Skip to Navigation Skip to Main Content

Karina Ramírez: Texas’ official cupcake coming to Denton

The Berry Pecan, voted as the official cupcake of Texas, will be coming to Denton in about three months.

Lisa Britten, owner of Lake Dallas-based Sugar Queen Cupcakes, is preparing to open a new location inside the Rayzor Ranch Marketplace near October.

“I love the town, the people in the community; my husband is a firefighter in the area and I am from here,” said Britten about choosing Denton for her fourth cupcake adventure.

Britten, a mother of four, said she began making cupcakes when her children were little, mostly to celebrate their birthdays. Her love for the cupcakes just stuck, and she decided to start her own business.

“The hardest part of it was coming up with the name,” Britten said. “It was harder to name my business than to name my kids.”

Watching an Oprah Winfrey interview with Sara Blakely, the creator of the Spanx shapewear, about 10 years ago, inspired the name of the business.

“She said to use a dominant letter, something easy to remember, and something that stands for something,” Britten said about selecting the letter Q.

Since 2010, her business and its name — Sugar Queen Cupcakes — have become well known. Last year, Sugar Queen Cupcakes won the “Craving a Cure” bake-off.

Part of the prize was adding a new symbol to the state — a cupcake — to represent Texas. Britten received the honor from the Texas Legislature in March 2011.

In addition to Lake Dallas and the soon-to-be Denton location, Sugar Queen Cupcakes also has stores inside the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano and Stonebriar Center in Frisco.

For more information, visit

Acadian Ambulance Service of North Texas announced this week that it now has two ambulances to transport critically ill patients.

Company officials said in a news release that the transport unit is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days per week with medics who have received advanced training and certification in high-risk obstetrics, pediatrics, advanced cardiology and pharmacology, as well as advanced airway management.

Billy Skiles, business development coordinator with the company, said Friday the first ambulance was purchased in the middle of last month and made available to patients the last week of June.

“The other unit will go into service within the next month,” Skiles said.

Each unit includes multi-med pumps and bi-level positive airway pressure (BPAP) and pressure support ventilators, officials said.

Founded in 1971, Acadian Ambulance serves 24 counties in Texas, including Denton, Dallas, Collin and Tarrant, and has operations in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Southeast Texas. The nationally accredited and employee-owned company is the largest private ambulance provider in the nation, officials said in the news release.

For more information, call 940-206-2645.

Southwest Metal Systems, a company that manufactures steel buildings, horse barns and metal roofing, announced this week they acquired Sanger’s Ameristeel Structures Inc. back in January.

After a six-month transition period, Southwest Metal Systems will have a grand-opening celebration in Sanger on Aug. 2.

Southwest Metal Systems opened its first location in Mineola in October 2003, said Dan Seitz, director of business development.

He said the Sanger location has seven employees.

Both locations are open to contractors and to the public, Seitz said.



Tony R. Clark, president and CEO with Northstar Bank of Texas announced this week changes to the staff, including promotions.

Don Johnston was named area president and will work out of the Grapevine Banking Center. He will be responsible for the bank’s locations in Grapevine and Colleyville, according to a news release. Johnston previously worked at Northstar Bank in San Angelo.

Stephen Farmer was named commercial loan officer for Tarrant County and will also be working out of the Grapevine Banking Center. Before joining Northstar, he worked with Compass Bank/BBA Group out of Fort Worth, where he served as senior business relationship manager for the past five years.

Scott Brandt and Weston Thaggard also received internal promotions, approved during the board of directors’ June meeting. Brandt was named senior vice president and banking center manager of the Colley­ville Banking Center, and Thaggard was named assistant vice president and loan officer of the Krum Banking location, the news release stated.

Additionally, Northstar Bank was named one of the Best Companies to Work in 2012 for in the state for the fourth year in a row for a medium-sized company with 100 to 499 employees. The award was granted by Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the Texas State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management (TSC-SHRM) and Best Companies Group, which designed the program to recognize the best employers in the state of Texas.


Coming up

Starting Monday through Saturday, those wanting to donate blood at any Carter BloodCare donor center will receive a coupon for a free 16-piece order of Domino’s Parmesan Bread Bites.

Participants who also want to give blood donations at Domino’s locations in North Texas will also receive a free large, one-topping pizza. Donations will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m.

The promotions are part of the Great American Give program sponsored by Carter BloodCare, which wants to offer special opportunities for donors during the summer months — the hardest months for blood donations, according to its website.

The coupons are valid for carryout orders only, according to a news release said.

Donor center and community blood drive locations and times can be found at

J.C. Penney Co. Inc. is continuing its Independence Day celebration by helping to collect funds for the United Service Organization (USO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting the spirits of America’s troops.

Since July 1 and through the end of the month, J.C. Penney customers can round up their purchases and donate the change to the nonprofit. Along with its round-up initiative, J.C. Penney will also be donating $1 — up to $50,000 — to the USO for each customer that checks in to the store via Foursquare from Monday through July 31, according to a news release.

The company said 100 percent of the proceeds raised through the round-up purchases will be donated to the nonprofit. Additionally, the company will also make a $1 million donation to the USO.

The North Texas Commission will offer a free webinar related to power conservation Wednesday.

The webinar, titled “Power to Save: Conserving Electricity and Increasing Efficiency in Texas,” will take place online from 10 to 11 a.m.

The program will focus on the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ new conservation public awareness campaign and on the simple steps individuals can take to conserve electricity, an e-mail announcement said.

Those interested in participating in the webinar can register by visiting

The Lake Cities and the Little Elm Chambers of Commerce will have a joint mixer Thursday at Pick 6 Bar & Grill, 2833 Eldorado Parkway, Suite 301, in Frisco. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.

To make reservations, e-mail


Karina Ramírez can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her email address is