Holidays bring 'boom' to local businesses


POSTED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 9:16pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 9:29pm

As we decorate our Christmas trees and prepare for the big day, many local businesses are doing the same. Business owners we spoke with say the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year for business.


 The holiday season is a time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends, but for businesses it's a booming time.  Helen Hall manages a coffee shop in Longview and says she looks forward to the holiday traffic all year long, and the festivie offerings her shop has, " the wintery coffees like pumpkin spice pie, ginger bread, yankee doodle.. We also make christmas baskets "


Gregg County Historical Museum says the holidays are their busiest time of the year and the amount of visitors during Christmas grows each year..rain, snow, or shine. Raina Howerton is the museum director and says, "we're all decorated and decked out for christmas.  We've been excited to have over 400 visitors so far between Art Walk and Living Christmas, with the bad weather and everything..they braved the weather and came out and visited us."


Local hotel managers say the week of Christmas is among their busiest weeks and they do all they can to provide a little Christmas cheer for those who can't be with their families during the holidays. StayBridge Suites manager C.J. Clayton says, " we might give them a little special Christmas treat, we might make them cookies, and I make signs that say Merry Christmas."


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