Storm of business: how the winter weather is impacting local shops

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With another snow day for local students, some spent their day off earning some extra cash shoveling driveways.

Although, some local businesses aren’t seeing those same benefits with the latest round of snow. Northeast Kansas has been hit with rounds of snow on and off since October.

The Hubb in Fairlawn Plaza Mall says the winter weather is helping their sales because they are able to keep selling their sweaters and hats longer than usual, and for a nice sale price.

Just across the parking lot, though, employees at the Classic Bean aren’t hoping winter lasts much longer.

“It’s impacted our business quite a bit actually,” owner Julieann Earl said. “That spring time weather we had a couple weeks ago we were just packed there wasn’t a place to sit.”

But you’d think a coffee shop would be the place to spend a cold winter day.

“It has slowed down quite a bit, I think with the school days, you know the kids are out and maybe their just home with the kids,” Earl said.

She’s owned the classic bean for the last 25 years and says they’re ready for spring whenever it’s ready to come.

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