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Santa Claus is coming to the Valley

Andy Bourelle

Yesterday was the biggest national shopping day of the year. And numerous Carson Valley residents went shopping, too – without ever having to leave the Minden-Gardnerville area.

At 10 a.m., Radio Shack, 1507 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, already showed signs of holiday shopping.

“It’s always a good sign when people are here right when we open,” said co-owner Helen Wickman.

With computers, watches, telephones, toys and more on sale, Wickman said she and her employees did not do anything special for the shopping day – everything has already been on sale since Monday. She said Radio Shack will continue having sales through the holidays.

A number of customers filled the aisles of PayLess Drug, 1327 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, by 10:30 a.m. Manager Cliff Daniels said PayLess was open Thanksgiving, and most holiday sales started then.

“I’m a strong believer in trying to shop in the Valley first,” Daniels said. “One thing I’m really trying to emphasize is customer service.”

PayLess typically has weekly sales, Daniels said, but for the holiday season the store would have additional Christmas sales.

“From now until after Christmas,” he said, “we’ll have two sales per week.”

By 11 a.m., several people were browsing through the seasonings, salsas, dressings, jams and wide variety of coffees at Nevada Gourmet Grocery, 1596 Esmeralda Ave. in Minden. Co-owner Martha Campbell said the store is fully stocked for the holidays – Nevada Gourmet’s best season.

In addition to Nevada Gourmet’s year-round products, Campbell said there will be a variety of special Christmas items. Various holiday baskets are available, and custom-made baskets also can be purchased. And for chocolate lovers, a whole “vault” of chocolate is filled to capacity, and the traditional Valley chocolate drink Christmas Chocolaccino is available.

With her store fully decorated for the holidays, Campbell said she is looking forward to the season of shopping.

“It’s exciting,” she said.

Carole Weeks, owner of Adaven Gifts, at the Carson Valley Fair Shopping Center in Gardnerville, also said she is looking forward to the holiday season. This is her first year at this location, and she said she hoped business would go well.

“I’m looking forward to it (the holiday season),” she said. “It’s an opportunity to get new customers, to see old customers. It’s good to find out what people want, so we can give it to them, to let them shop in Gardnerville instead of going to Carson City or Reno.”