Some businesses cashing in on heatwave

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Mon, July 7 2014 at 6:18 PM, Updated: Mon, July 7 2014 at 6:54 PM

Medford, Ore. -- Not everyone is suffering in the heat. As temperatures rise, sales at businesses that market heat-relief are going up too.

More people are rushing in to Blackbird Shopping Center in Medford to buy fans, coolers and even door and window screens to help keep them cool.

"You'll have people procrastinating on their screen needs and they'll have windows they can't open because of bug issues," said John Hanson, a Blackbird employee.

"It keeps us employees running and it makes our days go by quite fast," said Hanson.

The rush to keep cool is also good for business across town at the Thrifty Nifty Market on Jackson Street.

"We've been selling a lot of our slurpee freezes. It's been crazy... we're talking a line," said Josh Emery who works at the Thrifty Nifty Market.

"It's the only cold thing around here," said one customer.

However the hot weather hasn't helped hotdog sales at Victory Dogs in Downtown Medford.

"It has caused a little bit of a slow down here and there," said the owner, Charles Reeder.

Reeder said he's seen fewer people stopping by as they try to stay out of the heat.

"You've just got to grin and bear it," began Reeder.

"The joys of being an outside street vendor I guess you could say," he continued.

The triple digit weather, translating into some sweaty and slow business, while proving sweet for others.

Hanson said every year, Blackbird is stocked up and ready for the rush of people who come in to buy fans, and this year is no different.

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Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

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