Local business owners excited about OpSail crowds

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by Jonathan Costen

WVEC.com

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 7 at 6:02 PM

NORFOLK -- Some Norfolk business owners are bracing for a rush as OpSail 2012 gets underway.

The 12-day even coincides with Harborfest.   It's expected to bring anywhere from 250,000 to 500,000 people into downtown Norfolk.

Last year, Harborfest pumped an estimated $12 into the local economy, and that number is expected to boom this year. 

Kal Patel owns the Machismo Burrito restaurant in the Freemason neighborhood. He knows it will be hectic but says it's like a gift for business owners.

"All the small business guys are excited that we have the big festival like this," said Patel.

Many hotels in the region are booked. In fact, one general manager of a popular chain told 13News this will probably be the busiest time of the year for them.

The state of Virginia is supporting OpSail, bringing the Department of Agriculture's finest.

"They brought six wineries from across the commonwealth as well as some retail vendors like Rowena's, locally, Jodi's popcorn and Virginia Diner.  They're all part of the Virginia's Finest brand of theDepartmentof Agriculture.


 

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