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Downtown BG business slows during summer

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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Thousands of BGSU students are getting ready to head home for the summer, but when they leave, downtown Bowling Green businesses suffer.

One business owner says she's already planning to cut back her store hours. Adjusting schedules is something that many businesses say is imperative to staying open each summer.

There are 126 businesses in downtown Bowling Green. The majority are retailers and restaurants, according to the Bowling Green Foundation. Those are the places that are hit the hardest every summer.

Cookie Jar and Bakery Owner Maureen Lanigan says she loses half her customers over the summer, and she is already looking forward to school starting next fall.

"During the summer, we reduce our staff to as minimal as they can," Lanigan said. "We reduce our hours, as well, to compensate for the lack of everyone here in town."

The farmer's market in Bowling Green does help draw people downtown in the summer, though. It was actually created to help increase foot traffic. The market opens May 22.

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