Ya'll remember when Valentine's Day was all about exchanging individually wrapped candy and agonizing over which perforated superhero themed card to stash in your secret crush's cubby? Us too. If you're still agonizing over what to get your crush, significant other, or significant person at this very time for Valentine's Day, we've got a list to help you out. Read on to find the best gifts in town that will help you hopefully express how you feel.Read More
Words by Alyssa Stevenson/Images by Wesley Kirk
Down the street and around the corner is our favorite local flower shop, Flowergarden. Over the years we've spent many a Saturday morning sipping on coffee and strolling down the street for a bunch of fresh cut flowers to spruce up our space. Over the last couple of years Flowergarden owner Cindy Simmons has started carrying not only our favorite arrangements, but also the kinds of coveted gifts and stationary we previously could only find outside of city limits. Read on to find out what lies in store for them as we approach the most floral holiday of all, Valentines Day.
Cindy, how did you wind up in Denton? What do you love most about it?
I was raised in Denton and attended schools here. I graduated from UNT (back then it was called North Texas State University) in 1980 and stayed here! Of course my favorite things about Denton have changed with the times, but what I love now is the downtown revitalization, and the sense of community that is occurring. There is still a quaint town feel - but it also has a trendy and hip vibe that rocks. One of my favorite things about Denton is that our city is somewhat smaller in size with plenty to offer. I enjoy the locally owned restaurants because I love dining with family and friends. When I have a little time off the square is where you’ll usually find me, alongside my daughter and three year old granddaughter.
How did Flowergarden get its start?
Flowergarden has been in Denton a really, really long time. It was originally in a house on Scripture Street, then moved to Elm Street, and then Locust Street where it resides now. I bought the shop 4 years ago and have enjoyed transforming it into a unique floral and gift boutique that allows me to do what I love every day.
What is your favorite flower and why?
Oh my, I don’t think I can nail it down to one! Let’s just say that it changes with the seasons. When a certain flower comes in season and I haven’t seen it for a while - then that’s my favorite!
What do you love about being a flower shop owner?
I love the opportunity to create with something so beautiful and varied, with so much potential to affect someone. Having an interior design degree, I also thoroughly enjoy merchandising and offering our customers an eclectic mix of gifts as well.
What gift do you carry that you secretly wish would wind up in your home?
I’ve thought about taking one of every Rifle Paper Co. product that we carry! I love that line!
We are coming up on Valentine's Day. What is the most popular floral arrangement being ordered?
Probably still the red roses - however, the designer’s choice mixed arrangement is a close second in our shop!
What is it like working the Valentine's day rush?
It’s exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time! The best thing is that we get to help make a lot of people happy with a product we love and completely believe in as a perfect gift. The worst thing is knowing that some people may not get their flowers, or wind up with poor quality flowers, because they ordered through an “online order gatherer” and not a truly local florist.
What can we do to keep our arrangements fresh for longer?
Keep the water clean - top it off with fresh water and better yet, replace it completely every 2 to 3 days. You can also recut the stems at least once when replacing the water. Also, keep it away from windows and heat.
Any tricks to ordering a great arrangement for Valentine’s Day?
Call your local florist - make sure they are truly local - and discuss your choices with them. Check their online reviews to see how they rate with their customers, and check their Facebook pages and website to see their custom work.
What do you do to recover from the rush?
There’s usually not a lot of time to recover. We plan on being closed Sunday - so if that remains that way, I hope to rest that day. But we will be back at it on Monday!
It’s no secret that with two universities and a highly supportive local community, Denton is a breeding ground for talented artists and makers alike. Bethany Eden is one such artist who has come out of this equation. Currently living and working in San Francisco, Eden still finds herself influenced by the Denton community, returning often to contribute to the conversation and share her skills. Read on to hear about Eden’s work and to sign up for the Beginner’s Watercolor Workshop she’s hosting this weekend!Read More
As you find your self staring down the barrel of another Valentines Day, consider these events for your weekend plans. All of them have been painstakingly hand-picked for quality and diversity. The most important event this coming week is the 64th House District Republican Primary Debate we’re hosting at Dan’s Silverleaf on Monday at 7PM. City councilman Kevin Roden will moderate and Glen Farris will keep time. This is a pretty unique event as it is possibly the only debate for the state level position that is open to the public (with access to beer, no less). The event will be live-streamed and we encourage you to come out and check out the candidates, one of which will most likely take the HD64 seat. Take your photos and get in the know, y'all.
Questions, comments, and additions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
So you like shoegaze, maybe you understand the noise scene, and you occasionally like long, ambient, drone or doom metal pieces. Maybe not. Either way, we've got a nice, subtle introduction to the scene for you featuring tracks from three North Texan acts, so spark up your fireplace, sit down in your favorite chair, and prepare for a good stiff drink as we delve into the euphoric soundscapes of Glasir, Michael Barber, and Riftworm.Read More
What We Did is our weekly roundup of a few of the best photos that have been tagged with #WDDI in the past week on Instagram.
Below are 18 photos from the past seven days of life in Denton, TX.
If you'd like to be included in What We Did, tag your images with #WDDI on Instagram, and check back here next Monday. Search the hashtag #WDDI and check out all of the other awesome photos that we were unable to include this week. Click the images below to be led back to the photographer's Instagram page.
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We're a month and five days into 2016 already and stuff is happening, y'all. Will 2016 see as many changes to the Denton retail, dining, and housing landscape as has been seen in the past few years? It is definitely shaping up to look like that may be the case. Read on to learn about the latest openings, closings, and rumors in the Denton business world.Read More
If you saw me rolling a bass speaker cabinet up to the square at about 10PM last night after Denton Pub Quiz Apocalypse I want to assure you that it seemed like a great idea at the bottom of the hill. But then again, there are a lot of things that seemed like a good idea post-apocalypse. The thing had wheels. At any rate, join us in two weeks for the same sorts of shenanigans and quizzings up at Dan’s Silverleaf, 7PM, free to play and there’s actual cash money prizes. Until then, check out the bounty of events our humble little village has to offer. Tag your photos #WDDI and get featured in the What We Did post on Monday.
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A couple of weeks ago a few of us got together to check out the new menu at Cool Beans. The whole kitchen has sort of hit the 'reset button' recently and we were eager to taste all that they had to offer. Cool Beans has been an integral part of the Fry Street bar scene since the 90's and is often considered 'the last man standing' amongst the new retail and housing along Hickory. Whether you're there every Friday night or haven't been in years, Cool Beans holds a special place in many of our hearts.
Read on to find out what we think of their newest burger and take a walk down memory lane with us. Have a favorite dish that we missed? Share with us in the comments below!Read More