BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The last two days have felt like winter will never end. But today, the snow has stopped, the sun is shining, and spring feels so close, you can almost taste it.
"We actually came last week, my husband thought he heard it opened last week so we were here last week and very disappointed. So, we had to promise that we'd be back today for opening day," says Jamie Bartlett of Hampden, mother of two.
Gifford's ice cream shop opened its windows today for the first time this season, bringing hope that the season is about to change.
"I think it's a sign that we're ready for warmer weather and to get rid of all the snow for sure," says Naomi Muncey, Manager of Gifford's. "We had people pulling in at 11 waiting and we opened the doors and soon as we could to get them served.
Locals are already looking ahead to summer. James Taylor fans lined up at the Cross Insurance Center box office to buy tickets for the July concert. Tickets went on sale at ten, but the line began at eight thirty. Ticket buyers said they can't wait for the ice and snow to melt away, bringing them one step closer to concert time.
"It tells us spring's on its way," says Gary Mitton, a James Taylor fan.
But at Sprague's Nursery in Bangor, Tim Davis, the nursery's grower, says he often forgets there's even snow on the ground.
"There's nothing better than having a blizzard outside and knowing everyone's miserable and being inside in short sleeve weather," he says.
With a constant temperature of sixty five to seventy five degrees, it feels like spring time all year round. Especially during Wednesday's snow storm.
"During that storm, I literally forgot the storm was going on until I walked out of one greenhouse and went 'oh my goodness there's a couple inches of snow on the ground,'" Davis says.
With three greenhouses already in operation and two more to open soon, heat doesn't come cheap. It takes one hundred twenty to one hundred forty gallons of oil a week to heat just one greenhouse. But Davis says there is no place he's rather work.
"I think it's just working with the plants and seeing something you started go full cycle. It bring a good sense of accomplishment by the time is finishes and gets out the door with the customer," says Davis.