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May 1, 2014

Business picks up in city on race day

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PLATTSBURGH —

‘TODAY WAS CRAZY’

On Cornelia Street, however, Starbucks saw some major business.

The coffee purveyor opened at 6:30 a.m. to the typical kind of traffic for that day of the week, Supervisor Lindsey St. John said.

But at 8 a.m., she said, the “craziness hit.

“Sundays are usually kind of up in the air, but today was crazy,” she emphasized.

For the most part, St. John said, customers were race spectators having their morning cups of coffee and trying to keep warm.

Sunday was rainy, with temperatures in the 40s.

Starbucks management was aware of the event and the possibility of an increase in business, so an extra staff member was scheduled and extra product was prepped. 

St. John said the rush continued throughout lunchtime, with staff finally able to take a breather around 2 p.m.

COMBINATION OF EVENTS

Comfort Inn Suites on Cornelia Street/Route 3 had a good weekend, as well; however, front-desk attendant Charles Berg said it was a combination of events that brought out-of-towners in.

“There’s been the hockey tournament, the Half-Marathon, and then there was a sorority reunion that brought in a lot of business (last weekend),” he explained.

And local families joined the mix with a different kind of sporting activity in mind — they used the pool.

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