The village of Remsen is still in celebration mode tonight over Erin’s Olympic glory and the businesses like the one I’m in right now along main street in Remsen are hoping that that Olympic glory translates into customers coming through the door.
"I said earlier that the Erin Hamlin sundaes are selling like hot cakes. I said, no, they're selling like Erin Hamlin sundaes," said store owner Steve Boucher.
"It makes everybody busy. it brings new people in, generates new people," said store owner Jeanette Walter.
They also hope that brings more businesses to the village.
"We hope that other people can see what Erin has seen and her family sees in Remsen, what we all see in Remsen. It’s a beautiful place to live and great place to have your business," said Boucher
The soda fountain has already changed its menu to reflect Erin’s success as an Olympic medalist, which they hope will bring people to the restaurant. While everyone here in Remsen is excited, the mayor doesn’t want the village to use her success simply for economic gain.
“Her success is her success. Yes, we'd really like to capitalize on it, but that’s not our primary objective," said Mayor Francis Stacy.
Their main goal is to celebrate her.
"Very, very happy for her and we're having a lot of celebrations and all boats rise in a rising tide, so if people come up to Remsen because of it that’s great with us too," said Boucher.
The business owners here in Remsen hope that that economic growth continues through Erin’s return to Remsen.