Sweet Gourmet

My go-to place to shop when I want to find a unique gift for a colleague or friend is Sweet Gourmet. They carry the best specialty food items around, have excellent customer service, and in many instances have made my job much, much easier.

When I needed to provide 10 gift baskets for the Saudi royal family Sweet Gourmet pulled out all the stops and arranged 10 of the most impressive spreads I’ve ever laid eyes on. When President Bush came to town it was a no-brainer to have Sweet Gourmet fix him up with an assortment of Tyler’s finest snacks which I later saw his staff carry to his car. I imagine he enjoyed some Firecrackers on his way to the Cowan Center where he was delivering his speech.

My favorites items to get at Sweet Gourmet are Lammes Longhorns, Texas Firecrackers, D.L. Jardine’s Salsas, and anything Godiva. I would recommend Sweet Gourmet to anyone and will continue to utilize their services as often as I possibly can.

hours: Mon – Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12:30pm-5pm

Sweet Gourmet
4554 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-1305
(903) 534-0840

Tyler Candle Company

tylercandlesHave I ever mentioned how much I like Tyler Candles?  Well, I do.  I absolutely love them, actually.  They come in tons of awesome scents, have adorable packaging, and they are very strong smelling.  Not to mention, the candles are actually made right here in Tyler, Texas.

I don’t even know where to start on which scent I like the best.  Their most popular is High Maintenance, which is described as a floral, woody blend combined with patchouli and vanilla with a heavy musk undertone. Very sophisticated and truly addictive!  Another one I love is Diva, which www.tylercandlesonline.com described as a warm and complex fragrance overflowing with delicious fruits and rich florals. Rich aromatic chocolate and amber complete this luscious blend.  It reminds me of Thierry Mugler’s legendary Angel perfume.  Cowboy and Beach Blonde are two more great ones.  Like I said though, there are tons of fragrances to chose from making it extremely difficult to pick a favorite.

In addition to several different sizes of votives and jar candles, Tyler Candle Company also offers Woodwick Reed Diffusers, Auto Glam fragrance for cars, and Mixer Melts scented oil and melters.  Because the candles are heavily fragranced, I have found that it tends to create a messy wick, but that is easily cured by trimming off the fragrance residue before re-lighting the candle.  I strongly urge anyone who hasn’t experience these candles for themselves to check them out.  They are available at Karen Horton and Company and The Potpourri House.  These also make great gifts for the rapidly approaching holiday season.  Good luck trying to pick just one!