Ritzy Texan got its start at a family gathering, when Stan and Debbie Denison began discussing ideas for a side business with Jerry and Sandi Holt in 2014. They were looking for a business and therapy to overcome a terrible tragedy in their life. Ritzy Texan was made a reality on May 7, 2014.
The decision was made to market unique, handmade products in the huge “First Monday Trade Days” at Canton. Their best-sellers were decorated “Memory Boxes” and insulated “bread bags” which could keep a loaf of bread fresh for more than four weeks, but their product line grew until they were filling ten booths at the four-day event every month. They also set up booths at many other community events, including Burnet’s Bluebonnet Festival and Christmas on the Square.
It wasn’t too long before they started thinking of opening a full-time store (the idea of living in an RV for four days every month had lost some of its appeal). In 2018, they began looking for a permanent location in Burnet.
After considering several possible locations, they decided to lease the former Family Dollar building (originally a grocery store) on Hwy 29 at Main Street. The four co-owners of the business power-washed and painted the building’s exterior in the spring of 2018, then papered over all the windows and began to refurbish the long-neglected interior of the building. Curiosity about the renovation created a great public interest in the new business, but they kept their business plans private.
On August 3, 2018, they announced “The Ritzy Texan,” a collection of unique home décor and gift items, plus original works of art by more than twenty-five artists, craftsmen, and artisans (including quite a few gifted locals). Just visiting the store is an inspirational adventure. There are many useful and fascinating items you will want to buy, art collector or not.