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Local businesses benefit from 'Back to the Bricks'

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(08/15/12) - The sound of revving engines is music to business owners' ears this week. From downtown Flint to Grand Blanc Township, Saginaw Street was jam packed with cars for the Back to the Bricks Rolling Cruise.

All those gorgeous cars cruising by local businesses means more foot traffic and a huge boost to the bottom line.

"It's been non-stop since yesterday," said Kathy Reid, owner of Beeman's Snack Shop and Deli.

With sweet rides outside and sweet treats inside, it's a perfect storm for shops along Saginaw Street during Back to the Bricks.

"This is the one time of year we wait for all year, it brings business in like you've never had throughout the whole year. It's the biggest event of the year and it's been incredible these last two days," Reid said.

Just Wednesday, Reid has seen upwards of 500 people come through her store, most were looking to cool down with a scoop or two.

"It's a lot of ice cream, selling a lot of ice cream, hot dogs, lots of pop," she said.

And businesses on the bricks aren't the only ones benefiting. Stores, shops and restaurants in Burton are seeing a big boost as well.

"We're really lucky. You can come out here and sit and it's nice because you can have a cocktail, have a beer," said Rene Hugan, a bartender at Al's Classics.

Back to the Bricks means such an enormous help to the area's economy, they make sure to keep all hands on deck this week.

"It's a big event, we get so many people that come out of town and out of state to be here, so it's something they really prepare for," Hugan said.

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