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Slow start to spring means fast paced work week for local businesses


Eau Claire (WQOW) - It's no secret many of us would like to see the snow go away, but Friday, WQOW News 18 talked to some people who can't complain about flakes falling in April.  

It's been 24 days since spring officially began, and most people are begging for dead branches to bloom. But, not everyone is ready to bid winter good bye. 

"This weather, as much as it kind of stinks for everybody else, it's been great for business for us," says Christie Winrich, the manager of Sol Sisters Tanning.

She says this April has been one of their busiest.  "In the past there are just a lot of prom kids, a lot of high students coming in to get ready for the dance. This April I'm seeing a mix of everything, a lot of our older clientele are still tanning now because there's snow on the ground, says Winrich.  

She says, "People, they work 8 hours a day, and they expect to be able to go home and do yard work and barbeque outside. But, since they can't, they're still coming to us because they need that little bit of sunshine, artificially, that they get."

Winrich says typically by this time of year she would only have one person on staff at a time. "But now, since we are so busy, morning, noon and night, that I need to have two people on staff because we are constantly having people come through the doors," says Winrich.  

Tanning salons aren't the only businesses benefiting from the April snow showers.

"The more you go out, the more you make. It's been a very busy winter, lots of snow, lots of late nights plowing," says Mike Sell, the Owner of Green Thumb Landscaping & Excavating in Eau Claire.  

He says they've gone out to plow between forty and fifty times this winter. "It's a lot, every time we get minimal amounts even we have to go and plow to clean out the lot. It keeps the cash flow going for all the people who snowplow in winter and the bills still keep coming so, it's nice to get some winter work. And it's good for moisture for the land and everything else too which we need. It's Wisconsin, we need winter," says Sell.  

Sell did say he's had to delay tree and plant orders for his landscaping business until things start to warm up. He says he's confident spring will come. 

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