KNOXVILLE (WATE) - We all have our traditions when it comes to Christmas trees. Two enterprising guys, one of them a WATE employee, are hoping to start a new Tennessee tradition.
On a small tree lot in North Knoxville's Happy Holler, Leslie Bowlin and Daniel Kalec are purchasing their first Christmas tree together—a Fraser fir.
"I was trying to find one for the space I had to work with, so I got a little smaller one and I can't wait to get it home and decorate it," said Bowlin.
"This was my first experience," said Kalec. "I enjoyed it."
For Bryce Caldwell and Andrew Edens, finding the perfect tree for their customers includes what they believe is a unique Christmas tree selling point.
"All of our trees, 100 percent, are from Tennessee soil. Our partner, Roane Valley Tree Farm in Johnson City is committed to growing Tennessee trees, and so we've got an exclusive relationship with them, and we're really excited to bring Tennessee Christmas trees here to Knoxville," said Caldwell.
What makes that distinction important is freshness. Many trees sold in Knoxville come from out of state and may have been cut up two months ago, but not these Tennessee trees, which are cut only days before they are sold.
That closed the sale for Tory Mills and Matt Kessler.
"I think it's fantastic. It makes sense. We live a couple of neighborhoods down the road, and we like to support local businesses and to know these trees came from the area and didn't travel across state lines makes sense," said Kessler.
So, among the Fraser firs, grand firs, white pines, blue spruces and the concolor firs, new traditions and Christmas memories are being created.
"The perfect tree? Oh I think so, it's a beauty," said Mills.
You can learn more about the Tennessee grown trees online.