Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SUMMER SALE at Country Furniture & Gifts, Down to Earth and The Village Quilt Shop

It's our annual Summer Sale at Country Furniture & Gifts, Down to Earth and The Village Quilt Shop now through July 26th. The stores are brimming with fun, new products to brighten your home for this welcome season.

Here are a few things you can find at the Summer Sale or on clearance in the stores right now:
Twin or queen sets for $22.99 at The Village Quilt Shop

Select pillows are on clearance at The Village Quilt Shop for $9.99

Garden items and all accessories are 25% off at Down To Earth

Adorable Polka Dot Measuring Cup sets are $9.99 at Country Furniture & Gifts

View the online Summer Sale catalog and discover the latest trends and seasonal finds now through July 26th!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Archibald's Restaurant - Known For Their Unique Appetizers

If you've ever dined at Archibald's at Gardner Village, you'll know that their appetizers are unlike other restaurants in the area. Below are just a few of the one-of-a-kind appetizers you will find when dining here:

Fried Green Tomatoes
One of the most popular appetizers, these juicy green tomatoes are breaded and fried to golden brown. They come served with Archibald's own creamy salsa. (TIP: One of our past blog entries has a recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes from Archibald's!)

Breaded Avocados
These thick avocado slices are also breaded and deep fried, and come served with creamy salsa.

Blooming Onion
With this appetizer, a whole onion is breaded and fried to golden brown. It comes served with their famous salsa ranch.

Artichoke & Spinach Dip
A blend of artichoke hearts, spinach and yellow onion, in a creamy cheese sauce. Served with garlic toast and tortilla chips.

Other Appetizers
Other popular appetizers at Archibald's include shrimp cocktail, mozzarella cheese sticks, chicken quesadilla, onion rings and chips and salsa. If you can't decide on which appetizer to get, they also have their Sampler Plate, which includes a combination of fried green tomatoes, breaded avocados, housemade onion rings and mozzarella cheese sticks, all served with specialty sauces. If you're having a hard time deciding between breaded avocados and fried green tomatoes, the Half & Half Combo Plate has both.

You can find all of their menu items, as well as dining hours, on our website. 

Sign up for Archibald's Birthday Club for special discounts and deals! You'll also receive a FREE entrée during your birthday month.

Read our past blog entry about the history of Archibald Gardner's flour mill where Archibald's restaurant is today.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Take A One-Day Summer Getaway at Gardner Village!

This summer you don't have to go far to have a one-day summer getaway! We've got plenty of things to do right here at Gardner Village.

Knitting Classes at Kamille's
Learn to knit or crochet with their beginner's classes, or attend a "Sit and Knit" class with other knitting enthusiasts. Bring your child along for a "Parent and Child Knitting Class." View the full schedule of classes with complete details on Kamille's website, or call 801.282.0477.

Tea Parties at Georgell Doll Shop
Dress your daughter up in her best clothes and head down to Georgell Doll Shop for an elegant afternoon of sipping out of mini tea sets and eating delicious desserts such as mini cupcakes, gluten-free chocolate torte and frozen berry streusel cheesecake! Experience one of these fairy tea parties every Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4pm now through August 31st. Cost starts at $15 per guest, and each guest also takes a little porcelain fairy doll home! Reservations are encouraged and walk-ins are welcome based on availability. Call 801.561.1485 for information.

Busy Beader Summer Camps at The Bead Farm
The Bead Farm is offering two different summer camps this year: The Busy Bee Bracelet Camp and The Creative Kids Camp. Camps are scheduled on your own time and can accommodate up to ten children. An appointment and adult chaperone are required for each group. Call 801.938.1995 to reserve your summer camp or group.

Cookie College For Kids at Naborhood Bakery
Naborhood Bakery gives kids ages 3-12 a tour of the bakery, and then the kids get to cut and roll out their cookie dough. Lunch is served while the cookies are baking. When the cookies are finished, kids put their creative finishing touches on the cookie with candies, sprinkles and icings. This one-of-a-kind experience costs $15 plus tax. Workshops are held on Tuesdays at 10am and Fridays at 4pm. Visit or call the bakery at 801.566.8808 to reserve your child's spot today!

Spa Specials at Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon
Escape for a day at Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon with their June Spa Specials. With the $99 Spa Package, enjoy a 30-minute Rebalance-Refresh Massage, a 30-minute Refresh Facial and a 30-minute Rejuvenation Pedicure. Unwind and relax with their 60-minute Swedish Massage for only $70 with your choice of one FREE add-on. Lastly, relish with an Image O2 Lift Facial for only $99 ($150 regular). This luxurious oxygen skin care treatment infuses oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides and a high concentration of enzymatic botanicals into the skin leaving it luminous, refresh and rejuvenated. Call 801.352.8636 to book your appointment today.

Watch taffy being pulled at Chocolate Covered Wagon
Who can resist watching an old-fashioned salt water taffy puller?! Watch in amazement at our newest store, Chocolate Covered Wagon, as the taffy is prepared, put on the taffy puller and stretched until it becomes ready to hand wrap with their signature "rosette" wrapping technique. Read more about Chocolate Covered Wagon.

How To Paint Furniture Classes at Aunt Elsie's Trinkets and Treasures
On Saturday, June 21st at 9am. Aunt Elsie's will be hosting a How To Paint Furniture class. They’ll be using the new Rethunk Junk painting line, designed specifically for painting enthusiasts. For only $10, you'll get to attend the class and also receive an 8oz. jar of this amazing paint ($10 value) in the color of your choice. Visit or call Aunt Elsie's at 801.561.5557 to sign up.

Wasatch Front Farmers' Market
Last Saturday we welcomed back the Wasatch Front Farmers' Market for its third season at Gardner Village. Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, browse through 50 local vendors. Enjoy breakfast served 9am to noon, and a variety of kids' activities such as pony rides, face painting, rock climbing and more! Each week is a different theme, and a special Kids' Market is held the last Saturday of the month where kids are able to bring their crafts and homemade goodies to sell. Read all about the Wasatch Front Farmers' Market in our recent blog post.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Gardner Village Welcomes Chocolate Covered Wagon!

In the three days since Chocolate Covered Wagon opened at Gardner Village, shoppers have experienced a "good old fashioned taste of Utah".

Famous for their sweet cream & butter, country caramel, they also have fresh fudge, hand-dipped strawberries, raspberries, chocolates & gourmet popcorns.


More than just a candy shop, it's an experience.

"We're not just selling candy, we're selling fun," said Cindy Robison, owner of Chocolate Covered Wagon. She says the secret to her one-of-a-kind candy recipe is to use only real ingredients, such as butter, heavy cream and real vanilla extract instead of imitation.

Who can resist watching an old-fashioned salt water taffy puller?! This week a field trip group of 30 elementary students watched in amazement as the taffy was prepared, put on the taffy puller and stretched until it became ready to hand wrap with their signature "rosette" wrapping technique.

Candy is given names unique to Utah, such as "Oh My Heck" chocolate dipped Rice Krispies bars, Brunco Brittle, White Water Rapids (their #1 best seller apple dipped in caramel, white chocolate and cinnamon sugar), Tumbleweed Toffee and Pioneer Peppermint salt water taffy. Don't leave the store without purchasing a chocolate dipped Twinkie!

While experiencing their goodies, make sure you take a look around their store to learn more about Utah and the early pioneers. Their small gift shop section is full of items unique to Utah and its history.


Share "a good old fashioned taste of Utah" with your friends:

With over 28 years in business, the Chocolate Covered Wagon has been featured on The Food Network, Travel Channel and on local television stations and newspapers. Because they ship their chocolate and candies worldwide, you can send a package to your loved ones outside of West Jordan and even Utah.

During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, there was a Winter Olympic Pin created and crafted of their salt water taffy. It was chosen to be the # 13 most popular Olympic Pin for those Winter Olympics. 

Chocolate Covered Wagon was featured on Food Finds from The Food Network: