Chemar Jones runs a popular hair salon in Killeen.
Her salon is usually packed with customers, but business has been much slow since the government shutdown.
"It makes it hard on all of us," Jones said.
A majority of Chemar's clients are federal employees and during the shutdown, her clients cut back on their spending.
Fewer customers in the salon chairs meant less income for Jones.
"This is my life. It is very stressful. I have a family and it is part of supporting our family,” Jones said. “With the government shut down, we are on shutdown."
Todd Deneve owns CompuZone, another small Killeen business which quickly felt the shutdown's effect.
"We definitely had less traffic over the last 10 days,” he said. “That's not normal."
Now, with the shutdown fresh in mind, business owners like Todd are cautious about the future.
"The fact that they really did shut down makes us wonder what's going to happen in January and February," Deneve said.
While a compromise was reached, the budget debate that prompted the shutdown is expected to stir up again at the beginning of the new year.
But for now, Chemar says the end to the shutdown was the perfect anniversary gift for her salon.
"We're celebrating seven years today, so we're excited to see it reopen,” she said.