Every November and December, Lux-Art Silks’ 50,000-square-foot showroom off U.S. 301 north of University Parkway is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with festive trees, decorations and holiday collectibles. The holiday season makes up 70 percent of the company’s annual retail sales, but that’s not Lux-Art’s core business. For 50 years, the Sarasota-based company has been designing, manufacturing and supplying lifelike flowers, plants, trees and accessories to the designer trade across the country and world. Lux-Art president Scott B. Brann purchased the business from his mother when she retired in 1996 and has grown the business to more than $5 million in annual revenues. “It’s a designers’ resource for the most botanically correct lifelike permanent botanicals,” he says.
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