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Optimizing Occupy: Camping Store Sees A Surge In Business
The Huffington Post | November 09, 2011 | 12:13 PM EST

The ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests have become a complicated issue for small-business owners who find themselves on the frontlines of the worldwide movement.While many agree with the protesters' general cause, some have suffered from declining sales and minor vandalism, and one restaurant even laid off 21 employees due to police barricades deterring customers. But for at least one business, Tent and Trails in lower Manhattan, the ongoing movement has provided a nice surge in business.

As the Occupy Wall Street "camp" continues to grow and the most committed bear down for the arrival of winter, this hiking and camping gear retailer is benefiting from an unlikely new group of customers. "A lot of those tents are from Tent and Trails," said co-owner Jamie Lipman-Abish.

The store, located a short walk from Zuccotti Park, has occupied retail space in lower Manhattan since 1959. No strangers to adversity, the store survived extensive damage from the 9/11 terrorist attacks and have withstood the unstable economy.

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