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The extreme cold and wind on Monday had a lot of schools and businesses closed, giving a lot of QCA residents an extra long weekend.

But, it seems like the cold kept most people at home, creating a chilling effect for some local businesses that did stay open.

We checked in with quite a few businesses around the Quad Cities on Monday where we thought people would head out to in droves to take advantage of their day off school or work.

With only a few exceptions, the general message from movie theaters, bowling alleys and grocery stores we talked to was that business was actually a little slower than normal for a Monday because of the cold.

That said, with a lot of people staying home, many restaurants that make deliveries reported having plenty of extra orders.

And, enough local residents did brave the elements to make for steady business for at least a few retailers.

"I never have time with school and everything, so I kind of had to come out today, it's my only option," said Julia Zmuda, an Alleman High School student who was shopping at the Davenport JCPenney store Monday.

Zmuda was certainly not alone in taking advantage of the day off to head to the mall to shop.

"I've seen a lot of my friends, so it's quite busy," said Pleasant Valley High School student Karley Lee.

"We've seen a lot younger kids coming through today, parents and so forth," noted JCPenney Talent Resource Leader Scott Klingbiel, "So they're out bearing the cold and we're getting some traffic out of it and we're reaping some sales, too."

Klingbiel says preview sales in some departments and steep clearances in others are big in drawing in customers, no matter the weather.

"There's lots of things to bring people out to look into," he said.

And it seems the cold was no match for the most determined consumers:

"We decided to go ahead with our plans, even though the weather is crazy," said Kimberly Dodson, who was shopping with her best friend during a girls weekend trip to Davenport which the pair had planned months ago.

Meantime, other shoppers say they have upcoming plans that won't wait for the weather:

"I'm looking for an Iowa shirt for the game tomorrow," said Bailey Trondson, an Alleman High School student who had the day off from school on Monday.

"We're going to Florida in a couple weeks and I decided to look at bathing suits," said another shopper, June Reimers.

"Crazy as it seems," she laughed.

At least bathing suit shopping is a good excuse to think warm thoughts, she said, whatever the weather outside.

Shoppers we talked to say a big bonus to the cold weather that kept many other people home was that it kept lines and wait times short at a lot of stores and restaurants they went to.