Shops in Stonehill Center see new life under new investor

While Stonehill Center is still lovingly referred to as "the old outlet mall," the property is once again transforming into a business hub.

Kim Phillips: Volunteering makes Denton Denton

I hollered up to the front desk, "Here comes Carrell Ann! Somebody open the door for her!" From my office window, I could see board member Carrell Ann Simmons wrangling yet another beautiful, bowed basket from the back seat of her car.

Laurence Kotlikoff: Use new tool to call a truce in divorce wars

Thanks to their rich parents, my friends "Joe" and "Sue's" wedding was a three-day, 200-guest extravaganza on Maryland's Chesapeake shore.

Paying taxes with credit card probably not the best option

A big tax bill is like hay fever. You don't want it, you try to avoid it -- and then April rolls around and it hits you hard. Now you have to figure out how to take care of it.

Briefly in business

Denton's Jersey Mike's location will donate 100 percent of its sales made on Wednesday, March 29 to Wipe Out Kids Cancer, a nonprofit in Dallas.

Judge rules against UPS in cigarette case

NEW YORK -- A federal judge ruled recently that UPS ignored "red flags" that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations, but stopped short of imposing a $873 million penalty that regulators sought in the civil case.

Father, son bond at Texas barber shop

CLYDE (AP) -- What's it like, working with your son? "I guess I was concerned about it for a little while," said Jaren Tate, 42. "I didn't know what his habits would be -- and working for Dad, you know?"

Advertising boycott of YouTube grows

SAN FRANCISCO -- An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google's ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos.

Denton's rent has increased almost three percent in past year

While Denton's rent is below the state's median, it has still increased 2.7 percent, according to a new study from Zumper.

GSATi named small business of the year

Nine years ago, Cindy Tysinger started an information technology firm, GSATi, in her Denton home. Thursday night, her efforts to grow the company to its almost 40 employees were recognized by the Denton Chamber of Commerce: GSATi was named the Small Business of the Year 2016.

Sears at Golden Triangle Mall unconcerned despite corporate woes

Management at Sears in Golden Triangle Mall believe their storefront has no reason to fear closure despite dooming forecasts from analysts and concerns at the corporate level.

Events and wedding venue coming to downtown Monroe-Pearson building

Downtown Denton is getting its first events and wedding venue: The Monroe Pearson Building. The 21,000-square-foot venue is set to open in spring 2018, 100 years after the building was first constructed.

Sears has “substantial doubt” about its future

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is "substantial doubt" that it will be able to keep its doors open.

New breakfast spot opens on West University Drive

Denton has a new breakfast spot: Egg House Cafe at 1622 West University Drive. This week is serving as the restaurant's soft opening as they work to train staff members, a manager said.

Chestnut Tree to add hours, options

Cheeses, cured meats, olives and spreads will soon fill the front counter at the Chestnut Tree. In early April, the breakfast and lunch destination will expand its hours Monday through Thursday past 3 p.m. for the first time in 23 years.

Blood-thinning poison not a solution to feral pig problem, locals say

Jacque and Gary Morgan, the founders of Swine Solutions, recall waking up one morning and driving out to where their steel trap sits to find 46 feral hogs slashing, squealing and leaping trying to flee from their confines.

Kim Phillips: SXSWi visits Denton via virtual reality

For the third year in a row, Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau staff is part of a multi-member team exhibiting at SXSW Interactive (SXSWi) to introduce Denton to the masses from around the globe.

If the Fed Can, So Can You: Hike Your Savings Rate

Savings account interest rates are at historic lows, but a new NerdWallet study has found that consumers could earn hundreds more a year in interest by choosing a high-yield account.

Beaver in fever over Bucky's

Texas-based Buc-ee's, the operator of large roadside travel and service stations known for a toothy beaver mascot and certified clean potties, filed suit in Houston this week hoping to stop the Bucks here.

Heather Steele: Set expectations for your marketing firm

Someone once told me that expectations are pre-planned resentments, but if you're paying a marketing company for ongoing services, I think you should go ahead and set some expectations.

Herbert Austin: SBA assisting more female entrepreneurs

It was just 38 years ago when the U.S. Small Business Administration began to dedicate resources and services to improve and increase female entrepreneurs, who now lead some of America's most powerful and lucrative job-creating firms.

From skeptical to booming

Before the birth of Cindy Tysinger's woman-owned, multimillion-dollar IT firm GSATi, she remembers being the chief information officer and senior vice president of information technology at marketing firm Mannatech.

What's Open, What's Closed

Noles General Store is moving to a booth space at Antique Gallery in Lewisville after operating at 315 W. Hickory St. for almost six years. Christye Price, the store's buyer, said the business wanted to downsize and take away the daily commitment of running the shop. Move-out is set for the end of March.

Bills where you can cut a better deal

The word “bills” used to be synonymous with “fixed expenses.” But there’s nothing fixed about many of the bills a typical household pays today.

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Rene Paulson: Challenges faced by women’s small businesses

Women small business owners are extremely optimistic about the future, business performance and plans to invest in their businesses through marketing and product and service development.

Scott Alagood: Some property exempt from seizure

It should be noted that Texas history is filled with residents of other states and countries moving to Texas to escape debt and not-so-friendly debt collection laws, including debtor's prison. For example, William B. Travis avoided arrest in Alabama for unpaid debts by moving to Texas.

Chuck Carpenter: Applications open for next Leadership Denton class

Every Leadership Denton class is assigned a group project, with the results, findings and recommendations presented publicly at its final session prior to graduation.

Jonathon Fite: Are stocks cheap or expensive?

Over the last 70 years, great investors and teachers such as Ben Graham and Warren Buffett have developed the field of value investing. Value investors see stocks as ownership interests in businesses, not merely as ticker symbols on a TV screen.

Netflix to complete Welles’ final film

Orson Welles' last film finally has a home.

To reach your savings goals, take these steps

Saving money is often easier said than done, but it doesn't have to be difficult. Setting clear goals can motivate you to take action, focus on what's important and steer clear of overspending.

Study: Despite positive economic numbers, student loan defaults rising

The stock market is up, unemployment is down but things aren't rosy for all Americans.

Chamber Roundup

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Kroger could come to south Denton near Shady Shores

Kroger could be in between Classic of Denton and Bill Utter Ford in the coming years, if zoning changes are approved by the Denton City Council next month.

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Toyota territory

NEAR ARGYLE — If you blink, you might miss the street sign for the tree-lined country road south of Denton. Two-lane Hilltop Road leads you past mostly modest houses, small farms and rural businesses along the border of Argyle.


Kim Phillips: Can-do attitude marksdecade

“A lot happens in a decade. We walk through our lives facing challenges and celebrating victories one day at a time. We don’t really think in a lump-sum way about all that occurs until we stop at a point and look back. This is one of those points.”


Businesses pushed out as industrial districts rebuild

DES MOINES, Iowa — Leaning over the map, Brian Vincent turned to a city official and asked, “Why does it show a park instead of my business?”

Laurence Kotlikoff: Online tool can help perform money miracles

In taking over Scott Burns’ column, I promised to perform some money magic — to show you ways to better manage your finances and safely raise your living standard.

Briefly in business

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California moves along on driverless cars

LOS ANGELES — Cars with no steering wheel, no pedals and nobody at all inside could be driving themselves on California roads by the end of the year, under proposed new state rules that would give a powerful boost to the fast-developing technology.

Volkswagen pleads guilty to conspiracy,obstruction of justice

DETROIT — By cooperating with federal investigators and quickly agreeing to compensate car owners, Volkswagen likely will avoid a massive criminal fine for cheating on diesel emissions tests and trying to cover it up.

Twins lose bid for bitcoin trade fund

WASHINGTON — The irrepressible Winklevoss twins, known for having sued Mark Zuckerberg over the idea for Facebook, have suffered a setback from federal regulators in their push to expand the use of bitcoin to a wider universe of investors.

Relocations help DFW

In their projections for 2017, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas economists said Texas' economy was poised to kick into second gear as it left the oil slump firmly in the rearview mirror and continued to draw corporate employers.

Maldonado celebrates 10 years with Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau

Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau advisory board chairman Bob Moses, Denton Chamber of Commerce president Chuck Carpenter and I presented Veronica Maldonado with her 10-year award last Monday at the DCVB advisory board meeting.

Housing project near UNT denied by Planning and Zoning

Developers behind a 229-bed apartment complex designed for students are hoping city council will sing a different tune than the Planning and Zoning Commission did Wednesday night. In a meeting that stretched into Thursday morning, the commission voted 5-2 against zoning changes that would allow for a five story apartment complex at Scripture and Normal Streets University of North Texas campus.

Denton's Movie Tavern renovations are a wrap

The renovations at Movie Tavern are now complete, and all nine theaters are ready for visitors. This is the second and final phase of a total overhaul. Each theater now has new reclining seats, special seats and even new screens.