Heat wave providing hot business for some

9:03 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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(WZZM) -- With a heat wave, it can pay to be a cool business in Grand Rapids while others are feeling the heat, literally.

The Kroc Center is making a splash selling lots of day passes. While the heat is good for business at the Kroc Center, in Comstock Park Neon Leon's Glass blowing shop has temps that are off his thermometers charts.

"In the summer when I'm running the fires it goes to OR, which is out of range I'm not sure what temperature it is, but it only reads to 99 so it's at least 100." But that's why Neon Leon has a battle plan. "You have to be a little strategic, I come in early in the morning at 3 o'clock and turn the fires down by 11 o'clock before the fires really set in."

Frozen Yogurt shops in East Grand Rapids are cool as a cucumber but have business heating up in a good way. There are lines outside the door.

Joe Barney says hot weather is lights out for his firewood business. When asking how it impacts him, his Facebook response:"I sell firewood, you tell me?"

But hot and hot can go together. At Fatzo's Pizza business in Rockford their oven is on overtime because residents don't want to raise the heat in their own home.

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