On a recent morning at the German Village Cup O' Joe, Jim Yappel staked out a comfy seat next to a fan.

On a recent morning at the German Village Cup O' Joe, Jim Yappel staked out a comfy seat next to a fan.

Yappel said he would rather enjoy his morning cup of coffee in climate-controlled surroundings than on the patio, which has little shade at the peak of daylight hours.

"That's like suicide, sitting out there drinking coffee in the bright sun," Yappel said.

But a string of days with above-average temperatures - many reaching the mid-90s - hasn't kept people out of the South Third Street coffee house, employee Javan Hillard said.

"There seems to be a lot more business inside," he said, noting that iced coffee and tea sales have spiked in recent weeks.

No matter where you go in central Ohio, people are talking about the weather. And the heat has caused some people to rethink their shopping and dining habits.

The annual Art Crawl, held Saturday, July 24, on Macon Alley, drew fewer people this year as temperatures soared near 100 degrees.

"I know it was down because we had people who pre-purchased tickets and didn't even pick them up," co-organizer Sherry Mullett said. "When people cough up $20 a ticket and then blow it off you know it was too hot."

Still, cold beverages were flowing, people were buying art and the artists appeared to be happy, Mullett said.

"Everybody who was there seemed to enjoy it," said Mullett, who added there was some talk of moving the event to the fall.

Even at Barcelona, which boasts one of the neighborhood's most coveted patios, people are choosing to eat their gazpacho indoors, general manager Michael Singer said.

"It does affect (business), absolutely," he said of the heat.

Yet, business at the East Whittier Street restaurant has been up overall, he said, although many customers have changed their dining habits, opting for lighter fare such as fish and shrimp, and cool drinks, including sangria and white wine.

At Village Coney, a small storefront on East Whittier, the temperatures inside on July 24 reached 90 degrees, even with air conditioning.

Owner Brad Martensen, who has managed an upbeat attitude about it, said it is hard to keep the place cool because the flat-top grill constantly is emanating heat.

"So business goes down and the utilities go up," he said. "It's a vicious cycle."

Martensen said carryout business accounts for about 80 percent of sales.

"The main thing is, when it's hot we don't get the foot traffic," employee Jon Graham said.

Nick Collmer, store manager of Schreiner Ace Hardware on Parsons Avenue, said he's seen the sales of window air-conditioning units and fans climb while other merchandise suited for summer projects sits on the shelf.

"I have noticed people who were typically doing outside projects aren't coming in for those items anymore," Collmer said. "One aspect of business goes up and one aspect goes down."