Summer heat impacts Casper businesses

Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 6:22 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - From the mid 90′s to triple digits, there have been hot days this summer.

While people in Wyoming and across the country battle soaring temperatures, some Casper businesses are seeing the weather drive more customers to their windows.

“Summer hit warmer weather hit and it was just like a huge uptick in sales I wouldn’t even say so many people but sales in general,” said Perfect Cup Owner Sierra Harvey.

The Perfect Cup changed owners at the start of this year, and while the winter months felt busy for Harvey, she says summer has brought in even more customers. She says the temperatures impact the type of coffee people are buying, and iced or blended drinks are in high demand when it’s hot.

“I went in like January, February, buying maybe like eight bags of seven-pound ice maybe lasting five days... to just investing in my own ice machine,” said Harvey.

Whether you’re cooling off with an iced coffee, or an ice cream, colder products tend to feel the love in summer. But, for some businesses, the heat can hurt them.

“Well the heat doesn’t allow us to drive neighborhoods, so if the heat is above 85 degrees the truck will overheat, so for the last month we haven’t been able to drive neighborhoods which is my favorite thing to do,” said I’Scream 4 Wings and Ice Cream Co-Owner Brandi Daniels.

Daniels says their customers are usually pretty steady, no matter what the temperatures are. I’Scream also emphasizes rotating employees and making sure they stay safe while working in the food trucks.

“We try to have enough employees on the trucks so they can rotate through, and employees can go take breaks. Food trucks in the heat they’re no joke... we’re sweating it out in the trucks,” said Daniels.

No matter how you try to beat the heat, staying cool is the most important aspect. For resources on heat safety, click here.

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