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Labor Day weekend: Businesses benefit from final holiday of summer

Matthew Renda and Jason ShuehSierra Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The summer tourist season in Lake Tahoe enjoyed a reprieve over the Labor Day holiday weekend, as warmer temperatures and clear skies brought one last drove of sightseers before the shoulder season and its thinner crowds settle into the region.andamp;#8220;It was really, really busy this past weekend,andamp;#8221; said Jennifer Pomales, who works at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area for the North Tahoe Public Utility District. andamp;#8220;The parking lot was packed all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.andamp;#8221;The big crowds at the beach spilled over into adjacent businesses as Christine Lawshe, owner of Brook Avenue Grill, noted.andamp;#8220;Business was strong,andamp;#8221; she said. andamp;#8220;It was a great weekend to wrap up the summer season.andamp;#8221;Beginning in five weeks, Lawshe will close the shop for the winter.andamp;#8220;We stay open past Labor Day for the locals,andamp;#8221; she said. andamp;#8220;Tourists are a big portion of our business, but locals are important, too.andamp;#8221;Jim Moore, who runs Adrift Tahoe andamp;#8212; a paddleboard-centric shop near the beach andamp;#8212; said while the weekendandamp;#8217;s numbers fell short of astronomical, activity in the store was stout.andamp;#8220;We had a lot of customers flow through the store,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;A lot of customers just wanted to kick the tires and get a feel for the product.andamp;#8221;Business in Tahoe City also enjoyed success.andamp;#8220;We had 3,000 people on Commons Beach on Sunday,andamp;#8221; said Blake Beeman, owner of 7th Wave Sound andamp;#8212; a sound production company.Beeman is intimately involved in the local music scene as both a sound technician and a booking agent, and he said the turnout for the Sunday concert was healthy.andamp;#8220;It was a great show,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;We got really lucky with the weather.andamp;#8221;Rachel Burkhart, an employee at Sydandamp;#8217;s Bagelry, said the shop witnessed an abundance of activity over the weekend. andamp;#8220;It was definitely busy,andamp;#8221; she said. andamp;#8220;Maybe not as busy as we expected, but still good.andamp;#8221;Chase Allstadt, manager of Tahoe City Kayaks, said revenues for the store were in line with previous years.andamp;#8220;We were pretty busy, definitely busier than the past few weekends when the weather was crummy,andamp;#8221; he said.Allstadt said people want to get their final summer experience before the thermostat takes a plunge and the days grow shorter.andamp;#8220;The town was full,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;We got a lot of visitors from the Bay Area and some from Reno, too.andamp;#8221;

Neither penniless nor plentiful, most Truckee businesses and resorts described the holiday turnout as average or above average.Cabe Jones, head golf professional at Coyote Moon Golf Course, said on Saturday and Sunday, the golf course saw about 175 players per day, many taking advantage of the courseandamp;#8217;s new $100, 18-hole, two beers and ball cap deal.andamp;#8220;The weather was perfect this weekend it wasnandamp;#8217;t that hot,andamp;#8221; said Jones.The townandamp;#8217;s bike shops also reported a high turnout.Nick Batie, Back Countryandamp;#8217;s bike mechanic, said the shop rented out all 22 of its full suspension and hardtail mountain bike rentals as well as all four of its paddleboards.andamp;#8220;You could tell everyone was thinking, andamp;#8216;weandamp;#8217;ve got to cram in the last bit of fun before we go back to work or school,andamp;#8217;andamp;#8221; he said.Greig St. Clair, manager at Pacoandamp;#8217;s, said since this Labor Day, customer numbers increased greatly.andamp;#8220;We seemed to sell all sorts of stuff,andamp;#8221; St. Clair said. andamp;#8220;It seemed like people just wanted to have fun.andamp;#8221;Cameron Norton, resident manager for the Inn at Truckee, said they had no vacancies.andamp;#8220;We were sold out on Saturday night, but other than that night we werenandamp;#8217;t that busy,andamp;#8221; said Norton, estimating sales to be about the same as in previous years.Squaw Valley USA and Northstar-at-Tahoe bore similarly laudable weekend appraisals, officials said, with Squaw holding the Alpen Wine Festival and Northstar showcasing its Arts andamp; Crafts Festival and Sidewalk Sale and Street Fair.

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