The end of the first quarter is approaching quickly. April is emerging from the fog and that means the start of prep season here in Provincetown. Prep season is defined as the two months leading up to Memorial Day, the official kick off of our season. During that time, stores, restaurants and galleries scramble to hire seasonal workers and stock inventory that they hope will sell.
Seasonal workers are now searching for their summer digs. In towns like Provincetown, they are competing with the vacationer. Of course, when it comes down to it, the accommodations for a seasonal worker are more comparable to steerage on the Titanic. Let’s just hope this ship doesn’t go down.
There is fear amongst some business owners that this summer may be much slower than usual due to the economy. However, three rental agencies that I spoke with have reported strong seasonal and weekly rental bookings in July and August. Guest house owners are reporting strong reservations for the summer as well. This will translate into cash on Commercial Street. The only week that is consistently down is 4th of July. This ultimate week for circuit boy fun is no longer an official circuit party and rentals have been impacted.
Well, as Varla practices her show and Dina Martina smears her makeup, save your pennies and bring them to town this year. Keep Ptown, your town for fun. If you haven’t rented your vacation getaway, ya better hurry...seriously. As the economy forces New York and Boston boys to vacation here, the best places are getting snatched up. If you are buying, however...the market belongs to you.
Remember, play it safe and send me an email if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provincetown News for July 2009
3 years ago