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Molded chocolate bunnies are ready for decoration in (Credit: Angela Gaul)

Molded chocolate bunnies are ready for decoration in the back room at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. (March 14, 2013)

Lucas Candies in Haverstraw finds business hopping for Easter

Lucas Candies in Haverstraw is stocked wall to wall with Easter bunnies, baskets and candy as it prepares for its busiest time of the year. The candy shop has been in business since 1896, which means it is selling Easter items for the 117th year in a row. The store expects to sell about 2,000 baskets, 1,000 hollow bunnies, 1,000 solid bunnies and a ton of jellybeans in the next two weeks. (March 14, 2013)

Molded chocolate bunnies are ready for decoration in
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Molded chocolate bunnies are ready for decoration in the back room at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. (March 14, 2013)

Chocolate designer Debbie Bertrand of Garnerville works behind
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Chocolate designer Debbie Bertrand of Garnerville works behind the counter at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. "Easter is the biggest part of our year, much bigger than Valentine's Day," Bertrand said. (March 14, 2013)

Chocolate designer Debbie Bertrand of Garnerville works behind
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Chocolate designer Debbie Bertrand of Garnerville works behind the counter at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. "Easter is the biggest part of our year, much bigger than Valentine's Day," Bertrand said. (March 14, 2013)

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Employee Claudia Maher, 15, of Pomona, rings up
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Employee Claudia Maher, 15, of Pomona, rings up customer Michael Corker of Haverstraw at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. (March 14, 2013)

Chocolate designer Debbie Bertrand of Garnerville works behind
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Chocolate designer Debbie Bertrand of Garnerville works behind the counter at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. "Easter is the biggest part of our year, much bigger than Valentine's Day," Bertrand said. (March 14, 2013)

Lucas Candies in Haverstraw is filled with Easter
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Lucas Candies in Haverstraw is filled with Easter bunnies, baskets and candy in preparation for its busiest time of the year. (March 14, 2013)

Lucas Candies in Haverstraw is filled with Easter
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Lucas Candies in Haverstraw is filled with Easter bunnies, baskets and candy in preparation for its busiest time of the year. The largest, most elaborate bunny for sale, shown at right, is called the Theo, which means "uncle" in Greek. Constantine Lucas, the great-great-uncle of present-day owner Nick Lucas, started the business in 1896 after emigrating from Greece. (March 14, 2013)

Lucas Candies in Haverstraw is filled with Easter
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Lucas Candies in Haverstraw is filled with Easter bunnies, baskets and candy in preparation for its busiest time of the year. (March 14, 2013)

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Proprietor Nick Lucas of Stony Point works on
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Proprietor Nick Lucas of Stony Point works on large, hollow Easter eggs that will be filled with jellybeans as he prepares for the Easter rush at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. "Right after we finish production for Valentine's Day, we start making the chocolate Easter baskets," he said. (March 14, 2013)

Chocolate designer Debbie Bertrand, right, of Garnerville supervises
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Chocolate designer Debbie Bertrand, right, of Garnerville supervises Sara Stila, 14, of Tomkins Cove, and Claudia Maher, 15, of Pomona, as they assemble Easter baskets at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. (March 14, 2013)

Claudia Maher, 15, of Pomona, assembles Easter baskets
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Claudia Maher, 15, of Pomona, assembles Easter baskets at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. (March 14, 2013)

Chocolate designer Debbie Bertrand, left, of Garnerville, teaches
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Chocolate designer Debbie Bertrand, left, of Garnerville, teaches Sara Stila, 14, of Tomkins Cove, how to assemble Easter baskets at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. (March 14, 2013)

Employee Sara Stila, 14, of Tomkins Cove, gets
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Employee Sara Stila, 14, of Tomkins Cove, gets more supplies from the back room as she assembles Easter baskets at Lucas Candies in Haverstraw. (March 14, 2013)

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Lucas Candies in Haverstraw is filled with Easter
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Lucas Candies in Haverstraw is filled with Easter bunnies, baskets and candy in preparation for its busiest time of the year. (March 14, 2013)

In need of a sugar rush? Lucas Candies
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In need of a sugar rush? Lucas Candies in Haverstraw is filled with Easter bunnies, baskets and candy in preparation for its busiest time of the year. (March 14, 2013)

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