Texas True set to close in June. (Source: KLTV News staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Customers don’t want it to end, but it’s about to be over.
Texas True will soon be closing its doors forever. Texas True is a store that specializes in anything Texas-made or -oriented. The Tyler business, located at 15050 Highway 155 South, has been in the business of selling Texas for fifteen years. Everywhere you look behind the doors of Texas True is truly the epitome of Texas, but owner Teresa Farish has something to admit.
“The only non-Texas thing in this store is me,” Farish revealed.
She’s from Indiana, but got here as soon as she could back in 1982, she says. She and her husband saw western merchandise at Canton and a lot of Texas festivals, but she says a lot of it was inferior. She settled in Smith County and filled her store with quality.
“And I literally started in January of 2000 and ran with it and never looked back,” Farish said.
She gathered together Texas-crafted items that impressed her, hoping they would also impress her customers, which they did.
“It’s the cowboy way, which the cowboy way settled Texas, so there you go. It’s one in the same,” Farish pointed out.
Teresa was surprised at how many people would make a visit to her store a family outing. Customers with family visiting from out of state would often buy things to take home with them. Unfortunately, recently Teresa just can’t take all the heat.
“I have some health issues; I have absolutely no heat tolerance anymore, so I wound up having to go to (darn!) Colorado in the summers,” Farish said.
But while she’s here, fans move the air around her merchandise.
“There are Texas horns and hides; this is faux leather on this one. It’s a Lone Star chair,” Farish explained.
“But there’s a lot of defenseless cattle out there now,” I said pointing to the chair legs fashioned from horns.
“Oh, hush," she replied.
“I have a name for this bed,” I said about a nearby piece of furniture garnished with two horses.
“What’s that?” Teresa asked me.
“The Wildfire,” I replied.
“Oh, I love it,” she agreed.
I guess I should have come down here sooner. Teresa says she will miss her customers and suppliers because they are, to her, “Family, so it’s hard, it’s really hard,” Teresa said.
Happy trails, Teresa Farish.
She has opened a smaller store in Westcliff, Colorado where she spends her summers. That’s where unsold merchandise will go, but she’s giving everyone a chance for some quality Texas merchandise during her big sale June 12-14.
And yes, it’s a sale as big as Texas and everything must go! Well, at least as much as possible must go.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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