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Denise and Jeremy Speight opened North Texas Vapor Shop & Aquarium Lounge to sell electronic cigarette devices and tropical saltwater aquariums.
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Owners Jeremy and Denise Speight combined two very different businesses when they opened the North Texas Vapor Shop & Aquarium Lounge.

Their establishment, which opened Feb. 1, sells electronic cigarette devices, accessories and liquid, as well as tropical saltwater aquariums. Their shop is at the corner of Bell and Hickory streets, sharing a building with Weldon’s Saddle Shop and Western Wear.

The Speights said they want to help more people quit smoking.

“We are just here to help people get off cigarettes,” Jeremy Speight said about one side of his business.

Jeremy Speight has been the Fishman, as he calls himself, for more than 25 years. As a youth he worked at a Denton pet shop, which got him interested in learning about aquariums. He did the same work through college.

Getting into electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, was a career change, he said.

Electronic cigarettes were designed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, according to the business’s website. The battery-powered device warms a flavored liquid, sometimes called “juice,” to deliver the nicotine.

The couple starting using e-cigs seven years ago.

“We started vaping as a hobby, and it helped us get off the cigarettes,” Jeremy Speight said. “Then we decided we wanted to open up a business.”

The owners offer free classes from 1 to 2 p.m. each Saturday to teach people how to use e-cigs and answer any questions.

Electronic cigarettes are used by more than 3.5 million people, according to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association’s website.

North Texas Vapor Shop & Aquarium Lounge is located at 347 E. Hickory St. Summer business hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/NorthTexasVaporShop.

Several businesses were recognized during the Mayor’s Quarterly Council Breakfast on Thursday.

Businesses received awards from city departments, area universities and other local entities.

The following lists the awarding company, organization or entity, followed by the award recipient and the person accepting the award:

North Central Texas Colllege Small Business Development Center: Robin Huttash, owner of A Creative Art Studio;

Texas Woman’s University Small Business Institute: Anna Love, owner of Love to Live Well;

University of North Texas Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship: Glen Farris, creator and owner of We Denton Do It and talent buyer and production manager for Spune;

Denton Enterprise Airport: HTA Aviation, co-owners Steve and Sara Brown;

Denton Public Library: Dollar General, district manager Jim Sweet;

Denton Public Library: Madness Comics & Games, owner Jim Shuman;

Keep Denton Beautiful: The Pickled Carrot, co-owners Cuong Mai and Whitney Dewell;

Keep Denton Beautiful: Painted Flower Farm, nursery manager Katie Wilcox;

Denton Police Department: Longhorn Helicopters, pilot Sean Tigert and president Valerie Williamson;

Denton Police Department: Bill Utter Ford, owner/president Bill Utter and general manager Carl Anderson;

Denton Police Department: Zimmerer Kubota, rental manager Revi Boehrs;

City of Denton Purchasing and Materials Management: Fastenal, Chris White, director of government sales, and Stephanie Martinez, government sales representative;

City of Denton Solid Waste Recycling: Place to Be Properties, Miranda Ridinger, bookkeeper/recycling programs;

City of Denton Technology Services: Charter Communications, Jack Marsh, key accounts manager for Texas;

Downtown Task Force: Denton Main Street Association, president Larry Parker; and

Economic Development Partnership Board: Denton Regional Medical Center, CEO Jeff Lawrence.

Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge employees partnered with parents and teachers at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School for a Drive for the Kids fundraiser on May 23 to help raise money for the school’s field day.

Parents and guests could earn a $10 contribution for the school from Chrysler by test-driving a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

The effort raised $2,070 for the Woodrow Wilson PTA.

At the end of the national Drive for the Kids program, the school with the highest number of test drives in each of five regions across the U.S. will win an additional $5,000.

After four months of testing its pilot location, Pizza Hut’s stand-alone WingStreet on Loop 288 closed in March, the company told Restaurant News, a trade magazine.

Doug Terfehr, a Pizza Hut spokesman, told the Denton Record-Chronicle last year that the Plano-based company chose Denton to test its new concept because of its proximity to the company headquarters.

Mothers are now the sole or primary providers in 40 percent of U.S. households with children younger than 18, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, which analyzed census data.

In 1960, mothers were only 11 percent of the primary providers, the report stated.

“Breadwinner moms,” as the report states, are married mothers who have a higher income than their husbands (37 percent, or 5.1 million) and single mothers (63 percent, or 8.6 million.)

For more information, visit www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/29/breadwinner-moms.

 

Congratulations

Cary Cates recently joined Grunden Financial Advisory Inc. as a financial planning specialist.

Cates spent three years as an independent financial planner and tax preparer. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in financial services from the University of North Texas in 2010.

Grunden Financial Advisory is a Denton-based wealth management and investment advisory firm, located at 2516 Lillian Miller Parkway, Suite 110. For more information, visit www.grunden.com.

Coming up

Dallas-based Rusty Taco will open its first Denton location at 10 a.m. Monday.

The restaurant is at 210 E. Hickory St., in the former location of Ramen Republic. There’s a new climate-controlled, covered patio, measuring about 1,000 square feet, along with 60-inch televisions and an area for live music.

The menu offers a variety of tacos, priced at $2.50 and under. Restaurant hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RustyTacoDenton.

The Aubrey Chamber of Commerce will host its 2013 golf tournament starting at 9 a.m. June 30 at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth. For tickets and more information, visit http://business.aubreycoc.org/events.

Staff writer Dawn Cobb contributed to this report.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.


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