Shop local this holiday season

Shop local this holiday season



When you spend your hard-earned money, take a second to think about those local merchants offering their products and services. They are part of our community, your friends and neighbors, and deserve your support.

The Examiner and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment have teamed up to support our hometown businesses with a campaign called ‘Think Southeast Texas FIRST!” that runs to Dec. 26. The combined newspaper and radio campaign now in its third week features promotional material that emphasizes the “Buy Local!” with in-store registration at participating merchants to win a $250 gift certificate from that store. In all, $5,000 in gift certificates will be given away.

Here are three more merchants helping bring this important message to the community.


Calder Avenue is one of the original grand concourses in Beaumont, once home to many stately mansions some of which survive today. Now a thriving group of small businesses are scattered along a stretch of more than two miles amidst the St. Elizabeth Hospital campus and the various medical supply stores, auto repair shops and law offices. Here you will find a delightful assortment of boutiques; antique emporiums offering everything from shabby chic to high-dollar European imports; home decor; jewelry stores; gift shops; and eclectic shops where you can find everything from rare books to kits to brew your own beer and wine.

These merchants are teaming up to show their wares at a daylong extravaganza they are calling “Christmas on Calder.” Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can come stroll the avenue or just stop in to check out the stores. Sample the wares from Rao’s Bakery, a Beaumont tradition since 1941, to the essential Tex-Mex of Tacos La Bamba, to the Logon Café, which promises to feature live music throughout the day along with their signature deli sandwiches, burgers, desserts, coffees and drinks.

Participating stores include Cathy Cook Jewelry, Tattered Suitcase, French Vanilla Market, PRN, Wallpaper Etc., Laura Belles, Joy Shop, Ella n Scott, Burns Antik Haus, Balimports, Southern Oaks Dental, Ellis Pottery, Rao’s Bakery, Park Avenue Cleaners, Tacos La Bamba, Tintworks, Logon Café, Heartfield Jewelry, The Brew Shop and Book Bazaar.

Cathy Cook of Cathy Cook Jewelry and Nina Marks of French Vanilla Market have recently opened their businesses on Calder and thought Christmas would be a great opportunity to showcase what the neighborhood has to offer. The result is the Christmas on Calder event.

“I’m excited to be a shop on Calder,” enthused Cook. “I think the businesses on the avenue have something exciting to offer all the residents of Southeast Texas. We invite the community to come on Dec. 14 and do some holiday shopping.”

Stay tuned to The Examiner and the December issue of the Beaumont Business Journal for more details, and mark Dec. 14 on your calendar.


For Dr. Ashley DeMarco, coming to Beaumont to open Gulfside Dental was a return to her roots. Her mother grew up here, attending St. Anne Catholic School and French High School, and Ashley would spend summers with her grandmother here.

Gulfside Dental opened in a gleaming, modern storefront office in the Barnes & Noble Shopping Center in September 2012 and saw 4,000 patients in its first year. When you visit Gulfside Dental, your smile is their top priority. Their entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve in a relaxing atmosphere with a commitment to serving their patients including providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health and ways to maintain their teeth and gums. From kid-friendly, family dental care to the full range of general, cosmetic and restorative dental services, the Gulfside Dental’s emphasis is on prevention so they can help you attain and maintain lifelong optimal dental health.

With two full-time dentists plus a consulting oral surgeon, orthodontist and a support staff of 10, Gulfside Dental is prepared to meet your needs.

Dr. DeMarco attended the Baylor College of Dentistry at Texas A&M Health Science Center in Dallas. Before that, she graduated from Texas A&M University and remains a loyal Aggie although she admits having to stand throughout a football game at Kyle Field in the August heat can test the fervor of the most enthusiastic fan.

Dr. Victor Ticas III, her colleague at Gulfside, was also her classmate at Baylor College of Dentistry. Together they are bringing the newest techniques in state-of-the-art dentistry to Beaumont.

For a limited time, they are offering teeth whitening, regularly $600, for only $250, and a Christmas braces special through January for $0 down and $189 a month.

Gulfside Dental accepts all major PPO insurances, Medicaid, Care Credit, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. Call (409) 899-4867 or come by 4179 Dowlen Road.


In Parkdale Mall just across from Books-a-Million is a shop that is bringing cutting edge fashion and high style to Southeast Texas at the Apricot Lane Boutique.

Sun Johnson and Randle Cole are the mother/son team behind Apricot Lane Beaumont. This dynamic duo merges their experience in the retail industry and penchant for entrepreneurship to bring Southeast Texas this premier fashion destination.

An opportunity to purchase a friend’s retail business initiated their search for other alternatives. The mission was to find a franchise that highlighted exceptional customer service while providing premium brands. After exploring options, Apricot Lane emerged as the ideal place where Sun could highlight her retail knowledge and Randle could fulfill his passion for business management.

“We wanted to bring something unique to Beaumont – offering the leading high-fashion brands at affordable prices,” said Cole. “We specialize in quality products with a fierce fashion sense from 7FAMK, Miss Me, Rock Revival, Big Star, Vintage Havana and BB Dakota.”

Cole, who attended Nederland High School and Lamar University, understands there is a place in this regional market for celebrity-inspired fashions with the quality you’d expect from designer labels. Together with Johnson, he has transformed this franchise store into something more than that: a unique fashion emporium that defines a style. Their core audience is women age 25 to 50, but in reality their product line has definite appeal to sophisticated female shoppers of any age.

Their boutique also features the latest in trendy jewelry and accessories. Check out their Facebook page at Apricotlanebeaumont.

They invite you to stop into Apricot Lane Beaumont today and experience a true shopping treat. They’ll not only assist you with celebrity-inspired looks. They’ll give you the red carpet treatment each time you visit.

Apricot Lane Boutique is in Parkdale Mall. Call (409) 924-9741 or visit


These fine merchants join the group we have presented the last two weeks – Sew-N-Sew’s in Mid County, Serendipity Chicks in Bridge City, Charles S. Nacol Jewelry Co. in Beaumont, Mike Smith Tire Pros in Lumberton, the Purple Door in Beaumont and Cathy Cook Jewelry in Vidor and Beaumont – offer their goods and services to their friends and neighbors as we urge you, when making purchasing decisions, to think Southeast Texas first.