Celebrate Tax - Free Weekend in Downtown Denton

Celebrate Tax - Free Weekend in Downtown Denton

On August 11-13th, Downtown Denton will become your haven for Tax Free Weekend! Beat the rush by shopping local and supporting local businesses, such as our Denton MSA members1 

Gearing Up: Arts & Autos Extravaganza 2017

Gearing Up: Arts & Autos Extravaganza 2017

On Saturday, September 9th, Denton Main Street Association will host its annual classic, hot rod and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles show, the Denton Arts & Autos Extravaganza. With plenty of perfect things to see and do for the auto enthusiast, artist, shopper, we're sure everyone will find opportunities that will pique interest in a day of fun in downtown Denton.

Retail Happy Hour Comes to Downtown Denton

Retail Happy Hour Comes to Downtown Denton

Happy Hour gets a new meaning when you shop downtown Denton on Wednesdays

Downtown Denton breaks in the summer with every Wednesday in June with Retail Happy Hour. It’s always a happy hour in Downtown Denton, but this one just got better. Get rewarded for shopping on Wednesdays with dining discounts and specials on merchandise at select tasting rooms. 

Make it a day to shop and dine in downtown Denton.

Make it a day to shop and dine in downtown Denton.

Head Downtown every Wednesday and shop between 10 am and 5 pm. Participating retail stores are offering coupons for a discount or special offer in the same day at one of the fellow participating restaurants and/or tasting rooms.  Make it a date for shopping and lunch or dinner on the same day at your favorite stops in downtown Denton.

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, there are FOUR Wednesdays this month to make Downtown Denton your afternoon destination. Break up the week and meet up with friends while shopping and dining local. No rush hour traffic, and plenty of places to walk to and enjoy along the way. 

For more information, details, and participating locations, please click below.  



So Long Candy Store

So Long Candy Store

For 20 years Dentonians and visitors have treasured stops at The Candy Store for some of the finest chocolates, sweets, coffee  and conversation in Downtown Denton.  This "Mom and Pop" shop has seen a generation grow up in Denton, and before they knew it those little faces peering through the glass were old enough to drive there and pay for their own candy.  

For many the shop was truly a step back in time as guests were greeted with smiles and sweets at the opening of the single-paned door.  Guests were tempted by the overwhelmingly tempting assortment of delicious treats stashed in vintage glass candy jars that evoked the feelings of a Norman Rockwell painting with a kid on their tip-toes and one hand in the jar. This place gave a deeper meaning to feeling, "like a kid in the candy store." 

Recently, the Bertelsen's announced their retirement and that the store would be closing at the end of April.  This business, like many in downtowns across America, was a family-run business with all in the family having a hand in day to day business operations.  Almost every morning you could find Joyce and family sitting outside with their coffee talking to friends and customers before the day got busy.  

"I want to thank all of my customers. For 20 years we have had the most loyal customers and we are so grateful to them," said Joyce Bertelsen, owner. 

In their 20 years in Downtown Denton, the family didn't just run a business, they were a major part of downtown's neighborhood.  They sponsored local events, helped with organization fundraisers, and were active members of the Denton Main Street Association (DMSA) since the day they opened.  Joyce's son, Robb, served on the DMSA board and was president for three years.  The Candy Store was a good neighbor and the Denton Main Street Association wishes them the best in retirement. The store will be missed, but we know the Bertelsen family will still be around and we will see them enjoying themselves in Downtown Denton.  

Recap: Whisked Away at Twilight Tunes

Last week's first Twilight Tunes of the season was a beautiful reminder of just how much we love Denton. Missed out this time? Scroll on to catch up with a few photos and quick recap of the evening's festivities.

Like clockwork, Denton residents gathered with lawn chairs and good eats from downtown stops in tow for another round of our favorite night of the week: Thursday's Twilight Tunes. This week was a bit more special than others, as we kicked off the Tunes season with the help of our friends over at Thin Line Fest. Celebrating 10 years of amazing film, photography and music, the good people of Line Fest X kindly shared their staging and sound equipment to ensure an impeccable kick off. Local favorite folksters The Monkberries crooned our favorite Beatles tunes, along with a few uniquely beautiful originals, that transformed the evening into a more family affair. With these guys, we felt right at home.

After a brief word from MSA President Glen Farris, we sent our most precious of donation seekers (aka our audience members' kids) to seek out financial support for future Twilight Tunes, the Monkberries closed out the evening with a heartfelt message of thanks to the Denton community for doing what it does best: supporting local musicians and the arts as best they can. 

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Denton truly is the best place to live. We couldn't imagine being anywhere else. Find out why for yourself by joining us this Thursday for Twilight Tunes featuring Jeff Glover, Joe Pat Hennen, and Brian Houser.


Check out a few more photos from last week's Tunes below!  

Twilight Tunes Kicks Off 24th Season April 20th

Twilight Tunes bands entertain crowds of all ages every year.  Photo by Tammi Paul.

Twilight Tunes bands entertain crowds of all ages every year.  Photo by Tammi Paul.

Denton Main Street Association presents its award-winning concert series, Twilight Tunes, in downtown Denton starting April 20th  this year.  Tunes sets the tone for fun downtown every Thursday beginning April 20th  from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will run every Thursday evening through June 29th.  The concert series kicks off during the Thin Line Film Fest in downtown Denton this year.

Join the fun on Thursday evenings at the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The concert is held on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, alternating between the east and the west side during the season.  Admission is FREE.  See the schedule of bands each week below.

Bring your friends and family, get a meal-to-go from one of the many downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton.  The 2017 series offers an assortment of music genres for all listeners.  Thursday Twilight Tunes is the perfect way to kick off the weekend early and listen to some of the best bands in the Denton area. 

This is the 24th season for this long-standing tradition in historic downtown Denton.  The 24th annual Twilight Tunes is presented by the Denton Main Street Association with Presenting Sponsors:  Denton Record-Chronicle, First United Bank, GSATi, Swash Labs, Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain, First State Bank, LSA Burger Company, North Texas Athletics, and Texas Woman’s University.  Thank you to the Feature Sponsors listed above and to supporting sponsors More Fun Comics & Games and Jack Bell Properties. 

*April 20   The Monkberries, Beatles Covers/Originals                                                          

Feature Sponsor: Mellow Mushroom

 April 27    Jeff Glover, Joe Pat Hennen, Brian Houser Singers/Songwriters                        

Feature Sponsor: TakeastandforChildrenTexaswith VERUS                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

May 4        El Nuevo Mi Son, Mambo/Cumbia/Merengue/Cuban Son                                            

Feature Sponsor: Barley & Board

 *May 11     Uver, Pop/Rock                                                                                                      

Feature Sponsor: Agua Dulce/ Chestnut Tree Tea Room & Bistro

 *May 18      Little Elmo & the Mambo Kings, Jump Blues/Boogie Woogie/Swing                           

Feature Sponsor: East Side Denton

 *May 25      A Taste of Herb, Herb Alpert Tijuana Brass Tribute Band                                             

Feature Sponsor: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain

 June 1        The BoomBachs, Hip Hop/Soul                                                                          

 Feature Sponsor: Denton Community Theatre

 June 8        Super Kings, Roots music with amplified harmonica                                                 

Feature Sponsor: The Bearded Monk

 June 15      Cliff Temple, 70’s & 80’s Rock                                                                            

Feature Sponsor: Cartwright’s Ranch House

 June 22      Crystal Yates, Americana Singer/Songwriter                                                    

Feature Sponsor: The Park

 June 29      Bonnie & Nick Norris, Country/Acoustic/Multi-Style                                        

Feature Sponsor: Paschall Bar

*Denotes concert will be held on the West side/Elm side of the courthouse lawn.  Others are on East/Locust side. 

Event takes place rain or shine. Please check the website, www.dentonmainstreet.org, Facebook or Twitter for any schedule details and other updates, including changes to location due to rain or inclement weather.  A sign will also be placed on the lawn to notify of the move to the rain location for that evening.

Mix It Up: March Madness Membership Mixer

Mix It Up: March Madness Membership Mixer

We had another great Membership Mixer last week at UNT on The Square. Did you miss out? Not to worry, we've got a quick recap for you to peruse as you mark your calendars for the next one!

MSA Members connect over drinks among the beautiful art. Photo Cred: Tammi Paul

MSA Members connect over drinks among the beautiful art. Photo Cred: Tammi Paul

Thanks to the donations of food and libations courtesy of Agua Dulce, UNT Union Dining Services, Wine Squared, Chestnut Tree Teahouse & Bistro, and Cartwright's, our members and new prospects had plenty to imbibe on as they reconnected with one another. With Spring rapidly approaching, we could feel the buzz of the room grow as businesses shared upcoming plans to celebrate the influx of Grade A weather, music, and festivities our Dentonites will share. There was hint of March Madness strategies in there, too. 

MSA President Glen Farris took a moment to share with us his gratitude for the organization and its accomplishments, while reminding others of upcoming Twilight Tunes events and our soon-to-be membership drive. "If you have friends looking to join us, now would be the time!" Glen spouted from atop a bench seat. We were fortunate enough to have several prospective members stop by as well. Our timing couldn't have been better! 

Glen Farris addressing our Denton MSA members. Photo cred: Tammi Paul

Glen Farris addressing our Denton MSA members. Photo cred: Tammi Paul

We had a great time connecting with members, new, old and perspective, at this month's membership and look forward to an even greater turn out in May. We'll see y'all on April 20th for Twilight Tunes with the Monkberries in partnership with Thin Line Film Fest! But for now, here's a few more photos to hold you over 'till the next one. 

Party at Agua Dulce: Denton Celebrates SXSW Success

Party at Agua Dulce: Denton Celebrates SXSW Success

In case you didn't know, last week's SXSW was one for the history books for Denton,thanks to the efforts by members of the Discover Denton Welcome Center. Downtown movers and shakers Kim Phillips and Julie Glover took over SXSWInteractive with our Denton exhibit and virtual reality experiences, with a little help from representatives from UNT, TWU and the Welcome Center itself. 

Using VR, attendees were able to step into our day to day world for just a moment's glimpse at what we experience on a daily basis. Hundreds of people gathered for an opportunity to utilize this budding technology and left with a memorable experience of our beautiful Downtown culture.

One of the first choices as a user was to decide between a drink at Dan's Silverleaf or a UNT jazz show, two rather fitting inaugural experience for all, visitor or otherwise. 

Overall, the expo was a HUGE success! Our hardworking team garnered rave reviews and plenty of media attention. Like here. And here

As a wrap up to the SXSW 2017 project and for our partners and exhibit team, we're hosting a come-and-go reception on the Agua Dulce restaurant patio, rain or shine - THIS FRIDAY (March 24th) from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. This free event will be complete with our VR stations to showcase how SXSW attendees virtually visited and experienced Denton. 

For more information, visit our Facebook event by clicking the button below.

We Can Win $25,000 - Vote for Denton

We Can Win $25,000 - Vote for Denton

That's right; we've been nominated once again for America's Main Street Contest! 

For the second year in a row,  Downtown Denton Main Street Association is nominated as one of the Best Main Street's in America. We're delighted to share this accomplishment with our fellow Dentonites and are eager to share the victory with you! However, this victory only comes with the help of our friends and family; the community of Denton. But what's in it for Denton?

To quote America's Main Street Contest: "The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $25,000 check" among other prizes that can be used to benefit Downtown Denton many ways that will make it a better place for all who visit, work and live here. 

Each year, we as a Main Street Association strive to provide our community opportunities to grow, learn and connect with one another in a city with an untouchable thriving culture. We [Denton MSA] exist to promote and preserve Downtown Denton as a vital asset of the community and to maintain its historic character and appeal as a center for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Through networking opportunities, community events and support of local business, we aim to provide as many resources as possible to help our city and its economy grow. 

To help us win Best Main Street in America, simply click the button below and vote for Denton Main Street. Voters are encouraged to vote daily as often as possible.

Voting ends June 1st, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Cast your vote and support Denton Main Street Association! 


Spring into Downtown Denton March 4 & 5

Spring into Downtown Denton March 4 & 5

Spring Open House weekend in downtown Denton is March 4th - 5th and spring shopping, dining and entertainment has never been better!  Businesses will open their doors for extended hours or offer something extra special during the weekend to get spring into high gear.  New businesses have been popping up all over downtown Denton, so check it out during this open house weekend. The local experience awaits shoppers and diners around every corner.

Merchants participating in Spring Open House weekend will feature new merchandise, new dishes, some live music or refreshments while you shop and stroll.  

Remember that merchants who are participating in the Share the Love promotion this February will accept the Downtown Rewards coupons through March 4 & 5, 2017.   

Participating Spring Open House locations include:

Shopping & Services -

A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak

Amyx Fine Jewlery, 222 W. Hickory

Atomic Candy, 105 W. Hickory St.

Bella Designs, 318 E. Oak St.

Bonduris Music, 813 N. Locust St.

The Candy Store, 110 B W. Oak St

Cupboard Natural Foods & Cafe, 200 W. Congress St.

Dark Age Tattoo Studio, 124 W. Oak St.

DIME Store Local+Art+Craft+Vintage, 510 S. Locust St

Discover Denton Welcome Center, 111 W. Hickory St. 

First People's Jewelers, 117 N. Elm St.

Garden Gate, 121 N. Elm St.

The (Ghost) Note, 120 W. Oak St

Green Foods Nutrition. 405 Ft. Worth Dr. 

Impressions by DSSLC, 105 1/2 Hickory St.

JT Clothiers, 200 W. Oak St.

la di da, 114 N. Locust St.

Lucky Locks Beauty Bar, 116 N. Austin St.

McNeill's Appliance, 104 W. Oak St.

More Fun Comics & Games, 103 W. Hickory St.

Noles General Store, 315 E. Hickory St.

Palm Tree Boutique, 119 N. Elm St.

Salon NV. 315 S. Locust, Ste. 101

SCRAP Denton, 420 S. Bell Ave.

Serendipity on the Square, 108 W. Oak St.

Shop the Barn, 116 N. Locust St.

Sleeping Lizzards, 424 N. Elm St.

Twice as Nice Resale, 413 E. Oak St.

Vintage Blue Home, 221 W. Oak St.

Weldon's Saddle Shop (Sat. auction). 345 E. Hickory St.

Whimsy Finds, 221 W. Hickory St.

Dining, Pubs & Bars - 

Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen, 115 S. Elm St.

Andaman Thai, 221 E. Hickory St.

Audacity Brew House, 1012 Shady Oaks

Bearded Monk, 122 E. McKinney St.

Beth Marie's Ice Cream, 117 W. Hickory

Bet the House BBQ, 508 S. Elms Ste. #109

The Chestnut Tree Teahouse, 107 W. Hickory St.

Dusty's Bar & Grill, 119 S. Elm St.

East Side Denton, 113 E. Oak St.

Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory St.

Hypnotic House, 331 E. Hickory St.

Jupiter House, 106 N. Locust St.

LSA Burger Co., 113 W. Hickory St.

Loophole Gastropub & Ale House, 119 W. Hickory St.

Mellow Mushroom, 217 E. Hickory St.

Mulberry Street Cantina, 110 W. Mulberry St.

Oak Street Drafthouse, 308 E. Oak St.

Paschall Bar, 122 N. Locust St.

Pizza Snob, 321 W. Hickory St. #108

Steve's Wine Bar, 219 E. Hickory St.

Wine Squared, 110 W. Oak St., Ste. A




Share the Love: Shop Local, Earn Local

Share the Love: Shop Local, Earn Local

Today marks the beginning of our “Share the Love" event of the month in downtown Denton. Reward yourself and/or others by shopping and dining with participating businesses across Downtown Denton. This is downtown’s way of saying “thank you” to customers who are shopping local. 

How It Works: Spend $25 or more at a participating store or restaurant and receive a Downtown Rewards coupon. Redeem your rewards and enjoy some discounts on special items or offers. Retail and service merchant participants are offering 25% off, and 15% off at a participating restaurants. 

But, the love doesn’t stop there.  Fill out the back side of your Downtown Reward coupon before redeeming and your name will be entered into the grand prize drawing that happens in March. 

Rewards are valid through Spring Open House Weekend on March 4th & 5th.   Please check with individual merchants for limits and restrictions. Participants list below

The participants include:

A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak, #101

Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen, 115 W. Elm

The Bearded Monk, 222 E. McKinney

Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, 117 W. Hickory

Bonduris Music, 813 N. Locust

Cartwright’s Ranch House, 111 N. Elm

Chestnut Tree Tea Room & Bistro, 107 W. Hickory

Cupboard Natural Foods & Café, 200 W. Congress

Dusty’s Bar & Grill, 119 S. Elm

East Side Denton, 113 E. Oak

Faded Blue, 110 0 N. Locust

First People’s Jewelers, 117 N. Elm

Game Changers Arcade & Sport Grill, 122 W. Mulberry, Ste. 100

Garden Gate, 121 N. Elm

Greenfoods, 405 Ft. Worth Dr.

GreenHouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust

Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory

Hypnotic Donuts & Biscuits, 235 W. Hickory

JT Clothers, 200 W. Oak

la di da, 114 N. Locust

Lone Star Taps & Caps, 505 W. Hickory St.

The Loophole Gastropub & Ale House, 119 W. Hickory

Massage on the Square, 108 E. Oak St.

Mellow Mushroom, 217 E. Hickory

Midway Mart, 406 W. Hickory St.

Mulberry Street Cantina, 110 W. Mulberry St.

Noles General Store, 315 E. Hickory

Oak Street Draft House, 308 E. Oak

Palm Tree Boutique, 119 N. Elm

Queenie’s Steakhouse, 115 E. Hickory

San Bay Studio, 1427 Oakland

Serendipity on the Square, 108 W. Oak St., #102

Shop the Barn, 116 N. Locust

Steve’s Wine Bar, 219 E. Hickory

Whimsy Finds, 221 W. Hickory



Mix It Up: MSA Announces Outstanding Biz Volunteer, Arts Walk of Fame Inductees at Membership Mixer

Mix It Up: MSA Announces Outstanding Biz Volunteer, Arts Walk of Fame Inductees at Membership Mixer

Tonight's MSA Membership Mixer was one for the books as board members took time this evening to recognize a group of individuals who have an impact on Denton and the Downtown area, respectively. These individuals are the 2017 Inductees for the Arts Walk of Fame, and Outstanding Business Volunteer of the Year. 

These artists, businesses and volunteers contribute to Denton’s reputation as an eclectic haven to live, work and visit. It only seemed fitting to dedicate the first mixer of the year on their accomplishments and contributions.  

First came the presentation of the Outstanding Business Volunteer Award. Created in honor of the memory of Bill Thomas, many recall that Bill Thomas owned and ran his furniture store in downtown for more than 50 years. He was one of the first businessmen to help form the Downtown Business and Professional Association back in 1964 that, by all intents and purposes, is the Denton Main Street Association today.  The dedication to downtown and the community that was exemplified by Bill Thomas is a cornerstone to the success of downtown Denton and its revitalization through the years.

Our inaugural recipient of year is Ken Willis, co-owner of Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain. Willis is an unassuming man and enjoys working behind the scenes.  If something is happening downtown, he is there, but out of the limelightHe grew up in Denton and started out in the restaurant business under his father’s direction at the Charcobroiler Restaurant. He's managed a Grandy’s and is best known for his former restaurant, Ruby’s Diner, which opened in the mid-90’s on the square. His most current clam to fame is the 2003 partnership in Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain.

Current Denton MSA President Glen Farris and Craig Thomas ( son of late Bill Thomas) with Outstanding Business Volunteer of the Year Award recipient, Ken Willis. 

Current Denton MSA President Glen Farris and Craig Thomas ( son of late Bill Thomas) with Outstanding Business Volunteer of the Year Award recipient, Ken Willis. 

Willis served on the DMSA board for two 6-year terms starting in 1998, including serving previously as MSA President.  He helped transform the Twilight Tunes into a flourishing weekly event for the entire community to enjoy. You can still catch Willis on site, helping to set up the event, selling ice cream, or leading the “bucket brigade” on the lawn during some concerts. Not to mention, the help on the sponsorship and membership he sells and his participation in events throughout the year. His passion for revitalization efforts really shines through each time he lends a hand. He has had an impact on the success of DMSA and downtown over the past 18 years and we're quite thankful for it.

And Now: The 2017 Denton Arts Walk of Fame Inductees.

Denton has been the hub of activity for businesses and the arts for many generations. Several well-known artists have put Denton’s name on the map during their careers. It’s one of the many reasons the City of Denton decided to create the Denton Arts Walk of Fame in the heart of the arts – Downtown Denton.

In 1995, the City of Denton, Chamber of Commerce, The Denton Record-Chronicle, Texas Womans’ University, University of North Texas and about 400 citizens came together to create “A Vision for Denton -- The 21st Century.” One committee focused on downtown and its future needs. The group identified an Arts and Entertainment Corridor along E. Hickory Street as a priority action, specifically listing an arts district, east-end capital improvements, and music as part of the development.  This idea was referenced in both the Downtown Master Plan and the Downtown Implementation Plan.

As part of improvements on E. Hickory that took place in 2015, the Denton Arts Walk of Fame came to light. Each year a dedicated committee nominates artists from fields of music, literature, architecture and visual & performing arts to be inducted into the Denton Arts Walk of Fame. The honoree’s name, their claim to fame, and “Denton Arts Walk of Fame” are engraved on granite stones which are placed in the brick band by the sidewalks. Today, you can find the stars along both sidewalks of E. Hickory Street from Locust to Bell. 

The 2017 Denton Arts Walk of Fame  inductees are:

Leon Breeden--Musician (1921-2010) - University of North Texas; Chairman of UNT Jazz Studies; Director of One O’clock Lab Band, 1959-1981; clarinet, saxophone, composer, arranger.

John Ford Coley—Musician University of North Texas; singer, film, television; Piano, guitar; England Dan and John Ford Coley. 

Paula Blincoe Collins—Sculptor Texas Woman’s University; Sculptor, potter, brick sculptures; More than 200 sculptures across the country.

Carlotta Corpron—Photographer (1901-1988) - Texas Woman’s University; Photographer; Created “light drawings” which influenced the techniques of generations of photographers.

Margo Jones—Producer (1911-1987) – Texas Woman’s University; Stage director and producer; introduced theatre-in-the round concept.

Tom “Bones” Malone—Musician University of North Texas; Musician, arranger, producer; Trombone, saxophone, flute, piccolo; The Blues Brothers band, Saturday Night Live Band, CBS Orchestra, Late Night With David Letterman.

Lou Marini—Musician University of North Texas; Musician, arranger, composer; Saxophone; The Blues Brothers band, Saturday Night Live Band.

Neil Slater--Musician University of North Texas; Musician, composer, arranger; Piano; One O’clock Lab Band Director, 1981- 2008; Created Master degree in Jazz Studies.

Ray Wylie Hubbard and his boot, as he stepped over to view his stone before a gig at Dan's Silver Leaf last year.

Ray Wylie Hubbard and his boot, as he stepped over to view his stone before a gig at Dan's Silver Leaf last year.

The Denton Main Street Association congratulates each Inductee and Award Nominee on their accomplishments  both past and present that brought us all here together in this great little town we love to call home: Denton. We're excited to pass by your stars as we walk through our bustling downtown, on our way to pay Willis a visit for a scoop or two, or onto the next downtown Twilight Tunes. Either way, we're grateful and thankful. 

Best Wishes and Happy Retirement to Weldon's Saddle Shop

It's a new year and it's a time for new beginnings. With each new beginning, something comes to an end. In downtown Denton, a new beginning will happen for one business as another longtime shop closes its doors. Weldon's Saddle Shop has been an iconic establishment in downtown Denton, Texas at the corner of Bell and Oak since 1957. Owner, Weldon Burgoon, retires this weekend.  The store has been a destination business in downtown Denton, with its custom, hand-made leather belts, saddles, and more. The store also housed a museum of western collections, including a collection of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers memorabilia. 

When giving a history of the family business, Kippie Wilkinson, Burgoon’s daughter, said that in the early years when saddle making was slow he picked up a few retail items like hats, boots, and shirts in order to keep cash flow going.  As the years went by, Weldon's Saddle Shop grew out of an old shack and into a bigger building that has been located on the same street corner for 60 years in downtown Denton.  Burgoon built over 150 custom saddles during his career, among countless other leather goods.

Burgoon, now in his mid-80’s, has gone to work every day since opening the shop. Weldon’s offered the Denton area cowboys and cowgirls quality leather goods, some of them worn by champions.  As he retires, a new beginning starts for his grandson, Clint Wilkinson. Wilkinson will continue the craft of custom leather goods that he learned from his grandfather and is opening a studio next door. In the tradition of leather goods, Wilkinson will offer custom designed leather goods for men and women, including purses, wallets and briefcases.

Anyone who has shopped at Weldon's and had the chance to meet him knows they were in the presence of a true Texas cowboy. Downtown, and Denton, will miss this shop that represents Denton's western heritage that built this community and gave us entrepreneurs, like Weldon Burgoon.

Denton Main Street Association wishes the best to Weldon Burgoon, Kippie Wilkinson and Clint Wilkinson.  Thank you for your impact on downtown Denton and your service to this community over the years. Downtown Denton patrons interested in Wilkinson can find his goods online at ClintWilkinson.com. 

Downtown merchants offer 12 Days of Christmas and After-Hours Holiday Shopping

Downtown Denton merchants have some specials in store for the Twelve Days of Christmas promotion starting today through December 24th.  Each day participating merchants will offer some kind of discount or a special item counting down to Christmas.  Visit or check these stores below (just a scroll down) and watch their social media and the Downtown Denton - Denton Main Street Association social media for posts each day for great finds.

There are also 12 stores offering extended hours during the busiest shopping season of the year with some stores open on Sundays through December 24th and others extending into some evening hours on weeknights.  But, the big night is this Thursday, December 16th with several stores open until 9 p.m., some of them holding special promotions of their own that you won't want to miss. See the After-Hours list below the 12 Days list for the places you can visit late on December 15th.  

12 Days of Christmas Promotions (running specials daily thru Dec. 24):

  • A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak
  • Bearded Monk, 122 W. McKinney
  • Faded Blue, 1100 N. Locust
  • Garden Gate, 121 N. Elm
  • la di da Boutique, 114 Locust
  • Lone Star Taps & Caps, 505 W. Hickory
  • Noles General Store, 315 E. Hickory
  • The Palm Tree, 119 N. Elm
  • San Bay Studio, 1427 Oakland. St.
  • Shop the Barn, 116 N. Locust
  • Serendipity on the Square, 108 W. Oak
  • Steve's Wine Bar, 219 E. Hickory 
  • Whimsy Finds, 221 W. Hickory

After-Hours Holiday Shopping Event              (Stores open Thursday, Dec. 15th until 9 p.m.):

  • A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak
  • Bearded Monk, 122 W. McKinney
  • Discover Denton Welcome Center, 111 W. Hickory
  • Faded Blue, 1100 N. Locust
  • Garden Gate, 121 N. Elm
  • la di da Boutique, 114 Locust
  • Noles General Store, 315 E. Hickory
  • The Palm Tree, 119 N. Elm
  • Shop the Barn, 116 N. Locust
  • Serendipity on the Square, 108 W. Oak
  • Steve's Wine Bar, 219 E. Hickory 
  • Whimsy Finds, 221 W. Hickory




Recap: Downtown Denton Wassail Weekend 2016

Recap: Downtown Denton Wassail Weekend 2016

We had an excellent time during Wassail Weekend and Denton Holiday Lighting Festival this year. Despite the rainy forecast, it was clear that our community wasn't quite ready to give up on one of our favorite Denton holiday weekends of the year. We've put together a quick little recap of the weekend's festivities for you, a mere scroll away! 

The lovely ladies of Denton Main Street Association organizing paper ballot votes for Wassail Weekend. 

The lovely ladies of Denton Main Street Association organizing paper ballot votes for Wassail Weekend. 

Our volunteers were out in full force throughout the weekend, gathering paper ballots, ensuring businesses had cups, among many other tasks necessary to keep our Wassail Weekend moving! Beth Lewis and Christine Gossett were amicable and excited for the exceptional turn out both evenings. The immense amount of paper ballots was tell-tale in itself of just how many Dentonites turned out for the holiday weekend. 

Thanks to these ladies and the power of social media, the Denton Main Street Association were able to effectively determine our Wassail winners. Our 2016 Wassail Weekend victors were as follows:

Dukes of Wassail: i <3 Denton

Lady of Wassail: Dark Age Tattoo Studio

Queen of Wassail: Discover Denton

Liz McDonald serving Wassail from of our "Lady Wassail" stop , Dark Age Tattoo Studios.

Liz McDonald serving Wassail from of our "Lady Wassail" stop , Dark Age Tattoo Studios.

2016 has been a year of growth, transition and change not only on a national scale, but at the local level as well. People come and go, places change; we evolve. However, it's safe to say that Denton still hasn't lost its small-town, local neighborhood feel. We're lucky to live in a city full of individuals who'll battle, rain, wind and cold for the chance to support their local business, all in the name of Apple Cider. Happy Holidays, Denton. 2016 looks great on you! 


Wassail Weekend is a tradition in Downtown Denton

Wassail Weekend is a tradition in Downtown Denton

The Denton Main Street Association merchants first hosted a Wassail tasting event in 1999 with the intention of giving the attendees at the annual tree lighting a little something warm and yummy for the festivities. What started out as a small, friendly competition among merchants has now become one of the most anticipated holiday treats in Denton and this year is no exception.  There are 45 Downtown Denton Denton Main Street Association members preparing their secret recipes as this blog is written. The crock pots will be warm with Wassail during the annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival this Friday, Dec. 2nd and some stores will serve it again on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 3rd while visitors shop and dine in downtown.

What is Wassail Weekend? It's a 2-day tasting event and Wassail is just a fussy old English word for hot cider. Some downtown merchants stir up their best recipe to give free tastings for all ages. They are competing for the public's love and approval of their Wassail and bragging rights, of course. It's all fun and a great time out with friends and family.

Wassail tasting hours are Friday, December 2nd from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and more downtown merchants will hold tastings on the following day, Saturday, December 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m..  Friday night's tastings will take place among the festivities at the lighting festival. Saturday, Dec. 3 will have some background activities to create a the spirit of the season as visitors browse downtown:

1 p.m. - Tastings start at Saturday participating locations until 4:30 p.m.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - DentonRadio.com will air on the square featuring the Wild Coconuts playing acoustic Christmas tunes

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – DentonRadio.com will air on the square featuring Ellie Meyer playing acoustic guitar.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Oak Hickory Historic Homes Tour - purchase tickets at the Discover Denton Welcome Center.

1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Selfies with Santa at various off-the-square Wassail Stops  check back for a schedule of his stops on this website and check social media.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Roaming musicians Dave White and Link Chalon at East Hickory/Industrial Street area stops.

4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Denton Community Chorus sings on corner at Oak/Elm streets on square.

RAIN OR SHINE, the event still takes place. 

Denton MSA looks forward to seeing you and yours at Wassail Weekend!

Shop Small Saturday is November 26th

Shop Small Saturday is November 26th

Denton is celebrating Small Business Saturday in a BIG way. Small businesses in shopping centers throughout Denton are participating and downtown Denton has more than 20 places you can shop and dine on to support #ShopSmallDenton on Saturday, November 26th. 

Since 2010, customers and small businesses alike have been able to kick start their holiday shopping season on a day celebrating the uniqueness, charm and economic impact that small businesses bring to communities nationwide. Recognized as Small Business Saturday – the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year – this celebratory day was founded to encourage consumers across the country to support local, small businesses within their hometowns and beyond.

Why is it important to support small businesses?  It’s simple – these small businesses are locally owned and operated and employ local citizens.  This means they go back and spend money locally contributing to the local economy which benefits the community in many ways. These businesses also support and sponsor countless non-profits, community events, teams and causes adding to the quality of life in Denton.

Shop small and win! Enter the contest.

Enter the selfie contest for a chance to win great prizes!

Enter the selfie contest for a chance to win great prizes!

A selfie contest throughout the day makes you eligible for some great prizes, so check out the rules and guidelines here for this on the Shop Small Denton event page or on the Downtown Denton – Denton Main Street Association Facebook page.  

Downtown Denton has a high concentration of locally-owned shops, restaurants, salons and service companies and they are the reason this area is revitalized and vibrant. Shop small and support these and other small businesses in Denton. Complete list of participating small businesses in downtown is available on the Events page for Shop Small Saturday and city-wide participants are on Facebook at the Shop Denton Texas page. 

Be sure to come back December 2nd and 3rd for more Downtown Denton fun during Wassail Weekend and Denton Holiday Lighting Festival.  The Denton Holiday Lighting Festival kicks off the fun on Friday night, Dec. 2nd with the tree lighting at sunset, performances, crafts, Santa, and live music until 9 p.m.. Participating DMSA member merchants will serve Wassail from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday night and many of them will serve it again on Saturday afternoon from 1 pm to 4:30 pm while tasters enjoy roaming musicians, selfies with Santa, and more Wassail while shopping and dining. Vote on your favorite Wassail and check out the details on the events page under Wassail Weekend.

Ready or Not, It’s Time to Shop!

Ready or Not, It’s Time to Shop!

Shopping pic Hol Open House 2014.jpg

Downtown Denton kicks off the holiday season early with a sneak peek of all the holiday shopping, dining and entertainment of the season. Below is a bit taken from the weekly blog by Kim Phillips at the Denton Convention & Visitor Bureau that has details on the fun.

It’s a warm, muggy Denton day in November.  As I am writing this week’s column, I feel a bit like one of the forgotten on the Island of Misfit Toys that Santa passed over on the old “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated holiday TV special; except it’s fall and not Santa that seems to have passed us by.  Weathermen say the season will soon change, but we haven’t even had a good tease yet. 

That’s why the transition from sidewalk to interior was so delightful when I stepped into Garden Gate at 121 N. Elm Street earlier today.  The A/C refreshed like a cool front, and all around me, Christmas!  Festive trees, twinkling lights, candles, decorations, gifts.  Crisp fall or not, the holidays are arriving on the square!

This coming weekend, November 12 and 13, is the Denton Main Street Association’s (DMSA) annual Holiday Open House.  “It’s a more than 20-year-old tradition in Denton,” Garden Gate owner Traci Davis said.  “I bought Garden Gate almost 10 years ago from (the late) Janice Spurgeon, the original owner and lady who first had the Holiday Open House idea.” 

In the late 80s, Janice started coordinating with fellow downtown merchants to cost-share a fall promotional campaign to encourage customers to get a head start on the holidays.

Traci was still new in the Garden Gate mainstay when the DMSA recruited her to their board and she joined the tight-knit downtown merchant community.  Eager to engage, she plugged in fast, taking over where Janice left off organizing the long-standing Holiday Open House tradition.  Under Traci’s leadership, the official holiday shopping kick-off weekend moved under the DMSA banner where it has thrived ever since.

Mellow Mushroom owner Monte Jensen is the DMSA President.  “Holiday Open House is good for Denton!” he exclaimed.  “Money spent at locally doesn't go to large, online retailers; the majority of money spent here is spent in Denton again.  Once that money leaves our economy, it belongs somewhere else.”

Why is a weekend tailored to shopping important to a restaurant owner? 

“There are several really good reasons,” Monte explained.  “First: if the money spent locally stays here, it is that much more likely that it'll make its way to my establishment. What's not to like about that?  Secondly, the money spent here provides tax dollars necessary to support Denton’s infrastructure.  Some random big business in Seattle isn't going to fix our potholes.  Thirdly, all that foot traffic and shopping makes people hungry.  Maybe those hungry people will have something to eat or a drink at Mellow Mushroom.  And finally, diversity of business - a mix of restaurant, bar and retail - is vital to the health of our downtown business district.  Monocultures don't typically thrive, but diversity does!”

Well said, Monte!  That is economic vitality in a nutshell. 

This year, more than 45 downtown businesses are participating in Holiday Open House.  Featured products will include art, jewelry, clothing, books, records, music, wine, sweets, home décor and lots of Christmas everything.  Like Monte said, the downtown eateries, coffee shops and pubs are part of the experience, too.  Shoppers will discover specials, door prize drawings, refreshments and music along the way. 

Whatever the weather doles out this weekend, don shorts or sweaters accordingly and get your holiday #dentoning underway at the Holiday Open House.  Ready or not, it’s time!

Holiday Open House details are available at www.dentonmainstreet.org and at #downtowndenton.

KIM PHILLIPS is vice president of the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Denton Chamber of Commerce. She loves promoting Denton’s original, independent spirit through the city’s sense of place and cast of many characters. She can be reached at kim@discoverdenton.com.


Arts & Autos 2016 Winners List

Arts & Autos 2016 Winners List

The 2016 Arts & Autos Extravaganza on September 10th was a success with more than 8,200+ people coming out to see the 140 cars, trucks and motorcycles who came out to be in the show. Despite the rainy start to the day, it ended up with sunny skies and lots of winners. Winners were announced at the show, but we want to be sure and let everyone see who they were this year.  This is an event that the Denton community truly loves and looks forward to each year. Thank you to all who entered, sponsored and attended. We look forward to next year and invite you all back for a great time.

Specialty Awards:

  • Best of Show Car: Jack Bell, 1966 Shelby Cobra
  • Best of Show Truck: Greg Coward, 1055 Chevrolet Cameo
  • Best of Show Motorcycle: Paul Kniatt, 2006 Home-built Hell Bound Steel 113 El Bruto, Fire bike
  • Best Interior: James Putnam, 1984 Chevy C-10 pickup
  • Best Engine: David & Kathy Fischer, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
  • Best Paint: Patrick McDowell, 1967 Pontiac GTO
  • President's Choice: Gary Marriot, 1972 GMC Sierra Grande
  • Best Promotional Vehicle: Denton Speed & Machine  
  • Hagerty Classic Cars Youth Judging Award: Bruce Jarrett, 1961 Chevolet Corvette

Car Class 1st Place and Participants' Choice Winners:

  • Class A - Pre-30’s Original: 
    • Participants Choice & 1st Place: Jack Thomsan, 1929 Ford A Roadster
  • Class A - Pre-30’s Original: 
    • 1st Place: Daniel Alvarado, 1925 Ford Model T Coupe
  • Class BB - 30’s Modified:
    • 1st Place: Leonard Wendt, 1932 Ford Sedan
  • Class C - 40's Original:
    • 1st Place: Lee Worley, 1948 Packard Delux 8
  • Class CC - 40's Modified:
    • 1st Place: Russell Hamm, 1940 Ford Coupe
  • Class D - 50’s Original:
    • 1st Place: Jerry Goolsby, 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria
    • Participants Choice: Ray Erwin, 1958 Chevrolet Impala
  • Class DD - 50’s Modified:
    • 1st Place: Donald Rodges, 1959 Ford Thunderbird
  • Class E - 60’s Original:
    • 1st Place: Jack Bell, 1966 Shelby Cobra
    • Participants Choice: Patrick McDowell, 1967 Pontiac GTO
  • Class EE - 60’s Modified:
    • 1st Place: Michael Mcbride, 1966 Ford Cobra Replica
  • Class F - 70’s Original:
    • 1st Place: Jesse Johnson, 1975 chevrolet corvette
  • Class FF - 70’s Modified:
    • 1st Place: Greg Bristow, 1972 Chevy Chevelle SS
  • Class G - 80’s Original:
    • 1st Place: James Brummett, 1981 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Class GG - 80’s Modified:
    • 1st Place: Henry Evans, 1987 Chevrolet Caprice
  • Class HH - 90’s Modified:
    • 1st Place: Christopher Dodson, 93 Ford Mustang
  • Class I - 2000/Newer Original:
    • 1st Place: Bobby Henry, 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28
  • Class J - CorvetteOriginal:
    • 1st Place: Leroy Falcon, 1998 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Class JJ - Corvette Modified:
    • 1st Place: Paul Weigenant, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Class K - Classic Corvette (‘82 - Older) Original:
    • 1st Place: Les Olson, 1968 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Class KK - Classic Corvette(‘82 - Older) Modified:
    • 1st Place: Danny Barboza, 1961 Chevrolet Corvette
    • Participants Choice: Bruce Jarrett, 1961 Chevolet Corvette
  • Class L - Mustang/Camaro/Muscle Car (‘73 - Older) Original:
    • 1st Place: August Azzarello, 1967 Ford Mustang
  • Class LL - Mustang/Camaro/Muscle Car (‘73 - Older) Modified:
    • 1st Place: David & Kathy Fischer, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
  • Class M - Mustang/Camaro/Muscle Car (‘74 -Newer) Orig:
    • 1st Place: Mike Shaw, 1993 Ford Mustang cobra
  • Class MM - Mustang/Camaro/Muscle Car (‘74 - Newer) Modified:
    • 1st Place: Leland White, 1993 Ford Fox Body
  • Class NN - Pro Street:
    • 1st Place: Jim Clark, 1990 Shelby Can-Am Race Car
  • Class O - Import Original:
    • 1st Place Original: Nathan Carrasco, 1965 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback
  • Class OO - Import Modified:
    • 1st Place Modified: Hotrod Boyd, 1964 Chrysler Ap6 UTE
  • Class PP - Street Rod Participants Choice:
    • 1st Place: Tom Farlow, 1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe 

Truck Class 1st Place and Participants' Choice Winners:

  • Class Q - Pre50’s Original:
    • No Entry
  • Class QQ - Pre50’s Modified:
    • Participants Choice & 1st Place: Larry Miller, 1949 Ford F-1 P/U
  • Class R - 50's Original:
    • 1st Place: Terry Jenkins, 1953 Chevrolet 3100 P/U
  • Class RR - 50’s Modified:
    • Participants Choice & 1st Place: Greg Coward, 1055 Chevrolet Cameo
  • Class S - 60's Original:
    • Participants Choice & 1st Place: Dian Calvert Miller, 1967 Chevrolet C-10 pickup
  • Class SS - 60’s Modified: 
    • Participants Choice, 1st Place Modified: Ben Locke, 1965 Ford F100
  • Class T - 70's & 80's Original:
    • 1st Place: Warren Whitson, 1987 Chevy C10 P/U
  • Class TT- 70’s & 80’s Modified: 
    • Participants Choice & 1st Place: Gary Marriot, 1972 GMC Sierra Grande
  • Class U - 90's/Newer Original:
    • 1st Place: Tom Knox, 2004 Chevy SSR
  • Class UU - 90/s Newer Modified:
    • No Entry

Specialty Class Winners:

  • Class V - Rat Rod: 
    • Participants Choice & 1st Place: Pat Young, 1937 Ford Truck
  • Class VV - Specialty:
    • No Entries

Motorcycle Class 1st Place Winners:

  • Class W - Custom:
    • Participants Choice & 1st Place: Shane Hutchings, 2000 Indian Chief
  • Class X - Metric Cruisers/Touring:
    • 1st Place: Luther Alexander, 1966 BMW R-50
  • Class Y - Domestic Cruisers/Touring:
    • No Entries
  • Class Z - Sport Bikes:
    • 1st Place: Mark Wirtz, 1978 TriumphBonneville
  • Class Z1 - Motor Scooters:
    • 1st Place: John Dvorachek, 1971 Honda CT70

Whimsical Winners:

  • Whimsical Award Winner - Best Family Truckster:
    • James Hamilton, 1953 Chevy Truck
  • Whimsical Award Winner - Best Mid-Life Crisis Car:
    • Bruce Jarrett, 1961 Chevy Corvette
  • Whimsical Award Winner - Best Drive-In Movie Car:
    • Janie Garrison, 1962 Chevy Impala
  • Whimsical Award Winner - Best Diamond in the Rough:
    • Will Bray, 1975 Chevy Handyman
  • Whimsical Award Winner - This Car Never Looked This Good When New:
    • Charlie Holmans, 1963 Chevy Corvette
  • Whimsical Award Winner - Best Gas Guzzler:
    • Bob Wilhoit, 1967 Chevy Impala


Fall Tunes Series Kicks Off on Sunday, Oct. 2nd

Fall Tunes Series Kicks Off on Sunday, Oct. 2nd

The downtown Denton Twilight Tunes fun is back on Sunday afternoons at the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street. Denton Main Street Association presents the FREE Tunes Fall Series that will run on Sundays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd on the Locust Street side of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn.   

Come early and check out some of the shops that are open on Sundays.  Grab a bite to go for the concert or stay after to enjoy dinner in Downtown Denton. Bring your friends and family with a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun begins to set over downtown Denton.  The 2016 Fall series offers an assortment of music genres for all listeners.  Tunes is the perfect way to wind down the weekend and listen to some of the best local bands in the Denton area. 

The following bands are scheduled to play the Fall Tunes Series:

October 2 – El Nuevo Mi Son, Mambo/Cumbia/Merengue w/emphasis on Cuban Son

October 9 – Chris Watson, Southern Soul

October 16 – High School Caesar, Rockabilly

October 23 – The Wild Coconuts, Hawaiian

Photo by Tammi Paul

Photo by Tammi Paul

The Fall Tunes is presented by the Denton Main Street Association with Presenting Sponsors:  Denton Record-Chronicle, First United Bank, GSATi, Northstar Bank, Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain, City of Denton Solid Waste & Recycling, First State Bank, North Texas Athletics, and Texas Woman’s University, with the support of Greater Denton Arts Council, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Feature sponsors for the concert series include: The Bearded Monk, Dentoning, East Side Denton, and Mellow Mushroom Denton.

For more information and a complete schedule of activities each week, please visit the website at www.dentonmainstreet.orgEvent takes place rain or shine. Please check the website or Facebook page. Downtown Denton – Denton Main Street Association, for any schedule and other event details, including changes to location due to rain or inclement weather. 

Denton Main Street Association is a non-profit 501(c) 6 with the mission of preserving and revitalizing Downtown Denton as a destination for dining, shopping, entertainment, culture, arts and history. 

If you are coming from the southern part of Denton County, or even from within Denton, hop on the DCTA A-train at MedPark in Denton or any of the stops south of Denton in Lewisville and Carrollton. Check out the DCTA train schedule at www.RideDCTA.net.