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Karina Ramírez: New business offers variety of teas, coffees

Sung Yub “Sam” Jung is at it again. Two years ago, Jung opened his restaurant and bar, J Sushi, in the Denton Crossing shopping center on Loop 288. Four months ago, the now 25-year-old opened Kaleo Cafe, a place that features bubble teas, traditional coffee and desserts.

“I just want to bring new things to Denton,” said Jung, who opened the new shop with his sister, Sunwoo, 23.

Jung said he renovated 1,500 square feet of space — a former yogurt shop — to showcase his new concept that came directly from Colorado.

Jung and his sister used to live in Colorado and remembered they would visit their favorite bubble tea shop during their high school days. They got in touch with the owner earlier this year and asked him to share his bubble tea recipe.

Bubble tea, also known as boba tea or pearl tea, was invented in tea shops in Taiwan. The drink gets its name from its large, sweet, bubble-like tapioca pearls, which are sucked up through large straws.

There are many variations, but most contain tea or other beverage, a type of flavoring, milk or other creamer, and a sweetener.

The name of the new business, Kaleo, is a Greek word meaning “to invite,” Jung said.

Kaleo Cafe is located at 1400 S. Loop 288, Suite 108.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 940-387-4848 or search Kaleo Bubble Tea & Cafe on Facebook.


Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q is supporting October’s breast cancer awareness month by turning its their iconic cups pink for a limited time and raising $50,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Guests who donate a dollar will receive a coupon for a free 32-ounce drink on their next visit, according to a news release.

More funds will be donated by also going to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and liking their page. 

Rudy’s is located at 520 S. Interstate 35E in Denton.

For more information, visit


The Internal Revenue Service announced this week it is now providing farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought a one-year extension to replace their livestock.

The extension applies to eligible farmers and ranchers on sales of livestock held for draft, dairy or breeding purposes due to drought.

Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman, said in a news release the relief is for any farm located in a county, parish, city or district that is listed as suffering exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Some of the NDMC-designated counties in the North Texas area include Clay, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Tarrant and Wise.

Farmers and ranchers who qualify and whose drought sale replacement period was scheduled to expire at the end of this tax year — Dec. 31, 2012 — in most cases will now have until the end of their next tax year, the IRS said.

Sanford said details on the relief, including a complete list of NDMC-designated counties, are available in Notice 2012-62, posted on Details on reporting drought sales and other farm-related tax issues can be found in Publication 225, Farmer’s Tax Guide (


Gas prices appear to be higher than this time last year, according to the latest review from AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.

Texans are paying an average of $3.58 for a gallon of regular unleaded. The price is seven cents less than one week ago and 21 cents less than the national average of $3.79.

AAA Texas/New Mexico representative Doug Shupe said in a news release that historically gas prices tend to fall from September through Christmas.

Shupe said he expects the trend to continue, something that has remained the same throughout the last seven of the nine years, according to the news release.

According to AAA, Texans are now paying about $50 to fill up a typical 14-gallon fuel tank.



Dr. Elizabeth R. Seymour, a family physician with Medical Associates of Denton, was elected to the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Practice Management Services, a council that oversees the medical practices of physicians and staff, a news release said.

Seymour is a member of the Denton County Medical Society.

Seymour obtained a medical diploma from St. Matthews University School of Medicine on Grand Cayman Island. She completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and obtained a master’s degree in Health Services Administration. 

Seymour is also a graduate of Ryan High School and attended Texas Woman’s University for her undergraduate degree, according to the Medical Associates of Denton’s website.

Austin-based TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 46,000 physicians and medical students.


Rob Rayner, president of Tom Fouts Commercial Real Estate, was presented with the Texas Association of Realtors Distinguished Service Award on Sept. 11.

Joe Stewart, 2012 chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors, said in a news release that Rayner deserved the award because he has made a huge difference to his industry and his community.

“I’m thrilled to honor him with this award,” Stewart said.

Rayner has been in the real estate industry for nearly 30 years. He’s held many leadership roles within the organization, including serving as president of the Greater Denton/Wise County Association of Realtors, and has been named Realtor of the Year twice.

He has served on both the statewide and national association of realtors.

Rayner has also devoted his time to the Denton community, serving as president of Denton Noon Kiwanis, a director of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and as a deacon of the First Baptist Church.

The Texas Association of Realtors is a professional membership organization with more than 80,000 members, representing all aspects of real estate in Texas. The organization advocates on behalf of Texas Realtors and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights and promote public policies that benefit homeowners.


Coming up

The Best Western Premier, Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn have teamed up with Red Lobster, On the Border, Olive Garden and Texas Road House restaurants to put on a progressive dinner benefiting the United Way of Denton County.

The dinner will feature the Tejas Storytellers with “A Night of Mystery on Hospitality Hill” beginning 6:15 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Courtyard Marriott, 2800 Colorado Blvd.

The University of North Texas Drumline will be escorting participants to each location.

Cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple.

To register or pay for this event by phone, contact Jodi Ramon at the United Way office at 940-566-5851, ext. 102.

For more information about the event, contact Monica Glenn with the Best Western Premier at


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