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Rough Winter Means Good News for Some

Lots of snow and cold mean an increase in business for some local businesses.
March 5, 2014 - As this winter goes on record as the eighth snowiest (just an inch shy from the number seven spot) in Erie history, and the cold, sub-zero temperatures also set records, there's a growing desire for spring to, well, spring.

However, some local businesses have been able to reap the benefits of a long, seemingly never-ending winter.

Dave Stromenger, owner of Stro's Greenhouse and Stro's Snow Plowing (and Connie's Ice Cream), said this winter he plowed far more than he usually does; mind you, Stromenger has been plowing for more than 20 years.

While his other business, Stro's Greenhouse, is just getting ready for the spring season, he said despite the cold temperatures, there's no delay in growing. He goes on to add that with the sun's presence now becoming more of a regular occurrence -- unlike its rare appearances during the true heart of the winter -- his greenhouses are staying warm during the day thanks to the solar power.

However, when the sun is not shining, he does have to deal with the added expenses of running gas furnaces.

Another business that is benefiting from the cold: the Erie Sports Store.

Director of operations, Clair Henley, said the store has sold out of its ice-fishing equipment, as well as a lot of ski masks and gloves.

On the downside, Henley said they cannot order stock because the manufacturers cannot meet the demand.

Although the weather has benefited these businesses, both Henley and Stromenger are looking forward to spring.
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