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From medical to wellness to beauty services,

Women’s Wellness at Flower Mound and The Med Spa of Flower Mound are your one-stop,

combined comprehensive women’s health care experts. Our providers are all women with busy lives, just like you. We understand

the needs that you have for convenience

and comfort and have designed our practice in such a way that each individual woman

who visits with us will reap the benefits of our commitment. We strive to make your on-site


Best of Denton County 2016

voted The Best of Denton County.

future. A graduate of Stanford Medical

to handling a patient’s immediate needs, we


are also committed to long-term education

residency at Stanford University Hospital and

and support for optimal health and wellness.

is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology,

Our greatest priority is the well-being of our

specializing in well women health, complete

patients! At Women’s Wellness at Flower Mound,



laparoscopic gynecologic surgery and infertility












understand comprehensive women’s health.

and has been in practice for over 13 years.

Our staff, lead by Medical Director Dr. Sylvie


Paroski, is highly trained in every procedure in our

I understand women’s unique healthcare needs,”

full range of non-invasive offerings. Our cosmetic

she said. “Obviously, welcoming new life is the








Best OB/GYN Practice Women’s Wellness at Flower Mound (972) 355-9436 3051 Churchill Dr., Suite 220 Flower Mound, TX 75022

We continually strive to make your experience

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gift by our customers, being

us to achieve greater heights in the

outstanding obstetrics care.

friendly, professional, like-minded women. The


which health goals are achieved. In addition

minimally invasive procedures, in addition to

of care we want our patients to receive from


This has only helped to motivate


possible. Our team is chosen for the continuity


This year, we were given a great

is to establish positive relationships through

ultrasound, lab services and various in-office

with us as relaxed and as comfortable as

nurses utilizing the latest and

focus of our experienced women’s health team

visit as convenient as possible by providing comprehensive

injectors are all doctors and

Cheryl Smitherman, DNP, CNM

Women’s Wellness of Flower Mound provides comprehensive health care services never forgetting that our patient is a person. We know it’s important to find a woman’s health provider you trust

Best Med Spa

The Med Spa for the Sophisticated Women and Distinguished Man – “The look you want through a conservative approach”

The Med Spa of Flower Mound (972) 874-0008 3051 Churchill Dr., Suite 120 Flower Mound, TX 75022 Sylvie H. Paroski, M.D., Board Certified for F.A.C.O.G







care, rather than ancillary staff for maximum

most inspirational part of what we do here, but I also love surgery and educating my patients through the seasons of life from puberty through menopause and beyond while developing meaningful relationships.”

including estheticians and registered nurses






working together to achieve the best result for

and dedicated, the team’s straight-forward,

a natural-looking, beautiful you. It is our mission

unpretentious style has a comforting effect on

to provide industry leading products and

even the most anxious patients. Patients can

services at affordable prices.

count on recommendations being proven, safe,

We take a conservative approach to bring out

effective and conservative. Everyone has unique

our client’s own natural outer beauty utilizing

needs, and with years of combined experience

the most up to date products and technologies.

The Med Spa of Flower Mound meets each

We provide an atmosphere that makes each

patient’s individual expectations. With a female

and every client feel like family. We specialize

perspective and a keen interest and passion

in facial esthetics and utilize a conservative

for aesthetics, the team has a unique viewpoint

approach to cosmetic enhancement, so that you

on aging and conservative rejuvenation.


enjoy a younger, refreshed and more attractive

conservative approach assures that patients

Like Dr Paroski, certified nurse midwife, Cheryl

appearance. We believe that these therapies

are happy and satisfied with their results. The

Smitherman, brings a wealth of experience and

reflect not only your external appearance but

a passion for women’s health to the honored

goal is to help women and men look as good

can improve how you feel about yourself and

practice. With a teaching background, Cheryl

as they feel – and feel as good as they look!

the image you portray to others. No one’s

adds an unrivaled depth of support to women

Whether you’re needing our laser treatments, a

face should be expressing emotions that they

and their families through education and

aren’t feeling.

HydraFacial, Biote natural hormone replacement

informed decision-making across the healthcare lifespan.




and experience, Cheryl’s role as lead midwife at Women’s Wellness completes the patient experience in a loving, caring environment.

therapy, Coolsculpting, cosmetic injections, skin

Our staff is highly trained in every procedure

resurfacing or tightening, The Med Spa of Flower

in our full range of non-invasive offerings. The

is bound to exceed your expectations.

experienced team prides itself on offering a confidential and relaxing environment for all your cosmetic procedures ensuring comfort

The Med Spa at Flower Mound specializes in

every step of the way. Likewise, The Med Spa

advanced skin care, injectables, dermal

founders, Phil and Margaret Rodgers, believe






combines both aesthetic and medical procedures in a med spa setting. At our facility, you will find under the






laser treatments should be performed by licensed estheticians,

guidance of our medical director, Dr. Sylvie Paroski, a great team of


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MIXER August 1, 2016

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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.

tireless activities that make our community better, stronger, and more enjoyable. This year we had over one million votes cast! Each business who made the top 3 should be very

to our readers

proud of their accomplishment and you as a consumer can feel confident that they will take care of your needs. As you shop for goods and services in our county or are faced with a buying decision, selecting a business to trust with your money

Small businesses are the lifeblood of local

is very important. We encourage you to look

communities, especially here in Denton

for and shop with those businesses where the

honored to be given the opportunity to

displayed. Consumers can use this as a guide

here in our own backyard. We love what

encourage you to keep this directory handy

other local business entrepreneurs who

the magazine available, you may also visit our

County. At Murray Media Group, we’re

Best of Denton County logo is prominently

meet with praiseworthy businesses right

for excellence and community and trust. We

we do, and we look forward to discovering

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

have love and passion for our community.

website at to

For the last 13 years, the Best of Denton County has showcased local businesses who demonstrate a combination of outstanding professionalism and customer service along with traditional southern charm. Unlike most “BEST OF” publications, the Best of Denton County is not a readers’ choice award where the publication itself picks their top 3 advertisers and then allows their readers to vote for their favorites. Our award, allows residents from the county one month to nominate their favorite local businesses by voting online. After the nomination 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 then votes for their favorite. It is our unique selection process that has made this award prestigious, coveted and respected in our county.

a purchasing decision.

find the same local businesses when faced with Steve Jobs famously said that owning a

“... small businesses are the driving force of our communities...”

Once a year, we publish this unique magazine to the residents of Denton County where we spotlight business owners who are excited about their services and products and are committed to offering you the BEST of our county. As a consumer, you can feel confident using this directory as a guide and shop the award winning businesses with confidence because you’ll know that they’ll take care of you and deliver great products and services. Denton County is our home as well and it holds a dear place in our hearts. We are pleased to give top business owners a thank you for their

business is tough. He believed that business owners needed to be passionate about the service they were providing in order to stick with it and continue growing. Like him, we also believe that small businesses are the driving force of our communities, and we love meeting people with the

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

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


SALES MANAGER Kelly Murray V.P. OF OPERATIONS Jana Melton ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Lizzy Hoffman Kathryn Flores Meredith McNair Melissa Goodson

Special Thanks Bistecca • Sigma Signs PJ’s Party Supplies • Fresco’s Mexicana Scott Young Photography Your Candid Memories Photography Murray Media Group Publication Readers Picture This! -

passion and drive that owning a business requires. This is

why we’ve developed this award and continue to search for outstanding Denton County businesses every year. Publisher: Murray Media Group • Presidents: Kelly & Scott Murray 1011 Surrey Lane, Bldg. 100, Ste. #101 • Flower Mound, Texas 75022 972.899.3637 • Best of Denton County Magazine is published once a year for Denton County residents, students and businesses. All nominations were voted on Winners were chosen by the residents of Denton County. The editor, publisher, owner and staff were not responsible for choosing winners nor did they participate in voting. Over 350 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 2016 by Murray Media Group Publications and an additional award for Student's Choice was crowned from the students of Denton County. All Rights Reserved ©2016. 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.


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Automotive Services Five Star for a Reason . . . . . . . . . . . 122

On The Cover

Bar & Nightlife The Best Beers on Tap . . . . . . . . . .


Beauty Services Sister Businesses are Your Best Friend . . . 04 Where Passion & Friendship Meet . . . . . 80

Business & Professional Services Branded for Success . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Community & Non-Profit Changing Lives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12


PointBank: Protecting Local Businesses in Every Way Possible Featured on the cover starting from the top left: Joey Hawkins from Royal’s Bagels and Deli, Ray David Jr. from PointBank, Jesse Leyva from Jesse James Fit, Danielle Beavers from Dani Rae’s Gulf Kitchen, Jenny Fallis from Jenny Layne Bakery and Rick Troutman from the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Texas. Special guest Rhagnar the Dragon from the kingdom of Denton.


Escape to a Whole New Adventure

Imagine just for one hour that you’re James Bond. You’re aboard a modified cargo train carrying a top-secret nuclear device to a classified launch site. Ready? Go!

56 Genuine Texas Hospitality You Can Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Financial & Real Estate

Debbie Sardone is Cleaning for a Reason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

The Law is in His Blood . . . . . . . . . . 30

Legacy of Cleaning & Quality . . . . . . . 47

There are Those Who Fight & Those Who are Fighters . . . . . . . . . . 31

Working with People Who Care . . . . . . 45

Your Champions in Legal Matters . . . . . 26

Legal Services

Medical & Health Services

Covering Clients from A to Z . . . . . . . 27

A Breath of Fresh Air for Family Dental Care

Elsey & Elsey Attorneys at Law . . . . . . 24 Embracing Traditional Community Values

Family law cases can bring about an emotional and confusing time for everyone involved. CokerLegal uses traditional values to ensure a positive outcome.

Dr. Matthew Artho, and his staff at Country Lakes Family Dental has become a practice that’s beloved by his patients, staff and community.

Are You Covered Correctly? . . . . . . . . 92 From One Family to Another . . . . . . . 93 Independence is Twice as Nice for Fellers Insurance Agency . . . . . . . . 95 Your Homebuying Caddy . . . . . . . . . 94

Home Services A Friendly Approach to Painting Your Home . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 As Local as It Gets . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 8 |

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A Helping Hand in Pregnancy . . . . . . . 72

Legacy Continues at Minor & Jester . . . . 28

Complete Health & Wellness, the Name Says it All . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Results, Reputation & Lasting Relationships in Your Backyard . . . . . . . 29

Complete Wellness in One Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138

Staff Expansion will Continue Their Vision . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Titensor Dental, Committed to Excellence

Two highly-trained general dentists, one state-of-the-art location, over three decades of experience.

Photo Booth @

Winner’s Party by Picture This! 62 Training You to Live Healthy . . . . . . . . 69

Restaurant & Food Services Coming Together Through Mexican Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110

At this year’s Best of Denton County Winner’s Party guests enjoyed a fun photo booth courtesy of Picture This! Photography. (817) 300-7469 •

For the Love of BBQ

Everyone loves BBQ and at Fat Cow BBQ they not know know how to make it right, they make it with love.

106 No Longer a Hidden Treasure . . . . . . .109 Still Your Favorite Italian Steakhouse . . .108

Shopping & Retail Men’s Clothing Store is a Local Favorite . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Something Old, Something New, Something Inspired . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Big Life Changes Start with Small Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 D-Bat Denton Teaches Lessons in Love (for the Game)

When D-BAT Baseball & Softball Academy of Denton opened its doors last December, one thing was clear. This would not be a place for players to simply come and learn the game. They were going to learn to love it as well.

96 It’s Where the Players GO . . . . . . . . .102

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

A Message from TCAP: Thank you for Voting Us Best Animal Non Profit 4 Years in a Row!

“The answer to stopping euthanasia and

Burleson, Hurst, Allen, and Weatherford, but

TCAP Executive Director, Stacey Schumacher.

home with one of their travel “MASH”-style

overpopulation starts with prevention” says

The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection

(TCAP) has been a leader in animal welfare since






provides compassionate solutions to pet

overpopulation and euthanasia. As a

Denton-based non-profit, TCAP provides

main clinics, so we make ourselves available throughout DFW at local animal shelters and community centers,” says Schumacher.

the Humane Society of the United States

Protection strives to provide its support to

care throughout North Texas. In 2007,

to pet owners, the Texas Coalition for Animal

named TCAP as the “Most innovative

animal shelters and rescue organizations.





team has spayed/neutered more than

300,000 North Texas animals and has

“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

vaccinated more than 515,000 animals

of animals they can help as a result” says

ultimate goal is to substantially reduce

on to state that the combination of reducing

throughout North Texas, while promoting

rates can actually lower the cost of city-funded

pets is the most effective way to

Texas taxpayers.

against the deadly rabies virus. TCAP’s

Schumacher. TCAP’s Executive Director goes

animal overpopulation and euthanasia

animal overpopulation and increasing adoption

animal welfare. Spaying and neutering

programs and in-turn lower the cost to North

reduce animal overpopulation and many

problems that result from overpopulation

such as malnutrition, abandonment, high

euthanasia rates, and neglect. “The






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



Denton, Fort Worth,


and cannot always make the drive to one of our

In addition to providing an invaluable service


Community & Non-Profit

clinics. “We understand that people have jobs

the lowest prices for preventative animal

approach to animal welfare in the nation.”

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chances are that TCAP is never far from your

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If you have a pet that you would like to get sterilized,





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 six 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 Street Denton, TX 76201

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TNT Promotions:

Branded for Success W

What are the components of a good brand? How “It’s this engagement with our clients which do you go about the daunting task of promoting makes the difference. We give the TLC service,” and branding your business? Even if you’re a Marsha Thomas explains. And indeed they do, franchise with a well-developed logo and brand as there is no comparison between shopping name, your business still needs products and online with an unknown company and hiring TNT services to further promote your niche in the to purchase your promotional products. TNT market place. Very few companies have the helps you with the big picture of branding your budget of Coca-Cola or Walt Disney, who are business. They help you think of products which brilliant at branding strategists. But we do you may not have even considered before have a strong community firm with TNT and their range of products and services Promotions: Promotional Products are extensive. TNT Promotions is We Give The and Trade Show Services, who officially certified by the Women’s can help you affordably, brand Business Enterprise National Council your company awareness for (WBENC) as a WOMAN OWNED Service the small and medium sized BUSINESS. In addition TNT is HUB firms. Their team of experts are certified as well. Do you need help dedicated to the craft of helping with tradeshows, golf tournaments, gifts, businesses build their brand awards? TNT Promotions has you covered. Of awareness. Owners, Bill and course they have a tremendous variety of logo Marsha Thomas, are a cut wear, pens and mugs; but they also offer unique above other promotional items for the kitchen and home, sports and product services. They are outdoor, eco-friendly items, food and beverage, committed to building healthcare, tools, executive gifts, watches and relationships with their computer accessories. The list goes on. You can clients and within conveniently shop online with the ability to call their community. and ask questions, or meet a member of the TNT team to help you create your product branding strategy. Your business branding can be as unique as you wish and they offer products for every budget. Call or schedule an appointment: 972.891.8681, or find them online:


ha ars & M tions l l i o B ve Prom bo d a f TNT e r o tu Pic mas Tho

Best Promotional Products TNT Promotions (972) 891-8681 3044 Old Denton Road Carrollton, TX 75077

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Something Old, Something new,

Something Inspired


When you step into Bella Designs you can immediately see why they were voted Best Decorating Shop in Denton County for the third year in a row! While most decorating shops can be intimidating to enter, when you step into Bella you are immediately greeted by the warm comfortable atmosphere and true Southern charm and hospitality.

has been honed in over two decades of being

Owner, Lisa McCarty who was born and raised

If I do not believe that it is something that the

here in Denton County closed the doors to her

customer will love and enjoy, then I don’t want

almost decade old arts and crafts store in the

to encourage it.” She goes on to describe her

early 1990’s, to start a

design philosophy with, “the design process can

nobler calling of raising

take some time, and if

a wife and mother, as well as, well as a design professional and is best summed by Lisa and her family’s philosophy of,” We want people to remember how wonderfully they were treated when in Bella Designs, and be remembered by how much they love their space or the items they have purchased from us.” When Lisa was asked about her business approach she responded,” I am not going to sell someone a product simply because I need to make a sale.

a family. Flash forward

someone is looking

to today you will

for a cookie cutter

see Lisa has never regretted

design then that is




decision as all her

they would not find


at Bella Designs.





Each customer and

and that peace

client is unique and each



Pictured: Lisa McCarty


room should be treated

her to get back to her





second passion – interior decorating and design.


In her two decades of raising her children, Lisa

in only its fifth year it was awarded for the third

noticed a need for her expertise in the design


proven to be a success because

time the Best of Denton County Award for Best

world in the areas around her home. This

Decorating Shop.

combined with her natural desire to design led

“Living in Denton County as long as I have I know

her to bring Bella Designs to fruition. She defines

how serious people take the Best Of Denton

her top design principle as “I believe strongly

County award. To win it for the third year in a row

in the design principle of mixing the old and

is such an honor and one we take very seriously.”

new. Not every piece in the landscape of a room

States Lisa.

should be an antique, but not everything should be brand new either. “ Lisa says she designs in this manner because,” When you mix pieces you love that have a history whether they be a family heirloom or a cool antique with great new pieces, it immediately starts a conversation.” This desire 20 |

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Best Interior Decorating Shop Bella Designs • (940) 367-5754 318 East Oak St., Suite 110 Denton, TX 76201

Jack’s Outfitters

Best Men’s Clothing Store in Denton County

Also, a Local Favorite for Man’s Best Friend by Susan Neuhalfen


When you walk into Jack’s Outfitters you feel like you’ve walked into one of those great retail shops in Vail or Sundance, complete with all the fashionable lifestyle clothing befitting of those who love being outdoors, rain or shine, sunshine or snow. From great fur vests to jeans and ponchos to Patigonia, everything comfortable, fashionable and altogether chic is found right here.

Rhonda Stankiewicz, Store Owner

Boots from Sorel, Liberty Black,Volatile, Sbicca and Old Gringo come in a variety of styles from everyday wear to cowboy boots to gorgeous heeled swede boots and more. Shoes from brands like Birkenstock, Olukai, and Clarks are always in stock to fit both style and comfort. The shoe collection is amazing and the perfect compliment to the incredible selection of clothing and jackets to fit the active outdoor lifestyle.

Once you meet Rhonda Kaye, the owner of Jack’s Outfitters you’ll understand why. Her experience varies from retail buying in a southern California surf and ski rental chain to selling millions in clothing at Nordstrom, which is what brought her here to Texas. Despite winning many awards for her incredible It’s that incredible selection of career at Nordstrom as million dollar clothing that won Jack’s Outfitters pacesetter and top salesperson in Best Men’s Clothing Store in the Best the company, her favorite award still of Denton County and truthfully, the remains the Best of Denton County Jack’s Outfitters women’s clothing is just as hot. The because instead of being recognized clothes are casual but stylish so if by management, she’s being recognized by you’re looking for something comfortable that customers and the people of Denton County. looks amazing, there are so many great looks Jack’s Outfitters was recognized in the Best of Denton County as the best fashion shoe store.

that are perfect not only for the outdoors, but for dinner out as well.

Best Fashion Shoe Store Best Men’s Clothing Store

In case you were wondering, the store is named after her dog Jack, a yellow Labrador Retriever—one of many that she breeds and loves. Jack, who turns 13 on Christmas Day, is the official greeter though sometimes he’s laying down on the job. She even has a section for the four legged family members in the back. She is passionate about dogs and chances are, Jack will be there to greet you when you come to Jack’s Outfitters.

Jack’s Outfitters • (972) 317-8780 1101 Shoal Creek, Suite 140 Highland Village, TX 75077

Student’s Choice Best Fashion Accessories Hours: Mon-Sat 10-9 • Sun 12-6

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Front Row, left-right: Kimberly P. Killebrew, Jacob C. Jeffries, Shana Q. Einhorn Back Row, left-right: Shelby Hart, Mike Youngberg, Kelly K. E. Robb, Duane L. Coker, Jacqueline D. Cannon, Marci B. Martinez




by Steve Gamel

Embracing traditional

Families have more options than ever these days when it comes to legal representation. But that doesn’t mean they should choose just any law firm out there. Family law cases can bring about an emotional and confusing time for everyone involved, and clients need to have the right team in their corner.

has offices in Denton and Collin Counties – has

“Our clients are often in a very difficult stage of

separated itself from the pack with knowledgeable

their lives,” founding shareholder Duane L. Coker

and compassionate representation. They do

said. “We are dedicated to helping our clients

business in Denton County because it’s a place that continues to embrace the traditional values of community, which is the hallmark of CokerLegal.

navigate this trying time and to achieve a positive outcome for their families in a cost-effective way.”


Mr. Coker added, “While we always counsel

level of service, sensitivity, and core values

clients about reasonable expectations, we always

CokerLegal is that family law firm.

remain unmatched.

love helping them achieve a win that even we

Rather than make empty promises while chasing

The firm was awarded Best Family Law Firm in this

thought was difficult or impossible. Those cases

the mighty dollar, this family-first firm – which

year’s Best of Denton County awards.

are truly memorable.”

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CokerLegal specializes in all areas of family law,

After graduating from Baylor Law School in 1992,

including divorce, child support, child custody,

Mr. Coker began his legal career in Wisconsin.

collaborative divorce, modifications, enforcement

But he and his wife are native Texans who grew

of court orders and adoption.

up right here in North Texas, so they decided to

CokerLegal has eight attorneys with more than

move back to this area and quickly began looking

60 years of combined experience. They include

into locations for a new practice.

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

As they were driving down McKinney Street in

P. Killebrew, Marci B. Martinez, Jacob C. Jeffries,

Denton, they spied a “space for rent” sign at

Shana Q. Einhorn, Mike Youngblood, and Mr.

what would be the first home of CokerLegal.

Coker. Three of those attorneys (Coker, Robb and

Duane hung out his shingle in August 1998 and

Cannon) are Board Certified in Family Law by the

over the years the practice has grown and moved

Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Soon to join

to its current location.

the list of attorneys at CokerLegal is recent law school graduate, Shelby Hart.

CokerLegal’s consistent success for their clients facilitated the opening of a second office at the

Mr. Coker has been named a Texas Super Lawyer

Dallas North Tollway and Main St. in Frisco. The

six times while Mrs.

firm’s commitment to

Robb was named a


Texas Super Lawyer

the same.







named a Texas Super Lawyer



three times. Individually, as




firm, so







don’t cookie-

“. . . helping our clients to get through very difficult, and sometimes very joyous, times in their lives in the best way possible . . .”



such as the department’s annual Reindeer Romp that provides program scholarships for area children. Along with supporting family-focused events such as Denton County Adoption Day,

“We strive to return

CokerLegal helps to further the efforts of area

phone calls, answer

fitness organizations such as the TriSherpa


triathlon group, Dirt Side Sisters Women’s




treat our clients like the important person that they are to our family law practice,” Ms. “This

Cannon might

said. sound

cutter solutions.

like common sense,

Each attorney works

but we find that the

hard to determine the

number one complaint

Mountain Biking organization, and the Shawnee Trail Cycling Club, to name a few. They also are active members of the Denton County Bar Association. Denton County Bar Association’s County








Law Professionals of Denton County, the Collin County Bar Association, and others. It’s all in the name of being a well-rounded,

clients’ goals while assisting them in developing

of clients who come to us after working with other

family-first law firm.

expectations, counseling them on their options,

divorce attorneys is that they did not receive the

“We would like to be remembered for helping

and representing them in their efforts to reach

customer service they felt they deserved and, in

our clients to get through very difficult, and

their ideal scenarios. Because no two cases

many cases, couldn’t even get someone to return

sometimes very joyous, times in their lives in the

are the same, CokerLegal counsels clients to

their call. We don’t have that problem here.”

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

preserve relationships to the extent possible and

The attorneys that work at CokerLegal are far

help resolving a family law case, our Denton and

act in a dignified, child-centered way to preserve and protect the best interest of their families.

from being one-dimensional. Besides being dynamos in the courtroom, they are very giving

Their extensive legal insight can prove to be a

and do everything they can to give back to

great asset in your case. Whether your case can

the community.

be settled outside of court or requires litigation,

CokerLegal is proud to be a part of the Denton

you can feel peace of mind in knowing you have an expert legal team on your side, protecting your rights and interests.

County Alternative Dispute Resolution program. Their attorneys also volunteer to do mediations several times a year. CokerLegal was recently

“If clients are looking for a law firm that is

recognized by the Denton Parks and Recreation

vindictively litigious, then CokerLegal is not the

Department for their continued support of events

Collin County family law attorneys at CokerLegal are ready to get you through this. Our clients mean everything to us.”

Best Family Law Firm & Family Lawyer CokerLegal • (940) 566-6649 1413 E. McKinney Street Denton, TX 76209

firm best suited for their needs,” Ms. Robb said. “We counsel our clients to be reasonable and to preserve relationships. We do not run up the bill for our clients, or the opposing party.” These are expectations Mr. Coker set a long time ago.

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Jennifer Else

Chad D. Elsey Named a Texas Super lawyer Rising Star for 2011 - 2016 This designation represents the top 2.5% of Texas lawyers under the age of 40

At the law offices of Elsey & Elsey located in Flower Mound, Texas we bring our unique approach to the practice of law to clients in the communities of Denton, Dallas, Collin and Tarrant Counties. The how and

why of the continued successful representation that we provide to our clients is based on the combination of our knowledgeable expertise in each of our practice areas and the exceptional level of client care and support that we offer in a very personal and relaxed environment.

AREAS OF SPECIALTY Family Law | Business & Corporate Law | Real Estate Law

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Business Transactions | Civil & Commercial Litigation | Employment Law Wills, Trusts & Estates | Divorce | Personal Injury | Energy Law | Elder Law


Since the inception of the Best of Denton County in 2006 recognizing the best performers in variety of business categories, the honors bestowed on the law firm of Elsey & Elsey, along with its partners and associates, make it the most decorated law firm in Denton County.

That said, and as much as we appreciate the

Elsey & Elsey is a Flower Mound based law firm

recognition that the citizens of Denton County

that strives to meet the variety of individual legal

have bestowed upon our firm, Elsey & Elsey is

needs that exist in Denton County including

not about rewards or recognition. Elsey & Elsey

Family Law and Divorce, Business and Corporate

is about its relationship with the community,

Law, Real Estate Law, Business Transactions, Civil

its clients, local businesses, government, and

and Commercial Litigation, Employment Law,

officials, and the many local non-profits it has and

Wills, Trusts and Estates, Personal Injury, Energy

continues to serve.

Law and Elder Law.

Elsey & Elsey has been selected the Best Law

organizations including The Flower Mound

Firm in Denton County a record seven times.

Chamber of Commerce, Lewisville Education

It’s lawyers have also been honored with eleven

Foundation, Friends of the Family, Flower Mound

individual Best of Denton County awards.

Rotary, Child Advocacy Center of Denton County,

These awards include Best Divorce Attorney (multiple), Best Oil and Gas Attorney (multiple), Best Business Attorney (multiple) and Best Civil Attorney.

The attorneys and those associated with Elsey & Elsey have served and/or continue to serve on the boards of a multitude of non-profit

YMCA, and Cross Timber Rotary (where Chuck Elsey is a founding member). Elsey & Elsey performs significant pro bono work throughout the community and for the non-profits. The firm and its members donate their time and money to

In addition, Chad Elsey, has been selected by

support both the non-profits and the community.

his attorney peers as a Super Lawyer, Rising

In addition, Chuck Elsey serves as the Chairman

Star six times including the last five consecutive

of the Governing Board of the THR Presbyterian

years. Chad Elsey has also been selected Top

Hospital of Flower Mound.

Forty, Under Forty by the National Trial Lawyers

In recognition of our efforts within the community,

Association the last five years running. Chad is

Elsey & Elsey was been honored as the 2011

well respected within the legal community for

Business of the Year and Chuck Elsey was

bringing his unique insight, skill, and knowledge

recognized as the 2013 Flower Mound Citizen

to complex and large asset divorces.

of the Year.

Best Law Firm

Best Law Firm

Best Law Firm

Best Law Firm

Best Law Firm

Best Law Firm

Best Business Law Firm Best Oil & Gas Lawyer Elsey & Elsey Attorneys at Law (972) 906-9695 3212 Long Prairie Rd., Suite 200 Flower Mound, TX 75022

Best Law Firm

Best Business Attorney

Best Family Law Attorney

Best Oil & Gas Attorney

Best Civil Attorney

Best Divorce Lawyer

Best Business Attorney

Best Business Attorney

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Champions IN Legal Matters by Susan Neuhalfen


When you’re needing an attorney you don’t just go to the first name on the search engine list and hope for the best, do you? You ask for a referral. What better referral can you get than the best law firm as chosen by the people of Denton County?

the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both criminal and juvenile law, though he can handle anything that comes down the pike.

Marsh, Paine, and Nolter, PC in Denton has been voted the best law firm in the Best of Denton County 2016. From possession of drugs to capital murder, to complex family law and civil matters, the attorneys at Marsh, Paine, and Nolter, PC have done it all. They have the experience to handle whatever legal issue you need resolved.

Pittsburgh, but agrees with Henry when he says the best thing he ever did was move to Denton.

Henry Paine is a zealous advocate for his clients. He was the senior class president and head yell leader during his time at Texas A&M. He is a born and bred Texan having grown up in LaGrange. He is as passionate as they come, and is a truly focused individual when he is in “trial mode”. He’s just the guy you want defending you in a criminal case. Henry is Board Certified by 26 |

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Edward Nolter is a general practitioner who practices family law, criminal law, juvenile law, civil litigation and personal injury. Ed takes pride in his character and believes in educating his clients on the legal process in order for them to make the best decisions. He grew up in central Pennsylvania, and attended the University of

Both Henry and Ed met their wives here in Texas and both are family men, putting their families first. Henry and Debbie have 3 children and 4 grandkids. Ed and Jessie have 1 son, Ethan and are expecting a daughter, Ella in December. Most importantly, this is a firm that puts honesty above all else. Protecting their clients’ rights whether in family law, criminal law or any other practice areas, they want nothing

more than to help their clients obtain the most favorable result possible. This is why they are considered the best. The people of Denton County are good, honest people and they deserve a law firm that is trustworthy and believes in upholding the law and doing the right thing. Marsh, Paine and Nolter PC in Denton stands for everything that is the Best of Denton County.

Best Law Firm Marsh, Paine & Nolter, P.C. • (940) 382-4200 101 S. Woodrow Ln., Suite 101 Denton, TX 76205

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant:

A Z O Covering Denton County Clients from


by Steve Gamel

One can imagine a lot has changed within the legal world over the last 30plus years. There have been countless changes in laws – across all disciplines – and as our society grew, the needs of individual communities, and the families and businesses that represent them have become increasingly complex. The expectations placed on law firms to handle those needs with skill and compassion have also increased tenfold. Perhaps no firm withstood the test of time better than Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P. Since 1985, Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P. has been devoted to providing comprehensive and sophisticated legal counsel and skillful representation in North Texas. Rather than focus on one area of law, this firm’s knowledge spans 10 different areas including Real Estate and Condemnation, Family Law, Oil and Gas, Municipal Law, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Business Law.

With offices in Denton and Gainesville, that breadth of knowledge won over clients when Byron Berry was named Best Bankruptcy Lawyer while the firm took home Best Oil and Gas Law Firm and placed in the top three in Bankruptcy Law, Business Collections, Business Law Firm, Divorce Law Firm and Civil Lawyer in the 2016 Best of Denton County awards. These attorneys have a passion for the law, and they have clients covered from A to Z. “Our attorneys are passionate about the area of law in which they practice. Depending on who you speak to, their area of practice is the best!” attorney Don White said. “We enjoy using our skills and knowledge to think outside the box to achieve the successful outcomes our clients have come to expect.” Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P. started with two attorneys, but since has expanded to 10 attorneys and an additional office. Each attorney has his own practice area, but is versatile enough to lend knowledge to cases outside their specialty.

Pictured above from left to right : Lance Vanzant, Jeffrey Hines, Byron Berry, Trey Sargent, Richard Hayes, Colby Berry, Don White, William Scazzero, Thomas Little and Brian Tackett.

Furthermore, each attorney recognized the need to be active with the communities, families and businesses they represent. When they are not with their own family, you can find them coaching the parliamentary procedure team at Ryan High School and Texas Women’s University, giving their time to the Denton County Young Lawyers Association and supporting charitable organizations like the Denton County Animal Support Foundation, Rotary, Kiwanis, North Texas State Fair Association and Serve Denton. “Our attorneys are passionate about the communities in which they live and serve,” Mr. White said. “They pride themselves on giving back and mentoring the next generation.” After all, it’s all about withstanding the test of time.

Areas of Practice Real Estate • Condemnation Family Law • Business Law Estate Planning & Probate Municipal Law • Criminal Law Oil & Gas • Bankruptcy Best Oil & Gas Law Firm Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP (940) 387-3518 • 512 W. Hickory St., Suite 100 Denton, TX 76201 /hbwvlaw Best of Denton County 2016

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2016 Best Bankruptcy Law Firm Minor & Jester, P.C. – Denton Best Business Lawyer Christopher Henry, Minor & Jester P.C. Best Civil Law Firm Minor & Jester, P.C. – Denton Best Civil Lawyer Jill Jester, Minor & Jester, P.C.

Christopher Henry

Jill Jester

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


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

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

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

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

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&LASTING RELATIONSHIPS in Your Backyard by Kathryn Flores


Shanklin & Cox, LLP is a resultsoriented full-service law firm. We offer a full range of legal services and represent clients in all types of civil cases including divorce, child custody matters, adoptions, expunctions, nondisclosures, and most misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. With over two decades of both courtroom and trial experience combined, Kimberly Shanklin and Cameron Cox know the best defense is a wellprepared, strategized, and organized offense. Our primary objective is to deliver outstanding results for each of our clients in the most costeffective manner possible. We understand the impact cases have on our clients’ lives, so we treat them with attention to detail, care and concern.

“People call Kimberly ‘The Shank’ because she is so deathly aggressive. She fights tooth and nail for her clients and the DAs are scared of her.” At Shanklin & Cox, LLP we pursue justice on your behalf from beginning to end, ensuring client reputation and character is treated cautiously. With experience in Family Law, Criminal and Civil Law & Civil Litigation, we understand that many clients are coming for help during a very stressful time in their lives. Each client’s individual needs are treated uniquely with specific representation. Shanklin & Cox have a strong reputation for delivering results. “People call Kimberly ‘The Shank’ because she is so deathly aggressive. She fights tooth and nail for her clients and the DAs are scared of her. No one fights more than she does,” said one well-known Flower

Kimberly Shanklin

Cameron Cox

Areas of Practice: Family & Custody Law in Texas Criminal Defense | Consumer/Construction Law Contract/Business Law | Property/HOA Law Mound defense attorney. Individuals choose us because we are dedicated to developing lasting relationships with clients, and know they can count on us. Not only are we a legal team, we are also familyby-marriage which makes our commitment and passion to succeed unrivaled. For the past several years, Shanklin & Cox have been voted Best of Denton County proving their reputation for excellence and success in your backyard. However, Kimberly Shanklin and Cameron Cox are most proud of their practice for providing a small-town friendliness with

unparalleled service and attention to lasting relationships. With this focus, we are continuously rewarded with both client and attorney referrals and community recognition which is a privilege and honor in our own backyard.

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His Blood


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

Topeka. He returned to Texas as an assistant county attorney as the juvenile prosecutor for the Johnson County Attorney’s Office. Next, he expanded his experience over the next two Maybe it’s because he’s a fourth-generation years with the Denton County Criminal District lawyer who received his Juris Doctorate from the Attorney’s office, where he rose to the level of same school – Washburn University in Topeka, misdemeanor chief. He then went into private Kan. – as his stepfather, uncle, grandfather and practice doing criminal defense work. In 2006, great grandfather. “As a child I he opened his own practice later was surrounded by legal minds working with another attorney “We enjoy and was always listening and before opening Bowen Defense helping our learning from my family who was Firm in 2008. so passionate about the law” clients,” he said. Like most good businesses, said Brent. “Whether it is Bowen Defense Firm earns most While criminal law is one of the keeping them out of its clientele from referrals from firm’s focuses, family law is the of jail, or getting friends’ word of mouth, referrals other and Brent Bowen believes from community members, past them custody of expanding that area is why his firm clients, other attorneys. “We their kids.” won for Best Juvenile Law Firm in work very hard to do what is best the 2015 Best of Denton County for our clients and I believe that is voting and also Best Criminal Lawyer in 2016. what has helped us to grow and for others to feel Brent himself has also been recognized as a comfortable referring people to us” Brent said. Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers in the area of criminal law and also as a Top 100 Trial Attorney by American Trial Lawyers. Brent Bowen played two years of college football at Samford University before transferring to graduate at Baylor University. Brent started his criminal law career as an intern prosecutor in 30 |

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Bowen Defense Firm’s work goes beyond the law and into the community. “We enjoy sponsoring events with Children’s Advocacy for Denton County,” Brent Bowen said. “We have sponsored their annual golf tournament for several years. We have also worked with Friends of the Family and Legal Aid.

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

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

Best Criminal Lawyer Bowen Defense Firm • (940) 222-2488 101 S. Woodrow Ln., Suite 102 Denton, TX 76205

There are those who fight, and

Those Who Are FIGHTERS


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Personal Injury • Family Law • Criminal Defense knocked down. That’s the same fire I feel every time I try a case. My adrenaline starts pumping. I’m ready to fight. That’s why I gravitated to personal injury law. I believe in my clients and their cause. When someone has their life turned upside down or cut short, that’s something to fight for!”

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Devon DuPuy was born in Odessa, Texas, a proud Texan with deep roots in the Lone Star State. Those who know Devon will be quick to tell you that he has much in common with the ideals that have made Texas a world icon. That unique blend of Southern manners and civility mixed with the brash cowboy spirit that won the West lends itself to an aggressive style of litigation that ensures his client’s voice rings loud and clear in the courtroom. That style and passion has clearly been successful and earned his firm the coveted title of Best Personal Injury Firm in Denton County.

Devon DuPuy

“To say I was surprised and honored for what is considered the most prestigious award in our community is an understatement,” said Devon. Primarily a Plaintiff’s lawyer with over 8 years of experience in the areas of personal injury and civil litigation, Devon is well versed with the tricks that Insurance Defense attorneys employ to distract juries and drown out a victim’s voice. This experience and force of personality has led to multimillion dollar awards for Devon’s clients. When asked if he considers himself a “Fighter,” Devon, a 3rd Dan Black Belt in American Karate, responds with a grin, “Well, if you ask my clients or those I’ve faced in court, I think I know what their answer would be.”

My partner and I are fighters, in and out of the courtroom. You will be zealously represented. Outside of the courtroom, Devon enjoys an active lifestyle which includes West Coast swing dancing, weight lifting, and continued martial arts training in Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Aikido. Additionally, Devon and his beautiful wife, Megan, love to competitively dance and worship God together, while they expect their first Junior Fighter to enter this world.

Best Personal Injury Law Firm Lloyd & Dupuy Law • (940) 381-2600 121 N. Woodrow Ln., Suite 207 Denton, TX 76205

This passion for his clients is evident when you meet with Devon. “I knew from the beginning that I wanted to be in the Courtroom, being a strong advocate for my clients. That same drive, that fire inside you when you’ve been Best of Denton County 2016


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Custom Window Treatments • Home Renovations Interior Design Studio • Commercial Construction Patio & Outdoor Living Contractors

Make your Dream Home

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

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Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape

As Local As It Gets A

by Steve Gamel

A big smile slides across Brian Gasperson’s face every time he tells the story of his first client contract.

“Have you seen it yet?” Gasperson says as he

brings in a nearly 30-year-old contract with a hand-drawn flyer. His mother framed both as a keepsake. “It’s one of the best Christmas presents I have received.” The agreement, which is on display at his new Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape office off Highway 121 and Main Street in Lewisville, was from when Gasperson was 12 years old. Per the contract, he mowed the lawns of 10 homes owned by the old Southern Savings & Loan Bank in Lewisville. It turned out to be a good deal for the local kid. “Me








it shows that he and his lawncare company are as local as it gets in Denton County. His family has been in this area for more than seven decades, and Gasperson wouldn’t have dreamed of another area to raise his own family. Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape – which he formally started with his brother, Wade, 15 years ago – has become the lawn maintenance company of choice in Denton County. It’s a business that affords clients the chance to call Brian himself any time they have a question or concern.

It’s always about the relationships first.

walk up and down our neighborhoods on Morriss Road and hand [flyers] out,” Gasperson said. “My mom typed up this contract for the bank, and here’s where I signed it.” Gasperson tells that story not only because it’s unique and makes people smile, but also because

“People can call and talk to me any time,” Gasperson said. “There are very few companies that do that.” Grassperson Lawncare & Landscape services clients in Flower Mound, Highland Village and Double Oak. And when Gasperson says he and his staff pride themselves on being a one-stop shop – he means it.

Their services include everything from chemical application and irrigation to trimming shrubs, landscape design, mowing and Christmas light installation. The company is licensed and bonded, and he’s been able to train each employee to handle specific roles in whatever a client’s needs may be. Gasperson also moved his corporate office onto 121 to create better visibility. “Before, we were just a phone number with a hidden location,” Gasperson said.”This has been a big step for us because we are very visible now.” Gasperson added, “The bottom line is we don’t want to just be known as a mowing service. If we’re mowing someone’s yard, we’re thinking about other services that customer is not using. It’s always about the relationships first. I want you to trust us, so that I’m in your yard for the next 20 years.”

Best Lawn Maintenance Grassperson Lawn Care • (972) 221-5296 1565 W. Main St., Suite 208-255 Lewisville, TX 75067 44 |

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Calvin’s Climate:

Working With People Who Care by Steve Gamel


Calvin Schoessler is one of those guys who believes that a job worth doing is worth doing well – and fair.

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. “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 25 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 comfort surveys, carbon monoxide testing and spring/fall safety clean and checks. Technical expertise is where Calvin excels, and quality new equipment installations is their hallmark. If upgrades and replacements are required, they offer financing options. 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 6101 Long Prairie Rd., Suite 744-217 Flower Mound, TX 75028

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A Friendly Approach to

Painting Your Home by Steve Gamel


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

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

see a color differently in their minds, so they want to make color changes. Clark understands this can happen and says, “I’m there to intercept

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

they don’t love.” Close communications with

the homeowner allows him to be flexible and keep costs down when changes are made early

in the project.

founded Carnival Custom Painting a decade

“We just want our customers to be delighted

became the first franchisee of the business and

the visions of his customers and strives to






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

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



surrounding communities.


Clark has a knack for being able to put his customers at

ease. He knows his clients can be

disturbed to see a large army of

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

complete each project on time and within

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

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

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

painters come into their homes, so

he meets with his customers to explain

how the painting project will proceed. Pittman

says he helps to “manage expectations - that is probably the most important thing I do for my customers.” He is an attentive manager, visiting each project several times each day

He believes painting a house is a

relatively inexpensive change that only in the appearance of the home, but also on how each

family is affected by the renovation

of their home. “It’s gratifying to see

families experience this; to view their

homes in a whole new light,” Pittman says.

He is passionate about his business, especially working





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

At home with his wife, Dina, Clark is perfectly

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

can have a dramatic impact, not

to check progress and communicate with the homeowners. It is not unusual that a customer

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

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

Voted Best of Denton County 2013 & 2015 for Best Painter

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

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For David and Jill Collins, owning and operating GK’s Cleaners and Laundry is about more than just carrying on a family legacy. It’s about making sure the business best represents a family that has helped build this community for generations. Jill’s grandfather was the first Lewisville Fire Chief; they also owned the first furniture store in Lewisville. Jill’s parents, George and Sheila Ley opened GK’s Cleaners and Laundry in 1984. David himself was a firefighter in Highland Village when he started GK’s Cleaners Pickup & Delivery Service 15 years ago. When Jill’s father retired, it was only natural that Jill and David, who were already committed to their customers, would continue this family tradition of outstanding service and premier quality. GK’s Cleaners and Laundry is different from other cleaners because they truly care about quality and service while utilizing the latest technology, providing the customer a better experience. Updated machinery provides better quality. Updating the computer system allows them to send customers text messages when orders are complete and ready for pickup earlier than promised. It also allows GK’s to send coupons and monthly special announcements via email if the customer provides their email address. With multiple store locations they have the ability to make accommodations for GK’s Pickup & Delivery customers. Sometimes clients drop off on Friday morning and need their clothes cleaned and pressed right away for a trip on Sunday. They can make these requests possible. In fact, they can provide folded shirts for the customer who travels often, just as if they bought them from the store, ready to pack directly into a suitcase. GK’s can have your shoes shined, resoled, repaired and ready to go. They can clean your leather or suede jackets, school letter jackets and repair purse straps. Those items take a few extra days

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than cleaning and pressing clothing, but they’re a one-stop shop for the travelers and busy families.

everything possible. They hand out recycled

GK’s Cleaners also provides alteration services for mending repairs, zipper replacement and hemming.


The most amazing thing is the quality check! There is a team of staff members that checks every single item of clothing before it goes out. They run their fingers along every button to make sure they are intact and unbroken, if not, they will replace it immediately with a better quality porcelain blend button, made to withstand heat of the pressing. They check for stains, wrinkles and anything that makes the shirt look less than perfect.

customer feedback.

“We use the latest technology as well as the best, most environmentally friendly chemicals on the market,” said David. “We don’t use harsh chemicals, so we not only clean your clothes, we preserve and lengthen the life of your clothing”. GK’s is all about preserving your clothes and being community-minded. By community-minded it means being environmentally conscious, and giving back to the community they love. The chemicals they use are environmentally safe and they recycle

hanger boxes to collect hangers, recycle plastic and





hang up bag to reduce the use of paper and plastics, all ideas that they’ve received from

They also have several charitable events throughout the year including donating to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness month and a coat drive where they clean the items before distributing them with Cross Timbers Community Church. “It’s about carrying on a family legacy the way it’s supposed to be,” said David. “Not just by providing the best quality and service for our customers, but most importantly, doing everything we can with this community in mind.

Best Dry Cleaner GK’s Cleaners • (972) 355-4991 2608 Flower Mound Road Flower Mound, TX 75028

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Debbie Sardone IS CLEANING FOR • A REASON • by Steve Gamel


Debbie Sardone is one of the more savvy and genuine business owners in the nation. Everything she does is with purpose, and only for others’ benefit. She makes it all look incredibly easy. So it’s hard to imagine she not only didn’t have a long-term plan when she created Buckets & Bows Maid Service more than 30 years ago, but she did so from the trunk of her car! That’s the way all great businesses start, right? “I didn’t have a plan other than to clean houses and earn extra money to supplement my husband’s police officer salary,” she said. “I had no idea my little side business could be so big.” That business became one of the largest independent maid services in the nation,

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serving thousands of customers and creating jobs for hundreds of men and women. In that time, Debbie became an author, public speaker, business coach, nonprofit guru and radio show host. Again, she makes it look so easy. When customers hire Buckets & Bows, they get the most thorough house cleaning and maid service available. Not only do they offer weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or one-time cleanings, they also offer carpet cleaning, window cleaning and after-party cleanings. “We know that the perfect weekend doesn’t begin with a broom and a mop,” Debbie said. “That’s why busy families rely on Buckets & Bows to help create free time for the things they want to do.” But that cause goes much deeper. In 2006, Debbie used

her business as a launchpad to not only help other maid services through business coaching, but also to create her nonprofit, Cleaning For A Reason. This amazing 501(c)(3) company provides free housecleaning services to women battling cancer. She has recruited over 1,200 other maid services in Canada and in nearly all 50 states to help over 22,000 (and counting) women receive over $6 million in donated cleanings. So it’s no surprise that besides being named “The Best” by Best of Denton County voters, Debbie was recently named a L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth honoree for all her charitable work. This latest honor brought in a $10,000 donation for Cleaning For A Reason and a chance to win an additional $25,000 through a voting campaign that ended October 28. Debbie is floored by the attention but stressed that everything she does is to help others. “We are Go-GIVERS more than go-getters,” Debbie said. “Charity is part of our core values.”

Best Home Cleaning Service Buckets & Bows Maid Service (972) 219-0400

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HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTIES a team in need with a clue or two so you’re never without help. What is this, some kind of new reality show? No, it’s just another night at Escape Rooms HQ. Escape Rooms HQ is a one-of-a-kind fantasy entertainment facility where players race against the clock to solve all of the clues that will help them save the day. This is unlike any other outing you’ve ever had. This takes date night, parties and teambuilding to a level you never thought possible. There are several different rooms —now at two locations, Lewisville and Las Colinas— all designed by a former Army Ranger intelligence officer turned undercover police officer. These individually designed rooms and props are exclusive for each location based on his real-life experiences, so they are different from any other escape rooms in the world. Your team will immerse yourselves into solving a series of codes, locks and puzzles that reveal

Escape Rooms HQ was named the best place to meet new people in the 2016 Best of Denton

County. Players may book with a group or come by themselves to join perfect strangers and save

the world. In fact, people from all over the world come to visit Escape Rooms HQ to master the task of escape. You don’t have to be a whiz at

math or even know anything about espionage to master this art. Some puzzles take two or more

people to solve so through pure interaction you’ll

be getting close to your teammates. Everything

must be booked online so you can easily see what slots are open, which teams need players and which rooms are available. TEAMBUILDING

This type of cerebral exercise is perfect for teambuilding. All of the puzzles require different skills of critical thinking. It will test your team’s ability to communicate effectively while drawing out each member to use his or her unique skillset to help the team escape the room and bask in the glory of beating the clock.

ries e s a g in critical thinking, powers of “. . .solvdes, locks observation and open lines of co zles that Escape Rooms HQ has of communication between d puz lues to n a hosted many teammates. There are even two eal c escape.” already v e r corporate team-building CSI rooms where players may the events with companies solve a murder using the same enable from all over North America including clues to enable the escape.


of these exercises require

methods and tools afforded our own local police officers.

Never fear. All of our rooms are video monitored and our team is equipped with radios. If you’re stuck, they’ve been known to come to the aid of

many major corporations. The conference room facility at the Escape Rooms HQ location in Lewisville holds up to 20 team members, while the new facility in Las Colinas will hold up to 50. They also have catering and outside seating.

Add a whole new angle of fun to your office holiday party and book your group at Escape Rooms HQ. It’s fun, it’s challenging and most of all, it’s not the same old boring try-to-be-socialwith-your-office-workers event. Not only will you have fun with your co-workers, you’ll discover the unique talents that each has when you’re put under the pressure to escape in time. BIRTHDAY PARTIES Kids and adults alike will love a birthday party at Escape Rooms HQ. Instead of meeting at a fancy restaurant and struggling to hear all the stories at the table, do something productive and fun. You may even make it on the Wall of Fame for your birthday when you and your team set a new record.

Want to see how easy it is? Go to and put in promo code BESTOFDENTON right now to get $10 off your next hour-long adventure.

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In its 41st year, the non-profit continues to “enrich the quality of life of the young and young-at-heart...“


Rooted on history, tradition and r u n family, the family-owned and operated Circle R business, Circle R Ranch, hosted its Ranch on first event on Sept. 20, 1973 for 28 a foundation guests. From that modest start and of living and with a pledge of “We Promise a Lot, operating a life We Give More,” Circle R Ranch has that branches beyond grown to host more than 100,000 their own family. Jason guests each year for company outings and Hillary are committed to the and convention events. Since then, the greater Denton County and interacting Ranch has been the preferred choice meaningfully in their own backyard. Jason has for memorable special events, elegant given much of his outside time as a volunteer galas and exclusive corporate outings. coach for over 20 years coaching youth baseball Your “Taste of Texas” can be enjoyed and football. “Giving back the things I received in an authentic setting of 60 acres of from this community is very important to me, open pasture, rolling hills, wooded coaching is so much more than just teaching trails, horses and longhorn steer at the the sport. I enjoy seeing these young men raise families and become most authentic, awarded successful members of special event venue in BEYOND THE society” Roberts said. North Texas. The Circle WALLS OF CIRCLE Continuing the vision of R Ranch boasts two their founders, the Roberts R RANCH, THE distinct event venues to continue their support accommodate any group… ROBERTS LIVE for Love for Kids. In its from Corporate Evenings, OUT THEIR DESIRE 41st year, the non-profit Team Building, Company TO BUILD AND continues to “enrich the Picnics, Weddings and LEAVE A LEGACY quality of life of the young Private Events , the and young-at-heart within FOR FUTURE scenery and ambiance are the community who are in a tasteful, Texas treat! GENERATIONS OF

need of benevolent services” OUR COMMUNITY. In 2012, Jason and Hillary by hosting the annual “Texas Roberts took over Circle R Ranch Christmas” which helps as owner-operators after both working for the thousands of local children experience the venue for 15 years. They have been a vital part magic of Christmas, Texas-style! “The Circle R of the Circle R Ranch Family since 1997, serving Ranch allows us an opportunity to help so many in various leadership roles in sales, operations within our community and we feel blessed to and event production during the years Circle R be able to do so” Roberts said. Circle R Ranch Ranch became a nationally recognized special is deservingly a best-kept ‘secret’ in Denton event venue. In 2013, Jason and Hillary created County and truly embodies a business beyond Genuine Texas Hospitality, LLC as the new the walls! operating company for Circle R Ranch. Jason and Best Event Facility Hillary are committed to building on the legacy, partnerships and Genuine Texas Hospitality they Circle R Ranch • (817) 430-1561 have helped create over the past two decades. Beyond the walls of Circle R Ranch, the Roberts live out their desire to build and leave a legacy for future generations of vour community. They 5901 Cross Timbers Road Flower Mound, TX 75022

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The Name Says It All


Look far and wide and I guarantee you won’t find another facility quite like Complete Health & Wellness. This much was clear in our visit to the scenic waterside state-of-the-art facility right here in Lewisville. Other medical and health centers may have several ways to help their patients, but Complete Health & Wellness gives a whole new meaning to a fully stocked toolbox of tools with the variety of ways they help their clients achieve their health and wellness goals.

Dr. Christina O’Brien, DC, RDN, DACNB, IFMCP,

after day, speak for themselves. She and her

facility is tailored to address a multitude of health

owner and lead doctor, would never toot her own

facility so far have won Best Nutritionist/Dietitian,

needs. The facility includes an examination

horn, it’s just not her style, so I will do it for her. She

Best Medical Massage as well as Best Sports

room, yoga studio, two adjusting bays and full-

and her team members have extensive education

Massage and that may just be the beginning of

service physical therapy and functional training

and training in a multitude of modalities

many other awards to come. The latest accolades

gym. It is a comprehensive wellness center

and certifications. Just a partial list includes

hardly tell the whole story, but it’s a good start.

in every way, providing functional neurology,

NASM-CPT, PAS–I and II Egoscue University,

Last year she was in search of a way to help her

acupuncture, manual lymphatic drainage, Active Release Technique (ART), Functional Nutrition

clients change their posture and get them relief from chronic pain that previous care alone was

functional nutrition, postural alignment therapy, acupuncture,




therapy, yoga, laser therapy, decompression, rehabilitation, and more.

and Dietetics, Functional Neurology, Cranial-

occasionally unable to do. That’s where the

Sacral Technique, Functional Movement Systems,

Egoscue Method comes in. Heather Browning,

If she or her team can add one more tool to their

and many additional advanced massage therapy

an Egoscue University Certified NASM-CPT is

toolbox by learning a skill that will allow them

techniques and certifications. She and her team

making that happen. She’s shown over and over

to help another person in their community, they

are great at taking complex medical conditions

again the power of postural alignment therapy in

take that opportunity to do so. This additional

and breaking them down into bite-size, digestible

helping clients live the life they want to live free

training ensures they are doing everything they

concepts to help their clients understand what’s

from pain and injury. “Our real goal is to help

can to help those clients who so readily put their

going on inside their bodies and what can be

people get better and stay better”, Dr. O’Brien

trust in them.

done to help them improve their overall health.

added. “We’re finally making that happen on a daily basis and it’s so exciting”.

In addition to being a Registered Dietitian

Dr. O’Brien has been practicing in the healthcare industry for more than 16 years and lets the life-

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Nutritionist, Dr. O’Brien is also Board Certified in Functional Neurology, is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, has

extensive training in acupuncture as well as massage therapy, including ART and Cranial Sacral Therapy.

“Many of my clients’ health conditions require me

When she is not working, Dr. O’Brien is passionate

to work methodically, step-by-step through their

about leading her own healthy lifestyle. She

health issues – much like peeling an onion one

is an avid runner and loves yoga and cooking.

Some of her typical clients suffer from a widevariety of issues ranging from chronic headaches and pain to allergies and nutritional deficiencies. Her comprehensive, whole-person approach has helped clients with thyroid and other hormone imbalances, autoimmunity, autism spectrum disorders, scoliosis, disc swelling/herniation, and sports injuries.

layer at a time,” Dr. O’Brien said. She attributes

She shared that it’s important for her to lead by

worker whose true mission in life is to serve, care

“I am blessed that I get to help, educate and

“I believe that if all you have is a hammer, then everything is a nail. Today’s complex medical conditions often require a complete toolbox to address them, and that’s what our clients deserve,” Dr. O’Brien continued. “I have built my career around collecting tools for my toolbox to be able to address a wide variety of problems and symptoms. My extensive training allows me to look at things from many different perspectives and put together a truly individualized, comprehensive solution for my clients to help them reach their health, wellness and fitness goals.” Whether simple or complex, her goal is to find the root cause of her clients’ ailment.

for, and empower others. She has traveled down

empower my clients every day. I am so incredibly

a perfectly well-planned path to achieve her goal.

grateful to have been able to manifest the

“When I had my own autoimmune and

wellness center of my dreams in Complete

biomechanical health issues years ago, I realized

Health & Wellness,” she added. “I’m continually

the need for what I call a ‘wellness center of the

humbled by my clients who entrust me with their

future’”, Dr. O’Brien said. “I formulated a plan

health and wellness care and refer their family

to create the wellness center of my dreams,

members, friends, and neighbors on a regular

Her clients sing her praises, and it’s no wonder with the refreshing and novel approach she takes to healthcare. She is best known for her exhaustive investigative skills and refuses to just put on a bandage to cover up a symptom or address the symptoms without looking for the underlying cause. In addition, she shared that she refuses to use a cookie-cutter approach with her clients and instead believes in creating a plan for each individual client, tailored specifically for them based on past medical history, current lifestyle and diet, genetics, blood work, and a comprehensive and thorough examination.

of clients get relief from chronic pain, and

her client’s great results to this approach along with their own genuine desire to improve their health. As soon as anyone meets Dr. O’Brien, it’s easy to see why so many people like her. She’s passionate about her craft and she’s a tireless

tweaking different components as I found more tools to help, until I created Complete Health & Wellness. The most exciting part about having a toolbox that continues to grow and evolve is that we are able to help more clients with new and different conditions every day.”

example and practice what she teaches. She’s her client’s resource for all things healthy – from purchasing the right foods to selecting the right type of cosmetic or household cleaner to use to keep them and their whole family healthy.

basis. I consider my clients to be my family, and I take care of them the same way. Complete Health & Wellness is the most incredible gift of my life, and I can’t wait to share my joy and serve my community for many, many years to come.”

Success stories at Complete Health & Wellness continue to roll in. They have helped hundreds many more with autoimmune issues, hormonal changes, fatigue, depression, and insomnia find solutions to sometimes decades-long problems. And, according to Dr. O’Brien, it can be simpler

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than you think.

Complete Health & Wellness (972) 315-9900 860 Hebron Pkwy., Suite 1001 Lewisville, TX 75057

Dr. O’Brien has used her talent and skill in working with clients to help many who had all but lost hope of finding answers to their ailments, and the love and compassion she has for her clients shows in what she does. “I want to help as many people in the community as I can, and I will spend as much time with my clients as they need,” Dr. O’Brien said. “I absolutely love the work I do every day and I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Services We Provide Nutritional Counseling • Postural Alignment Therapy Spinal Curve Correction • Functional Blood Work Analysis Functional Movement Systems • Chiropractic Care • Acupuncture Massage Therapy • Personal Training • Class 4 K-Laser Functional Nutrition • Functional Neurology • Allergy and Hormone Testing • Yoga

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Not only is the team at Country Lakes Family Dental enjoying their time caring for patients, but they are thrilled that their patients are also singing their praises about their dental experiences. With overwhelming reviews like “Our whole family loves this office!” or “Another great experience!” the staff’s favorite responses come from those patients who have overcome their fear of the dentist because of their care. There is no doubt that Dr. Matt and his team at Country Lakes Family Dental have found their niche in the Denton County community, and local dental patients can rest assure they will be in good hands for years to come. by Paul Colby

Dr. Matthew Artho, DDS, and his staff at Country Lakes Family Dental must be doing something right. Since opening the doors to his dental practice in 2012, Dr. Matt (as he is affectionately known by his patients) has grown a family dental practice that is beloved by his patients, staff, and community. In an area where dentistry is overwhelmed with corporate practices, Country Lakes Family Dental has offered a breath of fresh air as a true family dental practice. Voted as a four time winner of Best of Denton County, Dr. Matt’s focus remains in providing quality dental care using state of the art equipment with a gentle touch for the entire family. “I am always humbled by the response I get from my patients, and I am extremely grateful to 68 |

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

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Cosmetic Dentistry Preventative Dentistry Geriatric Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry Implants • Dentures Same Day Crowns & Root Canals Best Family Dentist Country Lakes Family Dental (940) 455-7645 • 74 McMakin Rd., Suite 200 Bartonville, TX 76226


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While studying to get her physical therapy In addition, they are in a newer freestanding, degree, Meredith Tittle knew she wanted to custom commercial performance facility, large do things differently. She had a desire to not enough to accommodate their growing client only help her patients get better following base although their focus on individual client an injury or chronic pain, but to educate care will not change. and provide solutions and corrective Their new facility at 4040 Bryce Lane, north of exercise to assist in injury prevention. That 407 in Flower Mound, offers the same personal was the foundation upon which she built service their clients have come to expect from S2S with so many new amenities. The her business, S2S Functional “. . . incredibly 5800 square foot facility includes Performance. Twelve years a private specialized Pilates room diverse group of and hundreds of clients later, for group classes, a separate area people providing the business continues to for barre, TRX and private Pilates unprecedented grow exponentially. healthy, energetic and training, private physical therapy Restorative treatment focuses injury-free training.” rooms, an area of turf to assist in on those who have or have had injuries, helping them to heal and improve. Preventative treatment is about building up the strength and endurance to improve performance enhancement. S2S Functional Performance is designed to help clients overcome pain and injury and build the strength to help them prevent repeat or further physical problems.

energetic and injury-free training. Her husband, Matt, a former quarterback at Marcus High School, Texas Tech and the Arena Football League, is a personal trainer, coach and certified to teach TRX training principles developed by Navy Seals. Each of the Pilates instructors is trained in the STOTT Pilates system and several have trained professionally as athletes and dancers including a few professional ballerinas. S2S works with adults and children from every walk of life to restore injuries and relieve pain so that they can improve their quality of life and keep doing the things they love. “Empowering clients to manage and abolish pain through one-on-one physical therapy as well as self management techniques is what we do best,” said Meredith. “We give them the tools to both correct and prevent future ailments.” When asked her favorite aspect of the job, Meredith didn’t hesitate. “I love helping others be their best self!” she said. “Whether it is helping a patient or client with a specific pain or injury, or helping my staff grow and find their strengths and provide them an environment to thrive.”

training athletes, showers, personal lockers and more. The professionals at S2S are an incredibly diverse group of people providing unprecedented healthy,

“It’s that vision for the business that sets us apart,” said Meredith, a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, and doctor of physical therapy “We want to help people bridge that gap safely.” It’s no wonder she has won the Best of Denton County’s Best Physical Therapist for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016…

Best Physical Therapist Meredith Tittle S2S Physical Performance (940) 241-1215 • 4040 Bryce Lane • Flower Mound, TX 75077

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Vision A Staff Expansion Will Continue


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

She has 24 years of nursing experience in the pediatric intensive care unit, newborn nursery, neonatal intensive care unit, general pediatrics and ambulatory care.

still will see her in and around the neighborhood with her two furry friends and loving husband Gus, who also pours his heart and soul into the practice.

Melanie obtained her nursing degree at Southern University in Tennessee in 1992. After completing her Master of Science from Texas Women’s University, she continued her career as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Medical City Dr. Butler is very passionate about providing Children’s Hospital Urgent Care in Dallas and individualized care and setting herself there she has been exposed to a large apart from the ‘big-box” clinics that volume of patients with a variety of have taken over primary care. pediatric conditions. All of these “Working with She and her staff strive to know experiences have prepared children has been and understand each family’s her for a new commitment the perfect place individual circumstances and at Lantana Pediatrics. She to rediscover the specific needs. Lantana Pediatrics is excited to join Dr. wonders of life.” was established almost four years Butler in providing ago and thanks to the incredible quality care for our support from the community, it is community’s children time to add to their team. and in fostering health for Lantana Pediatrics is very excited to welcome the entire family. Melanie Bitzer, RN, MSN, CPNP to its family Dr. Butler remains very excited to in 2016. This will result in a larger office and continue the Lantana Pediatrics expanded hours to better accommodate tradition of comfortable their patients. family-oriented care in a Dr. Butler is very confident that Melanie is the welcoming and healing perfect fit for Lantana Pediatrics. Melanie is a environment. You mother of three wonderful children and has lived in the Flower Mound area for more than 15 years.

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

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Holly Groom was perfectly content as a labor and delivery nurse. Well, sort of.

Groom loves being there for women during child birth, and took enormous pride even as a nurse in helping bring a sweet bundle of joy into the world. But truth be told, sometimes you want to do more. “I felt I understood what women were going through during birth and that I could empathize with them,” Groom said. “Finally, after the birth of my second child, I managed to do [more with] that.”

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“[But] my favorite awards are from my clients,” Groom said. “The hugs, the sweet notes, even the tears we share together. It is truly a miracle the way a woman’s body delivers a baby.” She added, “Being able to help, for me, is truly a gift and an honor.”

Groom left nursing not long after that and for the last 20 years has been a nurse midwife. She is part of the midwifery team at Caring for Women, which has three locations in Denton, Flower Mound and Frisco, and she’s managed to assist in the safe delivery of more than 3,000 babies.

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Groom’s unwavering care and compassion toward women made her and fellow certified midwives Kathy Ellis and Shirley Marion easy choices for Best Midwifery Care in this year’s Best of Denton County awards. Nurse Midwife Yinka Sokunbi also joined the team on October 31st.


Many people think a nurse and a midwife are the same thing. That’s just not true. Nurse midwives are health professionals who specialize in supporting and guiding mothers and families throughout pregnancy. They also provide well woman and gynecological care to women of all ages.

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Groom went to midwifery school and received her Master’s Degree in Nursing Science from Texas Women’s University in Denton. Groom, Ellis and Marion are all at Caring for Women, which has grown into the most diverse and advanced OB/ GYN private practice in North Texas thanks to its individualized care and welcoming environment. The trio of nurse midwives have taken part in the National American College of Nurse Midwives Benchmarking program, and have been recognized nationally several times for their work. Their 2015 primary c/s rate is 6.8%, the national average is in 32% (CDC). They encourage and will do VBAC’s (vaginal birth after cesarean) as well. Their intact perineum rate is 68%. That may take a lot of work for some medical professionals. But for these caring women, it’s all in a day’s work. “My goal is to educate women so that they have the tools for birth,” Groom said. “Women need to prepare for pregnancy by adapting a healthy lifestyle. Many times they need assistance with that process. Sometimes that’s all a woman needs. The nurse midwives at CFW are here to help support women throughout their entire lifespan.”

Best Midwifery Care Caring for Women • (940) 591-6700 2805 S. Mayhill Road Denton, TX 76208

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Passion Where



The concept for Salon Sage was born over a decade ago, from the friendship between Shauna McCabe and Kendra Schmidt. 5 years ago, the pair decided to turn their eighteen year friendship into the realization of the dreams they held for the future—to create a place where they could make other women feel beautiful and special. Fast-forward to today, where this dream has become a reality in the award-winning Salon Sage. Every day, the salon services clients from all over the county, who visit for the variety of services offered, but return for the and

personal dedication

touch to

making every client feel pampered and unique. Salon Sage takes pride in the knowledge that every single client who

inside and out. For four consecutive years, Denton Country residents have voted Salon Sage the Best of Denton County, an award which Shauna and Kendra are proud to have earned through their

Sage is excited to offer new options to clients every day. For owners Shauna and Kendra, the awards and honors their salon has earned in its 5 years of operation are exciting, but the real payoff lies in the passion they have in their craft. When asked what truly drives their dedication to craft and the secret to the salon’s success, Kendra and Shauna were quick to answer, “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

What sets Salon Sage apart


laid-back attitude that sets clients at ease and lets them know that this is “their time” away from the rest of the world. Every client who comes in for a service receives “VIP

treatment” and the attention of professionals so that when they leave, they feel pampered, confident, and ready to take on the world. Schedule an appointment today, and find out for yourself why Salon Sage is the Best of Denton County!

Best Women’s Salon

best. Salon Sage takes pride in their commitment

Salon Sage • (972) 436-7243 3301 Long Prairie Rd., Suite 145 Flower Mound, TX 75022

to continued education to keep up with the times techniques and modern trends. There’s always


businesses is the relaxed,

commitment to helping clients look and feel their

and provide clients with the most up-to-date

something new on the “cutting edge”, and Salon

“...when they leave, they feel pampered, confident, and ready to take on the world.”

looking and feeling amazing, both

form left to right: April Bailey, Whitney Wheeler, Kendra Schmidt, Shauna McCabe, Mallory Elms, Elisha Sargent, Jordan Guillory, Jamie Bourg.

by Kelly Murray

new ones with all our clients.”

walks through the doors leaves

styled by Hello Daffodil


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Nathan Dean

Winner of 2016 Best Hair Stylist & Co-Owner

Kim Cloud Co-Owner & Stylist

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

Online Gif t Cards Available!

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

Body Treatments Massage Skin Treatments Hair Removal Waxing

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

Other Treatments Include Hand & Foot Therapy Eyelash Extensions

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

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

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(972) 691-0022 • 4151 Cross Timbers Road, #150 Flower Mound, TX 75028 (We are Located on Cross Timbers Road, North of Long Prairie Road in The Shopping Center Next to The New Tom Thumb.) Sun & Mon Closed | Tues-Fri 10am-7pm Saturday 9am-7pm 84 |

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At David Ryan Salon, we strive to connect with our guests by understanding your motivation and needs, in order to deliver luxury cuts and glamorous color.

Dedicated Network Salon

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LOCAL BUSINESSES in Every Way Possible


by Steve Gamel

When you have an opportunity to be on the There’s actually a method to the madness. Game of Thrones is one of the more popular shows on television today, and cover of the annual and highly anticipated in David’s words, it’s all about a bunch of Kings who all Best of Denton County winners magazine, desire to be the MAIN King. And in this photo spread, he’s you have to go all in, right? So when it surrounded by the “Kings” of Denton County. came time for us to finally schedule the photo shoot, that’s exactly Even though David’s bank is a Best of what PointBank President Ray “the protector Denton County award winner, too, he David Jr. did. doesn’t see himself as a King of anything. In of all the David invited his nearest and dearest local business customers – he wanted more but we couldn’t fit them all into the

picture – and dragged his priceless slew of movie-quality costumes in to create

what he hoped would be a grand Game of

mighty Kings

– in this case, business owners –

of the realm.”

Thrones themed photo op. Ok, so it turned

out pretty awesome. But what does any of this have to do with being the best community bank in Denton County?

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his eyes, he’s the protector of all the mighty

Kings – in this case, business owners – of the realm. “They are the Kings of Denton County,” David said. “PointBank is here to be the protector and guide, both in their finances

and helping them grow their businesses. We’re here to be your partner – your protector – for life.” PointBank truly does live and breath by the clients it serves. And that’s protection fit for a King.

Proclamations from the Royalty of Denton County Proclamation are in order in which they appear above from left to right with the exception of Ray David Jr. who is fourth from the left.

“There’s a personal touch there with the employees.”

“The biggest thing for us is the

“They have incredible customer service

“I like all the employees I’ve dealt with

community involvement. We feel like

and great retention of employees and

at the branches, including Ray. I like the

Louis & Isabel Velez of Angelina’s Restaurant

we have a true community partner in


convenience of having them all around


Tiffany & Jesse Leyva of Jesse James Fit

Denton County.”

Rick Troutman, President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas

Danielle Beavers of Dani Rae’s Gulf Coast Kitchen

“PointBank has been a great bank

“Our staff interacts with the tellers and

“They truly have gone out of their way

“PointBank makes banking easy, It’s a

for our growing business”

everyone there is willing to participate

to help make everything happen for

local bank with local roots that is tied in

Phil & Margaret Rodgers with Dr. Sylvie H. Paroski who is the Medical Director for The Med Spa at Flower Mound

in local events. Ray is a great guy, and

us. The kindness and customer service

with local businesses.”

we love his mustache.”

from the employees is unlike anything

Joey Hawkins of Royal’s Bagels and Deli

I’ve ever experienced from a bank.”

Max Miller of The Cross Timbers Gazette

Jenny Fallis of Jenny Layne Bakery

Best Business Bank, Commercial Bank, Personal Finance Bank and Student Bank PointBank • • (940) 686-7000 • (972) 434-3200 PointBank has Nine Convenient Locations and 25 ATM’s to Serve Our Community Argyle • Aubrey • Denton • Flower Mound • Lake Cities • Lewisville • Little Elm • Pilot Point

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Are You by Steve Gamel

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

Customers count on The Brandes Insurance Agency because Tisha is sincere, and she’s been doing this Financial & Real Estate


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

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

“We love to sit down with our clients and review their coverage every year or when their needs change,” said Tisha, who lives locally with her husband of 14 years and two children. “This is my favorite part of what I do, building friendships, relationships and helping protect what matters most to them. We demystify insurance by taking time to explain why each coverage is important and the benefit it can provide.”

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

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

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

Best Insurance Agent Tisha Brandes • (972) 481-1027 2100 Justin Rd., Suite 202 Highland Village, TX 75077




TO ANOTHER by Susan Neuhalfen

Getting the right financing for your are not only passionate about helping with home is important, but that’s where a client’s home and refinance needs but also helping to align them on the path for their long most mortgage companies stop. At term financial goals. Primary Residential Mortgage they “We’ve built a team here that understands long want to help customers term relationships with clients,” reach their goals not just “We want to watch said Jim Mitzel, Branch Manager at your family grow, for the house they’re buy a starter home, Primary Residential Mortgage. “If you need to talk on a Thursday evening or trying to buy now, but for move into your a Sunday morning, we will take your dream home and every move they make in downsize when the call. Working through the process the future. kids get married of major financial decisions does not If it doesn’t make financial sense for

a customer to refinance, they will tell

and buy their own homes”

you. If a certain home or situation

doesn’t fit into your family’s long term financial

plan, they will have that honest discussion. They

always fit into ‘business hours’. We are always happy to help.”

A native of Flower Mound, Jim went away to college and moved out of state before deciding to move back and raise his family

here. Most of the team at Primary Residential Mortgage live in Denton County and are very involved in the local community. They enjoy kids’ sports, volunteering, coaching and traveling. Primary Residential Mortgage organizes community events, reading programs, and numerous other Denton County specific events. The bottom line is this: the people at Primary Residential Mortgage are here for the long term and they want to see their customers live and thrive here. “We want to watch your family grow, buy a starter home, move into your dream home and downsize when the kids get married and buy their own homes,” said Jim. “We are the branch that wants to take care of your family for life.”

Best Mortgage Company Primary Residential Mortgage (214) 736-9466 • 2800 Corporate Dr., Suite 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028

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Your Homebuying



by Susan Neuhalfen

For fifteen 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 two 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 is actively involved with his church and works with Feed the Hungry and First Refuge Ministries. He makes it clear that he puts God first but cares deeply about people. “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 Fairway Independent Mortgage (972) 754-4677 2624 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound, TX 75022

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is Twice as Nice for

Fellers Insurance Agency

So in 2000, he became an independent insurance

“Just about anything you see or come across

agent and has been happy ever since. Customers

daily, we can insure” said Fellers, who has

of his Fellers Insurance Agency apparently in both the auto insurance and insurance agency in 2014 winning again in 2016 for best insurance agency in the Best of Denton County contest. “This says our customers think we treat them right,” Fellers said. “There’s


Tommy Fellers knew enough of his father’s construction and commercial concrete business to know it wouldn’t be his life’s calling. Five years working for someone else in the insurance industry also didn’t cut it.


Ease Choice Advice





Highland Village. Fellers and his team of seven sales



account Safeco,

executives Progressive,

Travelers, Allstate, Nationwide, The




Zurich, MetLife, Kemper, ASI Lloyds, Foremost and Republic Group.

a lot of choices out there. This gives us credibility. It gives us respect. Coming from our


peers and customers it says these guys are who


they say they are.”

in business.

Being an independent insurance agent has

“We have gained the trust of our clients,” Fellers

plenty of advantages, according to Fellers.

said. “As a result, we receive referrals which

“When you are a captive agent, you work for

help us build upon the cornerstones of our

one company,” Fellers said. “As an independent

agency; quality coverage, superior value and

agency you work for your customers. You put

personal service.”








Agency, it’s


the right program in place for the client and not necessarily the company. We like to think we have

“I always had a desire to own my own business

more options when others may have significant

and the challenges that go with that opportunity,”

increases in their rates when life changes.”

he said.

lived all of his life in Denton County

agreed by choosing it as winner

In business since 2000 and at its current location on Main Street in Lewisville since 2012, the Fellers Insurance Agency handles policies for autos, home, boats, motorcycles, business and life.

Best Insurance Agency Fellers Insurance Agency (214) 222-2886 1422 W. Main St., Suite 100 Lewisville, TX 75067

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D-BAT Denton

Judging by the smiling faces taking cut after

cut, his enthusiasm is definitely contagious. That’s why Harp, known around the academy

simply as Coach, knows he’s right where he’s supposed to be.

“I’ve been in the game since I could hold a bat, so yeah, I definitely love what I do,” said Harp as

he restrings a glove. “I’m blessed beyond belief to be able to help these young men and women improve as players and as people.”

A two time All-American at Dallas Baptist


(for the Game)







organization before joining the coaching staff

at North Central Texas College. In 17 years at

NCTC, over 100 of his players went on to NCAA D1, 25 were drafted in the MLB and seven have made it to the Major Leagues.

When D-BAT Baseball & Softball Academy of Denton opened its doors last December, one thing was clear. This would not be a place for players to simply come and learn the game. They were going to learn to love it as well.

Co-owner Bart Hirneise, the more “silent”

Almost a year later, co-owner and GM Scott Harp is still making sure of that.

serving these kids and their parents.”

On any given day, his voice can be heard echoing through the 14,000 sq/ft facility on Shady Oaks Drive. Usually it’s to say hello to a familiar face walking in or to congratulate

a kid for dropping “cage bombs” in one of the 10 indoor cages set up for machine hitting, lessons or pitching.

“I love the game and nothing is better than sharing that passion with kids,” Harp said. “Nothing is better than seeing a kid’s reaction when it clicks.”

partner, knows that together, they’ve got a good thing going. “Some of the best baseball

and softball in the country is being played right

here in the Denton area, and we’re proud to be Specializing in well-lit, climate-controlled cages and state-of-the-art equipment, D-BAT Denton is open to the public 7 days a week, offering

baseball & softball lessons, camps & clinics, a fully stocked pro shop featuring Baseballism apparel, birthday parties and more.

HOURS OF OPERATION Monday-Friday: 10am – 9pm Saturday: 10am – 6pm • Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

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Six years ago a client sheepishly approached Jesse James Leyva, Owner of Jesse James Fit in Flower Mound, TX to ask a favor. Inside JJF there is a large wall, growing each year full of client photos who had competed in various bodybuilding and fitness shows.

The pictures were for everyone to see – like a wall of fame – and the men and women in them were sculpted from head to toe. Everyone loved the display. This particular client wanted to be a part of it. “I remember a client asking, ‘I don’t want to do a show, but it’s a goal of mine to get on that wall.’ You don’t have to be a competitor to get on the wall and I thought it was an awesome idea,” replied Leyva.



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So the next year Leyva helped his client work towards the goal of joining the rest of the fit bodies and display of accomplishments featured on the wall. Over the years, getting on “the wall” has become a bit of a goal setting for clients at Jesse James Fit that Leyva and his personal trainers work hard to make a reality for others.

“We train a variety of clients from husbands and wives, even a mom and her two sons,” Leyva said with a smile. “These are regular people who made big changes. I get goosebumps every time I think about it.” Leyva opened Jesse James Fit 10 years ago with the goal of being different from the big box fitness centers surrounding him. He envisioned a safe environment for people dedicated to making big changes in their lives to feel comfortable doing so. The Jesse James Fit motto is “Success is not what you do for yourself but what you do for others” and Jesse encourages his staff to deliver this thought to each client they get the pleasure to work with.

to open a local gym with several partners, but that venture failed. In the span of a year, Leyva lost everything. “Our old facility was 45,000 square feet and we couldn’t afford it under the state it was in, equipment breaking, AC out and an old building with broken parts,” Leyva recalls. “What could go wrong kept going wrong. There were plenty of times where I wanted to throw in the towel.”

“These people weren’t perfect or lucky, they worked hard and persevered through the tough workouts.”

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

Jesse James Fit has 16 personal trainers including 2 partners, Kay Simms & Flossie Stiles. Jesse, Kay and Flossie combined offer over 50 years of experience in the fitness industry. Their attitude of inclusiveness, respect, and good old fashioned hard work has helped Jesse James Fit become a trendsetter in the fitness industry. Leyva and his team land multiple awards year after year – including those from you our loyal Best of Denton County voters. In 2016, Jesse James Fit was voted Best Personal Trainer, Personal Training Facility, and Weight Loss Facility. They also won Best Indoor Bootcamp for his sister company, Outlaw Bootcamp. “We are a big family,” Leyva said. “I love people and I could tell from the very beginning that we had something different. I was never big on how gyms did things. Everyone here is trained by someone, and they have that individualized attention and accountability. It has become a safe place for many people.” Leyva’s passion for health and fitness began with him taking a heavy interest in bodybuilding even earning the title Mr. Texas in 2010. He has also been candid about the fact he grew up the son of a single mom in a poor family from Los Angeles. He eventually moved to Texas and attempted

Leyva had always instilled passion, discipline, hard work and love into each of his clients. He enjoyed working with people towards meeting their goals and self-betterment. He had amazing retention as a personal trainer and used his strengths and passion to rebuild.

He started over and created Jesse James Fit. At the heart of his new venture was individualized training. Unlike big box gyms, everyone at Jesse James Fit is paired with a trainer. Those trainers share the same core values that Leyva has, and they are in it for the long haul. Some trainers even left corporate America to pursue their passion and make a career in fitness. To reward his staff, Leyva introduced a new multi-tiered salary structure in February for his employees that creates a team culture for success.

That’s practically unheard of in the fitness industry. Jesse James Fit was the first in the country to do a salary-based structure for personal trainers. For 2017, Leyva hopes to add group health insurance.

“That’s why we have good retention. Some personal trainers have been with me for 10 years now. It creates stability for clients.” Never one to stay stagnant, Leyva said he is always looking for ways to make his product better for clients. Each year he does something different, whether it be adding new equipment and various remodels to opening a new location and adding more incentives for his trainers. He and his staff are heavily invested in the community, and will continue to march to the beat of their own drum making a fitness impact on anyone who is ready to make changes towards their health and lifestyle. At this rate, he may need another big wall for more client success stories. “I never thought I’d have this many cool stories come out of one place in Flower Mound, TX,” Leyva said. “Looking at the wall of photos sometimes others see someone up there and think, ‘Oh, that guy’s just lucky.’ They don’t know the story behind the guy in the photo or his journey to accomplish the 35 pounds weight loss and the fit physique displayed. Or the lady who lost 60 pounds, got off medications, and gave it her all for weeks and weeks, sweat, and tears to overcome her obstacles. These people weren’t perfect or lucky, they worked hard and persevered through the tough workouts. We’re just happy to be able to offer the place and trainers to help them accomplish their goals.”

Best Indoor Bootcamp, Personal Trainer, Personal Training Facility, & Weight Loss Center Jesse James Fit • (972) 355-2639 1001 Cross Timbers Rd., Suite 1200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Jesse James Fit is one of the largest personal training studios in the Metroplex, and over the years Leyva’s business has grown to include smaller bootcamp facilities in Little Elm and Hickory Creek known as Outlaw Bootcamp and Outlaw Fitcamp, respectively. “I have people here who wake up ready to dominate. This is what they do, and they not only care about their clients, but they all do things in a team effort,” Leyva said.

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It’s where the players Professional Baseball and Softball Instruction & Vision Training. Our Pro Shop is stocked with

Our batting cages are set up

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Fat Cow BBQ was founded in 2009 by Henry Wall and Allen Lockett. Henry and Allen were best friends and business partners at that time. Allen had a “knack” for amazing BBQ and Henry is a visionary that saw an incredible opportunity. Even though neither of them had ever worked in the restaurant business, they decided to take action on Henry’s idea even though most family members and friends thought they had lost their minds. They started offering catering services (business to business) and in a short amount of time they were getting more caterings than they could keep up with out of their homes. Their wives Kathy Wall and Pamela Lockett were really getting fed up with their homes constantly smelling like BBQ smoke and gave them an ultimatum and deadline to stop running their growing business out of their residences. On October 30th, 2010 the first brick and mortar Fat Cow BBQ restaurant (only 950 sf) was opened in Lewisville, Texas that was mainly for caterings and take out business with

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only enough seating for 10 people. Due to the overwhelming love for their food, they took over another suite and remodeled in 2011 to accommodate over 100 dine-in customers and then the real growth began. In December 2014 Fat Cow BBQ opened their 2nd location at 3040/MacArthur Blvd and has plans to open new locations in Ft. Worth, Watugua, Grand Prairie and Mesquite, Texas in the near future. Fat Cow BBQ also dove into the exciting Food Truck industry and launched their first truck in November 2015. Fat Cow BBQ is one of the highest rated restaurants overall on Yelp, Trip Advisor, Google Places, and Urbanspoon in North Texas. They’ve won Best of Denton County in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Best BBQ! Their love for their food and customers is evident as soon as you walk into one of their restaurants. You will always get a big welcome from one of the staff members and they go above and beyond to make sure you leave full and happy. Henry and Allen’s personalities are bigger than life and anyone who knows them understands that statement. Although they’re very different in many ways their mindset is very similar. They believe strongly in entrepreneurship, goal setting, vision, action, and faith. They both are fearless and said “if you are willing to accept other peoples opinions you better be willing to accept their lifestyle”. Henry and Allen both love to mentor and coach others how grasp one’s dream and get out of the “rat race” and off of the “hamster wheel of life” by not conforming. If you haven’t met these two guys or tried their delicious BBQ, it’s time to take a drive to your nearest Fat Cow BBQ!

Second Location in Lewisville Now Open! Located on 3040 and Macarthur Blvd.

Best Barbecue Fat Cow BBQ • (972) 420-9398 850 Valley Ridge Blvd., Suite 128 Lewisville, TX 75077

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Favorite BISTECCA:

Still Your

Italian Steakhouse


Chef Morris Salerno doesn’t need catch phrases or a poignant sales pitch to convince us that Bistecca is the best Italian-American steakhouse cuisine around. The food alone has everyone sold from the first bite. And it’s been that way for more than 20 years. Salerno opened “The Grotto” in Highland Village in 1994 as a New American adjunct to his highlysuccessful “Salerno’s” Italian cuisine restaurant in Flower Mound. In that time, he has become known as a mentor, an author, and an awardwinning chef. He has cooked for presidents, and his culinary style is legendary among local residents. Most importantly, he’s just an all-around great guy who’s smile and warm hugs make customers feel like family.

delicious food as well as some of the best drinks in Denton County!

in Luxembourg. Bucket List!

Bistecca offers fine dining in the heart of Highland Village. That includes everything from fresh seafood, veal, lamb and high-quality steaks. With its inviting atmosphere, the restaurant is one of the most romantic restaurants in Denton County. Bistecca is perfect for the local couple who want to celebrate a special occasion. When the weather is right, you won’t find a more inviting patio in all of Denton County for al fresco dining!

Beyond awards and great food, Morris and Stacey are actively involved in the community and volunteer their time on several local charity boards.

Beyond Morris himself, the most integral part of the staff is General Manager, Stacey Miller Mahieu. She is the heartbeat of the truly fantastic staff that makes this powerhouse restaurant operate so smoothly. Stacey and Morris have worked together for so long and work so well together that he often refers to her as his “work wife!”

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

“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.” When Salerno remodeled The Grotto two years ago and christened it with a new name, Bistecca, that same high-end service, quality menu, and big-heart attitude remained true to Salerno’s roots. The Grotto Bar and Patio was recently remodeled and remains Highland Village’s very own “Cheers” bar, serving Chef Salerno’s 108 |

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As for Morris, you’ve likely heard his name before. In 1989 and 1991, he earned Dallas Chef of the Year by the Texas Chef Association. He was also selected as one of the Top Ten Young Chefs of Dallas by The Dallas Times Herald. He has won numerous awards with the World Master Chefs Society Team USA in competitions in France, England, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Sweden and Thailand. More recently, Morris earned an individual GOLD medal in the Culinary World Cup held

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Mark another item off of his

“We love working with all of the local nonprofit organizations, and we have great food and service,” Morris said. That, to us, is a combination worth looking into.

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

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

No Longer

a Hidden Treasure by Steve Gamel


Sam Jung has owned J Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Denton for six years. In that time, the restaurant became known as a local treasure with a worldclass menu and inviting atmosphere. Now, it is also known as an “awardwinning” restaurant.

student at the University of North Texas in 2010

with a tortilla) and the Cherry Blossom made with

when he opened his restaurant.

salmon, avocado and wrapped with tuna.

He was taking 15-18 credit hours at school while

There are also other dishes, including various

running the restaurant. His staff was comprised of

hibachi, teriyaki, and tempura dishes.

UNT students, and along the way he learned how

“We keep the fish fresh and stay consistent with

to manage employees, keep finances in order,

our entire menu,” Jung said. “It’s not formal. We

and build relationships with top suppliers.

want to keep it affordable so everyone can eat

J Sushi was named Best Sushi Restaurant in the

While there was a learning curve, Jung knew

Students’ Choice section for Best of Denton

having quality sushi and a consistent menu would

County. Though Jung came close to winning over

put his restaurant over the top with students,

the years, the award always eluded him and his

business owners and local families.

staff. This is their first award of any kind. And it’s long overdue.

J Sushi offers a variety of sushi, sashimi and rolls as well as options for those who are trying sushi

“When they told me we won, I saw it as a big

for the first time. All the traditional rolls like spicy

accomplishment,” said Jung, 29. “This is my first

tuna and California rolls are included, but there

restaurant. It’s great to see all that hard work

are creative specialty rolls, including the Mean

paying off.”

Green Roll (containing shrimp tempura, crab

It’s no surprise J Sushi is a student favorite.

meat, and avocado), the Rattlesnake (spicy fish,

Jung was a 23-year-old hospitality management

jalapeño, cream cheese and avocado wrapped

here. I’m here every day. Sometimes I’m a waiter, the sushi chef, sometimes the dishwasher.” J Sushi has become so popular that Jung is considering opening more restaurants. That’s a lot to consider, but he is clearly good at. “My dream came true very quickly,” Jung said. “This place means a lot to me.”

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Coming Together through

Mexican Cuisine Co-Owner / President Reagan Redus


Fresco’s Mexicana has made becoming a welcome member of the Highland Village community a top priority since our doors opened here in 2013. Spreading excitement throughout the community with our quality Mexican cuisine and building personal relationships with customers ensures that we never forget why we started making food in the first place: a true passion for sharing great cuisine. Food is an essential part of life, family, and relationships within any community. This is why we treat our staff and regulars as part of the family. Many factors are necessary to make a restaurant successful. You and the other members of our community are integral to the success of Fresco’s Mexicana. We appreciate this fact and do our best to serve you intriguing flavors that deliver a “True Taste of Mexico” that will keep you

Co-Owner / Chef de Cuisine David Mitchell

We love your support and the way that you have embraced Fresco’s Mexicana in the community over the past three years. We are so proud to have now won 11 Best of Denton County awards over the last 3 years including: Best Mexican Food, Patio, Family Dining, Margaritas, and more. Our entire team is grateful and thrilled that you continue to enjoy our food drinks, and friendly atmosphere. Thanks again for taking the time to show the community your support for Fresco’s Mexicana.

Best Family Dining, Mexican Food & Mexican Restaurant Fresco’s Mexicana • (972) 317-3628 2420 Justin Road Highland Village, TX 75077

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by Susan Neuhalfen

When Brad Trapnell decided to open What’s On Tap, his biggest concern was location. With 36 taps featuring craft beers from all over the country, constantly changing, was What’s On Tap the kind of place you would expect in downtown Dallas, but Highland Village? To say the results have exceeded his expectations would be an understatement. Brad left his cush job in real estate finance to open What’s On Tap, serving a huge variety of beers, wines, ciders and even root beer. This is so much more than a bar. Sure, you can get a pint, but you can also take your beer home in a 32oz or 64oz growler. For the newbies, a growler is a glass or metal container used to take beer to its destination, directly from the tap, while maintaining the beer’s freshness. There is always something happening here. Every Wednesday night is pint night, highlighting a craft beer or a few from a particular brewery. Thursday is run night with Luke’s Locker where a group comes to run a 3 mile path (give or take) and ends with a pint. There’s even live music on weekends. The most creative part of his job Brad says is working with different groups in the community. He has a group from UNT coming in for a donut and beer pairing and another for a beer

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and cheese pairing. They also recently had a

So what’s next for What’s On Tap? Brad says the

fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior project

next frontier is about a bigger variety of food

raising money from one tap for the organization.

and the brand new What’s On Tap location

“It’s not unusual on a Friday or Saturday to have

in Keller.

8-10 taps change hands,” said Brad. “Customers

For now, we suggest focusing on the beer. It’s

can keep track of where the keg is on the

the perfect place for a date night, event or just a

digital menu display so they know when we’re just about out.” What’s






With lighter food fare, you can bring the kids in for handcrafted root beer floats after a pizza or sliders. “The little girl that lives behind us comes in with her dad every Sunday,” smiles Brad. “She has

take home growler to suit your weekend.

Best Craft Beer Selection What’s On Tap • (972) 966-2400 2570 FM 407, Suite 170 Highland Village, TX 75077

a root beer float while he fills a growler to go.”

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for a reason

by Steve Gamel


Sam Pack knew exactly what he was getting into when he purchased his first Ford dealership nearly 30 years ago. The car dealership business was booming and – much like today – was so highly competitive that standing out among the crowd seemed like a daunting task. Not to be cliche, 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 five locations throughout the Metroplex. He created a brand every customer could trust because he stayed true to the one thing that so many big businesses let fall to the wayside – live and die by the customer experience. “Every staff member at Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville 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 new customer walks through the door, the folks at Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville treat everyone like their friends,

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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 shopping experience from start to finish.

how many sales and service dealerships there are in the Denton County area – not to mention the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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 New Car Dealership AND Best Truck Dealership by loyal Best of Denton County voters.

“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.”

The latest honor added to an already impressive trophy case. Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford – which has locations in Lewisville, two in Carrollton, North Richland Hills, and Plano – this year was named 2016 F&I Magazine Dealer of the Year, Ford Credit’s Partner in Quality, a Ford Motor Company President’s and Top 100 Ford Dealer Award winner, and Star Media’s Best Dealership Award winner. 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. Those are some hefty honors when you consider

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People clearly have choices, but they all keep coming back to Sam Pack.

If you don’t believe us, or Mr. Pack, check out this anonymous review we found from “The time I spent at the dealership was pleasant. I thought I would have to spend all day as I have when I bought vehicles before. Jerry Crider made sure everything was ready for me when I got there and it took less than 1 1/2 hours from the time I got there to the time I left with a clean new Focus and a full tank of gas! Way to go Five Star Ford. You have made a customer for life.” Sam Pack does have an extensive inventory, which includes new and used cars and trucks at the most affordable prices. The inventory includes everything from the 2017 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. And let’s not forget about their Pre-Owned inventory. Mr. Pack says that now more than ever before, an increasing number o f Lewisville drivers are finding that their ideal automotive match actually resides somewhere within the realm of pre-owned inventory. They can come to Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville and not only save money on the initial sticker price, but they’ll own a vehicle that – because it’s preowned will retain much more of its value over time. Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the commitment to the community Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville has shown over the years, both as a company and through its generous staff members. Their sponsorships and volunteerism is wide spread from local schools to a list of other organizations, including

all Lewisville ISD, North Dallas Shared Ministries, and the Chris Kyle Foundation event. Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville are members of 5 local Chambers, including Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, The Colony Chamber of Commerce, Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, Highland Village Business Association & Argyle Chamber of Commerce. Holy Angels Residential Facility also receives a ton of attention, and recently, Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville’s PR & Community Relations Manager, Sue Bowman, was named Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Month, and Ambassador of the Month by the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. “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. Together with general manager Bobby Ward, the staff is a true team that has built a culture of stability and integrity. It’s a credo they’ve lived by since the very beginning, and it’s a credo they will continue to operate under for years to come. Is there any other way to do business? “The Sam Pack Auto Group is known for “Takin’ Care of Business” for sales and service of cars and trucks,” Mr. Pack stressed. “The one problem we are best at solving for customers is offering them a truly fun and honest car buying experience. A true friend and family relationship is felt amongst the staff and our customers – making it an enjoyable experience for all.” All of us here at Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Lewisville want to thank all of Denton County for voting us the Best New Car Dealership and Best Truck Dealership for 2016.

Best New Car Dealership & Best Truck Dealership Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford of Lewisville (972) 382-9987 •

1144 N. Stemmons Freeway Lewisville,TX 75067

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

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

Jacqueline D. Cannon — Shareholder Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2014-2016 Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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

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

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(972) 353-2100 Auto Repair Shop

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Oil Changes, Auto Repair and Maintenance, Brakes, State Inspections, Car Detail Services and Much More! 4 Convenient Locations in Denton County Visit Us Online

Tire Store Discount Tires - Highland Village Truck Dealership Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford of Lewisville

Bar & Nightlife

Drive-Thru Car Wash Master Shine Wash & Detail

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Margaritas Gloria’s Latin Cuisine - Flower Mound flower-mound.html

Sports Bar Rusty Beagle Sports Grill Wine & Spirits Grapes to Wine

Beauty Services Children’s Salon Pigtails & Crewcuts - Highland Village highlandvillage

Color Salon

Bar Patio Oak St. Drafthouse

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

(972) 317-4384 Laser Hair Removal Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Makeup Crystal’s Essentials - Corinth Massage (Drop-In) Institute of Bodywork Studies Massage Spa Massage Green Spa - Flower Mound Massage Therapist Staci Waggoner, Essentials Day Spa

Pre-Owned Car Dealership James Wood Autopark - Denton Boat & RV Storage Lakeview Marina Boat Dealer Phil Dill Boats Custom Paint Color Customs - Denton Domestic Car Dealership Bill Utter Ford

Live Music Z Grill & Tap 1144 N. Stemmons Freeway Lewisville, TX 75067

Hair Stylist

Happy Hour Z Grill & Tap

Places to Dance Rockin Rodeo - Denton

Total Car Care

Family owned & operated since 1982. Built on integrity, knowledge & honesty. 600 N. Mill Street Lewisville, TX 75057

Drink Menu The Grotto Bar & Patio

Mixed Drinks Sweetwater Grill & Tavern


Lorentz Automotive

We are proud to announce the winners of Best of Denton County 2016! Nominations were made by the residents of Denton County. Nominations took place June 13 – July 13, and afterwards, the top 3 nominees went on to the final voting which took place July 27 – August 24. 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.

Med Spa

David Ryan Salon Hair Color Specialists Thank You for Voting Us Best Color Salon in Denton County! 4151 Cross Timbers Rd., #150 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 691-0022

Bar Staff The Bearded Monk

Eye Lash Extensions iLash Love Lash Extensions

Beer Selection East Side Denton

Facials Essential Day Spa - Denton

Craft Beer Selection What’s On Tap

Hair Extensions Lucky Locks Beauty Bar - Denton

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

(972) 874-0008


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Prototype: IT

Salon Sage

Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County 5801 Long Prairie Rd., #840 Flower Mound, TX 75028

We are a Full Service Hair Salon That Caters to each Client’s Unique Style & Personality. Escape Into a World of Total Comfort, Relaxation & Rejuvenation 3301 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 145 Flower Mound, TX 75022

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Mel’s Barber Shop

Business IT Solutions

Manage IT Services Helpdesk Services Strategic IT Consulting Cloud Hosting 5870 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound, TX 75028


Sutera Spa Spa Packages, Body Treatments, Facials, Nail Care, Products, Massages and Waxing

Chamber of Commerce Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce

Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 899-5300 Tanning Salon Sol Co. Sunless Airbrush Tanning

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

Business Coaching Services Art Locke, Focal Point Coaching

Distillery Creative Web & Print Design Branding | Social Media | SEO Thank You for Voting us Best of Denton County for Graphic Design & Web Design!

(940) 448-0092 PointBank Thank You for Voting Us Best Business Bank, Best Commercial Bank, Best Personal Finance Bank and Best Student Bank

2620 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. #200

Graphic Design

Business Networking Premier Network Group - Flower Mound

Business & Professional Services Business Bank

Commercial Real Estate Agent Todd Weaver

(844) 784-3576

Commercial Bank Nail Salon Envy Nails - Flower Mound

Commercial Real Estate Weaver Commercial Real Estate - Flower Mound (972) 434-3200 Argyle • Aubrey Denton • Flower Mound Lake Cities • Lewisville Little Elm • Pilot Point

Commercial Construction Complete Solutions - Flower Mound Commercial Landscaping Schmitz Landscaping Commercial Printing SIGMA Signs & Printing

Marketing Specialist Paula Wagner, Total Package Marketing Notary Services Dash Notary Office Cleaning Service Rag Mops Cleaning Service Political Consulting Firm Koda Digital Design Postage & Mailing Qwik Pack & Ship qwikpackandshipdenton Promotional Products TNT Promotions

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Public Relations Firm Certatus Sign Company SIGMA Signs & Printing Staffing & Recruiting Texas Lonestar Staffing Web Designer Distillery Creative Web Developer & SEO Koda Digital Design

Community & Non-Profit Advocacy Organization Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County Animal Advocacy Organization Denton Animal Support Foundation (DASF)

Animal Non-Profit

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection Low Cost Spay & Neuter Vaccinations Dental Cleaning Heartworm Prevention Flea & Tick Prevention 713 Sunset Street Denton, TX 76201

(940) 566-5551

Charity Organization Cloud 9 Charities Church Trietsch Memorial UMC Church Youth Group Trietsch Memorial UMC Community Liaison Boys & Girls Club of North Central Texas Fire Station / Firefighter Sara Athey, Firefighter - Denton Health Organization The Heart Hospital Baylor - Denton

Outreach / Missionary Organization Young Life Pastor Matt Chandler, The Village Church Police Officer Chief Andy Kancel, Flower Mound PD Recreational Club Cross Timbers Family YMCA cross_timbers Rotary Cross Timbers Rotary Club Vacation Bible School Valley Creek Church Veterans / Military Organization Denton County Veterans Coalition Youth Club Big Brothers Big Sisters of Denton County

Education College Planning Lifelong Learning - North Central Texas College Daycare Primrose School of Wellington - Flower Mound wellington

Hourly Childcare Service Adventure Kids Playcare Private Preschool - K DKH Academy Private School Pre-K – 12th Liberty Christian School Public Elementary School Liberty Elementary School Public High School Flower Mound High School Public Kindergarten Wellington Elementary School Public Middle School McKamy Middle School Tutoring: General Kumon Math and Reading Center of Highland Village Tutoring: In Home Club Z! In-Home Tutoring - Flower Mound

Mayor Charlotte Wilcox - Highland Village

Tutoring: Math Mathnasium of Flower Mound

Online Publication The Cross Timbers Gazette

Tutoring: Reading The Tutoring Center

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Place to Meet People

Acting Studio

Studio B Performing Arts

Studio B Preforming Arts Acting • Musical Theater • Classes Intensives • Community Theater Event Rentals • Workshops 10+ Live Theater Performances Per Year VOTED BEST OF DENTON COUNTY 8 YEARS IN A ROW 1 Nelson Parkway Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 966-2787

Escape Rooms HQ Team Building Date Night Private Parties Come See Our New Location in Las Colinas 1565 W. Main St., Ste. 495 Lewisville, TX 75077

(469) 312-8987 Skate Park Railroad Skate Park - Lewisville RailroadSkatePark.html

Birthday Parties - Kids Win Kids - Flower Mound

Theater (Performance) Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater (MCL Grand)

Bounce House Rental Jump City

Trampoline Park Altitude Trampoline Park

Country Club Lantana Golf Club

Travel Agency Travel Creations

Event Facility

Travel Agent Sheree Harris Waterpark Denton Waterworks

Drop-In Daycare Kiddin’ Around Playcare

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Circle R Ranch Corporate Outings Company Picnics Meetings/Team Building, Wedding/Receptions/Social Galas 5901 Cross Timbers Road Flower Mound, TX 75022

(817) 430-1561

Financial and Real Estate Services Architect Jay Bush, The ML Group Architecture

Architecture Firm

CROSS TIMBERS ARCHITECTS INC. Commercial & Residential Design

Friendliest Staff Dr. Audrey Stansbury, Highland Village Dental Gaming Store Freaks and Geeks LLC 4315 Windsor Centre Trl., Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 355-7754

Hotel Hilton Garden Inn - Lewisville

Auto Insurance Agency Matt Portz, State Farm

Movie Theater Moviehouse and Eatery - Flower Mound

Bookkeeping Chandler & Knowles CPAs

Place for Live Music Dan’s Silver Leaf

Certified Public Accountant Kristina Knowles, Chandler & Knowles CPAs

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Certified Public Accounting Firm Chandler & Knowles CPA

Credit Union DATCU Credit Union

Personal Finance Bank

Home Services

Custom Home Builder Dave Salisbury, Hamilton Homes – Argyle

Alarm Company DFW Alarm - Flower Mound

Financial Advisor John Norman, Chandler & Knowles Financial

Appliance Repair Marathon Appliance

Home Improvement Company Longacre Construction Company Home Inspection Company Brownie’s Home Inspection Insurance Agency Fellers Insurance Agency Insurance Agent Tisha Brandes

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

Real Estate Agency

2800 Corporate Dr., Ste. 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(214) 736-9466 Mortgage Loan Banker

Computer Repair Glenn Kimball, GWK Technologies Custom Decorative Painting Carnival Custom Painting

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2624 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 754-4677

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Southern Comfort Mechanical A/C & Heating Specialists Residential & Commercial Sales, Free Estimate on New Equipment, Free Service Call with Repair, State Certified Technicians, Family Owned & Operated, 24/7 Emergency Service

Professional Real Estate Representation. Consistently ranked #1 RE/Max Team. Served more than 4,000 families to date. Averages more than 250 transactions per year. Top producing team, locally and nationally. 2900 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. C Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 539-6555

(972) 420-1700 Complete Solutions We offer full interior and exterior showrooms displaying everything; whether you’re starting a new build or simply updating your home we can take it from start to finish!

4401 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 400 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 539-8258

Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Cassandra Homer

Real Estate Seller’s Agent

Dry Cleaner GK Cleaners & Laundry - Flower Mound Electric & Natural Gas Provider CoServ Electric

Tom Tevis Fairway Independent Mortgage Co.

Garden Center Schmitz Garden Center 174 Lake Park Road Lewisville, TX 75057

Jeff Brand & Associates

Thank You for Voting Us Best Mortgage Company

Garage Door Company Genie Sales & Service

Carpet Cleaning Clean Star Carpet & Fabric Care

Custom Window Treatments

Mortgage Company

Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.

Cabinet / Granite Company Floor Accents-Highland Village

Garage Design / Organization Classy Closets

Electrical Company Electric Pros Inc

The Seay Group Realty Stephanie Seay Thank You for Voting Us Best of Denton County!

2611 Cross Timbers Rd., #100 Flower Mound, TX

(214) 636-8485 Title Company Freedom Title flowermound.html

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Exterminator Adams Exterminating Co. - Lewisville Fence Builders Texas Best Fence Fence Staining & Refinishing Texas Best Fence

Flooring Company

CW Floors & Lighting Thank You for Voting Us Best Flooring Company & Home Lighting in Denton County 520 N. Loop 288 Denton, TX 76209

(940) 484-5483

Home Cleaning Service Buckets & Bows Maid Service Home Lighting CW Floors & Lighting Home Renovations Complete Solutions - Flower Mound Home Theatre / Home Entertainment Charlie Brown Sound Interior Decorator Decor to Your Door Interior Design Studio Complete Solutions - Flower Mound Internet Service Provider Frontier Communications (formerly Verizon) Irrigation or Lawn Sprinkler Repair Denton Lawn Sprinkler Inc Kitchen / Bath Remodeling Gene Cherrnay, Village Designs & Remodeling


Green Meadows Landscaping Thank You for Voting Us Best Landscaping in Denton County

724 Holfords Prairie Road Lewisville, TX 75056

(972) 492-5495

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Lawn Maintenance

Swimming Pool Builder BMR Pool & Patio

Swimming Pool Builders & Remodelers

Criminal Law Firm Shanklin & Cox, L.L.P.

Law Firm

Criminal Lawyer Brent Bowen

Divorce Law Firm

Marsh, Paine & Nolter, P.C.

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

(972) 221-LAWN Mosquito Control Mosquito Joe of Northwest DFW New Home Owners Service Wendy Bailey, Your New Neighborhood Outdoor Lighting Company Charlie Brown Electric Painter Castle Painting & Home Services Patio & Outdoor Living Contractors Complete Solutions - Flower Mound Plumber Strittmatter Plumbing & AC Pool Maintenance Gholke Pools - Denton Roofer Anderson Roofing - Flower Mound

Outdoor Living Pool & Patio Call for your FREE design consultation & estimate to create your own vacation with the best. Custom pools & spas, outdoor lighting, patio covers, outdoor kitchens 9067 Teasley Lane Denton, TX 76210

(972) 317-3500 Weed Control Weedex Lawn Care Window Cleaning Windows by Will

The Wright Firm, LLP Divorce | Custody | Mediation Visitation | Child Support Modification | Grandparent Rights Divorce Planning | Criminal Estate & Probate Planning Bankruptcy | Personal Injury 1422 W. Main St., Ste. #201 Lewisville, TX 75067

(972) 353-4600

Stonework Texas Traditions Outdoors Storage Units McGee Lane Self Storage

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Oil & Gas Law Firm Hayes Berry White & Vanzant, L.L.P. Oil & Gas Lawyer Chuck Elsey, Elsey & Elsey

Divorce Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm

Legal Services Bankruptcy Law Firm Minor & Jester, P.C. Bankruptcy Lawyer Byron Berry, Hayes Berry White & Vanzant, L.L.P. Business Collections Firm Biggs Law Firm, L.L.P.

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

(940) 442-6677

Business Law Firm

Lloyd & DuPuy Personal Injury • Family Law Criminal Defense We will exceed your expectations With zealous representation We will get you justice. 121 N. Woodrow Ln., Ste. 207 Denton, TX 76205

(940) 381-2600

Family Law Firm

Longhorn Solar Screens

(940) 565-8200

(940) 382-4200

Wireless Mobile Provider AT&T

Solar Screens

Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County 1100 S. Woodrow Lane Denton, TX 76205

Criminal Law Family Law Juvenile Law Personal Injury Civil Litigation 101 S. Woodrow Ln., #101 Denton, TX 76205

Personal Injury Lawyer

Elsey & Elsey Divorce & Family Law Business Litigation/Corporate Law Employment Law | Energy Law Estate Planning & Probate Real Estate & Commercial Law Civil & Bankruptcy Law | Personal Injury 3212 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 906-9695

CokerLegal Family Lawyers Specializing in Divorce, Child Custody, Family Law, Adoption, Enforcement Orders, Modification Orders, Collaborative Law & Child Support 1413 E. McKinney Street Denton, TX 76209

(940) 566-6649 Business Lawyer NChristopher Henry, Minor & Jester P.C. Civil Law Firm Minor & Jester, P.C. Civil Lawyer Jill Jester, Minor & Jester, P.C.

Family Lawyer Duane L. Coker Judge Kimberly McCary County-Courts/County-Court-at-Law-1/ Staff.aspx

Personal Injury Lawyers Our practice focuses on personal injury law. We secure compensation for individuals and families who have been injured as the result of another person’s negligence or carelessness. 516 S. I-35E Denton, TX 76205

(940) 484-5555 Traffic Tickets Law Firm Biggs Law Firm

Traffic Tickets Lawyer

Christopher M. Jones, Attorney Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury & Traffic Citations 721 West Mulberry Street Denton, TX 76201

(940) 591-8715

Dental Practice

Thank You for Voting for Us Best of Denton County 2460 Justin Road Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 966-1234

Dermatologist Dr. Michael McGuiness, McGuiness Dermatology

Wills & Estate Planning Lawyer Paul F. Wright

Dermatology Practice McGuiness Dermatology - Flower Mound


North Texas Allergy & Asthma Center 2617 Scripture St., Ste. 101 Denton, TX 76201

(940) 382-4142

Doctor Dr. Steven Mottl, The Heart Hospital Baylor - Denton Emergency Care Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital - Flower Mound Endodontist Dr. Sandy Wang, Flower Mound Endodontics

Family Dentist

(940) 387-1700

Chiropractic Practice Flower Mound Chiropractic Chiropractor Dr. Bao Thai

Cosmetic Dentist

Thank You for Voting us Best Cosmetic Dentist in Denton County 1901 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 320 Flower Mound, TX 75022

(972) 355-9545 Dental Implant Dentist Dr. Richard Martin

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. 4400 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound, TX 75028

(469) 322-7000 In - Home Care

Dr. 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 Surgeon Dr. Patrick Shovlin


1st Choice Home Health Joint Commission Accredited Licensed and Certified by the State of Texas • Owned & Operated by Steve and Andrea Ciulla Medical Social Worker Speech Therapy Home Health Aide

(940) 387-4594

Medical Massage

Complete Health & Wellness

Combining skill & expertise, latest technology & revolutionary concepts; we are committed to providing you affordable, advanced wellness care that gets results 860 Hebron Pkwy., Ste. 1001 Lewisville, TX 75057

(972) 315-9900

Mercy Hospice Highly experienced team of professionals who provide an environment of comfort and support for all. 2281 Olympia Dr., Ste. 100 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 459-9992

Want News in Lantana?

Dr. Bradley Axline, MD Wellness for Women & Men Thank You for Voting Us Best in Denton County 2560 Central Park Avenue Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 538-2100

General Practice Flower Mound Family Care Center

Dr. Steven Titensor, Titensor Dental

OB/GYN Physician

Occupational Therapy Skilled Nursing Physical Therapy

3105 Colorado Blvd., Ste. 101 Denton, TX 76210

Alzheimer’s Care Home Instead Senior Care - Highland Village

Midwifery Care Caring for Women

Dental Depot

Wills & Estate Planning Law Firm Leigh Hilton, P.L.L.C.

Medical Services


Mental Health Professional

NextGen Counseling, PLLC Counseling for teens and young adults. Depression, anxiety, self-injury and more.

OB/GYN Practice Womens Wellness at Flower Mound Ophthalmologist Dr. Rodgers L. Eckhart, Advanced Eye Care


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

(972) 355-5152

Orthodontist Dr. Kimberly Gronberg, Gronberg Orthodontics Orthopedic Physician Dr. James Heerwagen, Orthopedic Associates Orthopedic Practice Orthopedic Associates Pediatric Dental Practice Pediatric Dental World Pediatric Dentist Dr. Andrea Gonzales, Dental Care 4 Kids Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic Stepping Stones Therapy 4325 Windsor Center Trl., #200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(940) 228-2171

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Pediatric Practice

Podiatrist Dr. Suh Davey, DFW Foot & Ankle Senior / Assisted Living Facility Rosewood Assisted Living & Memory Care Rosewood

Lantana Pediatrics Dr. Rebecca Butler Would like to Thank You for Voting us Best Pediatric Practice 74 McMakin Rd., Ste. 100 Bartonville, TX 76226

(940) 455-7200

Speech Pathologist Dr. Kimberly White, Speech Therapy Services- Denton (940) 380-1457 Sports Massage ProForm Clinics Urgent Care Rapid Med Urgent Care - Mobile Family Health On Call formerly Mend Urgent Care

Pediatrician Dr. Marla Conger, Kids First Pediatric


Corinth Veterinary Clinic We treat your pets like valued family members. Pet owners serving pet owners. 4451 FM 2181, Ste. #105 Corinth, TX 76210

(940) 497-5383 Veterinary Clinic Lantana Animal Hospital

(972) 434-8050 Pharmacy Flower Mound Pharmacy Physical Therapist Meredith Tittle, S2S Functional Performance Physical Therapy Practice Joints in Motion - Flower Mound

Plastic Surgeon

Call for a complimentary consultation.

2560 Central Park Ave., Ste. 200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

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The Jenny Layne Bakery Thank you for voting us Best Cake Bakery! 5801 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 850 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Animal Medical Center Pet Services

Equestrian Services D&L Farm & Home

Feed and Hardware Store

Argyle Feed & Hardware Thank You For Voting Us Best Feed and Hardware Store

of Highland Village

Routine Well-Checks, Surgical, Dental & Full Service Veterinary Hospital. We are honored to be your one-stop-shop for all your furry friend’s needs! 2810 Justin Road Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 317-7387

Restaurant and Food Services Bagel Royal’s Bagels & Deli

Barbecue 1832 FM 407 East Argyle, TX 76226

Mobile Pet Grooming/Washing Pet Love - Mobile Pet

Pet Boarding Canine Courtyard Pet Food & Supplies D&L Farm & Home Pet Grooming Happy Dog Spa - Flower Mound Pet Photography Jenny Froh Photography


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

(214) 513-1334 Cheesesteak Lenny’s Sub Shop Chinese Restaurant Regal Buffet

(940) 241-2444

Mobile Pet Watching Angel Pet Watch

Flower Mound Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Spa Dr. J. Drew Sanderson & Dr. Paul Critelli

Cake Bakery

Veterinary Hospital

Thank You for Voting Our Team the Best Periodontal Practice! 651 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 102 Flower Mound, TX 75028

Buffet Chinatown Cafe

(972) 691-2253

Aquarium Store Supplies Fish n’ Chirps Pet Center (940) 382-2422

Amit M. Patel, DDS,MSD Specialist in Periodontics


Cup of Coffee Edison Coffee Co. (Formerly Roots Coffeehouse)

Fat Cow BBQ For The Love Of BBQ! Thank you for voting for us! 850 Valley Ridge Blvd., #128 Lewisville, TX 75077

(972) 420-9398 Bistro Swirl Bakery Breakfast Seven Mile Cafe Buffalo Wings Wing Stop - Flower Mound

Cupcake The Flour Shop Bakery Deli The Original Joey O’s Dessert Menu The Flour Shop Bakery Dinner Verf’s Grill & Tavern Donuts JJ Donut Palace Family Dining Fresco’s Mexicana

Fine Dining

Mexican Food

Shopping & Retail

Shopping Center

Book Store Barnes & Noble - Highland Village

Fresco’s Mexicana Bistecca Formerly the Grotto Award Wining Dining Catering & Bar 2300 Highland Village Road Highland Village, TX 75077

(972) 318-0515 French Fries Burgers & Brats Frozen Yogurt Yogurt Story - Rayzor Ranch (940) 484-5407

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

(972) 317-3628 Mexican Restaurant Fresco’s Mexicana

New Restaurant

Gluten Free Menu Zoës Kitchen - Flower Mound

Cards & Gifts Celebrations & Invitations www.celebrationsandinvitations. Consignment Store Encore! Encore! Consignment Boutique Eyewear Ogletree Eye Care Fashion Accessories Brightside Boutique Fashion Shoe Store Jack’s Outfitters Furniture Consignment Store Lisa’s Resale Gone Upscale

Furniture Store

Hot Dogs Burgers & Brats Ice Cream Shop Epic Gelato - Flower Mound Indian Restaurant Curry’s Indian Cafe

Italian Food

The Table Thank You for Voting Us Best of Denton County! 3701 Justin Rd., Ste. 150 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 874-1010 Patio Dining Verf’s Grill & Tavern Pizza Mellow Mushroom - Flower Mound /flower-mound Queso Fuzzy’s Taco Shop - Denton

Salerno’s Italian Restaurant A Local Tradition for 30 Years Award Wining Dining Newly Remodeled Bar Catering Available 3407 Long Prairie Road Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 539-9534 Japanese Hibachi Mt. Fuji - Sushi & Hibachi Lunch Lone Star Attitude Burger Co.

(972) 317-7500 Specialty Shoe Store Luke’s Locker Specialty Shop Celebrations & Invitations www.celebrationsandinvitations.

Women’s Clothing Store The Palm Tree Boutique

Hamburger Lone Star Attitude Burger Co.

Healthy Menu Prime Farm To Table

Style In Store NW Corner Of FM 2499 & FM 407

Supermarket Market Street

Guacamole Anamia’s - Flower Mound

Happy Hour Food Yellow Rose Steak & Chop House

The Shops at Highland Village

Salad Salata - Flower Mound Seafood Dani Rae’s Gulf Coast Kitchen Steakhouse Bistecca - An Italian Steakhouse Sushi Pirahna Killer Sushi

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

(940) 648-3145 Gold & Silver Exchange Duff’s Fine Jewelry Health Food Store Cupboard Natural Foods & Cafe Home Decor & Gifts Extravaganza Interior Decorating Shop Bella Designs Jewelry Store NASR Brothers Jewelry Jewelry Store - Consignment Duff’s Fine Jewelry Kid’s Clothing Store Small Fry Children’s Clothing (940) 387-9915

Thai Restaurant Noodle Swing Thai Cafe

Men’s Clothing Store Jack’s Outfitters

Vegan Restaurant 940’s Kitchen & Cocktails

Resale Shop Encore! Encore! Consignment Boutique

Specialty Services

Airport Transportation Service Tempus Transportation, LLC Art Studio Studio Art House Artist Carol Stoecker, Dabble & Design - Corinth Birthing Doula Dana Cluff, Bump to Baby Birth Services Ceramic Studio Color Me Mine Coaching Service - Personal What’s Next Life Coaching with Penny Rackley Delivery Service Mickey’s Florist Embroidery Kris Tees Firearms Training Texas Top Gun Fire Arm Training Floral Shop Dalton’s Flowers

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Home Parties

DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES Kay Thibodeaux Senior Manager Fundraising • Business Gifting Tasting Experiences

(952) 221-2440

Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Barre Studio Pure Barre - Flower Mound Baseball Association Flower Mound Youth Sports Association

Music Lessons School of Rock - Flower Mound Party & Event Supplies PJ’s Party Supply & Rentals - Denton Party DJ David Hodges (214) 546-8129 Party Rentals PJ’s Party Supply & Rentals - Denton Photobooth Rental Picture This! Photographer Scott Young Photography

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

(972) 539-9622 Batting Cages D-BAT - Lewisville Bicycle Shop Cadence Cycling - Highland Village Cheer Studio Excite! Gym & Cheer - Highland Village

Coaching Service - Sports

Professional Organizer Blissfully Organized - Lantana

Special Occasion Deliveries Edible Arrangements - Flower Mound Summer Camp Win Kids Tattoo Artist Ian Messerli, Smilin’ Rick’s - Denton Tattoo Studio Smilin’ Ricks

Wedding & Event Florist

Mickey’s Florist No matter what the occasion, Mickey’s Florist, is your one-stop shop for all your floral needs. 1134 W. Main Street Lewisville, TX 75067

(972) 436-4041

DENTON D-BAT Denton Thank You for Voting Us Best Coaching Service - Sports 1003 Shady Oaks Drive Denton, TX 76205

(940) 891-3228 CrossFit CrossFit - Flower Mound/Lewisville Cryotherapy Clinic Elite Total Body Cryotherapy

Equestrian Stables Quail Run Farm - Bartonville Fitness Center CycleBar - Flower Mound

Wedding Planner Events by Kristin

Football Training Camp Marcus High School

Writing & Editing Service Lori Fickling

Golf Course - Private Lantana Golf Club

The PilatesBarre Thank You for Voting Us Best Pilates Studio in Denton County. Get Your Pilates Body at The PilatesBarre Highland Village 3640 FM 407, Q-180 Highland Village, TX 75077

(214) 706-9988

(972) 355-9988 Health Food Store Healthkick Nutrition Center Indoor Bootcamp Outlaw Bootcamp by Jesse James

Martial Arts Studio Flower Mound Taekwondo Nutrition & Supplements Store Precision Sports Nutrition - Lewisville Nutritionist / Dietitian - Certified Complete Health & Wellness Outdoor Bootcamp Camp Gladiator Personal Trainer Jesse James - Jesse James Fit

Personal Training Facility

Soccer Association Greater Lewisville Area Soccer Association (GLASA) Sporting Goods Store Academy Sports + Outdoors

Sports Facilities

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

(972) 353-3322 Swimming Instruction AquaKids - Flower Mound Weight Loss Center Jesse James Fit - Flower Mound

Dance Studio Top Hat Dance Centre - Flower Mound

Football Association Flower Mound Youth Football Association

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

Lacrosse Association Flower Mound Lacrosse Association

Wedding & Event Venue 9 Social

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Kickboxing 9Round 30 Min Kickboxing Fitness - Flower Mound

Picture Framing Aaron Brothers

Screen Printing Groggy Dog

Golf Instructor Mike McCabe

Pilates Instructor Angela Forte, The PilatesBarre - Highland Village

Basketball Association

Cross Timbers YMCA Music Instructor Heather Parks, New Song Music Studio

Golf Course -Public Old American Golf Course

Yoga Instructor Nancy Nelson - Inspire Yoga

Jesse James Fit Teen & Youth Training Athletic Performance Training Group & Family Training Strength Training Individual Training Couples Performance Training 1001 Cross Timbers Rd., Ste. 1200 Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 355-2639

Yoga Studio Nancy Nelson - Inspire Yoga

Accomplish All Your Fitness Goals with An Award Winning Trainer!

Automotive Services Auto Mechanic Shop Lewisville Truck Center Auto Repair Shop Lewisville Truck Center Drive Thru Car Wash Heritage Car Wash


to All Winners

Car Dealership Dubberley Motors Co (972) 436-3142 Oil Change Kwik Kar - Denton

Bar & Nightlife

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

Bar Patio Oak St. Drafthouse Bar Staff Lucky Lou’s (940) 484-5550 Beer Selection East Side Denton

Drink Menu Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Happy Hour Rusty Beagle Sports Grill Live Music Dan’s Silver Leaf Margaritas Angelina’s Mixed Drinks East Side Denton Places to Dance Rockin Rodeo - Denton

Wine & Spirits 940’s Kitchen & Cocktails

Beauty Services Color Salon Fusion Hair Design

Visit Us Online at and Sign Up for Our Newsletter to See When Nominations Begin in 2017!

Teacher/Professor Lila McCreight

Nail Salon Bella Nail Salon

Tutoring Mathnasium of Flower Mound

Special Event Hairstylist

Dixie Dean - Cloud 9 Salon Thank you for voting me Best of Denton County 1651 Justin Road Flower Mound, TX 75028

(972) 317-4384 Tanning Salon Sol Co Sunless Airbrush Tanning

Community & Non Profit Animal Non Profit Humane Tomorrow (formerly Humane Society of Flower Mound)

Charity Organization

Eyelash Extensions Amazing Lash Studio Facials Essential’s Day Spa - Denton Hair Salon Lucky Locks Beauty Bar - Denton Makeup Artist Dixie Dean - Cloud 9 salon

University University of North Texas

Entertainment & Travel Birthday Party Venue Altitude Trampoline Park Bounce House Rental Bounce Houses Denton Event Facility Rockin Rodeo - Denton Games & Arcades Main Event - Lewisville Movie Theater Moviehouse and Eatery - Flower Mound Trampoline Park Altitude Trampoline Park Travel Agency Ocean Blue Travel - Cruise Planners

Craft Beer Selection What’s On Tap

Sports Bar Rusty Beagle Sports Grill

Want a Head Start 0n Next Year?

Massage Spa Essential’s Day Spa - Denton

Waterpark Hawaiian Falls Waterpark - Roanoke

Mission Moms Teaching Children to Serve in Their Backyard and Act Upon the Kindness in Their Hearts. TEACH. SERVE. ACT. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:21

Financial & Real Estate Apartment Community Uptown Insurance Agency Century Insurance Agency

Student Bank Church Youth Group Trietsch Memorial UMC Vacation Bible School Trietsch Memorial UMC Youth Club The Actor Conservatory Theatre

PointBank Thank You for Voting Us Best Business Bank, Best Commercial Bank, Best Personal Finance Bank and Best Student Bank

Education (972) 434-3200

Coach Liberty Elementary School

Argyle • Aubrey Denton • Flower Mound Lake Cities • Lewisville Little Elm • Pilot Point

Elementary School McAuliffe Elementary School High School Flower Mound High School Middle School Briarhill Middle School Principal Jennifer Mattingly, McAuliffe Elementary School

Legal Services Bail Bonds Shawn Cagle, City Hall Bail Bonds Criminal Law Firm Daniel K. Peugh Best of Denton County 2016

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Criminal Lawyer Karen Alexander

Cup of Coffee Zera Coffee Company

Seafood Hoochies - Denton

IT Specialist Local Circuit

Traffic Ticket Lawyer Christopher M. Jones

Cupcake The Flour Shop Bakery

Steakhouse Yellow Rose Steak & Chop House

Deli Lenny’s Subs - Denton

Sushi J Sushi

Music Instructor Jennifer Escue, Lone Star Music Academy - Flower Mound

Dessert Menu Candy Haven

Thai Restaurant Noodle Swing Thai Cafe

Dinner Milpa Mexican Restaurant - Denton

Vegan Restaurant Juice Lab

Medical Services Chiropractor Dr. Mark Darner, Affordable Chiropractic Cosmetic Dentist Norman J Pomerance, DDS - Denton Dental Practice Denton Smiles Dentistry Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Harrington - Denton Doctor Dr. Caren C. Reaves, Caring For Women Family Dentist Dr. Patrick Ruehle Hospital Denton Regional Medical Center Optometrist Dr. Richard Bartlett, Vision Source Planet Eyewear Orthodontist Habern Orthodontics

Pet Services Pet Groomer Happy Dog Spa Pet Spa & Boarding Canine Courtyard Veterinarian Dr. Lorien Schoelkopf, Animal Medical Center of Highland Village


Donuts Hypnotic Donuts - Denton Family Dining Cartwright’s Ranch House Fine Dining Yellow Rose Steak & Chop House French Fries Burgers & Brats Frozen Yogurt Yogurt Story Loop 288 Gluten Free Menu Pizza Snob - Denton Guacamole Fuzzy’s Taco Shop - Denton Hamburger Lone Star Attitude Burger Co. Healthy Menu Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar Hot Dogs Dix Coney Island 940.218.1735

Lunch Cartwright’s Ranch House

Barbeque Dickey’s Barbecue Pit_407 - Lewisville

Mexican Food Fuzzy’s Taco Shop - Denton

Breakfast Old West

Cards and Gifts Celebrations & Invitations www.celebrationsandinvitations. Consignment Store Twice As Nice Resale of Denton Eyewear Vision Source Planet Eyewear Fashion Accessories Jack’s Outfitters Health Food Store Cupboard Natural Foods & Cafe Music Store Guitar Center - Denton Party Supplies & Rentals PJ’s Party Supply & Rentas - Denton Resale Shop Thrift Giant

Shoe Store

Mexican Restaurant Fresco’s Mexicana

Tattoo Shop Dark Age Tattoo Studio - Denton

Sports & Fitness Baseball Association D-BAT - Lewisville Batting Cages D-BAT - Lewisville Cheer Studio Excite! Gym & Cheer - Highland village Coaching Service - Sports D-BAT - Lewisville Dance Studio Top Hat Dance Centre Fitness Center CycleBar - Flower Mound Gymnastics Excite! Gym & Cheer - Highland village Martial Arts Studio Rodriguez ATA

Indian Restaurant Ista Indian Cuisine

Bagel Einstein Bros. Bagels

Screen Printing Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More Highland Village

Shopping & Retail

Ice Cream Shop Frosty Drive N

Italian Restaurant Bari’s - Flower Mound

Photographer Jordan Blalock Photography

Envy Boutique Thank You For Voting Us for Best of Denton County /envydenton 2900 Wind River Ln., Ste. 146 Denton, TX 76210

(940) 387-3111

Nutrition & Supplement Store Precision Sports Nutrition Personal Trainer Amanda Morris Personal Training Facility Jesse James Fit Pilates Instructor Victoria Runge

Buffalo Wings Drunken Donkey - Denton

New Restaurant (open under 12 months) Drunken Donkey - Denton

Buffet Chinatown Cafe

Patio Dining Lone Star Attitude Burger Co.

Cake Bakery Heavenly Taylored Sweets - Denton

Pizza Double Dave’s

Cheesesteak Jersey Mike’s

Queso Fuzzy’s Taco Shop - Denton

Embroidery On The Cuff Embroidery

Weight Loss Center Amazing Weight Loss

Chinese Restaurant Chinatown Cafe

Salad 940’s Kitchen & Cocktails

Floral Shop Dalton Flowers

Yoga Studio Twisted Bodies

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Women’s Clothing Store Envy Boutique

Specialty Services

Sports Facilities Game On Athletics Swimming Instruction Emler Swim School - Flower Mound

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IN ONE LOCATION by Susan Neuhalfen


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

Meet Dr. Bradley Axline. He’s a board certified

plan custom to each individual patient and make

Dr. Axline is an expert on the HGC diet plans

OB/GYN whose mission is to utilize the

sure the patient is completely satisfied with the

and even offers Complex Vitamin B Lipotrophic

latest medical technology in order to prevent

plan before starting any treatment. Also, he will

injections. Dr. Axline partners with Jesse James

disease and optimize lifelong health. He uses a

tailor the plan as needed.

Fit to help develop the best exercise plan for

Dr. Axline’s office offers many state of the art

each of his patients.

solutions that cover all aspects of health not

Because how you look affects how you feel,

just for women but for men as well, beginning

in addition to the many weight loss programs

“More than once he has found the existence of

with medical grade nutraceuticals and other

offered, Dr. Axline also offers an array of skin

thyroid cancer in patients by utilizing some of

supplements to get the body back on the track

care services including injectable products

multifaceted approach to accomplish this which begins with a full workup of tests including cardiac and hormonal testing.

these tests,” said Meredith Axline, an RN and the wife of Dr. Axline. “This may not have been caught at your typical gynecological appointment with limited testings” By performing an entire list of tests that could include a basic complete blood count and could be more extensive to include a cardiac panel, hormone panel, or even insulin and insulin resistance testing, Dr. Axline may get a thorough view of a patient’s health status and recommend the wellness services needed. His tests serve

to complete wellness. He also offers hormone and testosterone replacement therapies, as they affect many aspects of a person’s health including sexual health, mood and weight loss. His weight loss methods are what are truly extraordinary.





offered, from diet, to exercise to non-surgical procedures and injections, overseen by a medical professional. His office is now offering CoolSculpting, the

a complete metabolic profile on his patients to

only FDA cleared device to permanently freeze

help recommend the best nutrients, medical

fat and eliminate it without the need for surgery

grade nutraceutical supplements if necessary and

or downtime. Unlike some spas that offer

any additional services available to get them to

CoolSculpting, it is performed by a registered

optimal health. He will present an entire wellness

nurse and overseen by Dr. Axline personally.

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also offers Skin Pen microneedling, skin peels, and medical grade skin care products. These services are all performed by our Registered Nurse who is a Certified Cosmetic Skincare and Injection Specialist.

believe one size fits all, there are many methods

to not only help prevent disease, but he does

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such as Botox, Juvederm, Kybella, Voluma. He

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

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