Karina Ramírez: Denton picked for new concept

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WingStreet — Pizza Hut’s foray into spinning off its chicken wing restaurant into a stand-alone store — debuted last week on Loop 288 near Interstate 35E.
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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.

Company spokesman Doug Terfehr said Denton was chosen for its proximity to Pizza Hut’s headquarters in Plano.

The 1,589-square-feet store is located at 2215 S. Loop 288, Suite 306. WingStreet is employing 20 people.

More than 3,600 Pizza Hut restaurants already have WingStreet locations inside.

“This concept gives us an opportunity to learn more about our core WingStreet customers,” Terfehr said in an e-mail. “We’ll get to experiment more specifically with wings and our wings consumer.”


The University of North Texas hosted its second cake decorating contest during homecoming on Nov. 3.

The contest’s theme was “Dream Jobs,” to go along with the overall homecoming theme, “Once Upon a Homecoming.”

Nancy Eanes, employer development coordinator with the university’s Career Center, said her office developed the contest to help companies and organizations brand themselves at UNT.

Davis Purity Bakery won with its entry, “Out of This World.” The cake was ranked first out of a field of seven for its use of the theme, difficulty, taste and overall appearance.

NV Cupcakes received second place for “Sword and the Stone.” Third place went to Keller’s Sweet Stuff by Vickie, owned by Vickie Lowe. Honorable mention went to Denton’s SuperTarget for its entry, “Step Up to Team Leader.”


A new store selling women’s fashions opened Wednesday at Denton Crossing shopping center, at 1800 S. Loop 288, Suite 228.

Maurices’ new 5,000-square-foot store carries clothing for teens and women sizes 1 to 24.

Store manager Sharon Staggs said in a news release the store would offer grand-opening sales through Dec. 2.

Maurices, founded in 1931 by E. Maurice Labovitz, is owned by the Ascena Group, which also owns Dress Barn and Justice. The Duluth, Minn.-based company has stores in 45 states.

For more information, visit www.maurices.com.


A new frozen yogurt store opened Tuesday at the Sterling Fry Street development. 

Yogurtland opened at 106 Fry St. near the University of North Texas campus, making it the company’s sixth location in the North Texas area. The Denton location is owned by Teddy and Mercy Nwanne.

General manager Jason Trosper said traffic has remained consistent since its opening day.

“We make our own yogurt,” Trosper said, adding that customers can really taste the freshness.

The Denton location em-ploys 20 employees in full-time and part-time positions. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit www.yogurt-land.com.


Hillwood Communities, in partnership with Realty Capital, broke ground Wednesday on its newest development, Harvest, with the move of the historic 1882 Faught farmhouse. 

The 1,000-acre master-planned, mixed-use development is between Northlake and Argyle, on FM407 at Prairie Mound Cemetery Road. It will be the first Hillwood Communities development based on the company’s five “LiveSmart” design principles — sense of community, technology, healthy living, environmental stewardship, and education and enrichment — according to a news release. 

Hillwood is partnering with Atmos, Verizon, Coserv, Environments for Living and Premier Communities to deliver the “LiveSmart” design.

The development will have a community farm managed by organic farmer Rocky Tassione, who will teach residents how to grow fresh, farm-to-table produce like families in Northlake did a hundred years ago.

For more information, visit www.hillwoodcommunities.com/Communities/HarvestTexas.aspx.


A Market Street supermarket will be coming to the River Walk at the Park Central development in Flower Mound, company officials said last week.

The new store will be on the northeast corner of Cross Timbers and Long Prairie Road.

Tony Crumpton, executive vice president of facilities, fuel and supply for United Supermarkets LLC, said in a news release that site work and construction will begin before the end of the year.

The 55,000-square-foot supermarket will also serve as a prototype for future Market Street location in terms of size and decor, Crumpton said.

Market Street is part of United Supermarkets, established in 1916. There are about 51 stores in 30 Texas cities with more than 10,000 employees, according to the company’s website.

For more information, visit www.marketstreetunited.com.


Many businesses can still qualify to receive thousands of dollars through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, but only if a military veteran begins work before the new year, the Internal Revenue Service said last week.

Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman in Dallas, said in a news release that employers may be able to claim the credit for qualified veterans who begin work on and after Nov. 22, but before Jan. 1.

The maximum tax credit is $9,600 per worker for a for-profit business, or $6,240 per worker for a tax-exempt organization. The credit is also dependent on many factors.

For more information, visit www.irs.gov and search on “WOTC.”



Aubrey residents Jerry and Gwen Vawter were honored at the American Quarter Horse Association as 50-Year Legacy Breeders at a ceremony Oct. 2 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo.

Jerry met his wife, Gwen, when he was training cutting horses and she brought him a horse to train, according to a news release.

They married in 1963, and by 1980 they built their broodmare band to about 45 mares, which included Conclusives Lace. Her first foal was by Obvious Conclusion, a 1988 sorrel stallion named Kid Clu. Kid Clu went on to change the halter world and sired 67 world and reserve world champions, according to the release.


Desert NDT LLC, which provides field X-ray inspection, welder testing and a variety of other services, was recently added as a member of the 2012 Aggie 100. The program, sponsored by Texas A&M University, honors the world’s 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses, according to its website.

Desert NDT ranked 46. The company, which has a location in Sanger, employs more than 500 people throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota.


Coming up

Los Toreros Restaurant will celebrate its second anniversary and offer live music from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The restaurant is located at 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 134, at Unicorn Lake. For more information, call 940-891-1700.


Cash Mob Denton, a grass-roots organization that supports small businesses, will be supporting Noles General Store, 315 E. Hickory St., on Saturday.

Noles General Store will provide food samples, a prize drawing, and a market tote bag with goodies while supplies last.

During cash mob events, attendees shop at a designated local business as a show of support.

For more information, visit www.cashmob.com or follow @CMDentonTexas on Twitter.


Frenchy’s Lawn and Tree Service and John E. Baines PC will be hosting their annual open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at 604 S. Elm St. For more information, call 940-565-9015.


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

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