Area businesses are preparing for about 20,000 Western Kentucky University students to return to Bowling Green.
"Western's such a cool place to be. I'm excited," said Ellen Linder, a freshman.
"Really nervous," said another freshman, Connor Bright. "Just really nervous."
It's mixed emotions for the honor students who are moving in early, but there's no doubt local businesses are ready to see more customers.
And as students are moving in...
"I was able to get my entire room situated too," Bright said.
And doing last-minute shopping...
"My lanyard, pencils, folders," said Linder.
Business managers are hard at work.
"Hiring more people, getting the staff ready, trained, getting ready to order more food," said Evan Sharp, the manager of Griffs Deli.
And the new location of the WKU Store opened just in time.
"It's been a lot of work this summer, for the last month, we've just been exclusively getting this place ready to go, and it's nice to be able to welcome customers into the door yesterday," said Jim Sears, the associate director of the WKU Store.
And that hard work paid off.
"I walked in and was like, 'Wow, this is posh,'" Linder said.
Sears said he expects more business in the new location, which is right across from the football stadium.
"We're going to have, hopefully, a lot of football stuff going through that door with the season starting, and with school starting, kids want to get their WKU gear," he said.
As for off-campus, Sharp said he hires a lot of students and they can feel free to study there.
"We have Wi-Fi here and from about 2 to 5, it's real quiet in here, and also night time it's a little bit slower," Sharp said. "We also have seating for hang-out areas as well."
Thousands of first-year students will move into their residential halls this Sunday for a week-long extended orientation program.
The first day of classes for WKU students is August 26.