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Olympic fever has caught on at local flag shops

By Nicki Cruickshank, Barrie Examiner

Staff at The Original Flag Store in Barrie have begun double shifts in an effort to keep up with demand associated with the fast-approaching 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Mark Wanzel Photo)

Staff at The Original Flag Store in Barrie have begun double shifts in an effort to keep up with demand associated with the fast-approaching 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Mark Wanzel Photo)

Flags will be flapping feverishly as Olympic fever begins to rise in Barrie.

With opening day of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London just around the corner, local flag businesses are booming.

“We’re very busy with the Olympics coming up. We’re getting lots of calls for flags from all over,” said Cecilia Burke, president and CEO of The Original Flag Store, from its Barrie factory on Saunders Road.

The main sales store is located on County Road 27 in Thornton.

“Canada flags are big, of course, and we’re getting requests for the Union Jack, too,” Burke said. “We’ve got lots of flags at our Thornton store and we have all the country flags on our poles and the storefront’s decorated.”

One flag they won’t be printing is the Olympic Flag, despite requests for it.

“We aren’t allowed to manufacture the Olympic flag without permission from the International Olympic Committee,” said Burke.

Things are just as crazy at Flags Unlimited on St. Vincent Street these days.

“It definitely does cause an increase in business for us when world events like this happen,” said Andrea Taylor, the company’s marketing co-ordinator.

“We’re just coming out of our busy time surrounding Canada Day weekend, and the Euro Cup has just come and gone. It’s been a really busy time for us lately.”

Taylor said Flags Unlimited prints pretty much every country flag.

For the Euro cup, and for the Olympics, the business has been banging out our Maple Leaf, Union Jacks, as well as flags for Italy, Brazil, Greece, Portugal, South Korea, China, India, Pakistan and Poland.

“Those are the ones we’ve upped production of because the Olympics is coming up,” Taylor said.

“We supply to so many big retailers across Canada so we’re busy with that, too.”

nichole.cruickshank@sunmedia.ca


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