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Karina Ramírez: Denton Regional opens urgent care facility

The staff of the new Denton Regional Urgent Care Center conducted a ribbon-cutting and official grand opening Tuesday of their new facility at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace.

Jonathan Fisk, nurse manager at the facility, said the center would offer what is available at a primary care physician or pediatrician office and more. At the center, patients can be seen for minor emergencies, muscle strains, sports injuries and school physicals, avoiding a trip to a local hospital.

“We are a little bit more than a primary care office, but we offer a little bit less than an ER [emergency room],” Fisk said. “It is always OK to call us. We are happy to talk to you about the issue on the phone, and if we feel that you would be best served at another facility, we will give you that information. But we are also happy to see you.”

Fisk clarified that patient diagnosis cannot be provided over the phone but he is happy to talk to patients who have questions.

The new facility has eight exam rooms, with one serving as an X-ray room, Fisk said. It employs 25 people in part-time and full-time roles.

“We are excited to be on this side of town,” said Caleb O’Rear, CEO of Denton Regional Medical Center. “For 25 years, we were on this side of town at the Old Westgate Hospital and then went to the south side of town. We feel like we are coming home a little bit.”

O’Rear said the new facility has the full support of Denton Regional Medical Center, and patients will be able to transfer their paperwork from the center to the hospital if doctors determine they need other kinds of care.

Patients need no appointments, or they can register online for service.

Caleb said Denton Regional Medical Center does not have any plans to open another facility at this time.

“[But] I would love to have more of these around town,” he said.

The Denton Regional Urgent Care Center is located at 2520 W. University Drive in Suite 1154. Center hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the weekend.

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It is close to the beginning of the holidays and another business says goodbye.

On Tuesday, Charlie Foster, owner of Ramen Republic, sent an e-mail to his guests, team members and suppliers, saying he had made a decision to close his restaurant at 210 E. Hickory St.

“We have offered our Team Members a two-week pay opportunity and trust that they will work with us through this transition and plan to do everything we can to assist them in securing new positions,” Foster wrote.

Additionally, Foster said he still believed the Hickory Street/Industrial Street area remains a vibrant and growing destination.

“We will be working diligently with our landlord to secure a replacement tenant as soon as possible,” he said.

Ramen Republic will remain open until 9:30 p.m. Monday. 

Lake Cities’ LD Decor & Mexican Pottery will be closing in January and reopening in March at a new location.

Owner Jasper Quintana said in an e-mail last week that the Interstate 35E expansion is forcing his business to relocate.

“If we can find an affordable location, we will reopen,” Quintana said.

LD Decor & Mexican Pottery is currently located at 637 S. Lake Dallas Drive.

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Deon Rainbow’s grandson, Derrick L. Malone, recently announced he moved his business, Rainbow Plants, from its location on the west side of Golden Triangle Mall to 600 Dallas Drive.

Rainbow Plants is a 19-year-old family-owned business that sells many types of seasonal plants.

Malone, 41, said he started working with plants when he was in high school and his grandfather allowed him to build a greenhouse.

The business started in Denton in 1993 and expanded to seven locations, including Burleson, Colleyville, Hulen Mall and Arlington.

During its peak seasons, which are March through April and September to October, Malone employs 40 people. All other times, a crew of 15 employees works with him, along with his mother, who got involved in the family business about 10 years ago.

For more information, call 817-966-2403

In a business transaction, Victory Group purchased a seven-acre land tract at the southeast corner of FM423 and Little Elm Parkway in Little Elm.

David Davidson Jr., Edward Bogel and Jonathan Cooper of Venture Commercial represented the buyer, and the seller Graham Mortgage was self-represented, according to a news release.

Victory Group’s president and CEO, Tony Ramji, has engaged Davidson and Bogel to assist in pad sales and marketing for the development, the release said.

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Bill Utter Ford honored two of its longest-tenured employees in October. Margie Sickles and Steve Prince both have more than 40 years of service to the customers of Bill Utter Ford, according to a news release.

Margie Sickles has been with Bill Utter Ford for 45 years, and she has been a part of the Bill Utter family even longer because her father was the Bill Utter Ford parts manager for many years. She is in the accounting department and has done everything from payroll to accounts receivable. 

Steve Prince’s career at Bill Utter Ford spans 40 years. He started in the New Car Make Ready Department on July 1, 1972. He was promoted in 1973 to line technician in the service department and in 1986 became the shop foreman. 

Bill Utter Ford was founded in Denton in 1956 and is a family-owned and operated Ford dealership located at 4901 S. I-35E in Denton.


Coming up

The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce will conduct a Texas Department of Transportation informational meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth.

The meeting is sponsored by the cities of Corinth, Hickory Creek and Lake Dallas.
The event is free if you registered before Friday. Cost will be $10 at the door.

For more information, call 940-241-7016.

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce will conduct its general membership breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Drive.

For more information, call 940-387-1717

Local business representatives can network at the B3 (Building Business Breakfast) scheduled for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn of Denton, 3110 Colorado Blvd. Breakfast buffet for $8 is optional. 

For more information, contact Kristen Cooper at 940-891-4700.

Officials with the annual Wassail Fest & Holiday Lighting Festival announced the local event is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30.

The festival will conduct a toy drive to gather toys for needy families. It also will include the annual Christmas tree lighting, music from the Denton High School Jazz Band 1, as well as music from the Holiday Lighting Orchestra directed by David Pierce and featuring Brent Best, members of Midlake, Bonnie & Nick Norris, Paul Slavens, Steve Wiest (director of the One O’clock Lab Band), Jeffrey Barnes and many more.

For a full list of events, visit


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