Kim Phillips: Denton travelers spring back from storm's effects

Last Tuesday, someone on Facebook posted a picture of freshly sprouted flowers laid flat, only their little green leaf tips visible. The photo caption referenced our mini-Icemageddon: “This ice is a life ruiner.”


Two pubs debut in spite of ice

Winter weather closed schools and offices this week, but the doors were open at two brand-new businesses.


Digital dilemma

NEW YORK — When one of Ileaa Swift’s employees posted homophobic comments on Facebook, the reaction was quick.

Kim Phillips: Travel key to Texas’ vitality

“Life’s Better in a State of Travel.” This is the Texas Travel Industry Association’s brand tagline. This column’s regular readers know I talk a lot about branding, how it’s much more than a mere logo.

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Tax abatement to help Peterbilt expand

Peterbilt will soon begin a $23 million expansion of its current plant in Denton, now with the help of a tax abatement from the city.

Scott Burns: Simplicity tends to overcome complexity

Even a gently thrown rock can bring down a glass house. That image came to mind last summer as I read a research note by two Ph.D.s in finance, Jason Hsu and Vitali Kalesnik. Both work at Research Affiliates, of which Hsu is a co-founder.

For many, cash saved at pump staying in pockets

WASHINGTON — In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what they’ve traditionally done best: Spend money — and drive the economy.

Briefly in business

More stores and restaurants have signed on to join Rayzor Ranch Town Center, including In-N-Out Burger, Raising Cane’s and Chili’s.


Shop to leave Square site

After 23 years of selling home decor, clothing and other specialty items at The Courthouse Collection, business owner Karen Wilson is moving the shop to Krum.


Special delivery

For many, a Friday night is the week’s first moment of relaxation. The end of the work week is greeted with television, sweatpants and, now, a restaurant meal delivered right to the doorstep.

Kim Phillips: What is the Thin Line?

There is a thin line between love and hate, humor and sarcasm, genius and madness.These are just some of many idioms in the English language that refer to a thin line as a reference point. What is a thin line, exactly?

Scott Burns: Couch potato investing wins again

Couch Potato investors trumped the big dogs again! In 2014, the basic Couch Potato Portfolio, a 50/50 mix of two low-cost index funds, returned 8.16 percent while the Morningstar average for all “moderate allocation” funds was only 6.21 percent.

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United says it has tentative deal to outsource airport jobs

DALLAS — United Airlines said Friday that it has a tentative agreement with a union to outsource about 1,150 airport jobs while sparing another 800 positions.

Briefly in business

Pedro’s Tex-Mex and Grill is a few weeks away from opening its third location, at the corner of Bell Avenue and McKinney Street in Denton.

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Balancing campaign and small business on Vitter’s agenda

NEW YORK — The new chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has big issues on his agenda, but he’ll have to fit them in with a high-profile gubernatorial campaign.

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Bud vs. craft

RICHMOND, Va. — Attention die-hard craft beer drinkers: This Bud’s not for you.


Social media join to help women in tech

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long dominated by men.

Kim Phillips: CVB’s Lodge named to board

Readers often ask, “Don’t you ever run out of ideas to write about?” Honestly, no. There are limitless nuances about our culture and the way we go about life here in Denton, not to mention a never-ending parade of colorful characters, past and present. I mean that in the most positive way.

Scott Burns: Is diversification worthwhile?

Diversification. It’s as good as motherhood, as important as beer, as beneficial as vitamin C and as reassuring as a communion wafer. Investment professionals swear by it. Academics applaud it. Financial planners demand it.


Investors’ appetite for startups fed by stock market gains

NEW YORK — Some entrepreneurs looking for startup funding got a wad of money near the end of last year, but there are concerns the boom may not last.

Briefly in business

As new bar and music venue Harvest House is nearing completion, the business is now looking to hire bartenders and baristas.

Maggie Jover: Tips offered on stockbrokers

There are several categories of firms and individuals that claim to be financial advisors, and while it is a little complicated to distinguish among them, here are a few things to know.

RadioShack in Golden Triangle Mall closes

Electronics retailer RadioShack is preparing to reach a bankruptcy deal, and the financial turmoil surrounding the company is affecting local stores.


Subway exits Square site

The Subway sandwich shop on the downtown Square is now closed and will become part of Barley & Board, a new brew pub and restaurant slated to open this spring. The restaurant will now occupy the entire first floor of the Texas Building at the corner of Oak and Locust streets, instead of the ground floor of the property being split between two businesses.


Future looks bright

Looking at the governing boards of nonprofit organizations in the area, most don’t have board members under 40 years old.

Kim Phillips: Making history in Denton

The National Park Service is in the final phase of a four-year feasibility study and environmental assessment of both the historic Chisholm and Western Cattle trails for possible designation as National Historic Trails.

Scott Burns: New alternative to using cash

Economist David Ranson asks a question we all want answered. What can we use as an alternative to cash? Listen to his answer.


Stocks sag at the close; January finishes on weak note

The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year.

Lawsuit: Exploding air bag killed Texas man

HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a Texas man who died in a minor traffic accident is alleging in a lawsuit that their loved one is the latest person to be killed by shrapnel shooting out of exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

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Albertsons merges with Safeway

Albertsons completed its acquisition of Tom Thumb’s parent company Safeway on Friday. That makes Albertsons-Safeway the largest traditional grocer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by market share and store count, ahead of Kroger.

Briefly in business

The Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce recognized local businesses and members at its annual awards luncheon on Tuesday.


Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

PHOENIX — It is the game that must not be named — at least not without permission.

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Three liquor stores working to open up in Denton

Three liquor stores could open in Denton this year, pending approval from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Scott Burns: Introducing the disgruntled retiree index

Allow me to introduce a new economic indicator. It doesn’t come from a government agency, nor is it the creation of a right- or left-leaning think tank. In a land of indices and measures, there is so little attention to this problem that I had to create the measure myself.

Garden gnome fans fret: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK — Apparently, airline passengers aren’t buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy.

Caesars bankruptcy venue decision near

LAS VEGAS — Delaware or Chicago: Troubled casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. should find out early next week where a subsidiary’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will be decided.

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McDonald’s earnings fall; changes are in the works

McDonald’s isn’t lovin’ it, and it’s going to do something about it.

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Taxes, regulations targets for new chairman

NEW YORK — Cutting regulations and taxes are on Rep. Steve Chabot’s must-do list for small businesses. The Ohio Republican, who became chairman of the House Small Business Committee when Congress took office earlier this month, plans to continue the committee’s focus on how the government burdens small companies.

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Making changes

WASHINGTON — Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers’ personal information from the government’s health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.

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Midlake drummer, chef to open new restaurant

Chef Patrick Stark, the former top toque at Sundown at Granada, says he’s bringing Dallas to Denton. He and McKenzie Smith, of the band Midlake, plus five other partners, plan to open a restaurant called 940’s this summer just off the Square.

Kim Phillips: Blazing a new trail

It is 1867. The farmer is heading west, morning sun on his back and the fledgling little town of Denton a day behind him now. The wagon creaks and moans over the well-worn, rutted trail. Eager to make Decatur before sunset, he snaps the reins urging the mules to pick up their pace.

Tax professionals gear up for filing season

Tax filing season is here. And Denton-area accountants and tax assistance volunteers are prepared to handle more complicated taxes and the Affordable Care Act provisions that could lead to a tax credit...


A shop apart

Denton’s newest comic and game shop, Freaks and Geeks, houses a retro assortment of all things geeky, with transactions and hang-outs happening under one roof.

Kim Phillips: Dream lives on in Denton

The most popular documentary screened at last year’s Thin Line festival was David Barrow’s When We Were All Broncos.

Briefly in business

Scott Burns: Unbundling opens avenues to savings

“Unbundling” is an interesting word. The first unbundling I ever heard about was the famous Carterfone decision. It forced the unbundling of phones from the original nationwide ATT phone service. After that decision, you could buy your phones from anyone who cared to produce them.

US stocks decline as energy stocks slump; Homebuilders drop

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks declined in early afternoon trading Tuesday as energy stocks slumped again. Homebuilders dropped after builder KB Home said that demand for homes was weak. The market had climbed...


Crafting a concept

A new craft cocktail bar is now open on the west side of Hickory Street near the University of North Texas, and it won’t be offering $1 well drinks.

Kim Phillips: Discover upside of downtime

A New Year’s resolution caught my attention as I scrolled my Facebook feed a few days ago. It was a photo of a middle-aged fellow sitting on the hood of his car staring thoughtfully into the sunset across a wild, open field. “2015 Resolution: explore the upside of downtime,” posted The Travel Effect.