By Natalie Simms
We’re days away from Thanksgiving, but it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Northwest Georgia. Local Christmas tree lots are opening this week and decorations are going up at local businesses and neighborhoods. And if you need help brightening up your home for the holidays, two local busineses can help install Christmas lights to make decorating a breeze.
“I am a full-time pressure washing business, but with the winter months, I started thinking about what else I could offer to keep business going,” says Bryan Williams with Blastoff Pressure Washing of Rome. “So I thought about installing Christmas lights. I did some training, got the extra insurance and supplies and just thought I would give it a trial run this season and boy, am I staying busy. I never imagined it would be this successful.”
Williams will provide lights cut precisely to your home without extra wires around. “It’s kind of like a rental service. I come and do the install, provide 24-hour maintenance and will come back the first week of January and take them down.”
Pricing is based on the size of your home with a $500 minimum. “It is a little bit higher pricing than my pressure washing services but it is more expensive with the extra insurance I have to carry and equipment. But I am making the investiment this year and will be ready to for next year,” he says.
Williams has already installed lights on 14 homes and businesses with jobs lined up for the next two weeks. “I am amazed at the amount of calls I’m getting about lights…I am staying busy for sure.”
For more information, you can reach Williams at 404-423-6209 or email at email@example.com.
Brad Shadday with Coosa Valley Signs & Lighting is also helping with Christmas light installation this season and is so busy, he’s not sure how many more jobs he can take on before the holidays.
“I got the idea after helping one of my friends put lights on the high peak of his house. So I just thought I would offer it on the side and am now booked solid until the week after Thanksgiving. I’ve been putting up lights at night and on weekends…my phone has not stopped ringing. I really didn’t expect it to be as popular as it is. I’ve got jobs lined up in Rome, Cartersville and Cedartown…I really don’t know how much more I can do.”
Shadday says he does plan to dedicate a truck and more resources to Christmas light installation in 2021. For more information, you can reach Shadday at 706-676-8015.
To go along with the Christmas lights, you also need a Christmas tree. If you prefer to cut your own, Silver Creek Christmas Tree Farm, at 226 Spur 101, is now open. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and 4-6 p.m. weekdays. They will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but will be open on Friday, Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The tree farm has 5 different varieties you can cut including White Pine, Murray Cypress, Leland Cypress, Blue Ice and Carolina Sapphire, as well as pre-cut Frazier Firs brought in from North Carolina.
“We got a lot of rain in the spring, summer and fall, so it’s been good for the trees. We have plenty of great trees this year,” says owner Wyatt Bramlette.
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On Monday, Nov. 23, two local Christmas tree vendors will open for the season. Christmas Tree City is returning for its 42nd season in Rome in front of State Mutual Stadium off the Bypass and Icicle Mountain Christmas Trees will be opening on Shorter Avenue in the old Mathis Builders’ Hardware lot.
Tree farmer Bradley Richie of Richie Farms in Ash County, North Carolina, is bringing his Icicle Mountain Christmas Tree lot to Rome. His family has grown Frazier Firs on their farm for decades and this will be their third retail location, the first in Georgia. The other two lots are in North Carolina.
“We have family in Rome that encouraged us to open here. We are trying to get bigger in the retail side of things,” says Richie. “We thought we would try it out and see how it goes this year.”
Icicle Mountain Christmas Trees will have Frazier Firs in a variety of sizes from table-top up to 11-12 feet tall, as well as some White Pine trees.
They will be open daily through Dec. 18 depending on supply. Business hours will be Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Check for updates via Facebook.
Christmas Tree City gearing up for another season in front of State Mutual Stadium off the Bypass. Sales begin Monday, Nov. 23. The hours will be 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon until 8 p.m. on Sundays. Check for updates via Facebook.
The Rutlands will be selling Frazier Firs they get from a family grower in Cashiers, N.C., just as they have for the past 42 seasons. The sell, on average, 600 trees each season, in varying sizes and height starting at five to 12 feet. They also will sell fresh wreaths custom made by a local crafter.
“This will be year number 42 for us. We are really excited to back by the stadium. It has been good for us,” says Jud Rutland, who co-owns the business with his father, Guy.
Christmas Tree City has been on the move over the last decade after setting up shop at the corner of Turner McCall Boulevard and First Street, where Hardees is now located, for years. They then moved over to the Kmart parking lot on Hicks Drive, but moved from there in 2016 after it closed. They opened one year next on Turner McCall Boulevard next door to McDonald’s where ‘The Laundry Room’ is now located before moving near the stadium three years ago.