Business owners say big crowds over the weekend translated into big bucks. Downtown business owners say they are happy with sales over the holiday weekend. Although some said sales didn't change much from last year's numbers, the majority says business was up significantly. Now that Memorial Day weekend is over most of the tourists have left our area. They also left lots of cash according to local business owners. "Our figures in the end were about twenty eight percent above last year so that's happy growth for us," Eva Vontz, who owns Down to Earth on Front Street said." "Our Memorial Day business was extremely good. It was really busy," Sharon Locher of Edge of Urge, said. According to Triple A Carolinas, gas prices were nearly 40 cents more this Memorial Day than last. Business owners say prices at the pump didn't seem to stop people from paying at their registers. "Memorial Day weekend..very good actually," Paul Brown, who owns Java Dog on Front Street said, "Considering gas prices, and I was kind og skeptical how it was going to work out this year, but we had actually better business than last year." "Our sales were triple from what they were last year," Sharon Locher said. Business owners say Memorial Day is typically just the start to their big profit season. They say numbers are encouraging for the height of their retail season, which starts on the fourth of July.
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