Shoppers seek smaller stores to avoid holiday rush

Tuesday was the final sprint for Christmas shoppers. However, there were many people out on Christmas Eve who do not enjoy the last-minute, holiday rush.

Smaller stores were a popular choice among those shoppers, including pharmacies like Walgreens. "I like to avoid the big, big crowds. The last-minute shoppers. I'm just not into that heavy duty scene, so I just like to zip in and out," said Victoria Alger, who was shopping for a last minute holiday item.

Sherry Clardy, another shopper, agreed, "I've had enough by now. So, I'm just ready for my calmness."

While some were finishing up their lists, others decided it was a time for some rest, relaxation, and pampering.

"It's really great because most of the women are out either cooking, or at the grocery store, or in the mall. I'm here getting my hair done," said Kim Piacquadio, who went to Dolce Lusso Salon & Day Spa in Market Common to get her hair done.

Piacquadio said doing something non-holiday related is a good break from the intense pace that comes with the holidays.

Last minute holiday shoppers will still have a chance to pick out Christmas gifts on Christmas Day, as some stores like Walgreens will still be open.

On Christmas Day, all, non 24-hour stores, will be open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Select pharmacies will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and 24-hour stores and pharmacies are always open.