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Skinny's fights inflation

By Anna Noel

Yorktown News-View

Paul “Skinny” Janacek, owner of Skinny’s Fireworks in Yorktown, has been operating his stand since 1980.

“We started in a building about the same size as the one next door when I was 16,” Janacek explained.

“We had it up right up by the road, and the first season, we spent about $300. Now what we spend, I don’t even want to say it. It all started with, there was a Barney’s Fireworks stand used to be over there where Yorktown Inn and Suites is now. We used to drive our bikes all the way back and forth to buy firecrackers, then we decided, well we could do this too. Then after I started, Barney retired, so I said, okay, thank you, now I’m the only one here. It’s one of those, you don’t want it to die. Yorktown is full of businesses where mom and pop shut down and no one else takes over, I wanted to make sure that at least that stayed here.”

One of the things that makes Skinny’s unique is their wide selection of fireworks, as opposed to some stands their size.

“I wanted to use the attitude of, I know a lot of the other guys, they might have a building this size, but they don’t have the variety. Like typical corporate, they have a big four-foot area like this on the shelf and just one item. I remember all the years at the lumber yard, that attitude of, I may not have a lot of them, but I’ve got more choices. And over time, it's actually spread where I’ve got a lot of customers coming from out of town, a lot of them from Victoria and Kennedy and Goliad, that area.”

Inflation has been taking its toll on Skinny’s and they have been forced to raise their prices lately.

“Especially this season, I actually hated to raise the prices as much as I had to. Every category has a little price percentage, but I couldn't do it. I couldn’t get myself to raise it as high as I’m supposed to.”

Skinny’s is open from June 24 to July 4 and Dec. 20 to Jan. 1.

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