Cedar Chest kicks off the Christmas season

Main Street has been packed with more vehicles than usual this past week. The Cedar Chest has opened its doors to the Christmas season and local residents have been receptive.

By Chris Slone

What have turned out to be an annual event, the Cedar Chest closes during the week of Thanksgiving to prepare for the plethora of shoppers bound to embark on the store looking to jump start their Christmas shopping.

“We spend the week getting this setup and ready to go,” Vivian Hernandez, manager, said. “We have our open house, which pretty much last all week. People come and go. It’s all donation based. Everything has been donated by the community or the surrounding communities. We get people that come from 100 miles around that come for this week.”

Hernandez said the Cedar Chest is strictly volunteer, except for herself. The company is associated with Able, Inc., and owned by the Little Missouri ARC.

Hernandez said they have approximately 40-45 volunteers, but are always looking for more people who want to volunteer.

“Some work every week. Some come when they have time,” Hernandez said.

According to Hernandez, the Cedar Chest opened in 1976 in a small house. They’ve been in their current location for the last decade.

Hernandez said most of the items will definitely be gone by the end of week. She estimated that the majority of their merchandise would be gone by the end of business Monday.

“Our first day is just phenomenal,” Hernandez said. “We try to make sure everything is displayed so everybody gets a chance to look at them.

“The trees we sell are fully decorated, so you can take it home, set it up and it’s all ready to go.”

Hernandez said he appreciates the community for their support. 

“They obviously support us by shopping here every year,” Hernandez said.