The ongoing Occupy Wall Streetprotests have become a complicated issue for small-business ownerswho find themselves on the frontlines of the worldwide movement.
While many agree with the protesters' general cause, some have suffered from declining sales and minor vandalism, and one restaurant even laid off 21 employees due to police barricades deterring customers. But for at least one business, Tent and Trails in lower Manhattan, the ongoing movement has provided a nice surge in business.
As the Occupy Wall Street "camp" continues to grow and the most committed bear down for the arrival of winter, this hiking and camping gear retailer is benefiting from an unlikely new group of customers. "A lot of those tents are from Tent and Trails," said co-owner Jamie Lipman-Abish.