Orange's retail has bounced back following coronavirus shutdowns, and is ramping up to be even busier over the long weekend.
Like most non-essential services, many retail outlets across the city closed down through March and April, but with travel restrictions lifting there's light at the end of the tunnel for retailers.
Just Jeans Orange manager Annette Pakinga said the weekend the store reopened was as busy as any Christmas shopping she'd seen.
"The first Saturday back we had three staff members on and needed everyone on of them, it was non-stop for us," Ms Pakinga said.
"I've been here for eight years and I've never seen it as busy.
"It's really good to see people out and about and still spending money."
As busy as they'd been in the three weeks since Just Jeans had reopened, Ms Pakinga expected this week to top anything they'd seen so far.
It's really good to see people out and about and still spending money.Just Jeans Orange manager Annette Pakinga
"Saturday and Sunday will be really busy again, it's great for Orange and the economy," she said.
Ms Pakinga said most people had been obeying social distance regulations.
"People are doing the right thing, we do a headcount and have a maximum number of people in the store, have hand sanitiser for people," she said.
"I can't speak for others but in our store people have been really good about social distancing and are really understanding. We've still got some change rooms out of action and they'll be really good."
Local Mojo owner and manager Annette Whitefield only opened on Monday, and despite "a little bit of buzz" on social media the clothing store had still been "a bit quiet".
The store sells more novelty and quirky shirts and clothing, which Mrs Whitefield said might not be in such high demand at the moment with people staying at home and not needing to dress up.
"We're so different, everyone wants to come in and have a look but not a lot of people want to try things on," she said.
"I think it'll also be a bit of relief when we're given the all-clear, people might feel more comfortable."
The store only opened late last year, so between the impact of the drought, fires and now coronavirus Mrs Whitefield said it had been a "tense time" to go into business.
"Before this all hit we were setting up for some farmers markets as well, we'd just brought a marquee so now that's getting up and running again we'll be looking at doing some more of that," she said.
However, she said was excited for Orange to be buzzing across the long weekend.
"It's exciting, we'll be ready for that ... we can't wait to get people in."
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