PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Made in America has had its fair share of controversy, especially from neighbors, but what do Philly businesses think of the annual festival?
So what do the businesses think about all of this excitement?
“Generally it might affect traffic a little bit but we get a lot of foot traffic anyway,” said general manager of Sabrina’s Georgios Photeiou.
Several other managers from the 19th and Callowhill Streets area agree, but say despite the road closures, they appreciate the new faces.
“With large events like these our sales do spike up,” said Buena Onda’s manager.
“New people coming into the city and coming into your business for the first time, I hope is that they’ll keep coming back,” said La Pain’s Melissa Ferus.
“Ben Franklin always have good things going on, so it’s always a positive thing,” Nary Dinglye from Dominoes added.
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Day one’s foot traffic couldn’t have been better as thousands, many in red, white and blue, were hoping from stage to stage just to watch their favorite artists.
“It’s kind of like Philly Pride, we love Philadelphia in and of itself,” said Harper Will.
Sixteen-year-old Harper from Springfield says she was one of the many from nearby.
“To have, like, a concert here with all of these people that are like really famous is incredibly cool because it would be hard to get tickets to their show without paying an exorbitant of money,” she said.
And others, like Reuben and Erin Solveson, came from far.
Reporter: “How long did it take you to get her?”
“About 4 and 1/2 hours,” Solveson said.
She says they drove all the way from North Carolina so their teenage daughter could attend the festival.