A tiny tree lot is lighting up the heart of Steinbach this holiday season with the area's first ever holiday pop-up shop, and families from all corners of the southeast can bask in its cozy campfire glow sipping zero-dollar hot cocoa.
Christmas tree connoisseurs Robin Bryan and Mark Neufeld are opening Pop’s Tree Shop in a soon-to-be popular spot, treating Steinbach motorists to a festive sight at the intersection of Highways 12 and 52, otherwise known as Brandt and Main.
“I love Christmas, and I enjoy making people happy,” shares Neufeld. “At Christmas, people are excited about finding the perfect tree, so we’re providing a place that's really different, comfortable, and fun for families. It's a special place.”
“We have locally-raised trees and more exotic, hand-selected farmed trees. The local trees are spruce and specialty pine from landowners and woodlots in the southeast. Our more exotic trees will be Balsam fir and Fraser fir out of Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. These trees are absolutely awesome.”
To be sure, Bryan visited the tree farms himself, meeting the farmers who carefully planted and tended them for years. The culmination of all that effort is a fresh-cut Christmas tree lovingly brought to Pop’s, that will soon fill homes with a refreshing scent and wondrous air.
Neufeld says a local beeswax candle-maker has created a series of candle forests especially for the launch of the pop-up. The pure beeswax used in their candles comes in a rainbow of holiday colours and uses non-toxic, scentless eco-dye. In celebration of the launch of Pop's Trees, visitors to the shop can enter to win a beeswax candle forest valued at $150 (one entry per family per day).
Bryan and Neufeld will also be selling sturdy hand-woven willow and dogwood wreaths. The wreath frames will last for years, are useful in every season hereafter and valued by craftspeople. For children's crafts, there are smaller wreath frames, and even tinier sets for tree ornaments. Juniper, cedar, and pine boughs, as well as dried flowers, rose hips, and snowberries adorn some wreaths, and DIY wreathers can purchase the greenery to make their own.
Neufeld invites the entire southeast community to stop by, sit by the campfire, and bring a guitar or a bag of marshmallows.
Pop’s Tree Shop is easy to spot at the intersection of Brandt and Main, opens Saturday, November 26th, and is open 10-8 every day after.
People can pre-order online for curbside pick-up if they can't wander over in the holiday rush.
Lastly, keep watch for the Tree It Forward Giveaway, coming soon on Mix 96 and Country 107! For details on all their giveaways, and delightful pics of Pop's Tree Shop, follow along on their Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pops_tree_shop/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086709202587.