Plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures have many people catching spring fever. After a long and harsh winter, many local businesses are also looking forward to putting the cold behind them and springing into the busy season.
Like many Grand Junction residents, Janine Burke has been aching to get outside and enjoy spring. "Been looking out the windows for what seems like months and months, wishing we could go outside," says Burke. Sitting beside her, wishing the same thing is her daughter Serena. "I go outside and jump rope or ride my bike or scooter," says Serena.
"It's this increase in outdoor activity that has businesses around Grand Junction excited as well. "The sun comes out and 4000 people rush in the door," says Owner of Brown's Cycles, Chris Brown. Brown has seen many winters in the Grand Valley and knows how the trend works. "A harsh winter leads to a huge spring because people are ready to go," says Brown. Year after year his business takes a huge leap in March, with people coming in a prepping their gear for summer.
A rush that others hope to cash in on as well. "When we opened our gate this morning at 9 people started rolling in," says Don George. Today was the first day "this year" the gates at Mount Garfield greenhouse and nursery were open and people there are excited to see some color. "They like to come in and look at the flowers and get a taste of spring," says George. While it's still a little early to plant, it's never too early to plan. "People need to come in now and get them while the selection is still good," says George.
Planning is exactly what the Harley Davidson dealership is doing. Their rush has already started. "Now we're starting to book out into the next week," says Marketing Coordinator, Traci Stapleton. The service department is filling up with riders trying to get their bikes ready for warmer weather. Even the hard core riders had to park their hogs this winter. "Even our hog club members who normally ride year around, a lot of them said we couldn't even ride for a month," says Stapleton.
Now that those months over, it's time to spring into action. "We're getting our stuff ready so we can just come home and get outside and enjoy the out doors," says Burke. Because with warmer days ahead, hopefully this past winter will soon be a distant memory.
Don't forget, it's time to spring ahead and set those clocks up an hour this weekend, so there will be even more sun to enjoy.