For Some Local Shops, No Business Like Snow Business

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

February 13, 2014

Since many people were stuck inside on Thursday after the area's largest snowfall this season, you wouldn't expect foot traffic around Charlottesville to be all that high.

But for some local shops, there's no business like snow business.

Para Coffee on Elliewood Avenue opened its doors Thursday. Customers said the trek through the snow was more than worth it.

"I drink a lot of coffee, so it is, but I don't know how it works for most people, but for me, definitely," UVa third-year student Oliver Cross said. "Plus, I was driving myself a little crazy just stuck in my apartment."

So instead of going stir crazy inside, people chose to venture out.

"It's so beautiful. All my roommates are still sleeping, but I decided to come get coffee and work on homework," fourth-year student Giuliana Ahlers said. "Just because classes are canceled doesn't mean work isn't still due."

In fact, a number of businesses in the university's Corner district were open, and the students were out to support them. Employees said they didn't want to let their loyal customers down.

"It's snowing so bad and we just wanted to get food and not be in our house," UVa third-year Ana Croce said.

The Corner location of Bodo's Bagels also did well after the snow.

"It's not that much effort. Bodo's is on the way. I'm about to go to the library," UVa second-year Charlie Garcia said. "It's just what UVa students do -- a normal day. I'm from Connecticut, so I guess I'm used to it."

Some decided to venture along the shoveled sidewalks, but others went so far as to shovel out their cars.

"I had to drive here and it took about 30 minutes to get the car out, so it was really bad," Croce said. "I really wanted bagels."

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