Businesses boom during graduation season

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– With LSU graduations around the corner, local businesses are preparing for a major flow of customers.

Merchandise is flying off the shelves at Bengals and Bandits.

Owner Patrick Wilkerson says the popular store near LSU brings in a bulk of their revenue this time of year because of graduation season.

“There’s a lot of factors that go into running a small business, the pandemic kind of stopped everything,” Wilkerson said. “Lots of families, lots of out-of-town family members coming in, and that was always a big weekend, and that was always a big weekend for us.”

The university is bringing back in-person graduation, and all those 2020 graduates who missed out can now participate. Mike Anderson’s is ready to welcome as many graduates as they can.

“We book up weeks in advance with reservations, and we let walk-ins come in as well through the door, so it’s a major deal for us,” Jones said.

The seafood restaurant is a popular spot for graduation parties. General Manager Joshua Jones says this weekend is monumental for rebuilding his business.

“It’s probably going to be the biggest weekend we have in 2021,” Jones said.

Ceremonies start this weekend. Masks are required, and grads are asked to only bring seven guests.

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