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Seasonal shops re-open after record winter

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Spring's imminent arrival doesn't mean snow is done but many warm-weather businesses are back open.  We've finally snapped one of our longest unofficial records in the Toledo area. 

For more than 75 straight days, those in the Glass City could find at least an inch of snow in their yards.  

Despite the cold, Mr. Freeze has capitalized on cabin fever and a hibernating sweet tooth.

"Customers on Facebook really anticipate the hype of knowing 'when is Mr. Freeze going to be back open?' so we were excited to get back at it this spring," manager Kari Kaser said.  "It didn't change our typical opening time.  Even though we've had a lot of snow we still pushed through and opened early March."

Kari Kaser has worked for Mr. Freeze for nine years.  The locally owned business has been running since 1980 in this location.  They may not have a phone but they are open and busy.

"With the cold weather and stuff, people will be out here shivering but they really have been faithful.  Our numbers are just as good as they were last year or the year before when we were seeing warmer temperatures," Kaser said.

And with 25 below-zero days this winter, those temperatures haven't been ideal for waiting in lines.  Believe it or not, this winter was not record breaking for total cold.  At 20.4°, our average temperature is cold enough for brain-freeze but only ranks number five in the books.

Where we've really distanced ourselves in the seasonal snowfall record.  We're nearly a foot above the previous record, which stood for 35 years.  To get that much snow height, you'd need to stack more than fifteen medium Superfreezes end to end.

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