Angie Bullington and her crew have been working full-time since June to get ready for Saturday’s grand opening of The Christmas Store.
The seasonal business has expanded and offers more than ever this year, including wreath-making classes.
Expect to see a lot of “glitter and glam” trending this season, and the black-and-white chalkboard look is huge, Mrs. Bullington said. Burlap and the vintage look remains popular and just about everything has glitter, she said.
Mrs. Bullington, 43, expanded the selling space of the store by 1,300 square feet by turning an office into a design area for classes and making a stockroom into a winter wonderland. They have created a forest with woodlands and nature trees and an icy, snowy wonderland area, she said.
They also have made a candy store area made up of Christmas candy decorations and a nearly 6-foot-tall baker Santa.
She said they have more decorated trees in the store than ever before. There are 24 Christmas trees total, including 14 trees that are 9 feet or taller. The North Pole Tree, whimsically decorated with bright-colored elves; and the Toy Shop Tree, a retro-style toy land tree that is more for the children, are new this year.
Mrs. Bullington also added to the selection of the popular sports ornaments, adding more collegiate teams.
By expanding the store, she also had to add employees to the seasonal business this year. She and 12 workers began working full-time in June to get the store ready for the grand opening on Saturday.
The Christmas Store will hold a wreath-making class for fall and Halloween on Sept. 13, and a Christmas wreath class in October. Employees will show customers how to make the wreaths and materials will be sold there.
The business also will have its annual Ladies Night Out event on Nov. 18.
Santa and Mrs. Clause will be at the store in November and December to take photos with children.
R.L. Davis started The Christmas Store in 1978 and when he died last year, left it to Mrs. Bullington, who had managed the shop for nearly 20 years.
They sell lit Christmas trees, collectibles, ornaments and decorations of all kinds. They have designers that make custom wreaths, garlands, centerpieces and other arrangements. The Christmas Store also sells Halloween décor.
In March, Mrs. Bullington opened Occasions by The Christmas Store in Bergfeld Center to offer merchandise throughout the year.