Economic impacts on local businesses due to Cruisin’ the Coast

Many are happy that the show is still going on at many Cruisin’ venues this weekend, especially now since Hurricane Delta’s path has veered further away from South Mississippi.

News 25’s Toni Miles checked in with a few locals to see if this year’s Cruisin’ the Coast has given them the much-needed boost businesses need in the wake of this year’s challenges.

COVID, Delta, the ABC’s of some challenges driving down attendance at this year’s Cruisin’ the Coast, but the show has gone on.

Fortunately for us here in South Mississippi, Hurricane Delta veered the other way and now business is starting to roll in as we cruise into the main event this weekend.

Waitr Market Coordinators Nicole Beck and Guy Bowering got a head start. Beck said, “It’s been wonderful. We really enjoy getting out with the community.  We’ve been partnering with quite a few of our restaurant partners this week. We’ve done Orangutang’s, highlighting Hooter’s famous wings. We’ve done Curry Express. Yesterday we were out at Smokin’ Joes, and sampled out their wings for Cruisin’ the Coast. Today we’re doing Boogies at this moment and Extreme Tastebuds.”

While the storm out in the Gulf and the coronavirus did drive down most typical Cruisin’ numbers, most businesses across the board here in South Mississippi did get some extra spillover business from this year’s event. Christian Glasscock with Boogies Grill and Chill said, “It is going up. It’s been a gradual pick up since the beginning of the week when it started out kind of slow, and it’s picking up.”

As seen by the lunch time rush at Boogies Grill and Chill in Biloxi as workers tried to keep up with Cruisers who kept pouring in.

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