Summer unofficially comes to an end after Labor Day. As students are getting ready to head back to school, some businesses are looking forward to increased customers.
The dog days of summer are winding down.
"It was a little bit slow but we got a lot of loyal customers that live in the area that help keep us afloat for those months," said Anthony D'Alessandro, Deli Sandro's owner.
Local eateries like Deli Sandro's hope that means business will pick back up.
"Yes, we are excited about the students coming back. They represent about 30 percent of our business," said D'Alessandro.
The deli on South Plymouth Avenue is within walking distance of the University of Rochester.
"When you get the mom and pop shops in the neighborhoods around colleges, it's a lot more convenient. It's not just about the price; they care more about you. You can build relationships and stuff like that," said Robert Thomas, student.
Boulder Coffee also sits in the backyard of the University of Rochester. The coffee shop has been a popular student hangout.
"We noticed like a week ago that the kids are starting to trickle back in," said Peter Allen, Boulder Coffee manager.
Both businesses are planning to extend hours for their student clientele.
"We're probably going to be open a little bit later as we see a need for it," said Allen.
Some of the businesses in the Mount Hope area say they opened in this neighborhood just to serve the student population, like Bunga Burger, which opened this summer.
"We've only been open since May and the summer has been a little bit challenging due to construction on the street and not having a sidewalk for the first month and a half that we were open, but it's been good," said Jessica Stein, Bunga Burger general manager.
The burger bar aims to be a go-to hangout for students.
"We've done coupons for U of R students to welcoming them back. We've been included in their orientation and their package to let them know that we are here," said Stein.
Stein says the restaurant is strategically placed here, which is across the street from the soon to be college town, under construction. Now, the establishment is holding firm to that saying, if you build it they will come.
"Absolutely, let's hope so," said Stein.