New beer shop and bar to open by end of summer


Within the next 30 days, a new beer shop, growler fill-up station and bar will open at 122 E. McKinney St.

Backyard neighbors with popular beer garden East Side, the 2,200 square foot storefront will feature taps and bottles of craft beers to help educate the community, owner Ben Esely said.

The craft beer market in North Texas is growing, but hasn’t reached the level of Colorado or Portland, he said. The goal is to help educate and facilitate that experience for customers, Esely said. He has been tracking the market and blogging about it in recent years at his website, Beer Drinker’s Society, and more recently for our sister publication, The Dallas Morning News’, beer blog.

Ben Webster will help run the shop, and Andie Sterling, cafe director at Harvest House, may collaborate with the shop to offer beer education classes.

Follow the shop’s progress on Facebook.

Total Wine & More coming to Denton

Total Wine & More in Lewisville.

Total Wine & More in Lewisville.

After months of rumors, Total Wine & More will officially come to Denton Crossing, the development’s owner announced today.

The store will be 24,000 square feet and located between Best Buy and TJ Maxx in the center and is expected to open late this fall.

Since selling hard liquor in Denton was legalized and implemented in January, multiple smaller store fronts have opened, like Liquor Outpost and Imperial Ale & Spirits. This will be the first chain to open in the city. Currently, the closest Total Wine & More is in Lewisville.

In the release by Retail Properties of America, they also noted that the Kroger inside of the shopping center will undergo an expansion, adding just over 18,000 square feet.

Wandervan launching this weekend


Newcomer transportation company Wandervan will launch service this weekend at 5 p.m. Friday.

The company has two Ford Ecoline vans that carry up to six passengers, and a booking app for people to use on their phones.

Through the application, users can request a ride and track in real time when their driver will arrive.

The company will only provide rides within city limits, and will be available 24 hours a day. You can learn more about the company and their launch on their Facebook page.

Quality Surplus Inc. closing

Longtime business Quality Surplus Inc. is closing this weekend, and its last day open will be Saturday, May 30.

Located in Lake Dallas, the business supplies contractors, businesses and people with doors, windows and flooring. Owners Rick and Julie Larkey have  been in business 20 years, but because of construction in Interstate 35E, they are being forced to close.

The business will still be working with clients through June on projects and to close up the store.

For more information, visit the company’s Facebook page.

Denton County business suffers wind damage

Winds destroyed an estimated 25 units at Sunshine Boat Storage in Lewisville on Sunday morning. (Staff photo by Adam Schrader)

Winds destroyed an estimated 25 units at Sunshine Boat Storage in Lewisville on Sunday morning. (Staff photo by Adam Schrader)

It’s Sunday afternoon and Sunshine Boat Storage in Lewisville feels like a war zone. The second floor windows on the business’ office are blown out. A 2×6 piece of wood pierces the ceiling as seen from the inside. Outside, another is firmly lodged into the wall. Debris litters the area, some pieces of sheet metal reaching more than 600 feet away from the facility.

Some in southern Denton County suspected a tornado hit around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, but none had been confirmed. Dallas County, however, endured two tornadoes that touched down around 2:34 a.m.

At Sunshine, an estimated 25 storage sheds were damaged by a storm that tore through Lewisville at around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, said Roy Schindler, the property manager.

Some renters struggle with the loss of photographs, while others handle the stress by joking around.

“Give me that hard hat!” Kolten Loomis of Lewisville said to his two friends who load toolboxes into a white pickup. “Just kidding, I don’t need it.”

Carrollton resident Paul Williams also rents a unit in the facility. Unlike many renters, he’s not there removing his belongings. Instead, his friends Victor Wickman and Richard Lewis pack his possessions.

Williams left for the hospital earlier in the day. He needs stitches.

“The overhead door took out a good chunk of his hand when he tried to move it out of the way,” Wickman said. “He avoided the tornado just to get hurt by the debris anyway.”

Other renters protect themselves from the dangers of the wreckage. Lee Langley of Prosper and John Raines of Dallas wear work gloves as they sift through piles of sheet metal where Raines’ unit was.

“We’re just getting Christmas junk and any loose boating equipment out so we can get the boat somewhere else,” Raines said.

James Pope of Lewisville lives in the townhomes directly behind Sunshine. His home avoided the tornado and no shingles were pulled off the roof.

“We were looking out the window and heard the debris hit but couldn’t see through the rain,” he said “I thought it was hail at first, but it only hit like once or twice. We saw the garbage cans flying. Then we saw the damage.”

Pope said his next-door neighbor saw the tornado swirling and debris flying in the air.

Sunshine sits less than a quarter of a mile from the Lewisville Lake dam.

Water trickles over the corners. Two turtles sit in the middle of the spillway and stare at the water, as if taunting the lake to rise a half inch and pour over to the other side.

“We already closed the gates at Ray Roberts and Grapevine,” Dylan Mayfield with Army Corps of Engineers said. “It could go over the dam at any minute now. Slowly at first, then it will start pouring over.”

Joe Botto, who owns a lakefront home, said Mayfield told him the corps is trying to avoid water spilling over the dam at Lake Ray Roberts because there are houses nearby that would be at risk.

Rob McDonald, a 20-year Highland Village resident, also lives on Lake Lewisville. While he’s not worried about water damage to his home, he is worried about erosion.

McDonald wades through the water to his dock, next to Lakeside Community Park in Highland Village. He hopes he can level out the walkway, which was damaged by the storms.

Some locals, like Claudia and Manfred Zehentmayr, even biked or walked to the dam, more for curiosity than out of worry, they said.

It’s starting to rain again. Everyone at the dam returns to their cars, as the men and women at Sunshine Boat Storage continue to try saving their property.

According to the National Weather Service, KXAS-TV (NBC5), Tuesday afternoon could bring severe storms in North Texas. There is a slight chance of hail, tornadoes, strong winds and heavy rainfall. Scattered storms are possible throughout the week.

Lewisville/Flower Mound editor Adam Schrader can be reached at 214-773-8188.

Badgers BBQ closes shop

Badgers BBQ, Lewisville, Restaurant, business closing

From left, Danielle, Erich, Lilly, Emilee and Shelly Klein stand in front of the Badgers BBQ sign in their new Lewisville restaurant. (Adam Schrader/neighborsgo)

Badgers BBQ, a Lewisville restaurant, opened last August–with a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 4. However, the family-owned restaurant recently closed its doors, according to a post on the BBQ joint’s Facebook page.

To our loyal customers… Unfortunately, we can’t go in to specifics, but we are closed indefinitely until we can…

Posted by Badgers BBQ on Monday, May 18, 2015

Badgers, owned by Emilee and Erich Klein, served family-style barbecue, but they also want to use their restaurant to honor “the badge”: law enforcement, firefighters and soldiers in the community. Hence the name Badgers.

The restaurant has received mixed reviews on the Facebook groups Flower Mound Cares and Lewisville, TX-Community Blabber.

Badgers is decent, nothing spectacular. Definitely try Fat Cow next time, best BBQ in Denton County last 2 years running,” one user wrote in the latter Facebook group.

Lisa Strickler, another user of the group, wrote that the Kleins were struggling to stay open because the landlord for the property left a plumbing problem for two months, killing their business.

“He just recently fixed it and they have put everything they had into this business,” she wrote. “Pray for them to overcome a bad landlord and people not understanding, for all the good work they have done not to go away. Good people, excellent food in mass quantity.”

Erich Klein only said the building was incompatible with their needs. So he is looking for a new location.

Until the Kleins reopen elsewhere, send them a message on Facebook for ordering barbecue. 

Lewisville/Flower Mound editor Adam Schrader can be reached at 214-773-8188 and @schrader_adam on Twitter.


Drunken Donkey craft beer bar open

The sign behind the bar at Drunken Donkey Denton.

The sign behind the bar at Drunken Donkey Denton. 

Craft beer bar and grill Drunken Donkey opened today at Unicorn Lake.

This is the company’s third location since it was founded in 2014. The bar took the place of Pourhouse at 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd.

This location features more than 145 beers on tap and more than 60 bottles of beer as well. The menu is the same as the other two locations, featuring typical bar fare like wings, burgers and specialty items like grilled quail and roasted duck.

The bar will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and you can follow their daily specials and new beers on Facebook.

Denton Village expanding

Senior living and assisted living community Good Samaritan Society Denton Village is adding a $2.2 million expansion.

The addition will be the Community Life Enrichment and Wellness Center for their more than 100 residents.

With the addition, the community will get a chapel, fitness center, medical examination room, technology center and a community event space. This will add 4,439 square feet for the chapel, and re-purpose another 4,654 square feet.

The community, on Hinkle Drive near Kroger and the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo grounds, has senior living apartments and townhomes, as well as assisted living center.

Construction to start this month on Rayzor Ranch Town Center


RED Development, the company behind the much-anticipated Rayzor Ranch Town Center, announced they will start construction on the project by the end of the month.

They also announced the first round of retailers: WinCo Foods, Chili’s, Raising Cane’s, In-N-Out Burger, Envy Spa, Great Clips, Penn Station subs and Sleep Number.

Prior to today’s release, the company only confirmed publicly that Cinemark Movie Bistro would join the project. However, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported that WinCo Foods was vying for the space last December. We also reported in February that In-N-Out Burger, Chili’s and Raising Cane’s were joining the project.

When that was announced in 2014, it was estimated the project will open this summer. It is slated to be a high-end retail development similar to the Shops at Highland Village.

A press release from the company did not outline a timeline for the project, or when the stores could potentially open.

One downtown biz gone, another on the way out


Courthouse Collection is now officially closed, after having its last day on the Denton Square Saturday, May 9.

Now, owner Karen Wilson is in the process of moving the store to Krum.

Around the corner, owners of W Douglas Antiques are also preparing to close, but are Shirley and Tom Carrigan aren’t opening another location. Rather, they are retiring to Little Rock, Arkansas after 20 years on the Square.

Their last day in business will be Saturday, May 16. Another retail shop is planning to take its place, called The Palm Tree Boutique.

The store will undergo renovations before opening late this summer, featuring women’s clothing and accessories. The shop has a large online presence, and a storefront in Victoria.