Businesses cashing in on New Year's Eve Celebration

By KBJR News 1

December 31, 2013 Updated Dec 31, 2013 at 10:11 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)---New Year's Eve may bring out the partiers, but it's businesses like the bars, cab companies, and liquor stores that have the real reason to celebrate.

Many people correlate New Year's Eve with the giant ball drop in Times Square, but here in Duluth..

"We are having the biggest balloon drop in the Northland," said Matt Baumgartner, General Manager of Grandma's Sportsgarden.

At Grandma's Sportsgarden, crowds gathered for the largest celebration to ring in 20-14.

"That means a New Year's Eve Party where we see over a thousand people," said Baumgartner.

New Year's Eve brings in big crowds, which means big business for the bars.

"There lots of people out looking to have a good time so there is a profound economic impact when there's big events like this," said Baumgartner.

Bars aren't the only ones cashing in on New Year's Eve.

"New Year's Eve traditionally is one of our busiest days of the year," said Mark Casper, owner of Keyport Liquor.

Keyport Liquor in Superior was prepared to be packed with last minute shoppers trying to stock up on alcohol for the festivities.

"this is definitely the biggest day of the year for champagne, but other stuff lots of beer, so yes we do stock up for this day," said Casper.

Lines started around eight am and by the end of day Casper says the liquor store will see

"Probably close to 2000 paying customers," said Casper.

With more people out and alcohol flowing, cab drivers are bracing for their busiest night of the year.

"We have 27 cabs, if it were up to me we'd have all 27 full. There's really not enough, you could have every cab out in Duluth tonight and it's not gonna be enough to deal with the demand we're gonna have," said Joseph Thompson, Owner of Custom Cab.

Joseph Thompson with Custom Cab says the rush started early Tuesday morning. He says the company expects to take more than six hundred calls today..and patrons should expect delays.

"I just hope that everyone else that is out there enjoying the festivities does the right thing and doesn't drink and drive," said Thompson

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@Kbjr.com

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