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Karina Ramirez: Rayzor Ranch to add variety

Shops offering footwear, items for teens and preteens, and fresh-baked goods will open their doors later this year at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace on University Drive.

Famous Footwear and Five Below will open during the third quarter of 2013.

Famous Footwear, a retailer of name-brand shoes and accessories, is part of St. Louis-based Brown Shoe Co. Famous Footwear closed or relocated 89 stores and added 55 new stores in 2012. In its fourth quarterly report, released last month, the company reported sales of $380.1 million.

Five Below targets teens and preteens by selling trendy items priced from $1 to $5. Merchandise includes sporting goods, games, fashion accessories, room decor and storage.

The Philadelphia-based company announced in January its plans to expand into Texas. Five Below was founded in 2002 by David Schlessinger, founder of Encore Books and Zany Brainy, along with Tom Vellios, former CEO of Zany Brainy, according to its website.

A second Denton location for Panera Bread is expected to open at Rayzor Ranch during the second quarter of 2013. Panera operates more than 1,600 company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes in 44 states and Ontario.

Meanwhile, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is hiring for its new Denton store in Suite 1276, according to an e-mail from Linda Hinton, general manager of Rayzor Ranch developer Red Development LLC.

The company plans to open the new Jo-Ann store on May 17. Grand-opening festivities are scheduled from May 30 to June 1.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton donated $1,000 to North Central Texas College on behalf of the physicians on the medical staff.

The hospital made the donation on March 30 as part of festivities for National Doctors’ Day to recognize the care the hospital’s physicians provide to patients.

Deborah Bostic, vice president and chief nursing officer for Texas Health Denton, said in a news statement the annual donation to the NCTC nursing program honors existing caregivers and will help the next generation of caregivers reach their goal.

“We appreciate the way the physicians on the medical staff and our nurses work together to improve the health of the people in our community each day,” she said.

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Small Business Administration lending in the Dallas-Fort Worth area set a record for the first six months of the fiscal year, the agency reported Wednesday.

SBA’s Dallas-Fort Worth office approved more than $416 million in loans to small businesses during the first six months of fiscal year 2013, a press release stated. The amount represents an increase of 45 percent over the same period last year, officials said.

That’s an accomplishment, SBA district director Herb Austin said in a statement.

“Other positive indicators seems to suggest lenders are willing to provide financing to the small business community that accounts for more than half of private sector employment,” he said in the news release. “Furthermore, a stable economy over the past months has given banks greater incentive to work with small businesses.”

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DATCU President and CEO Dale Kimble was named Professional of the Year by the Texas Credit Union League.

The award was presented on April 3, during the league’s meeting and expo in Austin.

The league recognizes leaders and professionals who are committed to the credit union industry and movement.

“I am deeply humbled and attribute any successes that I have had to a great board of directors, dedicated management team and committed employees,” Kimble said in a news statement. “I am deeply passionate about how DATCU, as a credit union, helps our members and our community.”

University of North Texas student Thomas Pemberton was recently named Collegiate Marketer of the Year by the Dallas/Fort Worth American Marketing Association.

Pemberton, 25, a junior studying marketing in UNT’s College of Business, received the award at a gala April 11 in Dallas.

He was nominated for implementing a digital marketing strategy for Culinaire International. The project used emerging technology and social media to increase brand awareness, brand affinity and revenue for the Belo Mansion, according to a news release.

While attending UNT, Pemberton works full-time as a project manager with Spych, a Dallas-based marketing research and strategy consulting firm.

In addition, he owns an online business called Trending Global. He launched and continues to operate this business — with the help of his first hire, his mother — in the tech accessories market, a news release said.

Pemberton plans to graduate from UNT in December.


Coming up

Matt and Lilly Kohandani, owners of Mi Casita Mexican Food, will help host a fajita dinner fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. May 18 at Calhoun Middle School, 709 Congress St.

The dinner will benefit the Denton school district’s Mariachi Dorado and help the students get mariachi suits. The event will feature music by Mariachi Dorado and Mariachi Quetzal.

Cost is $15 for adults, $7 for children younger than 5.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call Miguel Cantu at 940-234-8580 or the Denton ISD Bilingual/ESL Department at 940-369-0150.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.