Dawn Cobb: Event has event-planning covered

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Need some assistance in planning an event? The annual Planner’s Zone event-planning show may be just what is needed.

Slated for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the University of North Texas Gateway Center, this year’s Planner’s Zone will feature vendors representing hotels, facilities, restaurants, caterers, museums, musicians, florists, transportation companies and much more.

The trade show helps people in planning charity events, reunions, birthday celebrations, conferences or other events. Lots of giveaways will be offered, as well as food samples. Admission is free, as is parking at Fouts Field.

Co-sponsors of the annual event include the Denton Convention & Visitor Bureau and the UNT Gateway Center. For more information, call 940-382-7895 or visit www.discoverdenton.com.

O’Reilly Auto Parts is celebrating the opening of a new location at 1012B N. Masch Branch Road. The store’s grand opening is planned for Oct. 16-29, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Oct. 26, according to a news release. Irene Younker, on behalf of the entire company, will present a $200 check to the Hearts for Homes.

O’Reilly Automotive Inc. is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional markets. Founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family, the company operates more than 4,000 stores in 42 states.

Denim destination and specialty retailer Buckle announced plans to open a new location at Golden Triangle Mall on Oct. 17.

The store will be interviewing for various positions, including assistant managers, full-time sales, part-time sales, management trainees, sales and management interns, freight coordinator and tailor/seamstress. Interested applicants should apply online at http://corporate.buckle.com/careers.

Known for its mix of on-trend clothing, shoes and accessories, Buckle carries a wide selection of fits, styles and finishes from denim brands including the company’s brand BKE, along with Big Star, Big Star Vintage, Rock Revival, MEK Denim, Miss Me, Buffalo, Reclaim, Silver Jeans, 7 for All Mankind and Division E. Buckle also offers tops, footwear and accessories from lifestyle labels including BKE Boutique, Buckle Black, Affliction, RVCA, Sinful, Daytrip, Archaic, Roar, OBEY, 7 Diamonds, Billabong, Hurley, Fossil and Fox.

Paul Burridge with Webcor and Blake Shipp with the commercial retail division of The Weitzman Group handled lease negotiations with Buckle as exclusive leasing agents for the mall.

Headquartered in Kearney, Neb., the Buckle operates 451 stores in 43 states.



Four Denton businesses have been named finalists of the 2013 Texas Downtown Association Presidents Awards Program, according to a news release. Since 1998, the awards program has recognized more than 150 projects, events and people that make a difference in Texas downtowns.

The Texas Building is a finalist of the Best Commercial Interior category, which recognizes excellence in merchandising, customer orientation and business functionality in an office or retail setting. The other finalists in this category are The Magnolia Cafe/Magnolia Room in Angleton and Cafe Italia in El Paso.

Viet Bites is a finalist in the Best Renovation/Rehabilitation category, which recognizes excellence in rehabilitation (i.e., renovation or remodeling) of interior or exterior of an existing building. Rehabilitation is the process of returning a property to a state of utility, through repair or alteration, while preserving those portions and features of the property that are significant to its historic, architectural, and cultural values. The other finalists in this category are the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero and Sweet & Salty in Sulphur Springs.

Industrial Street Townhomes Phase II is a finalist in the Best New Construction category, which recognizes excellence in new construction in downtowns or commercial districts. The other finalists in this category are El Monumento in Georgetown and the Barton Word Building in Kyle.

Finally, Recycled Books Records CDs is a finalist in the Best Downtown Business category, which recognizes an exceptional downtown business that positively promotes the downtown or commercial district as a destination for locals and tourists alike, and actively participates in the revitalization efforts and supports downtown promotional events. The other finalists in this category are American Man Cave in Brenham and All Things Kids in Georgetown.

Winners will be announced on Nov. 7 at the Presidents Awards Gala held in conjunction with the 2013 Texas Downtown Development and Revitalization Conference in Bastrop. Judging for the awards took place on Sept. 13 in Austin.

DAWN COBB can be reached at 940-566-6879. Her e-mail address is dcobb@dentonrc.com.

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