Garden Style

DSC04977I am a huge fan of flowers.  Big arrangements, small arrangements, single stems, or even a bundle of Tyler roses from the Brookshire’s parking lot – all of those.  However, though I can admit to liking all flowers, one thing remains true:  All flowers are not created equal, and further, not all florists are created equal.

The Tyler flower market is currently dominated by Garden Style. No florist in town can even come close to creating arrangements like them.  Garden Style excels in quality, service, and most notably, creativity.  You will not find any of the typical run-of-the-mill roses by the dozen or lily/carnation/baby’s breath combinations here.  Garden Style uses exotic varieties of flowers and unique vases to create floral masterpieces that are like actual pieces of art.  The amount of skill and talent that goes into each piece is evident.

Located in the Harley’s shopping Plaza, Garden Style also offers a good selection of plants, pots or plant holders, and small gifts and home goods like candles, reed diffusers, and hand care.  While browsing be sure to take a look at their refrigerated case of all the arrangements going out on any particular day…  It’s almost worth ordering an arrangement and having it delivered to yourself.

DSC04981Floral arrangements from Garden Style don’t come cheap, but if you have some extra cash laying around they are worth every penny.  My husband sends me arrangements from Garden Style on special occasions, and my sister got the flowers for my bridal shower here.  Each arrangement was just as beautiful as the last, and they all were completely unique.  I’d love to be able to have a small arrangement on my desk everyday to enjoy, but because I can’t it just makes it that much more special when I do receive them.

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Garden Style
4815 Old Bullard Road
Tyler, TX 75703-1214
(903) 526-0664

Caffe Tazza

DSC04684What’s the best place to go in Tyler for a light brunch and a specialty coffee or tea?  Caffe Tazza, obviously.  Located in the Harley’s shopping center next door to Garden Style (best florist in town, by the way), Caffe Tazza offers a selection of breakfast pastries, muffins, sandwiches, salads, and gelato along with gourmet coffees and teas, and a small selection of wines.

DSC04687Caffe Tazza specializes in what my husband may call ‘chick food’, but that’s probably why I love it so much.  One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday lunch is at one of their patio tables with my sister and a stack of magazines.  We love to split the veggie sandwich on Ciabatta bread with a side of fruit and either a Chai Granita or a glass of Prosecco, and some days I like to indulge with a scoop of Spumoni gelato to finish things off.

Caffe Tazza is a great spot for unwinding with girlfriends or taking a break from a day of shopping.  If your husbands or boyfriends are brave enough to come with you, they do have some delicious and hearty looking Belgian waffles and omelets, and a yummy turkey bacon avocado croissant that I would consider to be guy-approved foods.  Coffee lovers must try Caffe Tazza’s signature drink, the cappuccino, with perfectly proportioned espresso, thick and creamy steamed milk and foam.  Or, try a pumpkin latte if you are in a seasonal mood.  Caffe Tazza is definitely a must-try for all my lady Tylerites.

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Caffe Tazza
4815 Old Bullard Rd # 107
Tyler, TX 75703-1214
(903) 581-6601