Nickelson’s gets ready for holiday rush
PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — The smell of evergreens, that age-old bringer of holiday cheer, filled the chilly 37-degree air Friday morning, signaling the arrival of the holidays as Ben Nickelson oversaw the loading and unloading of thousands of Christmas trees for the season.
It’s one of the busiest times of the year for Nickelson, owner of Needlefast Evergreens — known by many locals as Nickelson’s tree farm. Nickelson recently took over the business from his father, Jim, who ran the operation for nearly 40 years.
This is Nickelson’s first year at the helm of the operation, and he and his crew are hard at work preparing for the tree lot’s opening day on Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.
That means the heavy lifting has to be done this week, and that’s exactly what Nickelson and his employees have been up to. Loading trees by hand and conveyer belt onto trucks, placing them, stacking them and moving them over to the lot across the street.
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