Church St. Shops See More Shoppers During the Dry, Warm Summer

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Shoppers packed Church Street for another sunny day in Burlington.

One of them was Barbara Carroll, who’s visiting from Massachusetts.

“Curiosity brought me up here to begin with and just everything you have to offer up here, all of the shops,” Carroll said.

Carroll has been coming to the Burlington area for the past seven years. She noticed how the nice weather is keeping people around Church Street.

“Just wandering around, going in and out and finding something as a surprise that I didn’t know was in there,” Carroll said.

This year’s warm summer is something business leaders say helped them thrive.

“The sun shown and that made a great summer for retail and for dining,” Becky Cassidy, Marketing Consultant for the Church Street Marketplace, said.

Cassidy says they don’t have the hard numbers on how many people visited over the summer months, but according to a new business survey from July about 45 percent of visitors were from outside of Vermont with a 3 percent increase in people from New England. 

“Anecdotally, we think we have increased incrementally, significantly over this summer,” Cassidy said.

On average, Cassidy says about 8,000 people come by on week days and about 10,000 on a given day during the weekend. The summer weekends were filled with events, such as the Discover Jazz Festival and Festival of Fools, but local shops say the weather was still the biggest draw.

“It’s great, people can come into town they can use the beaches, they can camp and come into town and enjoy,” Sherwin Westover, the manager of Kiss the Cook, said.

Westover says he also notices how vacationers come back time and time again stopping by the store.

“The people who come into Burlington and make is a point to come here every year always come back into the store, even if it’s just to say hi,” Westover said.

Church Street should be full again Friday night for “Fashion’s Night Burlington.”
 

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