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Ice Caves Help Bottom Lines of Some Leelanau Businesses

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February 17, 2014 -

Businesses in Sutton's Bay and Leland say they rely on President's Day weekend to draw crowds during an otherwise quiet month.

But no one expected what the attraction of ice caves in Lake Michigan near Leland would do for their bottom lines this February.

The unexpected traffic caught some restaurants off guard, so the locals say they helped one another out to ensure everyone could profit during the welcomed rush.

The VI Grill says they ran out of napkins - while they got calls from other places in need of more hamburger buns.

Just looking at the line of cars on Gills Pier Road - people continued flocking to the ice caves on Monday.

Many are accessing them off of Gills Pier Road and M-22.

Sitting at the intersection is Fischer's Happy Hour Tavern.

Thanks to the caves, this is now prime real estate.

9&10's Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson have more on the better bottom lines in Leelanau County.

The Leelanau County Sheriff's Department does advise anyone looking to venture out to the ice caves to take caution and dress appropriately.

They're also warning that parking to access the ice caves on Gills Pier Road can be problematic.

We've included a link where you can find all of the information from the sheriff's department on their blog.