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Karina Ramírez: New restaurant, office spaces to open soon

Jennifer Frank, the owner and franchisee of The Smiling Moose in Arlington shown above, will open another franchise in Denton, possibly in March.Courtesy photo
Jennifer Frank, the owner and franchisee of The Smiling Moose in Arlington shown above, will open another franchise in Denton, possibly in March.
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A new restaurant and new offices for Verus Real Estate will be opening at the corner of Carroll Boulevard and Hickory Street in March, if possible.

“We have applied for a permit and already got our comments back,” said Greg Johnson, managing partner and CEO of Verus Real Estate Advisors, on Wednesday.

The front corner of what used to be the old Linwood-Alford Florist Building will house The Smiling Moose, a new franchise deli-style restaurant owned by former Dallas Cowboy Daryl Johnston.

The owner and franchisee of the Denton restaurant, Jennifer Frank, said the franchise is originally from Boulder, Colo.

“It has a fresh approach to salads, soups and breakfast,” Frank said. “We will also offer specialty coffee.”

Two weeks ago, Frank opened the first Smiling Moose in Arlington. The restaurant also offers catering, a concept which will also be available once her Denton restaurant opens.

The building will have a modern look and feel, featuring metals and different kinds of textures, Johnson said. The restaurant will cover around 2,379 square feet, while the offices of Verus will take up another 3,300 square feet, he said.

“I think it is going to be the coolest building in the city,” Johnson said.

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The city of Denton issued the following certificates of occupancy in November:

- MagicLamp Network, office, 100 W. Oak St., No. 300

- Magnus Pacific Corp., office, 100 W. Oak St., No. 301

- Jackson & Hagen Law Office, office, 100 W. Oak St., No. 302

- Bookkeeper Girl, Inc, office, 100 W. Oak St., No. G-100 and G-111

- Pierce & Associates, office, 100 W. Oak St., No. G-101

- Farmers Insurance Kelley Phillips, office, 100 W. Oak St., No. G-103

- Gwynn Logistics, LLC, office, 100 W. Oak St., No. G-109

- Pacific Labs, LLC, office/lab 1000 Johnson St.

- Roger Yale Law Offices, professional services and office, 1417 E. McKinney St., No. 220 and 230

XCW Wrestling Institute owner Nite Davis is opening the Denton Hookah Lounge at 1776 Teasley Lane, No. 111 on Friday.

“It used to be H20 Lounge,” Davis said, “We remodeled it and are now reopening.”

Davis has been working on the project since Thanksgiving.

“We have five flat-screen televisions, great-price hookah, a brand new DJ booth, and [we] hope to host Xbox tournaments,” he said.

Business hours will be 6 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, call 940-320-9066 or visit

Natural Grocers, which is opening a supermarket in Denton in 2013, is looking to fill full- and part-time positions, including store manager, assistant manager, entry-level department managers, nutrition educators and cashiers/retail associates.

“We know there’s a ton of talent in Denton and we’re looking for great people to join our team,” Susan Lyle, recruiter for Natural Grocers, said in a statement.

For more information, including a link to the job application, visit

Donations to the 31st annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive at participating Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores will continue through Dec. 19.

The food drive will help provide food for tens of thousands of families in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, a news release said. The grocery store has partnered with the Denton Rotary Club to help collect and distribute nonperishable food to those who need assistance.

Tyler-based Brookshire Grocery Co., parent company of Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores, donates customized boxes in which groups pack the food donations.

The company also donates a coupon for a free roasting hen to go with each box of food distributed during the food drive.

Items accepted include canned meats and vegetables, soups, dry beans, rice, pasta, sugar, flour, peanut butter, cereal, can fruits and dessert mixes, to name a few. Items that are homemade, in glass containers or perishable will not be accepted.

The food drive began in participating stores Nov. 14

CoServ Electric, a nonprofit cooperative, announced Friday it is returning a record $10 million to current and former members in the form of Capital Credit retirements this month.

CoServ Electric has provided a total of $50 million in returned capital credit investments to its members since 2003, a news release said. 

Each year, CoServ Electric returns their net margins or net income to each member. The allocation is placed in a Capital Credit account for each member based on the member’s annual purchase of energy and margins generated from those purchases. The cooperative provides a payment of the allocated Capital Credits to members in a form of a check or bill credit once its met all the financial and other obligations, the cooperative said.

Members whose Capital Credit retirement is $20 or greater will receive a check. Members whose Capital Credit retirement is less than $20 will receive a credit on their upcoming electric bill. Members will be able to see their credit or check this month, officials said.

A report released last week revealed the average price of a four-bedroom home in Denton is $173,645.

Comparing prices of four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes, the 2012 Home Listing Report by Coldwell Banker Real Estate ranked Denton 539th of 2,479 markets nationwide. The average home nationally priced less than $200,000, a release said.

In Texas, homes in Terrell were the most affordable at $96,329, with the most expensive home at an average of $289,192 in Colleyville, a news release said.

The average price for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Texas is $186,144, compared to the national average of $292,152.

The least expensive homes nationwide are in Redford, Mich., with an average price of less than $60,000. The most expensive are located in Pepperell, Mass., with an average price of about $400,000.          

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Coming up

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce will conduct a Texas Wine Tasting Event from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Drive in Argyle.

Cost is $15 per person.

RSVP is needed by calling 940-464-9990.

For more information, call Mary Ruth West at 940-220-6440.

The North Central Texas College Jazz Band and Choir, and a presentation from the Lake Cities Lions Club will take place during the Holiday Expo Luncheon sponsored by the Lakes Cities Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Oakmont Country Club in Corinth.

The event will also feature exhibitor tables, a silent auction and a grand-prize drawing.

The luncheon proceeds will benefit the Golden Agers and the Lake Cities Spirit of Christmas.

Cost is $25 at the door.

For more information, call 940-497-3097 or e-mail

Cup of Coffee Networkers-Denton, a new networking entity, will conduct its first meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Le Peeps Restaurant, 1435 S. Loop 288.

For more information, call Sheila Tucker at 940-566- 3516 or visit

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