Learn more about one of Downtown Denton's favorite annual events celebrating culture, history, tradition and coffin races: Denton Day of the Dead Festival!
Learn more about one of Downtown Denton's favorite annual events celebrating culture, history, tradition and coffin races: Denton Day of the Dead Festival!
October kicks off one of the busiest times of the year; the Holiday season. Lucky for us, Denton likes to take each holiday month in grand stride, with events nearly every weekend to keep us steadily shopping, imbibing and connecting with our Downtown neighbors. Below are a few of our favorite spooky and groovy events we think you should add to your weekend schedule.
New lights make downtown safer and more energy efficient than ever.
t's the coolest time of year in downtown Denton with the Twilight Tunes starting up for another Fall season. It's time to grab the lawn chairs and blankets, grab a bite to eat from any eatery in downtown, and make way to the courthouse lawn on Sundays for Fall Twilight Tunes, presented by the Denton Main Street Association.
Last Saturday Denton Main Street Association's Arts & Autos Extravaganza was a huge success this year and it was the largest show ever held in the event's history. Nearly 10,000 people came out to see the fabulous display of classic, hot rod, vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles around the historic Denton County Courthouse on the Square last Saturday, September 9th.
Fall has arrived as if out of nowhere to our town of Denton, and with that the 2017 season of Mean Green Football! Thanks to our friends at North Texas Athletics (UNT,) the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Jagoe-Public Company, Dentonians can travel to and from Apogee Stadium freely for home games, courtesy of the Mean Green Game Day shuttle.
On Thursday, August 31st, participating Downtown Denton merchants will donate 20% of sales to the Global Giving Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund as well as the SPCA of Texas. Please come out and give back to our Gulf Coast family.
Summer 2017 brought many changes to Downtown Denton. From big moves to new digs, our Main Street Associaton members have been cooking up a storm of changes for us to, for lack of a better word, fall into just in time for the Fall season. Read on for updates straight from the mouths of Wine Squared, Denton Parlor, Serendipity and our newest members, Captiva Salon.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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:
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 limelight. He 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.
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.
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.