Upward trend

Clothing stores, antique shops and art studios continue to pop up throughout downtown Denton and a large percentage of these stores are owned by women.

Personal profile: Christye Price

Dawn Cobb: Salons by JC opens at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace

Salons by JC recently opened a 7,500-square-foot complex of 42 suites at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace.

Scott Burns: Making home sweet again with these retirement tips

ISLAMORADA, Fla. — From the bayside, it’s hard to believe that the channel for the Snake River cut actually exists. Until you’re right up on the marker, it appears to be a jungle of mangrove trees.

Maggie Jover: Aging, exercise go hand in hand

Being physically active can allow people to do the things they enjoy, stay independent as they age and produce long-term health benefits, according to Andrew Crocker, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program specialist in gerontology health.

Argyle company in thick of Final Four

Chris Curtis stood on the floor of AT&T Stadium recently and watched as his team tested large-scale LED video boards before they were hoisted into place beneath Jerrytron.

Golden Triangle Mall to retain, upgrade Dillard’s

A major victory has been won in the battle for Denton consumers’ retail dollars and shopping habits.

Personal Profile: Heather Gregory

Scott Burns: A new economic indicator says don’t worry, be happy

ISLAMORADA, Fla. — Life in the Florida Keys is pretty laid-back. At least it can be, once you get here. That isn’t so easy these days because once-remote Key Largo, made famous by the film starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, isn’t so removed anymore. Some consider the island to be a bedroom community for Miami. And all of the Keys, down to Key West, are a weekend destination for all those city dwellers.

Brandon Boughen: Control the algae in your pond

Algae is very common and will be present in all water that is exposed to the sunlight. However, on occasion, this common inhabitant of water can become overwhelming in farm ponds.

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Continuing a family legacy

After spending years in a small town, the Soells decided it was time to come home and, in a way, continue a family legacy.

Dawn Cobb: Unemployment rate rises but stays lower than prior years

Unemployment rates in Denton and Denton County for the month of February bucked the trends set in recent years, though the overall rates are still significantly below prior years.

Personal Profile: Bear Cahill

Janet Laminack: Not quite the time for some spring yard work

As we become eager for spring weather to arrive, people turn to yard work. I have some good news for those of you with extensive honey-do lists: some of those tasks shouldn’t be done yet.

Scott Burns: Measuring longevity another way

How deeply have you sipped from life’s glass? How much is left? That’s a serious question. Answering it, in a quantitative way, may tell us something about how we should think about, and plan for, our futures. The answer could also give us a framework for thinking about longevity and the issues it presents.

Local couple buys Sweetwater Grill & Tavern

One of Denton’s favorite restaurants, watering holes and jazz music venues, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, has changed ownership and will reopen in June. Jimmy Meredith, who opened the restaurant in 1996, and his wife, Karen Meredith, sold the restaurant to Rick and Ryann Reid in a transaction that was finalized last week.

Manufacturing expansion

Major industrial companies in Denton are expanding and additional companies are expressing interest in moving to the area.

Chamber’s new VP to pitch city to businesses

The Denton Economic Development Partnership has new leadership in the Denton Chamber of Commerce: Adam Gawarecki is now the vice president of economic development at the chamber.

Dawn Cobb: Couple opens physical therapy business in Denton

Doug and Maegan (Lane) Soell recently opened Velocity Physical Therapy at 3201 Teasley Lane, Suite 201, marking the third generation of locally owned businesses in Denton for the family.

Personal Profile: Kristen Watson

Aaron Gray: 4-H members shine this year

Exciting things have been happening in Denton County 4-H and youth development programs, and as winter winds down and spring begins we are seeing the end to the major livestock shows throughout Texas.

Scott Burns: Longevity gap battle is coming

The next battlefield for the haves and have-nots won’t be money. It will be life itself. The conflict will start as more people understand that the well-off enjoy significantly longer lives than people who aren’t so fortunate.

Old family values

Enchiladas, fajitas and Tex-Mex on the lighter side are coming to the Square after almost two years of construction and renovation at 100 W. Oak St.

Personal Profile: John "Sparky" Pearson

Dawn Cobb: Meridian Bank Texas acquires State Bank and Trust Company

Meridian Bank Texas is acquiring State Bank and Trust Company, which will give the combined banking operation a total of five branches in the region, more than 60 employees and nearly $450 million in total assets.

Scott Burns: Required distributions can change your tax bracket

Q: We haven’t seen much information on folks in our position. Here is our situation: My wife is 65, I am 67. We have been retired for five years. Our yearly income is around $120,000. Together, we have close to $1 million in two 457 accounts (government version of 401[k]), one IRA, and my self-directed portion of a state pension. Currently we are not taking any money out of those accounts. I know that at age 70 1/2 we will be required to start taking distributions from the accounts.

Maggie Jover: Spend your income tax refund wisely

A tax refund is always a welcome bonus. Whether it is $300 or $3,000, the way you use that money can have a real impact on your personal and financial well-being.

Winter weather helps niche businesses

As sleet, ice and snow descended on Denton this winter season, several businesses have been able to meet the increased demand for weather-related services. “This winter, total, business has probably tripled,” said Jarret Edman, owner of A Plus Towing in Denton.

Dawn Cobb: Unemployment rates for city, county rise slightly

January unemployment rates for Denton and Denton County rose slightly, according to a news release from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Brandon Boughen: Extension to hold livestock jamboree

The Denton County 4-H Livestock Coalition will hold its inaugural Livestock Jamboree at the North Texas Fairgrounds on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Personal Profile: Shelley Christner

Scott Burns: The Better Monkey Solution

Let’s call it the Better Monkey Solution. It will allow you to be your own portfolio manager.

Library forges ahead with tech space

Denton’s North Branch Library expects to open a new, high-tech computer center in April, one that will allow artists to create new works and local entrepreneurs to engineer new designs, perhaps even build prototypes of their inventions.

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Cinemark to join Rayzor Ranch Town Center

Cinemark will add its dine-in concept theater Cinemark Movie Bistro to Rayzor Ranch Town Center, with plans to open the theater in the summer of 2015.

Rolling into a new home

The burgeoning numbers of food trucks in Denton are about to have a permanent home.

Personal Profile: Steve Davis

Janet Laminack: Key to gardening vegetables is timing

Spring is just around the corner! Timing is practically everything in vegetable gardening, of course, next time I’ll tell you it is soil, or watering or good pest management, but today it’s definitely timing. If you haven’t been successful before, look carefully at a planting guide for our area on when to plant. When it feels like spring consistently in our area, it’s pretty much too late for a spring garden.

Scott Burns: Social Security tax unfair and impractical

Last week, a retired reader wrote about discovering he was in a higher tax bracket than he expected to be.

Brandon Boughen: Trees contribute to conservation

Trees serve many purposes that improve our quality of life, environment and even the air we breathe. Among the most significant contributions of trees to the environment is the conservation of soil, water, energy and wildlife.

Restaurant rejuvenation

Out with the old, in with the new. More dining options are coming to Denton, and several new restaurants are expected to open soon, some taking the places of now-closed eateries and others relocating.

Personal Profile: Carissa Laitinen-Kniss

Dawn Cobb: Couple open their first salon in Little Elm

Rehan Munawar and his wife, Fayza Rehan, are opening their first Fantastic Sams outlet in Little Elm in early March.

Scott Burns: Stealth tax on retiree income has sky-rocketed

Senior living

With a rapidly expanding senior population in Denton County, a new developer hopes to make a difference with a new senior living community that is set to open in April 2015.

Personal Profile: Jeff Amano

Dawn Cobb: Inland Truck Parts moves to new location

Inland Truck Parts opened a new, larger Denton facility just up the street from their former location at 4321 N. Elm St.

Scott Burns: Introducing the ‘94 Percent’ in relation to retirement

This is an early bulletin from the huge volume of e-mail I received after asking readers to write me about “small solutions.”

Maggie Jover: Get all facts before using coconut oil

Walk into a local health store, or even your local grocery store, and you are likely to see coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of the latest health trends. However, do you have all of the facts on coconut oil?

Living development

A new high-end apartment complex, Urban Square, may help boost the traffic and business in the Unicorn Lake development as the south Denton area continues to grow.

Personal Profile: Caroline Moran