DSC04668Hopefully everyone has had a chance to drop by Tyler’s new Ulta to check things out, but for those of you who have not, let me tell you what you are missing.  Ulta is a cosmetics, fragrance, and beauty retailer with a full salon and a huge selection of cosmetics and beauty brands ranging from  upscale lines such as Smashbox, LORAC, and Stila to drugstore brands like L’Oreal and Revlon.  In addition to their awesome assortment of cosmetics, Ulta also carries hair care lines like Ojon, Phyto, and Frederic Fekkai and a great variety of skin care and fragrance lines.

DSC04681In addition to an amazing range of beauty products, Ulta also offers a full service salon, and a Benefit cosmetics eyebrow bar, where the talented Jillian designs and measures the perfect brow shape for your face, then waxes, plucks, and trims away until you are left with perfectly customized brows specifically created for your unique face.  Men and women are encouraged to come in and take advantage of this service.

DSC04676Ulta obviously offers a collection of beauty products that can keep most product junkie women busy for hours, but there is also a pretty impressive selection of guy stuff here too.  Ulta carries several just for men skin and hair care lines such as Jack Black, Billy Jealousy, and Anthony Logistics.  You can also find a good variety of colognes here, such as John Varvatos, Lacoste, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more.  Ulta also carries a huge selection of women’s fragrances.

Ulta’s recent opening was timed perfectly for the holiday shopping season.  Sign up on their emailing list for tons of great coupons.  I signed up, and I have already gotten awesome offers such as 20% off any item, and a couple of save $3.75 on any $10 purchase coupons.  I can see myself doing lots of holiday shopping here, both for gifts to give to others, and for gifts to give to myself!

5510 S. Broadway
Tyler, TX, 75701
(903) 581-7318

Drug Emporium

DSC04627So, I thought some of you could be wondering what my favorite place in Tyler is to shop, and you might be surprised at the answer.  Yes, I love Spinout and Dillard’s and Bridgette’s, but the store where I can spend hour after hour browsing and buying is none other than grocery mecca, Drug Emporium.

Seriously, I LOVE this store.  They have recently remodeled their whole grocery section, and they have a huge variety of health and organic foods you can’t get anywhere else in Tyler.  They also offer Tyler’s best selection of snack and energy bars, a plethora of vitamins and supplements, organic, goat, soy, and almond milk, a good selection of nut butters, many different kinds of granola, and a wide selection of Amy’s Kitchen foods.  A few of my favorites include Oikos Greek Yogurt, coconut water, Amy’s Goddess salad dressing, Barney Butter almond butter, Larabars, Hansen natural sodas, quinoa, steel cut oats, and MUCH more.  They even have a table set up everyday with sample cups of a few things so you can try before you buy.

hairBut wait, there’s more.  Drug Emporium also carries a HUGE selection of salon brand hair care products.  Aveda, Bumble & Bumble, Nioxin, Bed Head, Moroccan Oil, and Sebastian are just a few of the lines they carry.  I can stare at the wall of products for hours just trying to decide what the next product to be welcomed into my hair care arsenal will be.  There is even a huge OPI display in the nail care section with a great selection of colors.  Drug Emporium also offer a wide selection of natural products like JASON, Tom’s and Burt’s Bees.

As you can see, there is much more to Drug Emporium than meets the eye.  Hidden behind their nondescript store front is SO much more than a convenience store or pharmacy.  Do not judge this book by its cover.  However, shoppers should beware.  It is easy to spend lots of money in Drug Emporium, but sadly they do not accept credit cards. Make sure you take an appropriate form of payment (cash, check, or debit) with you so you can take some of this fabulousness home with you.

Drug Emporium
5614 S Broadway Ave.
Tyler, TX 75703-4356
(903) 534-9766