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Holiday decorators provide elegance, convenience

Holiday decorators provide elegance, convenience

Bill Russell was looking to decorate the Harrisburg Mall for the holidays in a high-quality way that showed off the many changes the mall has undergone inside and out this year.

So Russell, the mall’s director, called Christmas Decor by Utopian Landscapes in Lower Paxton Township, which is providing installation, maintenance and storage of the decorations.

He said it’s an ideal arrangement.

“Some of the decorations we’re putting up you don’t typically see on a private residence,” he said. “As a result, it has to be professionally installed and secured to make sure it stays put and isn’t buffeted by the wind. It’s very important that it’s installed properly so it won’t be a safety issue.”

Utopian Landscapes and York Township-based The Strawberry Shop are among midstate businesses that provide holiday decorating services for residential and commercial clients. They handle all stages of the decorating process, from consultation to installation and maintenance.

Customers hire a holiday decorator for convenience and quality of decor, agreed the owners of both businesses. Judy Brillhart, who opened The Strawberry Shop in 1983, previously decorated the governor’s residence in Harrisburg and said those hiring her to decorate their homes simply do not have the time.

“Everybody is busy, very busy,” she said. “But they want (their homes) to look professional and beautiful when their family is there for the holidays.”

Nikos Phelps, owner of Utopian Landscapes, said his company also keeps a large inventory and will provide decoration storage from year-to-year.

“Ultimately we’re a service-based business,” he said. “We take care of creating a design for a display, a concept. From there we take care of any décor, colors, greenery, whatever it might be.”

And don’t worry about climbing onto the roof if one light blows out, Phelps added.

“Most normal maintenance issues, we come back and we take care of it. A strand of lights goes, instead of running out to Home Depot and trying to find a match, we take it out of our inventory and replace it,” he said.

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