West Hartford business owners concerned over Saturday snow


Some small business owners are worried Saturday's storm could ruin one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season.

Channel Three's Roger Susanin spoke to West Hartford business owners about the concern.

The storm is coming out at a bad time for small business owners during a key holiday shopping weekend,

They hope customers don't use it as an excuse to stay home.

But fortunately for holiday shoppers at the Toy Chest in West Hartford there's someone here to help.

Grace Andrews knows more about toys than anyone. She and her co-workers love their job. Even the crazy hectic shopping days of Demember.

"It gets us all in the Christmas spirit," Andrews said.

But the truth is business has been a bit slow the last couple of days and Andrews knows why.

"No one wants to come in when it's cold so that kind of stops us, especially right now when it's super cold," said Andrews.

She is a bit more nervous about tomorrow with snow expected in the morning she's afraid some shoppers sleep in.

"It's a really important weekend and I know that it'll make us a little bit slower," Andrews said.

Some of the folks out buying in West Hartford said they will skip out on tomorrow's shopping.

But employees at other West Hartford businesses aren't concerned. Lynn Everett, who works at 10 Thousand Villages pointed out Christmas shoppers only have so much time, so she expects to work regardless of the weather.

I think during the holiday season it doesn't affect it as much because people especially bow last minute they want to get their gifts," Lynn Everett said.

Back at the Toy Chest Andrews knows the December storm won't wrap up the Holiday season by any means.

Especially because much of the snow should go away by tomorrow night.

Andrews hopes to make up any lost business on other days before the Holiday.

She won't mind the craziness.

"I'm surrounded by all of these kid things but it's really awesome," Andrews said.

Each sale another chance to make a child smile on Christmas morning,

"It makes me happy and it makes me feel like I'm doing my part," Andrews said.

The small business owners hope the one thing that will work in their favor tomorrow is that its too late to order from many online retailers if they want their gifts to arrive by Christmas.

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