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      Businesses prepare for slow season

      Labor Day weekend is a hectic holiday for businesses on the Grand Strand, but it's also the beginning of the slow season.

      It's the end of summer and tourist season, so less people will be in the area spending money and impacting the local economy.

      The slow down is a sign of relief for some establishments and also a chance to reflect on the busy summer.

      However, it can also be tough on some businesses.

      Some places shut their doors for the winter months.

      The Noizy Oyster, a restaurant in Myrtle Beach, has learned some survival skills that keep its lights on during the slow time.

      "You learn to expect it. You make enough in the summer to kind of make up for what you don't make in the winter and it evens out," said Stephanie Lynch, a server at the Noizy Oyster.

      The bustling beaches, packed parking lots and restless restaurant business will soon come to an end for areas on the Grand Strand.

      Kelley Gailey owns the Noizy Oyster and over the past six years, she has learned how to survive calm winter seasons and hectic summers.

      "We call it a hundred days of, you know. And we are on the last day of it. So we are very much looking forward to next week, just to take a breather," said Gailey.

      The restaurant rides out the slow season with the help of their locals, but the winter months still give Gailey the chills.

      "We still look at winter and go 'oh my god oh my god,'" said Gailey. "Then we start shaking in our boots. So for right now im glad it's over, but talk to me in two weeks."

      Lynch says now that Labor Day is here she is most looking forward to sleep.