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“Support Local” is now more important than ever and with this in mind, here are a few things that locals are doing to help you get through these crazy times. These are really cool unique opportunities and we hope that you enjoy some local love as well as try something new.

Take a Yoga Class with CommUNITY Yoga To Calm Your Fears

This is a 30-minute Beat Fear Flow Class – Online Yoga Class that is taught by local yogis. This is a simple 30-minute flow class designed to get fear out of your head and get you on your mat.

“Living your life in balance not only contributes to your personal happiness and wellness, but also to your family, friends, community, nation, and global community as well. Yoga is for every BODY…ANYONE of ANY age or fitness level. Join us in this practice.”

A little about the studio: “We at commUNITY yoga believe in every person’s ability to make the positive life changes necessary to live a vibrant life. At our studio, you can open yourself to new possibilities and know that we are here to support and encourage you along the way. Take it from us, we know first hand how life-changing it is to address all aspects of your health-physical, mental and emotional- and bring them into alignment with your values. You will find benefits both inside and out from a regular Yoga practice. Set your goal to focus on the whole, and join us at commUNITY yoga.”

CommUNITY Yoga Studio is located at 6421 South Broadway Avenue, Suite 500 in Tyler, (903)520-7726,

Let’s Jam: Take a Guitar Lesson with Ally Venable

As musicians nationwide are out of work and at home, there are some creative ways that they are occupying their time. One way is by local favorite Ally Venable. She is offering guitar lessons via Skype at 

There are several packages available.

You can choose from learning some of Ally’s songs to learning about blues guitar,  and all of them are up close & personal, and live with Ally.

How To Play Lessons include: “Texas Honey,” “Broken,” and “Nowhere To Hide.”

There is also a “Blues 101.” Learn how to integrate basic blues patterns, technique, vibrato, fingerpicking, slide guitar, and alternate tunings into your playing live with Ally. This 45-minute live session with Ally on Skype is unique and will teach you some really cool stuff.

Once any class is purchased, there will be a follow-up email about scheduling. Classes are $50 each. It’s that simple.

Also on her website, you can purchase her latest songs, check out her touring schedule and pick up some really cool Ally swag.

“A power house from the Lone Star State, the Ally Venable Band has ignited excitement in the modern blues scene. Guitar Player Magazine stated that ‘Venable pulls off a stunner of gritty and/or sultry blues-rock tunes embellished with lots of tasty guitar solos.'”

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Eat Local: Who is Open, Their Menus & Links


Pictured: From Andy’s Frozen Custard: Peanut butter + chocolate + Vanilla Frozen Custard = a match made in heaven! Blended with creamy peanut butter and brownies, then filled with hot fudge! Mouthwatering yet!

Welcome to‘s new#EatLocalTyler page!

You can still order take out, call ahead for curbside service, go through the drive-thru from some local restaurants to support their business.

And thanks to Governor Abbott, restaurants can now sell alcohol to go!

Links to restaurant’s new condensed menus, websites for ordering, phone numbers and what is available (delivery, drive-thru, curbside, etc…) are all posted below in a convenient and easy to use format.

Check back often, this list changes often!

To add your restaurant or report any changes or additions to this list, please email



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Kiepersol Drive Thru Now Offering Wine To Go & More

The Restaurant Drive-thru, Food Options, and Delivery Updates

Kiepersol has closed the dining area of the restaurant. The majority of their menu is available for drive-thru now. Delivery is also a new option available for $1/mile with a minimum purchase of $30. See the drive-thru and delivery menu. Call (903)894.3300 to order drive-thru or delivery.
The tasting rooms are not open at Kiepersol either. Some of you have already visited the new drive-thru wine pick up location at the Kiepersol headquarters. This is a place where you can simply drive up, order wine by the bottle and they will have a guest liaison bring it to your car. Also, as part of this new concept for pick up or online orders, any 2014 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah is 50% off! Online, the discount is automatically added during checkout.

This is located at 3933 FM 344 E, Tyler TX 75703, the two-story metal building on FM 344 just west of the entrance to Kiepersol. The drive-thru will be open from 9am-7pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-7pm on Sunday. Kiepersol also has some pre-packaged snacks, meats, and cheeses for you there.

Please call ahead for large wine orders so that they can get them together in a timely manner. Curbside pick up of spirits is still available from the Distillery. Call to order or visit the wine drive-thru for more information. (903)894-8995.

Gift cards can also be purchased at this location and ordering online.

The majority of Kiepersol’s regular dinner menu is available at the drive-thru. Delivery is also a new option available for $1/mile with a minimum purchase of $30. See the drive-thru and delivery menu.

Kiepersol now has family-style meals for 4, 6 or 8 people. This is a great pick up or delivery option for your family with menu choices like Chicken Kiepersol, Stroganoff, Meatballs, Chicken Marinara, and Shrimp Sauté, See the menu here. Call (903)894-3300 to order drive-thru or delivery.

You can also enjoy any of Kiepersol’s wines at home by ordering online at for delivery anywhere in Texas. If you order 12 bottles, a flat shipping fee of $9.99  is automatically applied.

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Downtown Tyler

What Will Make This Better? BE{ER}!

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Ok, I’ll admit to having a few days off was kinda nice. I’m not saying I accomplished anything but I did at least get to veg some on the couch and finally get my clocks reset for Daylight Savings Time. Oh, and most importantly, I  got to try some of ETX Brewing, 221 S. Broadway in Downtown Tyler (rather the “Just Off the Square” area) beers that I have been wanting to check out via their new custom-made Sampler 6-packs!

Yes, you read that right. ETX Brewing is now offering 6-packs that they have custom-made with one each of six of their beers! These include one of each of their favorites: 1846 IPA, Park Ranger, Lost Gem, Hitching Post, Texas Stout of Mind, and Brickstreet Blonde.

Each beer has a different style and taste. This is a great way to try them out and practice social distancing.

Speaking of which, ETX is taking action above and beyond the CDC recommendations. This includes Curbside Service for 6 packs of Beer & Growlers (YES!!!!). If you would like to place a curbside order, please call ahead at (903)630-7720. They are open regular business hours until further notice.

The Sampler Beers included are:

1846 IPA: An American style IPA. At the bottom range of bitterness for the style and dry-hopped with bold, fruity El Dorado hops. LOUIE’S FAV!
Park Ranger: Orange Creamsicle Milkshake IPA. Citrusy orange flavors & aroma from massive dry hopping with a creamy mouth-feel from the addition of milk, sugar, and low bitterness.
Lost Gem: Classic German-style Kolsch, lightly hopped with German Spalt hops. This is a great thirst-quenching summer beer.
Hitching Post:  A medium body, easy drinking Amber Ale with a perfect balance of malt and hops producing caramel notes and malty sweetness.
Texas Stout of Mind: This chocolate, coffee and oatmeal stout aka Breakfast Stout is made with Belgium chocolate and locally roasted coffee from Texas State of Mind!
Brickstreet Blonde: A classic American Blonde Ale that is light, crisp, and lightly hopped with mild maltiness.

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ETX Brewing Co. is a family-owned Microbrewery located just “Off the Square,” in Downtown, Tyler, TX. From their Facebook page: “We provide quality craft beers to a wide range of enthusiasts. Our beers appeal to those looking to enter the craft beer market and equally to those dedicated to the craft beer movement; our products push the palette’s limit with creative styles. Our values are centered around making a positive impact on the community while becoming a great representation of craft brewers.”

Check them out outside on their picnic tables. The Porch is right next door and part of the ETX Brewing family.

ETX Brewing Company welcomes your pets outside on the patio.

Convenient parking in the FREE parking garage is right next door.

Brian and Matt, brothers, have been brewing collectively for 20 years. Through this passion for creativity, they turned their focus from a hobby and an outlet, into a plan to pursue a dream. ETX Brewing Co. is a production brewery and taproom, representing a business that has a focus to help the community.

ETX Brewing is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and online at


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