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alking in a winter wonderland is how one might feel upon entering the double doors to The Greenhouse Shoppe during the Christmas season. A breath taking holiday oasis forms before your eyes as you let the holiday spirit wash over you.
Christmas at The Greenhouse Shoppe opens the first Saturday in November, with the shop transforming into a Christmas wonderland each year. "It's a lot of work moving from spring to Christmas and Christmas to spring," said Donna Feliciano, co-owner alongside husband Marty Feliciano. It takes roughly four to six weeks to make the transition from one to the other explained Marty.
But the transition is well worth it to see the expressions on customers faces as they walk into their very own Christmas experience. Trees are decorated from top to bottom with sparkling glass ornaments and oversized, colorful floral pieces and draped in bows and ribbons. Collectible Santas, Angels and figurines on display along with Christmas florals are enough to put anyone in the holiday spirit.
Donna's love for interior design goes above and beyond as she decorates the shop for the holidays. As she decorates each tree she says "I feel like I'm painting a picture. I can never re-make the same design, I just start putting the pieces together."
Her main goal with the Christmas Shoppe is to inspire and give people ideas on how to decorate their own home for the holidays. The best part is, if you like what you see, all the supplies needed to create your very own winter wonderland are right at your fingertips. The glass ornaments, stockings, figurines and flowers all make great Christmas gifts as well. "Come in and get in the spirit of Christmas," said Donna.
Marty and Donna bought the building that is The Greenhouse Shoppe, in November of 1990. Donna had always wanted a small shop and Marty had grown up in a family of garden enthusiasts. When the building came up for sale the two couldn't pass up the opportunity to start their own business.
"Marty's family always had greenhouses and raised plants," said Donna.
"I grew up in it," said Marty. Growing up he worked at a couple of different greenhouses that specialized in roses and tropical plants as well as working alongside his family. One could almost say Marty had been gifted with a green thumb. "We all have a green thumb to some extent," said Marty.
Donna's background in business helped to get the little shop up and running and her love for interior design ensures the shop will always be well decorated and inspiring.
"We try to carry unique things to decorate [the home] with," said Donna. For all the do-it-yourselfers out there, "there are easy things to make the home look pretty without a lot of work."
It's no surprise that spring is indeed the busiest time of the year for The Greenhouse Shoppe. The shop becomes a garden lovers paradise with wall to wall flowers and plants and gardening supplies. Gardeners will find a healthy selection of annuals, perennials, herbs, roses and nursery stock to supply their gardens as well as a full line of gardening supplies such as: chemicals and organics, hand tools, soils and mulches and garden decorations including fountains, statutes, birdbaths and ceramic and terra cotta pots.
Marty, Donna and their friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on-hand to assist the newly inspired gardener or landscaper. They will help you to find the right products to make your garden flourish and provide you with the tools to make your next landscaping project a breeze.
The Greenhouse Shoppe is located at 3649 Cleveland Road in Wooster. December hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.