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Businesses Prepare For New Year's Celebrations

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

"We've got three doors full of bubbly and it doesn't seem to be enough," said Jamie Stratton, wine director for Jacob Liquor.

It was difficult for local businesses to keep bottles of champagne and sparkling wine on shelves. The drink was on many customers' shopping lists for New Year's Eve.

"Anytime you drink sparkling, it just kind of sets you and puts you in that mood. It's the one time of the year where people really get the opportunity to splurge a little bit," said Stratton.

Shoppers took their time looking at bottles ranging from nearly $300 to less than $10. Many of them were planning to attend house parties and to avoid going empty handed.

"Going to a get together so I guess getting champagne, which is kind of rare. I drink it probably once a year. I'm not a big fan of it but just give it a try. Kind of a hard decision to pick something," said David Johnson, shopper.

Others chose to celebrate the New Year with crowds in Old Town.

"It's just kind of fun being in a city environment, being around people while they celebrate the New Year. It's just celebrating with everyone. It's just fun," said Sean Jones, celebrated with crowds.

Bars and restaurants put up last minute decorations on New Year's Eve and staff said they were looking forward to ringing in the New Year with hundreds of people downtown.

"You're kind of getting one big bang all at once, so it puts a lot of pressure on everybody. It's going to be stressful but it's going to be a lot of fun, and I think for businesses, it's great," said Jason Smith, Oeno Wine Bar general manager.


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