Summer Festivals Help Area Businesses

June 10, 2013 Updated Jun 10, 2013 at 7:14 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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June 10, 2013 Updated Jun 10, 2013 at 7:14 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)- Thousands from all over the region were in Downtown Buffalo this past weekend enjoying the work on display during the Allentown Art Festival.

Those in attendance not only spent money with festival vendors, but also at local businesses.

Rudy Alloy, owner of "Just Pizza" on Elmwood Avenue said during the big celebrations in Buffalo, the demand for pizza is hot, hot, hot.

"Whether they are on the way to the event of coming back from an event, it is grab a few slices and go." said Alloy.

To keep up with the high demand during weekends in the summer, Alloy brings in extra staff to make more pizzas and help serve customers.

The profits are also pouring in for local liquor stores.

Rick Sasala, owner of Spirits of Allentown, said he does about 35 percent more business when there are events, like the Allentown Art Festival, happening in the area.

Many local businesses said the summer festivals also help spread the word about their companies.

"We probably handed out a couple thousand business cards down here," said Lindsey Hicks, owner of "Picasso Moon".

The accessory and gift store recently opened on Allen Street. Hicks said business started off slow but thanks to a plethora of summer festivals, traffic in this new store has been kicked-up a notch.

Many of companies said the revenues earned during the summer months help carry them through the slower seasons.