Free laundry delivery app now available

A Denton Laundromat is the first in the area to offer pick-up and delivery service through a free smartphone app.

Wash It Kwik at 1825 W. University Drive now offers an app through the Apple App Store or Google Play that allows customers to request laundry service on their smartphone.

Customers can also place orders online. Pick-up and delivery is free, and laundry charges start at $1.39 a pound.

“Doing laundry is a time consuming, never ending problem,” Wash It Kwik owner Bruce Walker said in a press release. “Our new online service gets laundry picked up and cleaned to customer specifications and returned within 24 to 48 hours, without people leaving the comfort of their home.”

The laundry center serves all of Denton County, according to Wash It Kwik’s website.

The app and online system run on software from WashClub, a New York-based tech company that specializes in laundry and dry cleaning delivery.

Barbecue bash tomorrow for Dickey’s opening

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The newest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open inside Rayzor Ranch Shopping Center Thursday, April 16, according to a press release from the company.

The first 50 guests at the location, which opens at 11 a.m., will win a gift card worth up to $50.

The celebration will continue into Friday and Saturday as well.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, disc jockeys from New Country 96.3 will be at the location. During that time, one guest will win a $500 gift card, and three people will win free barbecue for a year. Additionally, the store will offer $2 pulled pork sandwiches.

On Saturday, there will be free merchandise giveaways throughout the day.

The location is at 2530 West University Drive, suite 1110.

 

Movie Tavern announces expansion

Movie Tavern, Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Denton, Texas. DAVID MINTON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Movie Tavern, Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Denton, Texas. DAVID MINTON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Denton’s Movie Tavern theater announced Wednesday plans for space expansion and interior upgrades.

Updates to the dine-in cinema are scheduled to be completed early in 2016 and will include:

  • Five additional full-service auditoriums, bringing the total number of screens to nine
  • Luxury recliners with call buttons in all auditoriums
  • Complete wine, beer and signature drinks list
  • New casual dining menu
  • All-reserved stadium seating

The lobby and bar area will also be renovated, as well as the building’s exterior and marquee. The complex is expected to double in size, increasing the seating capacity to 1,050 seats.

The theater plans to stay open for business during the renovations, which should be finished in time for the premier of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March.

Movie Tavern opened in 2005 as one of the Dallas-based company’s first theaters serving food and drinks during film screenings.

NY Pizza and Pasta to open next week

Smiling Moose Deli and Verus real estate share a building on the corner of West Hickory St and Carroll Blvd Dentonites will soon have another option for pizza in the downtown area, when NY Pizza and Pasta opens next week.

At the corner of West Hickory St. and South Carroll Blvd., the restaurant is taking the spot Smiling Moose Deli, which closed in November last year.

A family from the Bronx owns and will manage the restaurant, said Nexh Nokshiqi, who is helping open and run the restaurant with his father. Of course, they specialize in New York-style pizza, Nokshiqi said.

This will be their second restaurant, with the first in Benbrook. Right now, they are also working to open a third location in Grapevine. They expect to open sometime after Monday, though the exact date has not been set.

Business owners flocked to Lewisville for Facebook training

On Thursday, Facebook held its free Small Business Boost event. More than 500 local entrepreneurs packed into the Lewisville High School Harmon campus to learn how to advance their presence on the social platform.

While the event was co-hosted by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, this was an actual Facebook Inc. event. An actual Facebook small business expert, Nina Ferritto, presented the workshop.

“I grew up watching my dad work hard to build his business so I understand the challenges small business owners face,” she said. “That’s why it was so exciting for me to talk to 500 Metroplex small business people today about how Facebook can make growing their businesses a little bit easier.”

Before Ferritto gave her presentation, Ray Hernandez, president of the chamber, introduced a special guest speaker: U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville.

“You will not find an elected official that’s more committed to removing the impediments of progress for the entrepreneur,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the chamber is trying to create relevant programming important to its members. But, he was surprised with just how many members attended that normally don’t make it to events.

“Facebook is a strong advocate for small business and a strong partner that we can bring together,” he said. “It’s important that we invest our time and energy into teaching platforms for our members to be successful.”

After the presentation, Ferritto held a panel discussion with two local business owners and a question and answer session. Jayden Frost of vintage toy store DFW Vintage Toys and Cynthia McMillion of consignment shop DFW The Shoppe, shared tips and best practices from their experiences.

Andy Stone, the policy communications manager at Facebook, said the company goes all around the country holding these events.

“Often, the panel with business owners resonates most with the audiences because they patronize those businesses,” he said. “We choose the panelists based on their success and ability to use different Facebook tools.”

Jayden Frost was a singer songwriter for about 20 years, touring for a living. He lost his voice on stage a couple years ago, right after he married and became a father.  At the time, he had a little storage building filled with toys he would buy and sell as a hobby.

Not knowing what to do to support his wife and child, he decided to turn it into a store. The Lewisville storefront, just 500 square feet, filled with the toys.

Frost said that, without Facebook, his company would not have grown and 95 percent of his customers come from the social platform. His Facebook page has almost 37,000 likes and he has opened a larger storefront in Carrollton. The company now has an eBay account to branch out nationally.

“MySpace wasn’t working,” Frost joked during the panel session.

He said the biggest benefit Facebook has given him is the ability to directly target customers who live in the area and like comic books and science fiction.

“We still have a ton of customer base in Lewisville and will eventually open another storefront in Lewisville,” he said. “When it goes to paying for these ads, don’t be afraid to go big.”

Frost said that when he first got the call, he was skeptical it was real.

“It checked out, and after that I was very excited,” he said. “I work very hard at this little business, run it myself, so for someone to recognize all our hard work was awesome. If you’re a small business and aren’t using Facebook, you’re missing out big time.”

In the U.S., more than 30 million small businesses connect with customers through Facebook. Company representatives stopped in Austin on March 11 and Sugar Land on March 13.

Popular retailer H&M coming to Golden Triangle

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This fall, H&M will open a 23,000 square foot store in Golden Triangle Mall.

The store will be the chain’s fifteenth store in the state, according a press release announcing the new location.

They plan to hire around 30 employees to manage the store, which will feature clothing for men, women and children.

Within the store, there will be sections for maternity, sports apparel, accessories and a plus sized clothing line.

The mall began renovations in early 2013 to update the exterior and interior, and has since signed on several new retailers including Buckle, Zumiez and Charlotte Russe.

Facebook hosts free workshop for small businesses

(AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER/Getty Images)

(AFP PHOTO / KAREN BLEIER/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Facebook will hold its free Small Business Boost event to teach local small business owners how to advance their presence on the social platform.

This is an actual Facebook Inc. event and an actual Facebook small business expert will present the workshop.

U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, and the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce will co-host the event, welcoming entrepreneurs. Jayden Frost of vintage toy store DFW Vintage Toys and Cynthia McMillion of consignment shop DFW The Shoppe, will share tips and best practices from their experiences.

The check-in and networking expo start at 9:30 a.m. at Lewisville High School Harmon Campus Cafeteria, 1250 W. Round Grove Road. The program will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

In the U.S., more than 30 million small businesses connect with customers through Facebook. Company representatives will also stop in Austin on March 11 and Sugar Land on March 13.

To register and for more information, visit https://fblewisville.eventbrite.com.

Witherspoon Distillery moving

Quentin Witherspoon runs Witherspoon Distillery in Lewisville which produces rum and blended whiskey

Local whiskey and rum distillery Witherspoon Distillery is moving spaces within Lewsville.

By fall 2015, the crew hopes to be operating in the new space at 225 S. Charles St, where Piggly Wiggly once stood. 

While the new location is only about a mile from where the distillery currently stands on North Cowan Avenue, it will be closer to the downtown Lewisville area.

The business opened in 2013, but has outgrown the current space. To commemorate the upcoming move, the distillery is already selling new t-shirts to let people know they are moving to the old Piggly Wiggly space.

Warren Buffett to speak at benefit on April 8

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks in Omaha, Neb., at an event to raise money for the Girls Inc., charity organization. Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders is always one of the best-read business documents of the year. The 2015 letter, due to be released on Saturday Feb. 28, marks the 50th year of Buffett's leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks in Omaha, Neb., at an event to raise money for the Girls Inc., charity organization. Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders is always one of the best-read business documents of the year. The 2015 letter, due to be released on Saturday Feb. 28, marks the 50th year of Buffett’s leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, will speak on the importance of community partnerships at an exclusive Live BIG Benefit Event from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Nebraska Furniture Mart, 5600 Nebraska Furniture Mart Dr. in The Colony.

The benefit event will feature Buffett, live entertainment, food and drinks and a silent auction (including Buffett-signed memorabilia) as guests peek in the retail store – soon to be the largest home furnishing store in America.

Ticket are $75 and proceeds benefit Cancer Support Community North Texas. For more information, visit cancersupporttexas.org.

Neighboring bars open off the Square

Matt Slider (left) and J.B. Paschal at Service Industry on West Hickory Street Tuesday January 7, 2014, in Denton, Tx.

Two new bars arrived right off the Square this week. Service Industry and Muddy Jake’s Sports Grille and Pub are now open for business.

The next door neighbors at 222 W. Hickory St. serve food and drinks every evening, but Muddy Jake’s is also open for lunch.

Service Industry, owned by Matt Slider and JB Paschal, focuses on craft cocktails and a social, yet quiet, atmosphere.

The Hickory Street spot is the second location for Muddy Jake’s, which also operates in Sulphur Springs. General manager Lonnie Fox said the sports bar is hoping to host events, like live music and stand-up comedians.

Read more in this Sunday’s business feature.