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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (FOX13) -

While the arctic vortex is putting a hurt on your bare skin, it is helping some Mid-South businesses. As a matter of fact business has been hot because of the cold.

If the business has anything to do with staying warm, or anything to do with thawing something out, or repairing plumbing, the rush is on, or it's coming.

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At Hamilton's Fireplace on Summer Avenue in Memphis, business has been brisk because the weather has been brisker.

"It has been busier than I can ever remember since 2007," said Jim Hamilton, owner. "The last two days we couldn't wait on everyone, the amount of draw from Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee."

Hamilton said his customers came to the store in droves in anticipation of the cold weather setting in.

"Cold weather is good for business, you are exactly right," he said.
 
Among the biggest sellers in the Mid-South during the cold snap are any heating system that is low maintenance.
 
"The ventless gas logs, the number one is the one that we do that we build with a jumping flame burner," Hamilton said. "They are really pretty, like the set right here. It looks just like a wood burning but you are not constantly cleaning the ashes out and not going to the pile when it's cold, as severe as it is to get wood to throw on the fire."

Across the state line in Olive Branch, Miss., at Minor Brothers Hardware customers have bought up certain items to try to fix problems the cold is causing already.
 
"They been buying heat tape and heat guns to thaw things out."
 
Minor Brothers sold all but one space heater. They've sold 20 in the last day or so and are out of a lot more items.

"Faucet covers, insulation, heat guns, all gone. Should be back in Wednesday."

The big business to come is in the plumbing items, because when things start thawing out, that's when a lot of problems with plumbing and pipes in peoples' houses are going to become apparent very quickly."

"Everything starts thawing out and busting."
 
A couple of local plumbers are saying they are just sitting and waiting once the thaw begin. That's when the water problems are going to become apparent, some time Wednesday with the expected warm up. You might want to make sure you know where the shutoff valve is at the main water line in your house just in case, so you can shut the water off quickly.

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