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Friday, March 3, 2017

Kimzey's Coffee Shop

You hop in your car and you have to travel that long and winding road down 377 through Argyle, hitting traffic and lights have you frustrated as you sit, but wait, there is hope! Just off 377 in Argyle now sits a quaint coffee shop, Kimzey's. Sitting just behind Earl's 377 Pizza is a place that looks like it was pulled out of The Hobbit and plopped down in Argyle. 
As you step in, you feel like you have been transported to a quaint little shire in Middle Earth. 

The decor resembling more of a tea room feel, yet, still makes it a cozy home feel. With two fireplaces, one in front and one in the back, it brings you into a place that feels more like it should be in another country, but hey, we are in Texas. A cozy atmosphere where you can sit and listen to music by yourself or grab a group of friends and sit at the large cove, where you feel like you are part of the Fellowship of the ring. 

Kimzey Roll
Kimzey Roll
With a menu of offerings of coffee and treats from the local Denton coffee shop West Oak, this will be a place that you will find yourself at often. They have all your coffee offerings from the regular drip to the high-end lat├ęs using locally roasted beans and treats such as muffins, scones, and the Kimsey Roll, a cinnamon roll treat that you will be back for more, maybe even second breakfast. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Denton's Traveling Grooming Parlor & Beard Emporium

If you have been to Eastside here in Denton, you can't help but notice the truck sitting behind it with Eric Mancini branded hood and a tattoo art inspired emblem on the side depicting a goateed lady. If not, you might not be paying much attention to the place around you. The Traveling Grooming Parlor and Beard Emporium was envisioned by Jenn and Zach Johnson, this barber shop is more than what your father or grandfather went to. 

Lined with beard products and accessories, with a decanter of whiskey and cigars, this homage to a time and experience that is making a comeback. The dark wood and green painted inside make it feel like you are a Dapper Dan Man sitting and getting a clean cut in a small town barber chair. 

With a style all its own, you can head in and get a great experience with one of the shops great stylist that include Gary, Ashley, and Jenn herself. You can get a beard trim, a stylish cut. or a straight razor shave, if you give them advance notice. They like to talk, when I go in there, the conversation usually moves to movies and TV shows, what we binge watch on Netflix, or just how life is going. You can sit out on the faux grass area they created outside and just conversate with some of the locals, The personal nature makes you feel like you have been a customer for years. 

So, if you enjoy a good cigar and whiskey and want that feel of an old style barber shop, head here, this place will be a great memory to add to your time in Denton. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dot's Hopin' House

Here in Denton, we tend to get some nostalgia with our bars and eateries, a new blended with historic, a natural way of letting old grow with the new. One person that does this well is John Williams, owner of Oak Street Draft House and Eastside. He tends to take a space and create a historic yet inviting atmosphere that is uniquely Denton, until now. Dot's Hop House, located at 2645 Commerce St in Dallas, TX in the Deep Ellum area, is a sight. Personally, this is a place that when I heard about it, I was excited, because this is exactly what I like to see as the Denton Traveler, that laid back feel of Denton in other places. 

Some Dallas venues tend to be a bit uptight, but Dot's is the exact opposite of that, with a huge beer garden and a fully stocked beer and drink list, John has brought a taste of Denton to the Dallas scene, with a food menu to match. Bringing some people that we know here in the Denton scene to help provide the extra friendliness that we know here in Denton, and that will hopefully spread out to the Dallas Area. 

The original space was home to a Ford dealership back in the days, and John has paid homage by using some unique items to adorn the space. As you walk in you have a pub feel on the inside, cozy and warm with rich dark wood. As you walk outside, there is an homage to the Dallas music scene with a mosaic portraying Blind Lemon Jefferson and other music greats in Dallas's history, out in the back of the beer garden, a stained glass window of Dallas sporting legends- including Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson, The Stars Stanley Cup win, and others, and you are met with a colossal chandelier adorning the back area with 65,000 glass beads

If you thought this place was only about the drinks, think again, John has also collaborated with Rodman Shields of Common Table, then hiring Common Table's own Nick Wells as head chef, so, food is not just a run of the mill menu.

With the initial visit there, we shared some drinks with friends and found it to be worth the trip, plus anyone not wanting to drive, the Elm St Station of DART is just a half mile walk, not far. 

So, go head out and see the big bearded man, John Williams, addition to the Deep Ellum scene, Dot's Hop House, you will not be disappointed.