Some like it hot: Heat brings customers to some businesses (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

ST. CHARLES — Mary Alice Roach, 14, of Wayne and Madeline Mortensen, 17, of St. Charles sat under a pink chandelier Friday afternoon in Kimmer’s Ice Cream, each with an ice cream cone in hand.

The incoming freshman and current student were matched this summer, part of St. Charles East High School’s peer leadership program. They’d spent the day mini golfing, “getting comfortable with high school and making a smooth transition,” Madeline said.

“It was really hot so we thought, ‘Let’s get ice cream,’” Mary Alice said.

Kimmer’s definitely has seen an increase in business this year, according to owner Kimberly Elam.

When the temperatures first hit unusual highs this spring, Elam said, she was ordering ingredients “as if it was June.” And, on a busy day this summer, the shop can go through two or three tubs of caramel sea salt ice cream, its most popular.

The hot, dry weather has had “a significant impact” on the area, according to Dan Rich, public works supervisor in Elgin.

And that impact has been “both positive and negative,” Rich said.

But there is a silver lining in that rainless cloud for some area businesses, such as ice cream shops, cooling service providers and other organizations whose construction projects are ahead of schedule.

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Photo credit: Katherine Peters for Sun-Times Media.