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Legislative Session Means Business Boost for Carson City

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People are heading to the capitol from all over the state, and that means they are spending money at restaurants and hotels.

It's day two of the legislative session and restaurants like the Firkin and Fox are already seeing more traffic.

After all, they're right across the street from the legislative building.

"Most of the legislators come over across the street for lunch or for an early dinner. So, that really helps boost our business," says owner Jim Phalan.

Firkin and Fox expects sales to go up 25% to 35% during the next four months.

And it's not unheard of for lawmakers to bring their work with them.

"You can tell they come over, hash some things out and then go back across the street. So, there's some negotiating that goes on at the Firkin and Fox, here."

Business is also brewing next door, at Comma Coffee where they expect to double their earnings.

"Because of the hearings they have and the special things and the protests and the demonstrations that go on, we're exposed to so many more people," says owner June Joplin.

It also means lawmakers and lobbyists can get away from the daily grind.

"They love to come over here because it's really intense in that building. Like, you can cut it with a knife, especially in another couple months."

With people coming from as far away as Las Vegas, some of these customers also need a place to stay.

Joplin just happens to own a loft that she rents out during the session.

"It's just a cute place and it's really convenient and they love it. And I have a house on the corner and I have that rented out, as usual, to a lobbyist firm."

And as we get farther into the session, some of Carson City's hotels also expect to see their business pickup.

"Every session, we see a continuous trickle of lawmakers coming in. Basically, it's really slow at the beginning of the session. Then, as the session wears on and things get more hectic, we see business pick up," says Terri Hendry of the Carson Nugget.

Just up the street, High Sierra Brewing Company is expecting 120 people tonight for an early legislative reception.

That's exactly the kind of thing these small businesses hope will continue until June.

Written by Paul Nelson 

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