Beck's Holiday Specialties is celebrating 20 years in Manteca.
The seasonal business at 1156 N. Union Road is the longest operating Christmas tree lot in town.
“I don’t think my father even thought of (20 years) when he first opened here,” said Jeff Beck on this Black Friday.
He’s the son of owner Rick Beck, who came across this area at the corner of Union Road and Louise Road upon the recommendation of a friend.
“He fell in love with the community,” said the younger Beck, who was praying for the weather to hold up on this clear and partly cloudy day.
Heavy rains dampened business these past few days. But those at Beck’s Holiday Special remained optimistic.
“We’ll be selling trees until we’re all sold out,” said Rick Beck, who along with his family – his wife, Julie, and Jeff Beck and his wife, Bonnie – made the annual trip from Reedsport, which is located on the Oregon coast along the banks of the Umpqua River.
Beck’s Holiday Specialties offers about 1,000 trees, varying in size from table top to 15 footers. Business hours are daily, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Freshly-cut trees – delivered here from the Williamette Valley in Oregon – include Noble fir, Douglas fir, Grand fir and Nordmann fir.
Beck’s Holiday Specialties, in addition, offers floor protectors, decorative wreaths, mistletoes, pre-made bows, tree stands, cedar garlands, and take-and-bake pies from The Pie Company in Ripon.
Beck’s trees can also be found on Eight Mile Road and Lower Sac. Tom, Rick’s other son, operates the business in Stockton.
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