Best of Denton 2012: Taking Care of Business

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Minor & Jester

515 S. Carroll Blvd.


With more than 40 years of experience, this Denton law firm offers a variety of legal specialties ranging from real estate, bankruptcy and business law to civil litigation, family law and probate. Minor & Jester, P.C., has developed a solid reputation by offering skilled and experienced legal counsel at affordable rates and by combining local experience and resources with cost-effectiveness and community involvement.

The law firm is experienced in serving all clients in a wide range of industries, including services relating to real estate law, bankruptcy, personal injury, medical malpractice, civil litigation, business law, family law and probate. We represent commercial entities, businesses, banks, individuals, and families.

“At Minor & Jester, P.C., we understand that each client’s case is different,” according to the firm’s website. “That’s why we take time to thoroughly investigate each case and develop a specific plan of action targeted at achieving the best possible results for our client.”

Runner-up: Alagood & Cartwright

Bragging rights: Hayes, Berry, White and Van Zandt




Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto

620 Fort Worth Drive


For almost 21 years, Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto has been handling local repairs for many car owners – offering thorough service and a commitment to keeping customers satisfied.

At the corner of Fort Worth Drive and Lindsey Street, Tommy’s Hi-Tech Auto repairs just about every model except for European makes.

Once a three-bay shop in the beginning, the auto repair mechanics now service an ever-growing list of satisfied customers – so much that they enlarged the business by opening a second location just down the street – Tommy’s Honda and Toyota Shop at 219 Fort Worth Drive.

As a frequent winner on the Best of Denton list, this business has made it a mission to keep customers satisfied and coming back repeatedly – not to mention spreading the word to family and friends.

Runner-up: Charlie Beck’s Garage

Bragging rights: Christian Brothers Automotive




Shawn Cagle - City Hall Bail Bonds

1602 E. McKinney St.


For more than 16 years, Shawn Cagle-City Hall Bail Bonds has been providing honest and reliable bail bond services. The bail bonds company offers services for a wide variety of cases, bringing their experienced and courteous staff to ensure customer satisfaction. The company, which phones answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, serves all of Denton County. It is conveniently located across from the Denton County Jail.

Runner-up: Big Bubba’s Bail Bonds

Bragging rights: Webb’s Statewide Bail Bonds





225 W. Mulberry St.


Membership has privileges indeed and DATCU members do more than just bank locally, they also give back to the community as much as possible.

DATCU members support many local organizations like the United Way of Denton County, Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County, Friends of the Family and Communities in Schools.

“WOW !! This is great,” said Dale Kimble, president and CEO of the financial co-operative in an email. “Our mission is to simply serve the community, and to be recognized like this…well I hope it means folks are happy with their service and pleased with quality and efficiency of our work.”

Kimble added that in the last several years when other financial institutions and banks have had very challenging times, DATCU has not skipped a beat and has had steady consistent growth.

As a result of the continuing growth, earlier this month, the credit union announced a nine employee promotions and two new regional management positions.

Last year, DATCU celebrated its 75th anniversary, a sign that consistency and good work has its rewards.

“We are so proud of this recognition because there are so many fine banks in Denton and I know it must have been very close among all of us. Thank you Denton!,” Kimble said.

With more than 63,000 members and growing, DATCU is a member-owned, not-for profit financial institution with locations in Denton, Cooke, Wise, Montague and Clay counties.

Runner-up: Northstar Bank

Bragging rights: Point Bank




Campus Barber Shop

311 E. Hickory St.


After 51 years on Fry Street amid an eclectic neighborhood of businesses across from the University of North Texas, this iconic barber shop pulled up roots and relocated to downtown Denton in April of last year – bringing its customer base with it as well as attracting more clientele.

While the location may have changed, the service – and especially the atmosphere – hasn’t. It’s still the place for an affordable cut, shave or trim and just about the perfect place to catch up with an old friend or two.

Now under the ownership of Jeremy Carroll, the shop may have left its newspaper-covered bathroom behind, but it’s already settling in just fine at the new location.

Runner-up: Unique Barber Stylists

Bragging rights: Northside Barber Shop




Extreme Cuisine Catering

2126 Hamilton, Suite 430, Argyle


During the past decade, Chef Matt Fairchild of Extreme Cuisine Catering can only recall one client telling him he was not pleased with their order.

“He asked me to add more spinach,” he said explaining the ingredient his client felt was needed in one of their plates.

For the most part, Fairchild said, clients seem to be pretty pleased to try something new, even if at first it might look different.

“We push people into directions they don’t think they want to go at first, but then they are pleasantly surprised when they get there…,” Fairchild said about introducing his worldwide cuisine to his customers.

Fairchild and Chef Kathleen Francis started their catering business in Denton in 1999.“I played with food even as a young school girl creating fudge and other recipes to win cooking contests or just send with my sister on game day bus trips,” Francis wrote on her website, “My whole life, I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with food tastes and textures.”

Years later, at their location in Argyle, the duo helps plan ladies luncheons, elegant corporate catering or a special house dinner.

Extreme Cuisine Catering also provides culinary arts classes where customers can learn basic skills as well as advanced methods of professional cooking. Add to that, a win for the city’s best for the first time making everything just extremely gratifying.

 “I think it is a big honor and appreciate everyone who voted for us,” Fairchild said.

Runner-up: Fremaux’s Metropolitan Catering

Bragging-rights: Café Du Luxe



The Wash Factory

1135 S. Loop 288


With it $3 ride-thru car wash and 26 free vacuums, the Wash Factory had made a less than five-minute process – an experience.

Owned by Brad Mann, the Wash Factory changed the way residents have spent their time at car washes in 2010.

“It is a big deal for me,” Mann said about the Wash Factory getting recognition as this year’s best local car wash, it tells you the customers like you.”

At the Wash Factory, customers pay at one of three drive-up, touch-screen pay stations, and then they’ll drive around back to where an attendant will guide them through. It is so easy, customers often return.He already saw the need for another Wash Factory in the area. In late 2012, another Wash Factory opens at 1900 W. University Drive. Mann said the entire staff is also celebrating the win and to thank customers, The Wash Factory will be giving free car washes throughout the day on Tuesday, April 24. Mann said it was the least he could do, to thank them for the time taken to support his business.

Runner-up: Heritage Carwash

Bragging rights: Lonestar




Affordable Chiropractic

2201 S. Interstate 35E



With two locations – one in Golden Triangle Mall next to JC Penney and another at Brookshire Plaza at Teasley Lane in Suite 140 – Affordable Chiropractic offers services seven days a week. The website, listed above, shows testimonials about chiropractic services as well as details about prices. Potential patients can even book their appointments online.

Focusing on improving patient health is a key focus of this team, which takes the necessary time to get to know patients and their individual needs. Each program is specifically tailored to each patient with the goal of achieving a new sense of balance.

Runner-up: Lux Chiropractic

Bragging rights: Advanced Relief Chiropractic




Maid in America

519 S. Carroll Blvd., Ste. 104


For 17 years, Made in America has offered office and residential cleaning services for customers in Denton County and surrounding areas.

“We are just thrilled with the award,” said Owner Kathryn Locke, “We do take pride in our quality of our service and it is just really great to be recognized for it.”

Maid in America customers can select from different types of cleanings: All American clean, move in and move out, spring clean and commercial type services, according to its website.

Locke began her business from home and also has a home economics degree under her belt. “We have a very caring staff,” Locke said, “They care about the customers and we do our very best in meeting their needs; whether it is through the office or the captain and the team that is in their home.”

Runner-up: Clear Image Window Cleaning

Bragging rights: Fish Window Cleaning




Denton Dance Conservatory

If you’re two-year-old announced that he or she wants to dance in The Nutcracker one day, check out Denton Dance Conservatory. If you and your best girlfriend are starting to yawn during Zumba, but like the idea of dance as exercise, check out Denton Dance Conservatory.

The long-running local dance studio has two missions: to teach all ages to dance with technical precision and heart, and to nurture two nonprofit performing companies.

Directed by dancer and owner Lisa Racina, Denton Dance Conservatory has a full roster of classes to build a solid dance foundation for boys and girls – ballet, tap and jazz namely among them. The conservatory attracts dancers from the dance programs at Texas Woman’s University and University of North Texas to lead conservatory classes in modern and hip-hop dance, too. The conservatory faculty are committed, with many a dancer graduating from high school while still a student at the studio at 4103 Mesa Dr. Master classes are a routine part of the conservatory’s offerings – and they’re open to any dancer interested.

Dedicated dancers at the studio also have a shot at joining one the two performing companies. Denton City Youth Ballet puts intermediate ballet students on the local stage. Denton City Contemporary Ballet brings conservatory dancers into a company that blends modern, jazz and hip-hop into ballet – when the faculty choreography calls for it. The company recently made its first trip overseas last year for the Young Tanzsommer festival in Austria.

For more information, visit the conservatory’s home page at or call 940-383-2623.

Runner-up: Denton Ballet Academy

Bragging rights: A Time To Dance




Wellspring Christian Academy

1919 N. Elm St.


With the motto of “Exceeding Excellence in Early Education,” Charlotte Allen, co-owner of the Wellspring Christian Academy has been working for over 35 years providing young children a good foundation. The facility is an academic preparatory school and also offers extended day and summer camp programs designed to build children’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual character. The facility used to be Asbury United Methodist Church before Allen and her husband, Dalton, created Wellspring Christian Academy. At the child care center, children focus on their cognitive skills – learning phonics, handwriting, math, science and reading readiness. They also develop their social skills through special events and through camp activities. “Each child is encourage and challenged to continually strive to reach new milestones with their learning and growth,” Allen said.

Allen said she was honored by the vote.

“And we are so thankful for the recognition. It was a surprise,” she said. “We are humbled by it.”

Runner-up: Denton Co Daycare

Bragging rights: Alpha Academy at Oakmont and Sprinbok Academy




Dr. Gaylen Fickey

1314 N. Locust St.


Just check out the online reviews to see why Dr. Gaylen Fickey won the Best of Denton honors. Adjectives range from organized and respectful to gentle and informative – all strong reasons for the votes they garnered.

Here’s one review from a self-titled happy customer: ”I didn’t experience any pain during my teeth cleaning. They are always very careful and gentle. They go out of their way to make everyone feel equally respected and cared for. I’ve seen client favoritism at some of the other places I’ve been, and I really appreciate the extra effort they make to avoid that here. They always make an extra effort to make me feel respected and attended to. They always listen to every question or concern I may have.”

Dr. Fickey, who has been a part of the Denton County community since 1975, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1971 and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, in 1975. To ensure constant improvement in his knowledge and clinical skills, Dr. Fickey attends numerous continuing education courses every year.

Runner-up: Dr. Gary Taylor

Bragging rights: Dr. Marc Morris




Dr. Timothy McGuire

1614 Scripture Street, Suite 8


Dr. Timothy McGuire’s mission is to help individuals “add years to their life and life to their years.”

At his medical practice office located on Scripture St., McGuire wants customers to understand what is happening to them.

“We carefully review your case, recommend necessary tests, and communicate our findings to you compassionately and in easy-to-understand terms,” its website states.

Runner-up: David Goff

Bragging rights: Maria Strittmatter




Dr. Kelby Trusty

3111 Unicorn Lake Blvd., Ste 100


In 2011, Dr. Kelby Trusty of Total Eyecare & Eyewear Galley celebrated 20 years. For him, the best reward was always having the children of his patients come by and visit.

“Patients I started seeing when they were five or six years old are still coming to me and are married with children of their own who now need eye exams. Twenty years passed way too fast,” Trusty told the Denton Record-Chronicle last year.

After graduating from Optometry School at the University of Houston in 1988 and practicing in Dallas, Trusty moved to Denton in 1991. He opened the original Total Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery at Southridge Shopping Center on Interstate 35E. Three years ago, the business opened at Unicorn Lake.

Runner-up: Dr. Lawrence Shaffron, Advance Eye Care Center

Bragging rights: Dr. Mark S. Ragsdale, Ragsdale Vision Center




Denton Florist

2926 E. University Drive, Suite 103


Flowers are the things that make everyone smile. And according to Denton readers, the best arrangements at affordable prices are found at Denton Florist.

Time and time again, Christine Dear’s family owned and operated location is the place to find arrangements for any special occasion fromSecretaries Week, anniversaries, birthday and of course, to just say, “Hi, I was thinking about you…”

“We are so happy and proud that we keep getting voted Denton’s Best Florist year after year,” Dear said in an email. “It means a lot that our community thinks so much of us, and after 22 years of owning Denton Florist, it makes me feel like I must be doing something right!”

Born and raised in Denton and a University of North Texas Alumni, Dear always wants customers to get the latest in floral trends. For this reason, she attends educational design seminars to learn the latest styles.

“I just want to thank my community for all these years of loyalty and support, and thank each and every person that voted for us,” she said.

Three years ago, Denton Florist moved from its well-known location at the Square to University Drive. The move, Dear said was just right.

“We love it, and all our customers seem to be happy with it too,” she said.

Runner-up: Bloomfields Floral

Bragging rights:Crickette’s Flowers & Gifts




Achievers Gymnastics Center

3014 South I-35 E


From preschool, to recreational training, cheer tumbling, kids play day, private lessons, birthday parties and even parents night out, Achievers Gymnastics Center offers a bit of everything. It is the first win for the local gym in this category.

“In the past we listed, but in the best place for children category,” said Frank Kudlac, owner of the gym,” And we were always losing to Chuck E Cheese’s.”

This year’s win is quite an accomplishment for Achievers, especially since this year marks the business 20th anniversary.

“Adding the best gymnastics school in Denton to that list fills us with pride and accomplishment,” Kudlac said, “But I can’t take 100 percent of the accolade for this because it [the award] represents our staff, our facilities and instructors and all of our programs, it represents all of our efforts.”

Some of the features of the 20,000 square foot of air conditioned gym include a full-size competition cheer floor, dedicated pre-school area with equipment designed for pre-schoolers, a horizonal rock climbing wall as well as DVR video replay systems and a complete Sonos Wi-Fi powered music system that plays throughout the facility, its website says.

Kudlac spent 33 years as the head coach of the Texas Woman’s University Pioneers before retiring in 2011. For his contributions he was named the recipient of the honorary Gymnastics Association of Texas Life Membership Award — recognition provided to people who have given a long period of outstanding service to gymnastics in Texas.

Runners-up: Denton Gymnastics and Dynasty Cheer Academy

Bragging rights: TWU Gymnastics




Ramey & King Insurance

510 N. Interstate 35E


Long a part of Denton’s business fabric, Ramey & King Insurance originally opened its doors shortly after 1876 when Oliver Perry Poe, an early mayor, envisioned the significance of the insurance industry in the growth and development of a promising community.

M.L. Ramey King first became involved in 1920 to begin a new tradition that has lasted throughout the ensuing decades.

In 1962, Terrell W. King became a partner and in 1964, was joined by Marvin Ramey – hence the current name of the longtime Denton business.

Today, Jeff and James King operate the business – carrying on the family tradition of offering quality customer service and ensuring customer needs are met whether for commercial industry or family homes, group health or for individuals.

When anyone thinks of insurance, Ramey & King is the first to come to mind in the city of Denton.

Runner-up: Jeremy David Financial and Insurance Services

Bragging rights: Century Insurance Agency




Salon LaPage

2900 Wind River Lane


Did you get your Shellac nail appointment going, or try out the new Redkens Chromatics ammonia-free color line?

Those are two of the new services found at Salon LaPage, a Denton’s best now for three years in a row.

Daphne L. Arrington, owner of the salon, said the new Chromatics line makes hair two times stronger than before the hair was colored and it also increases the longevity of your color service.

Denton’s salon “gurus,” as they call themselves, have established that personal brand that can only be found at a place whose motto is, “New York style with Southern Hospitality.”

Arrington believes in providing top service and that includes helping her staff get all the education they can get. In March, Arrington and members of the staff attended the Redken Exchange, where leading experts learn from award-winning facilitators,.“Denton has blessed us with the support of the consumer,” said Arrington about the recognition,“There are no words that could express my gratitude, but thank you.”

Runners-up: HeadRush Salon and SoHo Salon

Bragging rights: Salon NV




Frenchy’s Lawn and Tree Service

600 S. Elm St.


It’s hard to miss the signature orange and blue vans of Frenchy’s Lawn and Tree Service. If you haven’t seen the “Vans of Fame” on Dallas drive—a unique marketing tool, then you’ve probably at least seen them driving around town.

Owner Andre J. “Frenchy” Rheault stumbled into the lawn care business more than 25 years ago and has been servicing Denton ever since.

Runner-up: Denton Lawn Sprinkler Inc.

Bragging rights: Meador Nursery




Reding Martial Arts

407 Fort Worth Drive


It’s been a big year for Reding Martial Arts owners Mark and Nick Reding. Not only did they earn black belt professorships in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu—a feat 13 years in the making—but they also opened a larger facility on Fort Worth Drive.

The brothers, who grew up in Denton, opened their studio in 1996 when they were just teenagers.

Now 16 years later, they teach martial arts they’ve spent years mastering themselves.

Runner-up: Marshall’s ATA Taekwondo and Karate for Kids

Bragging rights: Texas Isshinryu Karate Kai




Still Waters & Co. Day Spa Salon

324 E. McKinney St # A


Need a day of full pampering? Select from any of its sensational spa packages, any massage service or get a European facial at Still Waters & Co. Day Spa Salon and feel like new. This Denton gem, specializing in services for both men and women, is now in its third year as a Best of Denton for the best massage center/spa in town. Clients say they love their experience at the salon, one that starts the minute you walk through the door. They find employees friendly and professional.

Runner-up: Essentials Day Spa

Bragging rights: Affordable Chiropractic & Massage




Denton Regional Medical Center

3535 Interstate 35E


As the city’s only trauma center and the first accredited chest pain center in the area, Denton Regional continues their dedicated work to treat each individual with compassion and kindness.

With a full range of services including advanced heart surgery, women’s services, and orthopedic surgery, Denton Regional has been serving patients for three decades. And they are always looking for better ways to help patients and even adding new technology that would help patient’s needs.

In 2011, Denton Regional Medical Center became the first hospital in Denton County to introduce the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System, the updated version of the medical system that uses a robot for less-invasive surgical procedures and offers more precision, less hospital stay and allows for faster patient recovery.

In addition to its advance technology, hospital staff, led by CEO Caleb O’Rear, remains deeply committed to community. In a couple of days, the hospital will sponsor the 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, now on its fourth year. The event benefits the Greater Denton Sports Commission.

And if you need a couple of tips or just some great information about how to be healthy, and learn a couple of things or two about physical therapy, sports medicine and other issues, visit their informative blog (

Denton Regional is a full-service 208-bed, acute care facility with more than 850 employees and 300 physicians serving the growing population of Denton, Wise, Cooke and Montague Counties.

Runner-up: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Bragging rights: North Texas Hospital




Envy Nail Spa

5017 Teasley Lane


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When it comes to being pampered, readers voted Envy Nail Spa as Denton’s Best Nail Salon. The modern design of the salon and its relaxing atmosphere adds to an experience that customers find second to none. Massage chairs for pedicures line the walls and staff put forth the extra effort to make sure you leave happy at very reasonable prices. Music is kept quiet but is soothing in an effort to keep customers comfortable. Envy offers manicures and pedicure services as well as waxing and has a large selection of nail colors. Envy Nail Spa is located at 5017 Teasley Lane in the Hickory Creek Plaza.

Runner-up: Deluxe Nails and Spa

Bragging rights: Spa Pedicures




Kwik Kar Care Automotive Lube & Service Centers

2303 W. University Drive

2233 Colorado Blvd.

3507 E. University Drive

Independently owned and operated by Marta and Frank Dudowicz, Kwik Kar Care facilities provide customers with products and services tailored to their needs.

In addition to getting an oil change, customers at the East University location can also get a variety of services including air conditioning performance, brake service, light bulb replacement and a serpentine belt maintenance.

Dudowicz and her husband, Frank opened the first Kwik Kar location in 2000 at University Drive at Bonnie Brae Street and they have now expanded to three facilities in town.

In 2009, Marta began Marta’s Car Clinic 101, a ladies-only event to help women take care of themselves and keep their car in top shape.

Runner-up: Sticker Station

Bragging rights: Charlie Beck’s Garage




Adam’s Exterminating Company

1201 E. McKinney St.


Family-owned and –operated, Adam’s Pest Control has been providing pest control services for residents and businesses since 1947. Known for its signs featuring a fleeing mouse, the company has long been a partner to Denton – even sponsoring a drawing competition with a local school district to name its mouse.

Founder Virgil Harrison Adams believed in honesty, integrity and quality – all still evident in the family business. From Gainesville to Dallas and Fort Worth, the company provides extensive services in pest control, even having an entomologist (inspect specialist) on staff.

Adam’s also has a Lewisville location at 690 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville. The contact no. is 972-434-6200.

Runners-up: Champion Pest Control; Denton County Termite & Pest Control Inc. (tied for second place)




Beau’s Bath House and Doggie Spa

1800 Brinker Road, Suite 270


“You supply the love; we supply everything else and we clean up the mess,” with a concept so inviting, why not try it out right?

Denton customers took Owner Ginna Anthony to her word in 2010 and two years later, it has made the list of Denton’s Best in the grooming category.

“We are very proud we won…that our customers have selected us,” Anthony said.

Beau’s Bath House is named after Anthony’s pal, a 5-year-old Great Pyrenees, Shar-Pei and elkhound mix. He is known to visit the store at least once a month to check things out. And ensure that his friends are quite comfortable. He was even present during the Denton’s Ribbon cutting held last year.

Since opening two years ago, the self-serve and full-service dog washing business has made itself known through the popular Beau’s Annual Party – the one place where pets can enjoy from low vaccinations, and shelter pet adoptions are made available. Anthony partners with the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection in order to provide vaccinations for local pets and local shelters to help pets find a new home. At their recent event held March 10, 85 vaccinations were given out in just two hours, in spite of the rainy weekend. And there were free hot dogs and drinks, so pet owners were pretty happy.

Anthony is strict about ensuring all dogs stay current with the Texas vaccinations. Interested customers need to make sure their friends’ rabies, DHLP, and bordetella are up to date in order to use Beau’s place.

“And we have not had any problems because of that rule,” Anthony said, “It is about the health and safety of their pets.”

Runner-up: The Pampered Pooch Pet Salon

Bragging rights: Barks-N-Bubbles




Community Pharmacy

4400 Teasley Lane, Suite 100


This locally-owned pharmacy offers a Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board sterile and none-sterile compounding laboratory to customize medications to each patient’s specific needs.

Community Pharmacy also has an immunization room where they provide immunizations, check cholesterol and glucose levels as well as blood pressure.

The pharmacy provides a full stock of traditional prescription drugs as well as vitamins, herbals and botanicals.

The pharmacists on staff also have compiled an extensive library of drug information in print and online to ensure that if they don’t know the answer, they will find it.

Kelby S. Selby, R.Ph., FIACP, and his wife, Nancy Penn Selby, R.Ph., co-own the pharmacy. Joining them to provide services to the community are Deeatra Craddock, Pharm. D.; Georgia Leech, R.Ph.; Harold E. Wright, R.Ph.; and Sybil Schaer, Pharm.D.

Runners-up: Denton Prescription Shop; S&J Scripture Street Pharmacy (tied for second place)




Eagleton Photography

1710 N. Elm St.


Walter Eagleton is known not only for his photographic style and commitment to excellence but also for his extensive community services with local agencies and organizations.

A visit to his studio on North Elm Street provides a perfect glimpse into why this photography studio was named “Best of Denton” yet again. Indoor and outdoor scenarios offer a plethora of photographic opportunities at the studio. And, if someone prefers, Eagleton will take portraits wherever the customer chooses.

Each photo captures the individual personalities, showcasing the best attributes for making memories. It’s what keeps us coming back again and again.

Runner-up: Monte B. Photography Inc.

Bragging rights: Bellissimo Foto





Gohlke Pools

909 Dallas Drive


Go on, and build that paradise outside your back door.Matt Gohlke, owner of Gohlke Pools, wants you to.

When you need anything related to pool building or renovation, service or supplies, Gohlke is the place to go according to Denton readers.

The business has been part of Denton community since 1958 and now services the entire North Texas region.

“It feels good, we got some good customers,’ said Gohlke about being selected as a Denton’s best for the second year in the row.

Gohlke Pools is no stranger to high achievement, In addition to Denton recognition they have received the Aquatech Design Awards, an award that honors the most attractive swimming pools during its prestigious national competition. Gohlke has received this award for the last nine years. In 2009, the Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business named Gohlke Pools Small Family Business of the Year.

Runner-up: Leslie’s Pool Supplies

Bragging rights: Larsen Pools




Cooper’s Copies and Printing

1024 Dallas Drive


Keeping customers fully stocked with everything from stationery to business cards and more is what makes this business tick. And tick it does.

Cooper’s Copies and Printing prides itself on quick, quality service with the convenience of even sending an e-mail to customers when an order is ready.

Situated at the corner of Dallas Drive and Teasley Lane, this business has reclaimed the corner once known for a convenience store. Now, it’s hard to remember there ever was a convenience store there.

Best runner-up: AlphaGraphics Denton

Bragging rights: Eagle & Wheeler




Good Samaritan Society

Denton Village

2500 Hinkle Drive


Known as “Good Sam” to the locals, Good Samaritan Society - Denton Village tends to the care of seniors by focusing on three services: senior living, rehab/skilled care and home and community services like senior college, outpatient therapy and home healthcare.

“The Good Samaritan Society has a deep and rich history in the Denton community,” said Michael Larson, the new executive director of the Villages of Denton. “Our goal is to be leaders in providing innovative services that will be expected by people who are 55 years of age or older.”

Larson is running the Villages of Denton which in addition to Good Samaritan Society – Denton Village, also includes Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Village and Lake Forest Home Health.

Having outgrown its Denton facility, officials with the senior care facility announced last year a plan to raise funds to build a community life enrichment and wellness center.

According to its website, “this new facility will enhance our ability to provide exercise classes, social activities, educational opportunities and meeting spaces for the Denton community.

The highlight will be a beautiful chapel that will enhance our Christian mission and ministry.”

Runner-up: Dogwood Estates

Bragging rights: The Vintage




The McKissack Realty Group Keller Williams Realty

2434 Lillian Miller Parkway

940-383-MOVE (6683)


The McKissack Group, a division of Keller Williams Realty, is led by Linda, Jim and Brad McKissack.

Working with clients across Denton County from north to south, this real estate company is committed to helping families create a firm foundation.

With their motto, “Families Helping Families since 1982,” this company strongly believes in giving back to the communities they serve by helping people find the home that fits them in the communities they choose.

The McKissack Group not only assists in buying or selling real estate but also provides information on mortgages, real estate tax issues, handyman or contractor referrals and much more.

It’s what they do.

Runner-up: RE/MAX North Associates

Bragging rights: Karin Seligmann - RE/MAX Masters




Denton Veterinary Center

800 I-35E


To place your beloved pet in the hands of any veterinarian is an important decision. One that Randy Wuensche and his dedicated staff at the Denton Vet Center take very seriously.

Since 1999, the Denton Veterinary Center provides complete veterinary services with state-of-the-art equipment for surgery, dentistry, anesthesia and anesthesia monitoring, hospitalization, and radiology. DVC treats dogs and cats primarily, but also welcomes some exotics pets.

The center recently added a new service, a therapeutic laser, to helps canines who suffer from arthritis pain.

“We have also been doing low cost vaccine clinic every two months,” said Crystal McCormick, the clinic’s office manager.

During the clinic, pets get an exam, vaccines, a heartworm test as well as fecal testing and de-worming tests.

Runner-up: Southridge Animal Hospital – Dr. Kyle Jones

Bragging rights: South Denton Animal Hospital




LA Fitness

1350 S. Loop 288


Since opening in Denton several years ago, LA Fitness has become part of the Denton “must see” facilities with its plethora of amenities ranging from a spa, sauna and pool to racquetball and basketball courts to equipment, group fitness classes and more.

The Denton location offers aerobics and aqua fitness classes to belly dancing and boot camp conditioning.

Nabbing its third consecutive year as a Best of Denton winner, LA Fitness is known for its friendly, competent staff including trainers ready to personalize your workout to fit your goals.

After all, its motto is: “Keeping fit is not just a fad — it’s a way of life.”

Runner-up: Brickhouse Gym

Bragging rights: Jazzercise of Denton




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