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First Friday of the New Year!

First Friday of the New Year!

The Original Place for First Friday Denton

FFD 2018 Forecast – Cold but Heating Up Eventually

Welcome all! It’s 2018, and we certainly have had some hard news between the last First Friday and this First Friday coming in two days!

The news is all about the sizable loss of real estate on the east side of the Historic Downtown Denton Square where Denton’s Mini Mall #1 once existed. A fire took it down in December, and although it leaves a huge scar, it is one that we know will heal over time. And actually, not only will this scar heal, there are a good number that believe what comes next will be an even greater benefit to the huge scene that is Downtown Denton, Texas.

For those of you who are just finding the source for information on First Friday Denton, be sure to also take time to visit the roaringly popular Facebook page – which is easy to access and update. We here at FFD, crave your photographs and video from a First Friday night, and will publish and give total credit and links (after it passes the editor’s desk).

This is likely to be a year where I put more time and effort into the promotion of First Friday Denton, now that the medical travails are a more distant memory. If you see me out there, be sure to say HI! – and most importantly LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, from your perspective – FOR First Friday Denton!

The FFD event is certainly over the hump, and established as a successful and continuing entity, as of January 2018, but for those of you who know me? I believe an event like this can always get better and bigger. But it won’t happen without your participation and cross-pollination of efforts.

So if YOU have a business, an exhibit, a band or event that coincides with Denton’s First Fridays; you know what to do — contact us, and we will put all effort to promote your participation. If you think you want to be a part of FFD’s – help in any way, or get plugged into a venue – again CONTACT US!

Thanks – Shannon Drawe, FFD Founder

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.

New Energy and New Art for First Friday Denton by Molly Tester

New Energy and New Art for First Friday Denton by Molly Tester

Time to call out a volunteer for bringing new artwork to First Friday Denton. Molly Tester’s work began appearing on the Facebook page a couple of months ago, and now we’re fortunate to have a bunch of new artwork, including a new map with new participant names on it. I’ll be updating the site to list the new businesses as their information is delivered and confirmed. Meanwhile – Thank you Molly Tester.

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This map will change as we add new participants, so be sure to check back here at First Friday Denton! And if you are interested in being added to the longest running regular retail event in Denton, Texas, go to the CONTACT page and contact us as soon as possible.

First Friday of Fall

First Friday of Fall

Okay, maybe it’s not really “fall” but it is the fall semester at both of Denton’s universities, and we who existed on the Denton heat island, are glad to have students back in town, out and about.

I am looking for full-court participation this fall from all vendors listed on the site, and I am also out and about pressing the flesh with new businesses that could be a part of First Friday Denton’s future. The net is wide, and if you are a business looking for a leg up, First Friday Denton is the original event created to bring all the best elements of Denton together for one night a month to celebrate all that makes Denton, Texas, what it is.

New businesses sprouted on the landscape last spring, and if you were away for the summer, they grew into full fledged going concerns through the summer (it didn’t used to be that way). Check out Rusty’s Tacos. Check out Denton Camera Exchange. Denton is certifiably a year-round town now, and for those of you who abandon in the summer, I can finally say, “You’re missing something!”

For those of you looking for something fresh to do this Friday, First Friday Denton is it. For those of you with businesses who like to do business, First Friday Denton is it. Contact us and we will be glad to list you on the First Friday Denton website. It still doesn’t cost one thin dime, and you will be pleasantly surprised with the traffic that comes your way.

Don’t forget about Taking The A train from wherever you are to Denton, Texas, this First Friday. The A Train is your ticket to a good time, and leaving the driving to the engineer. Think about it.

SCRAP Denton First Friday Events

SCRAP Denton First Friday Events

Scrap Denton Live Music - SCRAP Courtesy Photo

Join us at SCRAP on September 7 from 7 – 9 p.m. for a lovely fall-ish evening of late night shopping in our store and Re:Boutique, sampling Armadillo Ale’s latest brewed offerings while listening to the cool rock ‘n roll sounds of Randy Cummings and friends. Cherry Kandy will also be open for business where you can purchase lovely one of a kind handmade items in the boutique made right there in their studio.

SCRAP Denton is located a 215 West Oak Street at the corner of West Oak and Cedar Streets—just one short block off the historic downtown Denton square. We hope to see you there–and bring a friend.S