The Potpourri House

Potpourri HouseThe Potpourri House on Troup Hwy. offers a unique experience for shoppers and diners alike.  Food choices range from a variety of specialty salads to chicken fried steak to their famous Chicken Lou Al.  My personal favorites are the strawberry salad and the pimento cheese spread.

In addition to the delicious food, the Potpourri House sells unique jewelry, home decor, clothing, and candles.  Their holiday Christmas tree display is not to be missed.

One thing I will say is that this store caterers heavily to the female population.  Though there are a few male friendly options on the menu such as chicken fried steak, a man would really need to be in touch with his feminine side to eat here.  Nearly every day guests can catch a glimpse of a red hat lady meeting in the dining room or of a melodic trio serenading lunch guests.

potpourrihouseBe sure to follow the Potpourri House on Twitter to catch special offers.

The Potpourri House
3320 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX 75701-8338
(903) 592-4171

Jewels & Jeans

DSC04974Tyler welcomes another new clothing store…  This time it’s a Gresham transplant, Jewels & Jeans.  Located on Old Bullard, next to one of Tylerites’ favs, Sonoma Grill, Jewels & Jeans is a small women’s clothing boutique offering a pretty decent selection of jeans, and a small variety of tops, jewelry and accessories.  Jewels & Jeans carries Citizens of Humanity, Seven for All Mankind, Paige, Miss Me, and my current favorite, Joe’s Jeans.

DSC05006In my opinion, the thing this store has going for it is its jeans selection.  For being such a small store, they really do offer a good variety of brands and styles, and they had some good stuff on their sale rack for pretty decent prices.  I don’t recall seeing  as many big brand names in their tops section, other than basics by Michael Stars, but they had some really cute stuff.  Overall, it’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you are looking for a good pair of designer jeans

DSC05007Jewels & Jeans
5850 Old Bullard Road
Tyler, TX 75703-4341
(903) 939-9151

Racquet & Jog

DSC04973A co-worker recently expressed his curiosity over us Tylerites’ obsession with Racquet & Jog t-shirts.  I remember back when I first moved to Tyler, I too, was confused by the popularity of these brightly colored shirts.  Initially, I assumed Racquet & Jog must be a local athletic store that had an awful lot of employees.  However, I kept seeing more and more of these shirts all over town, and not only in Tyler, but on vacations and in airports too, so I realized there must be more to it.

DSC04970As it turns out, Racquet & Jog is a local athletic and clothing store, with locations in Dallas, Austin, Longview, and Tyler.  The store in Tyler carries a good variety of jeans, swimwear, athletic wear, cool novelty tees, and accessories in addition to a decent selection of athletic apparel.  Brands they carry include Junk Food, Dogeared, Vix, BB Dakota, and Roxy. They also offer an impressive collection of mens and womens shoes, including Frye, Rainbow, Yellowbox, Havaianas, and Dolce Vita.  And yes they have Uggs!  This store has an overall cool vibe, and definitely appeals to the younger crowd.  Of course, amongst all the racks of clothing is a huge table of all different colors and styles of Racquet & Jog t-shirts.  It is a bit of an unspoken rule that every Tylerite must own at least one of these. I have owned approximately eight of them, in all different colors.  My current favorite is a gray Alternative Apparel v-neck Racquet & Jog t-shirt, but I have several others currently in rotation.  Any given day at Rose Rudman is like a Racquet & Jog fashion show with walkers and runners sporting their shirts.

DSC04964Racquet & Jog is very active in promoting local athletic events. They sponsor races such as the Premier Turkey Trot and the YMCA Reindeer Run, and the East Texas Striders running club.  Be sure to stop in Racquet & Jog for athletic gear for your next race and get a t-shirt if you don’t have one already!

Racquet & Jog
5403 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-1397
(903) 561-4703‎

Heart & Soul

DSC04587This weekend marked the grand opening of Tyler’s newest upscale clothing boutique, Heart & Soul.  Located in the Times Square shopping center right next door to Julian’s, Heart & Soul offers a variety of lines for men and women, including True Religion, Monarchy, Sky, and Betsey Johnson.

DSC04598The boutique itself is small, private and lushly decorated in rich fabrics in shades of black and white.  The clothing has an edgy feel with lots of distressed denim, embellished tees, and sequined dresses.  Heart & Soul even offers True Religion

sunglasses and a small selection of footwear and blinged out jewelry and belt buckles.  If there was a Real Housewives of Tyler reality show, I have a feeling they would do their shopping here.  Though clothing here is on the expensive side, with some pairs of jeans costing up to the $300 point, there are also reasonably priced items in the store to fit all budgets.

We would like to wish Heart & Soul the best of luck, and we hope they are around for years to come!  They offer a shopping experience previously unavailable to us Tylerites.  It’s definitely worth a look for anyone in the area.

DSC04605Heart & Soul
5201 S. Broadway Ave. Suite 112
Tyler, TX, 75703


spinout1When I first discovered Spinout a couple of years ago I could not believe my eyes. I had no idea there was a place in town where you could find brands such as Juicy Couture, True Religion, T-Bags, Rachel Pally, Shoshanna, etc. I thought I had died and gone to retail heaven. I had been under the impression that as long as I was living in Tyler I would be destined to a life of internet shopping, never being able to see the items I so strongly lusted after in person. Sure, there are some other nice boutiques in Tyler. However, none of them have the current, hot right NOW selection that Spinout offers. Although they are primarily an adult clothing store, for children they even offer a good selection of Juicy Kids!

Spinout first opened in 1986 as a paint-your-own tee shirt store (hence the name Spinout). Through the years it evolved into Tyler’s leading boutique for stylish and unique finds. Spinout remains a family owned business, and the mother/daughter team that run it travel to NYC and LA on a regular basis to stay on top of the latest trends.

Be sure to check out Spinout online at, but you also really need to pay a visit to this store in person, especially if you love designer clothes as much as I do. You will be amazed!

117 E. 8th
Tyler, TX 75071
(903) 526-2226