St. Joseph businesses benefit from PGA Tournament

Thanks to the Senior PGA Championship, an influx of people came to Berrien County over the last four days which has been great for local business.

Sunday was a sight for sore eyes in St. Joseph, MI. After one of the worst winters in recent memory, people are out and about enjoying a fantastic weekend on the lake.

"The PGA Tour attracts people from all over," Aaron Nuechterlein, manager at Scooter Joe's says. "The tour gets them to come and they decide to come over to St. Joe for a little bit and check out some of downtown."

"We're so thankful it ran into the same week," Evlin Herbstreit, sales assistant at Lana's Boutique said. "It's so great having all of those people from there."

Bobby Walsh, Co-owner of Mimi's cupcakes said, "I noticed around dinner time we start seeing a lot of the PGA vehicles in town and I think we get more business. I think overall we may not see a big impact this weekend, but it's good for the town and bringing people back for the whole summer."

And the clientele wasn't only limited to local residents.

"We've actually had quite a few of the golfers and their caddies in which was nice," Alycia Sass, owner of Cabana's said. "My husband is into golf so it was exciting to see."

Even though the PGA Championship has wrapped up at Harbor Shores, things are really starting to heat up in St. Joe. Local business owners are hoping this weekend's boost is a sign of what's to come this summer.

"I would definitely say it's a good indicator," Nuechterlein said. "It's a good way of seeing who's coming out and we look forward to seeing more people this summer."

"We get to plan and go from here," Sass said. "We'll see how it goes but throughout the summer we have so many activities in St. Joe that keep us going all summer long."

So even though the golfers may be leaving, the business boom of summer has only just begun.

Herbstreit said, "We definitely know summer is coming and it's going to get very busy."

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