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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton employees George Young, left, and David Layton use the hospital’s new fitness facility at the Center for Women.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton employees George Young, left, and David Layton use the hospital’s new fitness facility at the Center for Women.

"Denton is a rapidly growing part of the metroplex, and we want to be part of that," he said.

The concept for Burguesa Burger was the brainchild of Jeff Sinelli, an experienced Dallas restaurateur behind other well-known franchises, including Genghis Grill and Which Wich.

The first Burguesa Burger was opened in downtown Dallas in June 2009.

Greg Johnson, CEO and managing partner of Verus Real Estate Advisors, said he contacted the owners of the franchise soon after Gio's shut down.

Bringing in a growing franchise like Burguesa - the name is a shortened version of the Spanish word for hamburger - will promote both the city's vision and business growth downtown, Johnson said. He said Burguesa is "a solid operator" whose owners can be counted on.

Burguesa franchises are owned by Frontiers Flavors Group LLC, and the Denton eatery will be run by Dale Kimball.

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Last month, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton opened a new 24-hour fitness facility for hospital employees and physicians.

The space was constructed thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation, according to a news release.

Located at the hospital's Center for Women, the facility features basic cardio equipment - such as a treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike - as well as a free-weight station. Wellness education and fitness classes also will be available to employees and physicians who become members.

"Our employees are what make our hospital extra special," said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. "By dedicating space to fitness, we're further demonstrating our active commitment to not only improving the health of those out in the community, but also those who work inside our organization."

Last year, the Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation granted nearly $90,000 to Texas Health Denton - the first major philanthropic gift made to the hospital since it became a wholly owned affiliate of Texas Health Resources in 2009. The grants have supported the opening of the new exercise facility, as well as renovations and improvements to the hospital's ER and waiting areas.



Local business owner Gene Gumfory was recently made an honorary cadet by the Denton High School United States Air Force Junior ROTC. Gene Gumfory

"I have been blessed by the Denton area for many years. My focus now is giving back," Gumfory stated in a news release. "Through programs like the Junior ROTC, the community garden and my affiliation with the Kiwanis Club, I have found a way to do that. When people work together for the common good, great things can happen."

Gumfory was recognized for three years of support for the program and its scholarship award, the release stated. He received the honor at the annual Junior ROTC banquet, held April 29 at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex.


Coming up

The Small Business Development Center at North Central Texas College will focus its next monthly breakfast meeting on the topic of reference tools.

Pam Livingston, a certified business development specialist with the center, will discuss ways to use Reference USA to find the right contact person in a large organization, check the general credit status of a company or to find businesses located near current customers.

The meeting will be held Tuesday at the Denton Chamber of Commerce, 414 W. Parkway St. Networking will begin at 7:15 a.m., with the meeting following at 7:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be provided.

For more information, call 940-380-1849.


Thomas R. Niesen, CEO and founder of Acuity Systems Inc., will discuss sales prospecting in difficult financial times at the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

Before founding Acuity Systems in 1990, Niesen spent 14 years in sales management and marketing positions with Polaroid and Fuji Film. He has worked with customers in more than 200 industries. He specializes in sales training, sales consulting and coaching, sales assessments and business development.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at Comfort Inn and Suites of Corinth, 8111 S. Interstate 35E.

For more information, call 940-497-6300.


Area attorneys will answer legal questions next week through the free LegalLine service.

Dallas Bar Association lawyers will answer legal questions from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and Tarrant County Bar Association lawyers will offer their advice from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Attorneys answer questions in many law-related areas, including divorce and child support matters, wills, insurance, employment and criminal law matters.

Both groups offer the free legal advice service twice a month - the Dallas group on the second and third Wednesday of the month, the Tarrant County group on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

To reach the Dallas Bar Association's LegalLine, call 214-220-7476. To reach the Tarrant County Bar Association's attorneys, call 817-335-1239.


Latina business owners seeking to grow their business and network with other professionals are invited to the Latina Style Business Series on Thursday in Dallas.

The program will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Marriott City Center Hotel, 650 N. Pearl St.

Cost to attend the series is $100 per person.

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The 2011 Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show will be held Saturday at the Denton County Fire Fighters Memorial Park, 317 W. Mulberry St.

Sponsored by the Denton County Master Gardener Association, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the city of Denton, the event is open to any Denton County resident interested in gardening.

Entries will be accepted from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, and awards will be announced at noon. There's no cost to enter or attend.

For more information on the show and entry rules, call the Extension Office at 940-349-2892 or visit

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