Last minute Christmas shoppers fill downtown Wichita
It is coming down to the wire…last minute Christmas shoppers are out in Wichita.
In downtown, a steady stream of customers checked out The Spice Merchant. Owner Bob Boewe said he was surprised it was not busier.
“It is 10:10, and I thought we'd have people breaking down the door,” Boewe said.
One of those customers? Laura McFall, who said she was shopping for daughters with her husband Saturday.
“Shopping closer to Christmas is more festive,” McFall said. “Otherwise you're just shopping.”
Boewe said this year has been the busiest holiday shopping season The Spice Merchant has seen in 40 years. Since Thanksgiving, he said his staff has roasted nearly 50,000 pounds of coffee.
“A lot of people just wait till the last minute to shop,” he said. “E will be cheerful, we'll be ready and, when five o'clock comes, we're going home.”
Down the street at The Nifty Nut House, a similar story. Owner Steve Jahn said Christmas Eve is not usually his busiest day, but his staff will still help a steady group of shoppers.
“Every holiday has a little increase in business, but nothing like Christmas,” Jahn said. “This is what we plan for.”
Jahn said Nifty Nut House will do a month’s worth of business every week in November and December.
“Some Santas procrastinate, I'm probably one of the worst, so I feel for them,” he said.
Both Jahn and Boewe said they are looking forward to Christmas day, when the holiday shopping rush is over.
“Just enjoy it,” McFall said. “It is what it is. You're gonna have a great time. Don't stress…I wish I could take my own advice.”