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The extreme heat may be hard to deal with, but for some it’s boosting business

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The extreme heat may be hard to deal with, but for some it’s boosting business.

Anyone selling anything to help people cool off right now is seeing a spike in sales as you might imagine. But, so are the people who rely on the good weather to make a buck.

For street musician Thomas Brown, there’s nothing better on a hot day like Friday, than to play for Portland.

“I like to give off a good vibe to everyone as they’re coming down the street,” said Thomas Brown. 

People are out enjoying the weather and the tips are rolling in.

“People want to get out of the house, a lot of people don’t have A-C and they’re like, ‘I gotta get out of here,’” said Brown.

Blended drinks are selling faster than they can make them at Moberi in North Portland.

Fortunately, their customers share in the work, using a specialized blender bike.

“I’m loving it, in June I can’t remember the last cloudy day we’ve had, and we’ll take it," said Owner Ryan Carpenter. “Customers seem to enjoy it too, people come out of their way to come to us, just to peddle their own smoothie.”

Phones are ringing off the hook at A-Temp Heating and Cooling.  The company ran a promo from June 1st through the 26th promising all customers a full refund on their newly purchased A-C units if it hits 96 degrees on July 4th.

“Weeks into the promotion, all of a sudden the weather channel started saying it’s going to be in the 90’s and our sales skyrocketed,” said Owner Ron Friedrich.

 They’re now preparing to make good on their word to some 35 families. 

“We’ve got a whole lot of people that are really on edge wondering is it going to be 96 tomorrow.”

A-temp Heating and Cooling says for those customers to get a refund it has to hit 96 at the Portland International Airport, it can’t just be some random reading. 

They tell FOX 12 they are already prepared to pay back some $200-thousand dollars to different customers if that happens.   

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