Lake Business Owners Say Weekend Sales Up

8 years 1 month 1 week ago Monday, September 06 2010 Sep 6, 2010 Monday, September 06, 2010 9:41:12 PM CDT September 06, 2010 in News
LAKE OZARK - Lake business owners agree, sales were up for the holiday weekend. Many said an improved economy might have something to do with their higher sales, but the weekend wasn't an exception.  They said business was booming all summer.

Mike Ahlhelm and his wife are in their 24th season as shop owners at the Lake. He said June and July were a little slower, but late summer sales really picked up.

"August was really good and so far, September has been really good," he said.

Mike Page has been in business at the Lake for 35 years and owns three shops across the street from Ahlhelm on the Bagnell Dam Strip. He agrees this summer was even better than last.

"This year, we've seen a little bit of an increase, so we're very encouraged that things are starting to come back up," Page said.

Page keeps his shops open year-round. He said he sees traffic all year.

"There's so many activities going on at the Lake in the Spring and Fall that brings people in, conventions and various festivals." Page said. "If the weather is good, people are at the Lake of the Ozarks."

While Page decides to keep his doors open during the off-season, Ahlhelm said when the traffic on the Bagnell Dam strip slows down by the end of October, he shuts his doors. He said he tried to operate during the Winter before, but business was unpredictable.

"You'd have good days then you'd have days when you'd do nothing," Ahlhelm said.

Now, he and his wife operate flea markets in Texas when weather and business cools down in Missouri.

"We just kind of even it out and saw where we were and decided we could do just as well down there at the flea markets as we do here in the summer," Ahlhelm said.

But Ahlhelm said getting away from Mid-Missouri winter weather is the best benefit of moving South.



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