July 3, 2013

Rouses Point events keep local stores busy


ROUSES POINT — Recent festivities have kept Rouses Point businesses busier than usual.

Business owners have noticed a difference since the Village-Wide Yard Sale and Retail Business Day on June 22 and the Independence Day celebrations last weekend.

Laurie Babbie, owner of Crafty Creations at 105 Lake St. in Rouses Point, said Retail Business Day helped her land seven new clients.

“It got people to visit the different businesses,” she said.

“It brought people in because of the raffle,” which required people to travel from store to store.

She hopes the village will become a one-stop shopping area.

“Rouses Point is starting to revitalize itself,” Babbie said.

This year, the Village-Wide Yard Sale occurred the weekend before Independence Day celebrations, a change a few business owners appreciated because it prolonged the excitement.

Babbie thought the change would be beneficial for Rouses Point families, as they could attend both the village sale and the Fourth of July festivities, she said.

Carolyn Reid, co-owner of Sandy’s Deli, which recently celebrated its 13th year, said the garage sale drew people to the village and to her store.

“It’s nice for us this year that they split up the town-wide yard sale and the Fourth of July celebrations.”

She said some people just came in to receive a stamp for the raffle card, while others also bought a coffee or a muffin.

“It was beneficial to be one of the businesses on the card,” Reid said.

She encouraged Sandy’s Deli employees to bring in items to sell outside that business for the garage sale.

“We were on the yard-sale map,” Reid said, which drew even more customers to the 133 Lake St. delicatessen.

Reid said business also picks up when people start to line the street for the parade, which was held held this past Sunday.

Normally, they close at 9 p.m. Sundays, but on parade day they stayed open until about 11 p.m.

Patrick Ajmo, operator of Gino’s Pizza at 46 Lake St., said their store saw about 15 people come in with raffle cards to be stamped, and he expected lines of people waiting for slices during last weekend’s Independence Day celebrations.