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Carpets Plus of Denton Announces the Launch of New Brand, The Design House

By 380news | Business

DENTON, TX – Carpets Plus was purchased in 2008 and has been a well-known local brand in greater DFW for decades. Capitalizing on both its diverse portfolio of brands and market leadership in the home renovation category, Carpets Plus announced the launch of new name and new product lines to their already successful business. The Design House, a home renovation and design services initiative, will continue their superior service and products, just under a new name. This is who we’ve always been but now our name, The Design House, reflects…Read More

Insuring the Times of Your Life

By 380news | Business

If anyone depends on you financially, you probably need life insurance. Here are some examples of the specific life stages or life events that might trigger the need for life insurance. Married or Getting Married Many families depend on two incomes to make the ends meet. If you died today, would your spouse have enough money to cover funeral costs? How about credit card balances, outstanding loans or just the daily living expenses? A Parent or About to Become One Raising a child is one of the most rewarding things…Read More

Your 2018 Taxes

By 380news | Business

As you read this the 2017 tax filing season will be winding down for those who file timely without filing an extension. If you file an extension, my best advice is to get your taxes finished in May, June or July when you and your tax professional are not too busy. Don’t wait for the last minute as that is when mistakes and omissions are made by you or your tax preparer. Most people are aware of the new tax law taking effect in 2018. Hopefully you had the conversation…Read More

Meet Matt Thomas from Clear Aquatics

By 380news | Business

Background, what has brought you to Texas Matt Thomas grew up in Little Elm where he graduated from Little Elm High School in 1986. After graduation from Little Elm High School, he went to work for a local company that relocated him to Florida and Georgia for about 10 years. After his stint away from Texas, he returned to the area in 2001 to be closer to family and friends. After a 25 year hiatus from school, he decided to attend Collin College where he earned his Associates Degree, then he finished his Bachelor Degree at Amberton University. Business philosophy “I believe that it is important to have a “can do attitude” and make sure that the customers’ needs are…Read More


Last Minute Changes to 2017 Taxes

By 380news | Business

When Congress reached a budget deal on February 9, tucked away in the bill were surprise tax breaks for homeowners, students and energy savers. Those tax breaks are the extenders, or provisions that expired at the end of 2016 but have been extended through 2017. Yes, the tax breaks are retroactive to January 1, 2017, and affect the tax return that you will file or have already filed in 2018. If you’ve already filed your tax return and think you might be affected by the tax extenders provisions, here’s what you need to do: You can be angry at Congress, but don’t be mad at your tax professional. This was not on anyone’s radar screen. It’s done, it happened, we…Read More

Do Single People Really Need Life Insurance?

By 380news | Business

Many people make the assumption that life insurance is for married couples and those with kids. While it is true that not all single people need life insurance, there are a number of reasons when it can make (really) good sense. 1. You have student loan debt. Many people assume that your debt dies with you, but that’s not always the case. While the loans through the federal government are discharged (aka forgiven) if you were to die, personal loans that have a cosigner are generally not. That means if your parents, for example, co-signed your student loan through a bank, they would be responsible for paying the rest of the loan if something happened to you. There are instances…Read More

Do I Still Need Life Insurance Once I Retire? Your Questions Answered

By Jeff Clarke | Business

Do I need life insurance once I retire? Just because you’re retired doesn’t necessarily mean you’re financially sound. Think of all the different scenarios that may still be applicable: You may have been required to retire early; you may have had investments that have gone sour and haven’t had time to rebuild your nest egg. Additionally, there may be a need to cover final expenses, you may have children still at home who depend on them, or you may have a family member like an aging parent or special-needs sibling…Read More

PointBank Steps Up Again, Donates over $27K to Local Charities

By 380news | Business

DENTON COUNTY, TX – More than two dozen local charities received a helping hand from a familiar donor this December when PointBank donated just over $27,000 as part of its ongoing mission to be a trusted partner in the communities it serves. The donations were raised during PointBank’s annual golf tournament and distributed to 25 charitable organizations throughout Denton County. Some of those non-profits include area food banks, Christian Community Action, Hearts for Homes, and Health Services of North Texas. “These 25 charities represent the heart and soul of our…Read More

Southern Chapel Vintage Market Where French and Farmhouse Styles Meet

By Jodie Linton-Prickett | Business

One of my favorite landmarks in the 380 Corridor is the little white chapel, which sits adoringly on 5101 F.M. 424 in Crossroads. This lovely example of architecture built in 1900, operated as a traditional place of worship and a cowboy church until recently. Now, it is a delightfully artistic store housing Southern Chapel Vintage Market, LLC, where savvy southern style has a French twist. This theme is echoed through every aspect of this serendipitous locale. One would never know what treasures are waiting inside by simply driving by, because in order to preserve the historical value, very little adjustment has been made to the exterior of the building, allowing it to continue to look more like a chapel than…Read More

Texas Adds 306,900 Jobs Over the Year

By 380news | Business

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in December and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. The Texas economy added 306,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year, including 400 jobs added in December. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.5 percent in December, marking 92 consecutive months of annual growth.Read More

Meet Stephanie Schaeffer at Barn Star Primitives

By Jodie Linton-Prickett | Business

Barn Star Primitives in Pilot Point, Texas is owned and operated by Stephanie Schaeffer. After a life-threatening illness last January, Schaeffer spent six months in a Boston hospital where she received several operations and spent a long time rehabilitating. Schaeffer had time to think about her life and reevaluate the direction of her future. After years of working in a corporate position, she had always dreamed of owning an art inspired studio and boutique where she could also branch out and embrace her passion for interior design and decorating. After…Read More

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