“The more you can get foot traffic, the better,” he said. “It’s great when downtown is user-friendly for pedestrians.
“After all, downtown is for the pedestrians.”
The increase in business benefits both the city and Clinton County, Ormsby observed.
And he also cited more personal benefits for local residents — benefits that are good for business, too.
“This opens people’s eyes to what’s already here.”
By making people feel there is more to do in downtown Plattsburgh, Ormsby reasoned, First Weekend creates awareness of downtown businesses that already exist.
“They come down and say, ‘Oh, we didn’t know there was an independent shoe shop here,’” he said, referring to Urban Soles.
“‘We didn’t know there was this or that.’”
And, Ormsby said, many of those enjoying the downtown area definitely wanted coffee.
“It was good for us at the Kat.”