Mid-Michigan business forced to close early due to heat

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FLUSHING, Mich. (WNEM) – Some business owners said the heat was too hot to justify keeping their doors open on Wednesday.

Diana Rodabaugh is co-owner of the Flushing Candy Company.

“It’s the first time we’ve had to close because of the heat,” Rodabaugh said.

She said her business resides in a building built in the 1800s with a working air conditioner that doesn’t cut it in the extreme heat.

“Chocolate, ice cream, everything is sensitive. We don’t want it to melt. We want it to have quality,” Rodabaugh said.

The decision was made to close for the day. Rodabaugh co-owns the company with Scott Webster.

He said producing their rolled ice cream would have only made conditions inside their store even hotter on Wednesday.

“It’s about minus 40 degrees. And then to make that plate that cold, we have to take the heat out of the plate, and that heat goes into our space. And so the more ice cream we make, the hotter it gets here,” Webster said.

Webster and Rodabaugh just didn’t think it was fair for their customers who would brave the heat to sample their ice cream.

“We roll it up and it has a certain look that we created. And we can’t create that quality of that look today because it’s melting so fast. Even though it’s the coldest ice cream in Genesee County, at minus 40 when it comes off the plate, we can’t produce the product we want to produce,” Webster said.

“We don’t want people to go out. We don’t want people sweating to death trying to get our ice cream or other sweets. Because we want to give them the quality they deserve,” Rodabaugh said.

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