How uphill Lincoln businesses are faring with the hot weather
With children back at school and unexpected hot weather at the end of summer, Steep Hill businesses have shared their thoughts on how the week has been for them. From an ice cream parlour, to an arts and crafts shop, to a 1940s tea room, there are plenty of different independent businesses in uphill Lincoln.
With highs reaching 27C on Friday, September 8, people were still braving Steep Hill to do a bit of shopping. One business, which is only in its first year of opening, has welcomed the extra week of sun as visitors scramble for ice creams.
Anna Standley, owner of Ice Dreaming in the Bailgate, said: "It's been really good and really busy. The graduations this week have brought people from all over.
"For us, it's our first year opening and it has been an amazing year and busier than expected. Our most popular ice cream flavour is the white chocolate millionaire."
Jenny Bell, who co-owns Ditto Design, an arts and crafts shop on Steep Hill with her two daughters, said: "The weather seems to be bringing people out. I thought the weather would be off-putting because people rush to the coast or garden centres but at the moment it's been good for us.(Image: Eleanor Maslin/Lincolnshire Echo)
"It's surprisingly cool compared to the other side of the street in the shop. I'm not going to complain, I think it will make the winter shorter."
Faye Gault, owner of Bunty's Tea Room on Steep Hill, said: "We had a really good summer with the 1940s weekend which went down a storm and Steampunk was amazing. The atmosphere was electric.
"It's so good when you know you have quiet times coming to see the queues going up the hill when you have events. We are on a wind down now, a bit of a quiet time as the schools are going back.
"We have the potential to be busy but as long as you know when you're quiet then you can prepare and manage it. I would like the weather to be a little bit cooler now."
She added: "It's all about the ice creams and the cold beers and ciders although tea is the biggest cooler."