Drought, heat good for some Pewaukee businesses
Jesse Ritka reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
PEWAUKEE - Soaking up the sun in the back of a boat is one of the few places people don't want to see rain.
So the drought conditions and heat are good for business at SkipperBud's, President Mike Pretasky, Jr. tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Jesse Ritka, "The summer's been great, we're up 35%, we can't keep everything in stock."
It was the 5th warmest June on record and without the rain to worry about; sales soared at SkipperBud's.
"It got people very excited anywhere from accessories to boats to repairs, everything is busy," says Pretasky.
Last year one of their marinas pumped 20,000 gallons of gas all summer, they are almost at that point now, "This warm weather has made everything explode!" Pretasky exclaimed.
The dry and warm weather was more than welcome at Don and Roy's Motorsports, it was needed. Ritka talked to owner Bob VanZelst in February while the mild winter left most of their snowmobiles on the showroom floor.
VanZelst said it was almost counterproductive to hope for snow in February because winter equipment just wouldn't sell even with a late snow. "We'd rather just see an early spring and get the bikes going at this point, this is just kind of dragging out," VanZelst said in February.
So thanks to the heat and drought, they got the bikes, scooters and jet skis going early, a relief to Don and Roy's Motorsports, "We started out real strong in March and that got everybody excited and the cabin fever came out early and it's continued all the way into the summer," VanZelst says.
And the dry weather has provided perfect conditions for motorcyclists. "You don't have to worry about getting sprinkled on. The best part is you can go out and play with this stuff and not worry about doing your yard work because there's nothing there to do," VanZelst explains.
And as the drought rolls on, more boats, motorcycles and scooters are sure to roll out the doors.