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The City of Edom, An Oasis for Artisans

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By Barbara King

Just a scant 20 miles outside of Tyler lies a quaint, flourishing artisan community where you will find an eclectic mix of modern funky design and old-time Southern hospitality.

Edom, a one-stoplight town, is chock full of things to see and makes a great getaway just a stone’s throw from everywhere.

The one main street is lined with shops and restaurants, in quaint, old refurbished stores that encourage you to amble around, take your time, and browse a myriad of wares from antiques to pottery to apple pies.

Coming around the bend into Edom, the first thing you’ll see is the infamous The Shed Restaurant, renowned for their all day breakfasts, 7 days a week. No stop at The Shed (“Get Fed at the Shed” is their motto) is complete without tasting the chicken-fried steak, finishing up with the decadent coconut cream pie, showcasing the graham cracker crust, and topped with shredded coconut. The menu appeals to every taste, ranging from appetizers like jalapeño poppers, Shed’s signature hand-dipped onion rings (a meal in themselves), mozzarella cheese sticks, or Texas Toothpicks. Pancakes, build your own omelets, burritos, sandwiches, burgers, and fresh hand cut steaks complete the choice options. There is a kids menu too, so if traveling with the family, the kids can choose from chicken tenders, corny dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or grilled cheese sandwiches. The atmosphere inside The Shed is laid-back and friendly, with a huge sit-down counter and lots of seating for larger parties.

Meander next door to Gypsy Rose Antiques, the brightly painted pink antique and vintage store, owned and lovingly operated by Emily and John Parker. This haven of vintage antiques and collectibles is a must-see, with troves of treasures displayed throughout the store. You will find carnival glass pieces mixed with vintage memorabilia, including newspapers, birdcages, oil cans, lamps, and jewelry. “We are not a thrift store,” explained owner Parker. “We travel around the country, looking for interesting finds and special pieces.” It is truly a trip back in time, and folks come in and spend hours, finding memories in every corner.

You can’t visit Edom without a visit to the whimsical world of Arbor Castle Birdhouses. Step inside and be whisked away to a fairytale world of yore, filled with fairy castles, bird castles, chimes, hummingbird feeders, and walking sticks. The birdhouses are breathtaking and almost surreal; each a sculpture on its own, fashioned from Red Heart Cedar with elaborate details including metal roofs, turrets and bells, hand set stones, leaves, vines, sconces, and finials. Each birdhouse has its own unique character and is signed and dated by the artist, Joseph Hopps.

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A new and funky fresh recent addition to Edom is Buffalo Clover, “a combination of fun and fine art” – all the creative genius of Kelli Holmes. The name is derived from the fusion of Texas and Celtic roots and is the Indian name for the bluebell. The store is an in-your-face fusion of color and style, and the walls are adorned with Holmes’ original artwork and award-winning art. Anyone familiar with Holmes has seen her line of Frilly Pepper repurposed lingerie and outerwear, glitzed up and ready for anyone to rock. You can also find one-of-a-kind hats, rings, headbands, and all sorts of fun and funky apparel too. “I am so blessed to be here in Edom,” said Holmes, “and to be able to be a part of and support local artists and this unique community.”

Potters Barn is one of the cornerstones of the Edom community, with artist Don Brown arriving in 1971, joined by wife Beth in 1992. The partners in life and art produce stoneware pottery, with clays from Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Dakota. After years of trial and error and hard work, they have created the beautiful jewel tone pottery that is the trademark of the studio. The front of the store displays the glazed pieces that range from kitchen sinks to butter-keepers, egg cookers, custard dishes, and yarn bowls. In the back, you will find the studio with Don and Beth hard at work putting the finishing touches on their one-of-a-kind creations.

Zeke & Marty Studio is on the same side of the street and is yet another pillar of the art community in Edom, establishing their studio in 1976. Zeke and Marty’s handmade jewelry are a stunning combination of found objects, natural materials, and some rare stones. Their pieces are infused with love and spirit and as Marty explains, “We use the freedom to explore and be influenced by our materials and incorporate the joy and excitement of each new and different creation.”

Zeke and Marty’s studio behind the storefront is a beehive of activity with Katy the shop cat lounging on the worktable as the couple grinds and solders their sterling silver into magnificent works of jeweled art. Their travels around the world bring back rare finds that they transform including wooly mammoth teeth, onyx, amber, and gemsbok. Their collaboration and partnership make for an exquisite mix of spirit, passion, and love for their art, which is truly apparent in their unique jewelry.

Ready to take a break, relax, and regroup for the rest of your Edom experience? Yesy’s Café is a great place to feast on just about anything you can imagine. Breakfasts are supreme, with omelets, burritos, tortas (egg, cheese, and refried bean sandwiches), migas (fried tortilla strips topped with two eggs), pancakes, and French toast. Lunch includes chicken fried steak, hamburgers, sandwiches, and new Mexican food entrees, including street tacos and tortas. Fridays and Saturdays Yesy’s

Lunch includes chicken fried steak, hamburgers, sandwiches, and new Mexican food entrees, including street tacos and tortas. Fridays and Saturdays Yesy’s features barbecue meat sandwiches, brisket nachos, loaded potatoes, and pizza by the slice. The kids are welcome here too and can have grilled cheese or chickens strips or a small plate (meat with two sides.) New manager Yesy Bazdan says, “We are thrilled to be able to offer some new menu items along with a friendly and welcoming place to come, sit, and stay.”

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The Firehouse Gallery, the dream of Jeff & Judy Gottesman, is an eclectic mix of art, photography, custom framing, and a coffeehouse that features local musicians in a small, intimate setting. The transformed firehouse is a concert venue for original acoustic folk music as well as a venue for the showing of first-run independent films. See our article about upcoming concerts on page  11.

The Vintage Edom Coffee shop is also home to live music concerts every Saturday from 12 noon-3pm featuring local singer/songwriters. From 3-6pm, it is turned over to the Songwriters Circle for more original tunes. You can enjoy wonderful barista coffee drinks, bakery treats, and lots of great shopping too.

Edom is a haven for art, music, food, and special events throughout the year, including Saturday night “Cruise Nights” for vintage car enthusiasts, an April Street Fair, and a Fine Arts Festival in October.

As the sign in front of Zeke & Marty’s studio attests, “Open Most Days, Closed Others,” the schedules of shops fluctuate according to season and patronage.

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Daytrip to Tyler

Blooms & Booms Tour: Tour The Pineywoods of East Texas


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Tour the entire Piney Woods area on this unique tour! Click the image to check out this great tour featuring Roseland Plantation, Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, shopping, Rose Gardens, American Freedom Museum, and tons more!

Travel to the piney woods of East Texas, and you’ll find yourself in a place unlike any other in the Lone Star State.

Rolling hills, pine forests, and magnificent lakes can be found within the Texas Piney Woods region, where the warmth of Southern hospitality is alive and well. Stop and smell the roses at the largest rose garden in the nation, located in Tyler. Known as the Rose Capital of America, Tyler is a beautiful stop on this East Texas tour. Cruise the brick streets of the Historic Azalea District featuring miles of blooming azaleas and dogwoods, Then it’s full steam ahead to Palestine. Home of the Official Railroad of Texas, visit the Victorian train depot, more than 1800 historical sites, and prepare for a little sensory overload when it comes to the flavors of East Texas. Henderson, voted as one of the “prettiest little towns in Texas,” is another great stop on this East Texas road trip.

East Texas is a hidden gem and a great place for your next group tour.

And don’t forget East Texas’ boomtown, Kilgore, known as the “City of Stars,” a nickname given to it because over 60 oil derricks that dot the Kilgore skyline, all topped with lighted stars.

Join us on this self-guided tour to see for yourself what everyone is raving about!

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High Hill Farms: See The True Beauty of East Texas

High Hill Farm is a scenic 90-minute drive from Dallas through the rolling foothills of East Texas and just minutes from the historic town of Tyler. Combining laid-back luxury with the natural beauty of the region, High Hill Farm is the perfect getaway for guests looking to experience the good life, along with a variety of outdoor activities.

High Hill Farms is located at 12626 CR 217, Arp, TX 75750. Booking and more info is available by calling 903-834-3444 or at


We believe in joining business with pleasure. At a High Hill Farm corporate retreat, your employees will relax and enjoy our many amenities while they learn or simply celebrate your company’s success. Just 90 minutes from the metroplex, we are the best choice for a corporate retreat near Dallas, TX. We have multiple meeting spaces to accommodate almost any size group.


The best Romantic Weekend Getaway near Dallas and Tyler, TX is High Hill Farm. We offer more of the secluded, relaxed environment that you have dreamed of. Enjoy an evening started by the fire in our cozy outdoor lounge overlooking the pool and vineyard, then stroll into restaurant Côte for one of the best meals of your life. You never have to worry about driving anywhere after dinner because your very own private bungalow is a short stroll away. The next morning, breakfast can be delivered, or you can join us for a delightful breakfast after your swim or a spirited game of Bocce. We are not like any Bed and Breakfast near Dallas or Tyler, TX you have ever experienced. We will ensure your stay is just what you wanted it to be. If you have any special requests, like champagne waiting in the room or flowers or a private spa package, we are delighted to make your wishes come true.

Just have to share what a wonderful stay we had this weekend! This remote, but GPS friendly, getaway invites you to relax and enjoy the country. The owners were the ultimate hosts and made us feel like family. Our bungalow was comfortable, classy, and quiet. The food was so delicious and totally exceeded our expectations. The grounds are beautiful, and sitting on the patio overlooking the pool while eating breakfast was a highlight for us! We will definitely return! – Cee Marie, Tyler TX


For the best Romantic Fine Dining near Dallas and Tyler, TX, choose High Hill Farm. Our contemporary, art-filled restaurant will delight you with fresh farm-to-table creations, some from our garden just steps from the kitchen, designed to both entertain your palette and satisfy your hunger. Once you’ve finished your romantic dinner, plan to stay overnight in one of our private bungalows where we’ll deliver breakfast to your door, or join us for brunch in Côte Restaurant.


Whether you’re planning a corporate retreat, board meeting, destination wedding, family reunion or church gathering, High Hill Farm offers everything you need for an unforgettable event. We can host up to 500 guests using a variety of indoor and outdoor space. Plus, our culinary team can handle all your catering needs onsite.


Relax under the canopy of majestic oak trees, soak in the sun, the scenery, and enjoy a seasonal lunch. There’s nothing like a nap with Nature in the afternoon! Includes a seasonal picnic lunch and a glass of champagne per person. $75 for two


Includes a 4-course candlelit dinner and wine pairings on an elegant linen-set table, with attention from your own personal server. $175 per couple, plus wine. 6 guests, minimum, required


From elegance to outdoors. Take a fun ride through the woods and find this shooting oasis perched atop a rolling hillside and surrounded by deep forest. It’s a getaway within your getaway. Includes a box lunch, trail snacks, shooting clays and your own personal guide. $100 per person


There’s no place like High Hill Farm to share time with your one special person. Enjoy peaceful walks along our wooded trails, wine by a fire or sunset at the pool overlooking our hillside vineyard. Morning, afternoon or evening, it’s the perfect time for a little romance. Includes Deluxe Bungalow accommodations, champagne or wine upon arrival, a chef’s hors d’oeuvres board, and breakfast in bed. $345 per night


Gather your BFFs and get here as fast as you can! We’re waiting to wait on you hand-and-foot, while you lounge, leisure and luxuriate. Includes accommodations in one or more bungalows with private courtyard, wine upon arrival, a chef’s hors d’oeuvres board, breakfast on the Terrace, and a sweet treat at bedtime. $350 per night, based on double occupancy. Extra guests, $30 each.

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Daytrip to Tyler

Kilgore: A Daytrip Plus Events, Events & More Events

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Kilgore, Texas is a place of great discoveries – home to the greatest oil boom and where the first official dance drill team brought “show business” to the football gridiron. Located in the Piney Woods of East Texas, this is where southern hospitality meets Texas energy. It’s time to find your path to the City of Stars!

There’s a lot going on in this historic town. Check out these events:

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