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Busy holiday weekend a warmup for summer tourism season

Greg Masse
Staff Writer

By all accounts, it was a busy weekend in Glenwood Springs.

On Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial kickoff of Glenwood’s busy summer tourism season – many downtown stores were participating in a sidewalk sale. Dresses, shoes, shirts, books and trinkets were put out for passersby to see.

“It seems to be going really well,” said Meagan Kennel, who was working the sidewalk sale outside Summit Canyon Mountaineering.

Some retailers reported Saturday as the big day, while others noted that Sunday was busiest.

The Hot Springs Pool was no exception, where the slides were open and the sun was hot.

“(On Saturday) we had lines out the front door and around the front. I’ve never seen that,” said Janet Rickert, a sales associate at the Hot Springs Pool Sports Shop. “Sunday I know it was constant, but Saturday wasn’t as busy volume-wise in the store.”

By Monday afternoon, things were trailing off, Rickert said, most likely because tourists were heading back home.

Kathy Paglia, a sales clerk at Sioux Villa Curio on Sixth Avenue, said business was brisk there, as well.

“It was pretty good. Saturday was better than Sunday,” she said. “We get a lot of business after people get out of the pool.”

Jim Moorman was manning Jeff’s Italian Ices at the north end of the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge Monday. He said business was slower than expected, but those who were buying Italian Ices and hot dogs seemed jovial.

“There’s a lot of people from Denver in town, some for soccer and quite a few foreigners,” he said. “The general mood of the crowd is great.”

A youth soccer tournament at Gates Soccer Park at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley Campus over the weekend drew 47 teams from around the state.

For the last time ever, Laury Monk was having a super-busy weekend of sales at Clothes Encounter on Grand Avenue. Monk is closing her doors forever at 4 p.m. Wednesday, so shoppers were taking advantage of the big going-out-of-business sale. “It’s been fabulous. From what I heard, I took everybody’s business this weekend,” she said.


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