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Businesses at Smith Mountain Lake reflect on summer season

By Nadine Maeser, nmaeser@wdbj7.com
Published On: Sep 02 2013 10:37:29 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 02 2013 11:40:47 PM EDT

The summer was a rainy one, and it hurt business- depending on who you ask.

MONETA, Va. -

Labor Day weekend means it's the unofficial end to summer.

WDBJ 7 checked in with shops at Smith Mountain Lake to see how successful, or unsuccessful, this season has been for business owners.

Labor Day weekend always proves to be the last big celebration for most vacationers.

"Labor Day weekend goes right along with 4th of July and Memorial Day is our biggest holidays of the season," said Lorie Wheeler, a service manager at Mangos Bar and Grill. "It's kinda the wrap up of the whole season."

For businesses at Smith Mountain Lake, it's the last chance to cash in on the big bucks.

"I have been really, really surprised at how busy it's been," said Joan Griffith. "The part that was really interesting to me is there's people here from all over."

The rainy summer season took a toll on some restaurants along the lake.

"Last year was a whole lot hotter so a lot of people were out on the water trying to cool off," said Wheeler. "This year has been a damper on us, but it didn't stop business. It still kept coming in."

Wheeler said while they still saw high numbers, it was at a much lower pace.

As for retail stores, the rain was just what they needed.

"I think in general they want sunshine and you know where they're here in vacation on the boats," said Griffith. "For us personally, whenever it rains we have lots of business."

Business owners said the summer isn't over yet. There's still a number of events planned at the lake as we head on into September.

There's a wine festival, home show and chili cook-off planned for the next few weeks.