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Karina Ramírez: Sister duo to open cupcake shop in downtown

Karina Ramírez

This spring, sisters Van and Ngoc Nguyen will open a second location of their Corinth bakery, N.V. Cupcakes.

The co-owners found a new spot for their long-awaited location at 118 E. McKinney St. - the previous home of Noles General Store, which relocated to Hickory Street last June.

"We wanted to open up originally in Denton," Van Nguyen said. "We both live in Denton, and when we were first looking for a place, we could not find a location at the time."

The sisters opened their Corinth location a year and a half ago, indulging fans with their unique flavors of homemade cupcakes.

They've won awards for their creations, and they've also worked to give back to the community. Last year, N.V. Cupcakes donated more than 5,000 cupcakes and more than $1,000 to community groups. Since its first day in business, the shop has offered a free cupcake to members of the military, police officers, firefighters and other public servants when they stop by the shop in uniform.

The sisters said they still need to get all the needed permits and completely renovate the 1,200-square-foot location with their signature brown and blue colors. But when N.V. Cupcakes opens in Denton, it'll have a tea room.

Van Nguyen said the owners are planning to have "a vast array of exotic loose-leaf teas so that our customers and students can relax with a sweet cupcake and hot cup of tea."

Nguyen said they will look into hiring another person to help as needed with the Denton location. The baking, decorating and preparations will still take place at the Corinth shop, at 4251 FM2181, Suite 216.

To celebrate, the Lakes Cities Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting at the Corinth shop on Wednesday.

A Denton Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting is already in the works.

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Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. on Monday announced the underwritten public offering of 20 million shares of its common stock held in investment funds associated with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC. After the offering is complete, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice will own about 24.51 percent of common stock in the company, a press release said.

"The Company will not receive any proceeds related to the offering, and its total number of shares of common stock outstanding will not change as a result of the offering," the release said.

Upon the announcement, Sally Beauty shares fell nearly 3 percent to $21.25, according to NASDAQ.

Sally Beauty Holdings is an international specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies with headquarters in Denton.


The city of Denton issued the following certificates of occupancy in January:

* Canalta Corp. LLC, warehouse, 1631 Cooper Creek Road

* El Taco Rico, restaurant, 107 N. Loop 288

* Denton Good Samaritan Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive

* Partners Business Products, office, 525 Fort Worth Drive, Suite 207

* Nextech Central LLC, administrative offices, 2414 N. Elm St.

* Nick & K's Pizza and Pasta, restaurant, 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 142

* Shoefly, retail, 116 N. Locust St.

* Tin Can Tools LLC, Internet sales, 307 S. Locust St.

* United Through HOPE Inc., social services, 503 Bolivar St.


Americans' "better halves" will shell out the most on their partners, or so said the National Retail Federation regarding its latest consumer intention survey tied into celebrating Valentine's Day.

According to the NRF, survey respondents said they'd spend an average of $126.03 to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. That number is up 8.5 percent from last year's $116.21 and is highest in the survey's 10-year history, according to a news release.

Total spending on the holiday is expected to reach $17.6 billion, the retail trade association said.

Shoppers are looking to spend $74.12 on their spouse or significant other, up from $68.98 last year, according to the survey. Additionally, consumers will spend an average of $25.25 on their children, parents or other family members and $6.92 on friends.

Even animals will get something - pet owners will spend $4.52 for Valentine's Day, just to show they care.

The survey said jewelry and gift cards will be the top gift ideas during the holiday.

The survey was conducted by BIGinsight, which polled 9,317 consumers Jan. 4-11, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.0 percent.


Congratulations Michelle Polk

Michael Tull

Chrissy Mallouf

Sonya Thompson

This week, DATCU announced that employee Michelle Polk was named real estate loan officer.

Polk has worked with DATCU since 2009 as a post closer/real estate serving specialist, according to a news release.

Polk has been active with the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee and the Texas Association of Realtors.

In December, DATCU announced its 2011 employees and the manager of the year.

Michael Tull, a personal service representative at the downtown Denton branch, was named Downtown Employee of the Year. Chrissy Mallouf, a personal service representative, was chosen as the southern Denton branch's Employee of the Year. Susan Winkler, an indirect loan processor, won Lending Employee of the Year.

Facilities manager David Candioto was named Support Staff of the Year. DATCU officials said he was instrumental in opening the credit union's newest branch, which opened in Trophy Club in October.

Sonya Thompson, manager of both the Lewisville and Trophy Club locations, won Manager of the Year.

The year-end winners were chosen by the executive management team.

DATCU is a member-owned, not-for profit financial institution with locations in Denton, Cooke, Wise, Montague and Clay counties.


Coming up

Nineteen-year-old Dallas Crilley - an author and entrepreneur since his mid-teens - will give a talk titled "Unbeatable Ways to Make Your Website Rock" at the North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center's breakfast on Tuesday.

Crilley, who's launched four businesses, is a sophomore majoring in business at the University of North Texas.

Networking starts at 7:15 a.m. with the meeting following at 7:30 a.m. at the Denton Chamber of Commerce, 414 Parkway. For more information, call 940-380-1849.


The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce and the Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host an informational forum on the new health care act from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. The first hour will be devoted to networking.

The forum will cover health care costs, topics related to Medicare and Medicaid, and other important information. Finger foods and soft drinks will be served.

For more information, call Kerry Goree at 940-382-9100 or visit

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