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Jun 16, 2015 5:19 PM

For businesses at Laconia Motorcycle Week, it's all about location


LACONIA - Motorcycle Week brings in around $100 million to the state's economy every year.

In its 92nd year, the event is expected to attract more than 300,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Local businesses cash in, especially the ones located right on the Weirs Beach strip. Thousands of motorcycles are parked on Lakeside Avenue at any given time, feeding the vendors and restaurants with customers who are ready to spend money.

Biker's Pride is located in a space that's usually full of arcade games. The week before Motorcycle Week, crews come in and clear out all of the games to make way for businesses who rent out the space.

Weathervane Seafoods in Laconia is only open April through November. The general manager of that location says they do 90% of their business during Bike Week.

Not far up the road on Route 3, is another seafood restaurant, Tamarack Restaurant.

They're proof you don't need to be right in the thick of the Weirs to make a killing. They like to call themselves the "Gateway to the Weirs" with thousands of bikers passing them daily, many stopping in for their famous lobster rolls.

With warmer, drier weather in the forecast for the rest of the week, businesses are expecting to get much even busier.


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