Thousands of comic book fans are in Downtown Seattle this weekend and area businesses couldn’t be more grateful.
The majority of hotels are sold out and businesses expect to be extra busy.
Clay’s Market is steps away from the convention center where the event is being held. Owner Clayton Stansfield has his store stocked.
“We’ve got everything packed in the corners and in the backroom,” he said.
Stansfield expects to do double in sales this weekend and has made changes to accommodate the crowds.
“We’ve extended the hours and have three of us working instead of two,” said Stansfield.
Andy Taylor, a street vendor, has the same plan.
“There are a lot of people and everybody has their hand in making a few pennies,” he said.
He’s selling light up wands and necklaces for $10 each. He expects Comicon crowds to be a big financial force and hopes to sell out.
“They’re bringing the big buck in town,” said Taylor.
Fans say they’re sparing no expense. James Deal and his son Kenny attended the event Friday evening.
“It definitely brings back fond memories as a kid watching Batman and Robin. It was a blast we’ll remember for a long time,” said Deal.
Alex Smith and Steffany Whitmore dressed up as T-1000 from the movie “Terminator 2” and Poison Ivy from the Batman movies. They say they’re defenseless against spending.
“Christopher Lloyd I think is 65 dollars for an autograph. Patrick Stewart I think is 80 dollars,” they said.
Business owners like Stansfield are marveling in it.
“We’re always thankful for busy, it keeps these guys working and keeps everybody happy,” he said.
Hotel managers say finding an available room this weekend will be tough. Rates have spiked up to as much as $255 a night because of the demand.