Now I had heard of "The Holiday Store", visited their large website of Halloween props and decorations, and even knew about them sponsoring a prop contest this year. I was thinking on the drive there, this was one of their corporate retail stores that just opens for Halloween in a vacant store front in some commercial retail center, much like so many other Halloween businesses do.
|It says "Like" for their Facebook page but that's a severed hand... I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing!|
So we continued to follow the GPS instructions to locate "The Holiday Store" in this small city, passed one small commercial business area... and then another...another... and then the GPS directions took us away from the commercial areas into a more rural area with industrial warehouses??
|I have to say I enjoyed the "small shop" appearance at the front of the store..|
|... an appearance of randomness, but everything seemed to belong where it should be.|
Sometimes I forget the grandeur of an internet presence doesn't necessarily indicate the size of it's "brick and mortar" storefront. This was "The Holiday Store" one and only. The privately owned Halloween shops are a rarity here in Florida, and so we entered the store with some hesitance on what we could expect to find.
|This humungous clown dominated his own little area. Not a clown fan but this guy was pretty cool.|
|A little scene stowed away in the back office, we're always on the lookout for "inspiration"|
We were met by the owner, Tom Campana and his then assistant, "Megan", very kind and courteous people that pretty much said, "take your time, look around, and we know Halloween if you have any questions", and then went about their business. I personally love that style of customer service. When we arrived we were the only customers in the store. There was a behind the scenes feel of busyness going on that I suspect was the packing and or shipping of products, but other than that it's a very laid back shopping experience. The store really does have a large assortment of products and even more of course on their website. You won't find too much in the way of "glittery" Halloween decor here, or children's costumes and accessories like you might find at Walmart or Party City. This place has Halloween props and decor the way it was meant to be!
|One of the larger selections of "in-store" quality masks I've seen, complete with lighting ambiance!|
The Holiday Store is located at 301 Commerce Court, Winterhaven, Florida 33880.
|Our new tombstone addition by Exmortis|