East Texas Christmas shop to close after 6 years

East Texas Christmas shop to close after 6 years

JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - For people near and far, when they hear the words "Welcome to Gingerbread Trail", it's officially Christmas.

"Tremendous! They come from all around," said Judy Olsen, co-owner of The Gingerbread Trail.

Six years ago the two started the Gingerbread Trail not knowing the impact it would have.

"We realized that there were no Christmas shops anywhere near this area and there weren't any Christmas craft shows or any place for people to go Christmas shopping," Olsen said.

A hometown business filling a void and along with it comes a message.

"It's not about the money. It's about the joy and meeting the people. We've just met many, many wonderful people over the years so we'll miss them. They've become like family," Olsen said.

And on December 6 at 6pm they will say goodbye to that family as The Olsen's close their doors for good.

"My husband was diagnosed with cancer back in the spring and we went through eight weeks of treatment at MD Anderson and it just takes a toll," Olsen said.

A toll they've endured together. The two will pack up and head for Houston, taking with them six years of memories they won't soon forget, but not before one last hoorah.

"It'll be a kind of relief in a way, but then again I think I'll probably miss it come next year. You can't help but to be happy seeing all of this," said Earl Olsen.

A sight customers say they're not ready to see go away.

"Really sad, I like coming, and they're sweet people," said Paula Singleton, who's shopped at the business for all six years.

For years it's what many have called a hidden wonderland and now…

"It's time to turn the reigns over and hopefully somebody else will decide they want to share the Christmas spirit," Olsen said.

The Gingerbread Trail is located in the Forest Hills subdivision in the Jasper County town of Brookeland.

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