Many local businesses will be celebrating as they ring in the new year. For some, New Year's Eve is one of the biggest sales day of the year.
Customers were already lining up at Local Boys Liquor by 11 a.m. Friday. "New Year's Eve is absolutely the busiest day of the year for us," said owner Ken Simpson.
The day started much earlier for another Falls business. Outskirts General Manager Carol Humphrys said she got to work at 8 a.m. "And I'll be here until 3 o-clock in the morning," she said. "So yeah, it will be one of the long days we have here."
Humphrys said New Year's is one of their biggest sales days too. And, she said, that's on top of what has already been a good holiday season.
But, it's not just those serving up spirits who expect to do well. New Year's Eve is also a big day for restaurants. Latonya Tackitt, one of the managers for the Parkway Grill, said their dining room stays just as busy as the bar on New Year's.
Then there are those who get people where they need to go. Area cab companies expect to be busy the last night of the year. "People who only go out once or twice a year," said Skylark President Kevin Callahan, "tonight, they'll be calling us for a ride."
Many business owners said this year is shaping up to be better than previous years. And all those sales will add up to big sales tax dollars for local coffers.