Old School Charm Meets High Style in Tyler
December 8, 2014
We’re huge supporters of the weekend shopping getaway to refuel and recharge. One of the best spots in Texas for retail therapy is Tyler. Just a quick—and scenic—90 minute drive from Dallas, you’ll find Tyler is more than just the Rose Capital of America. It’s a shopping mecca that surprised and delighted the Shop Across Texas fashionistas.
After you’re done soaking in all of the beautiful foliage that is east Texas—a true jaw-dropper when the leaves are changing—drop your chic weekender bag off at one of the many lodging options in Tyler. If you’re traveling on a budget, book the Holiday Inn on South Broadway for some of the friendliest service in Tyler, try Rosevine Inn B&B for a definitively homey feel or spend the weekend indulging at Kiepersol Bed & Breakfast where you’ll enjoy tastings at the on-site winery and elegant meals at the Estates Restaurant.
Start the afternoon off on the right foot, and head south on Old Jacksonville Highway toward some of Tyler’s best shopping in Swann’s Plaza. Stop by Best Store Mary V’s by Shelby, on par with any of Dallas’ best boutiques. A veritable Tyler fashion institution, Mary V’s has styled some of Tyler’s most fashionable with designer names like Seven for all Mankind, Eileen Fisher and Nanette Lepore.
Just next door you’ll find Best Store Spinout with tons of goodies to choose from. Stock up on the latest Jon Hart designs, Texas-themed tees and Minnetonkas here. Keep browsing for on-trend party dresses, a wall of jeans in every shade and even a small children’s accessories section. Be sure to take your time to sort through the small sale room in the back for some of the best deals!
If you’re in the market for quality furniture from a family-owned business, don’t miss Best Store Swann’s Furniture Store—for which the plaza is named—or simply take a stroll around the store for easy design inspiration. Stop by local favorite The Kitchen Drawer for all of the kitchen gadgets you never knew existed but somehow always wanted. Or, pick up some new kicks at the New Balance store next door.
As dinner time rolls around, exit Swann’s Plaza and take a right back onto Old Jacksonville Highway until you see Juls approximately 5 seconds down the road. On Friday night this Asian fusion restaurant will be packed with a lively evening crowd, but the craft cocktails at the bar—and designated waiting area—will make the wait for a table seem all too short. If the weather’s nice, ask for a table on the patio overlooking the river and marvel at all of the amazing shopping you’ve just accomplished across the way at Swann’s Plaza.
Spend the first part of your Saturday at Best Store Ye Old City Antique Mall and Flea Market for some of the best antiques in Tyler. Shop Rose-adorned China, reasonably-priced antique furniture and vintage knick-knacks in this multi-room building. If you’re still feeling the antique itch, definitely find time for The Gipson Girl a few minutes south of downtown for some of the most intriguing displays of vintage and antique goods you’ve ever seen. You’ll want to buy something just to see the cashier use the still-functioning gold antique cash register.
Once you’ve had your fill of antiques, head to La Piazza Shopping Center for a mid-afternoon snack at the Tyler location of Texas’ famous Collin Street Bakery. Indulge in a Cookieccino and a pastry before heading a few doors down to Best Store Bridgette’s.
Browse names like Nicole Niller, Milly and Bailey 44 on bright-colored mannequins, and settle into the store’s attached art gallery shoe boutique for some of the prettiest shoes you’ve ever seen. The shoe boutique opens up into neighboring Harley’s for Men. Make a mental note to send your hubby back for an expertly tailored suit as you pick him up a few ties.
After you’re done at La Piazza, stop by Blue Print, Too whose sister store in Dallas, also called Blue Print, has amassed an impressive following. Blue Print, Too’s calling card is all about mixing the old with the new, and they’re expertly bridging the gap between Tyler’s rich history and its fashionable future with bright, open spaces.
End your weekend of retail therapy with a bang, and head to True Vine Brewing Company’s OPEN TAPS event held from 5 – 8pm on the last Saturday of every month. As Tyler’s only brewery, True Vine became an instant hit with the locals after opening its doors to the public in 2013. Snack on local food, browse local art and enjoy local music while you sip—you guessed it—local beer from True Vine. Individual tickets are $15 at the door and $10 online, and there’s plenty of root beer on hand for the under-21 attendees.
For even more information on things to do and see in Tyler, check out VisitTyler.com.
Harvest Moon Festival and More this Weekend in Granbury
October 14, 2014
Granbury has a HUGE weekend planned to celebrate the onset of fall! This Friday through Sunday, Granbury will be hosting its 39th annual Harvest Moon Festival of the Artswhere you can browse Nationally Juried Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts in the Historic Granbury Town Square.
Also happening this weekend is the first annual Balloons in Granbury event at the Granbury Regional Airport. Admission to watch balloons launch at the airport this weekend is free and open to the public, but definitely be sure to stop by on Friday and Saturday for the evening Balloon Glow from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
If you’re looking for even more to do with the kiddos, stop by Arison Farm on Saturday between noon and 7pm for a day of pumpkin picking, hay rides and even a petting zoo!
Afternoon Tea at Belk this Saturday
An afternoon of fashion, tea, champagne, hors d‘oeuvres and shopping—with discounts—sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday. Stop by Belk at Galleria Dallas this Saturday from 1 – 4pm for an Afternoon Tea & Dress Party to enjoy all of that and more including a private fashion show from Southern Designer Showcase winner Lucy Dang, and bring this coupon for 20% off your entire regular and sale priced purchase in the dress department!
Cirque de la Rose: 2014 Texas Rose Festival
October 10, 2014
Steeped in heritage and tradition, the annual Texas Rose Festival is a bona fide Tyler—and Texas—institution. The Texas Rose Festival events officially kick off next Thursday with a 10am ribbon cutting at the Rose Garden Center, and will celebrate all things rose related through an impressive schedule of events that run through Sunday evening.
With a name like “Cirque de la Rose” we’re most anticipating the stunning display of jaw-dropping bejeweled gowns and costumes from festivals past and present to be ogled at the Tyler Rose Museum, and the not-to-be-missed Texas Rose Festival Parade scheduled for 9am on Saturday. You can check out the complete schedule here, and purchase tickets online in advance here for special events like the parade, the Ladies Luncheon and the official Saturday evening coronation. While you’re in town, be sure you’re dressed to the nines for every event—stop by our Tyler Best Stores so you look your best during the festival!
Texas Mesquite Arts Festival in Fredericksburg this Week
October 9, 2014
Folks have been flocking to the Texas Mesquite Art Festival since it started in 1992 for some of the most beautiful works of art and furniture crafted from Texas mesquite wood. This year’s festival is happening Friday through Sunday at Fredericksburg’s Marktplatz where you can buy small handcrafted mesquite gifts like pencil sets and ornaments, or fully commit to the mesquite way of life and purchase beds, dressers and chairs made entirely of the unique wood. The event is free and open to the public, but for more information on featured and participating festival artists, visit the event website here.
Celebrate the Art of Beer in Beaumont
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas knows how to throw a party—and raise a little funding in the process—which is why their Art of Beer event is one of the most popular each year. Each $40 ticket—21 and older, please—to Friday night’s event starting at 6pm not only benefits the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and its continued exhibitions, but gives you access to specialty and seasonal brew tastings, complimentary food dishes, cheeses, beer floats and musical entertainment from Katie Whitney and the Draw. Don’t miss out on this great Beaumont event, and purchase your tickets online in advance now!
Crossroads of Texas Film Festival this Week
October 7, 2014
Come out and celebrate four days of Texas-made films in Waxahachie this week as part of the Crossroads of Texas Film Festival. The festivities officially kick off on Thursday at noon with a luncheon at the Waxahachie Civic Center that includes a panel discussion from industry professionals on the ten best Texas-made films. We know…how can they only pick ten? We’ll leave that to the experts, and let you enjoy films like Bernie, Hope Floats, Bonnie and Clyde and more over the course of the four day festival. Purchase your tickets to the Crossroads of Texas Film Festival in person at City Hall now!
Found: Your Perfect ACL Weekend Looks from Austin Boutiques
October 2, 2014
(Pictured above: Feathers Boutique)
Yes, the Austin City Limits music festival this weekend is mainly about maximizing the amount of live shows you can see in a three-day period of time, but ending up on an “ACL Style” blog post after the fact for looking fab while doing it is a definite bonus. Make like a local, and shop these ACL looks from boutiques around Austin in time for the shows this weekend or next:
Feathers: The ladies at Feathers have a fierce fashion sense and can throw together a paparazzi-worthy outfit from the quirkiest vintage pieces.
Blue Elephant: Keep the fabric loose and flowing at the festival to beat the heat, and don’t be afraid to get in touch with your inner wild child—sort of—and throw on a few of these temporary glow tats.
Olive: Festivals are prime time to experiment with flashy eyewear, and Olive has a great selection of vintage-inspired sunnies from Le Specs.
Beehive: So ACL may not be Woodstock, but bringing back the peasant tops from the iconic music festival is a definite win.
Must-Do: Frederickburg’s Oktoberfest
September 29, 2014
Most of us don’t have the time—or the funds—to head to Germany to experience a traditional Oktoberfest, but Fredericksburg’s celebration comes with a heavy dose of authenticity if you’re looking for a true German-style Oktoberfest. It’s even held in the “Marktplatz,” which is German for “marketplace” and is actually the name of the downtown square in Fredericksburg 365 days a year. Fredericksburg’s official Oktoberfest celebration is October 3 – 5 where you can sip cold beer in the German and Oktoberfest Bier Tent, sample delicious wine at the Oktoberfest Vineyard—this is Fredericksburg, after all—and dance to continuous oompah music all weekend long at four different stages throughout the festival. Check out the complete list of things to do online here, and purchase your tickets at the gate when you arrive for $7 a person.
Fort Worth’s Oktoberfest
September 23, 2014
The long German tradition of Oktoberfest actually happens each year in September, hence Panther Island Pavilion’s Munich-style celebrations scheduled to begin this Thursday through Saturday. Enjoy authentic German food, beer, dancing, live music and plenty of lederhosen for the thematically inclined at Fort Worth’s Oktoberfest celebration this week. Definitely check out the full list of events here so you can plan your beer stein refills accordingly. Tickets can also be purchased online in advance here so you won’t have to worry about missing out on any of the fun. Bonus: the first 5,000 paid admissions get a free commemorative 19oz. Fort Worth stein handed out at the gate!
Downtown Tyler Film Fest this Week
September 22, 2014
You’ll have a chance to preview exceptional new short films from all over the world, but the Downtown Tyler Film Festival shines with locals by focusing on local and east Texas talent in the film industry. Laid back—read: not stuffy—film viewings will be held this Wednesday through Saturday at the Liberty Hall Theater in downtown Tyler. If you can only attend one event though, make it the Best of the Fest event at Liberty on Saturday night followed by the wrap party. The festival will replay their favorite films and award top honors in four categories for the festival. The wrap party will follow at the Gallery Main Street one block away with plenty of food and drinks to see the party through the evening. Check out the complete film schedule here, and purchase your tickets online in advance here, or in person at the Liberty box office.
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