“Presidential effect” on local economy


Although the additional economic impact of former President Clinton’s visit to Galesburg Saturday may not have been as great as expected – Knox College commencement is always a big draw – Innkeeper’s Fresh Roasted Coffee, 80 N. Seminary St., may have been the big winner.

Johan Ewalt, one of the owners, called Saturday “outstanding.”

“We had a 55 percent increase in sales over last year (commencement) and we served over 1,000 people,” Ewalt said.

With Friday’s business a little soft, Ewalt said some doubt set in, but Innkeeper’s hit the jackpot Saturday.

“We had a line to the door from 7:30 to 10 a.m.,” he said, “then, from about noon to 4 (p.m.). It was just incredible. It was probably busier in terms of drinks and food than (Knox) homecoming.”

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