Joy by name and na­ture

Joondalup Times - - CHRISTMAS IS COMING - Sara Fitz­patrick

MAK­ING houses twin­kle with Christ­mas cheer is Joy Clarke's great­est plea­sure.

For years, she dec­o­rated her home in a spec­ta­cle of light and colour that drew peo­ple from all over Perth.

She be­gan with a mod­est dis­play of seven acrylic light-up rein­deer on her front lawn in 2007, which grew quickly with an ar­ray of em­bel­lish­ments to be­come the most well-known Christ­mas ex­hi­bi­tion in Lans­dale. Year af­ter year, vis­i­tors asked Mrs Clarke, “where do you get all your amaz­ing dec­o­ra­tions and light­ing?”.

Help­ing oth­ers achieve the same look, she opened her own store, Mrs Claus Christ­mas King­dom, in Joon­dalup in 2013.

Be­gin­ning as a small out­let on Win­ton Road, it later ex­panded to a larger nearby lo­cale where it re­sides to­day as Perth's largest Christ­mas store.

Items in­clude baubles, cloth­ing, ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions, tin­sel and na­tiv­ity scenes.

Each sec­tion is colourco-or­di­nated – all shades of pink are on-trend this season ac­cord­ing to Mrs Clarke – to make choos­ing items as easy as pos­si­ble.

“Many peo­ple break down in tears as they are just so over­whelmed when they walk in; it’s all about the ex­pe­ri­ence, not just retail,” Mrs Clarke said.

“We have elves to greet you and make your shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence a mem­o­rable one. Our se­nior elf has been gifted with the most amaz­ing mem­ory for faces and can re­mem­ber some of our cus­tomers who visit from year to year, wel­com­ing them back for an­other year.”

En­sur­ing she sources spe­cial and unique fes­tive prod­ucts, Mrs Clarke trav­els the world hunt­ing for items such as hand­made glass baubles from Greece and light­ing from China.

“My favourite thing about Christ­mas is see­ing peo­ple’s faces when they en­ter the shop and know­ing that I have cre­ated some­thing that can make peo­ple happy,” she said.

“I also love mak­ing the trips around and see­ing the Christ­mas lights along with cel­e­brat­ing the birth of Je­sus Christ.

“As a child, I al­ways used to love go­ing out with my mum, vis­it­ing all the beau­ti­ful houses that were dec­o­rated with Christ­mas lights and had the dream that one day I would be able to do this.”

Joy Clarke, af­fec­tion­ately known as Mrs Claus.

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