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Cold weather benefiting local businesses

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Tis' the season to find ways to stay warm, and the cold weather can also be a benefit when it comes to business. The recent chill in the air has translated into dollars for some area businesses. When jackets come out, the footwear has to match. Carol Kretzinger at the Shoe Shack in Wilmington said boots of all kinds have been flying off the shelves. "The cold weather is great because people start pulling their winter clothes out and they realize they need something warm. So business has picked up with the cold weather,” she said. Not only has warm footwear been big business, area coffee shops are also seeing an increase in sales. Java Dog Coffee has seen lots of people in search of a warm sip and a caffeine jolt. "Times like now when it's cold outside, there is a lot of people that want coffee. Even if they don't really drink it, it's cold outside," said Amber Valdez of Java Dog Coffee. So what happens when a business serves something cold? The below normal temperature isn't welcomed news at Bruster's Ice Cream Parlor. Holly Oiler at Bruster’s Ice Dream said, "Our sales are definitely down from what it was over the summer, that's to be expected, but we have our loyal customers that come and see us. We see some friendly faces everyday." The chilly weather can also mean car trouble. Jeff Fountain at Fountain Tire Sales said more people than normal are coming in with battery and tire problems. He said, extreme changes in the weather can also change the way your car runs. “The sudden cold weather does take it's toll on batteries, if a battery is kind of weak that cold weather just knocks it out," said Fountain. Fountain added, many people put off car care during the summer months after the shock of high gas prices. Now, they have no choice but fix what they use to get around.

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