Rain helping out some businesses, hurting others

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Downtown Grand Junction was a little quieter than usual on Thursday. Rain, what the Grand Valley has so desperately needed all summer, has finally been falling—for 11 straight days.

While it may be great for plants and the drought conditions, has an impact on local business.

"We don't get as much walk by traffic on Main Street," said Conner Wagner, with Board Fox Games & Coffee. "The last weeks it's been kind of rainy so people have been hiding indoors."

Board Fox Games said about 40 percent of their business is from foot-traffic. More people wanting to be indoors, however, is great for one local coffee shop.

"It's a cold day, and you need something to keep you warm," said Kim Castleton, a coffee-shop goer.

The Coffee Trader off Patterson said the rain has helped their business boom.

“It's been really busy,” said Charles Reigies, barista. “The kind of peak times are for a little longer, and we're more steady throughout the day.”

But, not everyone is staying indoors—some are simply put out.

"Well I just needed to get out of the house," said Gary Slaughter, a shopper downtown. "(I’m) tired of the rain. I moved here to get away from the rain, but apparently, I brought it with me."

The rain may not have stopped locals’ days, but it did halt construction, close the Mesa County landfill to residents, cancel softball games and prohibit golf carts from driving around on the courses.



 
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