Local businesses have mixed reviews of summer season
The last large crowds that Truckee businesses will see until the powder starts piling up on the slopes emptied out of town Monday, leaving business owners happy over the busy holiday weekend but with mixed reviews of the summer tourist season.”This last Labor Day was excellent,” said Cabona’s owner Stefanie Olivieri. “We did have a very good weekend.”But overall summer business wasn’t better than last year, said Olivieri.”Our business has been pretty flat,” she said. “Flat to down.” “It certainly hasn’t been a record-setting summer,” Olivieri said.The combination of the Highway 267 Bypass, a gaming market in Reno that has been hurt by Indian casinos that have sprung up in the valley, and high gas prices have affected tourist travel, she said.”When Reno is off, we feel it,” she said, noting that the Reno casinos account for a sizable portion of Interstate 80 traffic that often stops in downtown Truckee.Down at Donner Lake, Dave Ceruti, who owns Donner Lake Water Sports, said the winds over the weekend discouraged people from getting out on the lake, as he packed up his water sports stand on Tuesday.”Once the winds hit, it was over,” Ceruti said.The poor Labor Day capped a summer that was very good for his business, he said.Suzanne Preaseau, owner of the Cooking Gallery, said Labor Day was a big weekend for her store, even though she pulled in slightly lower sales than last year’s summer-ending weekend.”It was a really, really good summer for us,” she said.High gas prices didn’t seem to have a noticeable effect on the number of shoppers that came downtown, she said.”I think that it happened so close to Labor Day, I don’t really think that it affected us,” she said of last week’s surge in fuel costs.The average price for a gallon of unleaded gas in California has risen nearly 36 cents over the past month. In Nevada, the price has gone up nearly 32 cents.The downtown area is now facing the upcoming fall season, a time when tourist traffic will drop off sharply, she said.”It’s like a morgue,” said Preaseau of downtown Truckee during the off-season.- The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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