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Saratoga businesses doing well after opening weekend at the race course
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- It was a busy start for Opening Weekend in Saratoga, and businesses were cashing in.
"Our business so far has been insane, this whole weekend it's been crazy we're actually getting more stuff in tomorrow, Monday," says Kathryn Hodge, worker at Piper Boutique.
"We had a really good turnout for opening day weekend we were really happy with it," says Bryan Scanlon at Adirondack Cigar Shoppe.
It's no surprise that businesses in downtown Saratoga thrive during racing season but what made this year's so much more special for them was the beautiful weather. They say it bumped those numbers up even more.
Piper Boutique on Broadway compares the weekend to the holidays.
"We have a ton more people come in all the time, some days it's like black Friday," says Hodge.
Adirondack Cigar Shoppe just opened in November, making this their first weekend open during track season. They tell us their foot traffic increased by at least 60% this weekend. Regardless they tell us it's not their number one priority.
"It's important but it's almost as important to keep the regulars that are here all year round happy, because that's what we're here for they support us all year round," says Scanlon.
Meanwhile others are faring well from the crowds. Some use their yards to sell parking space. Cheryl has been doing this for years.
"I was nine and I started working here with my family and I was out there flagging the cars in. It's just been in the family for a long time," she says.
She says the weather helped this years opening weekend and her business.
"It was fun. We had a great opening day, the perfect weather, couldn't have asked for a nicer day, and it was just fun to see a lot of our regulars come back. There were a lot of hugs, and how have you beens," she says.