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Warm weather brings high hopes for NuLu businesses after slow winter

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With warmer temperatures comes higher hopes from local business owners who have been struggling to sell in the brutal weather. 

Wednesday was only the third day in February that was above 50 degrees, and Louisville has had 20.7 inches of snow this winter compared to an average of 12.5 inches. 

"It's certainly been slower," said Anne Shadle, co-owner and general manager of Mayan Cafe. 

But the kitchen was heating up Wednesday. Shadle says business likely will too with snow melting from sight. 

"I hope that everybody comes out in droves, yes, they sort of make up for all the lost time they were hibernating," Shadle said. 

The restaurant has been offering specials to bring diners in, but business has been down by about 5 percent in the past two months compared with last year, according to Shadle.

Next door, the owner of AlterEgo Women's Apparel estimates a 25 percent loss over the past three months compared to last year. 

"You've got to get them in here before you can sell anything, and so I've not had the opportunity meet with people and show them what we do here," said Linda Hawpe, owner of AlterEgo. 

Wednesday, she prepared for a bump in traffic from customers waiting to get outside. "We're going to need help dealing with customers today, which is wonderful!" 

A desire to spend more time outdoors was apparent at Cherokee Park. 

"It's packed. Usually it's just me," runner Jeannine Kemper said. Runners, cyclists and dog walkers ready to brave the mud, instead of ice. 

"It's such a relief, it feels beautiful out here and just really refreshing," said Lauren McGrath, who was running with her dog.

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