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Spring Weather Gives Local Businesses A Boost

| May 14, 2014

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It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally starting to feel like spring here in the county. As the weather warms up and we start to see more sunshine, local businesses are breathing a sigh of relief.

“Wow, it makes a difference in our business,” said Kirk Carroll of Carroll’s Auto Sales in Presque Isle.

He says not only are more people out looking to buy new cars as the weather improves, they’re also getting service done on their current cars that they put off over the long winter.

“That little noise they’re not used to hearing…they wait until springtime, and springtime they come in and have it addressed,” he said.

A lot of folks are also having work done another set of wheels – Mark Fullen of MOJO Outdoor Sports says over the last few weeks business has really picked up – he says he probably has 40 bikes in the shop right now that he’s working on fixing up.

“We have a lot of maintenance bikes going in, a lot of new bikes going out so people are very very excited about the summer finally coming,” said Fullen.

He says they’ve sold anywhere from 50-60 bikes so far this year. And though ice cream tastes good any time of year – business skyrockets at Houlton Farms Dairy when we see sunshine and warm temps.

“On mother’s day the line was probably longer than I’ve ever seen it,” said ice cream artist Katelyn McPherson.

Similarly, Burger Boy in Caribou is open eight months out of the year, so good weather really helps. Owner Spenser Oullette says they had a tough start to the season, but things are picking up.

“When the sun is nice I mean there’s more things that’s going on..people are taking their kids out to the playgrounds and such so then they’re bringing their kids to burger boy after for ice cream,” said Oullette.

And as the weather continues to warm up, many of these businesses and other businesses around the county can only expect things to get better from here.

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