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Coal Valley nursery merges from fall to winter

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A local nursery opened its doors to the public offering a seasonal party that fell on Small Business Saturday.

On Saturday, November 30, 2013 the Corn Crib Nursery in Coal Valley held its Annual Holiday Festival, which happened to be the same weekend as Small Business Saturday.

The event is a way to get the community prepared for the holiday season, offering refreshments like cider and Christmas cookies, a kid’s wreath-making station, and a visit from Santa Claus.

“This year it’s really nice because it falls on the same weekend as shop small, Small Business Saturday,” said Mary White, Assistant Manager of Corn Crib Nursery. “We are a small business, a local business, and we’re all family-run and everyone who works for us if they’re not family we treat them like family.”

White said the festival requires about two weeks of preparation. The nursery goes straight from fall, featuring pumpkins and squash, to Christmas when they offer holiday items like poinsettias and custom-made wreaths.

“We don’t do much artificial,” said White. “Everything is hand-made here, fresh, so we don’t order in our wreaths. We actually cut them and assemble them right here.”

The open house continues Sunday, December 1 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m.