Teresa Farish is the only thing at Texas True that wasn’t made in Texas.
After 15 years of selling furniture, d￩cor, food and other unique finds made in the Lone Star State she is closing the Tyler business. Texas True will be open Thursday through Saturday before shutting the doors for good.
“It breaks my heart,” she said of having to give up the business. “I’ve put so much of my soul, my heart, my life into this store.”
Throughout the years, Mrs. Farish has sold western furniture, lamps, artwork and cowboy and rustic d￩cor, as well as homemade salsa, jellies and barbecue sauces. She has shipped the items all over the world, she said, adding that she once sent an entire room of Texas-themed furniture to London.
Many of the pieces are her own design, and she also offered crafts made by 100-150 artisans and small business spanned within all of Texas’ borders.
“It’s been a pleasure and a blessing to work with all the artisans and small Texas shops and businesses over all these years …” Mrs. Farish, said. “It’s been fun creating one-of-a-kind items for the store, handmade with love and a strong sense of quality and pride from all my people. And I have so enjoyed meeting all the Texas folks and cowboys/cowgirls who have come in my door.”
Mrs. Farish, 60, moved to Tyler from Indiana in 1982. She and her husband Ron started going to local festivals, and she began noticing all the quality, handcrafted items made by Texas artisans. When helping a friend design and decorate a home, she started going to Western stores and finding fabulous crafts, she said.
“Someone should put all these Texas artisans together,” she said she told her husband. “I’m going to do that.”
She had helped her husband with his aircraft sales and had worked in freelance in public relations and writing, even writing a book. Without any retail background, she opened Texas True in 2000 and by the next year, had filled the 6,000-square-foot showroom on Texas Highway 155 South.
After 15 years, Mrs. Farish decided to close the store because of health issues related to the Texas heat. She spends her summers in Colorado and found it difficult to be gone for four months each year while employees ran the store. She had a couple interested in taking over the business, but after they backed out at the last minute, she decided she had to close it.
She said she hopes someone will restart the business, which is all about quality and unusual pieces that can be passed down to generations, again someday.
As for Mrs. Farish, she doesn’t know what she’ll do next but said she is open to whatever the next step in her journey will be.
IF YOU GO
True Texas: 15050 Texas Highway 155 South
Last Days: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday