The end of summer means the end of business for some seasonal shops

- For many seasonal businesses, Labor Day can signify the end of the selling season.

“It may be our last busy day, but we are going to try to make it to the end of the month. It all depends on weather,” said Kari Demers of the Galaxy Drive-In.

At the Galaxy Drive-In, most the food is out of this world.

"My favorite is the asteroid cheese curd burger. It’s a burger with cheese curds on it."

However, with September in full swing, this interstellar hotspot is getting ready to cool down for the season.

“It does kind of make me sad. Knowing the end of the season is coming up," Demers said. “Everyone is coming out this last day to get the last hurrah before they go back to school,”

The same melancholy was present at Wheel Fun Rental on Lake Calhoun.

“You have all these people working here. Make all these friends. Everyone goes back to school, sometimes in different states, it’s kind of depressing. All these employees leave, even the customers, the park gets abandoned. Where is summer? Bring it back,” said Alec Gonyea.

Of course a warm start to September has made for brisk business at Adele's Frozen Custard in Excelsior.

“We've been getting killed all day. Supposed to come in at 4pm, called in early, other employees too. Already hit record numbers for the day,” Will Reider.

Shorter days mean shorter hours, but business is booming, one scoop at a time.

“The summers are always crazy. I think most of us are burned out. The slow down and relaxed atmosphere is something we are looking forward to.”

In the annual chess match with Mother Nature, all of us are just pawns.

“It won't be the same, but next year, when it opens up, it will be the same,” said Reider.

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