Are Palatine's Downtown Festivals Good For Business?
Downtown business owners offer perspectives on the village festivals' impact on business in the area.
As one business owner prepares to open in downtown Palatine, another business is moving out.
The business will close its Slade Street location Sept. 15 and reopen Oct. 1 near the intersection of Palatine Road and Northwest Highway.
Lee Heinzinger said she decided to leave her job in corporate America to open Facets of Isis after falling in love with Palatine's charm.
“I wasn’t looking to open up a store,” Lee-Heinzinger said. “I just thought downtown Palatine was so cute, but it’s changed.”
“It’d be great for us to be open — at least people would know where we are," said Ritz, adding the festival is free advertising.
Lee-Heinzinger disagreed. “It brings in traffic but not business," she said.
Ritz acknowledged the festivals will give him advertising at first but could become competition for the restaurant. The Palatine Oktoberfest Celebration will take place Sept. 14-16, three weeks after Mac's on Slade's opening.
The Palatine Village Council at its Aug. 13 meeting approved the Rotary Club of Palatine’s request to move the beer tent to the intersection of Slade and Brockway — across the street from Mac's and Facets of Isis.
The new location will allow more room for the beer tent.
“The concern is that the beer tent will be bigger, and the places that serve alcohol could lose sales,” Ritz said.
As a new business owner, Ritz said he doesn’t know how the downtown summer festivals will impact his bar. He said he is just excited to have potential customers in the area.
Boutique owner Lee-Heinzinger doesn't need to be concerned about the competition for sales.
Still, she said each year the downtown festivals cost her business and chase away her customers. Whenever there is a beer tent nearby, she said, it causes trouble for her store.
“Right out in front of the store people drink”, Lee-Heinzinger said. “And sometimes they’re actually rude to customers trying to come in here and shop.”
Facets of Isis will close its Slade Street location as Oktoberfest is taking place.
"I wish I was going sooner," she said. "But I'm just glad I won't be here for Oktoberfest."