Roger’s Gardens opened the 2012 Christmas Boutique today, drawing crowds who were circling the parking lot and cramming the aisles for a sneak peak at the shop’s holiday displays.
“It’s crazy,” said Eric Cortina, Roger’s Gardens’ creative director. Cortina, who has a line of ornaments and decorations in the boutique, said he loved the shop’s front room with its Victorian, H.G. Wells theme featuring clocks, gears and kaleidoscopes and an enormous tree decorated in silver and gold.
Other rooms had trees, 25 in all, with different themes — some covered in seashell ornaments, others with crystals and silver and another with pinks and blues for babies. Shoppers filled their baskets with holiday towels, toys and ornaments, and shelves and trees were loaded with stuffed deer, polar bears, pillows, music boxes and more. Staff passed out snacks — mimosas, cakes and muffins, while overhead, silver mechanical deer nodded their heads.
Jeanine Weiss of Corona said she never misses a Roger’s Christmas opening, although the recent heat wave made it feel “a tiny bit too early.”
Her friend, Cindy Fredericks, disagreed.
“I’m all for celebrating, whatever the time,” Fredericks said. “Year-round is good. You have to be happy, whenever it is.”
Roger’s Gardens is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The shop is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.