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Street Fair Profits Some Local Shops

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The street fair wrapped up Saturday evening, but before vendors closed their tents hundreds walked through and shopped. With the street shut down some stores on Broadway closed for the weekend, but others don't mind the extra foot traffic. Some stores along the street saw just as many people shopping inside as they did walking by.

"It's definitely one of the busiest times here down town" says Justin Morken an owner of Unglued.

The street fair not only brings the shoppers out on the streets, but step into one of the local shops and the crowds are inside as well.

"It's insane, tons of traffic in and out of the shop all day long." Justin says.

Some downtown businesses say they have to prepare for  the extra people it brings into their stores.

"It brings people who normally don't come downtown for the street fair, so we love people seeing our shop for the first time." says Justin. 

Liz Mehus traveled from Valley City just to come to the street fair, but also ended up shopping in Unglued.

"We've been spending the whole day here, and my nephew told me about this store so we thought we'd try it out and it's awesome." Liz laughs.

Not all stores saw an increase in their sales, but for some that's not what it's about.

"We're trying to get the exposure, more so than trying to push any one of our products." says Art Materials Manager Eric Brown.

This weekend was hectic for shop owners but they say they don't mind the extra work.

"It's definitely something you don't complain about." Justin laughs. Because having hundreds on the street brought, to some places, new repeat costumers.

"It's fun having something unique and I'm going to come back here again I'm sure." Liz laughs.

Like mentioned before, not all places stayed open for the street fair, some businesses said they closed for the weekend because there wouldn't be much profit to staying open.


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