Sales Down In Manitou Springs

Business owners in Maniotu Springs are relying on solid sales over the holiday weekend to help boost their numbers after the devastating flash flooding earlier this summer.

11 News talked with business owners on Monday. Unfortunately many businesses say the sales numbers for August are down from last year.

In her 12 years as owner of Taos Maos, Janis Hawley says her sales this year are the worst yet. The flood forced her to close her doors for days.

"l lost everything in storage in the lower level, that was all destroyed,” Hawley explained.

With each day she was closed, they lost hundreds of dollars. Down the street at Goldminers candy shop, it was nearly an entire week before they could reopen.

"For us it's in the thousands of dollars. It's a big deal," explained owner Manny Vasquez.

The merchants in Manitou were counting on the Labor Day holiday as the last big tourist weekend before the slow winter months. But even this proved to be a disappointment. Hawley says she knows why.

"We've got a confusing parking situation. We've also got people afraid that it's going to rain."

But many tourists were out with shopping bags in hand on Monday, some coming here specifically to spend money after hearing what happened.

“I see a lot of the damage it left and it brings a tear to your eye,” Rebecca Davison said. Davison is visiting from Kansas City, Missouri.

While the sales numbers prove that this has been a tough year, businesses say they will continue to persevere.

"We're running on hope now,” Hawley said.

Business owners are trying to stay optimistic for a dry fall and hopefully they will see solid numbers during the holidays.