Businesses See Boost on Labor Day

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COLUMBIA - For many businesses, Labor Day, means a day of rest and relaxation. However, many downtown businesses were open. For the employees at Maude's Vintage Clothing and Costumes, it was business as usual.

"It's just like any other day to us," said manager Nikki Pyatt. "We are only closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas."

Being open allows Maude to attract extra customers. "We draw in families and others who are downtown for Labor Day," Pyatt said. "It's great because many of them search for a place that is open and many of them have not been here before." 

The employees at Maude didn't seem to mind. "My mom wants me to go to a barbeque but I will just be there later than she wants," Gabrielle Parish said. "It was a bit of a shocker (when I first started working there) because you expect to have this day off, but if you gotta work you gotta work."

 Customers also see a benefit.

"As a student I don't have a lot of time during the week," Myra Gee said. "It's great that it's open on a holiday. It allows me to shop in the afternoon and still have time to study in the evening."

Maude's has never closed on Labor Day in the 10 years since it's been in business.