BOZEMAN, Mont. - With just a couple hours from the official start of Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer, local shops downtown Bozeman are gearing up for more business.
Shop owners in downtown Bozeman tell us with the holiday approaching, that means more visitors to Southwest Montana and a boost for local businesses.
We stopped by several hot spots downtown from coffee shops to restaurants who are preparing for the holiday ahead.
Marissa Grinestaff started at Wild Joe's Café just about year ago.
Grinestaff told me it is just after Memorial Day when business begins to pick up again.
"A lot busier because we get a lot of families walking downtown," said Grinestaff.
She told us holidays like Memorial Day allow people to relax and not rush around town. Grinestaff says during the work week, her customers are always on a time limit.
"People are relaxing. They kind of want to take their time, stop in and get some coffee. People are not normally as in much of a rush as they would be in their average day to day," said Grinestaff.
A few blocks over is a Spanish style restaurant, Over the Tapas, which had customers lined up outside the door.
Hostess, Christina Bakke told NBC Montana reservations Friday night were booked up.
Bakke says the restaurant is closed on Memorial Day, but told us the days leading up to the holiday drive in a lot of business. She says her staff is prepared to handle the rush.
"We have extra staff and we try to prepare with extra exciting specials knowing a lot of people will be in town," said Bakke.
Bakke told us Over the Tapas is used to people visiting from out of town. She says the restaurant sees an increase in customers just around the holidays and especially during the summer season.
"We have a lot of people just traveling and stopping through. A lot of people who've heard of tapas, like to stop in here and see what we're about. We get a lot of people out of state," said Bakke
Other restaurants we checked in with on Friday night had waiting lists just over an hour.
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