I know there’s still 58 days until Christmas but a few weeks ago I was sitting in a restaurant with Carl and Alfie and I noticed that across the road, the shop that’s been vacant for two years had a ‘Leased’ sign in the window. As well as the sign there were Christmas trees and Carolers and a Nativity scene and hundreds of flashing festive lights. Alfie was mesmerised and couldn’t believe his luck that a little piece of wonderland was directly across the road. Clearly still in the set-up stages I promised I would take him there as soon as the shop opened.
Rudolph’s Christmas opened a few days ago and is owned by partners, Russell the Australian and Rick the American. If you live nearby a visit to the store is an absolute must. It’s not just what they have for sale, it’s the whole shopping experience that has to be seen to be believed. Russell will be there to greet you on arrival with a generous grin and a, ‘Hello Hun’, and you’ll immediately think of Cameron from Modern Family. You’ll hear the jingle jingle of Christmas bells and next Shayna (which means, ‘Pretty Little Thing’) will be there to greet you too and Shayna is Russell and Rick’s Yorkshire Terrier crossed with Shih-Tzu. Shayna has jingle bells in her hair-do and on the harness she wears on her back.
The Welcome Committee will then step aside so you can take a few steps forward and there in front of you is a giant Santa with a sign letting you know just how few days there are left between now and Christmas.
As I ventured further forward utterly amazed by the incredible collection of trees and lights and decorations and Mark Roberts collectibles, Russell followed behind me letting me know he’s also a designer and can make me a centrepiece for my table in the colour theme of my choice and that he also makes wreaths to order and everything else besides.
He seemed eager to chat so I asked him if he was a floral artist and he said, ‘Well no, not professionally trained but I do do floral art. I have a background in set design and costume design but I’ve been exclusively doing Christmas for 30 years’. I just knew there was a creative background there somewhere.
This is a shop where you could spend quite a bit of time browsing and always see something new. I’ve been there three times now and Russell is always creating a new display or building a new ‘set’ to display the latest of what they have to offer. The shop is open seven days a week from 10am until 7pm and later on Thursdays. New stock is arriving all the time with feathered birds being pulled out of boxes today and another 11 pallets of lights arriving next week.
While Russell and Shayna are there to greet you on arrival, Rick is there to farewell you and being American, it’s a loud, ‘Have a nice day!’
You’ll definitely leave this shopping experience with a smile on your face!
Oh…and here’s a look at something I just had to have…
(And for no good reason I can’t seem to get this link to work. You’ll have to click on it. Who knows what’s going wrong!)
9 Spit Road, Mosman Ph: (02) 4737 8624 There is parking available under the building and it’s free!