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ROTHSCHILD (WAOW)-- While the future of the economy remains uncertain, both visitors and business owners seemed to share a message of optimism at today's Lawn and Garden show.
More than 100 businesses are represented at this year's annual Lawn and Garden show at the Patriot Center in Rothschild.
Even though luxury purchases like landscaping and RV's saw a drop in popularity with a struggling economy, people may now be more open to those options.
Landscape designer Dave Sether from ReviDesign says he works to accommodate the recession.
"Helping keep things under budget... and kind of keeping everyone excited where they don't have to worry so much about the final price tag," said Sether.
Some business owners say the price of gas affects whether people make big budget purchases like boats
"A lot of the customer coming in are kind of fearful of the gas prices," said John Prott, owner of Rib Mountain Marine. "They don't know if it could be four dollars a gallon or five dollars a gallon."
In spite of hesitations, Prott says he's looking forward to a successful year.
"People seem to getting back into the buying of luxury items."
One year after a deadly shooting rampage in Marathon County, the community and businesses honored the four lives lost in different ways.
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