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First Friday Gearing Up for Fall 2015

First Friday Gearing Up for Fall 2015

Hello, and welcome to First Friday Denton. This event was created in 2010, and is still going strong all these years later. Yes, it seems like the wink of an eye ago – that I started this event, yet at the five year mark, it is time for me to step back from managing this event and let some fresh people with fresh energy and ideas take the lead in behalf of this event.

I recently sat down with Julie Glover and Christine Gossett to talk with them about the viability of First Friday Denton, and the medical necessity of stepping back from this event so that it will have people who will promote and support it well into the future. They are now an integral and vital part of First Friday Denton. They both expressed their support for the event, and you can believe that the changes they make will be for the betterment of First Friday Denton.

I truly believe one of the benefits of First Friday Denton is the fact that it came from the people, from merchants with an overwhelming desire to succeed in the tough business of retail in a creative community that is Denton, Texas. Robin Huttash, who owns A Creative Art Studio, is a prime example of an artist who knows how to wear the business “hat” and leverage First Friday Denton’s free publicity and organization to the fullest. She has always been involved and a hardcore supporter of this event.

And that’s why you will find Robin Huttash (“the civilian”) in charge of First Friday Denton (FFD) going forward. She’s the voice from the streets of Denton, the artist and business-person with savvy and experience in marketing First Friday Denton and her own business. For you Downtown Denton retailers who have yet to get involved with FFD, Robin is a great contact. Last spring Robin’s business did take a huge hit when a fire above her business caused significant damage to her business below. Nevertheless, they are on the rebuild, and we’re all anxious to see what comes from the new beginning of A Creative Art Studio in Denton, Texas.

As I said, medical necessity takes me away from FFD, but I am far from gone. Don’t be surprised to see me wandering through venues on any given First Friday, shooting photos and video of the event. I would be lying if I said I am not proud of the event and its successes. I am extremely happy to leave this event in capable and energetic hands of Robin Huttash, Julie Glover and Christine Gossett.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I will remain on board as the person behind the curtain, dealing with the running of this website and passing information back-and-forth as needed.

Downtown Denton Mixer

Downtown Denton Mixer

We attended the mixer for Downtown Businesses yesterday at the Mulberry Street Cantina, and there were plenty of familiar faces there, going all the way back to my nine years of living on the Historic Downtown Denton Square.

Along with the old faces, there is a huge crop of new faces with fresh energy and ideas on how to keep the momentum of Main Street and the Denton Downtown scene rolling along.

I was able to communicate with the folks at www.dentonradio.com about possibly dropping in some advertising and the idea sounded pretty good to Jake Laughlin of Denton Radio.

We here at First Friday Denton are always looking for your ideas to make this event even better and larger, so feel free to contact us. You can also use the Facebook page for information and input. Be sure to visit the First Friday Denton facebook page to see some quick photographs I took at the mixer last night as well!

WINE DOWN AND WARM UP at Vigne

WINE DOWN AND WARM UP at Vigne

vigne wine shop denton texas

This Thursday and Friday evenings, from 6:00-8:00pm our wine tasting will feature our December Gold and Platinum Wine Club Wines.

This is a progressive tasting: each dollar grouping up is a $5 charge. So you can taste the three for $5, five for $10 or all six for $15

Group 1: The three gold level wines of the month ($15-$18 wines).
Group 2: The two platinum level wines of the month ($30-$40 wines)
Group 3: The platinum upper level red wine of the month ($60-$75)

These wines will also be available as flights from 6pm Thursday until close on Saturday

As you know they are predicting ice for this weekend and the Lighting Festival is on Friday. If the weather is bad enough to cancel the festival we will repeat this tasting next week so everyone will have a chance to try this month’s selections. Watch our Facebook page for updates. Upcoming tastings this month include bubbles and ports.

We have changed four of our “by the glass” selections- Brian Graham’s Ramian Roussanne $11/glass, Marquis de Chasse Blanc $8.5/glass, Caricature Red Blend $8.5/glass and Pali “Alphabets” Pinot Noir $14/glass are all now available.

Wine, cigars and gift cards all make great stocking stuffers and office gifts. Be sure to include Vigne on your list of places to shop for Christmas.

A couple of December specials are Serengeti cream based wine cocktail on sale for $16.63 and Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon has a special of 3 for $77.

Our “Last Bottle Sale”, discounts 20-50% off, has a few selections left and we add one or two new wines each week.

Be sure and like us on FaceBook. We post our events on there ever week but try to limit ourselves to not more than two emails a month.

With 23 wines available by the glass (27-29 Thursday through Saturday) we have something for everyone’s taste, and ranging from $5 to $18 something for everyone’s pocketbook. We have two port flights available and 7 ports by the glass.

Happy Hour- from 4-6pm Tuesday – Friday and Saturday 1-6, half price “call” beer and “by the glass” wines and wine flights plus “to go” pricing on dine in bottle wines.
Mellow Hour from 9 pm to 10 pm Tuesday – Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights from 9 pm to 11 pm — half price “call” beer and “by the glass” wines and wine flights and 10% off cigars.
Wine Tastings- from 6 pm to 8 pm every Thursday & Friday nights and available as a flight Thursday evening through Saturday night.

Our hours are:
Tuesday – Thursday 12:00-10:00
Friday & Saturday 12:00-12:00
Happy Hour 4-6
Mellow Hour starts at 9

Cherry Kandy Celebrates First Anniversary Today

Cherry Kandy Celebrates First Anniversary Today

Cherry Kandy
Cherry Kandy be celebrating our First Anniversary of being open on Friday March 1st. Come by for a fun evening of shopping, sales, crafting and door prizes! We will be offering 20% off store wide. Drop your name in the drawing for a $10 Cherry Kandy Gift Certificate and enjoy some yummy snacks brought to you by Cherry Kandy & SCRAP.

– Cherry Kandy is located inside SCRAP, and was featured last year – HERE.

First Friday at the Cellar 22

First Friday at the Cellar 22

Courtesy Cellar 22 Denton Texas
– the Cellar 22 Courtesy Photo

We haven’t done a tasting in awhile…
We are super excited about Friday night! We have a whole evening planned, so come and join us!! The fun starts at 7:00 pm with Beaux from Republic Wines tasting 4 wines.
-Wild Horse Pinot Noir
-If You See Kay Red Blend
-Estancia Unoaked Chardonnay
-Genesis Syrah
Cost – $15.00 per person. Virgil will have some snacks for you to munch on while you enjoy your wine!! :))

TheC22At 8:30, we have a new music artist to the cellar…Matt Grisby. He is a Denton based singer-songwriter who’s music lies somewhere between folk and alternative country, drawing comparisons to the likes of John Prine and Robert Earl Keen.

Please come give him the cellar family welcome!!

I can’t wait to see your face and have some fun!!!!

Cheers!!
Virgil and Amanda
940.435.0149