After surviving ART, business is told on eve of Summerfest to have fewer booths at event | KOB 4
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After surviving ART, business is told on eve of Summerfest to have fewer booths at event

Ryan Laughlin
July 20, 2018 07:41 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The latest Summerfest kicks off Saturday in Nob Hill, and this year it’s back to its usual spot after ART construction limited the event last year.

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However, after surviving construction, at least one business has had some new problems.

“Of course last year, we had the ART construction,” said Robert Steinberg, owner of Stone Mountain Bead Gallery.

On Friday Steinberg was nicknaming Summerfest “Bummerfest” after his businesses was cut off from the festivities last year.

“There have been some new headaches,” he said.

Steinberg said that for the past seven years he’s put on a craft fair for local artists to showcase their work in the parking lot next to his shop during the festival.

But this year, he said, the Albuquerque Fire marshal has been coming down on him.

"I've been jumping through all kinds of hoops to deal with this. The fire marshal, city planning and zoning and all these other things. It's just been kind of crazy," he said. "Rules that didn't exist years ago suddenly do now."

Steinberg said he’s glad Summerfest is back in front of his business and some city officials have been helpful getting the craft fair compliant. Still, he’s been frustrated.

“I understand we want to keep the public the safe, the fire marshals have a job to do. But I don't think the job is to make life as difficult as possible for small businesses to try and do nice things for the community,” he said.

Steinberg will have to have eight fewer booths in the craft fair this year, but said he has been approved to host the local artists.

The Albuquerque Fire Marshal's Office did not return calls for comment.

Summerfest goes from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. in Nob Hill.

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