RHINELANDER - The holiday season can boost sales for some Northwoods businesses. But this year the snow may have helped boost business more than holidays.
The early snow fall had many people shopping for new winter clothes and boots. Some business owners think sales have been high this year because there's a lot of snow but it's not too cold.
They believe that inspires more people to want to do outdoor activities.
"December is always a good to great month. What really helps us is snow on the ground and cooler weather," says Mel's Trading Post owner Mitch Mode. "We sell a lot of skis and snowshoes. The weather really played well for us this year so we saw a nice bump in sales, and good steady traffic all month."
The manager at Mel's Trading Post thinks more people got their Christmas gifts at local shops this year. The store sold more gifts this month than during the holiday season last year. The manager thinks good customer service keeps people shopping locally.
"I like to think we're taking care of people and trying to run a business that focuses on good service and good quality," says Mode. "We try to get American made stuff when we can."
Some business owners expect sales to keep going up in the next few weeks.
That's because many people will be exchanging the gifts they didn't want.
|Story By: Karolina Buczek