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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- New Year’s Eve brings brisk business for many businesses which sell alcohol and provide taxi services.

From greeting a constant flow of customers to helping them choose the perfect bottle of bubbly, David Miceli has his hands full at The Vino Shoppe in High Point.

"This is a big time for gifts," Miceli said. "The holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and then New Year’s Eve."

It’s a day which brings in brisk business for the store which expects to see a 30 to 40 percent jump in sales.

"Sales increase quite a bit," Miceli said.

And the rush isn't just to snatch up the champagne but also for its cheaper sparkling wines.

"The big seller probably is the prosecco and a lot of the moscatos," Miceli said.

And after all that celebratory drinking, Tiffany Thomas at Red Bird Cab goes to work.

"If you need us, give us a call," Thomas said. "We'll be extremely busy."

Since last week, the dozen plus cabs at her family-owned business have been booked.

"Some people have just put in time calls, asking us to be there after they get done to make sure they don't drink and drive," Thomas said.

She says the 75 customers the company averages a week is what it will probably get New Year's Eve night.

"People who don't primarily take cabs but, during this time, of course they want to be careful," Thomas said.

A rush both businesses say, they're more than ready for.

"We're looking forward to it," Thomas said.