Music conference benefits local businesses
Food establishments in Marystown saw increased sales; organizers say room for overall improvements
With the influx of people who came to Burin Peninsula to take part in the recent Live at Heart Newfoundland Global Music Business Conference, the increased number of people in town also meant for increased spending at some local businesses during the five-day conference.
“We did see a few extra people for sure,” according to Joyce Martin, manager of the Subway store in Marystown. “One specific group, they were in here about three-four times a day.”
Martin said it was nice to see new faces coming into the store. She feels the event was a good thing for the area both socially and economically.
“It’s good for everybody,” she said. “A lot of people went out and watched it and we definitely seen a big increase here for the week.”
Martin feels that with the Subway brand being known worldwide it also contributed to the increased business.
“You go to Subway anywhere, if you’ve been there before, you know what you’re getting — you know what to look for,” she noted.
Others in the area also reported that business was up. Mary Lou Murphy from the Tim Hortons in Marystown told The Southern Gazette she was out of town during the week, but heard employees saying they had increased numbers.
Evan Murray, one of the organizers behind the Live at Heart Newfoundland event said getting people to come to the area is just a part of it.
“The businesses need to be more aggressive about bringing those people in to spend that money,” he said.
Murray also said the event could open the door for local entrepreneurs who can fill any gaps in the local markets.
“Another thing a lot of people were looking for were knickknacks and such,” he said. “People were looking to by Newfoundland souvenirs… there wasn’t a lot of those places.”
Room for improvement Murray explained that many of the acts during this year’s event were not well known outside of their own areas, and thinks that could be one of the reasons for low attendance during the musical performances.
“Next year we hope to have headliners for the event, like (for example) Sloan on Friday and Joel Plaskett on Saturday,” Murray said.
Throughout the upcoming year they will be looking for ways to get more people involved in the music conference.
“This year because of funding, and the time restraints that we worked with we did the best we (could) to move and shuffle people,” he said.
Murray said this year was a learning experience.
“Like with all good things we just have to consider what the goal is, what the expectation is —what we’re trying to showcase of the region when people visit here,” he explained. “it’s just about weighting it out (and) taking the pros and cons of what happened this year (and learning from it)”.
Swedish punk band “Those Without” frequented many business in the Marystown area, including the local Subway restaurant.