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Karina Ramírez: Competitive spirit fuels barbecue spot

AUBREY — On one of his walls of Clint’s BBQ, owner Clint Noe displays years’ worth of awards his cooking has received since he first started entering competition more than two decades ago.

Among them is the first prize for his beans at the eighth annual Johnny Reeves Cook-Off in Pilot Point, as well as fifth place for his beans at the International Barbeque Cookers Association 2011 competition. His steaks won fifth place at IBCA that same year.

Noe said he began participating in competitions years ago because it was a way to sell his pits.

“I got too old for the welding business and had to have a job, so I thought I’d be cool in the summer and warm in the winter doing this,” said Noe, 52. “So I am having fun. I wake up everyday and I want to smoke something.”

He took his winning recipes opened his 5,000-square-foot restaurant in Aubrey last December. He opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week except for Mondays, when he rests for half a day.

At his restaurant, Noe said he cooks everything from scratch daily, including the creamy corn, briskets, and barbecue and cocktail sauces. Nothing he serves is ever frozen, he said.

A couple of months ago, Noe said he was asked if he was interested in franchising.

“I thought about it for a day of two and decided there was no way I could keep the consistency and the quality doing that,” he said. “I just want to stay here.”

When asked what his customers mostly liked to eat at his location, he mostly pointed to the Clint’s Deluxe.

The sandwich was created one day while he was experimenting. He said he “made a funny” just to try it out, and as soon as customers began to find out about it, he got more requests.

“It is a pulled pork sandwich with two large slices of briskets with four big medallions of a smoke sausage on a kaiser roll with a rib on top,” he said. “We had to put a big spike through it to hold it all together. I tell people your rib is your appetizer.”

Noe said he sells more of his sandwich than anything else on his menu. He preps his food early in the morning and in the afternoon.

“The pulled pork is made tender and is right off the pit,” he said. “There is nothing like the taste of barbecue when it comes right off the pit.”

With 12 employees, Noe said he has created a good team.

“I have good people, I take care of them, you motivate them, and they take care of you,” he said. “It is a win-win deal.”

Clint’s BBQ is located at 921 S. U.S. Highway 377 in Aubrey. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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This week, Cencor Realty Services and Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. announced plans to open a Kroger Marketplace to anchor a planned community/regional center at State Highway 121 and Josey Lane in Lewisville.

The new location of 123,000 square feet will create 350 jobs.

Kroger plans to break ground on the store later this year and the center is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015, said Herbert D. Weitzman, chairman and CEO of Cencor and its sister company, The Weitzman Group.

The new anchor store will be located inside the 2,500-acre master-planned community. In addition to groceries, Kroger Marketplace offers furniture, housewares, small appliances, toys, baby products, fine jewelry and a pharmacy, and the location will also include a Kroger fuel center.


Sally Beauty Holdings Inc., the Denton-based international specialty retailer and professional beauty supply distributor, reported a profit of $72.5 million, a 4.3 percent increase over its 2012 third-quarter earnings of $69.5 million.

Sales growth from the business group, Sally International and the U.S. Sally Beauty Club customers was strong, but traffic from non-reward customers was down and affected overall sales growth, said Gary Winterhalter, chairman, president and CEO, during Thursday’s earnings conference call.

Winterhalter said in an earlier news statement that the company has launched several initiatives to address the non-reward consumer and remains optimistic that traffic will recover over the next few months.

The company also reported consolidated net sales increased 2.8 percent to $912 million, up from $887 million in 2012, for the quarter ending June 30. Same-store sales increased 0.7 percent.

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Flower Mound issued the following certificates of occupancy in June:

European Wax Center, salon/customer personal services, 2701 Cross Timbers Road, Suite 266

Global Neuro, diagnostics and long-term ambulatory EEG (electroencephalogram) monitoring for physicians and patients, 2670 Firewheel Drive, Suite B

Great Clips, hair salon, 4251 Cross Timbers Road, Suite 140

Salon de Vie, salon, 2230 Morriss Road

Terry Donuts, restaurant/bakery, 4251 Cross Timbers Road, Suite 150


Lety Arista and Carrie Gorman recently joined the insurance division at DATCU, according to a news statement from the credit union.

Arista has more than 13 years of experience in property and casualty insurance. She spent the past five years with State Farm Insurance. She is in her senior year at the University of North Texas, where she will soon complete her Bachelor of Business Administration in risk management, Arista is a first-generation Mexican-American who has lived in Denton for 24 years. She works from the DATCU branch at 3210 Teasley Lane in Denton.

Gorman also joins DATCU from State Farm. She is licensed in property and casualty insurance. She has been serving the industry since October 2000. Gorman, a Corinth resident, will work from the Flower Mound DATCU branch at 2935 Long Prairie Road.

DATCU, a member-owned financial institution, has 10 locations throughout North Texas. For more information, visit

Coming up

Keep It Local, a community fundraiser and networking event, benefiting the Denton Community Food Center, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial Street.

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Monday is the deadline to submit entries in the 2013 North Texas Corporate Recycling Association’s gR3een Awards.

The competition is open to any business, local government, university, school or school district, or individual embodying the association’s mission and goals, according to the application.

Project eligibility is from June 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. to . For application forms and more information, visit .

Gwen Berner, a licensed social worker, will discuss how to help military veterans reintegrate into the community after serving overseas, during the Aug. 13 monthly luncheon hosted by the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber will also be collecting sunscreen, lip balm, hand sanitizers, hard candy and baby wipes to send to soldiers stationed overseas.

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Drive in Argyle. Cost is $15, payable online at or at the door. The deadline to make reservations is Friday.

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