July 4 business boomed

By Joe Moskowitz
There may finally be light at the end of the long, dark economic tunnel. For the first time since the beginning of the Great Recession, several long suffering area businesses owners say that they hope that the downtrodden tourism industry has rebounded.

The four-day-long-4th of July Holiday weekend resulted in large crowds, shortages of some items, and with the carnival in town, made parking near Bridge Street in Margaretville difficult at best. That’s all good news. Freshtown Supermarket manager Bob Griffiths said business was the best it had been for a couple of years. Don Hogan of Hogan’s General Store in Andes says it was the best 4th of July weekend the store has had in more than two years and he had to turn away customers in the appropriately named “Backroom” restaurant, located in the back of the store.

By Friday evening, one clerk in the Margaretville Dollar General store said she was absolutely exhausted because of the non-stop flow of customers.

Lazy Crazy Acres posted on social media that more than 250 people found their way to Rider Hollow in Dry Brook to visit their farm as part of the “Milky Way” small creamery tour.

Peter Molnar, who owns three Margaretville area lodging facilities, said he had the “No Vacancy” sign lit at the Margaretville Motel throughout the entire weekend. He says that light only goes on when all three places are filled. He says that the wedding business has helped the area lodging business in general, but many of the people who stayed at his places didn’t come for weddings, they just came to enjoy the Catskills. Molnar says his guests say they liked going to the carnival, the scenery…they liked it here.