The win for the Huntington candy store was sweet.
Sales of the 26-year-old Sweetie Candy Cottage have reached a record high last year, and owner Lisa Hodges said that despite the Govt-19 epidemic, this Easter is following it.
The chocolate store sells off-the-shelf and customized Easter baskets and registration numbers for personal banquets, he said.
“I think people are trying to do local shopping, I think they used our store as a vehicle for entertainment because there is nothing else to do,” said Hodges, who bought the store 16 years ago.
Easter Dinner Newcomers
Easter not only brings the highest attendance rates of the year to many churches in general, but it can also be a great source of revenue for a variety of businesses, from jewelry-clothing stores to candy stores to barber shops.
This year, some Long Island retailers are reporting more than the usual Easter-related sales – some have hit records – as consumers plan new and different ways to observe the holidays amid the epidemic, which led to several months of business-related strikes by March 2020.
Socio-remote practices have sent grocery sales because more people plan to cook Easter dinner at home for their immediate families than to attend large group meetings or go to restaurants, grocers said.
Steve Leonard Jr., head and CEO of Steve Leonard, a Connecticut-based supermarket chain based in Norway, said Easter dinner cooks “a lot of first-timers” and has two of its seven stores on Long Island.
Fewer people in Pius
But since many churches in New York State do not have personal services or restrict the capacity of the church, there is a low cost of new clothes, suits, and hats for Sunday’s game.
“Most of our churches are still doing almost their services,” said the Rev. Managing Director of New York State Churches. Peter Cook said it represents about 7,000 congregations across the state.
“You do some hybrid services with people with the most important social distance. பெரும்பாலான But most churches, at least for us, are very wary of worship in person, even as the number of vaccinators increases,” Cook said.
Local supermarkets are enjoying strong sales numbers for ham, lamb, eggs, chocolate, baking products and other products for Easter, grocers said.
“We are seeing an increase in items related to the Easter holiday, which may indicate staying in small‘ meetings ’like we have seen for Christmas and Thanksgiving,” said Joseph Brown, managing vice president of Beth Page-based King Cullen Grocery. Co Inc., which has 30 King Cullen supermarkets and five Wild Nature natural food stores.
In fact, King Cullen’s 2021 Easter sales are higher than they were in 2019, Brown said, adding that “the company cannot compare current sales in 2020 as Long Island was significantly affected by COVID-19 last spring.”
At Steve Leonard this year, Easter basket sales more than doubled in 2019, with egg sales 10% higher, spokeswoman Megan Bell said.
75 years of history
But holiday sales at all retailers have not risen.
Easter usually sells special occasional costumes and ornaments for babies and children at The Colony Shop, the Patchouli store, in conjunction with Christmas, Lori Belmont joins the store with her aunt, Larry Fiala.
But the past 12 months have been a difficult year in the 75-year-old family business history, and Easter is no exception, Belmont said.
One year of isolation, social exclusion and canceled special events – and the store does not sell items online, as parents do not buy many children’s clothing and suits for Easter, Christmas, weddings, etc., Belmont said.
“It’s not a normal Easter season, I’m going to say it’s better than I thought, but it has to be what it is,” he said.
The store’s overall sales are down 15%, but the store is focusing on its high-end customer service and greater social media marketing, which is regaining foot traffic, Fiala said.
For this grandmother, business as usual
Shirley resident Debbie Onodi bought chocolates, stickers and other items to make Easter baskets for her two granddaughters, 3 and 5, at Walmart in Farmingdale on Thursday.
“I buy all the good stuff. I’m Grandma,” she said.
Onodi said it is a tradition that the Catholic family usually does not attend church, as she and her husband hold an Easter egg hunt at home.
The epidemic did not change anything.
“It’s not always because it’s spiritual. What Easter means is that it’s about Christ. We do this for the kids,” he said.