Boom in Business for Door County
Photo: Video by nbc26.com
Memorial Day weekend and nice weather are two perfect combinations for bringing in business to Door County. The summer months are extremely important to stores and shops and some even say they make almost 80% of their profit in the summer.
The streets of Sturgeon Bay are flooded with people touring the Door County area and business owners are working twice as hard to keep up with demand.
Kay Seitz owns Northern Territory, a furniture store in Sturgeon Bay and she could hardly keep up with the customers she had flocking though her doors this weekend.
"Summer is a very important part of what we do in Sturgeon Bay, but for all of Door County especially," said Seitz.
The summer months bring in almost half or more of the business many of these stores see. That's how they can stay open all year round.
"The numbers double from Memorial Day on," says Seitz.
Just around the corner at Door County Candy they're busy too.
"We'll do more in a day in the summer than we'll do sometimes in the whole month of January," said Terry Ullman, the owner of Door County Candy.
This weekend through the end of summer helps keep Ullman's business running. He even has to triple his staff to keep up with the demand.
"We bump up our numbers from you know in the winter we're at one and a half to two people and in the summer we go up to more like six or seven," said Ullman.
Although Ullman says they've lengthened their hours and he's a little more tired at night, he looks forward to the busy season.
"If this is any indication of what the summer is going to be, we're going to be swamped," said Ullman.
With the Bay Bridge closed many business owners say they're seeing a lot more customers come through their doors that didn't even know they existed before and they hope that continues.