Nearly 40 businesses around Denton will donate 20 percent of the money they make Thursday to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Colin Grunewald, co-owner of the Palm Tree Boutique, started thinking Monday about what Denton could do to help. He remembered a fundraiser a few years ago that was similar and decided to get other downtown businesses on board.
Grunewald is encouraging participating businesses to write checks at the end of the day to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Global Giving, a nonprofit that distributes money to grassroots organizations in impacted areas through specific campaigns.
"Everyone is giving to the [American] Red Cross, so we wanted to help with the cleanup in addition to the immediate needs," Grunewald said. "[Global Giving] is going to give to local area charities for relief, and whatever is left over will go toward the cleanup as well."
The businesses can either send the donations on their own or have Grunewald send it with his checks. For Palm Tree Boutique, 10 percent of proceeds will go to Global Giving and another 10 percent will go to SPCA.
Other businesses are collecting donations in jars on Thursday, and some are going the extra mile. J.T. Clothiers will donate 100 percent of the money they make Thursday to relief efforts, owner Nancy Tritt said.
"Houston is my hometown, so it just breaks my heart to see this. Some of my old property is getting flooded," she said. "So I just thought, that's what I want to do. Twenty percent didn't seem like enough for me since I have so many friends down there."
Below are the participating businesses, which are still being added. For the latest listing, visit the Downtown Denton Facebook page www.facebook.com/DowntownDentonTexas.
Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub, 101 W. Hickory St.
Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen, 115 S. Elm St.
Andy's Bar & Grill, 122 N. Locust St.
Art Glass Ensembles, 513 Bolivar St.
Back Yard on Bell, 410 N. Bell Ave.
Barley and Board, 100 W. Oak St.
The Bearded Lady, 208 N. Austin St.
The Bearded Monk, 122 E. McKinney St.
Bet the House BBQ, 508 S. Elm St.
Beth Marie's Ice Cream, 117 W. Hickory St.
Bodhi Tree Bodyworks, 525 S. Carroll Blvd., #202
Cartwright's Ranch House, 111 N. Elm St.
The Chestnut Tree, 107 W. Hickory St.
Cool Beans, 1210 W. Hickory St.
Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.
Davanti Salon, 1800 S. Loop 288, #222
Denton County Brewing Company, 200 E. McKinney St.
East Side, 113 E. Oak St.
Essentials Day Spa, 526 Bolivar St.
Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory St.
Hickory Street Lounge, 212 E. Hickory St.
Hypnotic Donuts, 235 W. Hickory St.
J.T. Clothiers, 200 W. Oak St.
La Di Da, 114 N. Locust St.
LSA Burgers, 113 W. Hickory St.
Lucky Locks Beauty Bar, 116 N. Austin St.
Mellow Mushroom, 217 E. Hickory St.
Mi Casita, 110 N. Carroll Blvd.
More Fun Comics and Games, 103 W. Hickory St.
Mulberry Street Cantina, 110 W. Mulberry St.
Norman Roscoe, 109 W. Hickory St.
Oak Street Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor, 308 E. Oak St.
Palm Tree Boutique, 119 N. Elm St.
Paschall Bar, 122 N. Locust St.
Pizza Snob, 321 W. Hickory St., #108
Rusty Taco, 210 E. Hickory St.
Shop the Barn, 116 N. Locust St.
Soma Massage Therapy, 529 Malone St.
Source Gaming Lounge, 108 W. Congress St.
Tom's Daiquiri Place, 1212 W. Mulberry St.
Wine Squared, 110 W. Oak St.
JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889.