For many businesses, this represents a much-needed weekend of revenue lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Business owners and managers said this weekend represents an intersection of events they expect will bring in business: True/False, the first weekend of 2021 University of Missouri graduations and Mother’s Day.
Some businesses will have the chance to sell to attendees at the fest with booths. “There’s a lot of other events going on this weekend, so we expect some decent traffic coming through downtown,” Mohammad said. “We’ve done events at Stephens Park before. This year is just something new for everyone.”
Munir Mohammad, owner of Boone County Olive Oil Company, said the ability to sell in two places this weekend is an exciting opportunity. Mohammad said the decision to set up the booth was easy.
Business owners and managers said this weekend represents an intersection of events they expect will bring in business: True/False, the first weekend of 2021 University of Missouri graduations and Mother’s Day. The CoMo Square section of the festival grounds will showcase some of the businesses downtown and local food trucks.
Many downtown businesses are not participating in the CoMo Square, but they expect to get plenty of business downtown. “For downtown businesses, there was no cost,” Mohammad said. “The hardest part is just getting out there and taking all your goods and then having the booth staffed.”
Roth said she brought in a couple extra employees this weekend, but not as many if the festival was being held downtown. “I do expect us to be pretty busy this weekend with so many different people coming in,” Roth said. “I did make sure I was staffed up and ready with brand new inventory.” Glik’s manager Kayla Roth said she made sure to keep the boutique well-staffed this weekend.
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