Upcycle by Ricki greets Santa for visit

SALEM- Santa is in town.

Upcycle by Ricki, located on Benton Road just west of the bypass, on Saturday welcomed Santa and his elves during Salem’s Christmas open house and celebration of “Small Business Saturday.”

The business offered free photos with Santa, as well as food and free gift wrapping in its Secret Santa Gift Shop.

Opened in April by Ricki M. White of Sebring, the shop shares space with 2nd Chance Bargains and offers refurbished items, promoting upcyling, the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

“Turning the ordinary into extraordinary,” as White calls it. We don’t throw away anything, we recycle everything,” she said.

Upcycle by Ricki offers items such as jewelry, platters, candle holders, doilies, decorations and the like. It is open from noon to 6 p.m. through Saturday and closed on Sunday. Visit the business on Facebook.

Salem’s Christmas continues with Light Up Night at 7 p.m. Friday and the Salem Christmas parade at 1 p.m. Dec. 7.