Downtown Boulder open for business
Last Updated: 14:33 September 17, 2013
"Some people out there assume that downtown is closed, but we're relatively unscathed," said Sean Maher, executive director of Downtown Boulder Inc. "We'd love to see people come out, now that the sun is out."
The Boulder County Farmers' Market at 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue will be open as usual on Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, Maher said. At this point, the previously cancelled Fall Festival Sept. 14-15 weekend event probably will not be re-scheduled, although nothing is being ruled out, Maher said.
Bands that were scheduled to play at the Fall Festival event now are booked for the next five or six weeks, Maher said. Many artists who were scheduled to show their work at the event now have other commitments as well, he said. The Fall Festival weekend - traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year for downtown businesses - "was almost nothing," Maher said.
Most downtown retailers, banks and other businesses were closed Friday and Saturday at the request of the city manager's office and the office of emergency management, Maher said. The University of Colorado football game against California State University, Fresno, also was cancelled and has not yet been rescheduled.
"Most businesses did comply and put safety ahead of profit," Maher said of the weekend closures. "At this point, everyone who doesn't have flood damage has reopened."
The Pedestrian Shop shoe store at 1425 Pearl St. was one business that saw a huge drop in sales on Saturday and Sunday after being closed Friday said Tony Distasi, the store's general manager. Saturday sales were about half what they would be on a typical fall Saturday; Sunday's sales were about a quarter of a typical fall Sunday, he said.
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