YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Michael Rulli, owner of Rulli Brothers, says the holidays are his favorite time in the store.
“It’s just exciting. It’s passionate,” he said. “Everyone’s in a good mood and you sell a lot of unusual items that you normally wouldn’t.”
“Probably the number one item is sauerkraut. People love sauerkraut and anything that has to do with pork.”
There are several ways to prepare sauerkraut and pork.
“Everything goes in the crock pot,” said Lorraine Hughes of Austintown. “You let it go, leave it alone. You either have mashed potatoes or you have pirogi’s.”
“Rinse the sauerkraut real good,” said Jan Romine of Youngstown. “Put it in with lots of garlic and the roast.”
Over at A&C Beverages in Youngstown, more than 500 people came in to buy their drinks for the holiday.
“It’s been very, very brisk,” said owner Al Francescheli. “Champagne has been selling a lot — particularly Martini and Rossi as I was telling you. But in general, a lot of hard liquors.”
The store is relatively new to Downtown Youngstown, but said it has the best customers.
“They do support us,” Francescheli said. “They want us to do well. I can tell that because they want the city to come back.”
Rulli Brothers turns 100 years old on New Year’s Day. Rulli said their customer’s support means everything.
“The people of Youngstown are so beautiful and they’ve supported us through 100 years,” he said. “And the only reason we’re here is because of them.”
And it’s all reciprocated.
“It’s close knit, everyone’s so friendly here,” Romine said. “So it makes you want to come here.”