Snow Good For Local Businesses And Winter Sport Lovers

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

Royal Lawn & Landscape's David Thurston was thrilled to work all hours of the night and morning during the recent snow storm.

"We're glad to be out here...It's good to see that everybody is working and bringing some money into the households," and it has been an even better shift that he wished for. The fresh coat of snow every few hours means lots of over-due overtime pay.

It's also led people to rush to their local retailers, like Menard's for winter weather supplies such as salt, shovels and snowmobiles. General Manager of the southern Lansing location Dennis Kimball explains: "For this type of merchandise, this is the only time that we really have an opportunity to sell."

And then there are the winter recreational activities Michigan is known for. Many local ski slopes and sledding hills, like Hawk Island in Lansing, haven't' been able to stay open much this season due to the lack of snow, and cold temperatures for their snow-makers to make snow.

Ingham County's Director of Parks Willis Bennett says all his hills have opened back up for business: "At Lake Lansing we will have cross-country skiing. That will be opened. At Birchfield Park in Holt, we also have cross-country skiing as well, with ski rentals. We have some really nice sledding hills out there."

And he's expecting crowds of snow-lovers to keep the place busy until it all melts again. "We're like everybody else; we like to take advantage of the weather when we can and we hope everybody will come out and enjoy our parks. One last winter blast before it's over with!"

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