Best of Denton: Shopping

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Best Antique Store Vintage Shop

Downtown Mini Mall 1 and 2

118 N. Locust St.


If you are looking for a place that’s uniquely Denton, stop by and get lost in the treasures at the Downtown Mini Mall.

The Mini Mall is a place you take your out-of-town friends for a friendly and informed shopping experience unlike any other.

Be it a sparkly dress, some framed art or a piece of Coca-Cola memorabilia, you are sure to come across your very own hidden treasure and it’s one of the reasons the malls have become a mainstay in the historic downtown Square for more than 30 years.

Owner Leo Will said both malls have merchandise that will immerse shoppers into another time and essentially provide that “blast from the past.”

Best Antique store

Runner-up: Antique and Western Heritage Gallery

Bragging rights: County Seat Antiques


Best Vintage Shop

Runner-up: Rose Costumes

Bragging rights: Circa 77 Vintage


Best Beer Store

Midway Mart

406 W. Hickory St.


The large variety of alcoholic beverages has kept this business going strong for 19 years.

Midway Mart is a gas station and convenience store that residents keep coming back to for gas, food and, of course, beer.

Priding themselves as carrying the best selection of craft beer in Denton is a key staple to make sure the store remains successful.

Management said they strive to provide the best customer service daily in addition to providing an array of beer and wine to the residents of Denton.

Runner-up: Metzler’s Food and Beverage

Bragging rights: Buckeye Liquor Store


Best Book Store

Best Music/Move/Gaming Store

Best Store on The Denton Square

Recycled Books, Records and CDs
200 N. Locust St.


If you are in search of a good read or new album, look no further.  

After more than 25 years in business, Recycled Books is a 17,000-square-foot haven for music and book lovers alike at the corner of Oak and Locust streets on Denton’s downtown Square.

It is the kind of place where you can spend hours pouring through shelves and shelves of books or searching for that album you remember from years ago.

With a constantly updated inventory, returning customers — as well as new — are able to uncover a hidden gem throughout the store’s many nooks and crannies with each visit.

The staff works hard to keep an interesting selection of books, music and movies flowing by buying new and used books from the community to sell back to customers at affordable prices.

Best Book Store

Runner-up: Barnes & Noble

Bragging rights: Mardel Christian and Education


Best Music/Movie/Gaming

Runner-up: Mad World Records

Bragging rights: More Fun Comics and Games


Best Store on the Denton Square

Runner-up: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Fountain

Bragging rights: Atomic Candy


Best Clothing Store

la di da Downtown Denton Boutique

114 N. Locust St.


Staying fashion forward is essential to any Denton fashionista and the staff at La Di Da Downtown Denton Boutique is ready to assist.

They strive to provide a fun shopping experience while giving the consumer personal attention, which ranks them among the best in Denton.

Outfits are available for a wide range of ages and are ready for purchase at this locally-owned boutique that’s been around since 2005.

Runner-up: Small Fry Children’s Clothing

Bragging rights: Circa 77 Vintage


Best Health Food Store

Cupboard Natural Foods & Café

200 W. Congress St.


The Cupboard Natural Foods and Café has been in business for 48 years and if you are looking to purchase organic, natural and local foods, this is the place to shop.

The café serves up salads and sandwiches using 100 percent natural and made-from-scratch ingredients — crafting with local and organic when possible. The menu also includes natural bakery, vegan, gluten-free and Paleo dishes.

General Manager Paul Tanis said customer service and providing all natural foods to his consumers is the store’s top priority, aiding in their Best of Denton win.

Runner-up: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Bragging rights: Drug Emporium


Best Jewelry Store

First People’s Jewelers

117 N. Elm St.


Whether you are looking for the perfect ring to pop the question, or a commemorative memento to present to your upcoming graduate, First People’s Jewelers has been the long-standing Denton tradition for 40 years.

Have a broken bracelet sitting in a drawer you are longing to wear again?  Does your watch need a new battery? Ask for assistance. Manager Kelsi Sadberry said their staff has a combined 140 years of experience ready to serve you, the customer.

With a unique inventory of earrings, rings, necklaces and more to choose from, Sadberry says they are willing to help create a custom piece to call your own.

With a commitment to helping area non-profits and top-notch customer service, Sadberry hopes First People’s Jewelers is the place you can call home for all your jewelry needs.

Runner-up: Nasr Bros Jewelers

Bragging rights: Sleeping Lizzards


Best Liquor Store

Buckeye Liquor Store

104 N. Stemmons Freeway, Lake Dallas


A longtime staple in the community is an estimated 3,500-square-foot liquor store along Interstate 35E.

Manager David Felan says their superb service is what keeps customers coming back.

“We try to keep things very local,” Felon said. “ Everyone knows your name when you walk in.”

The vast selection of liquor and beer is not the only thing that keeps customers coming back.

 The store also carries hundreds of house wines from Argentina and beyond.

In addition to friendliness, the willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to fulfill the customer’s request for a special order helped Buckeye achieve the title of “Best Liquor Store.”

Runner-up: Paradise Liquors

Bragging rights: Goody Goody Liquor


Best Resale Shop

Twice as Nice Resale

413 E. Oak St.


Twice as Nice Resale is gearing up to celebrate its 10th anniversary this June and it’s no surprise why this non-profit shop was voted Best in Denton.

From new and gently used furniture, home décor, vintage, collectibles, art, books and clothing for the family all offered at reasonable prices, you can’t go wrong.

Operated by volunteers, the store stays involved with the community — even offering internships to students from Texas Woman’s University and University of North Texas, who earn community service credit for their work.

Management said while Twice as Nice Resale has a department store feel, shoppers appreciate the friendly staff and even enjoy knowing their dollar is used to support more local efforts, such as the Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center.  

Runner-up: Plato’s Closest

Bragging rights: Denton Thrift


Best Specialty Store

Atomic Candy

105 W. Hickory St.


Stepping into Atomic Candy can be a bit of a throwback, with a classic retro setting stocked with specialty sodas, candies and novelty toys that can bring on childhood memories.

The store’s charm is the key to its success, Tim Loyd, the store owner, says. The store is more than what it stocks on the shelves; it is an experience.

“If you don’t have a smile when you enter, you will by the time you leave,” he said.

Varieties of specialty root beer line the shelves while there are heaps of old school candy such as candy cigarettes alongside newer favorites to make sure no customer leaves disappointed.

Runner-up: Sleeping Lizzards

Bragging Rights: DIME store



Best Thrift Store

Denton Thrift

708 W. University Drive

Denton Thrift is known among the college crowd as the “go-to” place for hip, stylish and affordable clothing.

When you walk into the store, clothing for all ages is generally available. You might have to do some digging, but it’s part of the fun in finding your special new jacket, purse or hat.

Not only are racks of clothes found throughout, but you just might find a new toy, baby item or sought-after vinyl record lying around.

Runner-up: Twice as Nice Resale

Bragging rights: Ruth’s Room


Best Western Wear Store

Weldon’s Western Wear, Saddle Shop and Cowboy Museum

345 E. Hickory St.


Providing quality western wear for the entire family has been a tradition since Weldon’s opened for business in 1957.

Manager Kippie Wilkinson says their in-store cowboy museum is somewhat of a hidden gem that features a trove of Texas Cowboy memorabilia. The museum features a collection of antique bits and spurs as well as 1936 Texas Centennial items, she said.

While checking out the museum, you can purchase saddles and tack or get your straw or felt cowboy hat hand-creased or shaped.

Family owned and operated, Wilkinson said their customers always come first and that’s why she thinks they won Best of Denton.

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

Bragging rights: Smith Brothers


Best Wine Store


628 Londonderry Lane


1115 E. University Drive


Metzler’s is at the top of two categories, with catering options ranging from their signature barbecue to turkey and dressing to prime rib and an extensive wine and beer selection

After being in business for nearly 20 years, owner Roy Metzler says his business has been successful because they offer good food and selections at a fair price.

For catering at events, Metzler’s can customize any of its preplanned large plates or party trays and also offers full bar service to make the experience easy on the customer. If you aren’t having a large event, you can still enjoy the barbecue at one of two locations in Denton, or explore the wine and beer selection.

Runner-up: Wine Squared

Bragging rights: Vigne Wine Shop


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