Rudolph’s is open and has the trees

This is one of the hand-painted signs. Today was like old-home week at Rudolph’s, with lots of kissing and hugging. One customer introduced her father to all and said she’s been buying her trees at Rudolph’s for fifteen years. This is the tree-stand that set up near Fox Service while the drugstore and condos were being built adjacent to the old Maria’s Taco Xpress location, at the corner of South Lamar and Bluebonnet. This year, the canopy appears to be new, with eye-catching bright red-and-white stripes. All the shade cloth seems to be new, as well. The trees are standing in water and are extremely fresh. Ask for the bottom of the trunk to be cut off so that the tree may be stood in water and begin taking it up anew before pitch seals the trunk again. The gourds and pumpkins are officially retired now, and the homeplace is scented with the fresh aura of the new holiday season, thanks to Rudolph’s.

Our other stop this morning was the Farm to Market Grocery on South Congress, where we found yet another of those great Austin souvenirs that make fine presents. It’s the 2011 Music & Mutts calendar benefiting Blue Dog Rescue.

South Congress is crazy busy today, with lines at Guero’s and other establishments.

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