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Warm weather; Not a problem for shoppers and businesses


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 12/04/2012 9:17 am Published: 12/03/2012 9:49 pm


The recent temperatures in Green Country might not put you in a holiday mood, but it hasn't deterred shoppers from checking items off of their list. Some local businesses report that the warmer weather is boosting sales.

Utica Square Property Manager Jessica Barr tells FOX23 that December is typically a busy month for the shopping center, but she anticipates a stronger than normal Christmas sales. She added the warmer temperatures have drawn people to the area eating establishments.

“A lot of the restaurants here have outdoor seating and normally in December they wouldn’t be able to take advantage of that,” said Barr, “This week has been great for those restaurants.”

Kelly Herzberg took her son to enjoy an afternoon lunch on the patio at Queenies in Utica Square.

“It beautiful and not as cold so you can enjoy it,” said Herzberg.

Kayla Vaughn of Tulsa told FOX23 she was taking advantage of the warm weather to round up holiday gifts.

”Usually we wait until Christmas Eve but with this beautiful we decided we would get a head start,” said Vaughn.

Owner and manager of Freckles Frozen Custard, Don McKinney, says the drawn out mild weather has had a direct impact on his business.

“It’s only the first four days but we are about 60 percent over last years numbers,” said McKinney.

McKinney says over past few days he has had customers show up wearing flip-flops and shorts.

“It’s great because they can sit at picnic tables in front of his store and enjoy their ice cream cones,” said McKinney.

The Christmas tree lot located at Under the Sun Garden Center near 51st & Harvard has seen an increase in customers according to the store manager.

“Anytime its warm outside you are going to have more people willing to come outside and explore the trees to see which ones they like the best,” said Under the Sun Garden Store manager, Lance Lohmeyer

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