There is a downside to the Thanksgiving holiday if you’re an ice cream-lover living in Regina.
For 30 years, on every October long weekend, the Milky Way ice cream shop shuts its doors. Apparently there isn’t much demand for cold treats when Saskatchewan’s temperatures dip down to -40 C and the snow starts swirling. And this year, it’s the same scoop.
But it’s still not easy for store owner Darren Boldt to close the windows and lock the doors each year.
“It’s always sad to close… especially this year because the weather’s so nice right now,” he said.
The weather plays a huge role in Boldt’s business. And with a summer like the one Saskatchewan experienced this year, Boldt said business didn’t pick up until late in the year. It was better in August and September. But with the frost now showing up on a regular basis, it’s not worth it to keep the business open.
But there is a bit of work and planning involved in closing the shop for the winter. There’s a store to clean, books to do and a whole lot of ice cream to move.
“We try and sell as much of our ice cream as we can,” said Boldt, adding that they offer everything at half price on their last day (which was Sunday).
Boldt said he’s happy for the customers they had over the summer, and thanked those who came out. They’ll be opening up again soon—in March when the snow is gone.