"We've got plenty of regular guests that would be calling me today wondering why our patio or bar wasn't open if they couldn't get in here to get a pizza or a beer."
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- "I'm not bitter about it but I wouldn't have minded taking the day off."
That's the thought of many people on this holiday weekend that had to come back to work a day earlier than many across the area. Mellow Mushroom in downtown Bowling Green said business has been spiking so much this holiday weekend, extra staff is on hand ready for a crowd.
"We've got plenty of regular guests that would be calling me today wondering why our patio or bar wasn't open if they couldn't get in here to get a pizza or a beer," said manager, Derek Stone.
Across town at Minit Mart boaters gas up before hitting the lake, meaning someone has to be inside ready to help families prepare for the day outdoors.
"I wish I was out on the lake with everyone else, but It doesn't bother me. If I'm working, it lets some of our employees that work just as hard as me have a day off to go out and spend time with their families," said manager, Joshua Hoy.
While other shops were closed for the day, business as usual means an advantage for some on the holiday.
"Everyone else will be taking the day off. We'll see that surplus today, where everybody else will be losing a whole business day. I think it's definitely the smart move to be open today," added Stone.
Ultimately workers say the goal is to pay the bills and though many have the day off, those who clock in will have some extra cash.