While others play, some work on Labor Day

Monday, September 5, 2011 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 1:47 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 6, 2011

COLUMBIA — Although Labor Day for some means picnicking and nice weather, others still have to work. On Monday morning, employees of some downtown restaurants and retail stores spoke about keeping business as usual for the holiday.

Shakespeare’s Pizza is normally very busy on Labor Day, said manager Jessi Weir, who works this day every year.

“I’ve come to expect it,” Weir said.

Weir, who grew up an Army brat, said Labor Day represents an American pride day. She doesn’t mind working because she gets other holidays off, such as the Fourth of July.

While Shakespeare’s employees are used to working on the holiday, Swank Boutique on East Broadway was open on Labor Day for the first time, manager Nickie Davis said. The store held regular hours.

Red Mango was open as usual and offered $1 off all natural smoothies or frozen yogurt to any Heart of America Marathon runners who came in with their race number.

“We’re excited,” manager Brittney Scott said. “It will be a really busy day.”

MU student Sarah Laudner worked Monday at Kaldi’s Coffeehouse. Laudner said Labor Day is usually a family day for her, but because her family is back home in Minneapolis, she was not able to spend the day with them.

“I don’t mind working,” Laudner said. “It’s money.”

Columbia Photo opened Monday but closed two hours early at 6 p.m. Employee Craig Osborn said if he wasn’t working, he'd be spending the day barbecuing.

“I’ve worked in retail so long.” Osborn said. “It’s just like another day for me.”

Here are some other downtown businesses that are open Monday:

  • Subway
  • Breeze
  • Glik’s
  • Starbucks
  • Panera
  • Britches
  • Tiger Spirit
  • Lakota Coffee Co.

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