Lights up on start to festivities

TINSEL TRADE: Christmas Shack owners Garry and Corrine McEwan unpack a shopful of festive trimmings.
TINSEL TRADE: Christmas Shack owners Garry and Corrine McEwan unpack a shopful of festive trimmings. Claudia Baxter

FOR those Ipswich folk who follow the latest trends, snowflakes are definitely making a comeback.

In the Christmas decorations department, dusky pink trees are also the "in" thing, and colour co-ordinating a range of trimmings shows flair.

Corrine McEwan, an expert on the subject, lives and breathes Christmas all year round.

She and husband Garry were busy unpacking container-loads of festive stock at their new store, the Christmas Shack, on Brisbane St, ahead of Tuesday's official opening.

The store is a sparkling wonderland of Christmas lights, elves, angels, nativity figures, garlands, costumes and baubles.

"Already Ipswich people who enter the Christmas lights competition are coming in," Mrs McEwan said.

"We opened the door because people were starting to knock.

"A lot of Ipswich customers travel into the Slacks Creek store."

The McEwans also own a Christmas Shack at Virginia in Brisbane.

After a decade in the Christmas spruce-up industry, they're able to pass on free advice to customers.

"People bring in a photo of their home and measurements," Mrs McEwan said.

"We do a fair bit of work with corporates.

"We make a lot of gear and assist them with the installation, and do lessons."

A huge 6.5m-high, custom-made blow-up Santa sits on the roof of the new store on the corner of Thorn St.

October is the perfect time to open, Mr McEwan says.

"Our other stores open in July for Christmas in July celebrations.

"It takes us months to get the range in.

"We do a massive range of Christmas lights, trees and decorations."



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