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Businesses benefit from proximity to CCMF

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - If you don't have tickets to Carolina Country Music Fest, you can still buy them online or at Ground Zero, but downtown businesses are also preparing for an influx of customers trying to listen in on the concerts.

"We've even had a lot of local people come to rent a room from us just so they can be right here and sit on the balcony and watch the concert from here and hear everything," said Jeanne Doyle, owner and manager of Mid*Town Motor Inn.

Mid*Town Motor Inn has seen a decline in activity since the Myrtle Beach Pavilion closed, so Doyle said she's excited the festival decided to come to the area.

"We've done really well on our reservations for this weekend," she said. "It's really helped us a lot."

The rooftop of 8th Ave Tiki Bar and Grill also offers a view of the Jack Daniel's stage, but it's not open to the public yet. The business is hoping to get the necessary approvals from the fire marshal, the city of Myrtle Beach and the zoning department to open a rooftop bar by next summer.

The business is still expecting to see more customers because they'll at least be able to listen to singers from the ground floor.

"You can just walk over and grab something to eat or drink if you want to without having to be actually in it and be able to hear it," said Briana Lampert, a server at 8th Ave Tiki Bar and Grill.

The Bowery is expecting so many people trying to listen to the country artists, the owner has decided to make the porch standing room only. He said he's happy to have the festival in his business' front yard.

"The purpose is so they don't clog up the seats all days and don't take up the seats and not move all day," said Victor Shamah, owner of the Bowery. "Something for everybody to enjoy and walk around and do."

The owner of Carolina Country Music Fest, Bob Durkin, said because of the proximity of the businesses in downtown Myrtle Beach, it's expected for people to listen from off-site, but they'll miss a major part of the festival atmosphere.

"If you really want to get the festival experience, you want to people watch, you want to see the artists close up, you want to hear the music with the sound system that we put in there, you have to be in the festival," Durkin said.

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