Christmas crunch

Last-minute shoppers feeling panicky

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On one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, many shoppers and store owners didn't have time for a break from the Christmas rush.

But Nadine Daszkiewicz, owner of The Kitchen Shop, said the rush was just the beginning.

"This is not last minute. Last minute is Christmas Eve," she said Saturday. "Thursday and Friday we'll be hit hard."

Spirit Pass owner Christine Muzik said the holiday rush is expected and hopes the after-Christmas sale she's having before Christmas is helping shoppers.

"That's when you have money," she said. "I bow down to people who can shop after Christmas."

Jennifer Schreiner was feeling the time crunch while shopping at Centennial Mall on Saturday.

"A little bit of panic is setting in," she said.

She blamed the last-minute scurry on her own procrastination and said she wasn't having much fun rushing around finding all her presents.

She's doing all her shopping at the mall, downtown and Kmart.

"We shop mostly in Craig," she said. "We always try to shop locally."

Such comments please Daszkiewicz, a Downtown Business Association member.

"People who come shopping downtown are going to be pleasantly surprised at the huge selection at the stores," she said.

A sign outside Centennial Mall stated, "Thank you for shopping Craig," and Muzik agreed.

"I'm glad they're finally shopping and shopping in Craig," she said.

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