Business Name: Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio
What does your business do?
We are a commercial architecture firm. Our design portfolio contains Public Safety, Municipal, Financial, Religious and Education projects. We are licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi and Arkansas. We currently have projects underway in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. We have a satellite office in downtown Norman, OK.
How long have you done business in Denton? Since 1978
How long have you been a member of the Denton chamber? Our current membership has been since 2008.
Denton is a unique, vibrant, and eclectic business city. In a few sentences, describe how you fit in the Denton community.
Take one look at our offices just off the Square, and I think you can quickly see how we fit in. In fact, when we moved into our building after its completion in 1997, it was the most vibrant and colorful structure in downtown, with its pink and blue walls, bright green and purple handrails and red front door.
Our offices have been the backdrop for many photo shoots by many local photographers and college film makers. And we have designed some pretty cool stuff in the downtown areas including the Sherman Building that anchors the Southwest corner of the Square, Central Fire Station, Northstar Bank headquarters and the original Love Shack.
What is your business’ most outstanding quality? Why?
I think it comes down to supporting local businesses. At KAS, we shop local for as many goods and services as we can, including many of our employees! We are a hometown family-owned business. Jim Kirkpatrick grew up near downtown and he has a wonderful sense of Denton’s culture and history. The majority of our work through the years has been in Denton: from UNT to TWU to DISD to the City of Denton and private projects along the way; Denton has supported us – and WE SUPPORT DENTON!
How do you do Denton?
Morning coffee at Jupiter House. Lunch at the many great downtown restaurants like the Abbey Inn, Fuzzy’s, The Chestnut Tree, and Cartwright’s. Happy Hour at Hannah’s and Mulberry Street Cantina or Wine Squared and Vigne. Many of us volunteer for local events like Arts, Antiques and Autos; The Christmas Tree Lighting, Arts & Jazz Festival and the Campus Theatre.
What do you like most about doing business in Denton?
The hometown feel and doing business with people you have come to know and trust. Over the years, many of our business partners are now personal friends.
What has most influenced your success?
Over 75% of our business is repeat customers. There are only two factors involved – Customer Service and Integrity.
Do you have any upcoming events and/or plans?
We are planning to watch movies in our parking lot with our staff on Friday night. We are going to project on our ‘pink wall’, and bring lawn chairs and maybe a little barbeque thrown in.We also have some trade shows coming up this summer in Birmingham and College Station.
What do you do to unwind after a hard day’s work? A little single malt and a good cigar on my back porch.
Tell us a fun fact about your business:
Jim Kirkpatrick has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.