BIZBEAT: Christmas trees aplenty in Evergreen, Marshdale

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Now is the time to get Christmas trees to help deck the halls.

In addition to cutting your own tree on Forest Service land, several places in the foothills are available to purchase pre-cut trees.

JP Total on the east end of downtown Evergreen has been selling trees, gifts and gourmet food for 27 years — a mainstay for tree buyers in the area.

Two new tree businesses have opened — one at Evergreen Parkway and Troutdale Scenic Drive, and the other at the Red Barn in Marshdale. Both have connections to Evergreen’s Luckylure Holiday Activity Center, which closed this year because owner Rocky Brougham retired.

Here is some information about the three Christmas tree spots in the area.

JP Total
JP Total says it has sold more than 17,000 trees and more than 76,000 feet of fresh garland to families during its years in business, and its gourmet food and gift shop are extensive.

The business offers a half-gallon of apple cider with each tree purchase.

JP Total is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 23.

Fireside Christmas Trees and Holiday Market
Clay Vermillion and Steve Denbow, both Evergreen natives, have opened Fireside Christmas Trees and Holiday Market at Evergreen Parkway and Troutdale Scenic Drive.

“I was with Rocky at Luckylure for 25 years … and Steve was there for 18 years,” Vermillion said. “Steve and I want to keep it going. He had a great tradition.”

He said the two were lucky to find the spot, and people seem to be happy with the merchandise.

Adjacent to the lot is a tent with a gift shop and a hot chocolate stand. The tent had succumbed to the wind after Thanksgiving, so they put it up — twice — and they are thankful when they drive onto the lot, and it’s still standing.

The lot is open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

An Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Red Barn
Marshdale now has an Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Red Barn, where cut trees are available.

Vendors are set up inside the barn, selling crafts and Christmas items. There are also hot drinks, goodies and a complimentary kids craft area for preschool-age children. Attendees can also take a wagon ride around the grounds.

Steve and Lisa Stucky purchased the property along with Lisa’s parents, Roger and Eileen Himes, and Steve said they hope this is the first of many years having the Christmas festival.

The lot features trees between 6 and 10 feet tall from Wisconsin, and next year, he promises to have taller trees available.

“Some of the guys with Luckylure were kind enough to work for us, so they know the particulars about the trees,” Steve said. “They have been reconnecting with people (who used to go to) Rocky’s place.”

The Red Barn is open Thursday and Friday from 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.