The trip from the forest to the living room is a short one thanks to Tree Land Christmas Trees. This company imports its Noble Fir, Grand Fir, and Frasier Fir trees straight from North Carolina and Oregon, and within days of being harvested they end up poised in one of 10 lots scattered throughout the area. Tree Land Christmas Trees sees the act of picking out a tree as a ritual as much as a purchase, and so they welcome families to stroll through their lots, inhale the fresh smells, and pick out the tree that will decorate their home for the duration of the holiday season. The helpful staff will even tie the tree to customers' vehicles or schedule deliveries for customers whose cars or bike baskets can't accommodate the tree.
In the spirit of the holidays, Tree Land Christmas Trees also makes it a point to donate trees to families in need.
Kerry and Patric Kara, members of the Professional Photographers of America, have 40 years of experience behind the lens and specialize in orchestrating portraits for families, newborns, and pets. They also offer special-event and wedding photography, as evidenced by work featured in Weddings and Modern Bride. During shoots, staff photographers help subjects feel comfortable by consulting them on ideas and encouraging them to imagine napping in a sleeping bag filled with real, live ducklings. After the clicking concludes, customers can choose from a large selection of color and black-and-white frame-ready photo options.
Everyone is looking for that cool factor, and Curating the Cool can help. The store specializes in vintage and consignment furniture and home goods that add retro charm and memorable pieces to any room. When picking pieces for the store, the staff focuses on quality over quantity, which ensures its inventory is purchased and updated quickly. Customers can pick up vintage items ranging from colorful beaded bracelets to lawn decorations and peruse a selection of new items, such as purses from Cloth & Ink, skincare products from The Mod Cabin, and glassware from Vital Industries.
In true family style, brothers Nick and Kirby Kuklenski own and operate two “sister” Ace Hardware stores in Colorado Springs, keeping local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments, whereas computerized color matching in the paint aisles keeps outsides as vibrantly hued as flowers in a garden or a house fly strolling across an artist’s palette. Collections of DeWalt and Craftsman hand and power tools help homeowners assemble Weber grills, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Ace Hardware’s helpful services: keys are cut onsite, with Sidewinder keys including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
An inflatable snowman greets visitors to Family Christmas Trees, an evergreen lot couched in a scenic country setting. The family who owns and operates the lot guides guests through natural, fresh-cut Fraser firs, Noble firs, and other holiday trees selected from quality farms across the country, and will even load them onto cars as a complimentary service. Patrons can also browse sprigs of mistletoe, wreaths embellished with pinecones and berries, and tree stands.
Mattress Firm has a large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and Stearns & Foster. Sleep options range from the soft, cushy Hampton and Rhodes Perthshire pillow-top mattress set ($448+) to the firm and supportive Hampton and Rhodes Stirling firm mattress set ($198+). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.