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Not Your Typical College Kid Hangout; Why the Fall Semester Impacts the Bottom Line

Businesses Start the New Semester
Posted at 5:00 PM, Sep 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-08 13:02:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (#WTXLDigital) - Students aren't the only ones who have started a busy semester. Area businesses are also adapting to the changes a new school year brings.

Students are not just spending their money on textbooks. They also want food that they don't have to cook themselves. For restaurants near campus, this is great.

Madison Social on Gaines Street is very active during the fall, with socials and game days to keep customers coming through the doors. However, manager Matthew Thompson hopes to not just appeal to college students, but everyone in Tallahassee. "College students affect our business about 30 percent. Obviously, that's a significant number, but we're not just a college bar." Thompson says that he definitely notices when the college crowd is back though.

With financial aid disbursing for college students, it looks like there may be more money to go around for these business and others in the area.

Some say that Tallahassee is calm during the summer, and for Allyssa Appleget, that's an understatement. As Cashier Team Lead at the FSU Bookstore, Appleget has seen a very slow summer, with the occasional group of customers who are visiting campus.

However, she says that the start of the fall semester is "just absolutely crazy that we need extra people." By extra people, she doesn't mean just one or two more employees. It's more like 120. Appleget says that they hire this many temporary employees in order to get through the start of the semester smoothly.

With an active campus, comes an active economy. An active campus also means that Tallahassee gets a little busier

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