RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Burning man is a world event and it takes place right in Reno’s back yard. The festival champions community responsibility and leaving no trace behind. As festival goers, also known as Burners, come through town, local businesses boom. Reno is one the last big stops in civilization before Burners spend a week in the playa for Burning Man.
Locally-owned, Junkee’s, served a mad rush for last-minute costumes.
"it’s been busy. We wait for this all year,” says owner, Jessica Schneider. “ It's so fun, because people from all over the world come to Reno."
Including Isabella Mcshan, who flew from London, and drove to Reno in an RV. It's her first time in The Biggest Little City.
"I think it's amazing. The town is so vibrant. We just went to the casino and I won some money. So that was a lot of fun," says Mcshan.
Like many Burners, she's making last minute preparations. She says she’s been amazed by Reno.
"You want somewhere that's fun to stop before you go, but somewhere that provides you things you need. And Reno certainly does that. There's no two ways about it. You guys have so much stuff in this town. I love it!"
The Sweaty Betties camp from Brooklyn, New York, drove cross-country in a bus. Meeting up with their friends in Reno is a tradition, as is shopping locally.
" We definitely don't want to be supporting Walmart or these huge chain stores,” says their group leader. “So we definitely want to be getting our last minute groceries like tents and other kind of supplies at some local places that we want to support."
Those are the same principals as the Great Basin Food Co-op.
"If Burning Man had a grocery store, it would be a co-op,” says general manager, Jolene Cook. “There's lots of similar principles: civic responsibility, communal effort, and cooperation. So it's kind of closely aligned. So it’s nice to see such like-minded people come in."
This weekend is the busiest time for the co-op. They make double what they make on an average day.
"It makes me really proud to be a Reno resident that we have such a cool thing happening so close in our back yard."
Gates open for Burning Man Sunday around 10am. The festival ends September 1st.