ANTHONY’S CHRISTMAS TREES HAS BEEN SELLING CHRISTMAS TREES AND RELATED PRODUCTS SINCE 1954.
For at least 50 years, Anthony’s Christmas Trees main lot was at the corner of Milpas and Yanonali Streets. In the yard of this house, the same house that the Doctors went to to deliver Anthony into the world at, that many many trees were sold and Anthony became synonymous with Santa Barbara and Christmas trees.
Eventually the little tree lot on the corner became too small to accommodate tree displaying and customer parking. Since we already had a satellite lot at the Earl Warren Showgrounds that had both ample display space and abundance of parking, it certainly made sense to consolidate at the Showgrounds.
Anthony’s has always been a family business, at the lot on Milpas street, some of you may remember the door up the three steps and the little window that you had to lean over to peer inside of and say hello to Anthony’s wife Maria.
If we were open, Maria was always behind that little window, if she wasn’t actually cashiering then she was tying bows, she still, to this day, ties the most beautiful hand tied bows you have ever seen.