Spotlight on Local Business: Fall into winter at Adelaide’s with exquisite seasonal decor and gifts


Adelaide’s Florist continues to brighten holidays in the Village after 79 years with cornucopias brimming with colorful produce in reds, oranges and yellows; sparkling holiday décor; and gifts for every tradition in palettes of white, silver and green.

Under the guidance of partners, general manger Jerry Parent and creative director Larry Anhorn, Adelaide’s leads the way each year with early debuts of the latest in seasonal decor, floral and gifts.

With autumn in full flower, Adelaide’s has a bountiful harvest of blown-glass pumpkins, real pumpkins, colorful leaves and pots, and cornucopias of brightly colored seasonal fruits and vegetables.

“Our inexpensive glass pumpkins are so unique that customers will keep them from year to year,” Parent said. “We use many fresh flowers and fruits in our fall arrangements — from cornucopias spilling fruits and vegetables to traditional Thanksgiving arrangements with candles.”

After Thanksgiving, the store shifts quickly to winter decor and florals.

“We’re completely decorated for winter with a centerpiece featuring Boo Boo, our life-size, holiday glass mosaic polar bear with cubs,” Parent said. “Our winter section features everything from ice crystal branches to white Amaryllis and garlands of artificial white hydrangeas and berries.”

Standout items include holiday trees aglow with LED lights that change color; reindeer studded with glass diamonds; silver accented glass decor, white feathers trees and silver branches decorated with pearls. Adelaide’s also features children’s holiday

items, including a child’s first nativity set, traditional holiday toys and gingerbread houses. “Many of our gifts appeal to children of all ages,” Parent said. “We lean toward a seasonal look that suits all religions in this the time of light and are showing collectible Santas with beautiful faces and great detail.”

Adelaide’s seeks out unique holiday pieces each season, and their collectible items could easily become heirlooms to pass down through generations. Their most impressive items include a statuesque nativity set in white-tone resin featuring 15 large pieces. It’s paired with a large angel in a display suited for the entryway of larger homes.

Adelaide’s amazing gingerbread houses (some measuring 18- by 20-inches) light up on the inside and are exquisitely detailed.

Adelaide’s, known for outfitting holiday events for area charities, recently completed a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House. “We try to do events for charities that take care of individuals and causes important to our community and would like to hear from other charities seeking our help,” Parent said.

– Adelaide’s Florist is at 7766 Girard Ave., La Jolla, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (858) 454-0146.