Bringing Winter into the Stores

by admin on December 2, 2010

Normally the olive harvest is over and the holidays begin….not this year…the holidays have begun!

I had one day that I could run out to gather vegetation for the stores.   Normally we go out hunting in the forest but this year, we didn’t have time.  I grabbed my good friend and fellow merchandiser, Sue Tipp, and we headed for the San Francisco Flower Market.

I had an idea of what I was looking for….simple, natural winter…and mossy branches….I am completely obsessed with mossy branches.

The Market is such an inspiration that by the time we had the expedition packed to the rim with branches et al, we had expanded into rosemary, magnolia, olive branches, and winterberry.   I could not wait to get back to celebrate the winter season in the stores.
I love the richness of Magnolia…..

A new obsession….winterberry.

These people were working so hard.  I wonder what it is like to work with beautiful flowers and plants everyday…..

They were very nice but never took their eyes off of what they were doing….can you imagine all the wreaths, garland, etc…that they have to make?


While I was checking out, these two types of branches were lying on eachother…I was captured by the beauty.   I pictured them lying together on the stucco bar in St. Helena….I resisted for a bit but finally gave in.


The market was beginning to close so we added some more things…a few wreaths for St. Helena windows, three bundles of olive branches, and rosemary.


Sue making the last haul to the car…..

We could not have fit another branch into the Expedition.

We were so quick that we decided to have lunch in the Mission District…..Gracias Madre, a Vegan Mexican Restaurant.   It is a sister restaurant of one of my favorite haunts,  Cafe Gratitude.  It was delicious!  I was feeling a bit under the weather so I had their organic Ginger Mint Tea with my meal….highly recommended no matter what your weather.

Today was a great diversion from the harvest….and I can’t wait to transform the stores into warm and cozy celebrations of the winter season.

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