ur alumni are nothing if not resilient, and many are currently fighting to keep their businesses open as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. For those on the hunt for any number of products — from food and drink to clothing and electronics — who also want to support their fellow Eagles during this trying time, there are plenty of options in Denton and beyond. Any businesses we overlooked? Let us know at email@example.com, and we’ll add them to the list.
Denton Independent Hamburger
Mike Barnett (’92)
A Denton burger joint
Komodo Loco & Po-K Loco
A non-traditional Japanese restaurant that features dishes with both Asian and Latin fusions
Barley & Board
John "Sparky" Pearson (’95 M.B.A.)
A gastropub and restaurant with hand-crafted brews and New-American style cuisine
LSA Burger Co.
Steve Watkins (’88)
A burger restaurant with a rooftop deck, located on the Denton Square
GreenHouse Restaurant & Bar
Kenneth Currin (’91)
Open-fire grill restaurant and bar located in Denton
Stephen “Duffy” Oyster (’71)
Locally owned Tex-Mex and Polynesian restaurant with island scenery, located in Little Elm
The Laurel Tree
Laurel Waters (’91)
A restaurant by reservation for lunch or dinner, with a menu that changes weekly, and located in a gorgeous treehouse
Sam Jung (’11)
An authentic sushi restaurant located on Loop 288
Matt Kphandani (’84)
An authentic Mexican restaurant with two locations in Denton
The Pickled Carrot food truck
Cuong Mai (’10)
A food truck that sells authentic Vietnamese cuisine
Metzler’s Food and Beverage
Roy Metzler (’84)
A barbecue eatery with beer and wine located on 380 in Denton.
Ten : One
Justin Bonard (’16 M.A.)
A cheese shop and winery located off the Denton Square
Bret Hawkins (’16)
A gnome-themed snow cone hangout in Denton, and a stand in Argyle
David Sartain (’73, ’79 M.B.A) and Libby Sartain (’77 M.B.A.)
A cafe and breakfast joint in Bastrop
Kevin Long ('96)
A Richardson-based business that delivers fresh produce, healthy snacks, fresh-baked bread, pies and quiche. The business was founded in 2010 and expanded delivery to homes, apartments and dorms across the Metroplex since the pandemic.
The DIME Store
An independent store located near the Denton Square that sells artwork by Allie Biddle (’15), Emily Holt (’11), Savannah Kurka (’14), Shawna Smyth (’13) and Anna Tover (’08), and all kinds of gifts and goodies.
Beth Klein (’87) and Roxane Clark (’95)
A Denton gift shop selling handmade jewelry, soaps, gifts and various souvenirs
The Paisley Heart
Brooke Howerton (’04)
An online clothing store for women
Khanh Nguyen (’08)
A bold and bright online fashion store for women
Brittney Young ('14)
This online-only apparel store donates a portion of its proceeds to a local domestic violence shelter and outreach efforts.
Blake Barrett (’12) and Dave Wandersee (’12)
Founded in 2018, Dad Wilder is a dad and mom apparel business that is located in McKinney and online at dadwilder.com. The business gives back to charities such as St. Jude's and Folds of Honor.
Nuluv Goat Milk Products
Jonna Hopeful Payne Davis (’02)
A goat milk-based skin-care line for people with allergies and sensitivities to milk
Obia Ewah (’04)
Non-toxic hair products with vegan ingredients
Wende Zomnir (’89)
Cruelty-free, high-pigment makeup and cosmetics
Piper Computer Kit
Mark Pavlyukovsky (’09 TAMS)
A kit that teaches children 7 and older how to build their own computer and learn coding to make a video game
Aaron Powell (’11)
Bikes featuring a box in the front that kids can ride in
Owned by Brandon Dupre (’11) and founded by Sipo Thao (’08)
A Denton-based bike shop that sells bikes and cycling accessories
Denton Bicycle Center
Joe Holland (’74)
A Denton-based bike center that sells bikes and biking accessories, and allows bike trade-ins
David Schweig ('70) and Brad Schweig ('03)
The patio furnishings store sells furniture that helps customers have a relaxing outdoor experience. Sunnyland was the recipient of the Small Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility by the Governor's Small Business Forum in 2015, and in 2017 won Retailer of the Year from the Home Furnishings Association.
Armadillo Ale Works
Yianna Arestis (’08, ’11 M.B.A.) and Bobby Mullins (’07)
The duo brews beers such as Greenbelt Farmhouse Ale and Quakertown Stout from their homes and distributes them through various retailers.
The Bearded Monk
Ben Esley (’08)
A craft beer bottle shop in Denton
Oak St. Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor
John Williams (’05)
A bar featuring a large patio and more than 70 types of beers
East Side Denton
John Williams (’05)
A sports bar in Denton with more than 90 beers on tap
Times Ten Cellars
Dustin Walker (’06)
A winery and wine-tasting business that also hosts events and parties
Denton County Brewing Co.
Seth Morgan (’93)
The independent craft brewery in Denton has board games, trivia nights and tons of drinks to choose from.
Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods
Lindy Rydman (’72) and John Rydman (’72)
A husband-and-wife-owned company selling wines and other drinks and foods
Creative Soul Music School
Casey Thomas (’01)
A bonding experience, located in Keller, that teaches groups how to perform a song and record videos
Christian Brothers Automotive
Bobby J. Williams ('86, '13 MBA) and Sandy Bickham Williams ('88)
The alums own two of the vehicle maintenance and repair shops, with locations in Bedford and north Fort Worth.