Kelley Kriner and her dog, Henry, tend to plants at Desert Bloom Garden Center. She said this time of year is busy with winter visitors. 

What happens between Thanksgiving and Christmas can make or break the year for many retailers. 

Holiday sales on average account for 20% of a business's annual sales across most industries, according to the National Retail Federation, which tracks statistics on holiday spending.


A sign at Kelley Krinter's Desert Bloom Garden Center welcomes back snowbirds. 


Watch and Wonder employee Gus Gonzalez, left, and owner Michael Hempel have seen business pick up with winter visitors arriving. 


Desert Bloom Garden Center owner Kelley Kriner and her dog Henry return from loading a potted plant into a customer's car. 

Jamie Verwys | 520-547-9728 


Reporter Jamie Verwys grew up in Sahuarita and graduated from the high school in 2006. She lives in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2018.

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