Capitalizing on the Wyo Eclipse

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Hat, t-shirts, sunglasses and even vodka. Everyone in Wyoming is prepping their swag for the summer spectacle cresting over Wyoming.

Even the United States Postal Service has joined in the fun.

“5, 4, 3, 2, 1!”

Just this week the University of Wyoming’s art museum in Laramie was the hot spot for the official reveal of the 2017 eclipse stamps. Eclipse scientists and professionals from across the country even joined in the celebration.

Eclipse stamps have not been the only eclipse featured products to hit the market.

Local shops have already started showing off their eclipse stock.
Wayne Wilson owner of Wyo Shirts and Gifts, told News 13. “We have all kinds t-shirts, and mugs and cozies and eclipse glasses and were getting more stuff in all the time."

Wilson's team has been gathering eclipse wear since the start of the year and are hopeful to be stocked up by July.

"It’s two months away at this time, but it's coming fast,” said Wilson.

Other local business owners prepare too, Thursday Casper locals Backwards Distillery Managers released their Special Eclipse edition vodka.

Chad Pollock, Backwards Distiller told News 13, “Kind of after we found out the eclipse was happening and Casper was kind of going to be in the epicenter of it, we were really excited it's kind of a cool event, we really wanted to kind of promote Casper and things going on here, so 307 vodka is kind of our most local-centric product so we really wanted to get that in the hands of tourists that are coming through."
The team of distillers, bottled, boxed and shipped over a thousand bottles of the unique vodka to Wyoming liquor stores.

The eclipse logo is not the only thing which makes this batch special; it is made with Wyoming corn and sugar beets grown in Worland.

"So I think we are going to get a lot of exposure, a lot of attention and I think people will come here and hopefully fall in love with the state and you know, come support local businesses and plan on coming back, I hope."

"It's going to be a full house, and it's going to be 3,4,or 5 days of real good business, bringing in sales, and sales tax for Wyoming."

One thing is for sure, you won't want to miss it.

Shop owners say now is the time to get your Wyoming eclipse swag, before the crowds come.

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