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Best of Denton: Shopping

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Best Antique Store/Vintage Shop

Downtown Mini Mall I and II

108 and 118 N. Locust St.

940-387-0024

The two Downtown Mini Mall locations have been a staple of the Dquare for more than 35 years and a space for local vendors to sell their wares.

The business prides iself on giving local residence the opportunity to get started in business, selling everything from antiques and oddities to arts, crafts and decorative items.

The ownership feels proud to represent more than 100 dealers who make the business possible.

Runner-up: Vintage Bleu Home

Honorable Mention: Antique and Western Heritage Gallery

Best Vintage Shop

Runner-up: Rose Costumes

Honorable Mention: Circa 77 Vintage

Best Beer Store /Liquor Store
/Wine Store

Total Wine & More

1800 S. Loop 288

940-484-9540

www.totalwine.com/

Roughly 8,000 varieties of wine, 3,000 kinds of spirits and liquor and 1,000 different kinds of beer line the shelves at Total Wine & More, Denton's first mega liquor store.

Total Wine and More 
Total Wine and More 

The store has quickly become a favorite since its November 2015 opening, and focuses on three main points: great prices, great service and great selection.

It's easy to get lost in the 24,000-square-foot space, but chances are an employee will find you before you get so intimidated and head for an exit.

With a few hints of what you like and what the occasion is, they'll point you in the best direction, even if it isn't to one of the rare specialty bottles behind locked glass cases (like a $1,799.99 bottle of vintage red wine).

For those who are more than amateur shoppers, the store also features several wine and beer education classes, as well as tastings regularly.

Runner-up: Midway Mart

Honorable Mention: The Bearded Monk

Best Liquor Store

Runner-up: Midway Mart

Honorable Mention: Paradise Liquors

Best Wine Store

Runner-up: Wine Squared

Honorable Mention: Metzler's

Best Book Store /Music/Movie
/Gaming Store /Store on the Square

Recycled Books

200 N. Locust St.

940-566-5688

www.recycledbooks.com

As one of the largest and most established independent used bookstores in the country, Recycled Books, Records, CDs continues to attract book and music lovers to Denton.

Recycled Books 
Recycled Books 

It has been a staple of the Square for 34 years, capturing a wide-ranging audience from students to locals to dedicated collectors.

The staff has a deep wealth of knowledge that connects with its customers to ensure a consistently enjoyable experience.

A reflection of Denton's independent and arts-loving spirit, the store is always sure to have a recommendation that will peak your interest.

Runner-up: Barnes & Noble

Honorable Mention: Mardel Christian & Education

Best Music/Movie/Gaming Store

Runner-up: More Fun Comics and Games

Honorable Mention: Movie Trading Co.

Best Store on the Denton Square

Runner-up: Atomic Candy

Honorable Mention: Palm Tree Boutique

Best Clothing Store

Palm Tree Boutique

119 N. Elm Street

940-383-4411

www.shoppalmtree.com

www.facebook.com/thepalmtreeboutiquedenton.com

It's hasn't taken The Palm Tree long to become one of the most popular clothing shops in town.

As a matter of fact, it's been less than two years since owner Colin Grunewald opened The Palm Tree to provide the Denton community with fashion forward clothing and accessories at surprisingly affordable prices.

The Palm Tree thinks of itself more as a boutique and has quickly established itself as a fun place to shop. And Grunewald encourages his customers to make frequent stops at his shop. "We have fresh inventory arriving weekly," he said, "so there is always something new to see."

When notified of his selection as a Best of Denton winner, Grunewald is quick to give credit to his sales staff. It's their personal, helpful assistance to The Palm Tree customers that in just a couple of years has come to reflect their commitment to quality customer service.

Runner-up: La Di Da

Honorable Mention: J.T. Clothiers

Best Gift Shop

Sleeping Lizzards

424 N. Elm St.

940-484-4056

www.sleepingl.com

Dazzling, hand-fashioned jewelry and one-of-a-kind artwork crowd the nooks and crannies inside the pink pastel storefront that is Sleeping Lizzards.

Roxane Clark and Beth Klein at Sleeping Lizzards have prided themselves in finding or making things that no other stores provide for 23 years. The customer's input incorporates itself into the merchandise found at the store, and alongside its curious line of gems and ornaments, Sleeping Lizzards offers a host of custom "Denton" T-shirts.

Both owners are artists showcase their own work to support and showcase the creations of many diverse, local artists.

Runner-up: DIME Store

Honorable Mention: Serendipity

Best Health Food Store

Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe

Runner-up: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Honorable Mention: Sprouts

Best Jewelry Store

First People's Jewelers

117 N. Elm Street

940-383-3032

www.firstpeoplesjewelers.com

The display cases inside First People's Jewelers are stocked with a variety of pieces from vintage necklaces to Rolex watches to custom engagement rings. The store has helped Denton residents get their perfect bling for the past 43 years.

What sets this store apart is the customization and attention to detail that keeps their customers loyal. You can walk in, meet with a designer and build the perfect ring. From start to finish, everything to create the ring is done in house.

They are also able to help spruce up any of their customers existing pieces, with an in-house repairman with more than 30 years of experience.

Runner-up: Nasr Bros. Jewelers

Honorable Mention: Sleeping Lizzards

Best Resale Shop / Thrift Store

Twice as Nice Resale

413 E. Oak St.

940-383-3150

www.twieasresale.com

Twice As Nice provides a unique opportunity to buy upscale items at a good price and to donate items for resale while helping a good cause.

A staff of 175 volunteers run the store with the slogan "Purchase With A Purpose." A new furniture section has been added this past year.

The store has been open since 2004.

Proceeds go to Women to Women in support of the Pregnancy Resource Center and Living Choices where services are free. Pick up and delivery are offered for a fee.

"We would not be able to keep the store running without volunteers, donations and support from the community," says Brittney Bradshaw, communications director.

Runner-up: Denton Thrift

Honorable Mention: SCRAP Denton

Best Thrift Store

Runner-up: Denton Thrift

Honorable Mention: Thrift Giant

Best Specialty Store

Atomic Candy

Runner-up: Rose Custumes

Honorable Mention: Day's Hardware

Best Sports Store

Denton Second Hand Sports

204 E. McKinney St.

940-898-8733

http://shsdfw.com/

Second Hand Sports has given Denton residents a cheaper alternative for fitness equipment and sports gear for almost three decades. They offer everything from high-end Disc Golf equipment to football gear to ellipticals.

The business also offers a variety of used electronics and game systems, including Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 3.

Aside from their inventory, the store gives its customers a more personal experience than a traditional sporting goods and entertainment store. The employees, some of whom are bilingual, can always find the perfect exercise machine for the family.

Runner-up: Denton Bicycle Center

Honorable Mention: Sprockets Bicycle and Coffee Shop

Best Vapor Shop

Vaporescence

1025 Shady Oaks Drive, Suite 101

940-382-1360

www.vaporescence.com

Vapor Shop provides customers an alternative to smoking.

The business offers devices that allow customers to inhale vapor from an electronic vaporizer or e-cigarette. Vapor Shop also sells the liquid that is used to create the vapor inhaled.

The store has a knowledgeable and professional staff as well as a wide variety of products. Vapor Shop has been in business for seven years.

Runner-up: Denton Vape Shoppe

Honorable Mention: Cosmic Vapor