Memorial Day weekend is a time for remembering the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice, but many businesses in the east are benefiting from this holiday.
“I’d say at least a 20 to 30 percent increase over last weekend which is phenomenal,” said Troy Walker.
Troy Walker owns Bear City Fudge in New Bern. He says his business started getting packed on Thursday. They even stayed open late on Saturday night because the people kept rolling in.
“I think this Memorial Day weekend; we have seen a really dramatic increase in customers, probably more than we’ve had more than any other time in terms of holidays besides Christmas. It’s been awesome for us.”
People filled the street looking into business windows on Pollock Street. Visitors say they love the quaint little town and the mom and pop shops.
“New Bern is an old fashion town and it’s really cute and pretty and beautiful, all the historic sites we’ve seen. It’s been really nice,” says Morgan Holt.
Holt is from Indiana says she can’t wait to return back to New Bern.
“It’s been great to be able to kick in the sand and water and just have a good time.”
She says she stayed at a family member’s house this Memorial Day weekend, because most hotels in New Bern were fully booked. The Doubletree says they stopped taking reservations a month ago.
Walker says it’s great to see people from eastern North Carolina come to New Bern.
“You’ve got a lot of folks who come over from Camp Lejeune, we’ve met people from Jacksonville, North Carolina yesterday, a lot of people from Havelock, so we get really excited when those people come in the store because it gives us a chance to say thank you to them as well.”