Businesses benefit from Mumford & Sons tour
It was a big weekend for businesses in Downtown Bristol, but many businesses say the Gentlemen of the Road Tour was just as much about taking away souvenirs and memories as it was about giving to the local economy.
"The weekend was phenomenal for all of downtown. Everybody had overwhelming success," said Christina Blevins with Believe in Bristol.
The festival tickets were sold in 42 different states and in four different countries, bringing in more than 15,000 people and a lot of business to Bristol. "It’s a great economic boost to our town. The folks eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores,” said Karen Hester with Cranberry Lane on State Street.
Sessions 27 sold out of Mumford & Sons as well as Dawes' albums.
Business was also good next door at the Bristol Grindhouse. “We ran a special on English toffee coffees and those were flying out the door all day long,” said owner Samantha Mikesell. She said they did two weeks' worth of business in one day.
"The most popular thing folks were looking for was a part of Bristol. A souvenir, a magnet, a sign, anything they could get," said Hester.
Anything they could get to remember the two states with one state of mind and to remember Mumford & Sons, who may return to the Birthplace of Country Music once again. “Everybody was stunned with Bristol. They loved it here and may come back next year,” Blevins said.
A dollar from each ticket sold will go to the Birthplace of Country Music Cultural Heritage Center. And $0.35 from each drink sold in the beverage gardens, plus tips, went to the Believe In Bristol organization.
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