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City, Chamber of Commerce seeking stories of how St. Paul businesses did during GOP convention

St. Paul businesses are invited to share their stories about how they were affected by the Republican National Convention at a Sept. 17 session sponsored by the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and the mayor’s office.

This should be very interesting.

Anecdotal reports indicate that many, probably most, shops and restaurants saw little new business during the convention. In fact, many saw a decrease, because even their regulars stayed home, not wanting to get caught up in the traffic and the atmosphere surrounding downtown protests. Some places had even geared up for the event, adding tents, advertising, extra food and more employees on duty; they really took a bath.

There were success stories, too, though: Meritage restaurant and Heimie’s Haberdashery reported elephant-sized sales.

Here are the meeting details: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Training Center, 401 N. Robert St., Suite 150. Those attending are asked to RSVP by emailing or by calling 651-265-2795.

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