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Summer Business Falls for Shops Near Tech
By Joshua Cole Little
LUBBOCK, TX--- During the school year business around Texas Tech does well, but when school lets out for summer, that business leaves with the students.
Tommy Talley, owner of Aalon Salon, says a lot of his clients are college students.
"Its really good for all the businesses especially aorund Broadway," says Talley. "They're getting their hair done before they go back home, now."
Even Tahnee Elliot, owner of T C Elli's Boutique, says the same about the costumers coming in. She says about 80 percent of her custumers are college aged.
The two shops on Broadway, right across from Texas Tech, spend months saving money to keep their busienesses running during the summer months while students are gone.
"You know any time 35 thousand students leave next door to you, its going to definitely effect your business," says Talley.
"Yeah exactly when they take off we slow down," says Elliot. "Its probably about a 25 percent drop in sales which hurts us."
Other shops around town see the same effect, some changing their hours and cutting employee hours to make up for the lost income.
"Just try to put money back and save and then you know to get us through the summer," says Talley.
While many of these shops still fell the affect of students leaving, they say that Lubbock and other universities in the area have grown so much in recent years, they're feeling less of an effect than they have in the past.
Without the students around for the summer months, many of these shops encourage Lubbock residents to come shop while the crowds are gone. They also use the summer to reach out to the incoming students at Texas Tech.