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Karina Ramírez: Couple to open resale store for children’s items

At Once Upon a Child, customers will be able to buy and sell gently used children’s clothing, toys, equipment and furniture beginning Wednesday.

Vanessa Mesta and her husband, Jose Zepeda, are the owners of the new business located next to Party City at 2315 Colorado Blvd., Suite 100.

“I used to shop at the store in Flower Mound,” Mesta said. “I have always been self-employed. I wanted a place that was my own and where I could be with my kids at the same time. This is a family-oriented franchise.”

Mesta and her husband will be opening the first Denton store for Once Upon a Child, which is part of the Winmark Corporation based in Minneapolis, according to its website. In addition to Once Upon a Child, the Winmark Corporation also owns Plato’s Closet and three other recycling and retail franchises.

Mesta said she has been working on opening the store concept since the end of last year. She found a 4,200-square-foot location, worked on the store and began buying items from customers since July 8. As of Tuesday, her store has approximately 1,000 items.

“We continue to buy daily,” she said. “We have received a tremendous response from the community all around us. We have people coming from Decatur, Gainsville and Oklahoma.”

At Once Upon A Child, customers can get items up to 70 percent off retail, its website said.

Mesta said baby equipment, such as high chairs and strollers, are some of the most needed items at her store. The store buys clothing from newborn to size 20 for young adults.

Vanessa Mesta is a graduate of Ryan High School as well as the University of North Texas.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 940-380-1500.

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

■ Mary Kay Cosmetics Training Center, training center, 5800 N. Interstate 35, Suite 309

■ Hertz Equipment Rental, equipment rental, 4637 W. University Drive

■ Gerard Roland Vela, apartment, 1426 N. Elm St., No. 1-6

■ Gerard Roland Vela, apartment, 1426 N. Elm St., No. 7-12

■ Crystal Wood Apartments LLC, apartment, 709 Hercules Lane

■ Crystal Wood Apartments LLC, apartment, 709 Hercules Lane

■ In & Out Texaco, convenience store, 1516 E. McKinney St.

Through the economic census, the U.S. Census bureau gets to learn the state of American business and the economy. If your business was one of the nearly 4 million businesses that received the 2012 Economic Census form from October through December 2012, you still have time to reply.

The U.S. Census Bureau is still collecting data through this fall, a census official said.

Some of the information the economic census collects from business establishments includes the business’ physical location, type of business activity by industry, employment, payroll and revenue by type of service or product.

The economic census provides the federal government with official measures of output for industries and geographic areas and serves as the cornerstone of the nation’s economic statistics, providing key source data for the gross domestic product and other indicators of economic performance, according to its website.

The first economic census data will be released in March 2014.

For more information, visit



For the second consecutive year, the Acme Brick Company earned the 2013 Partners of Choice award from David Weekley Homes.

Acme Brick received an “A” rating for quality and service. The company was one of only 24 companies nationwide which received the recognition, according to a news release.

Since 2004, David Weekley Homes has analyzed supplier performance in diverse industries, provided feedback and recognized companies through its Partners of Choice program. Bill Justus, vice president of Supply Chain Services for David Weekley Homes, implemented the industry-leading evaluation method in order to reduce channel costs, improve service and provide the highest degree of homeowner satisfaction.

David Weekley Homes is the nation’s second largest for-profit, privately held homebuilder and is based in Houston.

Based in Denton, Acme Brick Company is the largest U.S. brick company, celebrating 122 years in business.


Coming up

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will conduct its 15th annual Skin Cancer Screening from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 3000 N. Interstate 35.

The screening will be provided by board-certified dermatologists.

Appointments are needed by calling 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

For more information, visit

Re-Jenesis Barbershop will conduct its annual Back to School Bash from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at 318 E. Oak St., Suite 130. Free backpacks and school supplies will be given away to the first 50 students (16 and under). The back-to-school event also includes free haircuts, free food and entertainment.

For more information, call 940-808-1280.

The Greater Aubrey Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the chamber’s office, 205 S. Main St.

The celebration will include a taste of the area local eateries, materials from chamber members and entertainment by Shelly Torres-West.

The chamber was officially recognized by the state of Texas on Aug. 19, 1988.

For more information, call the office at 940-365-9781 or e-mail

New Bethel Complete In Christ Church health educator Judith Dillard and KVHN Heaven 97 Radio news director Robert Ashley will be the special guests at St. James A.M.E. Church’s “Building Healthy Relationships: HIV/AIDS” workshop scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1107 E. Oak St.

The program includes the participation of the Denton County Health Department, Health Services of North Texas, The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse of Dallas and Gilead Sciences Pharmaceuticals to raise awareness and equip the community with the knowledge and tools to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The workshop and the HIV/AIDS testing is free.

Gift bags, door prizes, skits, music, health literature and care materials will be provided. Lunch will be served. Arrive early for the best seating.

For more information, call 940-220-9054 or 940-387-1223.

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