A seasonal startup wants to make lugging a Christmas tree home from the lot or farm a thing of the past.
The company, DC Tree Delivery, is a collaboration between local entrepreneurs Ben Sisko and Kobina Arthur. The idea is simple, Arthur told Borderstan: make buying a Christmas tree “as easy as ordering a book on Amazon.”
“People want high quality trees that they don’t have to go to the farm and pick out themselves,” he said.
Ordering works like this: For $89 (or more), workers will deliver a four-foot Fraser fir tree by truck to your doorstep. They’ll even vacuum up all the pine needles that fall off the tree in the process, and for just a little more, they’ll haul the tree away when the holiday season is over.
“We’ll come take care of the whole thing,” Arthur said. “We deliver the tree, vacuum up the needles and we’re out of there.”
Last year, the company ordered about 80 trees from farms in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. They sold out by Black Friday. This year, to meet the rising demand, they’ve planned to sell more than three times as many.
“I always caution people, if you want to get a tree, order early,” Arthur said. “We already have orders.”
The company delivers to the D.C. area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland. Deliveries start on Nov. 28.