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Never-ending winter impacts local businesses and a bride-to-be


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A wedding ceremony this weekend may need a shovel.  It's just one of many adjustments being made because winter won't go away. Local businesses say it's been both a blessing and a curse. And it could make someone's special day a little bit more difficult this weekend.

"We are just trying to get away from this winter weather that just won't leave," says New Auburn resident Jolene Gowin, visiting Chaos Waterpark for the first time.

And that seems to be a trend at the Metropolis Resort.

"Over the course of March and the first week of April, we're up about ten percent in sales, we're up about 15 percent in traffic. It's been a nice jump," says Benny Anderson, with Action City/Chaos Waterpark.

And business isn't just booming there. Gold's Gym is also seeing a boost.

"I want to say we're up about 25 to 40 percent over last year. It's just crazy," says Gold's Gym James Kane, Gold's Gym General Manager.

As more snow falls, membership goes up.

"We have seen such an increase in traffic and as far as numbers and memberships, we are just doing incredible. It's just been unbelievable," says Kane.

But the weather hasn't always been helpful. Last year, the mini golf course was open in February. This year: "This is about the fourth time it's happened where we get to the point of we're about a day away from being open, and it snows that night," Anderson says.

And there are other issues the winter weather brings. For one weekend bride, it may be a very white wedding.

"This is where our outside wedding will be this weekend, because that's the only option, and so you know, it's all in the pavilion, it'll be cleaned out, we've got pumps and everything that we can do with it," says Anderson. "Bride doesn't care. She said we're going outside, so we're ready for it."

The mini golf course is not only underwater, but parts are also under several inches of snow.

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