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Old Market comes alive as warmer temperatures welcome customers

Posted at 10:50 PM, Apr 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-14 23:52:21-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Sunday was a busy day for businesses at the Old Market thanks to the nice weather. Shop employees say they don't expect this much business this early in spring, especially with the record flooding and extended winter.

The area is back to life as sunny skies brought out customers.

"People are out and about," Theresa Palmquist said. "We were anxious to get out."

That's a good sign for stores like Overland where employees say they're still selling coats and jackets. Soon enough, lighter clothes will be selling off the shelves. And even employees are over winter.

"It makes our lives so much easier," Suzanne Fonda said. "We get in bad moods sometimes, customers get in bad moods sometimes, people just don't want to go out. We like seeing all the people and it's good for downtown."

Parking was hard to come by as nearly every stall was taken. Foot traffic was heavy.

Imaginarium employee Tobin Pruitt says today has been one of the busiest days in the past week.

"Usually it's not until summer," Pruitt said. "Since we had such a bad winter, everyone's just trying to take all the good weather they can get."