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Karina Ramírez: Local business owner plans event despite her hectic schedule

Gricelda Samano’s weekly jobs include serving as court interpreter for counties around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a business student at North Central Texas College in Corinth and as a co-owner of her family business, La Estrella Mini-Market.

“Well, it all helps pays the bills,” Samano said.

Her mini market is located on a one-acre piece of land off Railroad Avenue and East McKinney Street and is also home to some popular tacos, which had a setback last year.

In December, the city of Denton told Samano she could not sell tacos cooked on a grill outside her business because of health concerns and also because the city code only allows three 14-day permits a year.

Samano had run out of them.

Samano said her business, which sold the tacos during the weekend, provided her with additional income. It was a place surrounded by music, a bit of dancing and, of course, taco-centered food.

This year, and with the city’s permission, Samano will play host to a music and food event to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.

With the help of her husband, Rodolfo, family members and volunteers, Samano is planning to bring Dallas’ Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company, a renowned folklorico Mexican dance group to join in the free festivities beginning 4 p.m. Saturday at 602 E. McKinney St.

“I just want to share a bit of my culture with the community,” she said. “I want to show people how good they play [the folklorico] and how professional they are.”

The eight-hour celebration will include the traditional Loteria board games, traditional food like pozoles, gorditas and tamales and music. The event is also to honor her son, Jonathan, who passed away in 2010 and was always involved in the community.

“I want to tell everyone that I am here, I am part of the community and I want to support it,” Samano said.

Along with her scheduled translation sessions, seven-day work schedule and classes in algebra, biology and world literature, Samano is looking forward to her community celebration.

“I hope everything will turn [out] the way I am planning it,” she said.

For more information, call 940-566-3405.

The Denton Chamber of Commerce announced changes to their membership luncheon schedule.

Chuck Carpenter said in an e-mail Tuesday the luncheon was moved from September to November to accommodate an important featured speaker.

Phil Wilson, the new executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, will address guests at the next membership luncheon, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at Texas Woman’s University’s Hubbard Hall, 304 Adminis­tration Drive.

Wilson plans to address plans for expanding and improving Interstate 35 and the western segment of the U.S. Highway 380 from Denton to the Wise County line, Carpenter said.

Prior to joining TxDOT in 2011, Wilson served as senior vice president of public affairs and as a corporate officer for Luminant, Texas’ largest generation company. He also served under Gov. Rick Perry as secretary of state and in the Governor’s Competitive Council and the Texas Border Security Council, according to the TxDOT website.

Another rescheduled event is the chamber’s Celebrity Chef originally scheduled for Oct. 4.

Angelica Del Rosal, director of programs and membership development at the Denton chamber, said the event was moved to the spring. Details will be provided as announced.

Business openings this week include a new place to enjoy different kinds of macaroni and cheese and a new wireless store.

Connecticut-based Mac­Daddy’s will open its first Texas restaurant Wednesday inside the Sterling Fry Street Development.

Founded by Robert T. Dunn, the restaurant located at 1206 Hickory St. will offer customers 25 gourmet varieties of macaroni and cheese.

Mike Burdick, operations director for MacDaddy’s, said the company decided to open its first restaurant in Denton because of its demographics.

“It’s a college town, and our food will reach out to everyone, especially students,” Burdick said. “And we found a good location.”

Burdick said 22 employees will work inside the 1,700-square-foot restaurant.

MacDaddy’s business hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 940-808-1003.

Also, Denton’s first Sprint retail store opened Tuesday at 2320 W. University Drive, Suite 1499, inside the Rayzor Ranch development.

At the new ReadyNow store, customers can get personalized phone setup and one-on-one phone instruction, according to its website.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

To contact the Sprint store, call 940-380-8777.

U.S. Aviation announced last month it became an authorized customer service and support facility for Cessna Aircraft, one of the world’s leading general aviation companies.

The designation means U.S. Aviation met stringent knowledge and capability requirements and also invested in proper tools and the necessary equipment to perform Cessna-authorized service, repairs and warranty service, according to a news release.

U.S. Aviation headquarters is located at the Denton Municipal Airport.

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Coming up

Felicia Streeter, a business and personal development coach for women entrepreneurs, will be the guest speaker at the Women’s Business Owners of Denton County monthly luncheon.

Her presentation, “Step into Your Future,” will take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Denton University Area Holiday Inn, 1434 Centre Place Drive.

Cost for members is $20, and $25 for guests and non-members.

RSVP is required at

Learn about the three keys of e-mail marketing at the next North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center monthly business breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Denton Chamber of Commerce, 414 Parkway St.

For more information, call 940-380-1849.

The Denton Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly business networking lunch noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Denton University Area Holiday Inn, 1434 Centre Place Drive.

Lunch can be purchased from the hotel for $10.

For more information, contact Angelica Del Rosal, director of membership development and programs for the Denton Chamber at

Bernard Allison, Curtis Salgato, Buddy Whittington and Sugar Blue will take part in the Denton Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Denton Blues Festival, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St.

Gates will open at noon both days.

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CEO and president of 7-Eleven, Joseph M. DePinto will speak at the University of North Texas College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 in the Business Leadership Building, Room 180.

Since 2004, the College of Business speaker series has provided students and faculty a way to interact with executive and community leaders.

Prior to joining 7-Eleven in 2005, DePinto served as president of GameStop Corp. and also held executive positions at PepsiCo Inc. and Thornton Oil Corporation.

He also serves on the board of directors of several publicly traded companies and national charity organizations, according to a news release.

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