Christmas Eve A Busy Day For Local Floral Business
HANOVER TWP. — Wearing a Santa hat decorated with lights, Michael Sivilich was at work early Monday displaying wreaths and other items outside Ketler Florist & Greenhouses.
Christmas Eve is always a big day for the business, as last-minute customers stop by on their way to several nearby cemeteries to decorate graves.
Sivilich’s wife, Sandy, who owns the flower shop, said the mild temperatures in recent weeks have been good for business and it extended into the Christmas holiday.
“It’s been busy. The weather has helped. We didn’t have a lot of snow. When we have snow on the ground, people aren’t going to lay wreaths, logs, grave blankets and crosses,” Sandy Sivilich said.
Sandy Sivilich bought the business along South Main Street in 1983.
She and her husband work seven days a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a busy season comparable to the lead up to Memorial Day, she said.
While they sold a lot of wreaths leading up to Christmas, she said sales of poinsettias, a traditional holiday favorite, have declined because of more people buying them at home improvement and grocery stores.
She thinks those can’t compare to ones sold by a neighborhood florist.
Sandy Sivilich realizes she has to work hard to compete to stay in business. She is a vendor for various national companies that sell flowers online and over the phone.
“When you call that 1-800 number, they call me,” she said.
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