CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - Many businesses saw huge crowds in between the parade and fireworks Wednesday in Clear Lake. And while the holiday is now officially over, businesses are still seeing plenty of people coming in their doors.
Kelli Mason is the owner of Lake Lifestyle. Her store was one of many open along Main Avenue on the 4th and saw a great day in sales.
Mason says her customers included people who may not have even known the store was there before.
"They were pretty good. But it was more about the traffic coming through and people that didn't know the shop existed, and so it was a great time to get to learn the shop and see the product. As you can see today, it brought people back today, and it'll bring people back the whole weekend," Mason said.
Jadan Smith is a server at Fieldhouse Farm-to-Table Restaurant. Since last week, their sales numbers have risen dramatically, both from local people and out of towners, and expects to see it continue to grow during the next few months.
"I can only hope with word spreading from good experiences, I hope and our marketing continue to grow. I hope that business continues to grow. The 4th of July has always been really nice to us, so if it continues to get better, that's what we can hope for."
Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tim Coffey says that for each 4th of July on any given year, businesses see about $7-10 million in sales throughout town, though he did mention that because the 4th fell on a Wednesday in 2018, there may be slight dip.