APPLETON - You can tell it's a Thursday night in Appleton by the live music emanating from downtown.
At the Copper Rock Coffee Company, assistant manager Rachel McCabe told FOX 11 nights like this are good for business.
"We see a lot of families come in earlier right before and then after the concert ends people will come and sit down and relax," said McCabe.
But after years in Houdini Plaza, the concerts were in Jones Park this summer to allow for construction at the plaza.
"Really positive energy, it's positive activity in that park and we're enjoying it," said Jennifer Stephany, the executive director of Appleton Downtown Incorporated.
Stephany told us the shows still draw large crowds, but as the saying goes, location, location, location. Fewer people are stopping at downtown businesses now than they did when the concerts were at Houdini Plaza.
"We're hearing from some business owners that their Thursday nights have gotten a little slow," explained Stephany.
It's only a few blocks difference between the plaza and the park, but businesses we spoke with on and off camera say it's noticeable.
"People used to park here, they'd park at the ramps and we would be on their way, whereas if they're parking down at Jones Park or on that side area, they might just go home afterward," said McCabe.
But Stephany says the concerts should be back at Houdini by August. The city wants to give the new plaza lawns time to germinate.
"We just wanna make sure that everything's set and the sod's in good shape and that we're being good stewards of our investment and the city's investment," explained Stephany.
For now, McCabe is still enjoying the summer.
"It's been happy people coming in and we're just helping them enjoy downtown," said McCabe.
Downtown Appleton also has a free lunchtime concert series on Thursdays at newly renovated Houdini Plaza.
The early concerts are okay at Houdini because the smaller crowds can be handled without bothering the new grass.
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