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Karina Ramírez: Twin sisters keep boutique charming

On any given day, Rita McAdams and her twin sister, Gina Waring, of This Timez a Charm, will carry a conversation like this:

“I am not happy there,” McAdams said about a photo where she is pouting at the age of 8 or 9.

“She told me that I could not wear blue,” Waring added. “Of course, I did not figure out until I was 45 that I had permission to wear blue, because I was an adult now.”

They both had won a photo contest and had to decide what to wear.

“So I finally do wear blue,” Waring continued. “But it is my last choice because I hear her and this evil voice saying, ‘Don’t wear blue.’”

“It was only because Mom used to put us in the same clothes,” McAdams said, “So she asked if we wanted to wear pink or blue ...”

“After she picked her color, I said, ‘All right, I want pink,’” Waring said. “I told her she could not wear pink. Guess what color that dress is? She wanted to wear the dress.”

At 56, the pair, who also refer to themselves as Lucy and Ethel from I Love Lucy, now share their childhood stories and their love of resale items at their boutique, which opened just over a year ago at Sunset Center.

Their store, measuring 1,400 square feet, sells women’s clothing, purses and scarves, including some name-brand items. They grew up conducting garage sales and consignments, they said.

Once teachers, both women retired in 2008. Waring worked for the Denton school district for 31 years, and McAdams finished her 30-year teaching career at the Dallas school district.

At the store, each sister has her own duties and hours. Waring is the decorator. She also handles the paperwork and the business website and takes the morning shift. Her sister processes the inventory and works during the afternoons.

“If people want to see us together, they can come from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.,” Waring said. “That is the time we are both at the store.”

This Timez a Charm is located at 611 Sunset St. near Denton County Independent Hamburger Co.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call 940-442-5211 or visit .


Queenie’s Steakhouse is adding an extra day to its schedule.

The restaurant is now open for dinner from 4:30 p.m. to midnight Wednesday in addition to 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday for lunch and 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for dinner.

Queenie’s opened April 4 and is located at 115 E. Hickory St.

For more information, visit .


Tailwind Technologies Inc., the parent company of Hartzell Propeller, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Hartzell Aerospace and Mayday Holdings LLC, announced last week John Daniel Caine was named the president of Mayday Holdings and its subsidiaries Mayday Manufacturing and Hi-Tech Metal Finishing Co.

Caine previously owned and operated several companies, including businesses that provided flight support services to the military and homeland security agencies and a surveillance aircraft manufacturing business, according to a news release.

Prior to his business ventures, Caine served as a full-time member of the Air National Guard as a fighter pilot and special operations officer. Caine also served as a policy director on the Homeland Security Council staff within the Executive Office of President George W. Bush from 2006 until January 2008.

Caine earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Arts with honors from the American Military University. He was an Air Force Fellow from 2005 to 2006.

Headquartered in Denton, Mayday Manufacturing has provided close-tolerance, precision-machined bushings and other components to the aerospace industry for more than five decades and is the preferred supplier to hundreds of aerospace companies around the world.

Hi-Tech Metal Finishing Co., co-located with Mayday, provides high-quality aerospace processing for Mayday and other suppliers to the aerospace industry. Hi-Tech is a NADCAP approved supplier.

For more information, visit .


James King of Ramey King Associates was appointed to the board of directors of AccessBank Texas, according to a news release.

James King began his career with Ramey and King Insurance in Denton in 1986. In addition to Ramey King Associates, he is president of Agents Alliance Services, an agency support group, which now has 33 member locations. King also owns various real estate businesses, according to the news release.

King has served as an at-large member of the Denton City Council since 2010 and participates in many local boards including Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home and the Denton Public School Foundation.

King acquired his Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University in 1983, according to his Linkedin profile, and is a certified public accountant. He is also a graduate of Denton High School.

Established in October 2007, AccessBank Texas is a full-service community bank serving Denton and the North Texas area. It is locally owned and located at the corner of Carroll Boulevard and Eagle Drive.

For more information, visit .


The office of Keller Williams in Denton added a new real estate agent to its team.

Betty Belcher, 60, recently acquired her real estate license and is ready to work with the community.

Belcher was born in Denton and is a graduate of Denton High School.

Keller Williams in Denton is located at 2434 Lillian Miller Parkway.

For more information call, 940-367-4770 or visit .


Rena Rebecek with Lane Real Estate announced this week her husband, Chris Rebecek, has joined her in her business.

Chris Rebecek obtained his real estate license about a year ago and has worked part-time with his wife as needed.

Prior to making the transition, Chris Rebecek has had a longstanding career in the automotive service industry.

For more information, visit .


Daphne Zollinger, broker and owner of Daphne Real Estate, acquired the accredited land consultant designation from the Realtors Land Institute, an affiliate organization of the National Association of Realtors.

The designation is granted to land specialists who complete a rigorous education program and who achieve a volume of successful land transactions, according to the organization’s website.

Daphne Zollinger may be reached at

Coming up

Ron Curry, administrator for the South Central Region 6 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Bryan Shaw, the chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, will be the featured speakers at the 2013 Energy Summit & Fair scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the University of North Texas Discovery Park, 3940 N. Elm St.

The first part of the summit will focus on energy efficiency and conservation and the second on ways to save energy in the design and construction of buildings and homes.

The summit will also feature an Energy Fair with energy-related information and resources.

The event, sponsored by the office of Congressman Michael Burgess, is free and open to the public and includes free parking.

For more information, visit .


The fifth annual Faith Presbyterian Hospice car event and fundraiser will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Jim McNatt Toyota Honda Scion, 4050 S. Interstate 35E in Denton.

Faith Presbyterian Hospice, located in Dallas, serves nearly 4,000 patients and their families through outreach and home hospice care, according to its website.

The car show is sponsored by the dealership and produced by the Lake Cities Misfits, a local car club.

Event details are available at .

For more information, contact Brad Soper at .

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