The Orion

Summer slump hurts local businesses

Trucker, a local clothing store downtown, relies on students for 75 percent of their revenue. Photo credit: Madison Holmes

Madison Holmes

April 15, 2014

Some downtown Chico businesses suffer when the students return home for the summer. Although most downtown businesses have a very broad clientele, the bulk of revenue for downtown comes from Chico State students, said Budd Schwab, the owner of Campus Bicycles on Main Street.“You’ve got 12,000 to 13,000 people w...

Downtown businesses struggle with homeless

Jay, a local homeless man, stands outside of businesses in hopes of compassion Photo credit: Emily Teague

Madison Holmes

April 15, 2014

Katie Vaclavik, the owner of Katie’s Corner, was used to cleaning up urine and trash left by the homeless before opening her store each morning, she said. Before changing store locations from Third and Main streets to the Chico Mall on East 20th Street, Katie’s Corner was often the resting place...

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