Karina Ramirez: Memories made on the beat, in print

I am as shocked as you are that this is my last business column. My last day at my paper (still calling it “my paper”) was Friday. After six years of reporting for the Denton Record-Chronicle, I decided to start working closer to home. When I first started at the Record-Chronicle, I worked here part-time. At the time, I was also a graduate student at what is now the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. I had met Dawn Cobb, our managing editor, (then business editor), through one of our University of North Texas classes.

Karina Ramírez: Sanger gets new Mexican spot

Oscar Calderon and his wife, Sandra Espinoza, are opening Oscar’s Mexican Cuisine in Sanger this week.

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Karina Ramirez: Dentist adds flavor to private practice

Dr. Qing “Peter” Lan took a methodical approach to choosing the name and even the decor of his new dental practice.


Karina Ramirez: Car wash polishes off second location

It’s been three years since Brad Mann introduced The Wash Factory, his eco-friendly and standalone automated, ride-through car wash, to Denton. On Tuesday, he will open his second location at 1900 W. University...

Karina Ramírez: Couple to open resale store for children’s items

Vanessa Mesta with her husband Jose Zepeda and one of her children, Baltazar, 3. Mesta and Zepeda are the owners of Once Upon a Child, a gently used children’s clothing, toys, equipment and furniture store opening in Denton. The store will open Wednesday.

Karina Ramírez: Competitive spirit fuels barbecue spot

AUBREY — On one of his walls of Clint’s BBQ, owner Clint Noe displays years’ worth of awards his cooking has received since he first started entering competition more than two decades ago.

Karina Ramírez: Company dresses up homes on the market

Home Staging Services of North Texas recently staged this home in Double Oak. Denton resident Vickie Harvey recently started the company to help clients sell their homes faster by rearranging furniture and making easy repairs.

Karina Ramirez: New countywide wellness calendar now online

Continuing with their efforts to support children’s health and wellness, a new calendar is now available for the Denton County community to see events and programs online.

Karina Ramírez: Twin sisters keep boutique charming

On any given day, Rita McAdams and her twin sister, Gina Waring, of This Timez a Charm, will carry a conversation like this:

Karina Ramírez: Business rides wave of nostalgia

Some of toys available at DFW Vintage Toys, a store that buys and sells vintage and current action figures, toys and playsets in Lewisville.

Karina Ramirez: Two local businesses earn recognition

Denton Regional Medical Center and Courtyard by Marriott in Denton were recently recognized with awards. Denton Regional Medical Center was recognized with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award on April 29.

Karina Ramirez: BHCS plans to open 8 more emergency centers in N. Texas

Close to 7,000 patients across Aubrey, Little Elm, Cross Roads, Pilot Point and Prosper now use the Baylor Emergency Medical Center in Aubrey.

Karina Ramírez: Vigne moves down the street; Gold Mine coming

Co-owner John Ryan moved Vigne Wine Shop into the former location of Cellar 22. Vigne, previously on West Hickory Street near the Campus Theatre, opened at 219 E. Hickory St. on June 4.

Karina Ramirez: Movie Trading Co. moving into Colorado Square

Movie Trading Co., which buys, sells and trade video games, music, movies and more, has leased 13,084 square feet of retail space at Colorado Square. It will be the company’s first Denton location.

Karina Ramírez: Shop deals in vapor, water

Owners Jeremy and Denise Speight combined two very different businesses when they opened the North Texas Vapor Shop & Aquarium Lounge.

Karina Ramirez: Jostens announces jobs moving to Denton

Jostens, the creator of personalized yearbooks, class rings, graduation and other types of products, announced last week it will be moving 25 full-time manufacturing jobs from Owatonna, Minn., to Denton.

Karina Ramírez: Voertman’s sold to out-of-state investment group

Paul Voertman, former owner of the the iconic Voertman’s Bookstore, described the store that his father, Roy, started as a general store with “a little bit of a lot of things and someone to help find it.”

Karina Ramirez: Labinal celebrates new headquarters with ceremony

On Tuesday, Safran Group’s Labinal Inc. inaugurated its new site at the former Russell-Newman building, 3790 Russell Newman Blvd.

Karina Ramírez: Leadership Denton graduates 27th class

The 17 members of Leadership Denton’s 27th class graduated on April 26. The ceremony was part of the Denton Chamber of Commerce’s membership luncheon at Buffalo Valley Event Center.

Karina Ramirez: Best Buy adding area for Samsung products

The Best Buy store in Denton will be getting a new shop area in the next couple of months. The Samsung Experience Shop will allow customers to purchase new mobile products from smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras, accessories and other items.

Karina Ramirez: Rayzor Ranch to add variety

Shops offering footwear, items for teens and preteens, and fresh-baked goods will open their doors later this year at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace on University Drive.

Karina Ramírez: Frenchy van goes pink for breast cancer awareness

On Monday, Andre J. “Frenchy” Rheault showed up to his Dallas Drive van corner, complete with his pink shirt, ’80s-themed glasses and a cowboy hat. He would not say why he had invited his wife, Teri Rheault, Bette Sherman, a breast cancer survivor, and Linda Luster and Barb Young of On the Cuff Embroidery, along with members of Frenchy’s staff and other guests. Even Mr. Sunshine, Teri’s service dog, was present.

Karina Ramirez: Bookkeeper Girl opens new location in Abilene

The bookkeeper girl went home to Abilene and opened her fourth business office this month. “It is kind of a homecoming for me,” said Kim Pollard, CEO of Bookkeeper Girl Inc., an online bookkeeping and payroll firm with its roots in Denton.

Karina Ramírez: Lewisville ISD awards construction contract

Officials with Dallas-based Satterfield & Pontikes Construction announced March 19 that the company was awarded a $93 million contract to build two new campuses for the Lewisville school district.

Karina Ramírez: Yoga, Pilates instructor offering classes at studio

Carissa Laitinen-Kniss said yoga is the kind of exercise people have to enjoy in order to embrace it. “People who have never tried it end up falling in love with it,” she said.

Karina Ramirez: Barber reopens shop with a new vision

Alton Phillips began cutting hair when he was 24. Now at 28, he is reopening a hair salon at 318 E. Oak St. “We have four barbers total — one Hispanic, one Caucasian and two African-Americans,” Phillips said on Thursday. “It is multicultural.” Originally from California, Phillips took over Jenesis Barbershop and has spent the past month and a half remodeling the 800-square-foot location.

Karina Ramírez: Local architecture firm announces staff changes

This week, Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio, a Denton-based commercial architecture firm, announced significant changes in its three decades of operation.

Karina Ramírez: L’Oreal names salon as new training base

Kristi Bennett and the stylists at HeadRush Salon will have something else to add to their resumes.

Karina Ramírez: Head of Warrior Group to speak at annual banquet

Gail Warrior, president and CEO of the Warrior Group Construction Co., will be the guest speaker at the 16th annual Denton Black Chamber of Commerce Banquet, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of North Texas Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd.

Karina Ramírez: North Texas State Fair & Rodeo earns marketing awards

The North Texas State Fair & Rodeo was named second overall in the state for its marketing efforts during the Texas Events Summit held Jan. 17-19 in San Antonio.

Personal Profile: Evelyn Nuñez-Crespo

If you know of someone in the business field who would make an interesting profile, call Karina Ramírez at 940-566-6878 or e-mail her at kramirez@dentonrc.com.

Karina Ramírez: The art of the pitch

If you think writing, memorizing and then presenting a 90-second elevator speech does the work when introducing yourself to others, try an improvised 60-second one. Some members struggled and others knew exactly what to say during the Women Business Owners of Denton County’s first meeting of the year, held last week at Los Toreros Restaurant.

Karina Ramírez: New pizza place offers variety of specialty items

Pizza lovers now have a new location they can try out. The Colony-based Pie Five Pizza opened its ninth restaurant Jan. 21 on Fry Street across from the University of North Texas.

Karina Ramírez: Partnership benefits Boys & Girls Clubs kids

Officials with the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas announced this week that the group was selected as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Kansas-based Payless ShoeSource.

Karina Ramírez: First Security Bank opens new location in Denton

There is nothing like returning home. Or so is the case for Danny Mitchell, president of the fourth location of First Security Bank, a community bank, which opened last month at 321 W. Oak St.

Karina Ramírez: New cigar lounge well received by local customers

A 5-foot-tall Señor Sapo, a metal-designed frog, dressed in a James Bond-type white and black suit, holding a wine glass and a cigar is one of the first things customers will see when they visit Cigar Frogs, a business that opened Dec. 27.

Karina Ramírez: New hookah lounge owner sees good business opportunity

It is a place to relax, enjoy some music and also have fun.

Karina Ramírez: Pair of companies recognized for helping local nonprofit groups

A couple of companies have been recognized for giving to local nonprofits. The American Red Cross Denton Branch presented CiCi’s Pizza on South Loop 288 with a certificate of appreciation for its generous support during the past couple of years, according to a recent announcement.

Karina Ramírez: Denton Regional makes the grade

Denton Regional Medical Center was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Karina Ramírez: Peterbilt donates record amount to United Way

Peterbilt Motors Co. provided a $346,464 donation to the United Way of Denton County’s 2012 fundraising campaign Thursday.

Karina Ramírez: New restaurant, office spaces to open soon

A new restaurant and new offices for Verus Real Estate will be opening at the corner of Carroll Boulevard and Hickory Street in March, if possible.

Karina Ramírez: DATCU, Northstar make list of best places to work

For the fifth year, DATCU and Northstar Bank of Texas made the coveted 2013 Best Companies to Work for in Texas list.

Karina Ramírez: Bank earns recognition for helping fund legal aid

Northstar Bank of Texas is one of 13 banks recognized this month for investing in funding of civil legal services.

Karina Ramírez: Denton picked for new concept

Pizza Hut unveiled its first stand-alone WingStreet at Denton Town Center on Loop 288. The new pilot restaurant had a soft opening last week.

Karina Ramírez: Denton Regional opens urgent care facility

The staff of the new Denton Regional Urgent Care Center conducted a ribbon-cutting and official grand opening Tuesday of their new facility at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace.

Karina Ramírez: New center offers reading program to children, adults

A new center to teach reading to children and adults has opened in Ponder. Operated by Karen Weidner and her husband, Vincent Weidner, the Academic Associates Reading Center offers one-on-one instruction and teaches students phonics skills.

Karina Ramírez: Two North Texas banks announce acquisitions

Two banks recently announced new acquisitions during the past month.

Karina Ramírez: Massage therapy can lead to better health

Denton resident Amber Briggle wants to help people understand that getting a massage should be more than something that is done once per year.

Karina Ramírez: New restaurant features wood-fired rotisserie chicken

Featuring real wood-fired rotisserie chicken, a restaurant opened at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace at 2520 W. University Drive, Suite 1150 on Wednesday night.

Karina Ramirez: Owners remake space into salon

The former Little Gym location at Southridge Village shopping center is now a full-service spa and nail salon. The owners, Kim Nguyen and her husband, Patrick, worked a good seven months to renovate the 4,800 square feet of space and turn it into Bella Salon & Spa.