal Service 1-2-Tree (972) 989-9332 332 Old Gerault Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

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WINNERS Costume Party October 19, 2018 @ win kids

Winners were invited to an exclusive costume party hosted by the staff of Best of Denton County at Win Kids and catered by BISTECCA - An Italian Steakhouse.

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Winners Directory Automotive Services

Auto Body Shop Pro Care Collision Auto Repair Shop Tommy’s Hi Tech Auto

Paintless Dent & Hail Repair Metro Dent Pre-Owned Car Dealership Classic of Denton Tire Store Discount Tire

Truck Dealership

Auto Service Center - Dealerhip

We are proud to announce the winners of Best of Denton County 2018! Nominations were made by the residents of Denton County and took place June 13– July 11. The top 3 nominees then went on to the final voting which took place July 25 – August 22. 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.

Sports Bar Drunken Donkey Craft Bar & Scratch Kitchen Wine & Spirits Wine Squared

Beauty Endermologie Flower Mound Vein Center

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 South I-35E Denton, TX 76210

(940) 498-9800

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

Children’s Salon Pigtails & Crewcuts highlandvillage/

Color Salon

Custom Paint InDepth Customs Domestic Car Dealership Classic of Denton Drive-Thru Car Wash Kwik Kar Wash & Detail Center - Flower Mound

Bar Patio Marty B’s Bar Staff The Bearded Monk Beer Selection Oak St. Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor

Full Service Car Wash Kwik Kar Wash & Detail Center - Flower Mound

Craft Beer Selection What’s On Tap

Full Service Mobile Detailing Kelley’s Mobile Wash

Drink Menu Hannah’s Off The Square

Import Car Dealership Toyota of Denton

Happy Hour Steve’s Wine Hour

Motorcycle Dealer American Eagle - Harley Davidson

Live Music Marty B’s

New Car Dealership Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford - Lewisville

Margaritas Mi Dia

Oil Change Kwik Kar Lube & Tune - Denton

Mixed Drinks 940’s Kitchen & Cocktails

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Passion & Friendship, A Winning Combination! Styling Hair for 13 Years, & Friends over 20 Years. 3301 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 145 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 849-6213

Makeup Amber Michelle Salon

(972) 382-9987

Bar & Nightlife

Shauna McCabe - Salon Sage

Laser Hair Removal The Med Spa of Flower Mound

David Ryan Salon Boat & RV Storage Lakeview Marina

Hair Stylist

Beauty Services

Cellulite Removal The Med Spa of Flower Mound

Classic of Denton

Hair Extensions Denton Color Lab

A full-service salon that can cater to the needs of any customer, including men and women. 4151 Cross Timbers Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 691-0022

Massage (Drop-In) Institute of Bodywork Studies Massage Spa Massage Green Spa - Highland Village highland-village Massage Therapist Birgit Christ Massage Therapist - Cloud 9

Med Spa

Day Spa Sutera Spa

Eyelash Extensions

The Lash Lounge Eyelash Extensions Eyebrow Extensions Tinting & Threading Lash Lift Perm 5801 Long Prairie Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 808-5274 Facials Mod Facial Bar

The Med Spa of Flower Mound The Med Spa for the Sophisticated Woman and Distinguished Man. The Look You Want Through a Conservative Approach Flower Mound, TX

(972) 874-0008 Men’s Salon Mel’s Barber Shop


Cloud 9 Salon & Spa Specializing in Color, Cuts, Lashes, Microblading, Facials, Nails and Massage 1651 Justin Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 317-4384 Nail Salon Envy Nails Tanning Salon Tan Evolution Waxing Service Denton Color Lab

Women’s Salon

Business Coaching Services Art Locke - FocalPoint Business Coaching

Graphic Design Image Center

Business IT Solutions ProTel Support, LLC

Marketing Specialist Paula Wagner - Total Package Marketing

Business Networking Flower Mound Chamber - Leads

Notary Services Denton Notary To Go

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection

Chamber of Commerce Flower Mound Chamber

Office Cleaning Service Buckets & Bows Maid Service

Commercial Construction Tri-Star Construction Inc.

Political Consulting Firm The Crouch Group

Commercial HV AC

Postage & Mailing Pack ‘N’ Mail

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

Northside Air Conditioning The Right Job, With Excellence, Every Time Over 100 Years of Experience. Locally Owned & Operated. Financing Available O.A.C.

(972) 318-5097

Business & Professional Services Business Bank

We Specialize in Seller/Buyer Representation, Land Site Selections, Investment Sales, 3rd Party Leasing and Property Management. 2805 Market Loop, Ste. 100 Southlake, TX 76092

(817) 849-8282 Emergency Restoration Servpro

Energy Broker

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

Magazine Best of Denton County

Local Studio. Global Impact. 2300 Rockbrook Dr., Ste. D Lewisville, TX 75067

(972) 221-1600 Russell Web - Silver Oak Commercial Realty

US Energy Experts LLC We are a commercial energy brokerage firm here to assist you in lowering your energy cost. We specialize in procurement of electricity within deregulated markets.

(877) 764-1035

Fire & Water Clean Up Servpro

Fire Station Lewisville Firehouse #4 departments-services/fire-department/ station-information

Health Organization Health Services of North Texas

Commercial Printing IMPress Graphics

Amber Michelle Salon

(940) 566 - 5551

Firefighter Scott Funderburg - The Flower Mound Fire Department

Commercial Landscaping Spot On Lawn & Landscape

Commercial Real Estate Agent

(972) 691-9500

Public Relations Firm

619 Hembry St. Lewisville, TX 75057

Commercial Real Estate Scott Brown Commercial

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

Promotional Products TNT Promotions www.dallasfortworthpromotional

Animal Non-Profit

Sign Company Sigma Signs & Printing www. Staffing & Recruiting Nate Prevost - Texas Lonestar Staffing, LLC

Mayor Charlotte Wilcox - Highland Village Online Publication The Cross Timbers Gazette Outreach / Missionary Organization Interfaith Ministries - Denton Pastor Kyle Cunningham - BridgeWay Church

Web Designer Portside Marketing, LLC

Police Officer Derek Hodges - The Argyle Police Department

Web Developer & SEO Portside Marketing, LLC

Recreational Club Cross Timbers Family YMCA

Community & Non-Profit Advocacy Organization Denton County Friends of the Family Animal Advocacy Organization Ranch Hands Rescue Animal Non-Profit See Next Column Charity Organization Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home Church Valley Creek Church Church Youth Group HUB - Valley Creek Church Community Liaison Journey to Dream

Rotary Cross Timbers Rotary Club Vacation Bible School HUB - Valley Creek Church Veterans / Military Organization Denton County Veterans Coalition Youth Club Boys & Girls Clubs - North Central Texas


College Planning KD College Prep

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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 - Highland Village highland-village Private Preschool - K Lewisville Christian School Private School: Pre-K – 12th Liberty Christian School Public Elementary School Liberty Elementary School Public High School Flower Mound High School Public Kindergarten Liberty Elementary School Public Middle School McKamy Middle School

Tutoring - General

KD College Prep Flower Mound Campus (214) 285-3500 Coppell Campus (972) 906-8825 Additional Campuses in Colleyville, Frisco & Plano

Tutoring:- In Home Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Tutoring: Math Mathnasium of Flower Mound

Tutoring – Reading

Entertainment & Travel Acting Studio The Actors Conservatory Theatre - Lewisville Birthday Parties - Kids Win Kids Bounce House Rental C&J’s Party Rentals and Entertainment Country Club Denton Country Club Event Facility Cinnamon Creek Ranch Gaming Store Freaks and Geeks Hotel Courtyard by Marriott - Flower Mound Movie Theater Moviehouse & Eatery Place for Live Music Marty B’s Place to Meet People Lakeside DFW Skate Park Rav4 Skate Park - Railroad Park rav4-skate-park-at-railroad-park Team Building Escape Room HQ Theater (Performance) Greater Lewisville Community Theatre

Travel Agency

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Full-Service Travel Agency Cruises & All-Inclusive Resorts Groups & Incentive Travel 1221 Flower Mound Rd., Ste. 350 Flower Mound, TX 75028 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

Carrollton 1025 Hebron Pkwy, Ste. 134 Carrollton, TX 75007

(214) 455-6659

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Jim Bridges State Farm Insurance Agency Auto Insurance Home Insurance Property Insurance Life & Health Insurance Banking & Annuities 2648 FM 407 Bartonville, TX 76226

Travel Agent Edel Seagren - Cruise Planners

Financial and Real Estate Services Apartment Community Elan Flower Mound Apartments

Home Staging Geana Wray - Enticing Interiors Home Staging Insurance Agency Texas Family Insurance Insurance Agent Courtney McManis - Farmers Insurance courtney-mcmanis

Mortgage Company

(940) 241-2060 Auto Insurance Agent Jim Bridges - State Farm Insurance Agency Bookkeeping Mary Smith - Chandler & Knowles CPAs Certified Public Accountant Kristina Knowles

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 Accounting Firm

Frenzel Consulting & Tax Services, PLLC

Mortgage Loan Banker

Excellent, Timely Service with a Smile Every Time. 625 Dallas Dr., Ste. 100 Denton, TX 76205

(940) 382-4311 Credit Union Denton Area Teachers Credit Union - DATCU Credit Union Custom Home Builder Precision Builders

Financial Advising Firm

Tom Tevis Fairway Independent Mortgage Co. Thank You for Voting Me Best of Denton County 2500 Lakeside Pkwy., Ste. 130 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 754-4677 New Home Builder

(972) 449-0707

Waterpark Hawaiian Falls

The Tutoring Center

Auto Insurance Agency

Visionary Financial Group Retirement Planning, IRA’s/401K Rollovers, Life Insurance, Annuities, College Savings Plans

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

(972) 539-0002

Architect Shannon Pearcey - Cross Timbers Architects

Financial Advisor Bill Collins - Edward Jones

Architecture Firm The ML Group Architects

Home Inspection Company Cornerstone Property Inspection

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

(940) 240-5332

Personal Finance Bank

Home Services


Home Cleaning Service

Alarm Company Denton Home Security Alarms (940) 202-8040

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

Appliance Repair McNeill’s Appliance

Cabinet / Granite Company

Eco Construction Group, LLC Design. Build. Remodel. Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County. www.EcoConstruction

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

ABC Home & Commercial Services of DFW

Buckets and Bows Maid Service

Pest & Rodent Control | Handyman Lawn Service & Fertilization Pool Services | Plumbing Commercial Services 997 Grandys Ln. Lewisville, TX 75077

We Create Free Time for Busy People. Thank You for Your Nominations and Votes! Locally Owned for More than 30 Years.

(469) 549-7300

(972) 219-0400

(469) 865-0032 Real Estate Agency

Jay Marks Real Estate We Know What Home Means to You. We’re here to help. Our team of experts will guide you through the real estate process from the moment you inquire until our last meeting. 1013 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 102 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 724-2540 Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Cassandra Homer Real Estate Seller’s Agent Stephanie Seay

Carpet Cleaning Prestige Carpet Cleaning DFW Christmas Light Installation Silent-Lights, LLC

Fence Staining & Refinishing North Texas Fence Company

Custom Decorative Painting

Fireplace / Chimney Service On Top Service Flooring Company CW Floors & Lighting

Castle Painting & Home Services Interior & Exterior Painting Wallpaper Removal Replacement Windows & Screens Bathroom Remodels Countertops • Flooring Cabinet Refacing Seamless Gutters

(214) 725-3464

Title Company

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 Southlake - (817) 591-0490 Thanks for 6 Years in A Row

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Home Lighting Fence Builders Texas Best Fence & Patio

Garage Door Design / Organization Classy Closets of DFW Garage Door Company Best Choice Overhead, LLC Garden Center Schmitz Garden Center Gutter Cleaning All Pro Gutters

Custom Window Treatments Made in the Shade Blinds & More

Gutter Installation Down-N-Out Gutters

Dry Cleaner Prince Cleaners

Handyman Services Mr. Handyman - Denton County

Electrical Company TLC Electrical

Heating / Air Repair

Charlie Brown Sound & Electric Locally Owned & Operated Home Theater Installation Home Lighting, Audio & Video Home Automation 1681 Justin Rd., Ste. 300 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(682) 365-8476 Home Renovations Castle Painting and Home Services Home Theater / Home Entertainment Charlie Brown Sound Home Warranty First American Home Warranty Interior Decorator Jackie Russell - Complete Solutions

Interior Design Studio

Model Home Furnishings

Learn More About Underwood’s Heating & Air

Home Services & Professionals

Underwood’s Heating & Air specializes in residential repairs and replacements. Thank you for voting us Best AC Heating / Air Repair in Denton County.

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(940) 367-9739


(469) 252-1783

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Internet Service Provider Spectrum

Outdoor Lighting Company Texas Traditions Outdoors

Iron Doors & Stairs Love That Door

Paint Store Sherwin-Williams Paint Store - Hickory Creek paint-store/hickory-creek/tx

Irrigation / Lawn Sprinkler Repair

Painter Carnival Custom Painting

Patio & Outdoor Living Contractors

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) 740-7174 Kitchen / Bath Remodeling

Texas Traditions Don’t Just Go Outside Live Outside Outdoor Living • Custom Pools Pool Remodels • Cedar & Iron Fencing Thank You For Voting For Us Best In Denton County 762 E. Hwy 121 Business Lewisville, TX 75057

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. 3513 Yucca Dr., Ste. 100 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 539-8258 Landscaping Three Kings Grounds Keeping Lawn Maintenance Frenchy’s Lawn & Tree Mosquito Control Mosquito Joe - Northwest DFW Moving Service Firehouse Movers New Home Owners Service Your New Neighborhood

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Business Law Firm

1-2-Tree Pruning • Removal Stump Grinding Emergencies Lot Clearing 332 Old Gerault Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 989-9332 Weed Control Weed Man Window Cleaning Windows By Will

(469) 293-3656

Complete Solutions

Tree Removal Service

Window Company

Christman Attorneys, PLLC

Thank you for voting us Best in Denton County. Business & Corporate Law Family Law | Mediation Entertainment Law 2570 Justin Rd., Ste. 240 Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 445-9907

Civil Law Attorney Jill Jester - Minor & Jester, PC

Call Today for Your FREE In-Home Consultation • Superior Energy-Efficiency • Locally Owned & Made in U.S.A. • Certified Professional Installers • Exceptional Customer Service • Lifetime Warranty 2430 Lacy Lane, Ste. 102 Carrollton, TX 75006

Civil Law Firm Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP Construction Attorney Scott Alagood - Alagood Cartwright Burke, PC Criminal Attorney Brent D. Bowen - Brent D. Bowen Attorney At Law

Criminal Law Firm

1 (800) New-Windows Strittmatter Plumbing & A/C We Repair, Maintain and Replace All Makes and Models of Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Equipment. Serving Denton County since 1980 Locally Owned & Operated

(940) 566-1122 (972) 436-6585


Legal Services Bankruptcy Attorney Byron Berry - Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Bankruptcy Law Firm

Shower Doors - Frameless My Affordable Glass & Remodeling Solar Screens Longhorn Screens - Shades - Shutters Stonework Complete Solutions Storage Units McGee Lane Self Storage Swimming Pool Builder Outdoor Living Pool and Patio Swimming Pool Remodelers Complete Solutions

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

(940) 382-8216

Pool Maintenance Gohlke Pools Roofer Halo Storm Restoration

Law Office of Kimberly Shanklin

Hayes, Berry, White, & Vanzant, LLP Family Law Commercial & Residential Real Estate Law Bankruptcy Mediation hbwvlaw • iheartmylawyer

(940) 387-3518 Business Attorney Chuck Elsey - Elsey & Elsey Business Collections Firm Reib Law

Divorce Attorney Brett Nelson - Nelson Law Group

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Divorce Law Firm

Oil & Gas Law Firm Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Alzheimer’s Care

Personal Injury Attorney Rocky Haire - Rocky Haire Injury Lawyers

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

(940) 442-6677 Elder Law Attorney Leigh Hilton, PLLC

Family Attorney

Personal Injury Law Firm Rocky Haire Injury Lawyers Real Estate Attorney Fontaine Laughlin - Laughin Law & Title Traffic Tickets Attorney Rudy Glynn Vrba - Vrba Law, PLLC Wills & Estate Planning Attorney Jill Jester - Minor & Jester, PC Wills & Estate Planning Law Firm The Reecer Law Firm, PLLC

Medical Services Allergist

Couples & Family Therapy Practice Lifeway Counseling Center

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 Lane Denton, TX 76206

(940) 380-0500 Audiology Practice Family Hearing Practice Children & Adolescent Therapist Dr. Kay Trotter, PHD, LPC-S, RPT-S Children & Adolescent Therapy Practice Youth & Family Counseling

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 Family Law Firm The Wright Firm, LLP Immigration Attorney Mari Flores - Flores Harbour Law

Chiropractic Practice Flower Mound Chiropractic

Dr. Sherry Barnett Board Certified Allergist Allergy Testing • Allergy Shots / Immunotherapy • Oral Immunotherapy Treatment of Asthma • Food Allergy Drug & Venom Allergies • Sinusitis Eczema • Dermatitis

www.FlowerMoundAllergy 3121 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 100 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(940) 503-4447 Allergy Center


Judge Brody Shanklin Thank You for Voting Me as the Best and Allowing Me to Serve as 211th District Court Judge. Brody.Shanklin@ 1450 E. McKinney St., Ste. 2325 Denton, TX 76209

(940) 349-2330 Juvenile & Defense Attorney Brent D. Bowen - Brent D. Bowen Attorney At Law

Thank You for Voting Us Best Allergy Center in Denton County. 3051 Churchill Dr., Ste. 130 Flower Mound, TX 75022 2701 West Oak St., Ste. 101 Denton, TX 76201

(972) 539-0086

Labor-Employment Attorney Chuck Elsey - Elsey & Elsey Law Firm CokerLegal Oil & Gas Attorney Richard D. Hayes - Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP


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Dental Implant Dentist

Dr. John C. Shillingburg - DFW Oral Surgeons Thank You for Voting Us Best Dental Implant Dentist, Best Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, and also Best Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center 4421 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 100 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 539-1491 Dermatologist Dr. Michael McGuiness Dermatology Practice Flower Mound Dermatology Doctor Dr. Jennifer Bontreger - Southern Horizon Healthcare Emergency Care Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - Flower Mound

Dr. Vince Baugher D.C. The Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center Providing Pain Relief For Over 20 Years 2500 Lillian Miller Pkwy Denton, TX 76210

(940) 484-6336 Family Allergy & Asthma Care

Couples & Family Therapist Dr. Sean B. Stokes - Lifeway Counseling Center

Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Steven Titensor - 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) 355-9545

Endodontist Dr. Sandy Wang - Flower Mound Endodontics

Family Dentist

Matthew Artho, DDS 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 Swisher Dental General Practice Physician Dr. Shane Ashford, DO

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General Surgeon Dr. Carlos Cruz, MD - Surgery Associates of North Texas

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. John C. Shillingburg, DDS - DFW Oral Surgeons

Hospice Aspen Healthcare

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Center DFW Oral Surgeons


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.

Orthodontist Dr. Kimberly Gronberg, DDS, MS - Gronberg Orthodontics Orthopedic Physician Dr. Evanich, M.D. - Orthopedic Associates Orthopedic Practice Orthopedic Associates

Pediatric Dental Practice 4400 Long Prairie Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028


Lantana Pediatrics

Adult, Adolescent and Child Psychiatry Behavioral Disorders Cognitive Disorders 2620 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 100 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(940) 455-7200

(972) 221-7900


Labor & Delivery Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - Flower Mound Medical Massage Complete Health & Wellness 2300 Village Parkway Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 317-6997

Men’s Wellness & Hormone Therapy Physician Dr. Bradley Axline, MD

Pediatric Dentist Dr. Debra Duffy, D.D.S., P.A.

Mental Health Professional NextGen Counseling, PLLC

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic Stepping Stones Therapy For Kids

Midwifery Care Caring For Women Myofunctional Therapy Kimberly White Speech & Myofunctional Therapy Nerve Treatment Advanced Nerve and Laser Center - Dr. Bao Thai, D.C. OB/GYN Physician Dr. Caren Reaves, MD, FACOG - Caring For Women

Pediatric Practice

Kids First Pediatrics Taking Care of Children from Newborns to Young Adults. Convenient Weekend and Evening Hours Available. 2200 Village Pkwy. Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 317-6000

OB/GYN Practice Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates Ophthalmogist Dr. Lawrence A. Shafron, M.D., F.A.C.S. - Advanced Eye Care Center

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

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Amit M. Patel, DDS MSD ROOT - Periodontal and Implant Center Thank You for Voting Our Team as Best Periodontal Practice for 4 Years In a Row! 651 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028

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Speech Pathologist Rhonda Rodriguez - Flower Mound Speech Therapy Speech Pathology Center Stepping Stones Therapy For Kids

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

(972) 434-8050 SantĂŠ Center for Healing Pharmacy Flower Mound Pharmacy Physical Therapist Meredith S. Tittle, P.T. - S2S Functional Performance Physical Therapy Practice Joints in Motion Physical Therapy Plastic Surgeon Dr. Drew Sanderson - Flower Mound Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Spa Podiatrist Dr. Davey Suh, D.P.M. - DFW Foot and Ankle


Medical Services & Professionals

Regenerative Medicine Epic Healthcare & Physical Medicine Senior / Assisted Living Facility Carriage House

Pediatric Dental World We specialize in pediatric dentistry so your child leaves our office with a healthy smile and a positive attitude towards dental health.

Mind Matters PsychiatryMD

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

(469) 322-7000 In-Home Care Heaven at Home

Psychiatry Practice

Dr. Deanna Dial - Dial Psychiatry Adult, Child and Family Mental Health Telepsychiatry Now Available 1033 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 4 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 755-9435

Assessments, Medical Detox, Residential, Intensive Outpatient, Transitional Living, Trauma and Codependency Intensive Workshops, Individual and Family Therapy. 914 Country Club Road Argyle, TX 76226

(940) 464-7222 Trauma Counseling & Outpatient Center

Hopemead Counseling & Trauma Center Discreet and Results Driven Support and Coaching.

4315 Windsor Centre Tr., Ste. 100 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 268-1058 Urgent Care Rapid Med Urgent Care Urgent Care - Mobile North Texas Mobile Urgent Care, LLC Wellness Studio Pure Synergy

Pet Services

Buffalo Wings TJ’s Pizza Wings-N-Things

Aquarium Store & Supplies Fish n’ Chirps Pet Center

Buffet Chinatown Cafe

Equestrian Services Argyle Veterinary Hospital

Cake Bakery The Flour Shop Bakery

Feed & Hardware Store Argyle Feed Store

Catering Fresco’s Mexicana

Mobile Pet Grooming & Washing Paw Control

Pet Boarding

Cheesesteak Fred’s Downtown Philly Chinese Restaurant Mr. Chopsticks Cup of Coffee Farmhouse Coffee & Treasures

Canine Courtyard 5 Outdoor Play Areas 3 Indoor Air Conditioned Play Areas 3 Outstanding Groomers Private & Group Pet Training 3209 Justin Rd. Flower Mound, TX 75028

Cupcake The Flour Shop Bakery Deli The Original Joey O’s

Dessert Menu

Pet Grooming Paw Control Pet Photography Heads or Tails Pet Photography Pet Sitting / Dog Walking Angel Pet Watch Pet Training Quinntastic Dog Training Veterinarian Dr. Carol Eddy, DVM - Corinth Veterinary Clinic Veterinary Clinic Animal Medical Center - Highland Village Veterinary Hospital Main Street Veterinary Hospital

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

(214) 513-1334 Dinner Fresco’s Mexicana Donuts Hypnotic Donuts

Family Dining

Pizza Nick’s Italian Restaurant

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

(972) 318-0515 French Fries Burgers & Brats

Barbecue Big Jack’s BBQ Bistro Sidewalk Cafe Breakfast Seven Mile Cafe

Salad Salata Seafood Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection Steakhouse Bistecca - An Italian Steakhouse Sushi Komodo Loco Thai Restaurant Thai Ruby Restaurant

Gluten Free Menu Fresco’s Mexicana

Vegan Restaurant Luna Grill - Flower Mound

Hamburger LSA Burger Co. Happy Hour Food State Draft House & Craft Kitchen Healthy Menu Salata Hot Dogs Burgers & Brats Indian Restaurant Curry’s Indian Cafe Italian Restaurant Salerno Restaurant Japanese Hibachi Asahi Teppenyaki & Sushi Lunch Swirl Bakery

Shopping & Retail Consignment Clothing Clothes Mentor Consignment Store Lisa’s Resale Gone Upscale Eyewear Total Eye Care Fashion Accessories The Palm Tree Boutique Fashion Shoe Store Brightside Boutique Furniture Consignment Store Second Home Furniture Furniture Restoration Heirloom Furniture Restoration

Furniture Store

Mexican Restaurant

Fresco’s Mexicana 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

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

(972) 317-3390

(972) 317-3628

Verf’s Grill & Tavern

Queso Fresco’s Mexicana

Frozen Desserts (Ice Cream, Gelato, Snowcone) Blake’s Snow Shack

Restaurant and Food Services Bagel Einstein Bros. Bagels

New Restaurant (open under 12 months) J2 Steakhouse Patio Dining Marty B’s

Guacamole Anamia’s Tex Mex

(972) 724-2157 Pet Food & Supplies Hollywood Feed

Fine Dining

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

(940) 648-3145

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Grilling & BBQ Store

Shopping Center

Coaching Service - Personal Tara Hooper - The Style Signature


Delivery Service Edible Arrangements Embroidery Groggy Dog

Charred Grills & Outdoor Supplies Pellet & Charcoal Grills Kamado Style • Gas Grills Gas Logs • Grill Repair Outdoor Kitchen Equipment Outdoor Kitchen/Living Patio Covers & Arbors 8955 US 377, Ste. 104 Argyle, TX 76226

Style In Store NW Corner of FM 2499 & FM 407

(940) 464-4227

(972) 317-7500

Firearms Training Eagle Gun Range

The Shops at Highland Village

Home Decor & Gifts Painted Tree Marketplace - Highland Village

Specialty Shoe Store Foot Solutions - Flower Mound

Interior Decorating Shop Bella Designs

Specialty Shop Old Town Market

Jewelry Store

Supermarket Market Street Women’s Clothing Store Hello Daffodil

Beasley’s Jewelry Since 1948, Beasley’s Jewelry has been serving the Lewisville community with affordable prices and unique jewelry design. Thank you for your support and patronage. 177 W. Main Street Lewisville, TX 75057

Specialty Services Airport Transportation Service RushTrips Transportation, LLC

Art Studio

Jewelry Store - Resale/ Consignment Duff’s Fine Jewelry

Men’s Clothing Store J.T. Clothiers

Resale Shop

Limousine Transportation

Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County 6100 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 800 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(214) 285-0084 189 Elm St., Ste. 108 Lewisville, TX 75057

Picture Framing Premier Gallery

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 Margarita Machine Rental Rockin Ritas Music Instructor Heather Parks - New Song School of The Arts

Party & Event Supplies PJ’s Party Rental & Essentials

Art House

Dallas/Fort Worth TX Premier Newborn, Family and Wedding Photographer.

(469) 583-2819

Music Lessons Heather Parks - New Song School of The Arts

(972) 221-4641

Kid’s Clothing Store Once Upon a Child

Floral Shop Mickey’s Florist

Your Candid Memories

Party DJ David Hodges - DH Productions Party Rentals 5 Star Rental Photobooth Rental Picture This! Photo & Video Booth Rentals

Private Investigator ACES Private Investigations Dallas Professional Organizer Blissfully Organized, LLC Recording Studio The Panhandle House Screen Printing Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More Special Occasion Deliveries Baskets By Frankie Lynn Summer Camp Briarwood Retreat Center Tattoo Artist David Mushaney - Rebel Muse Tattoo Tattoo Studio Rebel Muse Tattoo

Wedding & Event Florist

T&T Flowers & Gifts We do all your needs for weddings, events, and homecoming. Facebook: T&T Flowers and Gifts

Instagram: TTFlowers16 904 N. St., Ste. 105 Sanger, TX 76266

(940) 458-5501

Artist Carol Christopher Stoecker

Divine Decor & More! An upscale resale store that sells high quality, name brand furniture, adult clothing, home decor, handbags, children’s clothes, and more. All proceeds go to non-profit organizations. 8955 Hwy. 377 Argyle, TX 76226

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Birthing Doula Dana Cluff - Bump to Baby Birth Services Blogger - Writing Service Edit This Cargo / Trailer Rental North Texas Trailers, LLC Ceramic Studio Color Me Mine


Wedding & Event Venue Barnett Estates

Equestrian Stables

Wedding Planner Big Day Coordination Wedding Videography BlalocK Media

Writing & Editing Service

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

(469) 360-3611 200 Simmons Road Double Oak, TX 75077

(760) 801-6655 Fitness Center Outlaw Fitcamp Football Association Flower Mound Youth Football Association Golf Course - Private Lantana Golf Club

Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

Baseball Association Highland Village Area - HVABSA

Basketball Association

Cross Timbers YMCA We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Youth Sports, Wellness Classes and More 2021 Cross Timbers Road Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 539-9622 Batting Cages D-BAT - Lewisville

Old American Golf Club Old American is primarily a club for the passionate golfer with access to our intimate golf and dining experience. Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County for 6 Years in a Row! 1001 Lebanon Rd. The Colony, TX 75056

(972) 370-4653

Cheer Studio Excite! Gym & Cheer Coaching Service - Sports Scott Wissel Personal Training CrossFit CrossFit Flower Mound Cryotherapy Clinic Cryo Clinic Dance Studio Top Hat Dance Centre, Inc.

Sports Facility Lone Star Indoor Sports Center Sports Massage Center Pure Synergy Wellness Studio Sports Massage Therapist Carrie Zala TherapeuticMassagebyCarrieZala

Outlaw Fitcamp - Hickory Creek Indoor Fitcamp Classes Group & Family Personal Training 24 Hour Gym 1039 Hickory Creek Blvd. Hickory Creek, TX 75065

(940) 222-4390 Kickboxing 9 Round Lacrosse Association Flower Mound Lacrosse Association

Nutritionist / Dietitian - Certified Debbie Hammett - Serious Results Outdoor Bootcamp Camp Gladiator Personal Trainer Jesse James Leyva

Personal Training Facility

Jesse James Fit Win Kids

(972) 355-9988 Health Food Store Sprouts Farmers Market

Weight Loss Center Jesse James Fit Weight Loss Treatment Equilibrium Weight Loss and Longevity Yoga Instructor Kylie Riggs - Cross Timbers YMCA &address=75028 Yoga Studio Inspire Yoga

Nutrition & Supplements Store Precision Sports Nutrition


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 Road Flower Mound, TX 75028

Swimming Instruction Ms. Jane’s Swim School, LLC

Martial Arts Studio Castle Hills Taekwondo America

Golf Instructor Becca Bailey

Bicycle Shop North Texas Bikes Bootcamp Instructor Stephanie Knoop - Burn Boot Camp

Indoor Bootcamp

Brawley Farms

Golf Club - Public

Barre Studio Pure Barre FM

Sporting Goods Store Academy Sports & Outdoors

Riding lessons for all levels on safe, reliable school horses. Hunters | Jumpers | Equitation Full Service Care | Show Program

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In-Home Personal Training GymGuyz

Individual Personal Training Group & Family Personal Training Athletic Performance Training Couples Performance Training 1001 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 1200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 355-2639 Pilates Instructor Abby Elliott - The Pilates Barre Pilates Studio The Pilates Barre

We’d like to thank everyone in Denton County who nominated and voted for their favorite businesses. It’s because of your support that these winners are able to shine. We hope that you join us again in 2019 during our summer nominations. If you’re a business owner in Denton County who would like to participate please join our newsletter on our website for exclusive updates, news and information regarding voting. from the Best of Denton County Team

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Happy Hour Mulberry Street Cantina www. Margaritas Milpa Kitchen & Cantina Mixed Drinks 940’s Kitchen & Cocktails Sports Bar Jack’s Tavern Wine & Spirits Wine Squared

Principal Tim Greenwell – Liberty Elementary School Teacher/Professor Marlene Price – Wellington Elementary Schoo

Color Salon Denton Color Lab Eyelash Extensions Wildflower Lash and Beauty Parlor wildflowerlashandbeautyparlor

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.

Facials Crystal’s Essentials Hair Salon Cheveux Color Company category/Hair-Salon/Cheveux-ColorCompany-350118071738126 Massage Spa Essentials Day Spa Nail Salon Bella Salon and Spa Tanning Salon Tan Evolution

University UNT

Community & Non Profit Auto Mechanic Shop Lewisville Truck Center Auto Repair Shop Lewisville Truck Center Car Dealership Bill Utter Ford

Event Facility Denton Event Center

Charity Organization Hearts For Homes Church Youth Group HUB – Valley Creek

Bar & Nightlife Education

(940) 382-3530

Travel Agency Cruise Planners – Ocean Blue Travel

Doctor Dr. Jennifer Bontreger – Southern Horizon Healthcare

Travel Agent Cruise Planners – Sheree Harris & Associates view/5659-Sheree-&-Leonard-Harris

Financial & Real Estate Apartment Community City Parc at Fry Street

Student Bank

Family Dentist Dr. Jenifer Nichols, DDS – Family Smiles Dental Group Hospital Texas Health Presbyterian Flower Mound OB/GYN The Women’s Centre Orthodontist Dr. Michael Habern – Habern Orthodontics

Pet Services Pet Groomer Beau’s Bath House & Doggie Spa

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

Coach Jeff Sherman

Beer Selection Oak St. Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor

Elementary School Wellington Elementary School

Craft Beer Selection The Bearded Monk

High School Flower Mound High School

Criminal Law Firm Ben Hunsucker – Hunsucker Legal Group, PLLC

Drin Menu Oak St. Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor

Middle School McKamy Middle School

Criminal Lawyer Hunsucker Legal Group, PLLC

Best of Denton County 2018

All Your Dental Needs in One Office Implant • Fillings • Extractions Dentures • Root Canals Cleanings • TMJ • Kids of All Ages 1308 Crescent St., Ste. C Denton, TX 76201

Dental Practice Family Smiles Dental Group

Bar Staff Milpa Kitchen & Cantina

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Norman Pomerance DDS

Games & Arcades Freaks and Geeks

Animal Non-Profit Denton Animal Support Foundation

Youth Club Boys and Girls Club

Bar Patio Fresco’s Mexicana

Birthday Party Venue Bounce House Rental - C&Js Party Rentals & Entertainment

Insurance Agency Texas Family Insurance

Automotive Services

Cosmetic Dentist

Tutoring KD College Prep

Entertainment & Travel Beauty Services

Medical Services

Pet Spa & Boarding Lucky Dog Ranch Veterinarian Dr. Leigh Anne Robertson – Lantana Animal Hospital Pet Photography Heads or Tails Pet Photography

Restaurants Barbeque Bet The House BBQ

Legal Services

Brats Burgers & Brats Breakfast Snooty Pig Cafe Buffet UNT Dining Services

Cake Bakery Heavenly Taylored Sweets Cup of Coffee West Oak Coffee Bar Cupcakes Candy Haven & Cakes Deli New York Sub Hub Dessert Menu Heavenly Taylored Sweets Dinner 940’s Kitchen & Cocktails Donuts Hypnotic Donuts Family Dining Cartwright’s Ranch House Fine Dining Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant French Fries LSA Burger Co. Frozen Dessert Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Gluten Free Menu Salata

Specialty Services Floral Shop T&T Flowers & Gifts IT Specialist Nick’s Computer Services Music Instructor Heather Parks - New Song School of The Arts Photographer Jordan Blalock Photography Tattoo Studio A Living Canvas Tattoo

Sports & Fitness Barre Studio S2S Functional Performance Batting Cages D-BAT Denton Cheer Studio North Texas Tumble & Cheer

Hamburger RG Burgers & Grill Healthy Menu Juice Lab

Fitness Center Cyclebar

Lunch Yellow Rose Steak & Chop House www.

Gymnastics Excite! Gym & Cheer

Mexican Food Milpa Kitchen & Cantina

Indoor Bootcamp Outlaw Fitcamp

Pizza Crooked Crust

Martial Arts Studio Lantana Taekwondo

Seafood The Catch Seafood Steakhouse Queenie’s Steakhouse Sushi I Love Sushi Vegan Andaman Thai Restaurant

Shopping & Retail Consignment Store Thrift Giant Resale Shop Thrift Giant Denton

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. Auto Repair Shop

Nutrition & Supplement Store Precision Sports Nutrition

Home Staging an Occupied or Vacant Property Home Redesigning

Lorentz Automotive Family Owned & Operated since 1982. Built on Integrity, Knowledge & Honesty. 600 N. Mill Street Lewisville, TX 75057

(972) 353-2100 Heating / Air Repair

Personal Trainer Amanda Morris Personal Training Facility Scott Wissel Personal Training Pilates Instructor On Point Pilates Sports Facilities Summit Climbing, Yoga & Fitness Swimming Instruction AquaKids Swim School Yoga Instructor Mary Novas Yoga Studio Inspire Yoga

Home Staging

Kim Lyles - The Staging Company

Coaching Service - Sports Excite! Gym & Cheer Dance Studio Imagery in Motion Dance

Salad Greenhouse Restaurant


(817) 751-8446 Photographer

What’s That Guy’s Name? Photography By Guy T Corporate Events Portraits Professionals Seniors

(469) 500-5657 Real Estate Seller’s Agent

Calvin’s Climate We service & repair all makes and models, along with custom design & installation. 2809 Justin Rd., Ste. G Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 691-4000

Darby Merriman M Squared Real Estate Team A dynamic duo of customer focused, top producing, award winning and community minded realtors dedicated to maximizing your real estate experience. 2434 Lillian Miller Pkwy. Denton, TX 76205

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Community Keeping the

Smiling W i t h T e e t h I n A D ay


by Steve Gamel

Dr. John Shillingburg couldn’t tell who was more excited when one of his patients, Mike Thomas, came strolling through the front door a few months ago. Thomas, a former Naval pilot now in his 60s, initially visited DFW Oral Surgeons in Flower Mound last year hoping Dr. Shillingburg and his staff could help him not only get his smile back – but also his life.

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It had been a while since Dr. Shillingburg

military man himself, he has worked with active

performed a life-changing fixed dental implant

duty soldiers to celebrities and civilians. And

procedure on Mike called All-on-4®. And by

as technology has improved, he’s jumped

the looks of it, it worked to perfection. Mike was

onboard with treatment programs that improve

loving his new teeth and was smiling from ear

a patient’s recovery time and quality of life.

to ear.

“It gives me pride knowing

“He couldn’t stop smiling. None of us could, either,” Dr. Shillingburg said. “Mike looked great; he had stopped smoking and everything. It was a radical change to his life.” He added, “Our patients can’t believe how real their teeth are. And they can’t wait to smile.”

“...It’s not as painful as before because the teeth aren’t resting on the gum tissue; they’re resting on the implants.”

patients can come in,

Mike Thomas was a perfect

and they will have a great

candidate for All-on-4. He had

experience,” Dr. Shillingburg

developed gum disease, and his

said. “We have a great team

teeth deteriorated rapidly. This left

here, and I have a lot of

him struggling to chew his food, and he

passion for what I do; We

was uncomfortable in social situations.

enjoy taking something that

In a matter of one day, that all changed.

is difficult for a lot of people and make it so it’s not a big deal.”

Another story featured on the company’s website ( is of veteran Chris Coker, a cancer survivor who had

The All-on-4 treatment is a

several teeth knocked out during a lung biopsy.

We’ll talk more about the procedure that

cultural shift from the more intrusive, painful,

Dr. Shillingburg selflessly donated his time,

changed Mike’s life in a minute, but trust

and lengthy implant procedures of the past as

expertise, and resources to help Mr. Coker.

us when we say it’s not your typical dental

it uses as few as four implants while making the

implant treatment. And frankly, the doctor who

“You people have seen me before

best use of your available jawbone

performed it isn’t typical either. Dr. Shillingburg,

with really awful teeth, and they

to provide a fully functional set of

a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon,

don’t make you feel good about

new fixed teeth. By angling the

is the best at what he does and is the owner

yourself,” Mr. Coker says to a

rear two implants, patients receive

group of people in the video. “And

instantaneous support and stability

when this was done, it changed my

of a true outpatient surgery center capable of diagnosing and treating any mouth and jaw condition. This includes procedures as simple as

– all in one day.

whole perspective on life, the way I

wisdom teeth extraction to complicated sinus

In the past, the standard of care

lifts and reconstructive surgery.

with fixed implants was for a

And when we say he’s a specialist in all of these things, we mean it. Dr. Shillingburg is trained and credentialed in dentoalveolar surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, implant surgery, orthognathic surgery, facial reconstructive oral surgery, dental anesthesiology, and holds membership with the American Dental Association and is a Diplomate of both the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Beyond the accolades, what makes Dr. Shillingburg tick is being able to help people feel better about themselves. A former

people, and now I just really enjoy smiling.”

surgeon to take bone from a patient’s hip to reconstruct the

Many of us take our oral and dental

facial bone structure. From there,

health for granted, and when we

six to eight dental implants would

are suddenly faced with severe

be placed in the upper jaw,

problems, the consequences can


followed by the lower jaw, and

photography by Carnes Group

be overwhelming. Having a doctor like John Shillingburg in your

patients would then need to make multiple trips back over the course of the next

corner is a lifesaver.

year and a half as their mouth healed. What All-

“I feel my role on this earth is to help people

on-4 does is decrease the need for

and to bless others. It’s a really neat thing to be

bone grafting.

able to radically change someone’s life for

“In one day, we can remove their upper and lower teeth, then place four to six dental implants in while a lab tech converts the upper denture into fixed teeth,” Dr. Shillingburg said. “We place the implants and put in a set of temporary teeth that same day. It’s not as painful

photography of Dr. Shillingburg and Team by Your Candid Memories (

live it, the way I interact with other


as before because the teeth aren’t resting on the gum tissue; they’re resting on the implants.”

the better.”

Best Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, and Dental Implant Dentist DFW Oral Surgeons (972) 539-1491 4421 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 100 Flower Mound, TX 75028

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