Michelle Greydanus, owner of Greyhaven Gardens, is about to enter her sixth year of offering the Christmas Store, now an annual tradition.
What started as offering a few decorations for urns, has grown into a sizable operation on its own that requires months of set-up, beginning in August to get a few of the greenhouses transformed into a winter wonderland. Greyhaven puts up the ceiling, walls and lights and begins the preparation work that makes the serious decorating only take a couple of weeks.
The result is magical. During the season, a shopping trip cannot be rushed here. You will have to spend a lot of time to make sure that you see everything. Michelle outdoes herself on her purchasing trips, and you will find unique treasures to make your home the envy of the neighbourhood, including everything featuring the popular Christmas gnomes. “They just fly out of the place, everyone wants them.”
They also carry a good selection of lanterns, including solar-powered. The best selection of unique items for decorating urns includes cardinals, the sentimental favourite, and last year’s surprise hit - snowshoes! There are dozens of trees, decked out with all manner of decorations from classic to whimsical.
Customers frequently comment how amazing it is to see the greenhouses transformed from carrying bedding plants in spring and summer to a beautifully decorated Christmas store.
Their Christmas workshops are extremely popular. They offer classes on making wreaths, outdoor urns and centrepieces, most centering around a keepsake item such as a ball, cardinal or lantern. In fact, the classes are so popular that they often sell out as soon as she posts them. Follow them on Facebook for announcements - and then act fast to avoid disappointment.
One tip she has for getting into classes, is to join up with one of the many charities and community groups that they support. They offer workshops with a percentage of the proceeds going to the group. Signing up for a class through your favourite cause is a great way to make a decoration that you want and to support that group.
Michelle is also getting very excited about a planned expansion. When you arrive during the Christmas sale, you may (hopefully) notice a construction project happening near the road. They are working towards having a dedicated retail space built over the fall and winter and are anticipating a spring opening. This may be the last Christmas that the store takes over the greenhouses, and while everyone enjoys the charm, the retail space will allow Michelle even more room to grow the event!
The Christmas Store is open seven days a week, from Oct. 22 to Dec. 24. 39843 Londesboro Rd, Londesborough.