HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- The cold weather is affecting the way everyone operates on a daily basis. Normal activities like going out to dinner or getting the family out for ice cream are now deemed unnecessary. Business owners, however, are feeling the heat. Some are trying to keep things moving, while their customers are staying at home in front of the fireplace.
"It's pretty slow right now," said Cathy Cooper as she poured sprinkles onto chocolate dipped ice cream cones. Cooper owns KaleidoScoops on Winchester Road, and she knows the ice cream business is slower during the winter. She told WHNT News 19 that the unusually cold temperatures lately make her business even slower than it usually is during the winter months.
"There have been a few days when it's been single digits at night that we kinda twiddle our thumbs and wonder why are we here, but we keep going," said Cooper. She said baseball groups and her birthday cakes definitely help out.
Cooper also offers a promotion, buy one scoop get one free. This is for special occasions when she spots a snow flurry outside. "If it's snowing, people want to stay curled up on their couch, under a blanket, in front of a fire," she said. "I would rather have them come in, bring their families, and if they bought a scoop, give them one for free than not sell one at all."
Don't think for a second that she won't bring you your cone while you sit in the warmth of your car.
"I have done that before, I have done that before," she laughed.
Down the road, Supper Heroes restaurant is also seeing a slack in customers. "People don't want to get out unless they have to," said Mark Woodard, the owner. "I don't blame them, it's really cold out there!"
Woodard said he saw this a few weeks ago during the last cold weather blitz. He said business was slow one day, then extremely busy the next. Just like the cold keeps people inside, the warmer temperatures will bring them right back out.
"We'd rather it be steady all the time but if it's slow one day, busy the next, averages work," he laughed.