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Some Downtown Businesses Brave the Weather


March 3, 2014

A lot of downtown businesses decided to stay closed on Monday, but others decided to brave the bad weather and open their doors.

Businesses in downtown Charlottesville have faced a tough winter because they rely so heavily on people walking around, and who was out a for leisurely stroll to go shopping today? But some stores managed to stay open, and were glad they did.

Charlottesville's Downtown Mall depend a lot on foot traffic to keep businesses open. But with a major storm hitting our area, many people simply decided to stay indoors. Because of that, a lot of businesses decided to keep their doors closed today.

But some made the decision to open up, and for the people that braved the weather to fight off cabin fever, it was a welcome site.

There was money to be made, and with limited options, some business were cleaning up.

But it’s not as simple as just opening your doors. If you have employees, they have to be able to get into work. And you have to be able to get supplies as well.

Ultimately, some businesses just found a way to make it work.

"When we first opened we just decided that we would try to be there as much as possible and stay open no matter what," said Raphael Strumlauf, co-owner of the Market Street Market. "And that was kind of our motto."

Tuesday, while the roads will be still dicey, will probably be better for businesses because people are probably ready to kill each other and want to get out of the house. So considering it is March, the Downtown Mall shops might have just turned the corner.


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