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Live at 35: Businesses on the Denton Square face challenges

Live at 35: Businesses on the Denton Square face challenges

March 11
17:23 2012

Holly Harvey / Senior Staff Writer –

As thousands of festivalgoers push and crowd into the Denton Square for the larger-than-life performances and riveting music of 35 Denton, some businesses are left feeling empty.

Joe Vulpitta, manager of J&J’s Pizza on the Square, said revenue from the festival is shifting farther downtown to newer businesses, which is also where the festival’s main stages are located.

“There’s a lot fewer people here than in years past,” he said. “I’ve been here 17 years, and we paid our dues. But everybody’s going to the newer places.”

Just behind 35 Denton’s main stages, Ramen Republic, which has been around fewer than two years, experienced an increase in business, making slightly more money than average, manager Charlie Foster said.

“We’ve had a lot of new people come in and get soup,” he said. “Business has really shifted. We’re not seeing too many of our regulars.”

Mark Burke, owner of Mad World Records on the Square, said they had made “way less money” than last year. The constant rain and poor weather may have contributed as well, he said.

“It’s hard to know if it was sunny or not whether more people would come,” Burke said.

Recycled Books assistant manager Robin Dillon said the overcast weather conditions could both hurt and help businesses.

“The rain can cause more people to come in,” she said. “Or, it can cause people to stay away.”

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