Fourth of July weekend was "booming" for local businesses
By Joe Moskowitz
The weather was as spectacular as were the 4th of July fireworks. And, with the 4th of July weekend beginning on a Friday, creating an early start, many local business are celebrating after one of the best holiday weekends in years.
In Roxbury, where six new businesses have opened in the past two years, business exceeded what the owners expected.
A newcomer, Queens Mountain Cafe, and the old stand-by in the new downtown, Cassie’s Café, were very busy all three days.
Jill Ribich, owner of Catskill Images, is a photographer, and she said she had four “shoots” over the weekend and credits both crowds and her Main Street location for attracting business. Among the events she photographed were a live performance at the Roxbury Arts Group, and the annual Roxbury Sidewalk Festival. This year people had more places to go to shop inside.
One of those places is the Roxbury General Store. It sells everything from toilet plungers to Wiffle balls and bats. The store has also added a bike rental operation. Owner Doug McLaurine said it was a great weekend. Their business was the best since they opened this January and better than they expected.
His wife, Robin Factor, said locals shopped there, as did one-time tourists, but she said many second homeowners, and guests of those second homeowners stopped in and spent money.
While every town had the great weather, Margaretville also had the Margaretville Fire Department’s Field Days. It took patience and sometimes a lot of walking to get a parking space in Margaretville over the weekend.
But patrons found their way into Sue Ihlo’s Cheese Barrel. She has been in Margaretville for many summers and said she had a great weekend. In fact, she said that there were more people here than on recent Fourth of July weekends. “I wish I had more people working. It was a great way to start the summer.” She said.
That’s similar to what Jay Renner had to say. It was his first 4th of July holiday as owner of the Arkville Country Market. He said that as good as some of the other holiday weekends have been, this was even better. “Who knows what the future will bring?” he said, but he likes how things are looking today.
“We had a very busy weekend. It was great to see so many people coming out to enjoy the carnival and other activities in the area,”said Jessica Olenych, who owns Home Goods of Margaretville with her husband, Jake.
It was the couple's first July 4 weekend, since they opened the store in May and relocated the operation to the corner of Main and Bridge Streets.