Businesses ride wave of 4th of July
July 8, 2014
The Fourth of July weekend was a boon to businesses around Grand County, and many saw sales rise from last year.
Despite a technical issue with its firework's show, Grand Lake's vehicle counter recorded about 7,400 cars in town on July 4.
"It just was great," said Sam Miller, executive director of the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce. "Everybody seemed happy. The businesses all seemed full and happy."
Miller said multiple businesses posted record-setting sales.
“If you’re not busy on Fourth of July weekend, close your doors.”
Owner, Fraser Quickstop
Sagebrush BBQ & Grill had its busiest day ever on July 5, said Dave Freeman, general manager and joint owner.
"This year was definitely busier than last," Freeman said. "We were up 10 percent or so (for the weekend), and it was our busiest ever. It was crazy."
The restaurant had an hour-and-a-half wait at one point, he said. Freeman attributes the jump in business to the improving economy.
"We've been pretty busy consistently in the last couple of years, and it also helped this being on a weekend," Freeman said.
In Granby, Maverick's Grille owner Sean Richardson said numbers were also up from last year, though not significantly.
"It was pretty comparable," Richardson said.
Richardson said that the amount of space he has inside his restaurant and the temporal eating habits of customers keep his business pretty consistent.
"We've reached a point where, this time of year, it's hard to do more business than we're already doing," Richardson said.
Both Freeman and Richardson said the Fourth of July is usually their busiest weekend, and both were pleased with this year's turnout.
"I think that the parade was great," Richardson said. "People hung around in town because there was a lot more going on, and the parade lasted a little bit longer."
Tracy Navarette, owner of Uptown Granby, said she had her biggest sales day of the two years she has been in business.
Last year, Navarette said the number of parade attendees on the sidewalk made it hard to do business. This year, she set up early.
"The sidewalk is our number one marketing tool, so this year we were setting up at 7:30 a.m., and by the time the parade had started, we had already met our goal," Navarette said.
FOurth favorable in Fraser Valley
Business owners in Fraser and Winter Park also saw heavy traffic over the weekend.
Andy Hannah, owner of the Fraser Quickstop, said that business was booming on July 4, though it has been each of the 22 years that he has lived there.
"If you're not busy on Fourth of July weekend, close your doors," Hannah said.
The Winter Park-Fraser Chamber of Commerce saw prodigious turnout at its SolShine Music Festival on July 5.
"We had record-breaking numbers at our event, so we felt like we did well and got people up here who chose our town for their getaway from the city," said Catherine Ross, the chamber's executive director.
The festival had almost 5,000 attendees, Ross said. The chamber's July 4 Rendezvous Run for Independence also had a good turnout, with more than 600 runners competing.
Ross said that business owners she had spoken with had very strong July 4 numbers.
The chamber is already looking forward to its Rock N' Ride Bike Tour and Music Festival next weekend.
"We'll do it all again this weekend with Leftover Salmon," Ross said.
Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.
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