Karina Ramírez: Beneficial ‘mob’ mentality takes hold during recent event

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Denton Record-Chronicle / Karina Ramírez
People participating in a “cash mob” are shown recently at Ken’s Produce in Denton.

On a recent Saturday afternoon, the parking lot at Ken’s Produce was full.

Customers walked in to get their East Texas sweet potatoes, West Texas tomatoes, vanilla extract or just any needed item.

Co-owner Francisco Onofu said he was happy to see so many customers during the annual Denton Redbud Festival.

“I am extremely grateful,” Onofu said, referring to the 20 or so customers who stopped to buy something.

Anyah Martinez, a local resident and mom of two, thought of introducing the idea of “cash mobs” to Denton. The idea is similar to a “flash mob,” but instead of singing, dancing or rioting, participants spend a specified amount of money at a locally owned business, she said.

Martinez said after learning about cash mobs via a news clip, she thought the concept could work in town.

“What a great way to remind people that Denton is unique,” Martinez said. “It is more than supporting local business; it is giving them a onetime sales boost and the other part of it is that it is exposing people to things they may not [have been] interested in before.”

In addition to stopping by Ken’s Produce, participants went to Zera Coffee and the Back Porch during the two-hour outing.

When asked how business owners were receiving the concept, Martinez said some were open to the idea while others were a bit cautious.

“Not because they did not want to participate, but because they were concerned they would not be able to tend to their customers,” she said.

For details on local cash mobs, visit tinyurl.com/cmpne6x or follow @CMDentonTexas on Twitter.

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Frank Dudowicz, co-owner of Kwik Kar Care Automotive Lube & Service Centers, likes to say, “We do everything but rubber tires.”

With four locations now — three in Denton and one in Paloma Creek — he and his wife, Marta, continue to offer most of all of their customers’ vehicle needs.

“The performance of our customers’ vehicles is our top priority, as they need proper care to stay fuel-efficient and safe,” Frank Dudowicz said.

Although the name is part of a national franchise, Kwik Kar Care Automotive Lube & Service Centers have been owned and operated by the Dudowiczes since 1995. Frank has been part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Kwik Kar Owners’ Association for the past four years.

In addition, both owners devote many hours to serving on local boards and committees and support local fundraisers. Some of their causes include the Denton Benefit League and the Denton 100 Club, which hosts the annual police banquet. Now in its 14th year, the next police appreciation banquet is scheduled for May 17.

Marta, a retired teacher, said she and her husband are avid supporters of the schools in Denton.

She said customers at Kwik Kar would never be sold anything they don’t need.

“That is how we build our reputation,” she said. “We are an honest business that wants to take care of our customers.”

For more information, visit www.kwikkardenton.com.

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Cycle Center of Denton, a family owned and  operated Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Polaris dealership, received the 2012 Top 100 Consumers’ Choice Award from Dealernews magazine.

Cycle Center also received an honorable mention for Dealer­ship of the Year.

“The store keeps close to its community by sponsoring local riding groups and hosting a monthly ‘ladies night,’ where it stays open late for women riders and non-riders,” the magazine review reported. “Each weekend, Texas B.E.S.T. Rider school is held at the dealership, and every year the store donates a Kawasaki Mule to the University of North Texas.”

Cycle Center is located at 521 Acme St. For more information, call 940-387-3885 or visit www.cyclecenterofdenton.com.

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The seventh location of Cowboy Chicken is scheduled to open in the Rayzor Ranch development later this fall. Since 1981, the restaurant has made a name for itself in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by cooking natural chicken over a wood-burning fire.

For more information, visit www.cowboychicken.com.

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Records from Texas Comp­troller of Public Accounts Susan Combs show first-quarter revenues from sales of mixed beverages decreased by 6.24 percent in Denton County.

About $7.1 million in tax revenue was collected countywide from mixed-beverage sales in January, February and March.

 

Congratulations

D’Ann Owens was recently named recreational gymnastics and cheerleading director at Achievers Gymnastics Center.

Owens joined the Achievers family in September 2010 teaching Discovery classes (ages 4 months to 2 years), preschool and recreational. Owens was named interim recreational co-director in November 2010 after the departure of Kassidy Jones, who held that position for one year.

“D’Ann and Laura Turney did an outstanding job directing our recreational programs after Kassidy left us.  During the search and interview process for this position, it only made sense to me that D’Ann was the obvious choice,” said owner Frank Kudlac. “She has taken ownership of this position at the gym and has already assembled an outstanding support staff that will help her improve and continue to grow our recreational programs. Her passion to teach, her organizational skills and attention to detail will be a big asset to all the programs she will be leading, including our highly successful summer camp program.”

For more information, visit www.achieversgymnastics.com.

 

Coming up

The Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting for Nick’s Italian Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Nick’s Italian Restaurant is located at 1340 N. U.S. Highway 377.

For more information, call 972-955-9494.

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


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