For customers with big outdoor holiday decoration projects, a new local franchise operation can provide installation and storage services that go way beyond hammering up a few strands of icicle lights. Christmas Decor of Oklahoma City began operations about two months ago, offering homeowners a safe and hassle-free option for decorating their homes and surrounding trees. The franchise, which employs eight, is a business division of the six-month-old Oklahoma City landscaping firm Earth, Water and Fire. L.V. Davis, one of four owners of the company, said Christmas Decor began operations after employees attended a week-long safety training session in Texas. The franchise serves the entire metro area, Davis said, but most of its decorating projects are in northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond. Davis said there are two plans available: A service plan where customers lease the lights and decorations, and Christmas Decor installs, dismantles and stores all the trimmings; and a sales plan where customers purchase the decorations and Christmas DÃ©cor installs and dismantles them. Decorating projects start at about $300 to $400, but can cost as much as $1,200, he said. The decorating focus is on homes, windows and outside trees, with an emphasis on lights. Christmas Decor also has a selection of wreaths, garland and other custom products.
Business in demandAnd despite a shaky economy, Davis said the business received 30 calls last week, already has completed four projects and is working on decorating five more homes. "We don’t think the economy is as in as bad a shape here in Oklahoma,” he said. "There are a lot of people out there with the holiday spirit, and they like to put up decorations.” Co-owner Daniel Calvert said his team of decorators work with homeowners to create custom holiday designs. "We are constantly expanding our services to include more decorating options,” Calvert said. Christmas Decor is a Lubbock, Texas-based company founded in 1986 by lawn care company owner Blake Smith as a way to give his employees work year-round. There are more than 275 Christmas Decor locations in 48 states and Canada. The company was named a Top 10 Home Improvement franchise by Entrepreneur magazine and AOL Small Business.