Dads bring in Dollars for Local Businesses

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Dads Weekend at Ohio University is a time for students and their fathers to bond on campus.

There are basketball games, like this weekend’s game against Miami.

One of the more interesting activities was the “Dads Man Cave” held in Baker Center Ballroom where students and their dads played games and enjoyed food.

Local businesses see a different side of Dad’s Weekend though – money.

Businesses aren’t just competing against each other, they’re also competing against the weather.

With freezing rain Friday night through early Saturday morning, the businesses had expected less dads and less of a profit.

But according to Brenen’s Coffee Café owner, Josh Thomas, the weather didn’t chase away dads this year.

“It’s been a good weekend. We had a lot of dads in town and we were a little surprised.  We thought that with the weather we wouldn’t be that busy, but it turned out we were.”

Thomas said that they were breaking just about even from last year, but Andrew Stout, Partner and Associate General Manager of the College Bookstore, says that they have made even more of a profit, especially in the last few years.

“Dad’s Weekend didn’t use to mean a whole lot and it seems lately the last couple years it started to grow.  And so I would probably put it second to Sibs Weekend, with the Parent’s Weekend in the winter being third.”

Sibs Weekend, which Stout says is their most high-profit weekend of winter quarter, will be February 17 through 19.