Best of Denton 2012: Parting with the Hard-earned Dollar

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Downtown Mini-Mall

108 N. Locust St.


For anyone who has walked around the Denton Square, the Downtown Mini-Mall, located between Jupiter House Coffee and La Di Da, is sure to catch ones eye. With a variety of knick-knacks in the window including shields, swords and musical instruments, the average passerby can’t help but go in. It’s no surprise then that readers have voted the Downtown Mini-Mall as the Best Antique Store in Denton. Regardless of what you may be shopping for, you can probably find it here, and if you aren’t shopping for anything, just walking through the mall will provide hours of entertainment. The Downtown Mini-Mall is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Runner-up: Antique Experience of Denton

Bragging rights: W. Douglas Antiques




The Forum at Denton Station

201 Inman St.


With designs based on direct input from students and created to fit student life, the Forum at Denton Station take student living to a whole new level.

Parkland Development Corp. - through its affiliate, Cypress Denton Station Ltd. – began construction of the 358-apartment complex in 2008. A year later it opened providing college students with one to four bedrooms options that included a bathroom for each bedroom. Amenities like a swimming pool and hot tub as well as to conference center, game room and recreational sports center added to the list of luxuries.

Runner-up: Timberlinks at Denton Apartments

Bragging rights: Coronado North Apartments




James Wood Autopark

3906 Interstate 35E




James Wood Motors

2111 U.S. 287 in Decatur


A commitment to excellence is what keeps this dealership at the helm of the annual Best of Denton.

Noticeable to passersby with its blue awnings off Interstate 35E, James Wood Autopark offers a wide range of automobiles in all shapes, sizes and hues.

Voted number one by the customers who keep returning for the committed sales and service staff, the dealership has seen generations of repeat customers since it was first established by James Wood, who brought a dedication to top customer service from day one.

You’ll also see James Wood Autopark involved in numerous community events as a sponsor as both the ownership and its staff believe in giving back to the community.

Runner-up: Bill Utter Ford

Bragging rights: Jim McNatt Auto Group




Recycled Books

200 N. Locust St.


Recycled Books is one of Denton’s favorite addictions.

And why shouldn’t it be? Denton is – to a point – a city of students, teachers and bookworms. Recycled Books sits on the corner of Oak and Locust streets on the downtown Square, beckoning anyone who collects books, movies or music to sit a spell and spend as much as they dare.

Sure, you can empty your wallet at recycled, but you can also walk out with a sack full of treasures for pennies on the dollar.

Recycled Books isn’t much to look at once you pass through the front doors. But the smell? The smell of Recycled Books is fantastic – paper mellowed with time or nearly fresh from the press. You can pick up books that are still on the New York Times Bestseller list, or you can slip down to the basement to thumb through church cookbooks as old as the Denton Historical District.

The shop keeps bins full of record albums – from gospel and blues to Frank Zappa’s art rock.

 In the front part of the store, you can browse through movies on VHS tapes and television series on DVDs. Music by local bands is stocked on DC and vinyl.

A trip to Recycled Books is just as much of a meeting with Denton through the years as it is a bargain hunter’s afternoon well spent.

You can also run into groups of Role Play Game players meeting up to form campaigns.

The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Runner-up: Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Bragging rights: Hastings Books, Music & Video





La Di Da

114 N. Locust St.


With styles from FreePeople, Reef and Toms Shoes, it’s easy to see why readers voted La Di Da the winner for Best Clothing Store, and Best Store on the Square. As the category notes, La Di Da is located in the heart of the Denton Square and offers styles for women of all ages. The store often keeps colorful, eye-catching displays of cute dresses and Toms in the window and makes it hard for the average passerby to say no to a quick visit. Next time you’re taking a walk through The Square, don’t forget to stop in if you aren’t already a regular.The store’s address is 114 N. Locust Street and is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Best Clothing Store

Runner-up: Dillards

Bragging rights: Macy’s

Best Store on the Square

Runner-up: Recycled Books

Bragging rights: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Fountain





Multiple locations

321 Eagle Drive

3000 E. University Drive

3701 S. Interstate 35E

With 24-hour locations and the convenience of getting a free 32-ounce drink with a purchase of a hot dog, QuikTrip once again makes it to the list of the best store/gas station in the city.

The idea behind the gas station is to make everything convenient and of course quick, as the name suggests. It also makes fuel unconditionally guaranteed.

“That means if you ever have a fuel-related problem with your vehicle caused by QuikTrip fuel, QuikTrip will take care of the problem,” the company said via its website, “That doesn’t mean we’ll give you your money back and wish you luck.It means we will work with you to solve the problem. We can only offer this type of guarantee because we are sure our fuel is of the highest quality.”The first QuikTrip opened in Tulsa, Okla. in 1958.In 2008, the companyopened its 500th store.

Runner-up: RaceTrac

Bragging rights: Midway Mart




Hastings Books Music & Videos

2311 Colorado Blvd.


No need to take a poll, everyone knows the top location in town that sells books, music, movies and video games.

“Where else can you rent a movie for $4.99, return it the next day and get a $3 credit?” said a fan via the store’s Yelp page.

Hastings is also known for having hard-to-find art-house movies as well as not-so-new artist releases.

It also has an in-house coffee shop for refreshments for anyone who wants to take a brake and browse around.

Runner-up: Recycled Books

Bragging rights: Mad World Records




Thomas’ Ethan Allen Home Interiors

200 W. Oak St.


Founded by Bill Thomas in 1962, the store at Oak and Elm streets to this date continues to be one of the oldest Ethan Allen furniture stores in Texas.

Ethan Allen is known to provide a full-service interior design gallery complete with room after room of beautifully-crafted furniture and accessories to make everyone’s home stand out.

The family-owned and operated store remains committed to providing quality service as well as supporting the community by participating in events like the annual Holiday Open House held each year at the Square.

Last year, Thomas and his wife, Janie also celebrated their sixtieth anniversary by traveling to Nova Scotia, Canada. They married 11 years before Thomas decided to launch his furniture business on November 11, 1951. Their long standing legacy and their attention to detail is what keeps the store as a Denton favorite each year.

Runner-up: The Store for Décor

Bragging rights: Bungalow Furniture




Nasr Bros. Jewelers

1800 Brinker Road


Peter Nasr believes in making sure customers receive exactly what they want – whether it is a top quality wrist watch, pearl earrings or a wedding and engagement set. It is his attention to quality combined with his charisma that keeps this jewelry store ranked as number one.

Joining the family business in 1980, Nasr has brought the family’s commitment to excellence to Denton — one of several locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The Nasr family also specializes in custom jewelry and welcomes customers seeking jewelry repairs.

The Denton location off Brinker Road and Loop 288 is the flagship store with 7,000 square feet offering an extensive array from such top jewelry designers as Cartier, Tacori, TAG Heuer and many more.

And while you’re there, enjoy the onsite coffee corner or view the gallery of art from around the world. And, maybe, you might catch someone on the grand piano situated in the corner.

Runner-up: First People’s Jewelers

Bragging rights: Ehrhart’s Jewelers




Paradise Spirits and Fine Wines

1217 W. FM407 in Corral City


Paradise Spirits and Fine Winesis a full service retail and wholesale liquor store serving the Denton and Northeast Tarrant County regions.

Conveniently located at Interstate 35W at FM407, the store has been locally-owned and -operated since 1995 and is a popular destination for those heading home after a day of work or on their way to a trip or celebration with friends.

The professional staff has given much thought to the stores extensive selection of spirits, fine wines, imported beers and many other beverage items.

At Paradise, the friendly personnel are ready to assist customers in choosing the ideal beverages for any special occasion or for a relaxing evening at home.

Whether a beginner or connoisseur, in need of a single bottle or stocking the wine cellar or bar, the Paradise staff is ready to lend a helping hand in making the right selections to suit individual needs.

The store offers a wide selection of imported wine, Texas wine, premium cigars and specialty beer.

Runner-up: Crossroads Liquor

Bragging rights: Fossil Creek Liquor




Calloway’s Nursery

1601 Dallas Drive


Since November 1998, Calloway’s has provided Denton patrons with an array of flowers and plants.

The Denton Center facility just makes gardening just fun by providing customers advice from experts in the field, weekly clinics, kids’ gardening programs, and of course garden events like the Perennial Festival and the upcoming Earth Day Festival & Bug Bonanza.

Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional Brooke Daughetee is the store manager at the Denton center.

“She enjoys gardening and serving customers,” officials with the company said.

There are 19-store Calloway’s garden location serving Dallas, Fort Worth and the Houston area.

Runner-up: Meador Nursery

Bragging rights: Four Seasons Nursery




Sleeping Lizzards

424 N. Elm St.



Get ready to use the double “zz” while reading this:Sleeping Lizzards is just that kind of place - a place where the eclectic becomes popular.

It is its own univerzze right in the heart of Denton. (See, we told you.)

Since 1994, Beth Klein and Roxanne Clark have gathered the best funky treasurers any person could find from jewelry pieces, eclectic art, home décor, hand-made greeting cards, clothing and others.

The store sits in a renovated 3,700-square foot building, once a jail built in the early 1900’s, its website states.

Runner-up: Spirit Station

Bragging rights: La Di Da




Twice as Nice Resale of Denton

413 E. Oak St


Shop at Twice as Nice Resale frequently since new merchandise is available daily, is one of the recommendations from officials at Denton’s upscale resale shop.

“Regular visits will increase your chances of finding what you are looking for–or snagging an unexpected treasure,” the store website reads.

Twice As Nice resale store doubles as a haven for bargain shoppers and a support system for women with pregnancy needs.

Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource, a nonprofit organization, opened Twice As Nice in 2004, at a smaller location on Loop 288 to help fund the services it provided. By 2008, Twice as Nice opened on Oak Street, tripling its space.

The Twice as Nice carries clothing for men, women and children as well as baby accessories, furniture, electronics and even household items.

Store Manager Rita Sprabary oversees the store and its many volunteers that support the center by sorting donated merchandise, stocking shelves and helping with its operations.

Runner-up: Circa 77

Bragging rights: Downtown Mini Mall




Weldon’s Saddle Shop & Western Wear

345 E. Hickory St.


Since 1957, Weldon’s Saddle Shop has provided North Texans and those visiting our fair state with quality western wear and tack not to mention custom saddle and leather work via the capable hands of owner Weldon Burgoon.

Involved in rodeo since the age of 11, Burgoon knows the western style inside and out. Today, the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee enjoys spending his time working with customers who stop by to restock gear, buy a pair of boots, or even just to stop in with family and friends for a tour.

The store is filled to the brim with history, much like a museum, complete with old photographs, antique bits and spurs, Remington statues and other western artifacts.

In Denton, if you want to know about rodeo, Weldon Burgoon’s your man. Through the years, his clients have ranged from residents to celebrities to working cowboys.

Situated in the heart of “Horse Country USA,” there’s no better place to stock up on everything western.

Runner-up: Foster’s Western Wear & Saddle Shop

Bragging rights: Justin Discount Boots & Cowboy





110 W. Oak St.


In a city most known for its standard bars, a wine bar and store is a refreshing change of pace. Readers voted Wine2 their favorite vino spot, and for very good reason.

Like its name, Wine2 or Wine Squared is located in the Denton Square and offers patrons a wide selection of fairly priced and great wines.

Whether you’re a fan of reds or whites, Wine2 has it. The store also has a variety of high end beers and snacks that are perfect for pairing with wine. The staff is very helpful in helping you select something to satisfy your tastes and will also let you walk into the square with your glasses to enjoy the atmosphere of Denton and The Square.

Wine2 is located at 110 W. Oak Street Suite A and is open Monday through Wednesday 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 2:30 p.m. to midnight and Sunday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Runner-up: Metzler’s Food & Beverage

Bragging rights: Vigne Wine Shop and Delicatessen




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