Meet Tanita Gumney of Heights Candy Bar – Houston Mom, Business Owner & The Coolest Mom Around!
At BigKidSmallCity, we believe the more we know about the people of Houston, the smaller our city feels. And who better to meet than a Houston mom and owner of Heights Candy Bar!
I’ve lived in the Heights area over 15 years. I’ve been married to my husband for 11 years. We have a 10 year old daughter – who happens to think her parents are the coolest around because we opened a candy store.
My mother-in-law opened her boutique, Oolala on Studewood, in 2003. Recently, she had a tenant move out and we started talking about what to do with the space. She mentioned candy, so I hopped on board and started researching candy and chocolates.
I like as many natural ingredients as possible, so I found companies who are making candy and chocolate using real ingredients and no artificial additives. We’ve got some great chocolate bars from Washington, California, Colorado, Vermont and Belgium.
I’ve been in Houston since I was 3. I traveled quite a bit in my 20s & 30s and I always thought I would live overseas. But after all my travels, I met my husband – he was living 3 blocks away from me for about 3 years and we didn’t know each other.
My family is here. My husband’s family is here. It’s hot, but it’s home!
I like to ride my bike or scooter – on warms days only, though…I’m a fair-weather friend when it comes to biking and scooting! Memorial Park, the Arboretum and Allen Parkway is always fun for bike rides, or walking. We like the Menil, CAM and Houston Center for Photography and going to Jones or the Wortham for SPA performances.
The Livestock Show & Rodeo is awesome and I love FotoFest – both in March! And, the Art Car Parade is always a fun time, too.