Posted 9:15 AM 5/29/2013 : Tucson business braces for summer slump
TUCSON- Summer is on its way into the Old Pueblo, which means UA students and snowbirds head out of town, temperatures heat up and business goes down.
The Epic Cafe at 745 N. Fourth Avenue is one of several local shops that witnesses a decrease in sales during Tucson's summer months.
Barista Alex Hartley says on a typical morning during the school year, customers fill the cafe. "A lot of people wait in line to get things to go, then head off to work, or school," Hartley says.
But from the middle of May until August, tables are often empty on what should be busy weekday mornings.
Every summer the Epic Cafe sees about a 30% dip in sales compared to the rest of the year. To make up for the loss, this year the cafe is kick-starting a catering business. "We've been doing a couple a week and I think that's really what will sustain us for the summer," Hartley says.
Tucson hotels and resorts also have to get creative. Aloft, located at 1900 E Speedway Blvd., is offering rooms for $89 per night through Labor Day. "We also have a summer pool series running on Sundays from noon to five, with a great relaxing vibe in our backyard," says Aloft General Manager Craig Martin.
The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association is also starting a new campaign called "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Throughout the month of June customers who shop along participating Fourth venue stores, will be automatically entered into a raffle to win tickets to a Tucson Padres game.
For more information head to: www.fourthavenue.org/az-weeklys-take-me-out-to-the-ball-game-on-4th-avenue/.
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