Fill Up! Price of Gas Going Up!
Green Bay-- For many local attractions, the winter months are some of the leanest. Add higher gas prices and not only does the cost of doing business goes up, potential customers might just stay home.
Taking a winter get-a-way can definitely help combat cabin-fever but right now, a gallon of gas will cost almost as much as a glass of the "white" at Captain's Walk Winery in Green Bay. Joe and Maura Kowalski are visiting from Crystal Lake, Illinois. It's about a three-and-a-half hour drive from GB. The couple planned this weekend trip a couple months ago, when gas wasn't knocking on four bucks a gallon. "As gas started to go up we thought possibly of scaling back and go toward more the Milwaukee area," Maura Kowalski said. Her husband adds, "People (are) watching the price of gas, especially as it gets warmer out people will do more traveling.
August was the last time the average price of a gallon of gas was $3.69. The surge then was caused by a pipeline leak near Milwaukee. Higher gas hits most businesses in at-least two ways. Winery General Manager PJ Koehler says, "The cost to ship glass, glass is quite heavy, as well as liquid, the wine and the juice." And expensive gas keeps some people away as they opt to save money and forego the weekend excursion. Kathy Dorow and her co-workers are up from Oshkosh. "For the group we just though it was a fun to get away, and its worth it," Dorow said. Though she did admit somebody else paid for the gas on this trip.