It may be socially distanced, but a visit to Santa is still a holiday tradition. The Lacys of Edmonds – Tom, 12; John, 10; and Mary, 5 – had a picture taken with Alderwood’s Santa in Lynnwood.  Stores and shopping centers are doing everything they can to comply with pandemic requirements, while still being an attractive destination for shoppers during an unusual holiday season. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Alderwood mall's Santa stays 6 feet from visitors who drop by for a photo. This year, the holiday season will be critical for businesses already struggling under pandemic restrictions. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Retail

Seattle-area retailers get ready for a crucial but precarious holiday season

With new COVID-19 cases at record numbers, many shops can expect smaller crowds. Yet they need a solid sales season more than ever to help cover months of anemic sales.  VIEW

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