For one Kings Mills store, Christmas isn’t just a day in December. It’s a state of mind.
That’s the motto of Ron and Mary Greene, who run the Kings Mills General Store and Christmas Shop at the corner of Wilson and Columbia roads. The business is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
While the official headquarters of Christmas is probably up north, the Greenes do their best to compete.
The 3,000-square-foot white clapboard house features thousands of Christmas ornaments and trimmings from floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall. Even the shop’s bathroom doubles as storage space.
From Santas to nutcrackers, the shop features a variety of ornaments to suit every taste — no matter how eclectic.
Looking for green glass Christmas pickle ornaments? You’ll find them here. Spongebob and Elvis? They’re there, too, alongside rows of sports- and pet-themed trinkets and baubles with military, nature and Western motifs.
“We try to literally have something for everybody,” said Mary. “There’s no place in the whole Tristate area that has the selection we do.”
Ornaments range from $2 to more than $200 for exclusive lines like hand-painted Patricia Breen glass ornaments, which are sold in less than 20 stores nationwide and have a wait list. Most items are under $10, said Ron.
For the Greenes, the most magical time of the year begins in mid-April when the shop opens. November and December are the shop’s busiest months, but Augusts ranks a close third thanks to tourists visiting nearby Kings Island and Great Wolf Lodge.
Ron got the idea for the shop after working in his uncle’s Christmas Shop and Island Art Gallery in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
It was there, in 1977, that he met Mary at a picnic on the beach. Emboldened, Ron asked the attractive West Side native to dinner.