St. Patrick’s Day festivals mean lots of green for local businesses

The manager at Growlers to Go on Boulevard is hoping to get new business at the Shamrock the Block festival Saturday.

RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) – Richmond businesses are gearing up for two massive St. Patrick Day festivals Saturday.

“Just making sure that we’re stocked and staffed, that’s our main concern,” said

Christopher Thompson, manager of Buz and Neds on the Boulevard.

More than 20,000 people are expected to come out for the second year of the event on the Boulevard. That means a lot of green…especially for local restaurants and stores.

“Tons of money, it’s actually a great thing that they do it on the Boulevard now,” said Thompson.

The new kids on the block, Growler’s to Go, are hoping to get new business from visitors, and have them coming back for more.

“We hope we’ll get a lot of people who aren’t necessarily in the city of Richmond…from outlining areas and hopefully walk into our stores and see all of the state-wide and local breweries that we’re representing,” said General Manager Eric Wetzel,

Downtown, the owner of Rosie Connolly’s Irish Pub and Restaurant has been preparing all day.

“I’ve been sweeping the streets, sweeping around here, power washing, going to the bank to get some change, you know cook potatoes up and French fries, just trying to get everything in order for tomorrow,” said Tommy Goulding.

About 7,500 people should be coming out to Shockoe Fest by the 17th Street Farmer’s Market.

Rosie’s will also have music and Irish dancers.

“It’s good for the city, it’s good revenue…it’s good business,” said Goulding.

“Just hope everyone is safe tomorrow and we’re ready to rock for Shamrock the Block!” said Thompson.

Both festivals go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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