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Karina Ramírez: New pizza place offers variety of specialty items

Pizza lovers now have a new location they can try out. The Colony-based Pie Five Pizza opened its ninth restaurant Jan. 21 on Fry Street across from the University of North Texas.

Pie Five Pizza CEO Randy Gier said in a news statement that his company opened a location in Denton because of its young and active community.

With specialty pizzas like the vegetarian Tree Hugger and the Italian Herb Chicken Carbonara, the menu features many combinations of fresh, made-to-order pizzas prepared in less than five minutes on a whole-grain, artisan thin, classic pan or gluten-free crust.

Marketing director Christina Coy said the Denton location is the only Pie Five Pizza restaurant offering a whole-grain crust. 

The Denton restaurant is the second location in a college town and employs 24, Coy said.

The first Pie Five inside a college atmosphere opened at the University of Texas in Arlington in 2011.

Coy said the franchise is rapidly expanding their concept and hopes to open other locations across the metroplex. The franchise is planning to open another Pie Five near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth and another in Holladay, Utah, according to its website. A total of 18 restaurants are expected to open outside Texas this year.

Pie Five in Denton at 1120 W. Hickory St. is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, call 940-808-1675.

Two new businesses will be coming to the Denton area later this year.

Carstar Auto Body Repair Experts will be opening a shop at 820 E. McKinney St.

The business is owned by Mark Riney and will focus on providing collision repair, vehicle restoration and customization, glass repair and storm and hail damage repair, according to a news release.

The other business is a new craft microbrewery in Justin.

Local craft brewers Matt Morriss, Tom Anderson and Laron Cheek, known in the North Texas home brewing community as the Horsemen of the Hopocalypse, are the founders of what will be Rabbit Hole Brewing.

The business is leasing a space at 608 Topeka Ave. while finalizing plans to construct the permanent location across the street at 106 E. Sixth St., inside the Justin Industrial Park, Cheek said Friday.

“We are hoping to have all our equipment by September and be in the market by October and November,” he said.

He said he and his fellow founders were happy to be in Denton County and chose the city of Justin because they were very receptive to having their business there. This first public open house of the new location is currently scheduled for June 1.

Rabbit Hole Brewing plans to distinguish itself from other microbreweries by offering underrepresented classic styles such as an English IPA and a Dusseldorf Altbier, as well as fresh interpretations of local favorites, according to a news release.

Initial production will concentrate on a stable line of ales and lagers that will be available year-round, adding eclectic seasonal and limited edition beers at a later date. 

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Texas Health Resources and Aetna announced a new accountable care agreement this week.

The collaboration is designed to improve the quality of care for Aetna members and lower overall health care costs. The agreement includes Aetna members in Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant counties, a press release said.

Aetna’s new agreement with Texas Health Resources features a new payment model that will reward physicians for meeting quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction measures, including:

- The percentage of Aetna members who get recommended preventive care and screenings.

- Better management of patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes.

- Reductions in avoidable hospital readmissions.

- Reductions in Emergency Room visits by improving primary care access hours.

Dallas-based Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian Denton, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals; a large physician group; outpatient facilities; home health, preventive and fitness services; and an organization for medical research and education.

Harford-based Aetna, a health care entity, serves approximately 37.3 million people and offers broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services.



Classic Mazda Internet director Darius Moghadam was named the No. 1 individual sales consultant in the state of Texas of all Mazda dealerships.

Moghadam handles every aspect of the purchasing process, from scheduling the initial appointment to delivering the vehicle and thoroughly explaining every feature and option, a news release said.

His knowledge of his product earned him the No. 1 position in the Gulf region and in Mazda’s Dallas-Fort Worth “Walk Around” contests. The contests rank Mazda product knowledge, competitive product knowledge and overall communication skills as competitors demonstrate vehicles to a panel of judges, the news release said. Moghadam also came in third in the national “Walk Around” competition. 

Moghadam completed 276 sales for 2012. His average of 23 monthly sales outperformed the national salesman’s average of 10 to 12 sales per month, the news release said.

Richard Allen, a past president of the Mazda National Dealer advisory council, said in a news statement that Moghadam is a dedicated employee.

“He exemplifies everything we want to be here at Classic, not only in sales volume but in the overall experience that the customer has when they shop at Classic Mazda,” he said.

The Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce recognized members for their 2012 accomplishments at the January networking luncheon and annual meeting held at Prairie House Restaurant. 

Outgoing president David Painter was recognized for his service as president in 2011 and 2012. DATCU, represented by Aubrey Branch manager Don Richmond, was named 2012 Business of the Year, and Judy Higgs, recently retired from PointBank after 25 years, was named 2012 Citizen of the Year. 

Richmond and Higgs also received congratulatory certificates from the office of U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, presented by Wil Overlander. 

During the meeting, the chamber also announced new officers for the 2013 board of directors: president, Jodie Prickett, 380Guide/380News; vice president, Anita Jean, Financial Fitness; secretary, Melissa Geiger, First Security Bank; and treasurer, Don Richmond, DATCU.


Coming up

The Denton branch of American Association of University Women will meet Wednesday at Texas Woman’s University, Stoddard Hall, Room 402. For more information, call 940-898-3797 or visit

Bring your 90-second elevator speech describing your business and learn the “Nitty Gritty of Networking” during the monthly luncheon of the Women Business Owners of Denton County scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Los Toreros in Unicorn Lake, 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 134. For more information, visit

The Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County will conduct free child sexual abuse prevention training for adults from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Denton office located at 235 W. Hickory St. For more information, contact Wandaliz Elder by calling 972-317-2818, ext. 246, or send an e-mail to


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