Reporter Corrine Jurney asked small-business owners and others who work outside how they stay cool during the summer months. This is what they said.
• We try to create a cross-breeze within the bus, wear hats and cotton, which absorbs heat, and just sweat it out, said Melanie Pierce, owner of Cary-based Bikini Bus, a mobile swimwear boutique. She said she and employee Anna Beth Gawarecki enjoy air conditioning on the way home.
• Weve got cool rags on our neck. I take the water from our cooler, douse the rag and it brings the heat down about 10 degrees. You have to drink a lot of water. I drink four bottles a day, said Ricardo Zambenedetti, co-owner of Groovy Dogs, a Raleigh-based hot dog stand that operates on the corner of Martin and Fayetteville streets.
• You condition yourself and get used to the heat after so many years of working outside, said Bill Gabello, who spends more than seven hours a day outside. The biggest problem is the heat coming from the cars; youre around a vehicle that can be more than 120 degrees. ... You pace yourself. Get a lot of stuff done in the morning and find ways to get through the day, whether thats getting your mind to a better place or spraying the water to cool off.
• Stay hydrated. I probably drink a gallon of water a day just being up here, not counting at home. Fruit is all I eat most of the time, said Coley Lyon, a sales representative for Lyon Farms, a Creedmoor farm thats owned by her father and also operates a produce stand in Raleigh. With the heat, we have to be careful with delicate things like lettuces; we keep them watered with cool water. When we get the butter beans in, well keep them in a cooler. The rest of the produce does fine as long as it isnt in direct sunlight.