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903 Handmade: Crafting Dreams In Downtown Tyler

  4 months ago     697 Views     Comments Off on 903 Handmade: Crafting Dreams In Downtown Tyler  

By Johnny Griffith East Texas has always been home to a strong community of artisans and crafters who take their creativity and pour it into a creation of some sort or another. Typically the only outlets for these “makers” has been festivals, Canton Trades Days, or online. Starting this year, however, a new store in Downtown Tyler opened, and the makers as well as buyers of artisan made merchandise couldn’t be more excited. 903 Handmade is a local brick and mortar storefront catering to merchandise, as the name might suggest, handmade by small batch artisans as opposed to…

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Where to Buy and Sell Stuff

  7 months ago     423 Views     Comments Off on Where to Buy and Sell Stuff  

By Gini Rainey There are a lot of bargains to be had out there in the shopping world, and a lot of them can be found in the consignment shops that are sprinkled around the Tyler area. By definition, a true consignment shop is a one that sells goods for an owner. The owner keeps ownership of his items until it sells, if it sells, and then is charged a small fee by the shop as compensation for handling that sale. However, a lot of the shops in the area, while labeling themselves as consignment shops, actually will…

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El Guapo Records and the Vinyl Revival

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How Music Got Its Groove Back By Daniel Poe “Saturday you’d hop on your bike and meet up with your buds, or we’d hop in the car once we could drive and spend all day between the guitar shop and the record store. You pick up the newest wax from whatever band you’re into lately and wear it out learning new licks from Page or Billy (Gibbons) or Jeff Beck. That was it, man. If you could manage that, it was a good day.” This was the sort of trip my Dad would take me on when I…

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Moon Rivers Naturals: Faith, Hope, Love…and Soap!

  9 months ago     713 Views     Comments Off on Moon Rivers Naturals: Faith, Hope, Love…and Soap!  

By Johnny Griffith Yes, Soap. If you’re like most people, it’s something you use multiple times a day yet never stop to think about where it came from, who made it, and what’s in it. In fact, if you ask the clerks at most “big box” stores, even they couldn’t answer those questions for you. Luckily, Stefanie, Stephen, and the rest of the crew over at Moon Rivers Naturals (MRN) can answer all three of those questions for you, and more. MRN is a local business here in East Texas that makes natural soaps, oils, scrubs, and moisturizers.…

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Ye Olde City Antique Mall: Troves of Unique Treasures and Memories

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Written and Photographed by Barbara King Ye Olde City Antique Mall is literally a unique treasure trove in downtown Tyler; a place to escape the stress of today with the memories of the past. Ye Olde City Antique Mall and City Market is a stroll down memory lane; chock full of antiques, china, silver, jewelry, and unique finds. Hidden at the corner of Locust and Line Streets, part of Historic Tyler, the market is a world all its own. The market straddles a center lane with ample parking for visitors wanting a few hours of meandering and moseying…

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