- While the rain this weekend stopped some Memorial Day activities, businesses in the Northwoods saw sales boom. Rain made tourists head indoors to see what different businesses had to offer.
Many Minocqua area businesses said the weekend was very busy because of the rainy and cloudy weather. Business was slower Monday compared to the weekend.
At Dan's Minocqua Fudge this weekend, staff saw thousands come in to shop.
"I can't even begin to count how many people came through," said Dan's Minocqua Fudge manager Michael Johnson. "There was a line out the door for half the day, so we had thousands of people come through."
Packerland Plus packed in customers. Staff say they sold lots of Packers and Bears gear over the weekend.
"Business over the weekend went pretty well," said Packerland Plus employee Zoe Trapp. "With all the rain, all the people were downtown, and when the sun would come out it would slow down. But it rained on and off a lot, so we did well."
Workers at Imaginuity said the rainy weather was perfect for people to grab a game and stay indoors.
"With the rain and cloudier weather, it's just been really busy this weekend," said Imaginuity manager Jessica Johnson. "We sold a lot of games. It's a great way to pass the time. And puzzles were flying out the door."
And even though it rained, people still wanted a break from the weather to get some treats.
Island City Ice Cream in Minocqua thought they'd see even more business Monday.
"Today now that the sun is shining I'm sure that everyone is out on the lakes, and taking the last opportunity they can for Memorial Day to be outside," said Island City Ice Cream owner Susan Jaster. "We saw people yesterday from Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Indiana. We just saw people from all over."
Last year, Oneida County brought in the second largest amount of tourism revenue in the Northwoods.