Christians And Jews Prepare For Easter

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(KPLR) - Friday begins an important weekend for Christians and Jews in the St. Louis area, Easter and Passover will be celebrated.   It’s also an important time for retailers.

At McArthur`s Bakery workers are busy decorating baked goods for Easter.  Owner Randy McArthur said, 'Easter and Christmas are the two biggest holidays we have each year.'  He said they expect to sell more than 15,000 colorful eggs and hundreds of bunny and lamb cakes.  McArthur added, 'Honestly, in the retail bakery today we live from holiday to holiday we’re no longer a daily destination for people we’re really a special trip when there’s a special event.'

In Creve Coeur the folks at Kohn`s Kosher Meat and Deli have been working long hours for weeks preparing foods for Passover.  Owner Lenny Kohn said 'This is a big, about two weeks of craziness that makes my head spin thank goodness for that' One-sixth of the deli’s annual income is the result of Passover sales.  A rabbi is on hand to make sure everything is Kosher.

At Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate employees are very busy.  Dan Abel Jr., one of the owners said, 'Valentines is our single busiest day Easter has always been, as a season total, one of the biggest production and retail holidays for us.'  It’s a numbers game for the candy makers.  They will create 32,000 chocolate bunnies; some of them will be three feet tall.  And customers will enjoy 85,000 eggs in a variety of fillings.  It is indeed a busy time of the year for people in retail.