Some local business thrive in the heat

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Summer is finally here and the Grand Vvalley is really starting to heat up, which means business is hot for some local companies who actually flourish when the temperatures spike.

Grand Junction has already broken three records so far this month for high temperatures, two for triple digit daytime highs and even one for overnight heat.

While the heat might be tough on your plants, some Grand Valley businesses thrive when it gets this hot. "As it gets hotter we get a lot more calls," says Bill Hirt of 72 Degrees.

Hirt says he sees two distinctive spikes in his business throughout the year. There's a jump in the winter but a much bigger one in the summer. "When it's 100, 100 plus degrees and you have a swamp cooler, it's putting out all it can," says Hirt.

Some people are getting out of the house and heading over to the public pool to take a dip. "People come in and they're dripping and they're looking to cool off," says Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool Manager Pete Ashman. This season has already started off warmer than normal. Ashman says normally his staff uses the cooler temperatures to gear up for the rush, but not this year. "It was hot and heavy early on, we had a lot of people here opening weekend and all through JUCO we were busy," says Ashman.

Others are looking forward to the busy time as well, saying the spike in business makes up for slow winter months. "Summer gets here and the nice warm temperatures, then it just goes "swoosh" just like a rocket and it goes way high," says Gelato Junction Owner Jim Hawkins. His business goes up enough to carry him through the entire year. "Probably at least tripled," says Hawkins.

The National Climate Prediction Center is actually predicting a hotter-than-average summer for the Grand Valley. News that puts a smile on the faces of these business owners. "We're hoping for 100 degrees for the next two months," says Hirt. "We're really looking forward to it, we love it when it's busy," says Ashman.

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