TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – As Indiana State University’s fall semester starts Aug 16, many local businesses look forward to students’ arrival.

5th Street Nutrition Owner Blake Kramer said many downtown businesses in Terre Haute thrive when students return to the community.

Kramer said as businesses still deal with nationwide inflation and supply chain issues, he’s seen prices of some items increase upwards of 100% compared to last year.

That being said, Kramer said the return of students is more important than ever with many new opportunities for visibility.

“With the visibility on the corner right here on the corner of 5th and Wabash and the big red sign it helps us a ton get people walking by or driving by,” Kramer said.

Wabash Avenue was pretty packed with foot traffic Friday night, as plenty of parents and students start to move in.