Main Street Ice: Big Economic Impact For Columbia

8:44 PM, Jan 6, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Main Street Ice opened just before the holidays, and since then, it has brought thousands to Columbia's Main Street.

"The kids have been bugging us to go ice skating," said Cindy Hodson.

Since Main Street Ice opened more than 12,000 people have come to skate. But it's not just the ice that's seeing all the action--stores like Mast General and Cowboys steakhouse are getting more customers as well.

Hodson is from Orangeburg, and she says her and the kids are visiting some places in the city as well.

"I think we are going to the Museum of Art and Starbucks," said Hodson.

"Any time you can get people together and enjoy the weather and the holiday it's a good thing, its good exercise as well," said Julie McWilliams.

According to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Main Street Ice has brought in more than $100,000.

McWilliams, who's from Lexington, and says it makes her feel good to support the local economy.

"Anyway you can raise money and have fun at the same time that is great, great for everyone," said McWilliams.

After skating, her and her daughter Savannah are going to the Museum as well.

"She loves to do art and is really creative so we might pop in there for a few minutes."

McWilliams says events like this will bring more people to Columbia's Main Street and expose local businesses.

"I Think that it is bring people down and bringing attention to what is down here."

It's an experience that Hodson hopes to make a family tradition.

"I am hoping they bring it back every year," said Hodson.


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