Tina’s Trees has provided Christmas trees for residents of the Valley for the past 43 years. In addition to being a Christmas tradition, they also celebrate Halloween, hosting a pumpkin patch in October with family-friendly activities. Owner Tina Callas runs the family business with her husband, Steve, and their daughter Joanna. They are supported by loyal staff members who return year after year.
When did you first consider working in your industry?
“When I was growing up, our family friends had Christmas tree lots all over Los Angeles. I worked for them at the train tracks downtown. When we were first married, my husband and I decided to open a lot in the Valley. We started very small and would go back and forth getting small loads of trees from downtown. Now we bring in truckloads straight from Oregon every few days.”
Tell us about a unique feature of your business.
“My business is seasonal. This was great when my kids were growing up and I could care for them most of the year and work at my business for the season. I was very lucky that my mom would pick them up from school and babysit for the whole month of December! The rest of the year I had the time to do volunteer work at their schools, my church and in the community.”
What holiday items do you feature?
“We provide many varieties of premium trees in all sizes and offer flocking, delivery, wreaths and garlands. We have a wonderful relationship with our grower, who sends us fresh-cut trees throughout the season.”
What challenges are specific to your industry?
“Location! After losing a prime location we had for more than 25 years, we moved to the lot on Sepulveda Boulevard where we have been based for the last dozen years. It has been an excellent location for Tina’s Trees, but development of the property is scheduled to start later this year so we had to find a new site. We are excited about our new location at Westfield Fashion Square in the parking lot off Woodman Avenue and the 101 Freeway. We also will continue to be at our location in Calabasas.”
What are you especially grateful for today?
“I am very grateful for my customers who let us be a part of their family Christmas tradition. I love seeing them every year and being part of the community.”