ANCHORAGE -

Just like businesses all over town, there was plenty of work to do just to get ready for the crowd of hungry customers waiting in line at Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop on Thanksgiving. 

The downtown bakery is a family-owned business approaching its five-year anniversary, and unlike many other stores and restaurants, staying open for big holidays has become a tradition.

"We really like holidays," Rachel Saul said. "It's all about family, eating, getting together and you know, breaking bread." 

The busiest days for the bakery the year come in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Easter and on Christmas Eve, according to Saul.

She said people are often coming in for last-minute items they forgot or to get their favorite food fresh. 

Jan Matthews from South Anchorage stopped by Thursday. 

"I knew they were open and yesterday got insane with the crazy schedule," Matthews said. "I can pop into today when it's calm and grab a few little last minute things."

The bakery will be closed all day Friday. Regular hours will resume Saturday.