Donation program introduced at Soma
Soma Massage Therapy is collecting donations for Denton County Friends of the Family in exchange for discounts on services provided at the business.
For the month of September, if clients bring in necessary items, they will get $5 off their massage or other services. This month the following items are being collected: diapers, especially size 5; feminine hygiene products; gas cards; baby monitors; baby formula; plus-size professional attire and black hair care products.
Come October, Soma will continue the same promotion but will benefit a different nonprofit organization in Denton.
Two new businesses sign downtown leases
Verus Advisors has leased two new retail spaces downtown: Zig Zag Styles and Whimsy Finds.
Zig Zag Styles is a clothing boutique with a location in Arlington, where it sells and makes clothes for women from size small to 2XL. It plans to open Sept. 30, but the date could change. Its new home in Denton is 207 N. Elm St., where Barefoot Athletics used to be.
Additionally, Whimsy Finds of Celina will open in October at 221 W. Hickory St. The shop will feature different artist vendors who will feature decor, furniture, clothes and gifts, as well as host workshops.
PACCAR makes major donation to United Way
United Way of Denton County announced this week that PACCAR, the parent corporation of Peterbilt, gave $250,000 to the United Way’s annual fundraising campaign.
Last year, the local chapter of United Way Worldwide raised about $2.49 million to meet Denton County needs related to education, income, health and mental health, and homelessness.
— Staff reports
County commissioners give Mary Kay tax deal
Denton County commissioners agreed to abate 50 percent of Mary Kay Inc.’s county ad valorem tax obligation for real and business personal property this week.
In a 3-1 vote Tuesday, commissioners approved the 10-year abatement for the cosmetic company’s new manufacturing and research and development complex being constructed on 26 acres at the northwest corner of Vista Ridge Mall and Oakbend drives in Lewisville.
According to the abatement agreement, Mary Kay must make a capital investment of at least $44.2 million in real property improvements and $30.8 million business personal property improvements on the land by Dec. 31, 2018. The abatement would take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
Under the agreement, Mary Kay must maintain a minimum 500 employees with a minimum annual wage of at least $45,000.
Mary Kay is expected to start construction on the $100 million, 330,000-square foot complex this month. The plant is slated to open in 2018. The facility will replace Mary Kay’s 50-year-old plant in North Dallas and relocate 500 employees to Lewisville. The Dallas Morning News reported in July the North Dallas plant currently produces up to 1.1 million products per day.
The median wages for employees at the new facility will be $52,000, according to county officials.
“This is a very exciting time for us,” said Bobbie Mitchell, county commissioner for Precinct 3, which includes Lewisville. “We’re glad to have Mary Kay moving into Lewisville.”
— Britney Tabor