MARYVILLE (WATE) - This year's unseasonably warm weather is good news for East Tennessee businesses.
"We've opened two weeks early and have been really busy so we are thankful for the warmer weather," said Ginger Pope, owner of Ginger's Flowers in Maryville.
She says she doesn't see any downside of having warmer weather early. "The heat and the sun just makes them grow faster so the small plants get ready faster, so that's good."
Businesses that sell plants aren't the only ones doing well. Just ask the workers at Chadwick's Churn, an ice cream parlor in Friendsville.
"The weather's brought people in droves," said general manager Mike Bailey, "With the great ice cream we have here, people have really been getting in here early and enjoying that now."
Chadwick's Churn has been open for three years. They hope the early warm weather will mean good business for the rest of the summer.
So far there's a flavor that's still the favorite of customers. "Definitely it is the Gecko. It is our signature flavor," said Bailey. "It's a butter scotch ice cream mixed with Reese's cups, Butterfinger and chocolate chips."
Both business owners hope the warm weather will stick around so they can continue to cash in.
"We probably wouldn't have opened until tomorrow," said Pope. "We have had two weeks of good weather and good sales."
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