I'm just avoiding the downtown street closure events.
Letting my guys handle it.
I expect the streets to be closed every weekend from now on, so I'll be pleasantly surprised on any weekend when they aren't closed.
I think economically, they may be a bit of wash, nowadays, instead of a complete negative like they used to be. I'd still like to be just a store in a retail district instead of sideshow in a circus, but there you go.
Friday was extraordinarily slow -- and once again I wonder if anticipation of (before the event) and satisfaction from (after the event) keep customer counts down. But, hey, I'm assured that the events create future customers, so that can't be right.
A -- mild -- rant this year, HBM.
Postscript. We had a big day on Saturday and a better than average day on Sunday, after a pretty horrid week, so the weekend helped. Stop my bitchin'? Not just yet. I'm still not convinced that overall they are a great idea, even when they come through once in a while.
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