Wow! We are in the middle of the busiest 3 weeks of the year and I love it! Guests are coming and going, employees are always busy getting ready for the next check-in time, and lots of things are going on downtown. The phone is ringing like it did prior to the recession. I hope this continues. There are a plethera of anniversary celebrations, birthdays, ladies weekends away, and conventions (at the Springfield Convention Expo just 3 blocks away.) First the GOP convention, then the Lutheran convention, and coming in Thursday, the Methodists! I won’t tell you which were the harder to serve, but I can tell you the GOP’s like to talk politics, the Lutherans always make their beds, and, from past conferences, the Methodists would rather stay at the Inn and talk instead of go to the morning functions. All good with us!
Just to spice up things, on Friday night we had a major plumbing problem. Luckily, we have a great plumbing company (Thanks Delong!) that when called at 8 PM on a Friday night, were here within 30 minutes. We had the problem temporarily fixed by 11:15 PM and they are coming back tomorrow to tackle the more permanent repairs in the basement. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “What a strange way to plumb this bath,” “I can’t believe this has lasted this long,” or “They should have put a clean-out valve right here.” Oh well, as I tell guest all the time, when you own three houses over 100 years old, it is a river, not a mountain.
We continue to be busy until the end of the month, then it slows down for the 4th of July. I’ve got to figure out how to market that week. Springfield is a wonderful place to be on the 4th of July. Things are happening every night downtown, Springfield Cardinals are playing 2 blocks north of the Inn (a 5 PM game on the 4th), and on the evening of the 4th, Springfield’s official Independence Day Celebration takes place several places downtown from 3-8pm with music, ice skating, inflatables, and entertainment right up until 9:45 when the fireworks start.
You can read about the event at: http://www.itsalldowntown.com/event/fireworks-at-the-field/
The cost of all events is only $7 in advance and $8 at the events. Come on down!
Gary at Walnut Street Inn
900 E Walnut Street Springfield, MO 65806
Info: 417-864-6346 Reservations: 800-593-6346