As many families close out their summer along the waterfront at Lake George, many local shops are preparing for a significant slow down in business. However, some village officials are hoping to bring a boost to the region during the winter months. YNN's Geoff Redick reports.
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. -- The summer season in Lake George means many of the local shops and businesses are open to customers seven days per week.
"And every year we've gotten better, we've gotten known, and business is okay, we're doing all right. It was a good summer," said Debra Alberino, Lake George Baking Company.
However, Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer, and many businesses begin to slow down.
"We lay back a little bit. Even though we're open all year round, we're just, we're open five days a week, instead of seven days a week," said Alberino.
Lake George merchants and business officials have worked for years in an attempt to keep the summer destination from becoming quiet in the winter.
"And it's our goal, our ambition, objective, to always promote Lake George as a year-round destination," explained Michael Consuelo, Lake George Chamber of Commerce Director.
In fact, events like car shows and Oktoberfest attract regional tourism dollars through most of fall. During the winter months, Consuelo believes the frozen lake and nearby skiing could attract more interest.
On Canada Street, new construction is set to begin on a six story Marriot Hotel that includes a conference center. According to officials, they hope it will draw tourists back to the region during the winter months.
However, there are many skeptics of the plan, including William Massry, owner of DILLIGAF. Massry has been around the village for 34 years, and owns two retail stores on Canada Street.
"Personally, I don't think they're going to come. Just because you have a hotel there that's gorgeous, seven-stories high, I don't think that's gonna cut it," said Massry.
Along with several other local businesses, Massry shuts down his retail stores during the off season. However, the Chamber of Commerce is hoping that will change.
"There's a very strong calendar, and hopefully they can take a look at it. And we've seen a lot of businesses really looking at staying open a bit longer," said Consuelo.