Businesses still succeed despite incomplete foliage

The foliage is expected to peak within the next two weeks

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – Many local businesses cash in big over the Columbus Day weekend. It’s also right around the time when the foliage starts to peak. In fact, many people have noticed that all the leaves haven’t even changed colors yet.

In spite of that, one of the owners of a local restaurant told 22News, business was booming over the weekend.

Chris Janke, co-owner of The Rendezvous said, “I think that Columbus Day weekend is always a great weekend for us. People have the day off Monday, and they come out looking for the leaves. If the leaves haven’t peaked, then people still show up, and we had a great weekend.”

Business wasn’t just good at the Rendezvous. The manager at the Wagon Wheel in Gill said, people still came out this past weekend in spite of the foliage not peaking.

Chris Vanrooyen, Manager of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, said, “I’m looking outside right now and I see the foliage is not quite peaked, but we’re still getting a lot of people from different countries, different places in the region.”

The not-quite-peaked foliage didn’t keep visitors Kelly and Chris from Worcester from going out either.

“We went out towards Concord, Mass. We went to Concord Land Trust. Walked around there and looked a little bit at the foliage, even though it wasn’t peaked yet and then we went to – what’s the name of the farm – Valley Farm and we picked up some things to eat.”

The foliage is expected to peak within the next two weeks. The only concern is the rain and wind that can knock the leaves down before they can even change colors.

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