Businesses in the Market Common are celebrating a good start to 2016 thanks to Southern Times Square.
People didn't let the rain deter their plans. Many ended up inside the restaurants and bars bringing big bucks to the local economy.
Officials say they were impressed with the amount of people that came out to the New Year's celebration despite the rain.Last year, the event brought out more than 7000 people, and organizers were expecting even more this time around.
While they aren't sure about just how many people crowded into the streets in the Market Common, officials believe the rain did play a factor, especially because it seemed to move more people inside the bars and restaurants.
"The event was fantastic, but I think everyone was a little bit bummed that they got rained on. But it is what it is. You can't keep people's spirits down when they're all for having a good time for New Year's," Elisha Miksa with Tupelo Honey said.
"We had a lot of street vendors and everything that just didn't get to see a lot of customers because of all the rain," Zach Brammer with Gordon Biersch said. "People didn't want to stand in it, so it did bring people in here looking to get out of it so it did add to the business a little bit."
Officials are expecting a full report on how the event went and on just how many people turned out to the event by the end of next week.