Weekend Snow Sales Slump

We all know the economy is taking a toll on local businesses, but so is the weather.  The possibility of a foot of snow this weekend is not making many local businesses very happy.  "It’s the cost of doing business and it seems this winter.  It's been on the weekends quite often," said Greg Gardner, owner of J. Timothy’s restaurant in Plainville.

Like many others, Gardner relies on his weekend crowds to boost weekly revenue.  Unfortunately, many people prefer to stay indoors when it snows.  "I’m going to stay home and eat plenty of soup and read a good book," said Hugh O’Connor of West Hartford.

In downtown Hartford, the show will go on Saturday despite the snow.  The Hartford Stage is showing "Dying City", a play with an all too appropriate name in this case.  The theater offers an exchange program for tickets holders who do not want to drive in the snow.  "We’ll exchange tickets for anyone uncomfortable driving into the city on Saturday," said Paul Marte, communications director for the Hartford Stage.

Businesses hope promises of a warm atmosphere and cozy dining will be enough to entice customers who might otherwise close their doors. "Weekends are our bread and butter without a doubt. We’ll do anything to keep our customers happy," said Gardner.

 One business that isn't upset about the snow is grocery stores.  Managers at the Stop & Shop in Hartford brought in extra workers Saturday morning to handle all the customers buying last-minute supplies.

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