Burning Man Boom for Local Businesses

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Updated: 8/23 5:20 pm
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.


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peg97 - 8/25/2014 1:38 PM
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"The festival champions community responsibility and leaving no trace behind" -- That comment is a load of crap. You will find all of their trash along the highway from Fernley to Reno.

Corndogg - 8/25/2014 11:23 AM
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Dang Paladin, I was hoping for another post about all the pentagrams and Satan Worship going on out there at the arts festival. I guess I'll just have to settle for the awesome post about pooping, peeing, and having sex in front of children from Popadoc. You guys make me laugh. Thanks for that.

LesterB - 8/25/2014 10:03 AM
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the "baahh, get off my lawn" grumpies always appear in these Comments sections. Like clockwork. As if what goes on 90 miles away in the Black Rock desert affects them in any way. Maybe they should go 1 year?

Paladin - 8/25/2014 9:43 AM
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Papadoc, you are right on point. When the California pagans brought this crap to Nevada it ruined the entire Labor Day weekend. The burning of the man is a classic ritual of the wiccans and pagans. It is idolatry worship that I find offensive and wish it had never come to Nevada. This happened once before, thousands of years ago in a place called Sodom and Gomorrah. But satan is everywhere in our world, you just need to recognize him when he comes to you and turn him away. Will these 60,000 souls realize he is the burning man and they are all chanting prayers to him. Lost souls all.

Zupdood - 8/25/2014 6:43 AM
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popadoc, it's probably best then that you stay home, and shiver with fear behind closed doors. Clearly the world has overwhelmed you.

Kramer - 8/24/2014 4:33 PM
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popadoc have U reflected on the irony of your screen name?? 'Pops' right out at ya. Either a madman Haitian voodoo dictator or an assassin anti-abortionist.Just musin' on the amusin...

our voice - 8/24/2014 3:55 PM
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what amazes me here in lovely clean reno,are the selfish greedy people ,who have more than they need ,and shine off the homeless .can get away with most things .and can still comment on the deversement of the burning man people . you should stay in your little prisons,dontforget to lock your doors.look out your back door.these folks are just passing threw.leaving alot of money in there mess..i mean to tell you home depot takes all returns seriously.and refunds there money after the burn..oh you have to have a reciept..how nice is that??????

Localyoocal - 8/24/2014 12:22 PM
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Charge a $1000 damage deposit for every person attending. That would help pay for the clean up these "animals" leave. Moving to Calif. is also a good idea. No one could tell the difference in the garbage that is already California.

bongo - 8/24/2014 8:43 AM
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this entire event needs to be moved , nothing but Californians that come to Nevada and trash our state , the greedy sob's that host this event are not responsible, an its not like California doesn't have a desert to host in, I hate the traffic and the crowds it brings , time to say good bye to this event and leave our lands alone

popadoc - 8/24/2014 6:37 AM
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Comanche, yeah right. Comanche is just perpetrating the illusion that it's okay, he doesn't work at a casino in Reno that has to clean up after these folks. And what they do in playa is on Federal land and is public concern.
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