Ted and Wally's Old Market ice cream parlor closed early Sunday night but on Monday planned to make the most of the cold, giving away free hot chocolate – made with steamed milk and whipped cream – to anyone who came in.
Employee Priscilla Morales was at the shop Monday morning, after her car started on the third try, making chocolate and vanilla ice cream along with several specialty flavors. She said most winters are comparatively slow in the ice cream business. But this winter, business is booming since the Hyatt Place hotel opened across the street.
"Usually we get to sit down, drink coffee and play Scrabble," Morales said.