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Students Bring Excitement and Money to the City

Students, parents spending money
Students, parents spending money
Posted at 6:54 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 14:55:39-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Summer break is over, college students are back, and the Capital City is full again.

Returning students bring some extra excitement, energy, and money back to the area, which has a huge impact on local businesses.

"The middle of August starts the influx of school again," says Cristina Peredes, the Deputy Director in the Office of Economic Vitality. "With that, over 65,000 students start back at FSU, TCC, and FAMU this year. This fall is espeically special. It's a legislative law so they'll be beginning their committee week."

It's not just the city seeing a change in pace. Small stores like Barefoot Campus Outfitters are seeing business pick up as well.

"As orientations were happening and now we have move ins are coming. It's really been picking up," explains Cassie Mayhew, the general manager at Barefoot Campus Outfitters. "We're just really excited to have all of the people in and out for game days and visiting Tallahassee."

Other stores aren't just prepping for new students. They're also gearing up for a much anticipated football season, which is expected to bring even more business.

"During the off season, it's typically our slow time," says Mason Kaye, the general manager for Garnet and Gold. "It requires a lot less staff working. During the fall and Christmas season, especially during football season, we really bulk up on staff.

When students and visitors buy and stay locally, the money does the same; A win win for everyone involved.