Retailers busy on Good Friday
Cindy Brant of Somerset tries to decide what candy to purchase at Henry¿s Cake and Candy Supplies in Friedens. Brant said she likes peanut butter meltaways and chocolate-covered pretzels. (Michelle Ganassi / March 29, 2013)
Sally Henry, owner of Henry's Cake and Candy Supplies in Friedens, said she was dipping items in chocolate all day. Candy has been made at that location for 30 years.
"They want anything dipped in chocolate," she said.
Chocolate bunnies, peanut butter meltaway eggs and jelly beans are big hits, Henry said. Fudge is also a popular item in her shop.
"We do a lot of fudge now," she said.
Inside the store customers were busy picking up sweet treats and candy-making supplies.
Lexi Bowersox of Listie spent time Friday picking up some chocolate to make chocolate-covered strawberries. She enjoys making strawberries, chocolate eggs and other treats for her friends.
"Valentine's Day I made about 300 strawberries and gave a lot away," she said.
Bowersox said when making sweet treats it is important to make sure you have the best ingredients.
Eunice Walters of Geiger was preparing to make homemade chocolate Friday as well. She said her favorite is peanut butter eggs.
"I just like it all," she said. "Anything we can dip in chocolate."
After she is finished making chocolate, she will begin to prepare for the family dinner.
Earl Dunsee, sales technician at Thomas Drug Store, said stuffed animals, maple bunnies and Dukes of Hazzard cars are among the popular Easter items at the Meyersdale store.
Dunsee said there are two items that would cause an uproar if the drug store did not carry them: Peeps and spiced jelly beans.
"If we didn't sell Peeps we would have to lock the doors because they would be knocking out the windows," he said. "And everyone in Meyersdale loves the spiced jelly beans."
A duck that spits out slime is also a popular item this year.
"When wives are buying for their husbands, they will pick up hunting and fishing items," Dunsee said.
He said Friday was a pretty busy day.
"People still have a loyalty to their hometown store," he said.
Dan Hiteshew, owner of Something Xtra Special in Windber, said tulips and Easter lilies are the most popular flowers in his shop. He said all the bright colors seem to be popular for Easter.
"I think right now people are ready to see anything colorful," he said, "just the bright pinks, purples, yellows — the colors of the season."
Hiteshew said the store was busy Friday. Typically, potted plants are more popular than fresh-cut flowers — except this year.
"It's hard when Easter is so early," he said. "People really can't even think about spring."
David Stevens, owner of the Christian Book Store & Office Supply in Somerset, said Bibles are typically the best-selling item around Easter. Customers are also purchasing children's story books about Easter, DVDs for children and Bible stories for adults.
"We're doing our part to tell the story of God's love and new life in Jesus," he said.