RHINELANDER - Nothing says summer time like ice cream, but with cool temperatures this week and more to come next week, it doesn't feel much like summer.
One local ice cream shop says that hasn't stopped people from buying the treat. Jet's Dairy Bar in downtown Rhinelander has had a steady flow of business, despite the cold.
"Pretty consistent because of the holiday week and a lot of the Country Festers are up. So I think a lot of them were just kind of chilling around town waiting for Country Fest to start," said Aimee Kubiak, Jet's Dairy Bar Employee.
Employees believe tourists keep sales regular. Business for Jet's this Fourth of July weekend was up compared to past years. But surprisingly, Jet's employees say rain, not cold, can slow business.
"Because it won't melt as fast and, I don't know, there's less people here so you have more room to just pick from tables and I like ice cream any temperature," said Kubiak.
Other ice cream shops from around the Northwoods tell us they were also busy the past week despite the cooler temperatures.
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