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Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Blog Postings |

We’re in Off-Season. Locals, We Need YOU!

We're Open for Business

We're Open for Business

Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery has been in business for 9 months now.  We were fortunate to open just before the start of the tourist season, and are grateful for our success serving both Wintering guests and locals. This is our first off-season.  Business has dropped by about 30%.  For small businesses, that has a large impact.  And it's not just us.  All local independent small businesses count on local residents for support during the off-season.    We can employ more people, improve our property, and contribute more in sales tax when we our businesses are thriving.  Small businesses offer a unique retail and dining experience that can't be replicated in a chain or department store.  We get to know you by name and treat you like family.  There's no manager telling us which products, foods, or beverages to promote and sell.  We sell what people want and love. In 2012, 170,200 visitors came to Manatee County.   With about 300,000 people living in the county that adds about 50% more people during the season.  For small business, that means 170,200 more potential customers. LOCALS -- WE NEED YOU NOW!  Come out and support local businesses.  Arts & Eats is offering a $20. 3 course Summer Menu.  Other small businesses are offering similar off-season deals. We have an Open Mic on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm, and live music Thursday - Saturday night.   Saturday nights we're open until 11pm for Summer Jams.   We're unique, we're excellent, we're passionate, we want to know our neighbors.  So, come out and support the businesses in your own backyard.   We can't wait to see you!!!!