We had the good fortune of connecting with Krysta Coleman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Krysta, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from a small town in East Texas where pine trees line any given highway and cattle dapples every pasture. Growing up in Marshall has always had its perks to me. You know most everyone, your doctor, the kid at the grocery store, your hair stylist. My parents always thought I would move to L.A. or New York as soon as I graduated college, but I came straight home. There’s no place like home to me. From an early age my sister, brother and I grew up in the walls of our family business. Hard work ethic has always been something our parents instilled in us. Work hard, stay motivated and always be honest. Those are qualities that I’ve always applied to my design work and now pour into our family business.

What should our readers know about your business?
My great-grandfather started raising and smoking turkeys on our family farm in 1943. Four generations and 78 years later, we have grown as a company, shipping smoked meats nationwide and even adding a General Store in 2018 to market our products and services. On a daily basis we are getting to know our in-store customers that visit. Those customers can enjoy lunch while taking in the breathtaking view from our dining room. Shoppers from all over the Ark-La-Tex pick up one of a kind gift items, memorabilia and smoked meats to share with their families. We like to think our humble beginnings give us the best customer service. I’ve learned that people don’t buy goods and services. They buy relations and stories. Exceeding expectations, hard work and kindness can go a long way and we hope that our customers remember us for that.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Start the morning off with a sweat session on the reformer at Pilates + Yoga on the Square. Grab a quick Josephine (mint tea, vanilla and steamed milk, YUM!) at Joe Pine right up the corner. Head out to the country and have a little retail therapy at Bear Creek. Be sure to feed our sweet Longhorn at the store, Bullseye! Head back into town for mimosas and brunch pizzas at Pietro’s. My favorite thing ever is to take a cruise on Caddo Lake. Cypress trees covered in Spanish moss envelope the edge of the lake. Make sure you see Government Ditch, it’s breathtaking! Get dressed up for dinner and martinis at Ginocchio, that is actually a historic hotel and landmark for Marshall. My interior design heart loves to sit in the bar area where I can soak up all of the character and even catch a glimpse of trains headed to their destinations as The Texas and Pacific Railway runs directly outside of the restaurant.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have always given me creative freedom. When I was little my Mom would let me choose a theme for my room and let me run wild with it. I come from a line of women who crochet, sew, cook, garden, and throw together incredible birthday parties. The creative DNA doesn’t stop there for me. I get another dose from my Dad. My Dad has always been an avid antique collector. To this day, no matter what kind of hurry we are in, we will do a U turn if he gets a glimpse of an antique shop! They have encouraged me from a young age to take the risk and always do what you love. When I started my small business in 2010, my husband, Matt, really stepped in. He calls himself my free labor. And it’s true, most of my events would not happen if I didn’t have him there. Matt is my toughest critic but he’s there to push me harder to my best potential. He continues to support me and my crazy dreams year after year.

Website: krystacolemaninteriors.com

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