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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
What do you do in the winter when your business is based on selling seeds and garden supplies? Well, if you ask Mark and Ronnette Anderson of Anderson Seed and Garden in Logan, they'll tell you they celebrateŠor at least help others celebrate by selling holiday decorations.
Yes, it's been an annual tradition at the popular garden store on Logan's West Center Street to welcome the holidays by shelving the summer seeds and supplies and decking the store in boughs of everything Christmas. This year, the store is featuring 30 different kinds of artificial trees, ranging in height from 4 _ to 12 feet tall. Among them are 14 fully-decorated theme trees that customers can purchase turnkey. There are also lights and ornaments as well as wreaths, garlands, gifts and plenty of holiday candles.
Oh, and don't forget the bulbs. After all, it is a garden store, and anyone who knows Anderson's knows they specialize in selling the largest amaryllis bulbs in the West. The amaryllis bulb, which sprouts stems that eventually form colorful blooms at about this time every year, typically measures about six inches across. The ones Anderson's sells measure 8 to 10 inches. Mark Anderson told me the selection draws people from throughout the state and even from towns in southeastern Idaho.
But I was amazed to hear that every year just after the holidays the store's phone starts ringing againŠthis time from customers in St. George and even Arizona wanting seeds in time for their early growing seasons. They've known about Anderson's since the days of Nettie Anderson, Mark's grandmother and the store's founder.
No, there's never a lull at Anderson's. In fact, the store will likely be busier than ever come next spring. That's when customers will find at least 14,000 square feet of new greenhouses and a full-scale nursery with everything from bedding plants to trees to every kind of vegetable start. Yep, regardless of season, business blooms all year at Anderson Seed and Garden.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.