Prolonged cold means changes for some businesses

April 18, 2018 06:52 PM

Salsbury Place in Rensselaer is a mom-and-pop restaurant on Washington Avenue, offering breakfast and lunch, and sometimes dinner, with a smile.  Usually by now, they'd be two weeks into ice cream and have porch furniture set up, along with picnic tables with umbrellas.  Right now, though, the furniture is stacked on the porch next to a snow shovel, so they're still selling a lot more comfort food, and holding off on debuting their seven new sundaes.

"Everyone in this area, there's a lot of families, so people are out on their bikes and walking and they stop in for ice cream that way, but we really haven't seen a lot of that," said owner Vanessa Salsbury. "We were hoping to see that for spring break and that's when we got our one machine up and running, but spring break was colder than February break, I think!"

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Friday, they had a line for ice cream when they had a little bit of warm weather, but then the temperatures plunged again.

In Latham, George's Market only has the pansies out because of the cold weather. The rhododendrons are sheltered in a nearby truck because they're budded and they can't be out until the weather warms up.

The fruit trees are inside, all budded, with leaves.

The store is normally a lot busier at this time of year.

"People just aren't working in their yards yet because it's just too cold. So the lawn fertilizers and stuff like that, still have plenty of time to put it down," said owner George Vogt.

The rows of flowers in spectacular colors are keeping warm in the greenhouses, just waiting for the spring rush of customers.


WNYT Staff

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