This past year was filled with trying and difficult times. In the midst of a pandemic, it was easy to see that people everywhere were hurting. Denton County local business owner Jennifer Green, owner of Texas Patina in Justin, saw the need of her local community and felt led to help.
Jennifer had been watching a movie one day and saw that the neighborhood in the movie was hosting a cookie crawl. People went from house to house collecting different cookies. Feeling inspired, Jennifer thought that this would be a fun and cool way to reach out and help her local community in need.
Jennifer works closely with a group of women that also own local businesses in the area and they have meetings monthly. She approached the group of around 15 to 20 women about her idea for a holiday cookie crawl back around June and July. When she presented the idea to these women she said, “I really want to do this.” It was then that the idea of the Cookie Crawl began.
The group of women were on board with this plan and began planning the event soon after the idea was presented. They began reaching out to other local businesses in the area to ask if they would also like to participate. They ended up with 22 businesses that were willing and wanting to take part in the event.
The idea for the Cookie Crawl was for each business to provide 150 unique that were either made by the local business owner or made specifically for the local business owner. They wanted the cookies to be decorated for each individual business. “It’s similar to a bar crawl, except a lot cooler and on a much wider scale.” Jennifer says.
Families all over the local community could buy tickets and “crawl around town” and buy cookies. “Families ended up with around 2 dozen cookies.” Jennifer says. Each ticket was sold for $15 and their overall goal was to sell 150 tickets. At the end of the crawl they were left nine tickets short, leaving them with 141 tickets sold.
After Jennifer had written the check and gave it to the Justin Community Food Pantry, the chosen recipient for the Cookie Crawl, a generous donor reached out and wrote them a check for the remaining nine tickets. “We actually got to write them two checks!” Jennifer recalls.
When asked why they chose the Justin Community Food Pantry to be their recipient this holiday season Jennifer
replied, “the local food pantry has been hit hard with this pandemic. They were facing a potential shut down.” They needed help to be able to continue to operate and Jennifer wanted to step up and lend a helping hand.
Thanks to all of the amazing local businesses and donors that took part in this holiday event, the Cookie Crawl was a
success. Jennifer says that they would love to and are hoping to make this Cookie Crawl an annual event in their local town of Justin, Texas.
Jennifer has been the local business owner of Texas Patina since 2016. She recently moved to her new location at 401 N Sealy Ave two years ago. Jennifer is a proponent for her local town. She has seen it grow and is excited that her hometown of Justin is quickly becoming a hot spot. Jennifer says, “I believe in shopping local. I believe in spending money locally.”
The Denton County town of Justin is near and dear to Jennifer’s heart. It’s easy to see why Jennifer holds a love for her local community. She says, “I grew up here. I’ve raised my kids here.”
Because of the big hearts of Jennifer Green and the 22 other generous business owners, the local community of Justin was able to find a beacon of light in what could have been a very dark holiday season for a community in need. The community of Justin has proven that we are, in fact, Denton County Strong.
Last Year’s Cookie Crawl Locations | Justin, TX • DEC 12, 2020
Ace Hardware – 1429 W 1st St.
Becks Beauty Co. – 401 N Sealy
Bell’s Book Nest – 201 N FM 156
Cassie Samons Realty – 106 W 4th St.
The Cactus Cafe at The Classy Cactus – 100 W 3rd St.
Coffee Cabana – 3rd St. Vendor Row
Elite Hair & Nails – 950 FM156, Ste. 6
Heartfelt Floral Creations – 409 N FM 156
H&R Block – 815 W 1st St.
Impact Medical – 112 W 4th St.
JJ’s Designs – 107 W 4th St.
Lisa Dyer, Realtor – Gingerbread Tent
Major League Realty – 517 N FM 156
The Mystery Box Resale – 17515 Matany Rd. Ste. 3100
Papa’s Sno Cone – 3rd Street Vendor Row
Pix Studio – 103 W 3rd St.
Southern Roots DnA – 211 W 5th St.
Constructions by Southern Roots – 211 W 5th St.
The Store at CCC – 117 W 6th St.
Texas Patina – 401 N Sealy
United Propane – 401 N FM 156
Wellness Plus – 407 N Sealy
401 N Sealy Ave. | Justin, TX 76247 | txpatina.com | 940.390.0268
photo courtesy of Jennifer Green, Texas Patina social media page