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Local stores busy ahead of the holiday weekend

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Today marks Good Friday.  Many folks in western Massachusetts and around the world are observing the Christian holy day with prayers, hymns, and messages of peace.

Some are getting ready for their Easter celebrations on Sunday.

"This is the week like the Christmas tree farm at Christmas," said Christine Gawron of Gawron Meats in Chicopee.

Ham, kielbasa, bread, and more.  Residents are rushing into stores to stock-up for their Easter Sunday celebrations

"We've had lines here every morning all morning long.  When I got here this morning half an hour before we opened, I couldn't even get into the parking lot to park my car," Gawron added.

Gawron said that they've been running around the clock for last two weeks.  Today, they ran out of kielbasa - something she attributes to word of mouth.

"One person tells another and another and another and many people come through the door, i had it somewhere or my friend told me this, try this, try this," Gawron noted.

Across the city, Bernat's Polish Deli needed police to keep traffic moving.

"Busiest day of the year.  Yesterday is a close second," said Melissa Bernat with Bernat's Polish Deli.

As for what people want most, "the baked goods.  Traditionally, the babkas are the fruit flavored ones.  We have Easter kielbasa and we have white kielbasa.  Those are the top sellers this time of year," Bernat added.

For anyone interested, Gawron's said that they will have more kielbasa Saturday at 9 a.m.

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