TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – We’ve witnessed professions that prosper in this extreme winter weather, and others that are simply side-lined until spring!
At Pizza City, at 9th and Walnut Streets in Terre Haute, the dining room is a comfortable 74 degrees; while the temperature inside the walk-in cooler is easily 30 degrees warmer than it was outdoors on Tuesday.
Pizza delivery driver Jonathan Burris knows how to dress defensively.
“Preferably, you’ll want to wear gloves,” Burris said. “Be careful when you get out, there’s a lot of ice still.”
Jonathan knows how to stay warm while keeping his pizza piping hot.
And just because the Wabash Valley is cold doesn’t mean the people are. Jonathan noted a generous improvement in customer tips when the weather is this extreme.
“They all know we’re trying to deliver their pizza, and get in, and get out as soon as possible,” Burris said. “So, I have noticed variations from summer to winter — the tips are generally a little bit higher — due to the winter! And they don’t want us to be stranded out in the cold, and they want their food! And they can’t get out, so…”
From the food industry to the floral business, where the precious petals of a flower are much more susceptible to the brutal cold.
“We have a heated garage and we start-out and warm up the van — put them in the van — and we make sure that your van is nice and warm,” shared Curtis Lyle, owner of Cowan and Cook Florist in Terre Haute.
Lyle was commenting on the critical time a fresh flower is exposed to the elements, and how in temps below 32 degrees, or freezing, seconds can be make or break.
“If you take (the arrangement) out in cold weather, it gets out in the weather — and when that frostbite starts to hit that flower, you start seeing a transparence of a flower and it’s easy to detect that that’s been froze!”