Just as the words ‘Open Sesame’ offered riches beyond compare for Ali Baba, so did the cleansing of Red Lodge’s Broadway last week open doors for business owners. By mid-Friday the crews from the Wilson Bros. Construction and GreatWest Engineering had almost wiped the road clean, reducing their diggers and back hoes to one block, to make way for Memorial Day Weekend shoppers and visitors. Walking around town, the bars and restaurants were enjoying a fruitful time, as were many of the stores. The blocks that were open were packed with vehicles and motorbikes with license plates stretching from Billings to California to New Mexico. Several Billings families had heard the Pass was open, but stopped in Red Lodge to look around. Jake and Ada Oosterman from Oakdale, Calif., and their daughter and son-in-law from Powell were “just enjoying Red Lodge” before also heading up the Beartooth Pass.
A group of seven Pakistanis from Santa Fe, N.M. had decided to visit the town before their first-ever trip to Yellowstone Park. The hustle and bustle of Downtown made the town’ s heart beat a little bit faster. Monie Harrison, of Monies, said the weekend was “awesome.” “We had a lot of customers, lots of people buying. A great weekend. Lots of out-of-state people and a lot of people camping that came down. I’m so glad they had the road open and all the signs there,” said Harrison. At Red Lodge Books, Kathy Robson was ecstatic, saying the weekend was "fabulous, phenomenal.” “We had lots of people in, spending money.
“The whole weekend was, super awesome, it was beautiful.”
– Amber Enos, Sagebrush Sirens
It was exactly the shot in the arm we needed,” she said. “The signs helped and moving their equipment out. The town didn’t look intimidating to people.” Kibler and Kirch reported “ a busy day” with a “steady pace of customers” as well as visitors from Germany and Denmark. At Kids Corner, manager Cynthia Rozamus said their “weekend went extremely well, better than last year when we had that terrible weather.” “And those guys cleaned up the roads and sidewalk. We had lots of people from Billings and Powell,” said Rozamus. Whispering Pines said that Saturday was great but Memorial Day was okay. Glass Rabbit and Scoops said trade was up. Amber Enos from Sagebrush Sirens said the whole weekend was, “super awesome, it was beautiful.” “I had people from Alaska, California and St. Louis. Nothing but really rave reviews,’ she said. Enos was also was ecstatic to see the motorbikes in town.
The Water Rehab Project from Coleman’s Gallery northwards will be completed by the end of June. The entire project will be finished by late July. For Water Rehab updates please see page 3 of the Carbon County News. Also look for notices at the post office and in businesses around town.