Cool weather in Spokane a boon to some, bust for others
SPOKANE, Wash. - Snow in June. Depending on who you are, it's either the worst of times, or the best of times.
Traci Steenburgen works at a tanning salon in the Spokane area. On a normal June day she sees about 80 customers. Now, however, she's helping about 120 people a day get a summer-like tan in spring-like weather.
"They're still tanning because there's no sunshine, so the season has extended a lot longer than normal," said Steenburgen.
Steenburgen says she's seeing about a 50 percent increase in business.
Business is great for places that specialize in indoor recreation, like bowling alleys.
"If the weather's bad we pretty much know it's going to be busy," said a worker at a local bowling alley.
It's a feast for indoor businesses, but quite a famine for the outdoor specialists.
Boat rentals are down.Waterslide parks are seeing sales slip, including Splashdown in Spokane Valley. They normally open around Memorial Day, but with cool weather and construction behind schedule they wait. Splashdown hopes to open this weekend, along with the new county water park on the South Hill.
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