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Dude, Sweet Chocolate – Dark Handcrafted Treats!

Dude, Sweet Chocolate Is A Dark Chocolate Manufacturer, Distributor, And Retailer Focusing On Handmade Chocolate Creations.

Their product is handcrafted to create the best combination of fudges, truffles, nuts, and chocolate bars! There are currently four Dude, Sweet Chocolate locations in the DFW area where you can directly purchase your favorite sweets. They also maintain sales relationships with dozens of local and out of state resellers such as Whole Foods, winery and distillery operations, P.F. Chang’s, and more.

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Dude, Sweet Chocolate created at a dive bar south of downtown Dallas where Chef Katherine Clapner and Redding May were regulars. After Mr. May partnered with Ms. Clapner to send unique chocolates as gifts while working with Merrill Lynch, Clapner decided to run with the idea. Selling her chocolates in summer heat at farmers markets she had the idea of opening up a local store! December of 2008 the first store/kitchen opened its doors! “At Dude, Sweet Chocolate we strive to differentiate ourselves by maintaining intense focus on the quality of the culinary product itself, and not getting lost in the rest of the product design process. You will not find a single bow, ribbon, or shiny box in our stores. Kraft paper packaging, brown labeling, and simple, clean design shift attention to the chocolate, which stands on its own.” –Dude, Sweet Chocolate Team

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Katherine takes pride in factoring in different flavor profiles that wouldn’t usually fit in at a chocolate shop. Flavors such as Albatross blue cheese, sea salt fudge, and pumpkin seed toffee are local favorites. These are the types of products that make Mr. Clapner’s shop stand out from the usual chocolate shop, and she seems to effortlessly blow expectations out of the water!

Gifts

Dude, Sweet Chocolate also offers unique products for corporate gifting that will leave a lasting impression on your customers. Mix and match the award winning chocolates to create a gift that is hand made and different.

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Jalin Jewelers – A Collin County Jewel

Jalin Jewelers offers full-service jewelry sales, repair, engravings, resizing, and custom design pieces!

You will not find this level of service anywhere else but Jalin. Opening its doors in 1991, original owner and operator James Romberger made a promise. Treat every customer the way he would want to be treated while going above expectations with quality products. To this day Jalin grasps on to this mission for the sake of tradition and the role it plays in their customer’s lives.

Jalin Watch & Bracelet

Tradition is a very important part of the jewelry industry as it represents places we have been or situations we have encountered just as jewelry does. In 2003 Jalin Jewelers was relocated from its original position on the corner of Park and Preston to Lakeside Market where it currently resides. After 23 years of business, Jim decided to retire in 2014 passing the business along to his son Todd Romberger. Todd is just as passionate about the family business as his father! Todd follows in his father’s footsteps ensuring quality products and exceptional customer service every time.

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Since Todd has taken over the family business, Jalin has received the Readers Choice Winner For The Best Jeweler Store In Plano in 2015 and 2016. Jalin also recently celebrated its 25 anniversary in April of 2016! Through all of the recent success Jalin has experienced Todd and his team continue to serve the people of Plano. Jalin Jewelers will always be evolving but the vision will continue to stay the same. “Offering the personalized attention our customers deserve and have come to trust they will receive when shopping with us. It is our privilege to be highly trusted by our customers.” –Jalin Jewelers Team

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Holman Pottery Gallery – Functional Unique & Handmade

-Holman Pottery History

The Holman Pottery Gallery is an 1890 Queen Anne style Victorian cottage on a half acre in the Haggard Park Historic District near Historic Downtown Plano. The pottery found here is functional, unique, and made from white stoneware. Holman’s pottery is nonhazardous and can be used in the microwave, dishwasher, and oven. You will discover a wide-ranging gallery inside the home, with a variety of pottery, glass, iron, sculpture, jewelry, etc. from Holman as well as artists from all across the country. Each of these items is handmade and one of a kind.

Holman Pottery Vase

Artist/Potter Tony Holman, his wife Debbie, and their daughter Maggie, own and operate Holman Pottery. The family-owned studio and gallery opened in 1989. In July 1998, the Holman’s purchased the 1890 Victorian home to house their studio and gallery in which they currently operate today.

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-The creation process

Tony throws most of the pots on a potter’s wheel. Others are slab constructed and altered. When the pots become leather-hard (halfway between wet and dry) handles are added and each piece is signed. Upon becoming completely dry, the pottery is loaded into a gas kiln. These pots are then fired to a temperature of 1830 degrees Fahrenheit. Upon unloading the kiln, they are glazed and some are decorated with colored clays (slips) and oxides. They are then fired a second time to a temperature of 2336 degrees Fahrenheit. These extreme temperatures ensure the durability of the pottery.

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The shapes of Tony’s vessels are functional but can simply be decorative. He covers a wide range of colors and pattern through brushwork and sponged on design. Close attention is paid to the finishing touches of this pottery including the way the handles are attached and Tony’s unique way of completing the lids and rims. Because Holman Pottery is handcrafted, no two are exactly alike. Therefore, the variations of color, texture, and shape lend to the artistic nature of this pottery and should by no means be considered defective. Holman Pottery is sold and collected both nationally and internationally in specialty gift stores, museum stores, and galleries.

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Alligator Blue Belt

Little Belt Shop – Custom Handmade Texas Belts

Meet the team at Little Belt Shop that is taking care of belt and jewelry needs at Stonebriar Mall!

The Little Belt Shop started online in 2014 and officially opened in Frisco the summer of 2015. After opening a location in Frisco they decided to move to Plano in 2016. The location in Willow Bend Mall is the only Brick and Mortar store at this time.

Teju Lizard Belt

Teju Lizard Belt

-Whats In store

The Little Belt Shop does custom leather and silver work, offering 14 different types of leather. Of these different leather types, they customize the finish and specialty cuts like the thinner styles used for Hermes or Ferragamo buckles. Elbie the owner’s favorite leather is the elephant, “I was born and raised in South Africa and love that legal trade makes life difficult for poachers, if they don’t have a market they don’t leave those beautiful animals wounded and unable to defend themselves.” – Elbi Pretorius

Python Belt

Python Belt

Elbi personally loves working with gemstones, “Each is different, the color matrix can add so much character.” She works with a few mines who personally notify her when they come across large deposits of Druze Quarts with color variations, which is one of her favorites to work with.

Stingray Belt

Stingray Belt

The Little Belt Shop has the finest quality leather and exotic belts, custom cuts, color and sizing available in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area. Their personal selection of Texas made custom leather belts are fitting for any occasion. Pick from any of the exotic leathers available:

Shark Belt

Shark Belt

Italian Calf, Python, Anaconda, Argentinian Teju Lizard, Caiman Crocodile, South African Ostrich, Bison, Suede, or American Alligator.

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Alligator Belt

Pair that with one a designer belt buckle and make an unforgettable impression. The quality of the leather is superior, and they guarantee each of their products with confidence. Their leather crafter has been in the trade for 40 years, each of the belts has a 10-15 year life if cared for.

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Cutlery Collection – Full Service Knife Shop

For All Your Knife Needs Since 1979!

Cutlery Collection has been supplying the Dallas-Ft Worth area with a large selection of knives and cutlery accessories since 1979. Collection is known for quality knives, cutlery, scissors, and old fashioned service. This full service knife shop offers a great deal of experience in professional knife, scissor, and razor sharpening.

Cutlery Collection

Sharpening is an art, and the staff at Cutlery Collection are sharpening artisans. Old fashioned techniques insure sharpening of your fine cutlery that meets or exceeds manufacturer’s specifications. Their experience and knowledge is a irreplaceable resource available to collectors all over the County! With over 30 years experience, and guidance from factories in Germany and Japan, old school methods guarantee quality workmanship.

Cutlery Collection Knife Gathering

As of now Cutlery Collection will be adding new items to the photo gallery seen on their Facebook Page as they arrive. Prices include shipping and insurance in ConUS. Contact them for additional photographs and information at (469) 366-4496

Sharpening Prices:

Kitchen Knives – .40 per inch of blade

Daiyamonda Shiage – $0.90 per inch (For Japanese knives)

Pocket knives – $5.00

Scissors – $4.00

Hair shear -$5.00 & up

Fixed blade – $5.00 & up

On Tap Oil

Oil & Vinegar – Private Label Products

On Tap Oil & Vinegar Imported From Europe!

Oil & Vinegar is a specialty retailer focusing on private label products with the highest quality. Furthermore the products are made with quality ingredients and hand picked by its purchasing team in Europe. This unique business plan makes it easy to establish long-lasting relationships with each vendor. The focal point of the business is its selection of “on tap”oils and vinegars. This unique feature encourages customers to taste the product before ever making a purchase.Oil & Vinegar taste test

With the helpful staff  placed to answer any question you may have, along with the welcoming atmosphere of the shop, Oil & Vinegar will have you craving another visit. The personal attention payed to each of the guests in the shop plays a  vital role in creating a memorable customer experience. The shop aims at compelling their guests to visit again and share their unique experience with friends.Oil & Vinegar Stock

Oil & Vinegar holds over 400 products mostly originating from the Mediterranean. These products include herb mixes, dressings, olives, sundried tomatoes, mustards, sauces, pestos, and pastas. You will also find an array of kitchen equipment and cookbooks that highlight the food culture on display.

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In 2012, Oil & Vinegar introduced a new interior design to the US market. The use of natural materials imported from Europe and arranging products and sampling points lead to an even bigger attraction. Each store will be designed with this new concept. We invite you to visit a new generation and experience it for yourself!

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Petals – A Boutique Floral Shop in Plano, TX

Love Your Life and Express Your Style With Petals Boutique Floral Shop!

Petals boutique is a delightful shop with a sophisticated and quite delicious atmosphere. This flouriest has gorgeous orchids, lovely vases and, beautiful flowers from around the world.Petals Boutique

Opening in 2001, Petals has been crafting beautiful bouquets for the Plano and Dallas area. Gift givers, event planners, and brides to be, looking for advice from an experienced staff are welcome at Petals. This one stop shop has a little something for everyone. If your looking for that unique gift no one else will have, stop by the boutique and find that something for every occasion. This Christian based family owned business prides themselves on friendly service, professionalism, loyalty and trust worthiness.

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“In our cooler you will always find the best quality flowers, processed with care by our staff each day.  Speak with one of our talented professional staff members and we can help you create that perfect arrangement for that someone special.” The merchandise in their store is personally picked out by the professional staff as if it was going in their own home. Stop by and see for yourself! Your experience is one you won’t forget and that will keep you coming back to visit again and again.

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The creative design team offers a unique artistic approach to floral artistry. From traditional elegance to the latest trends, the designers at Petals personalize every aspect for your wedding, wedding reception, corporate events, showers, etc. Big or small, they can help you come up with that perfect touch to top off your special occasion. Petals can also provide a weekly service for your home, office or as a gift that keeps giving!

 

 

Pipe & Palette – Historic Downtown Plano

Pipe & Palette Home Outfitters

The moment you step through the open doors at Pipe & Palette you feel a shift in time. This historical downtown location emphasizes the pure, quality, unique products on display throughout the store. As you browse the store you will find an array of beautiful art, clothing, home decor, and much more.Pipe & Palette entrance

The building dates back over 100 years originally acting as a family drug store for the Plano area. Showing its true character with the original ceilings and partial brick shown wall there is no lack of creativity in this business thanks to owner/operator, June Parker.June Parker

Although Pipe & Palette has a large portion of the store dedicated to retail, June is passionate about art and involving the Plano community in that passion! “We host high end makers and artisans. We also teach beginning art to amazing individuals who crave to create. Our goal here is to teach art and sell art we find not only amazing but useful.”

Team Bonding

June is constantly working to make Pipe & Palette a destination for all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. “Each maker and artisan we host has a story. They have a journey that lead them to us and from us they will continue to grow. We want not only our makers and artisans to feel at home but also our shoppers. Stop by anytime just to enjoy our vib and be inspired.”

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Pipe & Palette is a destination suitable for any occasion whether that be a birthday party, team building, or just a night of entertainment. June and her staff are more than capable of catering to your needs and bringing out the inner artist in you.

The Wooden Spoon

The Wooden Spoon – Scandinavian Gifts & Food

The Wooden Spoon – Your Scandinavian Connection!
-History

How did the Wooden Spoon get it’s name you ask? Well according to Gwen Workman Owner/Operator of the Wooden Spoon; “Scandinavian families had just enough utensils for their own use. When they went to feasts, events, celebrations, or were invited to another home, they took their own spoon with them. Usually, it was made of wood. Attached to the waist of the Lady’s dress was a “spoon bag”. This is where the Wooden Spoon was carried.” -Gwen

Gwen moved to the states in 1985 where she was troubled by the absence of any Scandinavian culture or products. She soon got a job as a leasing agent for an apartment complex, and began to see the quantity of foreigners moving to the states. That fall she attended the State Fair where she met and connected with the Norwegian Society of Texas. Realizing that she couldn’t be the only half Norwegian to move to Texas she decided to open her first shop in McKinney September of 1988. In 1989 she moved into a 280 SF shop in Plano. In 1992 Gwen decided she had outgrown the shop and decided to purchase the Forman House which is where the Wooden Spoon currently resides. Wooden Spoon Scandinavian House

The Wooden Spoon also doubles as the oldest house in Plano, TX. Over the next ten years Gwen would dedicate a majority of her time to repairing and remodeling the house. The job of maintaining the oldest house in Plano was no easy task for Gwen and is still a constant chore that must be prioritized to keep the house looking beautiful. Entrance Upstairs Scandinavian House

-Current Status

Gwen currently has three groups of customers. Native Scandinavians, people of Scandinavian decent, and people who have no Scandinavian blood but desire to learn about the culture and language. Gwen welcomes all groups of people to her place of business and encourages each individual to dive into the culture. She is currently in her 29th year of business and has made many connections throughout her career. These connections help to bring in customers and build relationships for repeat customers.

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Furthermore Gwen is constantly on the quest for new products, she also enjoys holding sales, classes, and events. She likes to work with schools and clubs when they have international day or projects and has a large website with her products listed. “I host an annual Anniversary Party in September and a Stella Olson Cooky Party in December.” – Gwen

I Love Popcorn

Crave Popcorn Co. – Delicious Gourmet Popcorn

Delicious Gourmet Popcorn You Can’t Help But Crave!

Crave Popcorn Co. is a local candy/popcorn shop located in Plano, TX owned and operated by Carol Davis. The moment you step foot in the front door your greeted by smiling faces and the delicious smell of freshly popped popcorn. Carol has designed the shop to take you back in time, as you enter the shop you feel like your shopping in an old fashioned general store.CraveCandyEntrance

Crave Popcorn Co. pops their corn in house daily in order to keep it fresh and tasty! Each on of the artisan-crafted flavors is taste tested to perfection and created with natural ingredients. Although the shop does focus on handcrafted popcorn, the selection of nostalgic candy will make your mouth water! Each one of the products in the store have been hand selected to give the customer that old time feeling. Crave Candy

With over 30 different hand crafted flavors to choose from, Crave makes it easy to enjoy and hard to decide. Flavors such as Vinegar ‘n Sea Salt all the way to White Chocolate Oreo are found on the menu.  You can order popcorn by the bag, pre-made grab ‘n go gifts, build your own tin, or custom orders. With no lack of options this candy/popcorn shop will have you adamant on a return visit.