By setting out to provide visitors with one of the most beloved Christmas traditions, Anthony Gallo Nurseries has practically become a tradition in itself—the Christmas tree farm has spent more than a century decking homes with the holiday’s decorative centerpiece. At the nursery, tree-seekers peruse a lineup of firs hand-picked from Gallo’s tree farm, including Fraser firs, a modern-day favorite seen in many American homes including the White House, and Balsam firs, a classic choice known for filling spaces with their festive aroma. In addition to trees, the nursery offers mixed garlands and florist-designed wreaths sprinkled with colorful berries, handmade bows, and tiny cameras that stream footage to Santa's behavior-analysis department.
Plant Shed New York Flowers, a family-owned-and-operated business for the past 30 years, bedecks its 10,000 square feet of halls for winter-foliage shopping during the holiday season. Normally known as a premier floral shop, the Plant Shed staff puts on their stocking caps and jelly-bowl stomachs to moonlight as holiday horticulturalists. Christmas trees of the Balsam fir persuasion, one of the finest topiary pelts available, come in a range of shapes and sizes to create the ideal present cove. Those opting for the holiday décor option can gaze eggnog-glazed eyes over a wide selection of ornaments ($4–$14/box of four), lighting ($10–$35), garlands ($2–$70/yd.), and tree trimmings ($10–$100). Other holiday décor includes velvety red poinsettias ($5 and up) and beauteous wreathes ($12 and up) worthy of hanging around Rudolph, last year's Triple Crown winner.
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The definition for “raw beauty” may be found in Chelsea at Libra Leather, a 12,000 square-foot leather fashion house, the largest in the city. Operated by the Alfus family since 1977, the company houses about 100 European tanneries under its roof and supplies designers and celebrities like Alexander Wang, Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Lady GaGa and Prince. In addition to coloring, cutting, perforating, stretching and distressing of skins, Libra also sells finished products such as handbags, vintage clothing, pillows, rugs, throws and leather-bound journals. Even if not actually shopping, the warehouse-sized space creates enough magical ambience with its combination of textiles, metalwork, antiques, drapery and statuary to earn a visit.
A trusted Long Island business since 1853, Hicks Nurseries has been voted Best Nursery on Long Island and boasts an array of seasonal goodies to appease holiday-happy folk of every variety. Attentive employees guide shoppers through the spacious environment, helping them alight on items suited specifically for their festive fancy. Clothe immodest doors with lush wreaths and multihued ribbons, or get moved by the generous spirit of the season and pick up a fresh-cut tree ($29.99–$59.99) in which you can board out-of town elves. The nursery carries pieces for green thumbs and seasonal decorating delighters alike, also offering poinsettias ($3.99–$49.99), indoor and outdoor lighting wares, and ornaments ($2.99–$19.99). Stop by on the weekend to bop your list-filled noggin to a live brass band ushering in the season with red and green musical notes cascading from their trumpets.