Many Craig stores stay open for last-minute shoppers

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"Usually on Christmas Eve there are a lot of men in here shopping. Jewelry sales are higher than normal. Just a lot of last-minute stuff.”

K-mart assistant manager David Ross about last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve.

It’s inevitable. The harried last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve, time spent searching the shelves for that specific item that should’ve been bought a month ago.

David Ross, assistant manager at K-mart in Craig for 11 years, said the store has been open on Christmas Eve as far back as he can remember. And for good reason.

Ross said business was busier than an average day on Monday's Christmas Eve.

“It’s about the same every year,” Ross said. “Usually on Christmas Eve there are a lot of men in here shopping. Jewelry sales are higher than normal. Just a lot of last-minute stuff.”

Although grocery stores such as Walmart and City Market were unable to comment on last-minute shopping due to corporate policy, residents who ventured into the stores on Christmas Eve described them as zoos.

Many of the downtown businesses in Craig were closed the day before Christmas, but there were some who catered to shoppers.

Diane Brannon, owner of the Bargain Barn on Yampa, said Christmas Eve is traditionally the day men shop, noting a male customer at the register.

Brannon said her sales were average with a few customers throughout the day.

Nadine Daszkiewicz, owner of the Kitchen Shop on Yampa, spent most of the morning shoveling snow so her last-minute shoppers could get in the door.

Daszkiewicz said the morning of Christmas Eve was usually pretty dead, but said she was ready and prepared for an afternoon rush.

Falling in line with the sentiments of others, Daszkiewicz said she hoped to sell plenty of dehydrators, pressure cookers and pressure canners to husbands throughout the day.

“There’s a lot of women asking for them,” Daszkiewicz said. “The men better step up and get them what they’re asking for.”

Darian Warden can be reached at 970-875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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