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Some Local Businesses Not in a Frenzy Over Fan Fest

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Home Slice pizza is usually a must for Astinites and out of towners, but they've only seen a handful of Formula 1 fans this entire weekend.

"In addition to people being scared to come down and the people who are here for F-1 not really exploring, or not coming this just kind of cut everything in half for us," said Keegan Bohannon, one of the managers at Home Slice.

He says even on regular weekends lines can be seen surrounding the restaurant.

Bohannon said, "On Friday, we're usually at, at least an hour wait by the time dinner gets rolling, we're at 35 minutes most the whole night."


The lack of traffic is impacting them everywhere.

"We stocked up on beer and now we just have a ton of beer we didn't even sell," Bohannon said. "We've just had to, you know, say, well, go ahead and go home I guess we didn't need you today, that sort of thing."


Lots of other businesses--clothing and jewelry boutiques and craft stores are also seeing a big drop in sales.

"There are people in this market who have not sold a thing all weekend," said George Parmenter is an artist.

He sells his creations here, at the only handcrafted market south of the river.

Parmenter said, "It's why I sell every weekend, it's how I make a living...not so good this weekend."


On a typical weekend this groups has about 2,000 shoppers checking out the goods.

"We did nothing Friday. Not an awful lot Saturday," added Parmenter.


Sunday was slow too.

Parmenter added, "Normally it gets started around here at 11, didn't even start going until two."

They feel like the city scared the locals away from coming downtown because of F-1.

Bohannon said, "We actually had a lot of people call ahead of time and be like, hey, is it crazy? Is the street closed? The street is closed right? And they think this whole thing is closed, they don't know what's going on, there's a lot of confusion."

"I'm not going to mess with that at all. The traffic is going to be murder, I'm not going downtown. I won't be able to find a place to eat, etc, etc, etc," added Parmenter.


George has a suggestion should F-1 return next year.

Parmenter said, "They need to pay attention to what's going on besides what's happening downtown."


Luckily, he's sold enough to cover gas and his booth rental.

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