Skimmed is our weekly look at current cultural, business and political information in Denton that you probably want to know about. It is designed to be read in under five minutes and we even bolded the important stuff so you can skim it! This week, we discuss Aura Coffee, Denton County Brewing Company, Glen Farris' recent failed "Mannequin Challenge," and much more. Check it all out below.
Big Mike's Coffee at Hickory and Fry is now Aura Coffee. The store was recently rebranded by a UNT marketing class. Big Mike's opened in the space in 2009. The shop uses Counter Culture and Avoca Coffee as their go-to beans. Let us know what you think of the rebrand in the comments!
The once-empty space at 200 E. McKinney St. across from the post office will soon become Denton County Brewing Company. The brewery will join the ranks of Audacity, Barley & Board, and Armadillo Ale Works to become Denton's fourth brewery for those keeping count.
In the world of local politics, Todd Hileman former village manager of Glenview, Illinios was recently hired as the city manager of Denton. We wish him the best and are still trying to come up with a good nickname. We're thinking "Hiley." Tonight's city council meeting will most likely see a final decision as far as a possible adoption of an ordinance that would ban the usage of wireless devices while driving. Additionally, council will discuss that whole thing about a new apartment building going up in the Voertman's location at UNT. Did you know you can read through the city council agendas online ahead of time? Check out today's agenda by clicking here.
You can totally reserve a seat online at Movie Tavern now. The six new theaters with reclined, reservable seating are now open just in time to check out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Juicy Pig was recently reviewed by the BBQ snob himself, Daniel Vaughn, in Texas Monthly's BBQ blog. Vaughn said to skip the brisket and ribs and head for the items lower in the menu such as the desserts and the gumbo. Additionally, Vaughn believes the 'que joint may be a safe haven for Denton vegans, going as far as to say, "If you enjoy variety in your barbecue menu, the Juicy Pig is your place. It’s one of the few places to give vegetarians real options (look for a black bean burger on the special board) at a barbecue joint." You can check out his full review here.
So last week, we here at WDDI had to listen to Glen Farris talk about how he was planning this "amazing mannequin challenge video" (a phrase that otherwise hasn't been heard since November of the year 2016) for the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival and that it would blow us all away. Well, it happened last Friday and while it didn't live up to Farris' hopes and dreams, it was a very Stars Hollow-like attempt at such an event. Farris later tried to say that the whole thing was Jupiter House owner Joey Hawkins' idea, but he may just be passin' the buck. Don't believe us? Check it out for yourself. The video is embedded below. My favorite part is the old man in the middle of the video that can't figure out what is going on.