North Shore businesses remain afloat

Stan Matsumoto
Stan Matsumoto
Terry Partlon
Terry Partlon

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HALEIWA (KHNL) -- Even though experts believe the worst may be over, our economy, still isn't up to par.

Many businesses are struggling and closing their doors.

But there's one area on Oahu where some companies are surviving, especially, on a day like today, with the warm weather and good waves.

"It draws a lot of people over here," said Stan Matsumoto, owner of Matsumoto Shave Ice.

Companies like Matsumoto's are remaining afloat, despite the economy.

"It's always been the same, or a little bit better, so I guess we're doing okay," said Matsumoto.

The store will get even busier.

"Like for the summer months, we average, we make 1,000 shave ice per day," said Matsumoto.

Soon, the number of visitors and cars in the area will increase. That's what Terry Partlon is hoping for.

"The typical periods where we get the holidays, spring break, they've been pretty good to us," said Partlon.

He owns the Turtles and More Photo Gallery in Haleiwa. But while foot traffic has been steady, not everyone's buying.

"At times, probably 40% down, which at times, it's been really rough," said Partlon.

But retailers we talked to remain positive. They say the North Shore hardly ever changes. People enjoy the simplicity of the area and believe that's why many businesses there survive during tough times.