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When thousands of parents suddenly descend on the city of Boulder, it must be Family Weekend again. This was the case last weekend as over 4,500 parents from around the country visited their children in Boulder.
“Family weekend in Boulder is a great time," said Tyrel Sullivan a CU senior. "You bring your family down to Pearl Street have them take you out to dinner at all these nice restaurants, go to the football game on Saturday, enjoy the fall weather.”
While students benefited from having their parents close by so did local businesses. According to Crocs management the store on the Pearl Street Mall saw four times the amount of people in the store over the weekend. Crocs employee Phil Thurner noticed a big difference as well."More people means more shoes, so business is definitely up on a weekend like this.”
Restaurants on the mall were packed from lunch until close on Saturday. The time at Boulder Café was over an hour long on Saturday, but the people stayed and waited.
At Hotel Boulderado, a valet greeted parents as he had more cars than he knew what to do with. The key box was nearly full with only a few open spots. The hotel was booked up two months ago and front desk workers were encouraging guest to book as early as possible for the event next year.
Haagen-Dazs employee Catherine Conroy could barely keep up with the demand, "It was dead for a couple of weeks and now it’s bustling down here.” She also added the warm weather has helped sell the ice cream as well.
The date for next year’s Family Weekend is still being decided because of CU’s move to the Pac-12. It is still expected to be in mid-October.