February 22, 2019 10:42 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- February 2019 has been one for the winter record books and some area business owners are seeing a decline in customers
The Chocolate Shoppe owner, Linnette Nash, said she's been doing this since 1984 and doesn't remember shutting down the Mantorville store due to winter weather.
"I know overall my traffic is down from the past. I honestly went back all the way to 2003 and don't remember seeing it this low," Nash said.
The co-owner of the Old School Cafe in Mantorville, Linda Schmidt, said they have remained open during the most recent winter storms, but only for a few customers.
"Traffic flow is a lot less than what we normally would see during the winter time," said Schmidt.
Schmidt also said that despite the weather their connection with their customers is what keeps them open.
"We get people who have lost their spouses and they are lonely. This is a place for them to come," said Schmidt.
Where business is decreasing for small businesses, it's increasing for snow removal companies. Roberto Pena owns Alex's Lawn Care and Snow Removal and is gearing for more snow. Despite business being steady, Pena said the workload is becoming a struggle.
"I am super busy, working like 24 hours straight with no break. I've never seen that before. We work like double because as soon as we push the snow, the snow comes back again," Pena said.
Pena said the biggest issue with the upcoming snowfall is space.
"We have a problem right now. We have nowhere to push the snow anymore. It's too hard," said Pena.
Updated: February 22, 2019 10:42 PM
Created: February 22, 2019 08:29 PM
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