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Karina Ramirez: Barber reopens shop with a new vision

Alton Phillips began cutting hair when he was 24. Now at 28, he is reopening a hair salon at 318 E. Oak St.

“We have four barbers total — one Hispanic, one Caucasian and two African-Americans,” Phillips said on Thursday. “It is multicultural.”

Originally from California, Phillips took over Jenesis Barbershop and has spent the past month and a half remodeling the 800-square-foot location.

In August 2012, Phillips learned the owner of the Jenesis salon wanted to retire. He said it was the perfect opportunity for him to not only own a barbershop (the second in his career) but also make a few updates. He painted walls, added a new floor and placed flat-screen televisions throughout the business and is still adding a few finishing touches.

He reopened the barbershop under the name Re-Jenesis.

“I want to put my mark here,” Phillips said. “It is a new owner, and we have a new vision. And my mission is to give back to the community in every way possible.”

Phillips has been involved in the community since he got to Denton a year and a half ago. He started a “Back to School Bash” to provide free backpacks and haircuts and plans to make it an annual event. The next event is scheduled for August, before the beginning of the school year.

Phillips said he began cutting hair because a couple of his friends were in the business and his father is also a barber.

“I come from a family who cuts hair and [have] been involved with hair since I was young,” he said. “I always wanted to give back and mentor and listen to people. At the same time I wanted to help them by giving them something they can enjoy, which is a haircut — not only a great haircut, but a great experience.”

To celebrate the renovation of the barbershop, Re-Jenesis will provide free food and haircuts Saturday, along with an NBA 2K tournament.

Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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Those who want to get free cupcakes for a year need to check the bottom of their cupcakes and to find a winning sticker, said Lisa Britten, owner of Sugar Queen Cupcakes.

Britten said her promotion will be available all next weekend during the opening of her long-awaited store at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace.

“We did something similar to that when we opened our Frisco store,” she said.

Britten opened her first store in Lake Dallas in 2008, followed by Plano a year later. The Frisco store opened in 2011.

“I started doing cakes and then cupcakes,” she said. “Once my cupcake business kind of expanded, I had to make a decision of which way I wanted to go and then I transitioned over to cupcakes only.”

The menu at the Denton location will offer around 18 cupcakes flavors.

“Every season we change our menu and we also have something called Baker’s Choice,” she said. “We will put something new in every week that one of the bakers is working on. Last week, [a baker] did a white chocolate raspberry [cupcake], something fun that is not regular on our menu.”

Her business offers catering and delivery and provides services for events and weddings.

Sugar Queen Cupcakes is located at 2320 W. University Drive. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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

•  The Boyd Girls, vintage market, 125 E. Oak St.

•  Re-Cutz Barbershop, barbershop, 525 Fort Worth Drive, Suite 303

•  All About Mac, restaurant, 1206 W. Hickory St.

•  ACGP Inc., ceramic grill store, 3923 Morse St., No. 109

•  Tierra Resources LLC, oil and gas, 501 S. Carroll Blvd., Suite 230

•  Radiant Smiles, dentistry, 1800 Brinker Road, Suite 290

•  Harris Cook LLP, law firm, 1512 E. McKinney St., No. 101

Averitt Express, a freight transportation and supply chain management firm, announced in February that associates raised $7 million for various charities and causes.

More than $2.6 million of those funds were donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., including a recent donation of $400,000, a news release said.

Through Averitt Cares for Kids, the contribution to St. Jude helps support the hospital’s mission to advance cures — and means of prevention — for catastrophic pediatric diseases through research and treatment.

Averitt Express offers service throughout Denton County and many cities in Texas.

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If you have ever been on Pinterest, a social media content sharing service where people “pin” their favorite things, you may notice that this service is beginning to take a new life in Denton.

This week, the Denton Economic Development Partnership — or Downtown Denton, as it is known in many of its social media accounts — revealed its boards at . Other accounts Denton residents may want to follow include:

•  Discover Denton (

•  Denton ISD ( )

•  North Texas State Fair and Rodeo ( )

•  Denton Regional Medical Center ( )

Of course, don’t fail to visit our boards at   .

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Harold Willis has joined Hammerle Finley Law Firm as a full-time geriatric care manager.

In his role, Willis will serve as a health and human services specialist, guiding and advocating for families caring for older relatives or disabled adults, according to a news release.

As a Texas certified guardian with more than 37 years of experience in the health care industry, Willis understands all aspects of hospital and ancillary facilities, Medicare and Medicaid rules and regulations, as well as national, state and political influences on the industry, the release said.

Prior to joining the firm, Willis worked for four years for Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Willis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 1995.

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Coming up

Stephanie Johnson, CEO of Bed Rest Concierge, Sandra Yancey, CEO of EWomen’s Network, Debbie Sardone, founder of Cleaning for a Reason, and Libby Spears, owner of Bravo Communications and Consulting, will participate in the fifth Denton County Women Leading Business Conference and Expo conducted by the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville.

Cost is $65 for members of any Denton County chamber of commerce and $75 for non-members.

A table at the expo costs $125 for members of any Denton County chamber of commerce and $175 for non-members.

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