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Donut shop serves up local talent

Donut shop serves up local talent

March 08
11:46 2013

Courtney Garza

Staff Writer

@courtneygdaily

Denton Square Donuts is taking the place of traditional coffee shops this weekend, hosting musicians and displaying local artwork. The shop, which used to be a venue for 35Denton, will host alternative shows for free.

The donut shop recently updated their website, www.dsdonuts.com, presenting their schedule to the public about who and what they will be featuring alongside their famous square pastries.

Their new stance is to serve hot local music and art upstairs while selling donuts, sandwiches, drinks and cookies downstairs.

“It’s always been more than a donut shop to us,” co-owner Jackie Rippy said.

Rippy’s daughter Camden is a vocal performance undergrad at TWU, and her two sons, Hunter and Jett, are high school student artists. Rippy bought the shop in May to promote her children’s art in the shop while integrating other local talent at the same time.

Because of scheduling and money issues, the donut shop will serve as an independent venue for locals to stop by to listen to artists for free.

One of the featured artists playing on Friday is Denton’s own reggae, rock, blues and country-style band The Tenacious Roots. Their gig is from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Lead singer and guitar player Gregory Lange is thankful for local merchants like Denton Square Donuts are willing to use their shops as stages for local bands to perform.

“It makes the festival bigger and more diverse than it already is,” Lange said. “It allows large families to come and enjoy the festival, too, without having to spend a lot of money.”

35Denton creative director Kyle LaValley encourages other local venues to participate in the music festivities even though they’re not on the official roster.

“We can’t book them all, even though we wish we could,” LaValley said. “They’re doing their thing and so are we.”

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