The city will soon have a locally owned children’s store again: Half-Pint Children’s Boutique, owned by longtime Denton residents Sally and Scott Cotter, is set to open Monday, April 1, at 108 W. Oak St., Suite 102, which formerly housed Knee Deep Plumbing.

That’ll be the first in a string of openings set for the Square this April, though no other businesses have official grand openings slated. La Di Da, Jupiter House and Minifigs, Bricks and More all hope to open next month.

Grandy’s closed its longtime location at 808 W. University Drive last month. There’s still one at 3450 E. McKinney St.

Need a gift basket on the go? Sterling Crate Gifts is open at 1811 Bolivar St. The specialty shop has prearranged gift baskets for every occasion, and customers can build their own baskets at the store. Trinkets inside range from wine glasses and candles to travel pillows and candy.

Need another food truck option? Nacho Universe’s menu items range from the classic configuration to more creative takes on chips and cheese, like pizza nachos. The truck is normally parked at Armadillo Ale Works, 221 S. Bell Ave.

Downtown is getting another brewery. Permits are finalized and construction will start soon on Howling Mutt Brewing at 205-215 Cedar St. The business will be primarily a brewery and taproom, and owners hope to open this summer.

We have a new 7-Eleven at 3012 E. University Drive, at the intersection with Loop 288.

Denton has a new transplant: Cadillac Art & Frame moved from Little Elm to Denton at 510 S. Locust St.

Garden Gate owner Traci Davis announced this month she’s going to close the home decor and gift shop by the end of April. The business has been in operation for 27 years, and has a prominent location on the Square: 121 N. Elm St. Everything in the store is on sale now, so stop by soon.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @jennafduncan.

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