When it comes to Thanksgiving certain businesses are seeing a major boom. Take the long line outside the Honey Baked Ham store in the River Oaks Area.
"I've been waiting in line for about 45 minutes," said Doris Michalak.
"Business is good," said Don Lideke, Honey Baked Ham Store Manager. "We introduced the boneless ham this year and that's a little less in money. So that seems to be helping out the economy."
It's not just food, people are after; a few yards away at The Mad Hatter Pottery Studios, customers were painting their own holiday projects.
"We've been crazy busy over the last few weekends," said Anna Wallace, The Mad Hatter manager. "We got a lot of turkey platters, people coming in making nice ornaments."
Other packed businesses include the beauty salons like "Nails by Mary" several blocks away.
The ladies there said they got to look good for the parties and family gatherings.
"I'm here with my mom just getting pampered," said Jennifer Hobson.
Business owners and retailers had expected consumers to spend less during the holidays.
"We were worried, but surprisingly we exceeded our goals," said Wallace.
Also surprising were the answers we got when we asked local residents how the economic slump is affecting their Thanksgiving?
"It hasn't," said Carlas Porter. "For Thanksgiving we tend to do what's tradition and this is tradition in my family. To have a ham."
"I haven't thought about cutting back, but I'm more concentrated on doing the traditional things we've always done," said Mary Henderson.
Retailers are hoping the boom in business during Thanksgiving will be a good indicator of what's to come for Christmas.
Some shoppers say they'll prepare earlier next time so they won't have to deal with items being out of stock or find themselves on the waiting list.