Local Businesses Hurt By Snow

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The great snowpocalypse is over. And now — we even know how to survive it should it decide to come back again some day!

Some of us went sledding. Some of us stayed inside, covered in blankets, with hot cocoa and a movie. Others saw snow for the first time and looked up in awe, while others who were more accustomed to traditional winters brushed it off after a few hours.

But let us not forget those who are now hurting from the great fun everyone else was having.

The weekend before Christmas is always a huge money maker for retailers. Thanks to the biggest snow storm in DC history, retailers were left feeling the freeze.

Independent retailers were either open for business while being short on staff (with few — if any — customers)  or closed aka making no revenue. “You can try to play catch up, but it doesn’t really work,” Liz Gardner, manager of the Reston Appalachian Spring jewelry store, told The Washington Business Journal. Reston Appalachian Spring jewelry store has five locations, only one of which was open on Saturday.

The best any small retailers can hope for this week is some last-minute shopping fever. If you just so happen to be one of the many who haven’t completed their holiday shopping, go out and support your local businesses. You’ll get double-karma points for buying gifts for your loved ones and helping others.

Rachel moved to DC in the fall of 2005 to study Journalism and Music at American University. When she’s not keeping up with the latest Major League Baseball news, she works on making music as an accomplished singer-songwriter and was even a featured performer/speaker at TEDxDupont Circle in 2012. Rachel has also contributed to The Washington Examiner and MASN Sports’ Nationals Buzz as a guest blogger. See why she loves DC. E-Mail: rachel@welovedc.com.

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