Thoughts from Laurel Ridge

Shop Downtown and All Around

Barbara Crozier
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... all around the town!  For years and years it seemed Laurel Ridge was always the first on the block to decorate for the holidays, but a quick trip through our downtown and it obvious that is no longer the case.   The Main Street team and city employees have been busy at work, and it shows.   The old-fashioned lights strung across our city streets make me think of Bedford Falls and listening for George Bailey.     

   Call me sentimental, but it really is a wonderful life!   It’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of the downtown revitalization of our historic little city by shopping and supporting the new and established businesses of downtown Gonzales! 




Weekly early release... Beacuse we are really 'into' 2016!

Charlotte Georgiou
Friday, February 26, 2016

 You all have the idea now, right?!?


We are giving you a sneak peak, and a chance to pre-order, some of our wonderfully festive treasures that we will have in the store (and will be shipping all over the world!) come Christmastime!


The end of February is almost upon us, which I cannot believe (I am still getting the hang of writing 2016 as a date!) and so we thought that this week's pre-order early release needed to be something that reflected the year we are in! I am loving 2016, it is a good year!


So here we have it, 'Wrappin' Up 2016', a really jolly Santa, dated to reflect this fantastic year, and poised to give all us 'good kids' that perfect gift. I think he is simply magical!


As with every week, 'Wrappin' Up 2016' is a pre-order, so when ordered, he will be dispatched to you later in the year, when we receive him from the Christopher Radko Studio.

Wrappin' Up 2016 by Christopher Radko 


(Wrappin' Up 2016 by Christopher Radko, an adorable dated Santa ready for gifting! I adore him!)

Excitiment over new releases

Charlotte Georgiou
Friday, February 05, 2016

Many people have said to Barbara and I over the last year, that as much as they adore the Christmas craziness that is Laurel Ridge, they would also love to have sneaky looks at the really special, beautiful Christmas things that we have throughout the year.


 Radko Tree 2015


(Our Radko Tree in 2015, such a beauty!)


So we put our heads together (OK, so maybe we bashed our heads together!) and decided that we would begin to release our special Christmas products in February, one at a time, for Pre-Order.  


As with everything we do, there are limited numbers of these available, so grab them while you can!


Today's early release is this beautiful Radko ornament "Frosty's Guiding Light". This is a sensational snowman with a beautiful blue coat, and reminds me to take advantage of this slightly chilly weather while we still can!!!


 Frosty's Guiding Light by Christopher Radko


(Frosty's Guiding Light, by Christopher Radko)

Siberian Sensations

Barbara Crozier
Monday, August 17, 2015


(Our newest addition to the incredible Russian Santas we have in the store, a gem encrusted red Santa)


The addition of Russian Santas into Laurel Ridge's Christmas collections has been met with great enthusiasm and joy.  These pieces are clearly hand crafted, carved and painted beautifully. Each is an individual, unique work of art. In the first year of stocking these extraordinary pieces, Barbara bought in a small collection, which has steadily grown as more and more of our friends and customers have steadily fallen in love with these incredible pieces.



(A group of our Russian Santas)


This year, we have had a tremendous collection, which has included two of the largest and most incredibly detailed Russian Santas we have seen to date. The first of these two master-artisan made Santas, has already left us for pastures and holidays new, but the second, which is also the larger and more detailed, being encrusted with over 200 semi-precious gemstones, has only just been made and provided to us. At over 16 inches high, he is the largest that we have ever had, and is the pinnacle of our sumptuous collection, and we genuinely cannot wait for him to find his new home and be enjoyed as is proper for such a phenomenal work of art.



(Close up detailing on the red, gem-encrusted, master-artisan Russian Santa)


And for those of you who are looking for a little more whimsy in your holiday decorating, we have some of the funkiest looking Russian Santas!



(Funky Red Tall Hat Russian Santa)