If you’re looking for a peaceful place to fish and relax, head to Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA, an RV park tucked away in the pine forests of East Texas. When you venture into town, don’t miss the Thomas Mercantile, which is one of the area’s treasures.
Founded in 1913, the Thomas Mercantile is a quaint, charming gift shop that will take you back in time in the most enjoyable way. Terry Thomas-Smith, the current owner, is the fourth generation of the family to operate the enterprise. You’ll be warmly welcomed as you come in and browse through an array of gift items that include candles, lotions, soaps, jewelry accessories and food items.
Jack Thomas, the owner’s father, is a WWII POW who sits on the porch and greets patrons. Within the store, you’re likely to see Kiku Thomas, the owner’s aunt, whose handmade pillowcases and aprons are available for purchase.
A visit to this store is a must. The address is 2464 Old Highway 35 N. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Livingston Trade Days are held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the third Monday of each month at Pedigo Park. You’ll find food, antiques and collectibles as well as arts and crafts. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
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