Mountain Mama’s Christmas Tree Lot opens for the season
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Christmas tree lot on Moraga Street and 48th Avenue opened its gate to customers and kicked off its second holiday season in business.
Run by Marty Magnusen, Alexis Davies and Dan Dufficy, the lot, nicknamed the Mountain Mama’s Christmas Tree Lot, hopes to build on the success of last year.
“We learned a lot last year,” Alexis explained. “We know the popular types of trees for the neighborhood, like the 5-to-6-foot Nobles, so we’ve increased our inventory accordingly.”
From an infrastructure standpoint, the team has worked to create a more stable and cozy structure for the employees under a wood shed, so that they can comfortably keep the lot open seven days a week, all the way up until Christmas Eve.
A portion of the proceeds from the tree sales will once again be donated to the SPCA, a move initiated in honor of Gu, the puppy Marty and Alexis adopted before first opening the tree lot. And on Dec. 3 and 10, there will be a mobile adoption center at the lot.
“We think our lot is unique in the city because of the feel of coming here and hanging out and talking to so many different neighbors,” Marty said as he loaded a tree on top of a customer’s car.
“The area seemed to be really craving a community event like this,” Alexis added. “We’ve gotten to know a lot of our neighbors because of the tree lot, and the block feels less like some random spot in the Outer Sunset.”
The lot also has appeal to local kids, like 8-year-old Eloise Burnham, who will make and sell cookies and hot chocolate during the weekends.
“I love this place,” she said while chasing friends through the rows of trees. “It feels like Christmas.”
Mountain Mama’s Christmas Tree Lot is on Moraga Street between the Great Highway and 48th Avenue. Hours fluctuate, but the lot generally open in the afternoons and evenings during the week, and all day on the weekend.