Best Antique Store/Vintage Shop
Downtown Mini Mall I and II
108 and 118 N. Locust St.
The two Downtown Mini Mall locations have been a staple of the Dquare for more than 35 years and a space for local vendors to sell their wares.
The business prides iself on giving local residence the opportunity to get started in business, selling everything from antiques and oddities to arts, crafts and decorative items.
The ownership feels proud to represent more than 100 dealers who make the business possible.
Runner-up: Vintage Bleu Home
Honorable Mention: Antique and Western Heritage Gallery
Best Vintage Shop
Runner-up: Rose Costumes
Honorable Mention: Circa 77 Vintage
Best Beer Store /Liquor Store
Total Wine & More
1800 S. Loop 288
Roughly 8,000 varieties of wine, 3,000 kinds of spirits and liquor and 1,000 different kinds of beer line the shelves at Total Wine & More, Denton's first mega liquor store.
The store has quickly become a favorite since its November 2015 opening, and focuses on three main points: great prices, great service and great selection.
It's easy to get lost in the 24,000-square-foot space, but chances are an employee will find you before you get so intimidated and head for an exit.
With a few hints of what you like and what the occasion is, they'll point you in the best direction, even if it isn't to one of the rare specialty bottles behind locked glass cases (like a $1,799.99 bottle of vintage red wine).
For those who are more than amateur shoppers, the store also features several wine and beer education classes, as well as tastings regularly.
Runner-up: Midway Mart
Honorable Mention: The Bearded Monk
Best Liquor Store
Runner-up: Midway Mart
Honorable Mention: Paradise Liquors
Best Wine Store
Runner-up: Wine Squared
Honorable Mention: Metzler's
Best Book Store /Music/Movie
/Gaming Store /Store on the Square
200 N. Locust St.
As one of the largest and most established independent used bookstores in the country, Recycled Books, Records, CDs continues to attract book and music lovers to Denton.
It has been a staple of the Square for 34 years, capturing a wide-ranging audience from students to locals to dedicated collectors.
The staff has a deep wealth of knowledge that connects with its customers to ensure a consistently enjoyable experience.
A reflection of Denton's independent and arts-loving spirit, the store is always sure to have a recommendation that will peak your interest.
Runner-up: Barnes & Noble
Honorable Mention: Mardel Christian & Education
Best Music/Movie/Gaming Store
Runner-up: More Fun Comics and Games
Honorable Mention: Movie Trading Co.
Best Store on the Denton Square
Runner-up: Atomic Candy
Honorable Mention: Palm Tree Boutique
Best Clothing Store
Palm Tree Boutique
119 N. Elm Street
It's hasn't taken The Palm Tree long to become one of the most popular clothing shops in town.
As a matter of fact, it's been less than two years since owner Colin Grunewald opened The Palm Tree to provide the Denton community with fashion forward clothing and accessories at surprisingly affordable prices.
The Palm Tree thinks of itself more as a boutique and has quickly established itself as a fun place to shop. And Grunewald encourages his customers to make frequent stops at his shop. "We have fresh inventory arriving weekly," he said, "so there is always something new to see."
When notified of his selection as a Best of Denton winner, Grunewald is quick to give credit to his sales staff. It's their personal, helpful assistance to The Palm Tree customers that in just a couple of years has come to reflect their commitment to quality customer service.
Runner-up: La Di Da
Honorable Mention: J.T. Clothiers
Best Gift Shop
424 N. Elm St.
Dazzling, hand-fashioned jewelry and one-of-a-kind artwork crowd the nooks and crannies inside the pink pastel storefront that is Sleeping Lizzards.
Roxane Clark and Beth Klein at Sleeping Lizzards have prided themselves in finding or making things that no other stores provide for 23 years. The customer's input incorporates itself into the merchandise found at the store, and alongside its curious line of gems and ornaments, Sleeping Lizzards offers a host of custom "Denton" T-shirts.
Both owners are artists showcase their own work to support and showcase the creations of many diverse, local artists.
Runner-up: DIME Store
Honorable Mention: Serendipity
Best Health Food Store
Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe
Runner-up: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
Honorable Mention: Sprouts
Best Jewelry Store
First People's Jewelers
117 N. Elm Street
The display cases inside First People's Jewelers are stocked with a variety of pieces from vintage necklaces to Rolex watches to custom engagement rings. The store has helped Denton residents get their perfect bling for the past 43 years.
What sets this store apart is the customization and attention to detail that keeps their customers loyal. You can walk in, meet with a designer and build the perfect ring. From start to finish, everything to create the ring is done in house.
They are also able to help spruce up any of their customers existing pieces, with an in-house repairman with more than 30 years of experience.
Runner-up: Nasr Bros. Jewelers
Honorable Mention: Sleeping Lizzards
Best Resale Shop / Thrift Store
Twice as Nice Resale
413 E. Oak St.
Twice As Nice provides a unique opportunity to buy upscale items at a good price and to donate items for resale while helping a good cause.
A staff of 175 volunteers run the store with the slogan "Purchase With A Purpose." A new furniture section has been added this past year.
The store has been open since 2004.
Proceeds go to Women to Women in support of the Pregnancy Resource Center and Living Choices where services are free. Pick up and delivery are offered for a fee.
"We would not be able to keep the store running without volunteers, donations and support from the community," says Brittney Bradshaw, communications director.
Runner-up: Denton Thrift
Honorable Mention: SCRAP Denton
Best Thrift Store
Runner-up: Denton Thrift
Honorable Mention: Thrift Giant
Best Specialty Store
Runner-up: Rose Custumes
Honorable Mention: Day's Hardware
Best Sports Store
Denton Second Hand Sports
204 E. McKinney St.
Second Hand Sports has given Denton residents a cheaper alternative for fitness equipment and sports gear for almost three decades. They offer everything from high-end Disc Golf equipment to football gear to ellipticals.
The business also offers a variety of used electronics and game systems, including Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 3.
Aside from their inventory, the store gives its customers a more personal experience than a traditional sporting goods and entertainment store. The employees, some of whom are bilingual, can always find the perfect exercise machine for the family.
Runner-up: Denton Bicycle Center
Honorable Mention: Sprockets Bicycle and Coffee Shop
Best Vapor Shop
1025 Shady Oaks Drive, Suite 101
Vapor Shop provides customers an alternative to smoking.
The business offers devices that allow customers to inhale vapor from an electronic vaporizer or e-cigarette. Vapor Shop also sells the liquid that is used to create the vapor inhaled.
The store has a knowledgeable and professional staff as well as a wide variety of products. Vapor Shop has been in business for seven years.
Runner-up: Denton Vape Shoppe
Honorable Mention: Cosmic Vapor