More downtowners

Downtown Denton is becoming more residential, as new neighbors started moving in last week at two new apartment complexes.

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Plain old joe no more

When John Punch was working for a nonprofit in Budapest, Hungary, he became intrigued by the European coffee culture.

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Kim Phillips: UNT’s first home game kicks off collaboration

In the midst of our high-tech world, a couple of sensory powers are somewhat left out.

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Scott Burns: ‘Living benefits’ come with price

Consider Michael Kitces as the thinking man’s financial planner. He’s smart. He’s prolific. And he spends his best hours where the rubber meets the road, in the analysis of the actual financial products most of us encounter in real life. The results can be surprising.

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Fresh new flow

After months of renovations, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern is back under new ownership.

Scott Burns: The five secrets to ‘happy money’

The nearest Starbucks to my house is 15 miles away. It is in the town of Bee Cave, Texas, which also happens to be the location of the West Pole.

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Doughnuts with a ‘good vibe’

Canadian Healthcare, Evil Elvis and Vampire Weekend are all coming to Denton on Sept. 3, and they’ll be making regular appearances at the new Hypnotic Donuts shop just off the Square.

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Kim Phillips: The Woz speaks at UNT

My grandmother was born in Texas in 1912. There were 48 stars on the American flag, and the unsinkable Titanic sank.

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Where? There!

Out of just 290 square feet of store space, new employees are creating Which Wich sandwiches inside Texas Woman’s University’s Classroom Faculty Office building.

Scott Burns: Retirement crisis a manufactured emergency

I’ve lost count of the surveys telling us that all Americans will suffer deprivation when they retire. I’m sure you have, too. A recent Harris Poll found that 74 percent of Americans worried about retirement. The National Retirement Risk Index now indicates that 53 percent of Americans are “at risk.”

Janet Laminack: Nature lovers invited to Master Naturalist class

Are you the kind of person who, when someone yells “snake!” you run toward the screamer to identify the lovely creature? Would you rather be outside than indoors even in this hot August weather?

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Firm lends talent to Habitat homes

An interior design business in Highland Village has created a way to give back to Denton, where its owner and another staffer have their roots.

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Accidental Asian fusion

This fall, whether it’s after a late night of studying or a night on the town, University of North Texas students and Fry Street loyalists will have some new places to grab a bite and a pack of cigarettes.

Scott Burns: Read between lines for dark warnings

Here today, gone tomorrow. Attention to the annual reports from the Social Security and Medicare trustees disappeared overnight. They were released on July 28, and media reports noted the lack of exciting news.

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Sales tax holiday on way

School supply lists are out, shelves are stocked and advertisements of sales have been distributed for the sales tax holiday this Friday through Sunday.

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Maggie Jover: Kids benefit from time in the kitchen

Kids of all ages are usually enthusiastic about food. They like to eat, grocery shop and read books about food — and they like to cook!

Scott Burns: Inflation could be on the move

Inflation: The Chicken Little problem of the last five years. Everyone thought it — or worse, hyperinflation — was coming. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve was worrying about deflation. Our central bank targeted a 2 percent inflation rate as healthy and worried when it was lower. Inflation has obediently averaged a 2.1 percent annual rate since 2010, albeit with some big swings.

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Businesses giving back

Mike Cheves is on a mission to integrate community, commerce and charity in Denton. The Denton-based consultant started working with a handful of local companies to incorporate charity into their business models in June. His client base has expanded since he started the initiative, and now he’s going to try to multiply himself by training others.

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Scott Burns: Sizing up your 401(k)

How many employers are wasting the money they spend on employee match contributions? How much can a cost-efficient plan add to your retirement security?

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Heated competition

LAKE DALLAS — Rafael Ferrer took a moment to adjust his glasses, which had slipped down his nose a little in the noonday heat as he pumped more gas into the tank of his compact car. Ferrer saw the big numbers in the red-light display from the freeway as he headed into work Monday morning: $3.15 a gallon.

New app lightens social media load

University of North Texas student Jesse Stauffer and his peers are tired of hearing people lecture about what they should and should not post on social media.

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Natural outgrowth

The selection of fresh tomatoes, garlic stalks and peaches on display at Earthwise Produce are all still organically grown in Denton, but the selection has started to expand thanks to a recent partnership with Johnson’s Backyard Garden in Austin.

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Janet Laminack: Learn how to water during drier times

Denton County received plenty of rainfall last week, but soon it’ll be time to think about watering our trees, lawns and landscapes again. Always remember that our irrigation systems supplement the rain, not the other way around.

Scott Burns: Book maps 401(k) costs

Is your 401(k) plan wildly expensive, average, or wickedly efficient and inexpensive? You probably don’t know. Your employer may not, either — particularly if you work for a small company.

Couple opens doors to dream

One couple’s dream became a reality this week when their Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise in Sanger finally opened its doors.

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Tex-French flavor

SANGER — Rebecca Lawler wants her business to be known as a boutique for everyone.“I want us to have a reputation of [customers] going in there and finding anything from handmade to store-bought to candy...

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Revival on the corner

The yellow building at the northwest corner of the downtown Square is getting a facelift, and a new tenant.

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Customer appreciation month downtownDenton Main Street Association is working with local businesses to celebrate customer appreciation month every Wednesday this month at businesses mainly around the downtown...

Scott Burns: Homeowners have inflation on their side

A lot of people are down on home ownership these days, some for good reason.

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Lender to pay $10 million

Ace Cash Express has agreed to pay a total of $10 million as part of a consent order obtained by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Shop dabbles in everything

SANGER — Barry Durham pulls up to Findings: A Little Bit of Everything in his white pickup to unload some new cargo for the shop he co-owns with his wife, Joanna.

Literal experience

Children gather at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Denton nearly every Friday for a different type of story time.

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Nemo’s returns

Back in 1979 when Brave Combo had just started, the “nuclear polka” band played on the back patio of Captain Nemo’s, a sub shop that had cheap pitchers of beer and legendary steak sandwiches.

Maggie Jover: Tips can keep summer’s bounty safe to eat

Fresh melons and berries fill the aisles of grocery stores and markets. Roadside produce stands full of homegrown fruits and vegetables are seen along the highway. All of these are signs that summer is here and so is a bounty of fresh produce.

Scott Burns: One law can show Congress’ interests

The passage, or failure, of a single piece of legislation is going to tell us a lot about whether our Congress represents the people of the United States or just its financial service industry donors.

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Video vignettes

A new series of mini documentaries about local businesses could help a local marketing firm promote Denton to future clients across the world and continue to grow the Denton business scene.

Brandon Boughen: Keep pond fish healthy in summer

The Texas summer weather can be hard on pond fish. Oxygen depletion in ponds is one of the most common problems in hot weather because warm water holds less oxygen than cool water. Fish also have higher metabolic rates in warm water, which can also increase their need for oxygen.

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Another subdivision in Denton County will break ground soon. A 250-acre subdivision of 700 to 800 single-family homes will break ground in Oak Point on July 9.

Scott Burns: It takes a lot to be a man of leisure

We should always be grateful for small things. This year I am grateful to French economist Thomas Piketty and his best-selling book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. I haven’t read the entire 700-page tome yet, and I have some questions about how he translates the wealth concentration of 19th-century landed gentry in France to the wealth creation/destruction maelstrom of the United States, but I’m still grateful.

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Luxury homes planned near lake

A Chinese-based developer is bringing a new luxury subdivision to Corinth, investing roughly $200 million in the area.

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Hot sellers

Every day since opening its doors, Bet the House BBQ has sold out before getting to dinner service. Open for just one week, owners Cody Smithers and Shawn Eagle are still getting into the swing of things. The two friends have cooked together for years, branched into catering in 2012, and toyed with the idea of a restaurant since.

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