Temperatures climb to high 90s, can local businesses take the heat?
Sun, 05 Aug 2012 00:05:45 GMT —
The temperature reached a record high of 97 degrees on Saturday, a thrill for some local business owners, but for others, it made it that much harder to get the job done.
Because of the steam used in dry cleaning, those businesses can be some of the hottest places to be when the temperatures climb.
At Jet One Hour Dry Cleaners in Dewitt, they weren't steaming on Saturday, but with no air conditioning, and the warmth of the steam still left over from the week, it was hot.
"It's kind of like being in a sauna," Tonya Kadrmas, who was working there on Saturday, says. "Sweating all day and everything like that, I try to keep cool by bringing a lot of water, I have the fans on, there's like 8 fans in here."
While it was tough to work at a dry cleaner on Saturday, it was also tough to eat an ice cream cone. While business was still booming at Gannon's Isle, customers took full advantage of their indoor, air conditioned area, and also trended more towards eating ice cream out of bowls and getting smoothies, instead of melting and messy cones.
"Milkshakes are a big thing today," Eileen Gannon, co-owner of Gannon's Isle, says. "We have fresh squeezed lemonade so a lot of people are getting that, a lot of people are getting both that and smoothies actually."
So, while Gannon's been enjoying the heat all summer long, Kadrmas has had to weather through some difficult temperatures in her not so temperature friendly profession.