Local businesses that thrive in warmth still waiting

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Usually by this time of year, it looks at lot different at Galbraith’s than it does right now. “Normally this time of year we’ve got flowers in here, we’ve got vegetables ready to go and this year everything’s just kind of on pause,” Joe Galbraith said.

Although, we all know it can vary. “Mother Nature, she kind of lets you know when it’s going to happen.”

And she’s in no rush for spring this year. Galbraith’s is open year-round, but thrives in spring and summer. However right now, they’re a month behind in business and they’re delaying orders. “It’s a give and take in this industry and you just try to roll with it as best as you can.”

Others rolling with it are the artists behind the mural off Berry and Calhoun. A student project with Saint Francis and the city, it was supposed to be finished by the end of the semester. But the materials don’t work as well with the cold and snow. “There’s only so much that you can do, only so many hairs that you can pull out over it. It’s definitely been difficult but we have to roll with,” Tim Parsley said. 

The mural won’t be able to be finished by the end of the semester but it will be done shortly after. Students who can stay in Fort Wayne for the summer can continue working on it. Parsley, the professor behind the mural said he thinks, although they won’t get that last stroke of their brush, they still learned a lot. “It’s been a test of patience. You know, any kind of public art project, you can get your permits in line, you can get your funding in line, you get all of the factors worked out and then there’s just this one element that you’re completely at the mercy of. I will say our students have learned about the need to pivot and come up with plan B and C, and D. And Q and W.” 

Another sign of the lingering winter weather Tuesday was salt trucks. “I think Mother Nature missed her memo that it is spring now but I have not been here long enough past April 17th. This is Indiana and the spring and this is what happens. This is what we are here for.”

Artists will finish their projects and landscapers will eventually plant. Galbraith’s is in the 67th year so it’s nothing they aren’t used to. In the meantime, they’ll just keep hoping. “There’s no reason to get angry about it. Everybody’s in the same boat. It’ll get done, it always does,” Galbraith said.

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