GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- When you’ve got the state’s largest lake at your doorstep, a business can depend and often times rely on tourist business. Many such shops in Guntersville are gearing up for what they hope will be a busy summer.
“Hot weather helps,” says Joe Clevenger. “There’s no doubt about that. The hotter the weather, the more ice cream people seem to consume. We enjoy holidays and hot weather, yes.”
Clevenger owns the Lake Guntersville Ice Cream Shop across from the high school. He says with Memorial Day being the unofficial start to summer, they are hoping for new customers, along with their new flavors.
“We have key lime pie. I make that. I make lemon. Raspberry.”
Clevenger says he had hoped that February’s Bassmaster Classic held on the lake would have brought in more business. But he’s counting on the summer heat to fuel is ice cream sales.
“During the winter we have our normal customers. But during the summer we do see a lot more unfriendly faces. Well, not unfriendly, but people we’ve never seen before.”