Local business owners discuss Jamboree impact

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FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — With the World Scout Jamboree doubling the population of Fayette County, most local business owners were expecting an increase in business.

For Water Stone Outdoors, one of the owners, Maura Kistler, said they only expected a slight increase to their clientele.

“It has not been a giant bump in our business. There’s been a little bit of additional business, not a ton, but we weren’t really expecting a ton,” Kistler said. “We haven’t gotten a ton of business from any of the previous jamborees.”

While some business owners weren’t expecting to much of a rise, some experienced very different days during the 2 week period of the Jamboree.

Margie Williams, owner and operator of The Stache, said that the Jamboree had a different impact than she originally thought.

“There were days that were down and there were days that were up. So average business,” Williams said. “It didn’t really spike business the way that we thought it would but it wasn’t totally in the dumps either.”

Although some businesses didn’t get a huge increase in patrons, they say that this experience was once in a lifetime.

“And I feel like 50,000 people are gonna leave out of Fayette County and be so fired up on this place and have created these huge memories and that cannot help but be good for Fayette County,” Kistler said.

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