Karina Ramírez: New hookah lounge owner sees good business opportunity

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Different sizes of hookahs used for smoking flavored tobacco are shown at the Denton Hookah Lounge.
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It is a place to relax, enjoy some music and also have fun.

Nite Davis opened the Denton Hookah Lounge at 1776 Teasley Lane in December.

The location formerly housed H2O, another hookah lounge, that closed last year. His goal was not only to bring back the business for the sake of the previous customers, but also to introduce new people to the world of hookah lounges.

“It was a really good business opportunity I could not pass by,” Davis said.

Davis also owns XCW Wrestling Institute on Mingo Road.

When asked to explain how a hookah lounge works, Davis said it was similar to a coffee shop or a cigar bar.

“You come in and you are seated like a restaurant, you ask for drinks and you are provided with a menu, and you can pick a flavor of tobacco,” he said.

The Denton Hookah Lounge offers approximately 100 flavors of tobacco divided among three levels. Each level contains more than 30 types of tobacco flavors.

“The nicotine is not real high, and it is a very clean smoke,” Davis said. “The carcinogens and everything else you get out of cigarettes and stuff are very low because there are not any chemicals added to the tobacco.”

Hookahs vary in size from small to large. If a customer wants to try a different type of hookah, the person can pay $5 to upgrade.

After working on the location for a month, the business now has a new air filtration system, television, a new DJ booth, and Davis arranged the furniture so that it could be more socially friendly.

 “Our only feedback we received (from an earlier soft opening) was to put a mirror on the inside of the ladies bathroom, and we did,” Davis said, “We had one on the outside of the bathroom.”

In the next couple of months, Davis plans to add new activities such as trivia games and possibly conduct a video game tournament.

Business hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/DentonHookahLounge or call 940-320-9066.

For the fourth consecutive year, DATCU members started the year with a little more money in their pockets.

Officials with the credit union announced earlier this week that member owners received a total of $974,672.78 as a bonus dividend on Jan. 1, a news release stated.  Members received two-tenths of a percent based on their annual average of all balances, according to the news release.

Dale Kimble, DATCU president and CEO, said in a news statement that the team is proud that again this year the credit union’s performance enabled the nonprofit to reward members with a bonus dividend.

“It’s another way to show our members appreciation for doing their business with the credit union,” he said in the statement.

DATCU currently serves more than 69,000 members.

For more information, visit www.datcu.org.

Hillwood Properties, developer of the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas master-planned community, announced that International Development Corporation (IDC) renewed its lease on a 330,000-square-foot property located within the Alliance Gateway at 899 Henrietta Creek Road in Roanoke, a news release said.

IDC is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer and industrial green energy solutions. It sells products and accessories with energy alternatives. The company owns the worldwide franchise to distribute Westinghouse Solar Lights. Its AllianceTexas center handles all the distribution in North America. 

IDC consolidated its facilities in Southlake, Dallas and California into the Alliance location in 2005. A year later, IDC expanded to encompass the entire building, adding 130,000 square feet to its existing 200,000 square feet of leased building space, the release said.

Hillwood Properties is a commercial real estate investor and development firm.

For more information, visit www.westinghousesolarlights.com and www.hillwood.com.

The city of Denton issued the following certificates of occupancy in December:

- Brad’s Towing Service, towing service, 2401 Worth­ington Drive, No. 109;

- Koko’s Hair, hair salon, 2436 S. Interstate 35E, No. 350;

- Lifepoint Chiropractic & Wellness Center, LLC, office space, 4236 N. Interstate 35; and

- North Texas Vapor Shop, retail, 347 E. Hickory St.

 

Coming up

During the month of Jan­uary, the office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts will conduct 18 free taxpayer seminars across the state. Taxpayers will learn how to properly fill out tax forms and file and pay taxes electronically.

The Denton office will conduct the seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at 400 S. Carroll Blvd., Suite 1000.

The seminars are free and no registration is required.

A listing of upcoming seminars is available at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/seminars.html.

For more information about the Denton seminar, contact the Dallas Southwest Field office at 972-709-4357.

An update on police, fire and water issues in Lake Dallas will be presented at the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

The speakers will be Mike Sparby, operations lieutenant in the Lake Dallas Police De­partment; Hickory Creek Town Administrator/Police Chief Roger Mangum; and Mike Fairfield, general manager of the Lake Cities Municipal Utility Authority.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $15 for members who RSVP and $20 for non-members.

For more information, e-mail lccc@lakecitieschamber.com or call 940-497-3097.

The Little Elm Chamber of Commerce will conduct a networking breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Los Jalapeños, 420 E. Eldorado Parkway.

The breakfast is free for members and $5 for non-members.

For more information, visit https://littleelmchamber.com.

Bravo Communications’ fourth annual “What’s YOUR Plan BE?” event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Buffalo Valley Events Center, 2946 Ganzer Road West.  An after-party will follow at 9:30 p.m.

For more information, visit http://wypb.blogspot.com/p/buy-tickets_28.html.

Quinton Thomas of EON Consulting will address members of the Denton Chamber of Commerce during the SMART Business 101 workshop beginning at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 414 W. Parkway.

Space is limited to the first 20 registrants, and a $15 fee will be charge for late cancelations and no shows.

For more information, contact Angelica Del Rosal at angelica@denton-chamber.org.

Financial Fitness will have an open house and ribbon cutting from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at 5099 U.S. Highway 377 South, Suite 400, in Krugerville.

For more information, visit http://financialfitnesstx.com/.

 

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is kramirez@dentonrc.com.

 


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