SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – Local seasonal businesses are rushing to get ready for their customers now that the heat is here. A long, harsh winter has quickly heated up to a weekend that hovered around 80 degrees.
Seasonal businesses are already welcoming in customers, but have had to scramble to get resources because of the early heat.
Alan Stepanik told 22news, “Things were a little bit behind but now they kinda caught up and they’re back to the way they should be. Things are sizing up and plants are getting bigger.” Alan Stepanik Greenhouses in Agawam now has to battle the heat by constantly watering his plants, hoping they won’t wilt before being sold.
A few miles away, ice cream is quickly running out at a popular ice cream bar. The Summer House here in Southwick is already seeing an uptick in how much ice cream they’ve been selling, and just this weekend alone, they’ve sold almost 5,000 cones.
Employees move quickly, making up for the current lack of staff.
Rick Gramaldi the owner of Summer House told 22News, “We’re obviously excited coming into the spring to be busy. A little worried that we don’t have our college help back yet, but we’re pulling out all the stops trying to get hands.”
College students make up most of the Summer House’s veteran staff. 22News watched the staff call out ice cream flavors that ran out in a matter of minutes.
Gramaldi says the challenge of warm weather only excites him more to please customers who have had cabin fever during this year’s long winter.
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