In Connected, we'll highlight five stories about Denton, TX or its inhabitants that we didn't write. We're just gonna round 'em up and share 'em with you. This month, we have a story about The Dime Store from Etsy, Sprudge talking about Cultivar Coffee, a list from the Dallas Observer about partying in Denton, a profile of the dude behind Bell and Oak, and a piece on fracking that ran in The Guardian. Get to reading, y'all.
The Dime Store got profiled on Etsy's blog in a piece about teamwork. They were particularly impressed by the the new co-op aspect of the store which brings Dime sellerts/artists behind the counter and gives them higher consignment rates on their items sold in stores.
Coffee blog, Sprudge and the Dallas Coffee Collective recently did a piece on Denton's Cultivar location. The article does a great job of expressing the dichotomy between Cultivar and Hypnotic and why they've chosen to share a space together. In addition, there's a interesting insight (possibly a jab?) at us as a town towards the end. "Denton can be a pretty insular city, where outsiders (read: Dallasites) aren’t often able to break through and gain a following, so success isn’t guaranteed. The shop is off to a strong start, though..." You can read the whole thing here, and we dunno bout y'all, but we think Cultivar is here to stay. We can show Dallasites (Dallasinians? Dallasses?) some warmth every now and then.
The Dallas Observer pulled a Foxworthy with their list of 50 Signs You've Been Partying Too Long in Denton. It's a pretty good chuckle for any Dentonite, though, with gems such as: "You've peed behind the touring band's van at Macaroni Island." You can read all 50 here.
The dude and cool stuff themed blog, Gear Patrol, recently profiled the cool dude who makes stuff, Clint Wilkinson, of Bell and Oak. If you don't already have one of his wallets, belts, or other hand-tooled pieces of awesomeness, this piece will make you want one. The piece even throws a couple of compliments over to Denton as a whole, "Denton, TX, once a small farming and ranching community, has become a hotbed for creative types and an escape from the encroaching metropolitan sprawl of Dallas." Read more here. If you still wanna read more stuff about Bell and Oak, read our interview with Wilkinson from last May here.
Local guy with an accent, Rob Curran, (he's from Ireland) talked firsthand about Denton and fracking for The Guardian. In it, he describes the square as, "...near-saccharine 1950s Americana – complete with baroque courthouse and ice-cream parlour," which we kinda dig. Lots of folks get a shout out in the piece, including Tim Love and the bubble man. Of course, at this point we know how the fracking vote turned out, but the piece is still a good read. You can find it here. Also, how the heck do you play zombie laser tag? We want in.
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