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Most find business quiet, hardware store business is booming

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Greenwich, CT | Added on February 05, 2014 At 04:35 PM

Another snow day across Greenwich. The students are happy.

"It's a lot of fun because I didn't want to have school today," brothers Jamie and Eric Meindl are excited to have another day off. "You don't have to go to class and you can sled outside." 

Teachers did try to prepare for the upcoming storm. 

"The teachers assigned us homework yesterday which was bad but it's still a lot of fun," said Meindl. 

A lot of fun for the students, but local businesses are feeling the effects.

"Nobody has come in today at all," said Paul Raviele, employee at Images in Old Greenwich. 

"Clearly clients are canceling," said Cathy Vizzari, owner of Visible Changes Salon. 

"The phones were not ringing at all, she says you're crazy for coming in that early," said Angel Kenneth, receptionist at the salon.

Except for a few lonely shoppers, business in Old Greenwich is quiet.

"Today we're probably going to close around 3 p.m. because business is slow and there's no reason to stay open if you're not making any money," said Raviele. 

And even more than it just being slow, business owners worry about the safety of the community and their staff. 

"You can hear the blow dryers going. So we're in a no win situation. We need to be here for those who want to be here and on the other hand for the safety of our community and staff and clients, we are trying to do our best," said Vizzari.

And in order to be safe we all need a good shovel and some salt. The one business that is thriving in this harsh winter weather is the hardware store. 

"People have been shopping rapidly," said Larry Feinsod, Manager at Feinsod Hardware in Old Greenwich.

Feinsod says that with the frequent snow storms this year, business is booming.

"Business has been brisk. This is all I have left in ice melt after receiving a trailer load the other day. We have very little left in shovels, although we still have an ample amount for today's snow storm and hopefully it will carry us through the weekend," said Feinsod. 

And with the predictions of another storm on Sunday, the hardware store is prepared. 

"I have another trailer load of ice melt coming in," said Feinsod.

The snow emergency in town is said be lifted by this evening. 

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