Best Child Care

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CHILDREN’S DAY OUT AND FUN STOP

210 S. Locust St.

940-382-0074, ext. 0

www.fumc-denton.com

www.facebook.com/fumcdenton

www.twitter.com/FumcDentonTx

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Staff is FBI background/fingerprint checked and required to be certified in Infant/Child CPR, first aid and rescue breathing, as well as completing at least 24 hours of training annually.

How does your experience serve your customers?

We provide a loving Christian preschool for ages six weeks through pre-K and after school and summer programs for kindergarten through eighth grade.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

Low staff-to-child ratios with additional staff in each room. Employment of qualified male teachers to support a loving masculine role model. Providing special areas, such as art, music, stretch and grow, library time, chapel and Godly play. Outdoor learning center with mud kitchen and garden area. Also provide a year-round after-school/summer program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

What is your business management philosophy?

Our purpose is to provide learning experiences in a Christian environment where all children know they are special and loved. Our mission is shared with First United Methodist Church-Denton’s mission to shine God’s love into every life.

Runner-up: First Baptist Child Development Center

Honorable Mention: Countryside Montessori

Best Recreational Vehicles & Equipment

CYCLE CENTER OF DENTON

521 Acme St.

940-387-3885

www.cyclecenterofdenton.com

www.facebook.com/CycleCenterofDentonTX

What does your business specialize in?

Powersports, motorcycles, ATVs, utility vehicles and all things fun.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Constant training on the items we sell plus practicing excellent customer service.

How does your experience serve your customers?

We are powersports enthusiasts. Every employee here loves motorcycles, ATVs or UTVs, and it shows when you come in.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We sell fun! We are family-owned and operated and believe in taking care of people.

What is your business management philosophy?

Being fair, honest and consistent.

Runner-up: McClain’s RV Superstore

Honorable Mention: Camping World

Best Children’s Birthday Party Venues

ALTITUDE TRAMPOLINE PARK – DENTON

2434 Interstate 35E, Suite 140

940-210-1537

www.altitudedenton.com

What does your business specialize in?

Our business specializes in a family fun environment that any age can enjoy.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Cleanliness and a team environment.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We offer a fun, clean and safe environment that offers a new variety of attractions that caters to all age groups.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

Denton is the only park in the metroplex that offers a stunt bag, 8-foot diving board and arcade.

What is your business management philosophy?

We want our staff to work as a team to create a fun environment as well as protect our customers with safety procedures.

Runner-up: Explorium Denton Children’s Museum

Honorable Mention: Water Works Park and Denton Natatorium

Best Community Event

DENTON ARTS & JAZZ FESTIVAL

940-383-4418

www.dentonjazzfest.com

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Music with seven stages and 3,000 performers, 350 artists and vendors, an art tent and percussion tent, and we welcome 225,000 guests every year.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

We are the largest tourist attraction in Denton and North Texas.

What is your business management philosophy?

There is something for all ages to enjoy.

Runner-up: Denton Community Market

Honorable Mention: Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival

Best Dance Studio

A TIME TO DANCE STUDIO

3588 FM2181, Hickory Creek

940-498-4000

www.attds.com

www.facebook.com/atimeto.dance.3

What does your business specialize in?

Teaching more than just great dancing to all ages!

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

All of our staff are highly qualified as dance teachers/performers and choreographers as well as awesome role models! We have continuing education grants for our staff as well as trainings that come to our studio. All of our staff has been trained in YPAD (Youth Protection Advocacy for Dance). Our staff truly wants to make a difference in the lives of their students. It is about teaching dance, but more than that, it’s about making a positive impact on a dancer that will last a lifetime!

How does your experience serve your customers?

We believe that our dance curriculum and goal achievements that are implemented in all of our classes help to encourage and motivate our dancers. We believe that our passion for dance and for God serve our customers in a unique way that is more than just great dancing.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

A Time to Dance was started 29 years ago by Pam McCurley, and the name of the studio come from Ecclesiastes 3: “A Time to Dance ... to everything there is a season.” A Time to Dance is a place for dancers to come and be who they were created to be and to express themselves through dance.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

We are more than just great dancing! We believe that dance lessons teach life lessons and that character can be taught and encouraged in the dance room. Our passion is to teach great dance but also to encourage this generation to walk in kindness, courage and confidence.

What is your business management philosophy?

Servant leadership.

Runner-up: Denton Dance Conservatory

Honorable Mention: Denton Ballet Academy

Best Gymnastics

ACHIEVERS GYMNASTICS CENTER

3014 Interstate 35E

940-484-4900

www.achieversgymnstics.com

What does your business specialize in?

Gymnastics, cheer lessons and ninja lessons.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Since 1992, we have been committed to helping children in the North Texas area realize their full potential by utilizing our gymnastics, cheer and ninja programs and specialized classes. We always strive to provide a safe, fun and playful atmosphere, but our No. 1 priority is to instill a sense of integrity, motivation and respect in each child who enters our doors. At Achievers, our mission is summed up by our motto, which we live daily. “Teach children they can achieve, and it is a lesson they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We are the only gym in Denton to offer competitive boys gymnastics and now ninja lessons.

What is your business management philosophy?

Staff is everything! The staff are safety-certified coaches to devoted full-time operations coordinators. Achievers’ staff is composed of some of the most dedicated, qualified and experienced individuals in North Texas. We are imaginative and compassionate, constantly researching innovative training ideas in order to keep our students’ best interest at heart from an intellectual, social, physical and emotional standpoint.

Runner-up: Corinth Gymnastics

Honorable Mention: Thunder Extreme Athletics

Best Health & Fitness Club

PLANET FITNESS

Runner-up: Camp Gladiator

Honorable Mention: North Lakes Recreation Center

Best Live Theater

DENTON COMMUNITY THEATRE

214 W. Hickory St.

940-382-7014

www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com

www.facebook.com/dentoncommunitytheatre

www.twitter.com/thedctteam

What does your organization specialize in?

Live theater production.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

A production board and a governing board work together to choose shows, budgets and directors.

How does your experience serve your customers?

DCT provides live theatrical entertainment while also providing a place for actors, designers, directors and technicians to learn and improve.

What differentiates your organization in the marketplace?

DCT is Denton’s oldest performing arts group.

What makes your organization unique in the marketplace?

DCT strives to be welcoming to new volunteer talent both on and off the stage.

What is your business management philosophy?

The philosophy is pretty much summed up in our email address — thedctteam@campustheatre.com. DCT boards, committees and staff all believe in a collaborative approach to any project. The fact that collaboration is inherently a part of theater makes it come pretty naturally to all levels of decision making.

Runner-up: Denton High School Theatre

Honorable Mention: UNT Department of Dance and Theatre

Best Martial Arts Studio

REDING MARTIAL ARTS

407 Fort Worth Drive

215 Woodrow Lane

940-891-6000

www.redingmartialarts.com

What does your business specialize in?

Brazilian jiu jitsu, Thai boxing, Kenpo karate, judo and jeet kune do.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

I believe in building a strong foundation for students to have positive lifelong experiences and memories.

How does your experience serve your customers?

I have 23 years of experience in this business. I can help them make the right decisions in a shorter amount of time than it took me.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We are a family atmosphere that puts the other person first. And we have the most cutting-edge material we show for defense. We are constantly traveling the world to learn and compete to bring that experience back to the students.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

We have two schools in Denton to train at.

What is your business management philosophy?

It’s not about you. If you make it about the other person we all grow as a team and family.

Runner-up: Denton Taekwondo Academy

Honorable Mention: Texas Isshinryu Karate Kai

Best Place to Create Arts/Crafts

PAINTING WITH A TWIST

208 W. Oak St.

940-535-8205

www.paintingwithatwist.com/denton

www.facebook.com/PaintingwithaTwistDenton

What does your business specialize in?

We specialize in creating a fun environment for all ages in which we provide painting lessons.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Our artists are selected and trained to use their own personality to bring a fun and unique experience to each class. We understand that not everyone is a painter, so we ensure a low-stress environment for our students while we all work toward a similar goal. Though most classes are built around creating the same painting as the person next to you, we highly encourage creativity in changing whatever you’d like about the painting or even completely going rogue if you’d like. There’s no experience necessary, and we promise our artists will keep you on task and on time while guiding you through your own work of art. We also take requests via email frequently for those that can’t find a painting they like on our calendar. For those who don’t thrive in a class setting, we’ve also opened up our office hours so our guests can come use our supplies at a discounted price to paint without an instructor.

How does your experience serve your customers?

We provide a unique experience for people to step outside of their box and try something new without the stress of learning to paint on their own. We keep the environment fun and relaxing so that we can put emphasis on fun art, not fine art. We are a BYOB business, so it can be a unique night-out experience. Our customers have taken our classes for a girls’ night, bachelorette party, birthday party, date night, therapeutic and self-love days, brunch parties, etc. Any way our customers are celebrating their lives, we love to help!

What is your business management philosophy?

To put it simply, we believe in keeping our team of artists happy and in sync so that we may deliver the best possible experience to each person that walks through our doors. We understand everyone is different and we aim to take the time to understand your needs and ensure you have a great time in our establishment. We take feedback from our customers seriously as we hope to continue to grow and better serve our community.

Runner-up: SCRAP Denton

Honorable Mention: Wildflower Art Studio

Best Movie Theater

MOVIE TAVERN DENTON

916 W. University Drive

940-397-9010

www.Movietavern.com

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

We survey our guests through direct email and ask them how to improve. We act on their advice immediately.

How does your experience serve your customers?

You will always been greeted by every employee in the building. Every employee is empowered to make your experience the best.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

We have Trivia Game Night in our bar every Wednesday night, and we have The Queens of Family Game Night once a month.

Runner-up: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Honorable Mention: Cinemark 14

Best Private/Group Music Lessons

BONDURIS MUSIC

813 N. Locust St.

940-320-6023

www.bondurismusic.com

What does your business specialize in?

Private and group music lessons.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

We monitor customer satisfaction and make sure that our teaching is most satisfying and relevant to the students.

How does your experience serve your customers?

We have many years of teaching and performing experience. Whatever they are struggling with, we have been there.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

It is personalized, the focus is on individual attention and we are local.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

It has been here longer than any other business in our market.

What is your business management philosophy?

Business management never stops. Do you work 9 a.m. to 5 (and that means 5 a.m.)?

Runner-up: The Ghost Note

Honorable Mention: UNT String Project

Best Wedding & Event Venue

LITTLE CHAPEL- IN-THE-WOODS

415 Chapel Drive

940-898-3516

www.twuspecialevents.com

What does your business specialize in?

Weddings, memorials and special events.

How does your experience serve your customers?

We have 80 years of experience hosting weddings in our Little Chapel.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

The Little Chapel is rich in history. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated the chapel in 1939. All major details within the chapel were done by our fine arts students — stained glass windows, lanterns, pews and doors.

Runner-up: Ashton Gardens

Honorable Mention: The Grove

Best Children’s Birthday Party Vendor

PJ’s PARTY RENTAL AND ESSENTIALS

P.O. Box 1323, Sanger

940-384-7789

www.pjspartyrental.com

www.facebook.com/PJsPartyRental

www.twitter.com/PJsPartyRental

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

We are known for our dependability, honesty and creativity. When you book an event with us, you are assured that we will supply clean equipment, arrive in a timely fashion and keep the client informed of everything along the way. Our balloons are of the highest quality latex and/or foil products and designs are assembled with attention to all details.

How does your experience serve your customers?

With 30 years of experience in the party industry, we are able to answer some questions other companies may not have knowledge of. We can refer clients to other professionals that could fill gaps that we cannot personally provide.

What is your business management philosophy?

Our clients are the most important factor in our business. Setting them at ease that the job will be done with the most care is our priority.

Runner-up: Sign Gypsies

Honorable Mentions: Joe’s Jumps; My Repertoire Face Painting

Best Yoga Studio

TWISTED BODIES

709 S. Elm St.

940-514-1170

www.twistedbodies.com

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

We keep class sizes small to offer as much individualized instruction (yoga, Pilates and aerial arts) as possible. All instructors consistently maintain continuing education hours, keeping them up to date on the most cutting-edge research and training methods to ensure we are providing intelligent training.

How does your experience serve your customers?

With over 40 years of combined experience teaching yoga and Pilates, we are able to teach our clients about their bodies instead of simply leading a class. Additionally, this wealth of knowledge allows us to modify for different abilities and injuries, ensuring clients find a level of success that is right for them.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

Twisted Bodies specializes in training bodies intelligently through the use of unique fitness modalities. We also have a teacher training program that certifies people in a number of techniques.

Runner-up: Karma Yoga Denton

Honorable Mention: Denton Yoga Center

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