Traverse City Businesses Re-Filling Job Positions For Warmer Seasons

“It’s pretty much a constant, slowly building wave.”

Despite how it looks, this is Traverse City’s slow season.

Judging by the signs, summer is coming and “slow” won’t last much longer.

Many businesses on East Front Street and around downtown lose seasonal employees during the colder months.

That’s soon to change as they start to gear back up.

Summer may be months away, but many businesses like these are already looking ahead to make sure that their rosters are full just for it.

“Oh, I love it. It’s crazy,” says Zach Cavender, server and bartender at Georgina’s. “It’s hectic, but we love it, every moment of it.”

For bars and restaurants like Georgina’s, business is cold but not frozen.

Still, “Help Wanted” signs are making a comeback.

“A lot of preparation involved,” Cavender says. “We have a lot of our seasonal staff who are currently at college, at the moment, and they normally come back. We are one big family here.”

Cavender worked through one Traverse City summer already.

He says now it’s all about re-filling the ranks.

“It’s this long, long winter, this period where we just slowly plan, prepare, get excited,” Cavender says. “We have specials going on right now to kind of keep our regulars in the loop.”

“In the summer, that’s just a lot more people,” says Phil Anderson, owner of Diversion.

Anderson’s hat store is down the street.

He says businesses like his get ready for the return of warmth in different ways.

“There’s a lot of fluctuation in terms of our need for help,” Anderson says. “Fortunately, we usually have people coming back from college for the summer, so that helps fill in. Once we start receiving merchandise for the spring, that’s a real busy time, just processing all of that merchandise and this store also does the processing of the merchandise for our Leland store.”

Diversions and Georgina’s see a similar trend.

Students will come back from college to hit the pavement.

“It’s always fun to see their faces again,” Cavender says.

“A lot of times, they’ll just leave a resume or just ask if we are looking for help,” Anderson says. “That’s how we have gotten most of our people.”