Bikers' Positive Impact
COLUMBIA - While some businesses say the bikers had little or no affect on their profits, at least one business says it had a positive impact.
Kim Perry, owner of the Mississippi Fish Shack, said she had about a 200 percent increase in profits from the National Bike Rally.
"We were just swarmed with bikers and it was awesome. It did a great business for us."
When asked why she thought she made a profit when others did not, she said she took initiative by heading out to where the bikers were and handed out fliers. She also came up with a special just for the bikers and once they came in, she said she treated them like family. The feeling spread to the locals that came to dine, too.
"A lot of my local customers came in and got to meet them. There was a lot of hand-shaking going on."
There were also a lot of picture taking, autographing and cooking. Perry took over 100 pictures. She also collected more than 200 autographs and said she fixed so many sweet potatoes that she didn't want to see anymore for awhile.
"Everybody was so professional, so nice. I didn't have any problems whatsoever," Perry said.
One of her servers, Joy Jackson, agreed, "They were very nice guys and tipped real good."
"A lot of people have a misconception about bikers they think they're rough and mean, everybody that came through my door was awesome," Perry said.
The poster boards that were signed are hanging up in her restaurant now, and she plans to keep it that way -- even when she moves to a new location on Ash and Stadium.