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Best of Denton: For the Home

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Best Carpet
/Flooring Store

Smitty's Floor Covering

1815 N. Elm St.


Smitty's Floor Covering is a truly family business and has been for the past 59 years.

Rick Smith and Darlene Rogers are the co-owners of Smitty's. Their father, Mansell "Smitty " Smith opened the business back in 1958. Rick's son Bryan Smith and his daugher Natalie Smith work in sales.. Rick's grandson Justin Smith is also part of the business.

Smitty's sells all types of floors such as carpet, vinyl, ceramic, wood and laminate floors

"We have samples to check out to take home so that you can view them in your own lighting," co-owner Darlene Rogers said. "We can offer one-on-one professional help in selecting the best flooring for our customers that best meet their budget and needs."

What makes the business unique? "We as a family owned business take pride in serving our customers and seeing that they are pleased with their floors."

Why do they think residents voted them the Best of Denton? "I believe having been a family owned business since 1958, it lets people know that they can trust and count on us to get the job done," Darlene Rogers said. "We strive to help our customers know that their job is very important to us and we do everything possible to make it happen for them."

Runner-up: Denton Lighting and Floors

Honorable Mention: Carpets Plus Home Renovation Design Center

Best Carpet

O'Bryan's Carpet Cleaning, Inc.

PO Box 52288


Your carpet is one of the most important pieces of your home's appearance and O'Bryan's Carpet Cleaning helps to ensure that families across the area have clean and beautiful carpets.

The service doesn't stop with carpet though, as tile and grout cleaning can help restore the luster to your floors as well. Family owned and operated since 1987, O'Bryan's is experienced and well known by its customers.

You'll get to see the same employees providing consistent, quality work every time.

O'Bryan's also offers water damage restoration for those emergencies you don't see coming.

"We are honored [to win the Best of Denton award]," owner Eric O'Bryan said. "It energizes us to do even better next year."

Runner-up: Champion Carpet Cleaning

Honorable Mention: Denton County Carpet Cleaning

Best Cleaning

Maid in America

519 S. Carroll Blvd., Suite 104


Maid in America provides a bonded and insured cleaning service and has done so for the past 22 years.

Kathryn Locke is owner of the business that gives residential and small office cleaning service. It also offers move-in and move-out cleaning.

"We answer our phones and we are quick to respond to customers," she says. "Our family owned and operated business provides our employees with extensive training. We support the Denton community through charity drives and donated cleaning hours. We guarantee customer satisfaction and are bonded and insured."

She believes residents voted for Best Cleaning because they have confidence in its quality and reliability. "And we communicate well."

"We are humbled that our customers trust us with their homes and took the time to vote."

Runner-up: MaidPro

Honorable Mention: Molly Maid

Best Electrical

Denton Electric, Inc.

4205 Mesa Drive


Offering a wide range of electrical services, Denton Electric has been a Denton standby since 1922.

Denton Electric provides lamp repair, service and maintenance work, electrical service for new construction and renovations. It offers residential, commercial and industrial electrical services.

Denton Electric is locally owned by Stuart Cawthon and Chris Walding. "We grew up in Denton, went to school here and live here. We provide an honest value for the work we do. We love our work and our customers," Walding, owner and president, said.

He believes Denton Electric was chosen "Because we do provide quality work and value for our customers. We have great personnel who strive to provide the best job or repair that can be done."

Waalding said Denton Electric is honored to be named Best of Denton. "This is four years running, and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all our customers for their continued support."

Runner-up: C&G Electric, Inc.

Honorable Mention: Bunger Electric

Best Fencing

Texas Roof & Fence

514 N. Locust St.


When it comes to roof work, fencing and painting, Texas Roof and Fence is the place to call.

Texas Roof and Fence has been serving Denton and the surrounding area for more than 10 years and is a repeat winner in Best of Denton voting.

Runner-up: Denton Fence Company

Honorable Mention: J&J Fencing Pros LLC

Best Heating & Air Conditioning

Work Environmental

2321 Fort Worth Drive


Work Environmental Systems has been voted the Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company for four years in a row.

The company provides everything related to heating and air conditioning. From simple repairs to complex system design and installation for both residential and commercial properties, Work Environmental is reliable.

"We are always focusing on providing premium service, integrity and respect that will build a long-term relationship with our customers," Jarrod Taylor, manager, says. 'We look at each case individually to work with the property owner to find a solution that best fits their needs, whether that be a repair or replacement."

Why does he think residents voted Work Environment the Best of Denton? "Not only do we have a superior staff, but we strive to cater to our customers' specific needs, allowing them to have a worry free experience. We have a reputation for providing the best solutions at a great value and will continue to offer nothing less than excellence to all of our customers."

How does he feel about winning? "Thankful to God, an amazing team of business partners and, of course, our thousands of loyal customers who have voted us Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company four years in a row. We appreciate your support and look forward to serving our community with a continuation of exceptional service."

Runner-up: Strittmatters Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing

Honorable Mention: BCI Mechanical, Inc.

Best Home
Furnishing Store

Ruth's Room

1721 N. Carroll Blvd.

940-591- 7884

Whether you're looking for a comfortable couch or a cut glass bowl, Ruth's Room can help.

The local secondhand shop has been a mainstay of Denton for the last 16 years, selling home goods at an affordable price. And when you buy something from Ruth's Room, the proceeds of your purchase supports Denton County Habitat for Humanity.

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Ruth's Room

The thrift store sells gently-used donated items.

"We receive a lot of quality items because donors appreciate our mission," said director Bunny Hodges. "We provide a warm and welcoming environment for our volunteers and customers.

Ruth's Room sells more than dining tables, sofas, clothes and home accessories. The thrift store often has strollers, infant car seats and children's books for sale.

If you like to hit Recycled Books and the Denton County Friends of the Library, add Ruth's Room to your list. Their catalog of books is pretty compact, but treasure hunters might score a gem or two, especially if you're the sort who collects cookbooks.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Runner-up: Adams Furniture

Honorable Mention: Home Zone

Best Kitchen
/Bath Remodeler

TriStar Repair & Construction

2126 James St.

940-381- 2222

For the past 10 years Troy Ballenger has built TriStar Repair & Construction into a local favorite when it comes to designing and remodeling Denton area homes and commercial spaces as well as new construction projects. And it's been his focus on customer service that has established TriStar in the home and commercial repair and construction business.

When you are about to get have your kitchen or bathroom undergo a complete makeover, you want to be able to trust the remodeling team that the job will be done well, on time and professionally. For a decade now TriStar has proven to Denton homeowners and businesses that it not only has the knowledge to do great work but the capabilities to a job that will please everyone involved.

Ballenger loves being a Best of Denton winner and knows the honor is the result of creating happy customers with his work. TriStar is ready to take on any size project and provide the quality workmanship that Ballenger says his customers deserve.

Runner-up: Irwin Construction

Honorable Mention: Carpet Plus Home Renovation Design Center

Best Landscaping

Frenchy's Lawn and Tree Service

600 S. Elm St.


In 1974 Andre 'Frenchy' Rheault started Frenchy's Lawn and Tree Service and he probably never expected it to grow in the business he has today.


His crews in their orange panel trucks can be seen all over Denton and the surrounding area providing their landscaping service of mowing, edging, weed eating, tree trimming and flower beds.

"Our employees have been with us for many many years they are very professional in what they do," Rheault says.

Rheault believes their close attention to details, their promptness to get the job done are two major reasons they are a Best of Denton multi-winner over the years.

"It is always an honor to be recognized for what you do," Rheault says. "We at Frenchy's Lawn and Tree Service pride ourselves on being the best year in and year out."

Runner-up: Meador Nursery

Honorable Mention: Denton Lawn Sprinkler, Inc.

Best Nursery
/Garden Center

Calloway's Nursery

1601 Dallas Drive


Calloway's Nursery first opened its Denton location in 1998 with a large variety of plants developed and grown especially for North Texas and that remains the case today.

In addition to its vast variety of plants, the company offers products the compliment the plants, offer deliveries for certain products and hosts clinics throughout the year on a variety of nursery topics.

Runner-up: Meador Nursery

Honorable Mention: Dennis' Farm Store

Best Plumbing

Strittmatter Air Conditioning,
Heating & Plumbing

3309 S. Fort Worth Dr.


Whether it's dealing with the baking Texas sun of August, an ice-storm freeze-out in February and an any-old-time leaky faucet, there's probably not been a home problem come up that Joe Strittmatter, vice president of Strittmatter A/C Heating & Plumbing, hasn't experienced firsthand.

His family owned and operated business has been serving Denton customers for four decades now. And over the years the company has learned that customers have several options from which to choose when it comes to fixing an air conditioner or heater, or quickly solving a plumbing emergency.

That's why the folks at Strittmatter know a job well done includes top-notch customer service, which is a priority at Strittmatter.

Runner-up: BCI Mechanical, Inc.

Honorable Mention: AM Plumbing

Best Pool Company

Gohlke Pools

909 Dallas Drive


Winning Best of Denton is nothing new for Gohlke Pools, it is part of their long and established history in Denton.

"It is a great honor for all of us at Gohlke Pools to be recognized by Denton area residents," company president Matt Gohlke said.

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Gohlke Pools f

The business was started 58 years ago and over those many years it has established itself as the place to go for swimming pool construction, renovation, service, repairs, hot tubs and supplies.

Gohlke is quick to point out that his staff, which many have been with him for 20-plus years, are dedicated to providing good customer service.

"I heard a banker friend of mine recently say, 'It is difficult to get to the top, but it is even harder to stay there.' I agree with him, Gohlke said."

Runner-up: Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies

Honorable Mention: Larsen Pools, LLC

Best Roofing

Denton Trinity Roofing

P.O. Box 43


Getting a new roof installed may be a hassle for some, but Denton Trinity Roofing wants the experience to be as seamless as possible.The company has been providing residential and commercial roofing services to the Denton community for 37 years. Its motto of "when integrity, quality and value matter" is applied to every customer, whether you need a free estimate or repairs from a recent storm. Staffers strive to make sure that every job is done right at competitive prices.

Runner-up: Texas Roof & Fence

Honorable Mention: TriStar Quality Roofing

Best Specialty

Longhorn Solar Screens

1100 S. Woodrow Lane


Longhorn Solar Screens provides a wide variety of energy efficient products for homes across the area that both save energy and look great.

From solar screens, blinds and shutters, gutters and patio screens, Longhorn Solar Screens has just what you need to make those minor improvements that make a huge difference in your house. It's a family owned business that focuses on its customer service and honesty to ensure that your project always gets doneand the majority of their work comes from repeat customers and referrals.

Owner Jeff Rinehart and his staff take pride in enriching the future of the community by helping customers go green in their homes.

Runner-up: Carol's Custom Draperies

Honorable Mention: Stonemeyer Granite

Best Storage

Bell Avenue Self Storage

304 E. Sycamore St.

Bell Avenue Self Storage has been family owned and operated for 33 years, and offers personal and attentive care for customers with a can-do attitude. They offer clean facilities, climate controlled units, student discounts, Penkse truck rental, moving supplies, and more.

"We pride ourselves in providing quality customer service, a well maintained facility, and many options for storage and truck rental," manager April Calvert says.

A staff of problem solvers will go above and beyond to help fix any current issues, and prevent future ones from occurring. Bell Avenue Self Storage assists customers in choosing the storage option that best fits their needs through numerous online materials, as well as personal help through phone and walk-ins.

With an exceptionally high quality of customer service at competitive prices, Bell Avenue Self Storage will do everything in their means to make the customer's experience seamless.

Runner-up: Golden Triangle Storage

Honorable Mention: Texas 380 RV Storage & Camping