MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – With record breaking temperatures in the east this holiday season, local businesses are seeing significant increases in sales.
And the warm weather is impacting the local coastal economy; visitors to the area say the warmer than normal temperatures are bringing folks from across the state to the North Carolina coast.
“It’s wonderful! I mean I brought one pair of shorts, wrong, should’ve had two or three,” said Emily Stallings from Boone, N.C.
Which is the same thought many folks had walking around Morehead City, where many local businesses are feeling the heat.
“With this warm weather i see lots people out, just like you would during summer walking around going in all the shops so i think it’s helped all the businesses along this waterfront,” said Abby Pentz, a server at the Sanitary Fish Market.
At the restaurant, many families asked to sit out near the water in hopes of enjoying a rare “summer feel” this time of year.
For Emily Stallings and her family, that’s exactly what they came down here for this week.
“It’s heaven down here, it’s just beautiful and it’s so wonderful for the economy, people are coming down,” said Stallings.
But it’s not all sunshine and happy feelings.
WNCT spoke with one visiting business owner from Boone, he says the mountains are not experiencing the increase in sales warmer weather has brought to the coast.
“No skiers, no skis on the roofs of cars, nothing going on, people are out of jobs and work right now because of that,” said Allyn Morton.
As for the sanitary fish market, Abby Pentz says, “This year our numbers are way higher than last year, again, due to the warm weather there’s people who can actually sit outside versus last year you couldn’t sit outside without freezing.”
Many other businesses that are typically closed were also in business Monday, they tell WNCT they’ve seen such an increase in sales they have decided to remain open as long as the weather continues to stay warm.