Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Picnics and Gift Shops


Beautiful woman in pink...on beach copyright javindy - Fotolia.com
This is what many a beach in
 Brazoria County, TX, looks like.
Beautiful Woman in Pink...
©javindy-Fotolia.com
Enjoying the Outdoors



Picnics in the park or at the beach are activities families here in Coastal Texas enjoy. There are tailgaters at events like outdoor concerts, mud racing, local sports events, and bonfires at the country acreage. BBQ is the menu of choice. Food is delicious. Briskets that fall apart under the dullest knife are a specialty of many a Texan. Texans have an affinity for outdoor events, bonfires, and cooking.

Under the Oaks © V. Coskrey
Trees like this make
being outside pleasant in Coastal Texas.
 These trees are in a yard in Brazoria, TX.
Many a family gathering has occurred under these trees.

Get an Icey-Tek Cooler



At Gifts & Gadgets you can buy a picnic-size Icey-Tek cooler. This commercial-grade cooler should keep items cold, even frozen, for days and come with a 2-yr guarantee from the manufacturer. These coolers come in different sizes, the huge 600 quart sizes for commercial fishing or long-range meat deliveries being one. There are sizes for campers that will keep food cold for a week or more and for hunters that need be cold only for most of a day, but big enough to hold large game. Replacement seat cushions, drain seals, and latches are available at this Icey-Tek local dealer.

These are on sale!

Get More Gifts



There are other quality gift items at Gifts & Gadgets. Come on in and look around.

There was a big sale.  Posted on Facebook: "Get 50% off on baby clothes Friday and Saturday only and 50% off on sundresses. Come check out our new merchandise!" I encourage you to see if there is anything left over from the last weekend's sale and see what has just come in.


Getting to Know Cindy



Gifts & Gadgets is owned by Cindy Heard, a former pre-school teacher, a mother, and a very friendly, competent, and stylish, well-dressed lady. She really means it when she says you are welcome to come inside, sit, and chat. I have been into her store several times during the past few weeks and have found her socializing with various people each time.

I asked Cindy why she opened a gift store in such a small town. She told me that she believes in small businesses and their owners as meaningful contributors to the local, state, and national economy. She feels that having many similar stores in a town will encourage more people to shop locally, often visiting several small stores in a day to locate that special gift. Also, this browsing and shopping is part of the glue that binds a community together. Wise lady.

Cindy tries to keep her products unique from what is displayed in other community gift shops. Sure, there is some crossover, but her personal take on style and suppliers makes hers a significant stop for the shoppers of Sweeny, TX.

~Valerie

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