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Last Minute Shoppers Bring Boom To Downtown Missoula Stores

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Last minute shopping is creating a boom in business at stores in downtown Missoula. Monday was even the busiest day of the year for a few of them.

With a long line at the downtown shop, Butterfly Herbs, the day before Christmas Eve, last minute shopping proves to be the thing to do for many folks in Missoula.

"It's just a fun place for people to come and find that last minute special thing," said store owner, Scott Laisy.

Laisy said the day before Christmas Eve is the shop's busiest day of the year.

"I think it's a tradition for some of our long time regular customers. They know to come in, because they'll meet friends in here and have a coffee and visit," Laisy said.

Some, like Madeline Hull, did their last minute shopping for others.

"I'm getting some stuff for my mom. I was looking at some earrings actually," Hull said.

She said she usually makes crafts for her gifts, but at the last minute she decided she wanted something more.

"She's from Minnesota and she loves this place," Hull said.

Others did their last minute shopping for each other.

"We got special candies for the stockings, fun stuff like that," said another customer.

No matter who it's for, Laisy said the last minute shopping is bringing in a much needed boom, with Thanksgiving being late this year, and the cold weather streak we had keeping people indoors.

"We had that cold weather that kept everyone from coming in, and then suddenly everybody is here," Laisy said.

For those of you last-minute shoppers, owners at Butterfly Herbs said they will be open until at least 5 p.m. They said they won't close the doors until people stop coming in.

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