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"Out of towners" arrive for holiday weekend
It's that time of the year. Time to start sharing our roads with some "out of towners." But as our Christian Farrell tells us - traffic is good for local businesses.
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WHITE LAKE, N.Y. -- They're here. Our neighbors typically to the south and east are heading north and west "to the country." By now you know the routine. It's Memorial Day Weekend.
"This is when it starts getting busy. From about five-o'clock Friday afternoon until Monday late afternoon. And we're going all weekend long," said Ann-Marie Westridge, manager of Bubba's BBQ.
The influx of "foreigners" though is surely welcome by businesses along Route 17-B.
Many seasonal places like Bubba's BBQ depend on customers like "Brooklynites" Alycia and Mark Egan.
"Getting away and seeing that there's these little pockets of areas where there's a lot of activity and fun. Where people get together it's quite nice - with a beautiful view," said Alycia Egan.
"Looking forward to a weekend of gardening, and barbecuing, and enjoying a few drinks here and there," said Mark Egan.
Now some business owners will tell you that a good Memorial Day Weekend will set the tone for a profitable summer.
That's certainly what they're banking on at the newly opened Papa Luke's Pizzeria.
"I wanted to try and work out as many kinks as I could, so we were ready for the rush of Memorial Day Weekend," said pizzeria owner Dylan Doty.
Next door at Valley Cone Ice Cream - Dennis Doty knows there's something else that's good for sales this weekend.
"I think the weather is going to be pretty good."
"And that's good for business?"
"That's great for business. That's great for business," said Dennis Doty.
Even better if it continues through Labor Day said Mark Egan.
"As many weekends as we can possibly get up here and relax, we will definitely do so."