For locals, Good Friday big day for Easter preparations

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On Good Friday, long lines at hot spots like Czerw's in Port Richmond are the norm as locals are out and about, grabbing up their favorites in time for Easter dinner. (WPVI)

On Good Friday, long lines at hot spots like Czerw's in Port Richmond are the norm as locals are out and about, grabbing up their favorites in time for Easter dinner.

"It's a social event. Christmas, Easter," said Rose Phillips, Port Richmond. "Even during the week sometimes I come around."

"Every year, Easter time, you got to stand here on Good Friday," said Keith Palan, Port Richmond.

If you're hooked on their famous kielbasa, yes, there is a secret to why they are so good.

"The draw is actually these smokehouses behind me here," said John Czerw, owner. "They've been built since 1938 by my grandfather by hand, and we still use the same recipe he used."

Food was also flying off the shelves at Marchiano's in Manayunk.

"Everybody's coming for Easter bread," said Daneen Marchiano, owner.

At Stock's Bakery in Port Richmond, lines stretched out the door and down the block for the delicious Easter pound cakes.

"Are you serious? Have you ever tried their pound cake?" asked Eric Sokalski, Port Richmond. "It's the best stuff on Earth."

"It's the best pound cake in the city," said Steve Lyons, Port Richmond.

Owners say seeing the frenzy of customers is always a welcomed site.

"We love it. It's almost not a holiday until we have our crazy days like this," said Kristine Stock-DeCalres, owner.

We haven't forgot about the chocolate.

Shane's Confectionery in Old City is filled with delectable treats. They are featuring large Easter butter cream eggs, and of course the Easter favorites.

"Definitely if we have jelly beans and bunnies. Our one and two, hands down. Always have to have them," said Christine Salvadore, manager.

With all the sweets and great food, many say the true meaning of Easter is still at the top of their minds.

"Easter is a special time for us because of the purpose of it, and it's about Jesus obviously dying on the cross, being resurrected and raised again for us," said Brad O'Dell.
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