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Businesses benefit from Bikefest

One business owner says this weekend is the sole reason she is able to survive the slow winter months by shutting down completely for three months. One business owner says this weekend is the sole reason she is able to survive the slow winter months by shutting down completely for three months.
Misty Coan also points out her staff is willing to work this weekend and depends on the tips after a slow winter. Misty Coan also points out her staff is willing to work this weekend and depends on the tips after a slow winter.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Atlantic Beach Bikefest faces constant criticism; from lawmakers trying to block bikers from coming to Myrtle Beach to locals demanding a change. For some people, there are benefits from the Bikefest.


The event kicks off one of the busiest weekends for businesses on the boulevard and the best weekend for sales out of the entire year for some owners. 


"We're gearing up by getting extra product, extra staff and in general getting ready for the crowds," explained Misty Coan, the owner of Lulu's Café.


Employees at Lulu's café will work around the clock this weekend, staying open 24 hours.


"The business is here and we're in the tourism industry and so when the tourists are here, we're here," said Coan.


Those thousands of tourists translate into thousands of dollars.


"This is the busiest weekend of the entire year. This is when we do enough business so we can take three months off in the winter," she pointed

out.

Last year's Memorial Day weekend also provided enough profit to remodel the café.


"We've had very few staff that say they would not work this weekend, " Coan said. So, she makes updated plans every year to include extra staff and security plans for her workers' safety, along with operational needs for the customers.


"We have our schedules from past years, our food orders, beverage orders. We really keep a good history so we can do it better the next year."

While many of you keep up to date with events unfolding during memorial day weekend, so do the bikers.


"Throughout the year, I read articles and they were blaming the bike rally. They had the mayor and people saying they wanted people here protected from us, the bikers. And it was actually people who live down here involved in it," said Carl Stubbs, a biker visiting from Philadelphia.
Carl Stubbs has attended the bike rally for 10 years and said it is simply a time to have fun and meet new people.


"All that stuntin' and stuff and if you have any sense you don't do that down here, that's not what this is for. We cruise around, we enjoy the sights. The sights are gorgeous. We have good weather this year and most people are just here to do that, to have fun that way," explained Stubbs.


Bikers like Carl Stubbs said they don't mind seeing the gates and extra security down here since officers are just doing their jobs. Stubbs pointed out if someone gets out of hand, he trusts the officers to handle that so the rest of the crowd can continue to have a safe rally.

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