The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center opened the first week of December with its first event hosted by the Denton Chamber of Commerce. The hotel and convention center have already booked about $3 million in business as far out as 2024. The facility is located just off Interstate 35, at 3100 Town Center Trail. The goal is to have $4 million in conventions in Denton each year, said Jeff Pritts, the hotel's general manager.
TB Winds opened on the Square in November, saving Denton-area musicians from having to drive all over Dallas-Fort Worth for instrument repair and supplies. Owners Tony Barrette and Jen Guzman offer service to walk-ins and by appointment. Up on the second floor at 112 W. Oak St., the shop is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Rock N Roll Sushi opened in mid-November after months of renovation at 321 W. Hickory St. The restaurant is part of a restaurant group across Alabama and Mississippi, and is the first location in North Texas. Rick Villarreal, former athletic director at the University of North Texas, franchised the business to bring it to Denton.
Weinberger’s has returned to 311 E. Hickory St. The popular Chicago-style deli opened in 2011 but left for a time, replaced by another sandwich maker. Get that Italian beef or the sandwich of your imagination from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday this month. The crew says it’ll expand hours in January and again in February.
Flower Garden, a longtime floral shop in Denton, moved and reopened at 118 W. Congress St. The larger space has more gift items, clothing and home decor as well as a floral studio with the same options for bouquets, arrangements and event planning. It is open six days a week.
Local artist Leslie Kregel has a holiday pop-up shop at Flower Garden’s old location, 301 S. Locust St., open most days 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 27.
Also in time for the holidays, Alpaca Moona opened inside Golden Triangle Mall. Visit the shop for Andean alpaca wool sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves as well as handmade arts and crafts and other curiosities.
Crossroads Bar is now Crossroads Cocktails and Karaoke, featuring a new name and larger space, at 1125 E. University Drive — the same strip center as the recently closed Mable Peabody's Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair. The bar will continue to host drag shows on Sunday nights and regularly feature karaoke.
Denton's second location of Planet Fitness opens Dec. 29 at 2434 S. Interstate 35E.
The new space, in the same shopping center as Altitude Trampoline Park and Old West Cafe, is double the size of the location on West University Drive, said Reggie Stephenson, manager of the new location.
Speaking of second locations, Grand Liquor opened a second location at 124 Eagle Drive for all your tequila needs.
Code 3 Emergency Room & Urgent Care opened a new 8,800-square-foot facility at 3111 Teasley Lane, at the intersection with Lillian Miller Parkway. The standalone facility has six emergency patient rooms, two urgent care rooms, a CT scanner, digital X-rays and ultrasounds as well as a pharmacy. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to treat patients for anything from fractured bones to sore throats.
The popular Asian fusion restaurant The Bowllery closed after the owners lost their lease. The property is among several along Avenue C near UNT likely to be redeveloped.
Office supply store OfficeMax officially closed its location on Loop 288, and signs on the store redirect traffic to the company's sister location down the road, Office Depot at 2300 San Jacinto Plaza. This location was recently remodeled. The closure follows the closure of another office supply retailer, Staples, in Denton in September.