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.
The holiday season is officially over, which means it’s time to cut back on the booze, cut out the sweets and take down the tree.
The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) has specific guidelines for disposing of holiday trees and wreaths, which can all be picked up by the city through January 12.
- Remove all ornaments
- Between Sunday, December 30 and Sunday, January 6,place the greenery where you place your trash and recycling for collection.
- Please do not put the trees in plastic or cloth bags.
- Trees collected between December 31 and January 12 will be chipped and composted.
- Any trees not collected by January 12 will be picked up as space in the trash trucks allow over the following weeks.
For more information, visit the DC DPW website.
From Dito Sevilla. Email him at dito[AT]borderstan.com, follow him on Twitter @DitoDC.
The tradition all started in 2004. That’s when the restaurant located at 1602 17th Street (now Floriana) set-up a small, fake tree outside of the restaurant’s main door.
However, after years and years of decorating, I called it off. It was too expensive and there were other complications involved in the holiday tradition.
When the current owner purchased the restaurant, he seemed unaware we had a holiday hiatus and asked to get a tree for the season. We worked with Frank from OLD CITY green and bought a 12-footer. That year restored the annual tradition at Floriana.
“We’re Italian after all. We love Christmas,” says Dino Tapper, the owner of Floriana. “And Dito, well he’s just crazy about it. Were just happy to have a place where he can basically let his Christmas spirit explode. The kids love it, the neighbors love it — the only thing we don’t love about it is taking it all down.”
Currently, we are on our third and largest natural tree, of which I select the shape, the style and the thousands of decorations that adorn the branches.
Recycling decorations from previous years is important, for tradition as well as to control costs. Each year we add additional decorations, but we make sure they compliment the previous years’ themes.
In 2011, my theme was “A Candy Cane Christmas.” This year, the theme is “Election Year Christmas.” The tree is decked out with red, white and blue.
In fact, I’m even hoping to leave the tree up through the inauguration (it’ll be a “Barak Bush” with flags and ribbons), so I’m hoping Mother Nature is kind enough to leave us some needles after the New Year.
Since the tree is enjoyed by the whole neighborhood, I get no greater pleasure than bringing a big slice of holiday cheer to the community around us.