Busy weekend for Syracuse area businesses
It's a special weekend in the city of Syracuse. The combination of graduation weekend at SU and Mother's Day made it a hectic time to be downtown. Our Iris St. Meran spoke with some businesses on how they prepared for the influx of visitors.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Chocolate is good for almost any kind of celebration. This weekend, P.J. Goodman, the owner of Sweet on Chocolate in Armory Square is doubly busy prepping and packing the sweet treat.
Goodman said, "The thing about our chocolate is that it's made fresh. It doesn't have a long shelf life. So we have to do things, we can't make it up like a couple months ahead of time. So we try to best guess as best we can to figure out what's going to sell."
The truffles are usually the top seller.
The nice weather combined with Mother's Day and Graduation Festivities have many people out and about around town checking out local staples.
"It's a wonderful time to be in Syracuse. There's a lot going on,” Goodman said, “Syracuse has a lot to offer people especially when you have the time to just walk around when it's nice."
Just to give you an indication on how busy it is in Armory Square, there isn't any street parking available on Walton or any surrounding streets.
And there's little to no room at area hotels. The Double Tree Hotel booked its last room Friday.
Double Tree Hotel Food and Beverage Director Bill Bell said, "They start actually booking probably 6-8 months in advance because the city does sell out. It's great for our whole community that all the parents are here enjoying their graduating seniors."
The hotel was decked out with orange balloons and there will be roses for mothers. A thousand people are estimated to be staying here, which has the chefs busy at work.
That seems to be the theme at this time every year.