May 1, 2014

Business picks up in city on race day

PLATTSBURGH — On your mark, get set ...

It wasn’t only runners who prepped for Sunday’s City of Plattsburgh Half-Marathon and Relay.

At Dunkin’ Donuts at the Skyway Shopping Center, Manager Denise Holtsclaw packed the schedule with extra staff and loaded the shop with prepped product.

“I used the whole staff except three or four people,” she said. “I even have all my new people on.”

There is a rush of business on that Sunday morning each year, as the 13-mile Half-Marathon both starts and ends at nearby U.S. Oval, and friends and family of runners seek sustenance.

Also, Dunkin’ Donuts donates coffee to the Half-Marathon annually. 

Holtsclaw said their participation is good advertising and lets them take a role in community events, too.

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, the doughnut shop was getting back to normal.

“Once the parking lot cleared out, we knew the rush was over,” Holtzclaw said, “and (we) started catching back up for the rest of the day.”


While other businesses at that end of the city, such as Subway and Yando’s Big M supermarket, didn’t see more traffic than usual, some downtown establishments did.

One of those was the Bagel Pit on Brinkerhoff Street, where co-owner Brittany Taylor said pre-race business — before the 8 a.m. start — was more brisk than usual.

“We barely got any customers during the actual run, so we were able to go outside and watch the runners go by,” Taylor said. “Otherwise, it’s been a pretty normal Sunday.”

Smooth Moves on Broad Street had a typical Sunday morning, too.

Employee Mallory Dejohn said the shop doesn’t open until 9 a.m. that day, so they missed any pre-race customers. And only a few people connected with the Half-Marathon came in afterward.

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