Wave of new retail to hit

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A new fountain features new signage for Golden Triangle Mall just outside the food court area.
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From cupcakes to cars lots, some new businesses are set to open early this summer after a wave of heavy construction flooded the city.

While construction of larger developments such as apartment complexes and mixed-use properties will remain underway throughout the summer, several projects will be ready for business by June.

Rising Star Cafe

Taking the place of Cafe Du Luxe, Rising Star Cafe will open for business by the end of the week, owner and chef Adam Ekleberry said.

The building, at 3101 Unicorn Lake, now seats 70 people, with a large tabletop for big events and a new bar area for seating where there used to be counter space. The new owners kept the same wall color, but updated the furniture and re-tiled the building.

“It’s been fun, and a learning experience,” Ekleberry said of his first business venture.

The cafe recently obtained permits and is now working on tweaking the menu, but still plans to offer fresh-baked goods, quality coffee and breakfast and lunch service Tuesday through Sunday.

So far, 10 full-time staff members have been hired, and staffing will be adjusted as the restaurant learns its needs, Ekleberry said. They will also have drip coffee to go, and will open on Mondays for specially booked events.

“I’m just looking forward to being open — cooking and talking to guests, and making sure everyone is having the best experience possible,” Ekleberry said.

Golden Triangle Mall fountain

For months, workers outside of Golden Triangle Mall have been working to perfect a fountain at the entrance featuring lights, water and an illuminated sign for the mall.

Now about 95 percent complete, the surrounding landscaping and lighting should be finished by the end of the week, said Matt Ludemann, manager of the mall at Interstate 35E and Loop 288.

Behind the fountain is outdoor seating for the food court, and Ludemann hopes the area will become a hangout spot where people can wait for a ride or chat with friends.

Even though the project isn’t quite complete, he has seen a lot of interest in the fountain and sign. He and crews have been monitoring the environment around the fountain as it is being built, and people are starting to gravitate toward it and take photos, he said.

“The biggest measurement there is watching people take photos, and when they do they create an experience they are most likely going to share it on social media ... which is good exposure for us,” he said. “It reinforces that we’ve created a fun environment.”

Sprockets/NV Cupcakes

There are bikes on one side of the building, cupcakes on the other — all under one roof.

The joint space at 231 W. Hickory St. will be shared by Sprockets Bicycle Shop and NV Cupcakes, and work is nearing completion. The bike side is expected to be ready for a soft opening by early June, and NV by mid-June.

The project has been a bit delayed as the owner of Sprockets and co-owner of NV Cupcakes prepared for their wedding on Saturday.

“On my end it’s been on the back burner because I’m doing a lot of the wedding stuff myself,” said NV co-owner Ngoc Nguyen said Wednesday. “We’re going to be opening together in a couple of weeks after we walk down the aisle on Saturday. There’s a lot of stuff going on.”

With the help of friends, they have been able to do a lot of the interior renovations without contracting labor, keeping overhead costs low, Nguyen said.

Inside the building, the spaces are divided into three sections, with NV on the left, a seating area to eat cupcakes in the middle and the bike shop on the right-hand side.

There, bike racks are already set up and they are about 90 percent completed, said Randall Minick, one of the Sprocket employees.

Classic of Denton

Across the way from the main Classic of Denton location, construction for a new used car super center is looking to finish ahead of schedule and open by Aug. 1.

About 7.5 acres of the 10 acres are developed at 4989 S. I-35E, and the center will have about 250 cars on the lot and an additional 30 employees, said owner Richard Allen.

“We’re hoping for about a 30 to 40 percent increase in sales,” he said.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.


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