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Labor Day Weekend brings business to Hardy

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HARDY, AR (KAIT) - This Labor Day Weekend the town of Hardy was a hot spot for those wanting to get away.  Often floating the Spring River, and hitting the shops on the main strip. And for businesses, it was the last chance to get the customers in the door before the summer season wrapped up.

This Labor Day the town of Hardy was filled with people enjoying a day of leisure and relaxation, but for shops on Main Street it was all business.

Julia Lindsey works at the Old Time Candy Shoppe selling candy, serving icing cream, and don't forget their famous fudge. "To me it seems like there's been more people on the streets this year, and I think it has to do with people trying to stay closer to home," said Lindsey.

And when you're a town that thrives on weekends like these, Lindsey says you always have to have a game plan to fish in the crowd, using the product as the bait. "That's our advertisement. We just give them a waffle cone and send them down the street and we expect about ten more (laughing)," said Lindsey.

But others had their own strategy. "What better way to bring people into my shop than to put out signs and give specials because everyone needs a good deal right now," said Hope Pasilis, who just opened her doors this past Saturday. She says it's been a great jump start to get her name out there.

"Hardy has always been a full place for people to come and walk to shops and it's just been a really good weekend," said Pasilis.

Just down the street, the Ozark Classic Crafts Mall specialized in hand-crafted merchandise. Owner Marc Harring says this weekend shops on the strip likely to make double what they would on a typical summer weekend. And after a tough summer it's just what they needed.

"The economy has effected everybody, you know, for those folks who have come out and weathered the stormed and come to the store and shared their time and their money with us we're truly grateful," said Harring.

Harring says they plan to take the next couple of weeks to take a breath from the summer slam, and regroup for the fall and the holiday rush.

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