I was able to have a conversation with Peggy Howard at Sweet Street Popcorn and her sister Renee Rhodes have a fantastic store and products worth the name. If you have not tried their flavored popcorn or the fudge you are really missing out. Sweet Street is located on the ground floor of the Tioga building in Coos Bay, it has a great location and there are around 9,000 – 16,000 potential customers that pass in front of her shop every day.
Peggy has been noticing that during the summer months that the majority of her sales are coming at the end of her day. Peggy started an experiment and stayed open an extra hour and then two. She found her sales were increasing drastically. How drastically did her sales improve? Well on an average day Sweet Street makes enough to stay open sometimes just barely, by staying open the extra two hours her sales in one day nearly doubled.
Sweet treats opened July 4th, 2017 and to celebrate their one-year anniversary in 2018 they decided to stay open until the fireworks started on the boardwalks. They were surprised with the how many people were out and about, most of them stated that they were they only place open in the area. by the end of the day Sweet Street sold out of all their fudge, popcorn and many other of their delicious and hand made treats. Sales in those four extra hours equaled nearly everything she had made in her store that week combined.
Peggy does not understand why the stores down town don’t take advantage of the extra daylight and tourism traffic that happens in the summer and around holidays. Staying open just a couple of extra hours has made the difference between just barely making ends meet and being able to put extra away for the slower times of the year. To prove the point Sweet Street is now staying open until 8pm until September. Sweet Street would like to see their neighbors join with them and remain open during what is now their peak sales times.
We don’t want to see Coos Bay be a sleepy little town that tells people to move along because there is nothing to do here after 6pm.
If we all do just a little bit we can #growsouthcoast together.
South Coast Development Council.