Woman revives valley tradition by opening Christmas tree lot | PostIndependent.com

Woman revives valley tradition by opening Christmas tree lot

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

Christmas trees, frosted with snow and decked out with sparkling ornaments and flashing lights, sitting on a foundation of neatly-wrapped gifts and stretching to the ceiling. Oh, how the pine tree has come into its own over the years.But finding the perfect tree is the test. And Lisa Newman is just the woman to help.Newman opened the Truly Valuable Tree Lot south of Glenwood Springs on Highway 82, to keep a valuable piece of the valley’s tradition alive.”True Value is gone, but the trees are back,” Newman said.Newman used to manage the tree stand at True Value in Glenwood Springs. Last year, after the hardware store closed due to construction of the addition to Glenwood Springs High School, the tree stand was gone and Newman lost something that was dear to her.”I was really upset when the tree stand wasn’t around last year,” Newman said.

So, this year she decided to open a tree lot to fill the void. Her first shipment of about 300 trees came in from Wisconsin on Nov. 30, and she’s open for business.”This is what I do for Christmas time,” she said. “I like to be around the people of the community, and this is the way I enjoy the holidays.”She’s sold trees during the holidays for about eight years in the Roaring Fork Valley, but her interest in selling trees began long before.”I was about 18 living in Los Angeles when I first worked at a tree lot,” she reminisced. “It was just a good holiday feel, and it smelled good, too.”Being from the city, that was the first time she’d experienced the feeling of being surrounded by thick pine trees. And a taste for holiday cheer that still stains her personality. This year she got a late start because she didn’t know for sure if she was going to be able to do it, but at the last minute everything came together.

“We got a late start but, we’re here now and we’ll just go from there,” she said.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. 16604jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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