Eclipse Has Business Booming in Towns Along Path

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MARYSVILLE, Kan. — We are less than two weeks away from seeing something that happens once about every hundred years.

The Great American Solar Eclipse has people talking – and spending!

One town in Kansas is getting ready for what is a rare occurence for them as well – a business boom.

The total solar eclipse is cause for celebration in Marysville, Kansas.  “A couple coming from California to get married on the eclipse day.”

The home of the black squirrels will welcome people from all over the world on August 20 and 21 – for one minute and 11 seconds of total darkness.

Although they don’t know how many people to expect – businesses are gearing up.  Susan Etelamaki owns South Hill Pottery.  “I paint four coats of black velvet on there and then around the outside is a glaze called cosmic black.”

Etelamaki created an eclipse plate to commemorate the event. Orders are coming in from as far as Norway.
“I always wanted to do something that would stand out and I always thought my pottery was okay just as it was but this is even more exciting.”

On a typical marysville sunday,  many local businesses would be closed.  But on the Sunday before the eclipse, some are toying with the decision of whether to stay open.


“I don’t know what to expect. I would like to be open if I knew that we were gonna have a lot of people in town,” says Laurie Parks, owner of the Wagon Wheel restaurant.
Open or closed, Parks is giving diners a taste of the eclipse.

“The eclipse burger is a 7 ounce hamburger patty with pork carnitas and creamy beer cheese, our homemade whisky sauce and two onion rings on a toasted ciabatta bun.”

Businesses know it’s a once in a lifetime event.   “I would love to be busy from 6am to 9pm, all day. Those are our hours and that’s what I would like,” says Parks.

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