By: Kylen Mills
Folks took advantage of events, discounts, and deals across the Quad Cities Saturday. All a part of be a tourist in your own back yard weekend.
A busy weekend here in the Quad Cities despite the winter storm and local business owners say it's the boost they need this time of year.
"Typically business is slower in the winter months," said Bierstube General Manager Joe Schulte. But the snow and wind didn't stop people from taking advantage of 'be a tourist in your own backyard'
"It's just nice to have something unique and different to bring the girls down and see instead of hanging out at home and shopping," said Sheala Wentik.
"It's an incentive to get out and try some of the places in town, that's what we're doing," said Brian Muller of Moline.
Not only heading to big events like the boat and vacation show, Jason Aldean concert and Icestravaganza, but also spending some cash at shops and restaurants.
"We've seen a pretty good response at both our locations we've seen an increase in the lunch crowd. With talking with a lot of our customers that came in yesterday and today a lot of them are here for the weekend staying in hotels shopping, eating in a couple of different restaurants," said Schulte.
The General Manager at Bierstube says they've seen bigger crowds this weekend, visitors and Quad Citians alike helping our local economy. "I think it's a wonderful thing for the community because it definitely brings people to this area during a slow time of year," said Schulte. "There's a lot going on in the summer and the Quad cities is more than just one season so it's nice to have a little bit of everything," said Cindy Wolf. Restaurants and shops will still have deals all day Sunday.