News

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."


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

CATS run on with Tigers

Norths Players take young people from CATS through a training session.

CATS run on with Tigers

Cabaret brings old restaurant to life

Italian restaurant Casa Mia owner Mario Grimaldi celebrates.

Cabaret brings old restaurant to life

Ipswich Croquet Club gets $650,000 facelift

Ipswich Croquet Club senior vice president Richard Touton inspects works at the clubhouse.

Restoration project is nearing completion

Latest deals and offers

Woman dies after jumping from car at Haigslea

Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred at Haigslea last night where a woman has lost her life.

Neighbours tried to save war veteran from blaze

Family of Maurice Sutton talk to media. Lucas (left) and Tony Sutton.

Maurice Sutton, 70, was found dead inside his home yesterday

France honours Aussie heroes at RAAF Amberley

John Flint was one of a number of veterans to receive the Legion d’Honneur at RAAF Base Amberley on Thursday.

Ten veterans honoured in ceremony at RAAF Amberley.

Family mourn war veteran who died in Ipswich house fire

Vietnam war veteran Maurice Sutton was killed in a house fire at One Mile on May 5, 2016.Photo: Contributed

Horrific discovery inside One Mile home early this morning

Darren Lockyer nails it at big Bunnings opening

BIG NAME: Darren Lockyer dropped in to Bunnings Bundamba for the official opening of the store. He’s pictured with complex manager Nathan Robley (left) and Bunnings managing director Mike Schneider

Lockyer nails it at Bunnings store opening

Snake bites man on head

Queensland Ambulance Service on scene of an accident.  Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Ambulance called to Yamanto residence

NSW Police join Dance Challenge

NSW Police show their moves at Manly Wharf.

Manly Wharf is the backdrop to NSW Police running-man dance entry.

Scotland Police accept Dance Challenge

NZ Police doing the running man dance.

Australian Federal Police say watch this space but NT Police feel ignored.

Gwen Stefani, George Clooney and Julia Roberts sing Queen

Gwen Stefani, George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

James Corden from The Late Late Show sings Carpool Karaoke with Gwen Stefani and...

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances