Best Attorney/Law Firm
Minor & Jester, P.C.
502 W. Oak St., Suite 200
This is the third year in a row that Minor & Jester, P.C. has taken the Best of Denton’s top spot in this category.
Tom Jester joined the firm in 1967 and said the firm is one of the oldest and most respected law firms in Denton. A majority of the firm’s business comes from repeat clients and referrals.
The firm serves clients with the expectation that they will work with them again in the future and that clients will refer friends and family.
Runner-up: Marsh, Paine & Waddill, P.C.
Bragging rights: Sawko & Burroughs, P.C.
Best Bail Bonds
Shawn Cagle-City Hall Bail Bonds
1602 E. McKinney St.
Shawn Cagle, owner of Shawn Cagle-City Hall Bail Bonds, jumped into the family business to become a bail bondsman, spurred by his name recognition in the community.
He said he was born and raised in Denton County and while growing up, he developed a reputation for honesty, trustworthiness and for being a hard worker.
The name recognition started with his father’s business, Cagle Bail Bonds, where he worked part-time. Shortly after it closed, he re-opened a bail bonds business of his own in 1997.
Runner-up: Webb’s County Wide Bail Bonds
Bragging rights: Doc’s Bail Bonds
Best Bank/Financial Institution
225 W. Mulberry St.
Founded in Denton in 1936, DATCU has won the hearts of the community as the best bank or financial institution.
During its 78 years in Denton, company officials said DATCU developed a unique relationship with the community to ensure its members and local residents live in a community that makes them proud.
Runner-up: Northstar Bank
Bragging rights: PointBank
Best Barber Shop
Campus Barber Shop
311 E. Hickory St.
Last year, Jeremy Carroll considered it a big honor to snag the best barber shop honor for two consecutive years. And It’s an honor he can keep another year. Carroll’s barbershop is known for its casual atmosphere as customers receive services like straight razor shaving. For 51 years, the shop sat on Fry Street across from the University of North Texas. Two years ago, the shop relocated to downtown Denton, attracting more business.
Runner-up: Unique Barber Stylists
Bragging rights: Sport Clips
Best Computer Service Repair
Geek on Wheels
512 N. Locust St.
The team at Geek on Wheels believes that the relationships they develop with their customers go together like a motherboard to a hard drive.
The company’s model is based on educating the consumer so they may be empowered by technology. Owner Reese Ormand said he looks at his customers as partners in business, who grow with the business.
Ormand is a Denton native and prefers providing services to locals whenever he can.
He says being a locally-owned business that also provides a great service is a winning combination.
Runner-up: Geek Squad
Bragging rights: The Local Circuit
Best Convenience Store/Gas
Multiple locations in Denton
QuikTrip convenience stores and gasoline retailers offer gas at competitive prices, food and snacks, coffee and other drinks in a neighborhood near you.
QuikTrip has four locations in Denton, making it easy-in and easy-out for busy Dentonites.
Runner-up: Midway Mart
Bragging rights: RaceTrac
Best Dry Cleaning
507 W. University Drive
Denton residents don’t mind revealing their dirty laundry when it comes to Comet Cleaners, which offers affordable prices and same-day pickup.
Comet Cleaners has been in business for 25 years, providing services for residents who might need a wedding dress cleaned, a suit pressed and a last-minute stain removed.
Owner Mark Kerr says he believes Denton residents appreciate that the company is locally owned and cares about their customers and the city. He says he wants his company to be part of keeping Denton beautiful inside and out.
Runner-up: Dry Clean Super Center
Bragging rights: Lee Cleaners
Best Financial Planning
Edward Jones Financial Advisor
Kyle A. Nayfa
324 Sunset St., Suite 100
Financial Advisor Kyle A. Nayfa with Edward Jones says becoming Denton’s best isn’t an easy task. He said he’s worked hard to earn his clients’ trust and respect.
Because each client has unique goals they would like to reach, Nayfa takes time with each one and tailors the meeting and financial advice based on their goals.Nayfa provides one-on-one service with his clients, providing advice on retirement, college planning, life insurance sales and long-term care.
Nayfa began his office 10 years ago, but the Edward Jones financial services has been around since 1922.
Runner-up: Laura W. Gentry — Avisco Financial
Bragging rights: Raymond James Financial Services
2926 E. University Drive
Denton Florist continues to prove it’s the preferred florist in Denton, winning Denton’s best for the 12th year in a row.
Owner Christine Dear has been a florist for more than 25 years. She was a part-time employee at the shop while she was going to school and decided to buy the business when she was 22 years old after the previous owners decided to sell.
Denton Florist has been in the community since the 1930s, and Dear has operated the business for more than 20 years, continuing to deepen Denton Florist’s roots in the community.
Runner-up: Holly’s Gardens and Florist
Bragging rights: Flower Garden
Best Hair Salon
2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 140
If you’re looking for a salon that seeks to win your loyalty by making you feel part of a family, Salon Lapage may be your fit.
Salon LaPage celebrated its 10th anniversary April 10. Owner Daphne Arrington said she hopes residents voted her business as one of the Best of Denton because of the company’s efforts to earn its customers’ loyalty.
Arrington said her business is unique because it’s not simply an employee-driven business or a business that just turns looks. She said the business wants strong relationships with customers, and she believes loyalty is key to success.
Runner-up: SoHo Salon
Bragging rights: HeadRush Salon
2602 Lillian Miller Parkway
Self-described as Denton’s hidden gem, the Wildwood Inn is a boutique hotel, unique wedding venue and 4-star hotel.
The hotel, owned by Keith and Sarah Walters, provides a romantic and intimate atmosphere perfect for a night out. The chefs provide high-quality food and the staff is professional and courteous. The inn has 14 guest rooms and space for indoor/outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. The restaurant is open Thursday through Saturday.
Runner-up: Hilton Garden Inn
Bragging rights: Courtyard By Marriott
Best Independent Insurance Agency
Ramey & King Insurance
510 N. I-35E
Ramey & King Insurance has been a part of the Denton business community since 1876.
A former mayor at the time, Oliver Perry Poe, was an advocate for the growth of the insurance sector in the city, recognizing its importance
M. L. Ramey King first got involved in 1920, and the name was changed in 1964 when Marvin Ramey and Terrell King purchased the interests from another partner.
Today the business is headed by Jeff and James King, carrying the family tradition of quality customer service and making sure customer needs are met.
Runner-up: Tim Shoopman, State Farm Insurance Agent
Bragging rights: Alan Zimmerer, State Farm Insurance Agent
Best Nail Salon
Envy Nail Spa
5017 Teasley Lane, Suite 141
Employees at Envy Nail Spa don’t want their customers to just look good, they also want them to feel good. Owners Hai and Thien Nguyen said they know anyone can provide good customer service, so their company tries to go beyond that. Employees cater to the needs of their clients and services them based on their mood and their comfort level, they said.
Runner-up: Bella Salon & Spa
Bragging rights: Deluxe Nails & Spa
Best Pest Control
Adams Exterminating Company
1201 E. McKinney St.
Since 1947, Adams Exterminating Company has helped Denton residents rid their homes and businesses of pesky pests and termites.
During the company’s 67 years in business, manager Dustin Adams says the company has developed excellent customer service, innovation and a commitment to quality.
He says the company provides reliable, honest and effective service for Denton, which has helped forge strong relationships with long-time customers.
Runner-up: Denton County Termite and Pest Control
Bragging rights: Affordable Pest Control
Best Photographer/Photography Studio
416 S. Elm St., Suite 101
Eagleton Photography has captured its Denton customers for 20 years.
Owner Walter Eagleton says his business is very personal, offering a one-on-one experience for each of its clients.
The company consistently delivers agreat product, and has been very involved in and supportive of Denton schools, arts and business from the inception of the business in 1994, he says.
Runner-up: Monte B. Photography
Bragging rights: Ed Steele Photography
Best Print/Copy Shop
Cooper’s Copies and Printing
1024 Dallas Drive
Last year, when Mike Cooper, owner of Cooper’s Copies & Printing, took the top spot in Best of Denton he knew he still could improve his services.
Cooper’s has been in business since 1987 and does everything from car vehicle wraps to last-minute jobs.
Cooper says to maintain his high level of services, he has to show up each day and work hard, always looking to improve.
Bragging rights: Eagle & Wheeler
Best Tanning Salon
1129 Avenue C
For those without enough time to catch some sun this summer, Planet Tan offers a seven-day-a-week operation.
Company representatives say Planet Tan is a fun, hip place with friendly helpful employees and offers 16 locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Runner-up: Palm Beach Tan
Bragging rights: Tantrum Airbrush Tanning, LLC