Lowcountry business booms following moneymaking events

Lowcountry business boom following moneymaking events

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - April is off to a strong financial start thanks to a buzzing weekend here in the Lowcountry. 40 thousand crossed the "double diamonds" for the Cooper River Bridge Run. 200 thousand expected to have enjoyed Summerville's Flowertown Festival and a record-setting 95-hundred attended Daniel Island's Family Circle Cup to see a sibling rivalry play out on the court. Those numbers mean big business for the Lowcountry.

Karen Tassinar manager at Mellow Mushroom downtown said, "It's definitely the busiest week. The bridge run definitely helped us out as well as public school spring break."

Visitors wanted more before they headed home after the busy weekend.

Sharon McCleary said, "We're going to sneak in a little bit more sightseeing and shopping while we're here. Put some more money into the economy."

According to the Chamber of Commerce, over the last 7 years, attractions in Charleston got the most number of visits during the month of April and some restaurants also saw an increase.

Tassinar said, "The servers are making more, the restaurant's making more so that obviously makes everybody happy."

Butcher & Bee on upper King Street is drawing attention from visitors as well, it was recently listed in Bon Appétit Magazine as one of the best sandwich restaurants in the country.

"It feels great to be acknowledged. All things being told, I'd rather have everybody in Charleston come eat here than Bon Appétit, but it's awesome to be on the map and in the conversation with the kinds of places that they listed," said Michael Shemtov owner of Butcher & Bee.

Nationally recognized restaurants in the Lowcountry are just one thing helping the Lowcountry draw visitors to big events as they open their wallets.

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