Merchants: Sales are up

Steamboat shops report prosperous holiday weekend

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Many Steamboat Springs retail businesses reported prosperous holiday weekends, and overall summer business was generally better than average.

Over the weekend, weather was a determining factor for tourists' activities, some business people said.

Though business at Torian Plum Plaza on Mount Werner saw an extra influx of shopper traffic with the free concert at Headwall on Saturday, business could have been better if the weather would have been clearer, said Tara Stroman, owner of The Silver Lining jewelry shop.

But Steven Kennedy, owner of downtown business The Homesteader, said he thought the rain brought more people to his shop because outside activities were ruled out. The Homesteader's weekend business was better than expected, Kennedy said.

Kennedy, like other merchants, said Labor Day weekend business has not been as profitable since the vintage car race and show were cancelled several years ago.

The car show brought in the families of the car owners and car lovers to downtown Steamboat every Labor Day, and businesses flourished from that, he said.

City development and safety concerns became too much, and Steamboat was taken off the regular tour route.

Still, most said business has been good, this weekend and all summer.

Most Mountain Village businesses benefited from Rockin' Roundup's free concert.

Nancy Wilson, a sales associate at Home on the Range home furnishings, said this weekend was the best of the summer. She also said summer business was good.

Gayle Ginsberg, owner of Sugar Run gift shop, also said business over the summer was good, but Labor Day weekend sales could have been better.

Stroman said The Silver Lining also had a good summer, but she felt people have been more cautious with their spending because of the economy.

Downtown business also was up for most.

Brett Lee, owner of Straightline Sports, said this weekend was second in sales only to the July 4 weekend. He said summer business has been steady.

Connie Lippold, manager of downtown's Bushwackers Rugged Activewear, said it was a great weekend for the store despite the lure of businesses in the Mountain Village area.

"All the activities brought good summer business," Lippold said. Still, she didn't think this was the last weekend for tourists. She said her experience has taught her to expect tourists through Sept-ember.

Jennifer Wilson, owner of Moose Mountain Trading Company, said this was the best weekend of the summer.

"I just hope this isn't the last hoorah," Wilson said.

She said because of the store's focus on warm clothing and the approaching fall months, more people have been shopping for sweaters, pants and jackets.

Representatives from F.M. Light and Sons, Epilogue book store, Steamboat Shoe Market, River Blue and Bucking Rainbow said they had good weekend sales and summer sales were average to good, too.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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