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Karina Ramírez: Two restaurants on Square change hands

Two businesses on the Square are under new ownership — Denton Square Donuts and Denton County Independent Hamburger.

Denton Square Donuts, located at 208 W. Oak St., has become a family affair.

The previous owners, Bear and Monica Cahill and Kristen and Jeremy Villeneuve, posted the business for sale on Facebook a couple months ago, and 20-year-old Camden Besselman responded.

Besselman, who is studying vocal performance at Texas Woman’s University, co-owns the business with her brothers, Hunter Besselman, 16, and Jett Besselman, 14, as well as her parents, Jackie and Brad Strausz.

“We’re keeping the same product,” Besselman said. “We’re expanding the menu.”

They plan to keep selling the signature square donut, but plan to add sandwiches and soups to the menu, she said. They also are planning to extend their business hours.

Bands and musicians will continue to play.

The new owners are working on getting an alcohol license because that doesn’t transfer over from the previous owners, Besselman said.

Ownership of Denton County Independent Hamburger has been taken over by Steven Watkins, Sparky Pearson and Earl Herrington — DI2-Denton1 LLC. The previous owner was Kim Kitchens, who still owns the Sunset Street location.

While the new owners aren’t planning to drastically change the menu, they plan to make some additions, such as items for kids, Watkins said.

The new owners have made the building at 113 W. Hickory St. more open and are adding live music.

“We’re just trying to brighten it up,” Watkins said.

The team also is planning to extend the hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to being open later as well as being open Sunday, although the specific details have not yet been decided, Watkins said.

Andie Knight is an operating partner and the general manager for the restaurant.

Watkins considers the restaurant’s location the “best seat on the Square.”

First-time business owner Angela Grubke opened Fusion Hair Salon on May 8.

Grubke said there was another hair salon at her location that had recently closed.

“It had been there about 10 years,” she said. “We bought all the existing equipment from them and added our own personal touches.”

Grubke, 37, said her love of hair started when she was a child.

“I used to cut my family’s hair before I got my license,” she said.

Fushion Hair Design offers color, perms, relaxers and extension and facial waxing. The business also carries Aveda products.

The salon is located at 1400 N. Corinth St., Suite 105. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 940-497-6677 or visit

Remaining mostly unchanged from the prior year, with one grade improved and another declined, Texas received a “C” grade overall in the 2012 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card released by the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in Indianapolis.

The report provides a measure of the health of the manufacturing industry in the state by looking at human capital (level of worker preparation and education), tax climate (corporate taxes, income and sales and used taxes, property and unemployment insurance) and other factors in order to provide a grade.

Grades for the state of Texas are as follows: (unless otherwise indicated, all grades remained unchanged from 2011)

•  Manufacturing: C

•  Logistics: A

•  Human Capital: D

•  Worker Benefit Costs: B (declined from last year)

•  Tax Climate:C

•  Expected Liability Gap: A

•  Global Reach:A (improved from last year)

•  Sector Diversification: C

•  Productivity and Innovation: A

The center grades all 50 states and provides grades based on these factors. Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas and Iowa each received an A, while Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico and Nevada each received an F.

CBER Director Michael Hicks said in a news release that manufacturing roared back in many states in the last year, but he anticipates a slow down as worker productivity gains outstrip demand.

CBER prepared the report at the request of Conexus Indiana, the state’s advanced manufacturing initiative.

To view the report, visit .



Phil Williams, general manager of Denton Municipal Electric (DME), was elected to the board of directors of the American Public Power Association (APPA) in June.

Williams began working for DME in November 2006 and a year later was promoted to general manager, according to a news release said.

Under his leadership, DME has been recognized twice as a Reliable Public Power Provider by the American Public Power Association and was awarded the System Achievement Award in 2009 by the Texas Public Power Association.

Williams acquired his bachelor’s of business administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1977, according to his Linkedin profile.

Based in Washington, D.C., the American Public Power Association is a service organization of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities serving more than 46 million Americans, according to its website.


Coming up

The Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce will meet for its monthly meeting Thursday 11:30 a.m. at PointBank Community Center, 739 E. Liberty St.

Cost is $10. For more information, call 940-686-5385 or visit

Staff writer Rachel Mehlhaff contributed to this report.

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