SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Thursday’s massive snowstorm hit the Scotch Plains and Fanwood hard, dumping nearly a foot of snow, straining backs, and causing the cancellation of school for the third time in two weeks.
Local business owners report that the snows had a mixed impact.
John’s Meat Market (389 Park Ave. in Scotch Plains) reported that the storm actually helped business. “Lots of customers lined up the day before the storm to order their meat,” explained Vincent LoSavio, co-owner of John’s Meat Market. "People were stocking up in anticipation. The volume of business that we got on Wednesday was characteristic of a holiday."
However, the storm was not so kind to some other local merchants.
Nick’s Pizza & Deli (42 South Martine Ave. in Fanwood) found that customers came out on Thursday in the beginning of the day, but business slowed as the day progressed.
Similarly, Mara’s Café (250 South Ave. in Fanwood), also shut its doors early on Thursday.
“We tried to stay open as long as we could, but the storm was just too strong,” said Jesse Spann, assistant manager of Mara’s Café, who added that the café opened for its regular hours on Friday. "We are busy again. I want to thank the community for all of their support."
The nor’easter even kept away last-minute Valentine’s Day shoppers.
Lisa Mohn, owner of Apple Blossom Flowers (381 Park Ave # 1 in Scotch Plains), lost business on what on the day before Valentine's Day, which is normally a strong day for sales. As a result, she ordered a smaller inventory of flowers than she normally would.
“The weather is never a good factor for the holidays at retail stores,” suggested Stephanie Kubisch, store manager of Norman’s Hallmark (39 South Martine Ave. in Fanwood), which opened earlier on Friday for the convenience of customers looking to buy Valentine's Day cards and gifts.