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Karina Ramirez: Owners remake space into salon

The former Little Gym location at Southridge Village shopping center is now a full-service spa and nail salon.

The owners, Kim Nguyen and her husband, Patrick, worked a good seven months to renovate the 4,800 square feet of space and turn it into Bella Salon & Spa.

The new business offers manicures, pedicures, hair service, permanent makeup, facial treatments and more.

“It took us a while to get us back and going, but we are now here and we just want to thank our loyal clientele for supporting us all these years,” said Nguyen, 36.

Nguyen worked for eight years with Spa Pedicures, where she was able to build a following strong enough that Spa Pedi­cures was recognized in the Best of Denton readers’ poll from 2007 to 2011.

Spa Pedicures now has new ownership, and Nguyen said she is not competing with the owners of her previous business. But she felt she had outgrown her previous facility and wanted to continue to work with her loyal clientele.

“We have a close relationship with our clients and we wanted to keep that,” Nguyen said.

Bella Salon & Spa employs a total of 15 people, including three hairstylists. It is located at 2430 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 140, where the Little Gym closed its doors in September 2010.

Bella Salon & Spa will host a Denton Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. Oct. 24, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Salon hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 940-383-3552 or visit


It’s never too early to talk about Halloween.

A record 170 million people are planning to celebrate the spooky holiday this year, according to the latest survey by the National Retail Fede­ra­tion, which follows consumer behavior and spending trends, and its partner BIGinsight.

According to the survey, seven in 10 Americans, or 71.5 percent, are planning to be in haunting Halloween mood. That’s an increase of 2.9 percent points from last year.

The average person is projected to spend $79.82 on decorations, costumes and candy, a bit more than last year.

As with back-to-school season, customers are still a bit weary and stated the economy will affect their Halloween plans, the survey found.

To alleviate their situations, 18 percent of the survey respondents will make a costume instead of buying one, and more than a third will buy less candy.

The federation’s survey of 9,393 consumers was conducted Sept. 5-11 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.0 percent.



Cindy Jacobson from CCD Counseling of Denton received the 2012 June Bucy Award for Excellence from the Texas Network of Youth Services. The award was presented to Jacob­son during the organization’s conference in August in San Antonio.

The award recognizes Jacob­son for program excellence, leadership and significant contributions to the field of youth services in the state.

“It was wonderful. It was a nice honor to be selected. It came as a huge surprise to me,” Jacobson said. “It was a staff [member] that recommended me for it. It is nice to see that your work is valued in that way.”

Jacobson has served as a counselor and director of CCD Counseling of Denton since 1990. She previously worked for many years at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Denton Community Counseling Cen­ter.

Jacobson is certified with the American Counseling Asso­cia­tion. She is a University of North Texas graduate, with a Master of Education in marriage and family counseling and a Bachelor of Science in therapeutic recreation.

The award was named after June Bucy, former executive director of the National Net­work for Youth.

Texas Network of Youth Services is a nonprofit membership association of agencies and advocates, dedicated to enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of community-based agencies serving youths and families in Texas.


R. Scott Alagood of Alagood & Cartwright PC was recently named to the Texas Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Texas for 2012 in real estate. Less than 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to be part of the list, according to a news release.

Alagood received Super Lawyer recognition in 2003 and 2004. His firm was also named second place in the Best of Denton readers’ poll this year.

Alagood is a 1985 graduate of Denton High School. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas A&M Uni­versity in 1989, followed by his law degree from Texas Tech Uni­versity School of Law in 1992. Alagood and Brian T. Cartwright formed their firm in 2003.

Now in its 10th year, Super Lawyers recognizes excellence in Texas law. Since 2010, the magazine has partnered with Thomson Reuters business data provider. The Super Lawyers list recognizes lawyers from more than 70 areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.


Argyle resident Ann R. Earley, an administrative assistant for Modern Woodmen of America, has completed a four-day educational program at the organization’s home office in Rock Island, Ill.

The program provides experienced administrative assistants with an advanced understanding of their position and how it interacts with home office functions like office organization, time management and other topics, according to a press release.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal financial services organization that offers financial products and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the country.


Coming up

Attorney Debbie Cunning­ham will present a talk titled “How to Make Sure Your Kids Get Your Stuff” at the Lake Cities Chamber of Com­merce monthly luncheon scheduled for 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call 940-497-3097 or e-mail


“The Power to Transform” will be the focus of the fourth annual Neighborhood Em­power­ment Summit scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

Sponsored by the city’s Neighborhood Planning Pro­gram, the purpose of summit is to revitalize Denton’s neighborhoods and improve the lives of residents.

Registration will be available soon at

For more information contact Katia Boykin at 940-349-7274 or

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