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We’re offering a holiday wreath-decorating class Nov. 16 and 18 in seven stores


Do-it-yourself is a whole lot easier when you start with some knowhow.
If attempts at wreath decorating have had you going in circles, or if you haven’t tried for lack of confidence or opportunity, then Royer’s is here to help.
Royer’s is hosting a holiday wreath-decorating class in seven stores Nov. 16 and 18.
Participants will learn how to make bows, set a festive table, and care for poinsettias. Of course, Royer’s staff will be available to answer questions about holiday decorating.
The cost for the 90-minute class is $50 per person and includes a fresh wreath, bows and decorations.
Participants will receive a 15 percent discount on any in-store Christmas purchase that evening.
Each class is limited to 10 people, so reserve a spot by calling your nearest store:

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16

  • Lebanon, 810 S. 12th St.; 717-273-2683
  • Wernersville, 366 E. Penn Ave.; 610-678-7370
  • Lancaster West, 201 Rohrerstown Road; 717-397-0376
  • West York, 805 Loucks Road; 717-854-7733

5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18

  • Chambersburg, 7 St. Paul Drive; 717-263-1313
  • Camp Hill, 3015 Gettysburg Road; 717-730-4090
  • Carlisle, 100 York Road; 717-241-6100

News media visits Royer’s version of Santa’s workshop

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We spread holiday cheer. We have a busy workshop. We deliver to peoples’ homes.
Royer’s has more than a little in common with Santa, and we like to show off our version of the North Pole. That’s why we have a standing offer for the news media to visit our central design department in Lebanon and our stores to capture a flavor of the season.
LEBANON DAILY NEWS
On Dec. 7, we welcomed the Lebanon Daily News to our Lebanon complex. The resulting video, set to a jaunty tune, shows how we decorate our Tartan Poinsettia:

69 NEWS BERKS EDITION
Within hours of the Daily News visiting, so, too, did WFMZ-TV/Channel 69 from Berks County. The TV station toured central design and interviewed our store managers in Lebanon, Erica Bixby (photo, top), and Reading, Amy Michalski, for their takes on the busy holiday season.
Poinsettia business ‘poppin” for local flower shops

The making of our Tartan Poinsettia

Inside our version of Santa’s workshop, the talented employees of Royer’s are handcrafting thousands of holiday arrangements in our central design department.
Here’s a glimpse into the making of just one version: Our Tartan Poinsettia, featuring five-plus blooms and measuring 16 to 18 inches in height.
We’d like to make one especially for you. It’s as easy as clicking here to place your order.

‘One Tank Trip’ takes 69 News viewers behind the scenes to show how Royer’s prepares for the holidays


What was an Allentown-based TV news station that has a Berks County edition doing at Royer’s corporate complex in Lebanon?
Seeing how merry is made, that’s what.
WFMZ-TV’s 69 News sent reporter Karin Mallett and photographer Patrick Manwiller to Royer’s as part of the station’s weekly “One Tank Trip” series.
Royer’s has three Berks County stores, in Reading, Shillington and Wernersville.
Tom Royer, one of Royer’s third-generation family owners, showed his guests the Lebanon operations, which include the company’s flagship store, distribution center, greenhouses, and central design department.
“Like Santa’s workshop,” Mallett said in her story’s introduction, describing central design, “but in lieu of toys, flowers. Lots of them. About 20,000 poinsettias will go out for the holiday.”
You can view the story here:
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We’ve developed a new Christmas arrangement, and you can name it

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Santa needs a helper.
Royer’s has developed a new arrangement for the holiday season, but we need help naming it.
This is where you come in, by entering our name-the-Christmas-arrangement contest. A lucky winner will receive one of the arrangements that he or she has named.
The arrangement, in a red mason jar, will include red carnations, white alstroemeria, hypericum, tips of Douglas fir and white pine, pinecones, and shiny red stick-ins.
To enter the contest, visit royers.com/contest.
The deadline to enter is Aug. 15; limit one entry daily per email address.

Behind the scenes of our holiday visit to Fox 43

Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, is a regular contributor to Fox 43 Morning News. For his final visit of 2014 to the station’s York studio, he brought with him poinsettias, a carnation snowman and other symbols of the holiday season.
You can view the entire segment by clicking here.
Meanwhile, here are some behind-the-scenes photos from before, during and after the appearance.

Santa has a new ride: our 1969 Ford Econoline van

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Sure, you picture him riding in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.
But Santa is spending part of this holiday season behind the wheel of our classic 1969 Ford Econoline delivery van.
The van is parked at our Columbia location, where store manager Patti Barclay decorated it for the yuletide. Just in case the headlights need an assist in the fog, there’s Rudolph’s very shiny nose as a backup.
 

There’s no cutting corners with these square holiday wreaths


Teddy Roosevelt had his Square Deal. Huey Lewis said it was hip to be square.
We have the square holiday wreath, and it’s pretty hip.
Of course, you’ll still find more round wreaths, but we’re stocking a small number of square wreaths in each of our stores.
No matter the shape of your evergreen wreath, here’s a great tip for keeping them in great shape throughout the holiday season: hairspray. Click here for details.
 

Poinsettia primer: learning about and caring for the most popular holiday plant

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We typically think of the North Pole when it comes to Christmas, but the most popular holiday plant originates with our neighbor to the south.
Poinsettias are native to Mexico and were introduced to the United States in 1825 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico.
In fact, Poinsett’s death in 1851 is commemorated every Dec. 12 as National Poinsettia Day.
Some other facts:

  • The colored parts of poinsettias aren’t flowers but bracts (leaves).
  • Poinsettias have been called the lobster flower and flame leaf flower.
  • Poinsettias are not poisonous, to humans or pets: An Ohio State study found that a 50-pound child who ate 500 bracts (leaves) might have a slight tummy ache.
  • Poinsettias are commercially grown in all 50 states. For instance, the 20,000 poinsettias that Royer’s receives each year are from Lancaster County.
  • Ninety percent of all poinsettias are exported from the United States.

Source: www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/poinsettia 
HOW TO CARE FOR POINSETTIAS:

  • Average room temperature is fine; they cannot tolerate cold.
  • Bright light is best, as they originate from the warm, bright southwest and Mexico. If given ample sunlight, they’ll last well into the new year.
  • Avoid keeping a plant too wet, they like moist but not wet. Frequency and amount of water will vary depending upon amount of sun, humidity in house and pot size.