Local retail, food sales down in harsh winter

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - This winter put a damper on local business.

Siobhan Taylor, the owner of MS Eye Candy Boutique in Buffalo said business has slowed down significantly this season.

“Buffalo winters are very harsh. This year has been one of the worst winters. This is my third year and this has definitely been by far the worst winter,” said Taylor.

She started noticing a difference in sales towards the end of last year.

“It usually picks up a little bit at the end of October, November because people start thinking about Christmas, but this year it didn’t pick up like it usually does,” Taylor said.

Analysts estimate that the weather this season has cost the economy billions of dollars.

Since November, Buffalo has had 95 out of 134 days with a trace of snow. When you break it down by month you notice that in January there was at least a dusting of snow 27 out of 31 days. In February, Buffalo only saw clear skies for 3 days.

The snow and cold temperatures has many people hibernating. At times employees can’t get to work and many are using their money for heating bills instead of spending it at a local shop or eatery.

Telly Gogos,the owner of the Plaka Restaurant in Kenmore said because of the blizzard on Wednesday they had to close early.

“It affects us financially and other people that work here don’t get to come to work,” said Gogos.

He said he’s optimistic that once spring comes around so will the customers. “We hope the weather is nice and it’s sunny and more people come out to eat,” Gogos said.

“I just can’t wait for people to get out. I think people have cabin fever. I think they’re ready to get out and take walks” said Taylor. “Hopefully they’ll be willing to stop in and shop local”.

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