With temperatures approaching 90 degrees, 4-year-old Jackson Vasker had only one thing on his mind Friday afternoon.
”He loves his cotton candy ice cream,” said Jackson’s father, Andrew Vasker, as they sat in the shade at P&T’s Sweet Spot, located at 2 W. Main St., Falconer. ”When it is hot out, we come down here as often as we can. They have a nice place, we like it here.”
The scene Friday afternoon in Falconer is being duplicated throughout the area as a July heat wave has hit Chautauqua County. Boxcar Barney’s in Mayville has had more customers this week as the summer starts to heat up.
”During the day we’re slower. It is so hot out the ice cream melts before we can get it out the window,” said Cole Gleason, Boxcar Barney’s spokesman. ”We’ve been pretty busy at night. The line stretches out to the sidewalk. When it gets hot out, people need something to cool them off, so that is what they’re doing here.”
Gleason said Boxcar Barney’s, located at 13 W. Lake Road, Mayville, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Gleason said the ice cream parlor serves 23 flavors of hard ice cream and three flavors of soft.
”We also have food like Texas hot dogs and hamburgers, cheese sticks, pizza logs, chicken tenders and pretzels,” he said.
The appropriately named ice cream business The Igloo, located at 6 E. Main St., Frewsburg, has also seen more business this week. Dennis Long, The Igloo owner, said they have 27 flavors to select from, and they too also have food like hot dogs, hamburgers and curly fries. The business is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
”Business has been good,” he said. ”I wouldn’t say it has been the busiest time, that would be May and June, but (business) has been good.”
Chelsea Card at the Ice Cream Shack, 4365 Summit Ave., Lakewood, said they have seen steady customers throughout the day as the business is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
”Yeah, definitely during the heat we get more customers,”she said. ”We go through at least 400 cones a day, and that is just cones. That is not counting milk shakes and sundaes.”
Card said the business sells 32 flavors of Perry’s ice cream.
”We’re pretty steady all the time, but we do get busier later in the night because of the heat,” she said.
Tabitha Whitacre, P&T’s Sweet Spot manager, said they serve 26 flavors of hard ice cream and a chocolate and vanilla twist soft serve.
”Yeah we’ve been busier,” she said. ”Now, when it is hot, and when we open for the year, is when we are the busiest.”
The business is open from noon to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and they stay open later until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. She said besides ice cream cones, people can get banana splits, floats and sundaes.