Impact of Rainy Weather On Local Businesses

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM EDT


June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM EDT

While the rain is inconveniencing many Western New Yorkers, the wet weather is proving to be both a help and a hindrance to some local businesses.

Greg Spoth, of Greg's U-Pick in Clarence, said he has already lost $4,000 worth of pumpkin crop on 10 acres of land because of all the precipitation.

Now, his other crops are now in danger too.

"It's just terrible," said Spoth. "It's just terrible. It will not quit raining."

On Thursday, Spoth was forced to closed his U-pick business because the fields were completely saturated. He said the lost day, along with thousands of dollars in lost crops, will certainly dampen the profits he makes this year.

But for other local businesses, this wet weather is a perfect strike.

Donna Pernn, general manager at Transit Lanes bowling alley, said revenue is up more than 60 percent this month, compared to last year at this time.

"We are a seasonal business so when the sun shines, we are not as busy, but during the rainy season it's a bonus for us," said Pernn.

While Pernn hopes the rain continues so the profits roll in, Spoth is praying for sunnier days ahead.