11th Annual Traverse City Film Festival Offers Boost For Local Businesses

"It's definitely one of the busier weeks of summer."

The 11th Annual Traverse City Film Festival has just started.

And businesses in Traverse City are pulling in huge crowds that are expected all week.

That's why businesses and restaurants say they look forward to this event so much.

The film festival fills the streets of downtown traverse city, starting tonight.

I'm standing on front street– right in the heart of where the film festival is taking place.

Downtown businesses tell me they have been preparing for this week for months.

"This is our busiest time of the summer."

Staff at The Grand Traverse Pie Company were busy all day today as people filled the restaurant.

"Generally well have a bigger staff during dinner hours, it just depends on when the movies get out because we usually get slammed during the breaks."

Manager, Heather Bailey says they usually sell double what they normally would this time of year.

"Normally we have about 200 visits per day and then this week is about 400-500 just depends on what movies are playing and our young folks and we have a lot of children that like drinks, cause we can go up to per week about 5,000 drinks, slices of pies can double."

Clothing stores also see an increase of customers.

Manager of Haystacks, Rebecca Knott, says they usually sell 10 to 20 more this week than other summer weeks.

"This week is definitely a really fun week for us. We like the high energy. We like the shoppers. We like the store to be busy."

And they are ready for the large crowds.

"We try to stay organized, we ask for a lot more stick, we ask for more new styles."

Both businesses tell me they will be having all their staff working now until the end of the festival.

If you are planning on coming down for the festival tonight, remember Front Street from Park to Cass is closed.