The hot and cold of seasonal businesses

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- What are your favorite things to do in the winter? Ski? Ice Skate? Snowmobile?

You might not think of visiting your favorite food truck in January. But then again you wouldn't think about lacing up the skates in July either.

So how do these seasonal businesses keep the money coming in year round?

Jamie and Mike Williams are bringing the heat to their Big Mike's Pork N' Wings food truck near Circle Park in Fruita. Even when the temperatures outside are not.

"We had a very good summer," said Mike Williams. "Looking forward to this year."

The Williams' started the food truck business this past summer after moving to the Western Slope.

"Since we are a new business closing for the winter isn't possible for us," said Jamie Williams. "So we just stay opened and business has been good and the more we sit here the more people see us."

While Big Mike's is getting by, business is booming at Glacier Ice Arena.

"This is our busy season," said Robbie Koos. "We always look forward to winter time."

November through February is go time for the rink. They get about 200 skaters on the weekend and up to 300 on holidays.

That keeps them afloat, when they're the only ice in town come June and July.

"People say 'I bet you're super busy in the summertime because it's so hot outside,'" Koos said. "We compete with the great outdoors with people going camping and hiking and fishing in the summertime."

Business will peak again for Big Mike's in the summer. A good start to their business career has them thinking of getting an even bigger trailer.

"Maybe a 40 footer," Mike said. "It's in the works."

While at Glacier's, dreams right now are colored in green and gold.

"It's a winter Olympic year," Koos said. "The kids watch it on TV and want to come in and learn how to skate."

Mike and Jamie Williams have an interesting story about how they ended up moving to Western Colorado and opening up a food truck. They talk about it in a "Web Extra" video at the top of the page.



 
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