Business booms in Keystone over July 4th weekend
KEYSTONE, S.D. — It’s an understatement to say that business across the Black Hills was red, white and booming during the holiday weekend, starting on Friday with thousands of people descending on Mount Rushmore and Keystone.
Thousands took to Keystone to join in on the celebrations. Keystone businesses say it was possibly one of the most crowded 4th of July weekends that they have ever had.
T-shirt shops, restaurants, and tours were all a hit among visitors.
“We were very very busy this weekend, nonstop.” said April Robertson, employee of A&N Custom Tees in Keystone, “Sold tons of Trump. Ran out of some of the apparel, everything. We have very very popular Mount Rushmore prints, they go on shirts and hoodies and also our Black Hills ones.”
And although the city continues to evaluate the economic boost, business owners say the eye test bodes well for the area.
“10,000 maybe.” said Zachary Hopper, manager of Boss’s Pizza and Chicken in Keystone, “Like I said with the ice cream window over there, we get a lot of stop ups and grabbing just a cone or some cheese curds or whatever.”
Both shops said they were fully staffed to take on the weekend, expecting the spike in business, which was helpful after a slow couple of months.
“We had as much as we could here and we did pretty well, so it went smooth.” continued Hopper.