Posted 11:14 PM 5/15/2013 : Downtown shops hope to beat the heat, avoid annual Summer slowdown
TUCSON - The heat is on and it's only going to get warmer.
Businesses in downtown Tucson are bracing for a summer slow-down.
Between street car construction looming for one more year, snowbirds and college students gone for the summer, downtown shops are coming up with creative ways to drive business.
As the summer heat swells, Tucsonans can catch a drink and, this Wednesday, a movie at Club Congress. The popular night spot transformed into an outdoor movie theater showing 1990's "Miller's Crossing."
Erika O'Dowd is the Director of Cinema La Placita, "This is a great opportunity for us to show movies in this setting that maybe don't fit in with the classic movies we show on Thursday nights over at La Placita village."
For $5 it's an inexpensive summer night treat.
"Don't go home, come downtown, or stay downtown if you work here, get some food, wander over, then veg yourself away for the night," said O'Dowd.
"There's a reason to come downtown again, and it's great to be a part of that action," says Karlen Ross who manages the restaurant inside Hotel Congress.
He says between new student housing, retail shops and eateries near the Rialto, downtown is now a destination.
Claire Gaylord, a downtown patron says, "I love it, I can't wait for the construction to be done to really experience it."
Karen adds, "And we're going to see that streetcar one year from today, humming all along the tracks bringing people from the I-10 to University."
Just like the main character's in Miller's Crossing downtown will stand strong despite a summer slowdown.
"Two weeks ago, two restaurants opened up right next door to each other," says O'Dowd, "I think anybody who is at all skeptical, or who hasn't been downtown in a while is going to see a lot of changes."
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