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Black Friday Optimism Grows For Local Tree Growers

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Reported: Nov. 29, 2013 10:52 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 29, 2013 12:41 PM EST

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Supporting Local Growers
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

You don't have to wait until Small Business Saturday to shop local for the holidays.

Several vendors at Capitol Market in Charleston are hoping shoppers will purchase a West Virginia grown tree over trees sold by major retailers. Fraiser Firs, Douglas Firs, Blue Spruce and White Pines are some of the trees up for sale at the outdoor marketplace. Wreaths, pine cones and other seasonal decorations are also up for sale.

Local growers said they have weathered the recent snow storm and they too can weather a slow start to Black Friday. Tony Richard, market manager at Capitol Market, said he's confident business will grow this holiday weekend.

"The folks in this area love to support the local growers, so we look for a good season this year," Richard said. "You know this weather has been a little rough on them getting trees in but you know they did make it and we got plenty of trees here."

Trees start at $15 dollars and increase in price based on size. Starting December 1, Capitol Market vendors will operate on a holiday schedule. They will be selling trees from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.



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