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Sunshine spurs strong sales in Steamboat

Businesses see increased traffic during holiday weekend

Mike Lawrence

Donna Moore, of Tulsa, Okla., browses Sunday in front of Moose Mountain Trading Co. in downtown Steamboat Springs.

— Sunshine and holiday visitors translated into some much-needed good news for downtown businesses.

At the tail end of a mud season filled with challenges from wet weather to the downtown repaving project, several Lincoln Avenue merchants reported strong sales Saturday and Sunday. Crowds downtown likely were a welcome sight not only to business owners, but also to city officials, as Steamboat Springs is in the midst of significant budget cuts from declining sales tax revenues. Merchants could see more foot traffic today, as the sidewalk sale facilitated by Mainstreet Steamboat Springs and Memorial Day events continue, likely under sunny skies forecast throughout the week.

Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Yampa are hosting ceremonies today to honor those who served our nation's military, and the Yampa River Festival culminates with the Paddling Life Pro Invitational. Tracy Barnett, of Mainstreet, said the holiday weekend appears to have brought a wealth of out-of-town visitors to Steamboat.

"What I'm hearing from the merchants this weekend is that probably 70 percent of the business they're getting is from people (from) out of town," Barnett said Sunday. "Downtown was hopping the past few days."

The business brought a smile to the face of Backcountry Provision's Dave Pepin.

"I don't think we could have asked for more, to be quite honest," Pepin said. "I think it's all positive."

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At Bushwhackers, retail assistant Maria Heilner said participating in the sidewalk sale fueled strong business.

"Most of my sales have been from the racks outside," Heilner said. "It's definitely helped."

At Moose Mo­­­untain Trading Co., salesperson Kate Holihan said weekend business was very good.

"It's been terrific," Holihan said. "We've had a great sale weekend."

Cellar Liquors employee Craig Goldberg noted that the long-awaited nice weather had a big impact on downtown activity, and on the city's liveliness as a whole.

"We're a town that relies on the weather," Goldberg said. "We need snowy weather in the winter and nicer weather in the summer."

Barnett said the "Dirt Cheap Deals" promotion continues downtown until June 18. Customers making a purchase at a participating business can receive a card redeemable for a discount at another participating business. Barnett said the holiday, nice weather and downtown deals could help business owners make it through tough economic times.

"I think people are going to be able to pay their rent this month," Barnett said.

Memorial Day observances

■ Memorial Day observance at Steamboat Springs Cemetery

11 a.m. today: Hosted by Steamboat Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44.

Those attending are asked to park in the Stock Bridge Transit Center on the west side of Steamboat and ride special Steamboat Springs Transit buses running to the cemetery from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Buses will return immediately after the service. Community service officers will help direct traffic. For more information, call Jim Stanko at 879-3936.

■ Memorial Day in Hayden

6 p.m. today: Hayden Cemetery

A 15-minute program includes a poem and reading of a tribute, followed by a 21-gun salute and taps.

6:30 p.m.: The public is invited to join in a potluck and burger fry at the American Legion Post on Third Street.

■ Memorial Day in Yampa

11 a.m. today: Yampa Cemetery

American Legion Post 189 will lead a prayer and read the names of veterans buried there. Veterans will fire a salute to the dead, and taps will be played.