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Casino provides boost for Dowagiac businesses

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Before opening day the question was if a new casino in Dowagiac would bring a huge boost to business in the city. It has been just about three months since Four Winds Dowagiac opened and it sounds like the casino definitely has brought some added business.

A common theme from the people in Dowagiac is that they're seeing a lot of new faces around town.

Things are going well at the new Four Winds Dowagiac Casino according to Frank Freedman, the General Manager of the For Winds Dowagiac.

"It's been running so smoothly it feels like we've been here forever quite honestly," said Freedman.

He also said business was great right out of the gate and hasn't slowed down.

"Business has been very vibrant," said Freedman.

Customers aren't the only ones who are enjoying the casino. People living in Dowagiac have welcomed it with open arms.

Dowagiac residents said they're happy the new Four Winds Casino moved into town.

Joselyn Ashley who lives in Dowagiac said, "There's a bunch of new shining faces that we love to see."

Joselyn Ashley and her friend Amber Kublick work at the McDonald's in Dowagiac. They said there haven't only been new faces since the casino opened, but new business.

"I've noticed a lot of like upbeat in business," said Kublick.

She said the new casino has increased business by about $1,000 a day.

They both said that, "Big increase and it hasn't died down. It's still going strong."

Freedman said it's because the casino is drawing in people locally, from about a twenty to thirty mile radius, but also from farther out.

Freedman said, "We're seeing a good amount of guests come up from Elkhart and South Bend as well."

Many downtown Dowagiac businesses said they have noticed increase business since the Casino opened, most notably in the first month it was open.

One restaurant said they hadn't seen the amount of customers they received in May since 2008.

Amber and Joeslyn are hoping the boost continues.

"I think it's great cause we're pretty slow in the winter so I'm hoping maybe during the winter times it'll puck up ya know cause people like to gamble all year round," said Kublick.

The casino is actually expecting to draw a huge crowd Saturday. They have a promotion going on where you can win a Corvette.

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