February was a bizarre month for weather in Mason. With temperatures reaching high 50s and low 60s, people and businesses are starting to get spring fever early.
“This has been an abnormal winter for us. I don’t think we’ve had a weekend as busy in February as in July.” said Shawn Sodman, owner of the Daily Scoop.
Sodman said he ran out of eight flavors of ice cream over the weekend of the 24th-26th.
“I don’t think I’ve ever ran out of that much ice cream. Maybe when we first opened,” said Sodman, “but that’s two days in a row that we’ve been more busy than any other weekend this past summer.”
Sodman said he’d be hard pressed to get sales significantly higher than that. He attributes it to the 60-degree weather, the sun being out, and everyone in Mason having spring fever.
Lynn Harper, a Mason resident in her 40s, said the weather makes it easier for people to get out and that means more traffic in downtown Mason. There’s also been an issue of kids getting sick.
“I have two kids, ages five and seven, and they’ve been sick multiple times. I went on a field trip this past week and kids were constantly coughing during it.” said Harper.
“Also with the weather, a lot of plants seem to be starting to grow. Allergies are gonna start being a problem for a lot of people, something that doesn’t usually happen in February.” said Harper
Harper said although this weather has been fantastic, she wouldn’t be surprised if there was huge winter storm in the next month.
Dan Blonde, a bartender working for Bad Brewing Company, said business has flourished with the weather.
“We opened up a new patio in June behind the building, and people have been taking advantage of it. We haven’t had a full year with it, and we’re very excited about the potential for it.” said Blonde.
Blonde was also excited for the potential for their new brew called the Ace Pale Ale, which was released on Feb. 27. With the weather over the past month, the release of the beer has Blonde and the brewing company excited.