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Eclipse Helpful For Central Oregon Businesses But No Watershed


Businesses along the path of the eclipse are reporting some solid receipts but not the deluge some had expected.

Mike Honshelt owns Charlie’s Pizza, two miles outside of Madras. He and his manager, Stacy Boven, cut back their early stock orders for this week. 

“It’s not what it was all hyped up to be, but we’ve still had all kinds of people from all over come in here,” Hohonshelt said. “I’ve been able to sit down and visit with them.”

Stacy Boven added, “Our business hasn’t been too great during the day.”

A lot of people customers found Charlie’s on Google, but passed it over because of Google’s note that dinner service begins at 4 p.m. each day. Boven posted a large sign proclaiming Charlie’s would be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., which helped.

“In the evening time,” Boven said, “we’ve been pretty steady.”

Charlie’s welcomed new customers from Ukraine, Japan and other countries, alongside many visitors from California and other western states.

Cars and trucks packed Highway 97 through Madras Sunday. The city is bracing for another wave of traffic after the eclipse as visitors leave Monday morning and afternoon.

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