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Uptown events help boost local economy

COLUMBUS, GA -

The temperatures may have been in the triple digits Friday, but the hot weather did not keeping business away from Uptown Columbus. Every summer, crowds flock to the night scene having fun and boosting local economy.

Music fills the streets of downtown Columbus, drummers providing the entertainment. Despite extreme heat, crowds came out Friday night for the first ever drum circle in Uptown.

Tammy McGee with Art of Yoga helped to organize the new event.

"[We did it] to promote community, to strengthen unity, and have fun.  Just have some fun, and forget about your troubles and just cut loose," said McGee.

This and other events like street concerts and market days on Saturdays bring in more people for the business surrounding Broadway.

"Especially on a Friday night, the restaurants are packed. Some of the stores stay open. Brothers General Store stays open. He sells ice cream. It brings a different crowd which is great. And, then, for the market on Saturday morning, our retail stores get business from it," said Elizabeth Hurst with Uptown Columbus, Inc.

Restaurants, like Downstairs at the Loft, say they are packed the night of events.

"We see a lot, a lot of business. Everybody loves to come out with families and get out here with their picnic tables and stuff," said Paul Friedlander, Manger of Downstairs at the Loft.

While downtown Columbus businesses enjoy the music, they are also looking forward to the crowds when the Whitewater rafting project is complete.

"We're actually going to be open for lunch here soon. So, we will get to have a lot of business coming in from that. Yeah, we are really excited about white water," said Friedlander.

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