Central Texas businesses are gearing up for the last rush before Christmas.
Debbie Reed who owns Reed's Flowers on Austin Avenue in Waco anticipated having to work longer hours on Thursday.
"We just have a lot of orders and a lot of deliveries that go out tomorrow for Christmas," Reed said. "It's hectic because it's usually very crazy around Christmas time."
Reed said she may even have to do extended hours on Saturday.
"It will be busier, I'm sure. and everyone usually calls until the last second," Reed said.
Owner of Waco's Papillon Antiques Mary Helen George plans to close at noon on Dec 23., which is earlier than usual, to give employees additional time to spend with family.
"Having a shop has been a very exciting experience, fulfilling is a dream come true but family comes first," Papillon Owen Mary Helen George said.
The mother of two said her staff worked extra hours during the holiday season, which she said it’s a busy time for her business.
"I stick with my same people. I don't add more people for the holidays. I get the ones who work for me to come more often so we have more on board," George said.
Reed is hoping her employees won't have to stay until very late on Saturday.
"My designers are moms too. They want to spend time with their families as well," Reed said.
Other Waco stores have extended holiday hours listed below:
The Findery store will be open from 9- 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Findery's warehouse will be open from 10 to 5 p.m. Wildland Supply Co. will be open from 11- 6 p.m. both days. In addition, it will possibly be open on Sunday from 10 to 1 p.m.
Spice Village will be open tomorrow from 10 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. Simply Irresistible will be open from 10 to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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