York County residents are starting spring on the right foot, or rather in the right shoe.

The Haines Shoe House in Hellam Township had dozens of customers on its opening day, serving up baked goods from Mellie’s Makery, coffee and Beck’s ice cream.

“It’s a good day for us to open because we can remember it,” said Melanie Schmuck, owner of the Haines Shoe House. “This is the best job I’ve ever had. I just love meeting all the cool people from around the world.”

The spring equinox is a good reminder of the warm weather to come, and York County has a solid warm front coming through during the beginning of the week, according to David Martin, forecaster for the National Weather Service in State College.

“We’re still a few degrees below normal for this time of year,” Martin said. “The normal high this time of year is right around 50 degrees. By Wednesday, we’ll be above normal, with temperatures in the mid-60s. We could see up to 70 degrees by Thursday.”

The spring warm-up is caused by the Earth’s tilt on its axis, Martin said. There are equal amounts of daylight and night time, letting the Earth’s northern hemisphere warm up more.

“We’ll be getting longer days and a stronger sun angle over the next few months,” he said.

Shoe House: Warmer weather will hopefully bring out more customers and people to tour the unique house at 197 Shoe House Road, Schmuck said. Tours of the house and a look into the history behind its start are available for $5 for adults and free for kids 5 and under.

“It’s just too cool,” she said. “We had people from 30 different countries and 48 of the states come last year. If we had two families coming from Qatar, then we’re doing something right. Our customers are the ones that keep this alive for us.”

The Haines Shoe House is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday through Memorial Day. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. From Labor Day to Halloween, the historic site is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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