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Capitol District igloos a big hit, helping surrounding bars and restaurants bring in more customers

The personal igloos are available for rent
Posted at 10:27 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 23:27:05-05

Finding something fun and safe to do this holiday season may be tough given the pandemic. But the Capitol District, which usually has an ice skating rink out this time of year, went with something a little more private to attract families that are being safe.

The Capitol District launched their personal, private igloos to rent out a few weeks ago. The demand was so great they have now added additional dates and times.

"We started with Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then we opened them up during the week. We also have some morning spots," Capitol District marketing and events manager Amanda Frank said.

Inside the igloos you'll find games, heaters and even some drinks and food from the surrounding restaurants. Lighthouse Pizza, located in Capitol District, says they've seen more crowds order out since the igloos opened up.

"There's not as much people in the Capitol District. We're used to it being crazy crowds and we really haven't had that since corona," Lighthouse Pizza general manager Michaela O'Connor said.

The new attraction is bringing a bump in revenue for the surrounding businesses and helping those that have been cooped up get away.

"It's important to people's mental health to get out of the house and still do things safely and fun with your family," Frank said.

The igloos are cleaned out and disinfected after each reservation and then aired out for at least thirty minutes. Reservations are available through February.